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Friday, August 31, 2018

nopCommerce 4.0

We are now using the latest version of nopCommerce 4.0

nopCommerce has now migrated to ASP.NET Core 2.0. This has resulted in significant performance enhancements. This version is much faster.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pay Fast Fees

Our online shop (ecommerce platform) using the Pay Fast gateway to handle online payments.
This allows our clients to trade 24/7 in real time with their customers.

We are often asked what the Pay Fast fee are.

PayFast doesn’t charge any setup or monthly fees. Making payments is free, but we charge a fee for receiving payments. When you request money to be sent from your PayFast account to your bank account, we also charge a Payout fee. You don’t require a merchant account with your bank to use PayFast.

All fees exclude VAT

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

nopCommerce 3.70

nopCommerce 3.70 has just been released; packed with some exciting new features and improvements.

Version 3.0 now caters for Web farms and multiple instances in Windows Azure.Now with this version, you will no longer have to worry whether your site can handle a large number of visitors.

nopCommerce 3.70 now has improved product attributes. A shop owner can now set an attribute specifying when a product is made available to the store.

There has also been a number of security and performance enhancements in this version of the ecommerce package.

To find out more about getting your store onto nopCommerce or selling online please give us a call.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Oracle PL/SQL - How to embed an apostrophe inside a string in dynamic sql

I was asked to make some enhancements to an existing .Net Application that uses an Oracle database.
Most of the logic used by the application resides in the database in packages. These packages make use of loads of dynamic sql.

So one of the issues encountered was having a list of branch descriptions built up on the fly. The problem was that some branch descriptions had an apostrophe in the description thereby terminating the string and breaking the dynamic sql.

So the branch description variable was something like this...   'Test store 1, Test store 2,Test store's'
"Test Store's" was breaking the dynamic sql  because of the apostrophe.

The solution without having to double on apostrophes is to use User Defined Delimeters...
q'(Test store 1, Test store 2,Test store's)'

Start the literal with "q" to mark your delimiter, and surround your delimited expression with single quotes is basically what is happening above. The user defined delimiter is the round bracket, so everything in between round brackets is taken as is.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Videos in E-commerce stores

E-commerce Video

Video is slowly starting to replace product photographs in  e-commerce stores and websites.
Video has the added benefit of improving SEO programs and social media campaigns. Research is showing that customers spend more time watching videos of products than browsing through product catalogues.

Google analysts have found that Google shows a preference to videos that are viewed for longer periods than a few seconds in it search rankings.

More e-commerce stores will replace their static images with videos in 2013 as this media has proved to be more engaging with customers. 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Does my business need an app?

The amount of time users spend on apps is growing. In fact the amount of time users spend on apps has actually outgrown time spent on the web.

So does your business need an app? The fact is that most businesses only need an HTML responsive website built with a mobile first mind set. These websites are designed to cater for mobile applications in terms of size and ease of use and can easily be extended for full desk top web use cutting the costs needed for building them.

The next time you re-design your website consider asking for a mobile website that can be extended to a PC website thereby allowing you to extend your website's reach to both the mobile and desktop worlds.

For Affordable Websites in Cape Town contact Alwin

Friday, January 18, 2013

Using Skype To Assist Your Business

Most of us use Skype to make free voice calls and to make use of video chat. Skype is awesome for this but their is so much more you can use Skype for... Especially for small businesses.

Skype has a wonderful video conference facility. This will save you time and money as you can use Skype Video Conference instead of traveling to meet business partners.
Free Skype to Skype calls also come in handy when calling suppliers and clients.
Instead of paying for a toll free number for clients to contact you on why not add a Skype button to your website for clients to get hold of you free of charge to them and to you.

Need to demo a new product or power point presentation to clients use Skype's "share your screen facility".
In other words when on a video call with a client Skype allows you to share your computer screen with them i.e. they will be able to see your screen as if they were sitting in front of it. Works wonderfully when you want to show off a new website, conduct a presentation or demonstrate a new product line.

Need to take notes of what was said in a meeting. If you are on a Skype call make use of Skype's record feature which will allow you to play back what was discussed on the Skype call.

All the tips discussed above are free on Skype.

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