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Our Ecommerce Ireland Blog is a quick and informative way of staying up to date. If you are running ecommerce then you need to have this blog in your list of monthly reading. We only post relevant and helpful ecommerce related articles.

Black Friday Ecommerce Checklist

By | 2021-11-23T18:21:00+00:00 November 23rd, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

A useful black friday ecommerce checklist we have compiled based on our experience of managing ecommerce stores during black friday since 2002. Start this planning in June of the same year. Start with a retrospective look at what you did last year and what worked. Set your KPI's and targets for this year and then

Why you should delete old personal data from your ecommerce site

By | 2021-11-24T16:40:33+00:00 November 16th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

Typically ecommerce stores collect lots of data and owners tend not to clear this down. This is a dangerous practice and can put your whole business at risk. Imagine some one gets access to your database. They have pretty much all your business intelligence and a way to leverage some extortion. Information is power and

Digital Media Awards 2021 Finalist

By | 2021-11-05T08:46:43+00:00 November 4th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce, Testimonials|

Willows Consulting are finalists in this years Digital Media Awards. "It is a huge recognition of the quality and loyalty of our Team of engineers and designers over the last 18 months. As an eCommerce only agency we have been hectic saving many traditional businesses by helping them to start trading online. Its an honor

Ecommerce Website Design

By | 2021-10-13T16:34:17+00:00 October 13th, 2021|e commerce|

Industry Nominations Our Clients Say "Willows Consulting stepped in with some great ideas. From Day 1, they looked after our business requirements and built a great site which our customers appreciate. Hooking

Are Unsolicited Web Site Vulnerability Reports a Scam ?

By | 2021-10-12T20:52:44+00:00 October 12th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

Have you received an Unsolicited Vulnerability Report on your ecommerce site stating that your site can be hacked and they are looking for a bounty to show you the weakness and fix it ? TLDR :  The best approach to handling this email is to contact a creditable security consultant, and hire them to investigate

Why Traditional Credit Cards are Dead For eCommerce ?

By | 2021-10-01T19:24:22+00:00 October 1st, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

The introduction of 3Ds and SCA2 on credit cards was intended to make transactions more secure for the shopper and the merchant. This was in reaction to a flood of fraud visited upon merchants where they had to do their own checks on the quality of the payment card being presented. 3Ds introduced the liability

Sage 50 integration to Bigcommerce

By | 2021-09-09T08:26:25+00:00 September 9th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

We link Sage50 ( uk edition ) to BigCommerce. This is suitable for retail setups. B2B setups are subject to how the pricing structure is setup in sage. Synchronisation of prices from sage to BigCommerce stock levels from sage to BigCommerce orders from BigCommerce to  sage ( option to allocate stock immediately or later. )

How to link Sage50 to Shopify

By | 2021-08-23T08:50:12+00:00 August 20th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

We have decided to write this post in response to the many calls we get for this.  It will save you time in the future. When we refer to sage50 here we mean the UK edition not the US or Canadian version - which is rebranded peachtree. When linking Shopify to Sage50 there are limitations

Does Page Speed help Ecommerce SEO ranking ?

By | 2021-08-04T13:43:42+00:00 August 4th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

Google is now pushing hard promoting the message that page speed is one of their primary ranking factors. We have been looking at this information from google and seeing if its true that it does help ranking. We applied changes to a site that was ranking in the doldrums after a long period of keyword

Ecommerce EU distance selling thresholds are removed as of 1 July 2021

By | 2021-06-25T14:21:17+00:00 June 24th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce|

EU Ecommerce Vat Rate Rules Removal of distance-selling thresholds EU distance selling thresholds are "removed" as of 1 July 2021. Previously, this meant VAT only applied to intra-community distance sales if annual turnover was more than €35,000 for sales to most EU countries, or €100,000 per annum for Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

What is the best size for ecommerce product images?

By | 2021-06-24T12:16:33+00:00 June 24th, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce, How to start ecommerce|

What is the best size for ecommerce product images? min 600 px x 600 px and a file size of under 100k. max 1000 px x 1000 px and a file size of under 100k. Why 1000px,  that is huge ?  It allows software to create good quality thumbnails. If the original image is too

Shopify Costs vs Opensource

By | 2021-05-21T15:27:39+00:00 May 21st, 2021|e commerce, ecommerce, Ecommerce Products|

What are the Shopify Costs vs Opensource ? Here is a rough calculator to estimate the difference in cost of running an ecommerce store on shopify versus an opensource ecommerce platform. This does not take into account the cost of build because both are essentially the same to build.  Read our blog post how much

What to do when you get too many orders online ?

