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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
Baymard have published a fascinating study on accessibility in major eCommerce sites, and the numbers are stark.
- 82% of sites have accessibility-compliance issues with images
- 73% of sites have accessibility-compliance issues with links
- 58% of sites have accessibility-compliance issues with form field markup
- 64% of sites have accessibility-compliance issues with keyboard navigation
Accessibility is of a key concern in our own Shoptimizer theme - our homepage scores 98% in this category for example.
This is a very interesting study and something to carefully consider when looking at your own store.
Read Baymard's accessibility study of eCommerce stores
WooCommerce have announced that their payments solution - helpfully called WooCommerce Payments is now available to merchants based in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
WooCommerce Payments is powered by Stripe and is free to install, with no setup fees or monthly fees.
The best part about WooCommerce Payments is that you can control payments directly in the WooCommerce back end. There’s a new payment tab that lets you view charges, issue refunds and deal with disputes. You don’t have to connect to your Stripe account or any third-party site.
Pay-as-you-go fees start from 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction for US-issued cards. You can see the full list of fees for each available country here.
Discover more about WooCommerce Payments
If you work with WordPress you should be familiar with Local - the development tool which allows you to create WordPress sites on your own computer.
WP Engine announced that Local Pro, the commercial upgrade, is now free for all users.
Beginning with version 6.0, all features that formerly required a paid subscription are now available with a free Local account.
These include Live Links Pro, Instant Reload, Link Checker, and MagicSync.
It's a wonderful gesture from WP Engine to give such a useful tool for the WordPress community away for free.
Take a look at Local Pro, now free for everyone
One of our favorite speed testing tools WebPageTest got an update this week to now cover core web vitals.
It highlights exactly (using a screenshot) which element on your site is causing LCP or CLS issues, to give you a much better understanding of the root causes of your performance issues.
If you're new to core web vitals be sure and check out our series of posts which include:
I came across a very interesting showcase featuring UI elements from real products called Design Vault.
It's a curated library of screenshots and interaction patterns from the world's best digital products. It's a useful tool to gain insights, explore trends and understand competitors and best practices.
Often, snapshots are generated from both mobile and desktop views which is an important consideration these days.
Check out Design Vault
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Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus