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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a weekly roundup of eCommerce articles, handpicked by us.
Have you heard about this term, dropshipping - and ever wondered what it meant?
Dropshipping basically eliminates inventory requirements and makes it easier for anyone to start selling on the Internet.
Instead of storing and shipping products yourself, you’ll form an agreement with a third-party so that you accept orders, but the third-party handles storing inventory and shipping it to customers.
To put this into practice, we built a dropshipping store selling headphones using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme.
Plus, we wrote a guide and recorded a 4 hour video explaining the whole process. Check out the results!
A carefully curated list of top eCommerce podcasts is like having your own personal mastermind group to help you learn from some of the most successful people in the eCommerce business.
Podcasts are also a great way of keeping up with the frenetic pace of change in the eCommerce world. So grab a coffee and listen to some of our favorites, we've even highlighted episodes of note so you can jump straight to the good stuff.
I came across a really nice free images stock website called Reshot this week. They're completely free for commercial use and the images have a modern feel which would suit many eCommerce stores. I particularly liked many of their people shots, they'd be great for hero banners.
For more free images resources, see our 10 free stock photo sites for your eCommerce store guide.
Google released an important update this week announcing an evolution of their nofollow attribute. There will be two new attributes, "sponsored" and "ugc" (user generated content). Google uses all of these signals to better understand page content.
If you have sponsored links on your site it seems best to started switching to this new attribute. Read more from Google.
Barn2 came out with a new plugin this week called WooCommerce Default Quantity. WooCommerce of course normally defaults to 1 for any item. This may not be suitable for certain items you sell. For example:
- If you're selling event tickets, it might be best to set 0 as the default.
- Products that are often sold in sets such as pillow cases.
- Many hardware parts or bakery items are sold by the dozen.
You can set a global default quantity and then set individual default quantites right from the edit product screen. It looks like it could be a useful solution for many store owners.
Latest Shoptimizer 1.7.5 update
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, we pushed a pretty big update this week, version 1.7.5. Here are the main additions:
- Star rating now displays within the single product sticky bar.
- Can now place the single product sticky bar at the bottom.
- Can now add label text beside the mobile menu.
- Option to display the site tagline under the logo.
- Theme option to turn off the sliding cart drawer
See the changelog for everything included in this release and instructions on how to update.
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