By | 2020-04-28T08:27:43+00:00 April 17th, 2020|e commerce, ecommerce|

What to do when you get too many orders online a list of do's and dont's. Do Use banners on the site to notify of delayed order delivery times If you have to stop taking orders disable the buy now buttons, do not replace the site with 1 page. ( see our detailed post on

Opencart Developer Documentation

By | 2021-11-25T23:41:11+00:00 April 13th, 2020|OpenCart Blog|

A collection of Developer content copied from various forms online and collated in 1 place for some one starting out to develop in Opencart. This youtube videos playlist can also be helpful for some: OpenCart Videos Tutorials Introduction and Table of Contents This video goes through the introduction of the series OpenCart installation localhost This

Opencart Development

By | 2020-04-13T11:22:16+00:00 April 13th, 2020|e commerce, Ecommerce Products|

Opencart Development since 2011. Opencart is a widely used e-commerce platform in Ireland and across the word. It is known for its stability, speed and excellent SEO performance. It is fully customisable with a range of over 20,000 addons and templates.  Willows Consulting employ 5 Opencart Developers who all have over 5 years opencart experience. 

Supports For Ecommerce Business During Covid

By | 2020-04-21T14:32:03+00:00 April 4th, 2020|e commerce|

A list of  Supports For Ecommerce Business During Covid. It is an ideal time to either add ecommerce or brush up your ecommerce offering. You will never ( hopefully ) have time like this again at your disposal. Here is a quick list of supports available to Irish businesses. LEO Trading Online Vouchers, TOV for

How to close your ecommerce site and not kill your SEO ranking

By | 2020-04-27T16:54:26+00:00 March 30th, 2020|e commerce, ecommerce, Search Engine Information|

How to close your ecommerce site and not kill your SEO ranking.  Many of ecommerce businesses are closing for pandemic "lock downs" . When you do this you need to be careful not to kill your hard earned organic SEO. Important thing is to keep in contact with your customers and keep them informed and

Scaling Ecommerce Hosting for Big Events

By | 2021-01-01T21:50:47+00:00 February 18th, 2020|e commerce, ecommerce|

Scaling Ecommerce Hosting for Big Events. Read this point by point as every element is important to get your site to perform, stay up and collect as much money as possible. Got an instagrammer with 3 million followers and wondering how to make your website take the traffic without falling over ? First get the

Googles latest update has killed my traffic what to do ?

By | 2020-02-14T16:09:41+00:00 February 14th, 2020|e commerce, ecommerce|

So google has updated their index and your site that ranked no 1 for lots of words has dropped to page 2. First thing most will do is panic and hope the boss is not watching the stats carefully. If you have been engaging in Black Hat SEO, bad news you have been possibly nicked

Ecommerce Business Planner

By | 2019-11-17T11:42:56+00:00 November 17th, 2019|e commerce, How to start ecommerce|

This free Ecommerce Business Planner has been developed to help business owners and startups to see if they can make money online. We developed this after fielding and attending so many ecommerce project kickoffs where we saw that there was no way the client was going to make money from their venture. Most newbies

Best Ecommerce site finalist Eir Web Spiders 2019

By | 2019-11-11T19:18:37+00:00 November 11th, 2019|e commerce, ecommerce|

The awards season is hotting up nicely. Our client Celtic Whiskey Shop are in the final 3 for the best ecommerce site in Ireland. The Eir Spider awards are the Oscars of the web design industry. Sean Owens  MD of Willows Consulting said. "To be in the Final of this hotly contested category is amazing.

Free Ecommerce Website Tender

By | 2019-11-11T19:17:22+00:00 November 9th, 2019|e commerce, ecommerce, How to start ecommerce|

This Free Ecommerce Website Tender Document is intended to make it easier for you to get ecommerce quotes from a number of companies and then to be able to compare the quotes side by side because they are in the same format. Ecommerce Tender Sample Template This document will get you thinking about all the

The Power of Ecommerce Reviews

By | 2021-11-30T19:04:11+00:00 August 7th, 2019|e commerce|

The Power of Ecommerce Reviews. In ecommerce a product review is possibly the most effective information for increasing conversion rates. The more 5 star reviews the better the conversion. "76% of travelers said that they were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher review scores." "Every one star increase in a Yelp rating

