ShoppingCart / Admin Updates Blog

This blog covers recent changes and additions to the shopping cart and administrative site programs.

Monday-May-20-2013 1:04 PM
"SEO- Microdata"

A hot new practice in search engine optimization is adding micro data to pages. You can emphasize core page elements from products, people and events to search engines. http://schema.org/Product

We can customize product  page listing templates such as home page, or product index and product pages.

Email us for a quote.


Sunday-February-10-2013 10:01 PM
"FREE SHIPPING OPTION"

We have made a new feature to the shipping options. We can set a free shipping discount based on when a customer reaches a certain dollar amount of products in their cart. Ex. Free shipping on orders over $100..
Let us know if you want us to enable on your site.


Friday-March-23-2012 7:34 PM
"Email migration"

For those using imail we are migrating email servers Friday the 23rd beginning at 10 pm pst. Email will be down for 30 minutes as we transfer mail from one server to another.


Sunday-October-16-2011 10:23 PM
"Wholesale option"

We have updated the shopping cart to allow for wholesale accounts. Thus when a wholesaler logs in the product pages and shopping cart will display wholesale specific pricing that overrides the previous pricing options.
Contact us for more information.

 


Tuesday-September-13-2011 10:50 PM
"Email updated (imail)"

Security update/ new version.
Should have no impact on day to day operations.
Updated anti-spam


Thursday-August-25-2011 1:49 PM
"Tax exemption"

For those that have customers who resell products we added a new customer value to prevent the customer from being charged sales tax.

In the admin: Go to "Manage Records".
Locate the individual whom you which to update.
Click Edit record "update".
A window will pop-up with the values for the indvidual.
Select tax exempt to "yes" then "update user". To prevent the customer from being charged sales tax..


Thursday-June-30-2011 11:00 PM
"CA tax rates updated"

Per July 1st 2011 BOE updates, the CA tax table has been updated.
http://www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/pdf/Pending_Rates-07-11.pdf


Thursday-September-30-2010 4:08 PM
"Email server upgrade Sat. 10/2"

Email service will be temporarily unavailable Sat. 10/2 as we migrate to a new email server. Existing accounts, email, passwords etc will remain unaffected upon service restoration.

 


Tuesday-October-20-2009 8:50 PM
"Auto ship"

The autoship shopping cart plug-in allows customers to select a shipment with a reoccurring interval. This allows them to place a single order and have you manage the reorder process on a date selected by the customer.

This increases your sales as the customer is relying on you to fill their order regularly. If a competing vendor decreases their price below yours the customer would be less likely to notice or price compare as they may otherwise.

You will see a list of all order in the autoship section of the administrative area. Based on when the customer placed their order and selected at what interval they wish their order to be refilled you will see the corresponding ship date. On or before (depending on your shipping speed) you will click that order, update any requested changes received via email or phone, and click through to complete the placement of the order. The order will generate a email to the customer and your customer service and appear in the orders pending processing along with orders placed outside of autoship. 


Saturday-September-12-2009 4:39 PM
"Discount Codes"

A new Discounts feature has beed added to the admin control panel.
You can create discount percentage off an order discounts or dollar off discounts.

This has been intergraded into the tracking link system. So you can create a discount code then create or modify a tracking link to use this new discount code. All traffic coming via that tracking link will be eligible to receive the new discount.

The intent of this system is a marketing promotional piece to increase conversion by offering a discount to a selected audience.

When in the shopping cart prospect customers will be reminded of the current offer.

You can define a start and end date of the promotion, high and low spend limits. 

Ex. an add that you run on Google adwords can state, click here for our products and save $10 off your order of $25 or more.


Wednesday-July-08-2009 1:25 AM
"Server Upgraded"

Hello,
We recently upgraded our core application service.
If you notice any functional differences within your website please let us know.
We also encourage you to click through your site as a matter of course.
Thanks


Friday-June-05-2009 11:02 AM
"Export customer records"

We have added an easy utility to access your customer records.
In the admin there is a new link under "Manage Records".
The link is title export to csv.
Clicking this link will generate a comm delimited spreadsheet.
A program like Excel will enable you to open and manage all your client records offline.


