MagentoGo has only 8 months left! AGGGH!

Oh yes, eBay have announced they are removing pro-stores & MagentoGo in Feb 2015. This is a major headache for so many businesses!

But no fear, help is here!

People that can help you migrate to Magento CE:

1. Me

Yes, I can set up your OWN Magento system plus plugins like M2ePro for marketplace integration. I can also look into moving your MagentoGo design too.

http://kidsontalks.com/kidsonworks/magento-m2epro-your-own-multichannel-system/

2. Understandinge

Understandinge.com gives you the tools to do it yourself if you are so inclined to try.

3. Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce is eBay’s chosen partner for transferring your existing STORE to Bigcommerce. Bear in mind there is no marketplace integration unless you are something like Channeladvisor.

Give me a shout if you need help!

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Importing NOT from China

Well, sourcing stock for my new biz I tried various avenues and suppliers. Aliexpress was GREAT to get some samples direct from manufacturers.

During research I found with this particular product type customers and professionals were kicking AGAINST made in china products as there had been some IP/replica issues and trust was dwindling. I was heading for the mid range and NOT discount market so I decided to go with the feeling on this one.

For this particular product I found an independent US brand which had its products made in the USA which sat better with buyers in the mid market range.

Now I have my first range of stock and all excited, but a lot of photography and swatching is needed before I go live as well as website development.

My next range will be made in china. I shall be rekindling relationships of old that I used many years ago before Alibaba was wildly used. They are on there so it is SO MUCH EASIER to see their ranges and organise purchases now!

So the moral of the story is, importing from China is GREAT, but other countries do make stuff! I would *love* to develop a product with a British company also, but mostly – they ignore you.

I think sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I am PERFECT for cosmetic product development in the UK. What with the retail knowledge and that Chemistry degree. Hell, I develop mineral make up for my friends specific beauty issues and they can’t live without it now.

British manufacturers lack vision in some cases. In China and the USA they don’t.

Need advice on importing? Check here: http://www.thewholesaleforums.co.uk/

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Kidsonworks…more information

I have been working in the e-commerce sector since May 2000 starting with my own e-commerce business while I was a mere 20. My first major market was the USA. As a retailer I have sold personally from my own enterprise on eBay, Amazon and Website (I built the website myself) successfully but then in 2005 I switched my main career as a chemist to helping others sell online. It has been my passion and addiction ever since.

So what can I help you with?

eBay Design
Amazon Webstore Design and Integration
Shopping cart system design and integration (Magento/Vendio/Big Commerce etc)
Multichannel/Multi Marketplace Listing Strategy and Implementation
Marketing Advice, consultancy and implimentation
Support/Troubleshooting
E-Business management

and anything else relating to e-business you can think of, but these are my key areas. However, I am open to your ideas and projects you may have.

You will see the content grow as well as showcases in the coming weeks and I will update this post with links.

Of course, ‘how much?’ is the key questions. Well my rates are simple and I base the work on the time the projects will take. All quotes are final, I will not add on ‘extras’ if something takes more time than I anticipated. That’s my fault, however new requests outside the original agreement will be quoted for and charged on an individual basis.

Rates for my time:

£25ph plus expenses if needed (If I need to travel to you or stay in a hotel etc) for consultancy, marketing, management and all other tasks that don’t include coding, development and high end integration.

£40ph for coding, development and high end integration which I normally conduct not on site. If I need to consult and plan a coding project with you the consultancy and development time will be charged at the lower rate.

I do discount for very large projects though which stretch over 6 weeks or more, or regular maintenance agreements.

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If you want to make money on the hyper web, you need to speak it’s language…

If you want to be a successful e-business SOMEONE in your business needs to know HTML and CSS. We are not talking experts at all, we are talking http://www.w3schools.com/ basic level of HTML and CSS (no need to worry as far as CSS 3 and HTML 5 as that’s for crazy coder types)

Why?

At the most basic level to format your text properly. Visual editors don’t always work on platforms such as eBay and you sometimes get yourself in such a loop with visual editors the code is crazy at the back end. Even if it is just to CLEAN OUT the code to start again with your visual editor, you need to know what is code and what is not…

The better understanding your team has of HTML/CSS the less reliance you have on third parties to do everything for you. It puts more power into your hands. The clients I have taught various aspects of code, using FTP, editing code files and replacing images find it empowering to control this aspect of their business. It gives you greater understanding of what web design and development agencies DO also.

Feedback I have from clients that have used web agencies and also people I talk to at events hate all the ‘cloak and daggers’ mentality of the web design world. They feel they are hostage to their web company because they don’t know the magical interweb language.

Things you should be able to do yourself as a business:

  1. Format text using basic HTML/CSS.
  2. Use FTP to upload, host and replace images on your server. Heck you need to know WHAT a server is, how to get your image URL’s from it so you can use them for stuff like eBay.
  3. Distinguish between CODE and TEXT so at least you can remove the code and start again if you are using a visual editor
  4. Know how to use FTP/server tools to BACK UP your files/design in case of errors or attack.
  5. Know how to control your domain name. This is power you should never give over to a web company completely. They can change stuff on your behalf sure, they need to do this. However, it is yours, you should own it and be the one to BUY it from a domain provider. Too many times I have entered projects to find out the ‘old web designer’ is the one who owns and controls the business main domain only to part with it at a high cost.

For more control – soon as you know who to distinguish between code and text you can change your text without breaking your design.

Knowing a few more webby bits to do with your business puts more power into your hands and makes my life as a web developer easier. I don’t want to have to charge you to edit text because you can’t get it right using the visual editor your webstore uses…. It pains me to do so as I believe you can do it and SHOULD do it.

I need to get on with the magic stuff you really can’t do!

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Do you sometimes get the feeling you are not liked?

But fortunately some people do like me for example Debbie from ASWAS who informed me of another attack to my blog!

Now I understand why I keep this blog to the bare bones so within an hour I can wipe the slate clean and start again.

Well I think I am back up to almost full capacity and it’s friday evening so can’t be beeswaxed to check everything!

However I am scanned and clean. The most important thing is not getting blacklisted and keeping out the ‘nits’.

Have a nice weekend kids!

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