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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
Multivendor stores are all the rage these days and it’s easy to see why. They provide tons of benefits to both businesses and consumers and are an excellent way for store owners to earn a commission.
The good news is that building a multivendor store in WordPress is actually pretty easy. And, in this article, we’ll cover everything from what a multivendor store is to what you need to build one!
Read about how to build a multivendor store
Google have delayed their implementation of mobile-first indexing for all sites until March 2021.
Sarah at WPTavern noted that this is mostly to give websites with a separate mobile version additional time to rebuild according to Google's best practices.
An added benefit to this delay for WordPress users is that native image lazy loading will be added to core by then so sites will no longer need a separate plugin to abide by that particular guideline.
See Google's post on the topic
I discovered this useful gallery of SaaS (software as a service) landing pages today - they have a particular focus on copyrighting as well as design which I liked.
They also include a useful 'Blocks' section. In their words:
Each block lists the best practices to convert the most visitors to customers. There's also helpful articles and screenshots from the top landing pages.
The gallery was originally launched on Product Hunt in July last year but it has been continuously updated since which is great to see. It's a gallery which is well worth bookmarking.
Check out the SasS Design Gallery
I loved this article from Marc Andrew. He writes about 8 simple ways to improve UI design.
On each point he demonstrates it with a before and after screenshot and an explanation of why the change works and makes the design more usable.
You can also sign up for a free cheatsheet of UI and UX tips on his site. If you design websites, no matter your level, I think you'd still learn some valuable insights.
See how to improve website UIs
Brian Dean has updated his SEO marketing hub for 2020 - this is a super resource for anyone interested in the topic.
This updated library now covers over 41 key topics — including Schema, sitemaps, SEO software, content audits, link bait, SEO best practices, and lots more.
It's an excellent resource for anyone to dip into for a couple of hours to plan some SEO improvements to their site.
Check out the SEO Marketing Hub
Finally this week, there's an interesting podcast from eCommerce Fuel featuring an interview with Web Smith.
He talks about dealing with burnout, how community is the future of eCommerce, why Nike is far superior to Reebok, and how he curates one of the top newsletters in the space.
Listen to the podcast (49 minutes)
Latest Shoptimizer updates
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, we pushed a bunch of minor updates this week in version 2.2.3. See everything on the theme's changelog page.
That's it for this edition. Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or suggestions, we read every message. Have a great week and best of luck with your projects!
Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus