2013: the year which holds technology's future. 2013 holds so much potential for the future that we can't even fathom the idea of what's coming, positives and negatives. Starting from the basics: what do we mean by technology? Why is technology making this huge name for itself now rather than in 2003? Well, it has always been advancing, even in 2003. However, it gains more strength and speed in development because of the continued funding of who knows how many trillions of dollars in total! Before we dive into some sociological impacts, let's start with some recent technology advancements.
We know what you’re thinking: how hard could it be to make a website user-friendly and intuitive? After all, just stick a search bar somewhere at the top and some clickable tabs somewhere on the home page, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong.
Did you know search bars are not a more clear navigation tool than well-organized categories? In fact, if your product groupings are clearly named and your site is indeed intuitive, there’s no need for a search bar. What many people don’t realize when they’re thinking about how to set up their ecommerce website is that search bars are only effective for those who come to your store knowing what they’re looking for; search bars don’t directly encourage people to browse more or comb through your categories.
Until a few years ago designing an attractive presentation, or any other form of multimedia content, required expert designers. You first had to explain your idea to the designer who would then spend hours in isolation, using complex tools and software, to turn them into reality. Most of the times, however, you would still go away dissatisfied with the final product.
We’ve all seen the success of marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon, and eBay. It’s amazing that sites like Etsy are generating product sales of up to $65 million in a single month. However, these physical product marketplaces must take thousands, if not millions, of dollars to set up and maintain, right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case, since using a few tools like WordPress, a hosting plan, a marketplace theme (like Marketica,) WooCommerce, and WC Vendors can allow you to create a physical marketplace website on the cheap. And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it, step by step.
It’s no secret that hosted shopping cart platforms are exploding with popularity these days, but which carts are growing the fastest? Using Google Trends, I analysed which of the most popular ecommerce platforms are growing in terms of US search volume. Here are the results:
Here’s the fun part… can you guess which is blue? Since Google Trends only allows me to measure five search terms at a time, I chose: Bigcommerce,Volusion, Shopify, Core Commerce and 3dCart. Which ecommerce platform is exploding in US search volume? That’s Shopify.
If GIMP is so good, why does everyone use Photoshop? It's a fair question, given the fact that GIMP is so often heralded by open source enthusiasts. GIMP is a free photo editing software often cited as the best open source image editing software on the planet. An offshoot, Gimpshop, features a user interface that mimics the appearance and terminology of Photoshop – and it's also free. Why doesn't everyone use it instead?
First, I make no argument against GIMP as a world-class image editor. What's more, I have no problem whatsoever with open source – I'm also an enthusiast and have promoted GIMP in dozens of posts. What I do wonder is, when the free GIMP is arguably every bit as powerful as the $700 Photoshop, why doesn't everyone just use GIMP?
Have you ever wanted to turn your favorite photos and subjects into comic-like scenes and characters? You can achieve fun comic book effects for your photos with a few tweaks in Photoshop, as described by the following 10 comic book Photoshop tutorials. Pow!
This is a guest post by Tiago Veloso, the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter.