Announcement: BigCommerce Templates, Development, Plugins, & SEO

For 8 years One Take Media has created great Ecommerce templates and custom designs. We can help you with BigCommerce coding, SEO, store maintenance, and store setup. As well as migration to BigCommerce from any other ecommerce platform. Don’t use BigCommerce or aren’t involved in ecommerce? We have Web Design Services as well!

“One Take Media is true to their name: They do great work across SEO, development and marketing, and they do it fast. They’re a pleasure to work with!”

Ian Lurie @portentint
CEO & Founder

“When eBay announced they were shuttering the ProStores e-commerce platform, I was forced to migrate so I settled on BigCommerce. I quickly learned I was in way over my head. Then I hired Matt Montgomery’s team at OneTakeMedia, they took care of the migration including all URL re-directs for the entire product catalog, product images, and design elements.  They served as my liaison with the BigCommerce Migration Team, Google, and my domain registrar. Once the new site was complete and approved to my needs, we turned the site on and I had my first sale within an hour. Since launch my bottom line is up 26% and I never skipped a beat.”

The our team consists of e-commerce experts and Web professionals. We listen, we consult, we strategize, and help plan for the future to bring our client’s business dreams to realization. Whether you are a new start-up online company or a seasoned entrepreneur with several retail locations, we enjoy working with all levels of businesses. In the last 8 years we have helped our clients succeed and partnered with them and their business to the next level. We understand the concerns of running a business and look forward to guiding you each step of the way. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our e-commerce specialists!.

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Live Facebook Video Blog with TheEveryDayChefandWife.com

TheEveryDayChefandWife.com  is a great food blog and private chef and catering service that is one of out long term seo clients. We have worked with them for over a year now and have seen great results, good rankings progress, engagement and a 150% increase in overall business in 2015 compared to 2014.

Earlier today The Wife and Marcella (one of their talented cooks and writers) posted their first LIVE video blog: https://www.facebook.com/chefjasonmcclearen/videos/989712767809545/ – “Trial attempt at making homemade Port Ice Cream” ‪#‎homemade‬ ‪#‎icecream‬ ‪#‎wine‬ ‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎foodblogging‬ ‪#‎live‬

NOW! Livecasting via Facebook part 2 of “Making homemade Port Ice Cream” – https://www.facebook.com/chefjasonmcclearen/videos/989734437807378/

How I could have been scammed!

I got several emails and texts earlier this year that i never got around to engaging with, they sent me txts too. But this one was a different topic and i got curious so I started up the conversation: Note: I’m leaving out my replies.

 


Email 1:

>
> Hello
> I’m Kelvin i would love to know if you can handle website design for a new company and also if you do you accept credit cards  kindly get back to me ASAP so i can send you the job details and also are you the owner of your facility???

Email 2:

Well i have a small clothing business for both male and female which i run here  in city am trying to expand the business and i want you to build an informational website for it for advertisement and to increase my sales rate..so i need you to checkout this site but i need something more perfect than this it is possible,http://www.missrebel.co.uk.The  site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate .the estimate should include hosting and i want the site to have not more than 8 pages since it is informational.i have a private project graphic designer ,he has the text content, images and the logos for the site.

Note:
1. I want only English language
2. I don’t have a domain yet but i want the domain name as selfie-wears.com or selfie-wears-Al.com
3.You will be updating the site for me.
4. I will be proving the images,logos and content for the site.
5. I want the site up and running before ending of next month.
6. My budget is $2000 to $5000 Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2) your cell phone number  
(3) And will like to know if you are the owner ??
BUSINESS NAME ; SEFIE WEARS.
MY CELL PHONE NUMBER: 817) 890-2914

for selling i just want it informational please get back to me with an estimate and i can payment to get started thanks

Email 3:
Thanks for getting back to me,Well i only wanted an informational site,i  like the layout of the site that is why it was sent to you as sample,i will like to with the selfie-wears.com think that will be better as a domain name you can purchase that for me.I am not selling on the site yet that is why i want it informational for now.I have up to 50 items i want to upload on the site for now .i want the site updated monthly each time i have new designs i want to upload on the site.I will like the search engine optimization ,It will make it easier for people to get to my site my budget is for the website alone ,i will have my private project graphic designer forward the information you will be needing as soon as you come up with an estimate.i will like you to get back to me with your estimate so we can proceed.

get back to me with your quote.

