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How to Migrate Etsy Shipping Profiles to WooCommerce

Etsy and WooCommerce might do basically the same thing—give you a platform to sell goods online—but they do a lot of things very differently. One of those things is how they approach shipping. Etsy has Shipping Profiles that can be applied to individual products, while WooCommerce sets up everything under Shipping Zones, each containing different Shipping Methods that can be customized with Shipping Classes. Is your head spinning yet? Well don’t worry: in this article I’m going to give you a tour of WooCommerce’s shipping settings and show you how to migrate Etsy Shipping Profiles to WooCommerce.

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Your Favorite eCommerce Platform Sucks.

It seems that every week, in any given online community focused on a particular software platform, there’s at least one sorrowful and/or angry post declaring that the author is leaving for good because they just can’t take the negativity. This is followed by a series of responses saying something like “Your New Favorite eCommerce Platform Sucks!” and sometimes a brief period of soul-searching. Then next week the cycle repeats itself. What is it about software of all things that can bring out the worst in people? And what can be done to break the cycle? Continue reading “Your Favorite eCommerce Platform Sucks.”

Where Do You Find WordPress Support for Your Business’s Website?

A lot of people think that when it comes to WooCommerce support or WordPress support, you’re on your own. Hosted services like Etsy, Shopify, or Squarespace have dedicated support teams ready to help 24x7x365, but with free, open source platforms like WordPress or WooCommerce you’re at the mercy of Google and online forums…right? Fortunately nothing could be further from the truth. This article will tell you where to go to find all the WooCommerce and WordPress support your business needs.

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WooCommerce vs. Shopify: What Does an eCommerce Website Cost?

Two of the most popular eCommerce platforms for small businesses are WooCommerce and Shopify. Both let you build a professional, full-featured online store quickly and easily. But how much does an eCommerce website cost if you use WooCommerce? How much does an eCommerce website cost if you use Shopify? Does either one have the potential to save your business a lot of money vs the other? I’ve put together a monster infographic to help you decide.

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Happy Birthday to Woo(commerce)

Today is the 5th anniversary of the release of Woocommerce, the eCommerce platform the engine behind almost 40% of online stores and the one I recommend for artists, makers, and businesses selling products online. To celebrate five years of empowering people to start their own, independent online stores, I’m writing a 2016 in Woocommerce Review. Let’s take a look back at the highlights of past twelve months because age certainly isn’t slowing Woocommerce down!

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Getting Your Online Store Ready for the Holidays

Yes, the leaves are still on the trees but it’s time start thinking about getting your online store ready for the holidays. For many artists and makers selling their goods online, the winter holiday season is the busiest and most stressful time of year. Busy is great, but stressful isn’t. Here are some ways to make this year’s holiday season your most successful and your least stressful one yet.

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6 Steps to Build Your Sales by Building Customer Trust

One of the crucial tasks of a successful eCommerce online store is to build customer trust. It seems like every time you turn on the news there’s a report of another financial hack, so people are naturally wary of putting their credit card numbers into any old website, even if they love your products. Fortunately there are well-known cues that people look for when they decide whether to trust a website. Read on to find out six things you can do to roll out the red carpet and show your customers that your site is trustworthy, safe, and secure.

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Your Competition isn’t Who You Think it Is

I’m sure you’ve heard it many times from many people: starting your own business and keeping it alive isn’t easy. Etsy and the markets are saturated, the internet is full of cheap knockoffs, there is no room for anyone else and nothing is new under the sun. Maybe you’ve even been tempted to believe it yourself at times. But none of it is true. The truth is that you get to decide who your competition is and succeed on your own terms. Here’s how.
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