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Hi there, hope you're having a great Friday!
This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a weekly roundup of eCommerce articles, handpicked by us.
With so many hosting options, plus the cost of additional plugins and services you can add, some site owners have said that it’s getting more and more expensive to run an eCommerce site.
We look at the monthly website maintenance costs for folks running small, medium and large eCommerce stores. Plus, a guide to simple maintenance tasks you can do yourself to help keep these costs down as well as our 'must-have' tools to keep your store online, secure, and backed up.
Colm looked at the best reviews plugins for WooCommerce - which transform the default implementation into something far more impressive.
Social proof is increasingly important in eCommerce and looking at how you display and collect reviews on your store can have a real impact on your conversion rates.
We have recently revived our ShopSiteAwards eCommerce gallery, a showcase of hundreds of designs to give anyone who runs or is building a store a shot of inspiration.
We saw great feedback from my post on the best WooCommerce designs of 2019, so ShopSiteAwards is a continuation of that, but covers every platform, not just WooCommerce.
Post Status has a great article on choosing between Shopify and WooCommerce. If you have clients who are leaning towards Shopify some of the arguments contained within, especially around data control and the open web could sway them towards WooCommerce.
This is a huge development. If you've been following our guides on speeding up WooCommerce you'll know how important it is to lazy load your images. From Chrome 76, it'll be coming to the browser natively without the need for any lazy loading scripts if an attribute is applied to the image.
For now, it'll only work for regular images, not backgrounds, but it's still a huge step in making websites a lot faster. Kudos to Google for implementing this, hopefully the other browsers follow suit soon.
If you'd like to learn about customizing WooCommerce and be led by the hand by a master, then the CustomizeWoo video guides by Rodolfo over on Business Bloomer are well worth checking out.
You can get 5 videos for free by just signing up. If you want to get into building WooCommerce sites for a living it'd be a great investment.
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