Email 4:
Okay good  am okay with the cost of  $****  does that include processing  fee + tax and am ready to make down the payment Asap??
and also what type of merchant processor are you using for processing payment??

So can you also get back to me with your personal cell phone so i can text you and call you??


I was suspicious at the start, so i googled and found this blog post: http://blog.ihenix.com/nearly-got-scammed/ that helped confirm what I suspected it was.

I’ll be posting about this blog and this scam attempt on me on my Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin/and blog.

Thanks again to Robert Bowick, iHenix!

Dealing With Slashes “/” in Magento Category Names

Recently I had a client that had a traditional html site where he sold his antiques, complete with html/cgi order form. 🙂 A client of mine suggested that he upgrade to an actual ecommerce site and gave him our information. A large number of his categories had slashes in the name, Artists/Prints, for example. 

So I needed to find a way deal with Magento’s understanding that a / denotes a category/subcategory assignment rather than it just being part of the category name.

I spent a fair amount of time researching on google and I found a few articles that talked about it, but no clear way to deal with it (enclosing the category names with quotes didn’t work and neither did escaping the character as some posts suggested) until this morning when it hit me.

Ascii html Characters! Could I substitute / with / and would that still display a / on the storefront, but be accepted by the store input? so i did a test and indeed it worked perfectly! I had already created a Import/Export profile for categories, so just deleted the categories that had a / in the name, edited the category csv file subbing in / for any / and uploaded. Then i uploaded a test product to Artists/Prints and it worked! So on the storefront i had Artists/Prints showing as a category and my test product in it.

So here are the steps I took and hopefully this helps anyone that’s run into this problem that doesn’t want to change their category names to remove their /’s all together.

  1. Manage Categories > replace / with /
    1. I had over 70 categories to deal with so it was easier to make a import/export profile http://www.templatemonster.com/help/magento-how-to-exportimport-data-in-csv-files.html#gref and edit using Find/Replace in excel/openoffice or you can download an extension to help you.
  2. Open your product spreadsheet, go to the Categories column, using Find/Replace to do the substitution.
  3. Import!

Hopefully this is helpful to you all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you all!

AdWords Conversion ROI Tracking for Bigcommerce Stores

If you place the default Adwords conversion roi tracking into your Bigcommerce store’s affiliate code section all you will get for your trouble is a count of your conversions. While this is helpful you will be missing out on a lot of good information. You will not know your Bigcommerce store’s ROI (return on investment), you will not be able to see what keywords are making you the most money.

Step 1:

Take this code:

<!-- Google Code for Purchase Conversion Page --> 
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"> 
<!-- 
var google_conversion_id = <strong>Your-Merchant-ID-Here</strong>;
var google_conversion_language = "en_US"; 
var google_conversion_format = "1"; 
var google_conversion_color = "666666"; 
if (%%ORDER_AMOUNT%%) {
var google_conversion_value = %%ORDER_AMOUNT%%;
} var google_conversion_label = "Purchase"; 
//--&gt; 
&lt;/script&gt; 
&lt;script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion.js"&gt; 
&lt;/script&gt; 
&lt;noscript&gt; 
&lt;img height=1 width=1 border=0 src="http://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion/Your-Merchant-ID-Here/?value=1&amp;label=Purchase&amp;script=0"&gt; 
&lt;/noscript&gt;

<span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 12pt;">Replace <strong>Your-Merchant-ID-Here </strong> with your Google Adwords merchant ID. </span>

<span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 12pt;">Step 2:</span>

<span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;">Bigcommerce control panel, click <b>Setup &amp; Tools</b> › <b>Customize your store</b> › <b>Conversions</b></span>
<img class="alignnone" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/awesome_screenshot/6560566?AWSAccessKeyId=0R7FMW7AXRVCYMAPTPR2&amp;Expires=1416872685&amp;Signature=l%2FU73dm5sz5CYWb7nlWJmRDdPVg%3D" alt="" width="866" height="372" />

<span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;">Drop the edited code into the box on the next screen and click save. Give it a couple days to catch up and you should have new conversion data!

</span>

ProStores Shutting Down After 15 Years of Service

ProStores shutting down after 15 years of service, not something I thought I’d be saying after working with amazing ProStores merchants and members of the PS tech team and executive team . I can’t imagine this has been an easy decision, but its made now and there is no turning back.

From the prostores.com home page:

—————-

Dear ProStores Merchants,

We’ve made the difficult decision to shut down ProStores on February 1, 2015. Your store will not be affected during the Holiday shopping season – it will continue to operate and perform normally, and ProStores will continue to provide customer service until February 1, 2015.

Over the past 16 years we’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of merchants and have been humbled to be a part of so many success stories. Going forward, we’re focusing our resources on eBay’s Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition, two solutions that better support and better equip small and medium size merchants to prosper in the evolving and increasingly competitive eCommerce landscape.

Please be sure to take advantage of the checklists, planning resources and special offers found in the Migration Center to help smooth your transition to a new eCommerce solution.

Sincerely,

Mark Lavelle, SVP, Product and Strategy, eBay Enterprise

———————-

If you log into your admin you will see the new Migration Center which outlines what you can do to keep your store going and migrated to another platform like BigCommerce or Magento CE (not to be confused with Magento Go which is also shutting down).

There are some really great deals on migration, especially for the BigCommerce platform (which we recommend for probably 80%+ of ProStores merchants).

We are ready to work hand in hand with all ProStores Merchants, current clients, past clients and new to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Store Transfer and Migration from ProStores to BigCommerce, made easier!

When we move your site from ProStores to BigCommerce, we do all the heavy lifting. Your site will retain all of the product, category and customer data from your existing Prostores store. Enjoy all the benefits of BigCommerce’s innovative and ever-expanding technologies.

We will migrate your entire store!

We will move your existing site from ProStores to the BigCommerce platform professionally, correctly and quickly – Begin the transfer today.

ProStores is officially closing their doors Jan 31st 2015. ProStores has offered a really great deal to current ProStores.com merchants (not valid if you are hosted somewhere else, please see the package below). Please see the new migration center in your ProStores Admin confirm your details. They are offering free product, customer, category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open.

ProStores and Bigcommerce are offering free product, customer, and category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open, as well as reduced monthly fee. Please see your admin for full details.

We know that its a tough situation and we have the experience in ProStores and BigCommerce to help you move smoothly. Since ProStores and BigCommerce are not able to help you move your design we are offering a design integration and store configuration special. If you are currently hosted with prostores.com we will discount our package below by $600 (making it $1395.00). You will need to email [email protected] to get a special link for that price. While BigCommerce does its work we will duplicate your store design in BigCommerce and set up all your store settings for you. We will help you go down the Migration checklist that ProStores has provided for you and get you moved into your new home with ease. If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote.

What we and Bigcommerce will do for your store as a part of their migration and our migration offerings.

  • Product database *
  • Product images
  • Including multiple product images
  • Product attributes
  • Including price changing product attributes
  • Related products
  • Customer database
  • 301 Redirects for all pages
  • Categories and subcategories *
  • Logo, design template and color scheme port (example #1, example #2, example #3)
  • DNS support and consulting
If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote

Moving your website will never be easier! Offering power and flexibility as well as enterprise-level tools at a price that every business can afford. BigCommerce is a world class, fully functional eCommerce platform for small-medium-large businesses. Move your store from ProStores to BigCommerce now with help from One Take Media’s Ecommerce Experts!

Total: $1,995.00

  • Deposit: $895.00

Remainder to be paid after completion of design transfer and store settings migration.

You can also pay in full at start to save $200!


Payment Options



*please contact us first about product catalogs over 300,000 unique items, or 5,000 categories. Special setup and pricing may be required depending on your situation.

ProStores to BigCommerce Store Transfer / Migration

Store Transfer and Migration from ProStores to BigCommerce, made easier!

When we move your site from ProStores to BigCommerce, we do all the heavy lifting. Your site will retain all of the product, category and customer data from your existing Prostores store. Enjoy all the benefits of BigCommerce’s innovative and ever-expanding technologies.

We will migrate your entire store!

We will move your existing site from ProStores to the BigCommerce platform professionally, correctly and quickly – Begin the transfer today.

ProStores is officially closing their doors Jan 31st 2015. ProStores has offered a really great deal to current ProStores.com merchants (not valid if you are hosted somewhere else, please see the package below). Please see the new migration center in your ProStores Admin confirm your details. They are offering free product, customer, category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open.

ProStores and Bigcommerce are offering free product, customer, and category migration, free 301 redirects for all your store’s pages so that you lose very little of the carefully developed rankings you’ve cultured over the years of being open, as well as reduced monthly fee. Please see your admin for full details.

We know that its a tough situation and we have the experience in ProStores and BigCommerce to help you move smoothly. Since ProStores and BigCommerce are not able to help you move your design we are offering a design integration and store configuration special. If you are currently hosted with prostores.com we will discount our package below by $600 (making it $1395.00). You will need to email [email protected] to get a special link for that price. While BigCommerce does its work we will duplicate your store design in BigCommerce and set up all your store settings for you. We will help you go down the Migration checklist that ProStores has provided for you and get you moved into your new home with ease. If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote.

What we and Bigcommerce will do for your store as a part of their migration and our migration offerings.

  • Product database *
  • Product images
  • Including multiple product images
  • Product attributes
  • Including price changing product attributes
  • Related products
  • Customer database
  • 301 Redirects for all pages
  • Categories and subcategories *
  • Logo, design template and color scheme port (example #1, example #2, example #3)
  • DNS support and consulting
If you use related products we will need to review how many you have as Bigcommerce will not migrate those and we have to charge for that work because its use among merchants is so varied. Also if you use Google Shopping we will need to set up your store categories and edit your products in bulk to make sure that works. Again the use and complexity of each merchants Google Shopping set up varies too widely to include in our migration package and would require an additional fee, thankfully most of that particular process isn’t too difficult and won’t be too expensive. But we will need to review your products and export files to give an accurate quote

Moving your website will never be easier! Offering power and flexibility as well as enterprise-level tools at a price that every business can afford. BigCommerce is a world class, fully functional eCommerce platform for small-medium-large businesses. Move your store from ProStores to BigCommerce now with help from One Take Media’s Ecommerce Experts!

Total: $1,995.00

  • Deposit: $895.00

Remainder to be paid after completion of design transfer and store settings migration.

You can also pay in full at start to save $200!


Payment Options



*please contact us first about product catalogs over 300,000 unique items, or 5,000 categories. Special setup and pricing may be required depending on your situation.

How NOT to design a form

Dear RestaurantEquipmentDirectory.net,

I have to be blunt, your submission form really sucks.

  • it doesn’t allow dashes in the phone number but doesn’t say so, gives a stupid “are you sure you entered an area code?” error
  • it requires http:// before the www in the site url, a simple adjustment to your form can make tell if there is http:// entered and if not add it to the url so your database has it in it each entry.
  • it can’t delete or ignore preceding or trailing spaces in the email box, they are common when copy/pasting email addresses
  • your keyword submission boxis equally stupid. you only allow single keywords and no phrases? what is this the 90s? “Commercial restaurant equipment” is a high value search/keyword phrase but according to your form’s “no commas, use spaces” only rule I can only submit single keywords, which reduced me to only submitting 6 instead of 18 so that ‘and’ and other connecter words and the first or last part of multi-word phrases didn’t get my client’s site mis-categorized.

so after 10 min of fooling around trying to read the tea leaves i was able to get this client in, but it could have been a couple min process.

Also, the site needs major work if you want it to look professional, you ought to check out some templates if its not in your budget to have a custom design done, they’ve come a long way since the 90s. I even have some of one of my sites, www.bltemplates.com

Custom ProStores Wishlist Button Tutorial

How to replace the wishlist button with a Custom ProStores Wishlist Button.

Far too often merchants have a really hard time figuring out how to add a custom prostores wishlist button to their store, the fix is not very obvious and requires a few edits and you can do it too!

1. Go to the Stylesheet Base Template, save a baseline,

2. Replace ‘.btn_wish_list’ section with the following code

.btn_wish_list {
        background: url(<ss:value source="$storeVersion.images['addtowishlist.gif']"/>) no-repeat 0px 0px;
    padding:2px 2px 2px 20px;
    width:115px;
    height:26px;
    font-size:10px;
}

3. Go to the Add to Cart template, save a baseline
4. replace <ss:if test="$store.wishListEnabled"> section with:

<ss:if test="$store.wishListEnabled">
      <tr>
        <td>
          
        </td>
        <td width="100%">
          
            <input type="submit" name="addtowishlistbtn" value="" class="btn_wish_list" style="border-style:none;"> 
          
        </td>
      </tr>      
</ss:if>

Hopefully you all found this useful, if you still need help and would like us to install your custom prostores wishlist button, just let us know and we will create a project just for you. The cost to add your button to replace the default prostores wishlist button is $50. We can even make a custom wishlist button for you that will match your store’s look and feel, we can give you a quote for that, just contact us.