Understanding Shopping Cart Payment Processing

Shopping Cart Payment Processing

In over 80% of the cases I am setting up a shopping cart that has all of the payment processing aspects worked out in advance. Some of these “payment solutions” come packaged together. Many vendors are providing a merchant account as well as the payment gateway as part of a complete solution. The most popular payment gateways are Authorize.net and PayPal. Both of these vendors read more »

Who Is Setting Up the Shopping Cart?

Who Is Setting Up the Shopping Cart

I have done around 70-80 shopping cart website “builds” in my life. Out of that number I have only done the shipping, tax and payment gateway setups for only a handful. I would estimate the number to be about 20%. The reason the number of setups is a fraction of the shopping carts built is that most of my clients are web & marketing agencies. read more »

WordPress Virus / Malware Prevention Strategies

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I have been building WordPress sites for the past 8 + year. In that time, I have seen my share of WordPress sites that have been infected. WordPress is the most widely used platform on the internet. This presents itself as a target for those looking to exploit any vulnerabilities. I will outline some good preventive strategies as well as steps you can take after read more »

Approved Design Model for Web Development

Approved Design Model for Web Development

Regardless of the “build methodology” that is being adopted, I am a big believer in getting the design approved prior to the start of development. When I look a websites conversion metrics, I find websites do convert higher with a well thought out design.  This blog is written for the audience of web development and marketing agencies but many of these same principals will apply read more »

Choosing the Right Web Design / Digital Marketing Agency

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The majority of the web development work I have done work over the past nine years has been with web and marketing agencies. In all but a few instances, I have had amazing experiences with these agencies who I would highly recommend. There are a few cases where I would not recommend the agency to be able to monetize a client’s online presence. I am read more »

Understanding GDPR Compliance

What is GDPR?

GDPR is a new data privacy regulation created by the European Union to regulate how EU member state citizens personal data is used and collected. The regulation itself is an unbelievably long list of rules of protocols to handle personal data and goes into effect on May 25th, 2018.

Most site owners will assume that these regulations do not apply to them. read more »

Who is Doing Backups?

Website backups are a critical part of the success and longevity for any online business. It is critical to understand who is taking responsibility for maintenance and backups as part of the upfront agreement. Many hosting packages offer some sort of backup plan as part of their service, but relying on only them can lead to catastrophe.

Who is doing backups:

Developer:

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Correctly Utilizing a Project Management System

There are many project management system available out there. Each of them has certain features that appeal to its user base. Regardless of what system is implemented, there are some inherent fundamentals and protocols that make the experience much more efficient. I will cover items I feel are universal to every system. The three project management systems I have used most frequently are Asana, Basecamp read more »

Annotated Screenshots / Video Casts are a Requirement

One of the biggest challenges a web developer has is getting their work to render the same or at least presentable in all the major browsers and devices. To able to fix a specific browser or device “bug” it is critical to be able to see it. Even in the “agency” / “end client” relationship it should be established that screenshots are a requirement within read more »

My Work

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