Best Advice for your Free Online Store!

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Best Advice for your Free Online Store!
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Best development practices for preparing an online store

Create two working environments: a development site and production or live site. It is always a good idea to make changes and build an online store on the development environment before making the changes to a live site. Use a Revision Control tool (such as SVN), it will let you keep track of all the previous changes, and compare / roll back old files in case something has stopped working. It is also the best tool for collaborative work, if multiple people are developing a single site.

Tomerg3
Member since February, 2009

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Create daily backups of your files and of your database

Make sure backups are saved on at least 1 external source (sent via email or stored on a 3rd party site like Amazon S3), if they are saved on your server and the server goes down, you will not be able to get the backup. For websites with high traffic, consider doing multiple database backups a day and make sure you can easily get the backup files and that you can extract them properly. Don't forget to check from time to time that the backups are still being created and saved properly.

Tomerg3
Member since February, 2009

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Simple steps to increase conversions

Create an easy-to-use navigation to avoid overcomplicating functionality for customers. Make the checkout buttons visible and never overwhelm visitors with too much information. Clean and simple sites receive the best conversions.

Tomerg3
Member since February, 2009

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Always force compile when dealing with TPLs

You might spend hours in trying to figure out why a piece of text is not updating after you did change the TPL file. If you go to Advanced Preferences, then Performance, and tick "Force compile" you can be sure that all of the cached files are being recompiled every time the page refreshes.

Nemo1
Member since April, 2011