Sunday-May-24-2009 8:57 AM
"Clear cookies/ reset "

If you need to reset your cookies so you can see what a new customer would experience, go to your store url then type in the following page: eatcookies.cfm
ex: www.yoursite.com/store/eatcookies.cfm
This will remove logged in status, membertype, email, password, etc.


Friday-May-15-2009 10:37 AM
"Pick list"

We have added a print pick list app to the view orders page.
Clicking this link will generate a list of products and product quantity for orders of status processing.
This should save time allowing packaging personale to quickly gather all products for shipment using this pick list.


Tuesday-February-24-2009 3:47 PM
"USPS Priority Mail Tracking Status"

We have integrated the Admin and customer order status page to reflect orders confirmed by USPS as Delivered. Nightly we will query all orders of type status "Processing" and "Shipped" with USPS enabled and a tracking number entered in via the Admin order status page. Those tracking number will be queried against USPS to see if they have been delivered. If so that status of the order will state "DELIVERED". We will also display the confirmation message from USPS under the tracking number on the status page.

At a glance merchants can now see that orders have successfully reached their customers.


Saturday-February-07-2009 3:40 PM
"Improve your site's visibility in Google Search"

We now have integration with Google Sitemap tools.
Improve your site's visibility in Google Search Webmaster Tools helps you see how your site is performing in our search results, troubleshoot potential problems, and build Google-friendly sites. Webmaster Tools is for anybody with a website - bloggers, online stores big and small, government and education sites. If you're online, we can help. Make sure Google can find all the pages on your site Webmaster Tools helps you see your site the way Google sees it. If we have a problem accessing any of the pages on your site, we'll let you know. And it goes both ways: You can tell us about pages on your site by submitting a Sitemap.

About Sitemaps

In general, there are two types of sitemaps. The first type of sitemap is a HTML page listing the pages of your site - often by section - and is meant to help users find the information they need. XML Sitemaps - usually called Sitemaps, with a capital S - are a way for you to give Google information about your site. This is the type of Sitemap we'll be discussing in this article. In its simplest terms, a Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling process. Sitemaps are particularly helpful if: Your site has dynamic content. Your site has pages that aren't easily discovered by Googlebot during the crawl process - for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or Flash. Your site is new and has few links to it. (Googlebot crawls the web by following links from one page to another, so if your site isn't well linked, it may be hard for us to discover it.) Your site has a large archive of content pages that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all. You can also use a Sitemap to provide Google with additional information about your pages, including: How often the pages on your site change. For example, you might update your product page daily, but update your About Me page only once every few months. The date each page was last modified. The relative importance of pages on your site. For example, your home page might have a relative importance of 1.0, category pages have an importance of 0.8, and individual blog entries or product pages have an importance of 0.5. This priority only indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn't impact the ranking of your pages in search results.

-For pricing information email billing@californiaimage.biz


Friday-February-06-2009 11:29 AM
"Updated- Tracking Link Plug-in"

We have created a program that allows you to publish a compact link onto others sites. The goal is for you to be able to monitor click counts, orders, and sales from the published link. If you use Google adwords or similar programs this plug-in is priceless. You can monitor individual keyword buys and their success translating into a order conversion and dollar value. This is also a handy tool for monitoring and managing all your links in a single source.

This plug-in includes a utility that allows you to input the following information: source code, destination URL, program, description, keyword, even offer free shipping from a given link.

When you submit the above information to program will output a link. Ex: http://www.cfwebmaster.com/source.cfm?id=254. When people place an order via the tracking link the order will be tagged with the "source code" you entered when creating the tracking link. Thus you can view the source of your orders. In the admin just click "view order" or view the email receipt of the order.

The goal of this tool is to help you see where your orders are coming from and how many clicks you have from a given link. And control the destination page visitors will arrive on your site. Ex: In any ad that you setup for an ad program such as Google you can have a distinct sourcecode to track the performance of each ad. This is more accurate over Google's conversion tool because this tracking is built specific to your site.

