Web design is complicated and dynamic. It combines different areas of knowledge that affects heavily how its target market sees the information given or make them want what you are offering. If you want the store to look excellent and have good conversion rates, the design plays an important role on this matter. Take note that this applies to both visual and simple to use (easy to browse, easy to search, easy to find, and easy to buy).
Before starting the list, remember that when building your ecommerce website your focus should be to MEET THE USERS' NEEDS, how simple is to find what they are looking for, fast loading, and a hassle free checkout is the ultimate goal of your store.
Instead of "showing off" what nowadays a browser can do, the passion of your webmaster should be directed to user friendly usability and good functionality of the shopping cart.
Threads on Zen Cart forums about recommended modules come around very often, but what is most intriguing about them is the wide range of "must-have" modules and the disagreements about what they are.
Since modules (plugins and addons) inhibit and raise the cost of upgrading, I strongly recommend that you use them only to solve problems or needs that you have on your site, to make your management easier and/or faster; and not because somebody else thinks they're a good idea or solved something for them.
When you are looking to open your online store there are 2 available options. You could hire a design company and have them build you a site from scratch with shopping cart and all the bells and whistles, or…you could go with the much more attractive option of implementing a ready-to-go ecommerce solution, which you can adapt to your particular needs.
Every year I upgrade our website design and scripts. I'm hoping to show off our new design in the next 2-3 weeks (including main site). Usually I'm questioned by customers why I do this. I'm not talking about the regular maintenance you give your website in a daily or weekly basis, I'm talking about the major improvements that don't take just one day to be done. Here are the 3 main reasons we (sometimes my team is involved) upgrade and/or upgrade our site at least once a year and why you should consider doing the same:
So, there you are with an excellent PSD design on your hands. Problem is, you need it converted into a Zen Cart custom design theme/template so you can conjure up a great website. The next step is to hire an experienced Zen Cart coder to get you on your way.
CMS (Content Management System) scripts are popular for developing various types of websites through the years. Even though they were started to create blogs easily, now there are from portfolios to full service business sites being created based in Joomla, Wordpress, Zen Cart, etc.
A difficult question from Paddy Moogan in the UK: "Hi, what are your opinions on optimizing an Ecommerce website where the main pages or products may not necessarily be rich in content?" That's a tough question, right? Essentially, you're saying here's a place where you can buy products and there's not a lot of content or maybe the content is duplicated from a bunch of places. So, my short answer is, you know, put on your user hat.
Color can affect how we feel and influence what we think. In general, bright bold colors tend to stir us up, while the softer pastel colors calm and relax us. Responses to colors can vary by age, gender and cultural background.
I can think about some things that are always annoying: Wait for a person that always arrives late to meetings; that my computer comes up to an error before saving the job I've been working on for a long period of time; spam emails.
Even though, there's one very worse than those mentioned and it's an outdated website. Let's say I get a flyer of a company with a product or service that I interest. The first thing I do is write down the website and throw out the flyer (why put away more papers?), when I go to the site to know more about the company, just there start the problems.