Top 10 Ecommerce Design Mistakes

By | 2019-08-07T12:57:41+00:00 July 7th, 2019|e commerce|

Top 10 Ecommerce Design Mistakes to avoid and save yourself a fortune and a serious headache. Different selling models use different online techniques, and what might be fine to do in 1 sector maybe a complete turn off in another sector. Ecommerce Design mistake no 1. 1.  I want this to look completely different from

Important Changes in Google Product Feed Display and Search

By | 2019-04-02T21:41:27+00:00 April 2nd, 2019|e commerce, ecommerce|

Since August 2018 Google has been changing dramatically search for products. Organic ranking is becoming less relevant and less powerful as Google monitize their service to businesses. Businesses relying on organic listings and are seeing their sales and visitors drop while still occupying position "no 1" on the page 1 of google for selected search

Opencart Security Scam Email

By | 2019-01-22T13:40:22+00:00 January 16th, 2019|e commerce, ecommerce, OpenCart Blog|

Bogus Opencart Security Email If you get an email telling you to update your opencart installation because of a security update please ignore the instructions. DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINKS IN  THE EMAIL. The email is not from Opencart. This email operates by extracting the FTP details ( if you have been foolish enough to

How to Optimize Product Pages for Google Search

By | 2019-01-04T12:39:15+00:00 December 29th, 2018|e commerce, ecommerce|

Introduction. How to optimize your product pages for Google search ? Product detail Pages with good SEO provide the best ROI on click throughs. We know that if a google search delivers a searcher on to a specific product page it is better than a list of products. This is because niche search has

Shopwired to Sage Link

By | 2019-01-16T09:56:28+00:00 September 10th, 2018|e commerce|

Linking Shopwired to Sage50 or 200 will save you 100's of hours of re-keying, reduce errors to zero and allow you to process your customers online orders faster. Using our S50Cloud conduit and Shopwires API we create a Shopwired to Sage Link.   We link the 2 systems seamlessly synchronizing Products, Prices, Stocks, Customers and

Google My Business Listing Tips

By | 2021-10-20T14:52:31+00:00 July 9th, 2018|e commerce|

Google My Business if implemented correctly can drive serious traffic to your business. Not implemented or updated correctly can have a severe damaging effect. Because Google my Business listings now appear above the organic listing on desktop and mobile they are clicked more than the organic listing.  This applies especially to businesses that are location

What is the best GDPR Plugin for wordpress ?

By | 2019-01-16T09:57:39+00:00 May 8th, 2018|e commerce|

What is the best GDPR Plugin for wordpress ? There are so many GDPR plugins for wordpress and ecommerce we have decided to make an easy to follow Wordpress GDPR Plugins Review list so as to determine the best fit for your organisation. GDPR is mandatory for all businesses dealing with citizens of the European Union.

Has GDPR Killed Abandoned Cart Marketing ?

By | 2019-01-16T09:58:01+00:00 May 1st, 2018|e commerce|

With GDPR enforced correctly on ecommerce sites sending emails and remarketing to abandoned carts is going to be more restrictive to do legally. Abandonded Cart Issue. Ecommerce sites love tracking their visitors from the moment they land on a site to the time they leave and well after. We know a shopper remarketed to within

Video for ecommerce top tips

By | 2019-01-16T10:02:26+00:00 April 17th, 2018|e commerce|

Displaying Video of your product is proven to gain more sales and conversions in social media posting and advertising. Our eyes are drawn towards the moving rather than the static image. Creating video in the past of product was either expensive to do with good production or cheap and nasty. The problem with video is

B2B Ecommerce Expo Review

By | 2019-01-16T10:06:06+00:00 April 10th, 2018|e commerce|

We  attended the worlds largest Ecommerce show in June 2017 and attended the pre-show B2B Ecommerce Expo Review/symposium.  We attend shows and seminars to save you time and money. New word of the week. Prologue : Searchandizing Yes its all about making money out of search. Cocoa Cola B2B ecommerce gave an insightful presentation. My coke.com b2b

How do hackers steal credit cards from ecommerce sites

By | 2019-04-01T08:25:53+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|e commerce|

Ever wondered how do hackers steal credit cards from ecommerce sites and why the problem is not going away any time soon. Firstly there is no good reason why any ecommerce site should store credit card numbers in their databases.  The reason most do it is to avoid credit card company charges for storing card