We hope that this tool allows you to better monitor conversion of ad spend and the general value of outside programs in relation to sales.

-For pricing information email billing@californiaimage.biz


Monday-January-26-2009 4:38 PM
"Export the addresses of your orders"

You can export the shipping addresses for orders (status Processing) as a .CSV batch file. This should save time shipping packages, bypassing the need to manually retype shipping information on orders. This batch file can be used with shipping software. To access: Goto ADMIN > VIEW ORDERS > PRINT LABEL > (Bottom link to export CSV)


Tuesday-December-30-2008 10:50 PM
"Movement report updated"

We have added an update to the product movement report. You can now select individual products and view a graph of cost vs sales over a defined time range. Simply click on a product name from within the product movement report for the additional report.


Monday-October-27-2008 10:02 PM
"Important updates"

Due to the latest security updates/threats we have made substantial changes to our server network, the goal being to lock down many seldom used server functions. The recent server hardening updates apply the latest recommendations available to keep our server environment as safe as possible. As as a result there may be minor service interruptions as we apply the latest recommendations. **If a program such as email, FTP, or any other web service appears down, please let us know right away. Any changes that we apply will normally be done after hours but there is the chance that lingering auxiliary service that may be unintentionally disabled as a result of the server hardening. (Do note, we do test core server functions such as website, shopping cart, email, FTP, etc are tested as each change is applied to make sure these functions are not adversely affected by the updates.)


Saturday-October-04-2008 4:23 PM
"Google Checkout Payment Option"

In addition to Credit Card Payment Options, PayPal we are now proud to be compliant with Google Checkout. With a click of a button we can allow your card to easily accept Google Payment options from customers who prefer to pay with Google Checkout. Your customers would use your cart as they normally would, but when selection a payment option they would choose Google Checkout. The order would be stored and the customer would then login with their Google account and send you the payment from Google.

When using Google Checkout, you can sell with complete confidence. Google Checkout's industry-leading fraud protection program keeps you safe from fraud while helping you lower costs and increase sales. Here's how:

Guaranteed Payment: Checkout's Payment Guarantee protects 98% of Checkout orders on average -- when an order is guaranteed, you get paid even if it results in a chargeback.

Free Protection: While merchants are typically charged for fraud protection services, Google's comprehensive protection is free.

Lower Fraud Costs: Checkout's fraud detection systems reduce fraud and manual review costs by proactively filtering out fraudulent orders.

More Sales: The same systems also help increase sales by identifying legitimate orders that you might otherwise mark as fraudulent.

Fair Treatment: Unlike other services that immediately deduct funds from you for chargebacks, Google does so only after a decision has been made as to who is at fault.


Saturday-September-27-2008 6:19 PM
"Online WYSIWYG HTML Editor for your site"

We are currently beta testing a new online HTML editor. The goal of this editor is to allow you to edit your html using the browser and bypassing the need to use an html editor. This is tested in IE. If you would like to beta test this application just let us know and we will enable. This wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) push button editor will replace the existing editor and should make your webpage creation and edits a lot easier. Once this program is officially released as an advanced plug-in, it will run $5 a month.


Saturday-August-16-2008 9:35 PM
"Customer Records Management"

Updates have been made to the website user/customer records management plug-in.

You can now conveniently update customer billing & shipping information via the console.

Additional resources include editing status (registered, etc.), view password, click to email a customer their password.

This consolidation will help to minimize the number of areas an admin needs to go to make basic changes to a record or view basic information.


Tuesday-July-22-2008 9:33 AM
"New domain extension available "

We can register your new domain name for only $40 per year. Get your name before they are gone. ex: health.me Bob.me Tools4.me Send your list of wanted names to webmaster@cfwebmaster.com and we will look to availability. Give the ok and we can process your order ASAP with you credit card on file to prevent loosing out on this opportunity.


Tuesday-July-15-2008 4:17 PM
"Product Movement Report Updated"

We have updated the Product Movement Report. After re-writing the query we now have the ability to conveniently sort all the fields of information on the screen.


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