Yesterday, Volusion surprised merchants with an “up to” $25 PCI Security Fee that will be put on their next monthly bill. Here is their message to merchants that was not made public:
“PCI SERVICE FEE: Due to increasing Internet security risks and growing regulatory compliance demands, Volusion is making extensive investments to maintain industry-leading PCI security standards. In order to continue delivering this highest level of security for your business, we must pass on a portion of this monthly cost to you of $25.00 (€19.35). You will see this fee reflected on your next monthly invoice found at https://my.volusion.com/PlanUsage.aspx. Thank you for being a valued Volusion merchant.” (Source)
Today, website builder Squarespace announced the highly anticipated Squarespace Commerce. We have heard rumours about Squarespace Commerce for some time now.
In their blog announcement Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena said “[ecommerce has been] the number one most requested feature across the platform for half a decade.”
I’m going to tell you about Shopify’s soon-to-be-released new platform soon, but first I want to go over some quick industry news. Last July Shopify, Bigcommerce and Volusion all announced upcoming new versions. Shopify announced the much anticipated “Shopify 2” with a teaser video and let in a small amount of stores to test the new platform. The first reactions were overwhelmingly positive.
A lot of you have WordPress websites and blogs these days, so it makes sense for you to consider getting one of WordPress’ many ecommerce plugins to turn your site into an online store. It’s convenient. It’s inexpensive. But is it the best ecommerce solution for you? In the coming weeks, I’m going to review all the popular WordPress ecommerce plugins laying out the good, the bad, and the ugly. But for now, I’m going to go over a few of the most popular and also tell you why you may be barking up the wrong tree with WordPress ecommerce plugins at all.