Is Shopify eCommerce Store The Best Solution for Your Business?

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If you are setting up your first eCommerce store today, you are very fortunate.  Compared to just 5-7 years ago, things are so much easier to not only setup but to manage and run daily tasks as well.

I know personally how much things have changed.  I purchased an online store software solution around 2002 and it was so frustrating to work with, the site never got off of the ground.  Today incredible solutions like Shopify and BigCommerce make things a walk in the park, so to speak.

My past struggle isn’t really important.  The important thing is you are about to have a great experience with your new 24 hour internet store.

Is Shopify The Right Solution For Your Online Store?

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Are Business’ Photo Posts on Facebook™ Dead?

Organic Reach in Facebook™ is a Moving Target

Not too long ago the best way to get your post seen by the largest number of your Facebook™ fan page members and customers was to use photo posts.  If you are not familiar with the difference in regular status updates and photo posts, the only real difference is you upload a photo, then add text to it.  A photo posted to your fan page can also be done without text, just a picture or graphic only.

As always though, things on Facebook™ are constantly changing.  Even Facebook™ Ads are an every changing animal.


How much are views to photos decreasing?

According to a study done by Socialbakers, photo posts are getting hit pretty hard.  The study shows photo posts now have the lowest organic reach of any style of post  coming in at 3.73% organic reach.  Facebook™ native videos however have jumped to 8.71% since being introduced in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.  This means less than 4% of your fans will see your photos according to average in the study’s data.

Why did Facebook™ change the amount of views photo posts are getting?

After looking at the numbers, we can see, the simple answer is users love video.

Facebook™ wants to show users posts that they enjoy seeing and engaging with.  If they don’t do this, users will leave the platform.  Engagement includes clicking, liking, commenting and sharing.

They constantly measure this data to determine what users’ Newsfeed should be made up of on an individual user and a platform level.  This is why things are always changing.  The more they learn about the users, the more they can improve the system.

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WordPress Security 3.5.2 Update Released – Update

wordpress logoWordPress released a new update today that is important for the security of your website or blog.

It is strongly suggested you update your WordPress CMS  immediately to make sure it is secure and unauthorized users can’t get into the back end.


The security fixes included:

  • Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
  • Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, reported by Konstantin Kovshenin, or reassigning the post’s authorship, reported by Luke Bryan.
  • An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. Reported by mala and Szymon Gruszecki.
  • Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
  • An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability. Reported by Wan Ikram.
  • Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting. Reported by Andrea Santese and Rodrigo.
  • Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails. Reported by Jakub Galczyk.

Source: WordPress 3.5.2 Maintenance and Security Release


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Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the New Facebook Timeline for Pages [Infographic]

There is a huge change coming to Facebook Fan Pages.  Facebook is changing the format of Pages to the Timeline format used in person profiles.  You opt to change to the Timeline format now or  you will be forced to switch to the new Timeline layout on March 30th, 2012.  While many things are changing and new the most controversial of them is the disappearance of the default landing tab.

While the landing tab has gone away, the the landing pages used for default landing pages have not.  Facebook is still giving page owners the ability to create the landing pages but you will need use a differnt method to get visitors to the page.

One solution is Facebook Ads which you will have to pay Facebook or you can use your creativity to get them to your Custom Landing Page.  Before we worry about getting visitors to the page, we first need to build the Landing Page.

Below you will find a terrific infographic detailing all the changes to the layout and gives you a quick guide on what you need to do to get ready.


Google Maps Adds Indoor Maps to Android Phones

Google is now mapping your indoors.  Google Maps for Android 6.0 is going to start showing interior maps of airports, select malls and retail stores in the US and Japan.   Sorry iPhone users, there isn’t an app for that yet.

Additional details are also displayed by  Google Maps, such as places, landmarks and geographical features, to give you context about what’s nearby. Now with the new Indoor feature Google Maps for Android enables you to know  where you are and figure out where you want to go even when you’re indoors.



Some retailers already participating are Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Home Depots and all US IKEA stores.  IAH and HOU airports are also on the list, a full list can be found below.



Google-provided screenshot of the Mall of America before interior maps and after:



US Launch Partners (full list):

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • George Bush Houston International Airport (IAH)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Boise International Airport (BOI)
  • Akron-Canton Airport (CAK)
  • Macy’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • Mall of America
  • DDR Corp malls, including Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville, VA
  • Brixmor Property Group including Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles, CA



Google Indoor Maps look like a really helpful tool especially for those of us always getting lost in Houston Intercontinental Airport.  A presentation about the features can also be found on the Google Maps site.

One day all the interiors of Victoria, Texas could be mapped out for us.  For the time being you will have to get your fix at Home Depot and the Houston Airports.

Privacy On Facebook Versus Google Plus [Infographic]

Online privacy is a hot topic. Which site offers more privacy, Facebook or Google+?   I’ve heard people saying that Circles is the answer but is it really?

Peer One Hosting created this infographic that illustrates how the two sites differ in privacy or lack there of.  Take a look, you might be surprised by the facts.


Facebook vs Google Plus Privacy Comparison Infographic
Facebook vs Google Plus Privacy Comparison Infographic