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7 Free Ways to Learn How to Code Like an Ecommerce Developer

Now more than ever, understanding computer programming is opening doors for endless opportunities – especially in the ecommerce space. Although you may not need to know how to code to bring an online store to life, it certainly helps to achieve the results you really want.

Instead of outsourcing simple programming tasks to an expensive developer, you can learn how to do it yourself, for free! We’ve gathered 7 online resources that will teach you how to code from the luxury of your home.

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Why Bootstrap Has Matched the Hype

Bootstrap is no longer a buzzword in web-design. It has become a full-fledged action verb. “Are you having trouble starting your web-design project? Just Bootstrap it.” When a brand name like Twitter Bootstrap becomes an informal everyday word, you know that people like it and that people use it, a lot.

In the likes Xerox for photocopying, and Google for online searching, Bootstrap has essentially become the go-to framework for designing websites. That may be a bit of a bold statement given the number of competitors in the market, but hear me out. In my previous post, I gave a brief history of the unlikely birth and explosive hype surrounding the Twitter Bootstrap framework.

Now, let’s look into 5 reasons why Bootstrap has matched the hype.

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How to Install PrestaShop | Video Tutorial

If you are looking to learn how to install PrestaShop, you came to the right spot. This easy to understand video, created by PrestaShop Forum Moderator, Fabio Porta aka Nemo1, introduces the 1.6 version of PrestaShop and teaches you step-by-step how to install PrestaShop onto your server. To see more PrestaShop 101 tutorial videos, check out the YouTube page for Nemo’s Post Scriptum.

Use this tutorial video in combination with the Official PrestaShop documentation to get started on your online store. If you are have any questions, feel free to comment on this post. Check out below the video for more links to our awesome community resources.

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SEO Experts | Jon Henshaw of RavenTools Speaks on SEO and Ecommerce

In our last edition of the SEO Expert Series, we interviewed Rand Fishkin of Moz. Today, we have the pleasure of meeting with with Jon Henshaw, Co-Founder & CMO of Raven Internet Marketing Tools. You might have seen him speaking at the largest online marketing conferences such as PubCon, SMX, SearchFest, SES and others. He teamed up with PrestaShop Moderator, Lesley Paone of dh42 to give you his insights into how SEO, PrestaShop and ecommerce work together.

  1. What would be your first steps in starting SEO for a newly launched e-commerce site?

    Most new e-commerce sites suffer from big problems that can be fixed easily. So the very first thing I would do is crawl and analyze it using our Site Auditor. My initial focus would be on identifying and fixing visibility issues. For example, I would want to know if any of my pages are accidently being blocked by robots.txt. I would follow that with fixing any blocked pages, broken links and/or broken images. Once you fix the search engine visibility, navigation and coding errors, you can then focus your energy on optimizing the META data and content of the site.
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GitHub Tutorial Instructions for Beginners

With 25,000+ commits from 175+ contributors in only 18 months, PrestaShop’s GitHub branches are an enormous success. Use this Github Tutorial to join in on the action. Staying true to our commitment of being Open-Source, our GitHub Repositories are becoming increasingly active each day as more community developers collaborate together. We welcome and encourage everyone to contribute to our Ecommerce solution using GitHub. You want in? Great.  I’ll briefly describe what GitHub is and provide step by step instructions on how you can contribute to the PrestaShop software using GitHub.

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Test Server Setup For Online Stores

Do you have a test server? If not, you’re taking an unnecessary risk. Modifications on your online store will modify your databases and their connecting files.These modifications need to be fully tested before you implement the changes to your live server and Ecommerce website.

It’s crucial that you know how to manually copy your database and files from your live store to create a duplicate test server.


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How to Create a PrestaShop Module in 1.6 – Dashboard Plug-In

PrestaShop version 1.6 was resigned with you in mind. We worked closely with real PrestaShop merchants, developers and designers to create a refreshing new look and feel for the Dashboard. This new dashboard is optimized for UI/UX and features a variety of content blocks that can be customized with PrestaShop Module plug-ins to fit any online store’s needs.

Build a PrestaShop Module

This is great news for Developers as you can actually create your own PrestaShop module or plug-in to add even more features to the Dashboard. You can develop these Dashboard plug-ins and submit your creation to the PrestaShop Addons store or make them free for all to enjoy.

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HTTP 404 Not Found Error – How to fix it

A 404 Not Found Error can mean big trouble for an online store and it’s customers. Sales and customer satisfaction will drop. It is lose-lose situation in Ecommerce. Now, because I know you all are winners, we aren’t going to lose out with this pesky 404 Page Not Found Error. I’ll explain the Error and show you how to fix it for your Online Store. The next time you see this error, you’ll have the knowledge needed to fix the error fast and continue to make sales.

How to Recognize the 404 Not Found Error

There are many different ways that you might see this error message on your computer. Be aware that 404 Pages can be entirely customized by the owner of the domain. It can show up any way imaginable but these are some common words that you can look for to know if the Error you see is an HTTP Not Found Error 404
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