How to pick the right domain name

By | 2019-01-16T10:03:33+00:00 March 18th, 2018|e commerce, How to start ecommerce|

How to pick the right domain name. Follow this checklist. When choosing a valuable domain for your new business there are 12 domain choosing tips you should consider. use the smallest number of letters try to start with the first 10 letters of the alphabet ( you will appear higher up listings as most are

Ecommerce Hosting Ireland

By | 2019-12-11T19:07:14+00:00 February 21st, 2018|e commerce|

Ecommerce Slowness Costs Revenue Ecommerce Hosting Ireland We provide specialist Ecommerce hosting for Irish sites. Tired of being on slow servers where you are not sure if they are being updated ? Getting poor page speed results? Even after you have zipped and crushed everything.  Its time to get proper hosting. Our ecommerce

How much does an e-commerce site cost ?

By | 2020-01-02T13:00:49+00:00 February 16th, 2018|e commerce|

How much does an e-commerce site cost ? So you have seen offers of building an e-commerce site from "FREE" to €1+ million. What the hell is going on and how to make sense of this. Take the smallest 10 product ecommerce site. "The prime ingredient in any site build is time and skills."

Websites for Jewellers

By | 2019-12-11T09:14:19+00:00 February 13th, 2018|e commerce, Uncategorized|

Websites for Jewellers We specialize in building websites for Jewellers. Since 2002 we have built over 20 jewellery websites. Our experience is your asset. We save you costly mistakes. Jewellery websites are complex and the secret in a successful jewellery website is getting the complexity of the product options in an easy to manage in

SAP Business One to PrestaShop

By | 2019-01-16T10:05:04+00:00 January 11th, 2018|e commerce|

Link SAP Business One to PrestaShop. This is the meeting of an enterprise CRM with Enterprise ecommerce. This middle-ware solution provides the following functions on your website. Synced prices, stock levels, titles and descriptions: calls can be real time IF the webserver is hosted in the same LAN as your SAP Business One server User

Link SAP Business One to Opencart

By | 2019-01-16T10:05:19+00:00 January 11th, 2018|e commerce, Uncategorized|

Link SAP Business One to Opencart. This is the meeting of an enterprise CRM with Enterprise ecommerce. This middle-ware solution provides the following functions on your website. Synced prices, stock levels, titles and descriptions: calls can be real time IF the webserver is hosted in the same LAN as your SAP Business One server User

Sage 200 link to Opencart and WooCommerce

By | 2018-02-17T21:35:59+00:00 September 18th, 2017|e commerce, Uncategorized|

Looking to integrate your sage200 to ecommerce ? You have come to the right place.  Link all your products, prices and customer data to your b2b and b2c website. Full integration and creation of a web portal for your customers to view their accounts and past history. Our ecommerce solution works in conjunction with

ecommerce integration to other systems

By | 2019-01-16T10:23:10+00:00 April 20th, 2017|e commerce|

Want to scale your e-commerce ? You need ecommerce integration to other systems.  When you integrate, errors disappear, more cost savings and as a result, higher profits. We provide e-commerce integration to almost all systems that have either an API and or a SOAP interface. We can handle flat files, xmls, csv's and whatever else

5 ways to make your facebook post convert for ecommerce

By | 2019-01-16T10:24:04+00:00 March 20th, 2017|e commerce|

Here are 5 ways to make your facebook posting lead to more sales. Posting products on facebook and promoting them is only part of what you should be doing.  You have to make your facebook expenditure return its investment. How to share a link 1. If you are sharing a link to a product have

Shopify to Sage 50

By | 2019-12-23T09:33:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2016|e commerce, ecommerce|

Shopify to sage50 integration is possible using our shopify to sageline50 integration solution. Once you have this in place you will be able to  : Download orders from shopify to sagelin50 automatically including Order lines with seperate skus and vat rates per line Discounts on shopify recorded in sage Multicurrency posting Optional create an account

Link Sage50 and Sage200 to Ecommerce

By | 2020-08-24T11:45:27+00:00 February 23rd, 2006|e commerce, Ecommerce Products|

link sage50 sage200 to ecommerce Link Sage to Ecommerce Sage50/200 ecommerce integration solution that allows you to integrate your e-commerce web site with your sage accounting software.  Everything from 1 hour setup for a standard sage50 to  custom integrations to fit your business. These integrations are especially effective for b2b ecommerce. Integrating Sage