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How to Manually Back Up MySQL Database and PrestaShop Files

This article is part of our Guest Blogger Series. Its content was created by Lesley Paone, a PrestaShop Global Forum Moderator (Dh42) and the owner of Nashville-based Designhaus 42.
 

How to Manually Back-Up MySQL Database

Have you ever wanted to know how to manually back up your Prestashop store? This can be really useful if you are going to upgrade your site, load a new csv file, or just to have in case anything happens to your server. Backing everything up manually is a great idea, most developers do it. Below I will show you how.
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Increase the International Reach of your E-commerce Site: PrestaShop Offers 57 Translations

Thanks to contributions from our global community, we have impressed the e-commerce world (once again!) with 57 translations available for PrestaShop stores! Community members from their respective countries contribute to translations ensuring that words are not merely translated but that phrases and text fields holistically read well to native speakers; increasing the credibility of an e-commerce site and providing a strong sense of security for international customers.
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PrestaShop v1.5.5 is Released and Unleashed

We grow as you grow, that has always been our philosophy.

At PrestaShop, our focus is to provide our merchants with the best possible, and most profitable, e-commerce software to make them successful online.
The development of our software has been directly connected to contributions from our expert community. We will always stick to our Open-Source roots. We sincerely thank everyone who contributes to the growth and success of PrestaShop — from the Community forum to GitHub, our community involvement is amazing and we appreciate it!

Now, let’s share what we’ve all been waiting for… drum roll, please.

Today marks the release of PrestaShop v1.5.5! Available for Download today!

This version of PrestaShop houses some major improvements and new features.
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E-commerce Success Story: PrestaShop Highlights a Gem of a 279,000 Employment Masterpiece

Travel along the Northern Verde region of the U.S. towards Sedona, Arizona and you’ll stumble upon a picturesque 12’x12’ rustic abode where 70-year-old Matt Wolf manages his online jewelry store, fueling life into the fading Southwestern Native American arts.

Wolf, a retired stock broker, has been collecting fine, handmade Native American jewelry for the last 40 years. After retiring in 1996, he was inspired to dedicate his time and expertise to his online business, Sedona Indian Jewelry, keeping the ancient art form alive.

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How to use Newsletters to Increase Traffic to your Online Store

For anyone who manages an online store, we know how important it is to focus marketing efforts on bringing traffic to your online shop. We brainstorm various options, implement different strategies and measure results but if you haven’t tried running a periodical newsletter, then you’ve missed an important marketing opportunity!

Let’s go over how to use newsletters to increase traffic to your online store and we’ll review the benefits, what to include and how to get subscribers.

Benefits of newsletters

The best aspect of a newsletter is what I like to call “traffic on demand” – Google Analytics are showing you that traffic is low this week? Maybe it’s time to send out a newsletter! By sending newsletters you’ll stay at the top of mind of your customers and invite them back to your online shop. The best part of a newsletter is that your customers opted in, which makes your recipients extremely valuable and very qualified. Here I’ve bullet pointed the benefits of newsletters:

- Traffic on demand
- Stay at top of mind of customers
- Qualified subscribers
- Prove you’re a leader in the industry
- Sharing on social media networks
- You can measure the effectiveness of your newsletter
- Build customer loyalty and maintain customer relationships

What to include in newsletters

This is something I hear merchants asking often – what should I include in my newsletter to make it interesting, relevant and worthy of opening? Here’s a list of ideas to include in your newsletters:

- Any sales/discounts/promotions you are running
- New inventory updates
- Industry/relevant news that will drive traffic to your site – for example, write a blog post that then links to the “best back to school ideas!” article (make sure that traffic always goes to your site first!)
- Always include a call to action in your subject and throughout the email– sale ends in 5 hours! Don’t miss this!
- Company news (new hires, opening another location, upcoming events)
- Links to your social media networks

(Want inspiration for design and content to include in your newsletter? Type in “newsletters” into your Pinterest search bar and you’ll be delighted with all the results that pop up. Tailor your search for holidays, sales, events, etc.)
 

How to get subscribers

Try these different ideas to get qualified subscribers and make your newsletter more profitable:

- Add a subscription box to your e-commerce site
- Promote on social media networks
- Newsletter landing page on your e-commerce site
- Incentivize customers to subscribe with a discount or coupon

How should you get started?

Online merchants powering their shop with PrestaShop are in luck! You can find newsletter subscription, follow up emails and coupons and vouchers native in your PrestaShop software. Want to take it to the next level? Take a look at all of these Newsletter addons available in PrestaShop’s Official Marketplace.