Online shopping cart

The Online Shopping Cart : All You Need To Know

The shopping cart is a crucial part of the e-commerce website, and building a good one is crucial to a good e-store. Read on to understand why the shopping cart matters, and how to design an effective one for your e-commerce website.

What is A Shopping Cart?

In the e-commerce, a shopping cart is a software you include on your seller website. It is a software system that manages customer payment, shipping details, payment processors, and distribution of shipping details to merchants and delivery systems.

A shopping cart handles most of the essential processes of your website, making it a crucial facet of your business and online store.

The Nature Of A Shopping Cart

Every good shopping cart software fulfills the following roles:

  1. Stores data of every product on the store.
  2. Offers consumers a form to collect data for each order delivery.
  3. Manages customer queries related to the order.
  4. Displays all the information of the product on the website for your customer to view.
  5. Allows onsite merchandising and cross-selling of products.
  6. Begins order processing, or forwards the details to the payment gateway to initiate the transaction.

Let’s say you’re buying a product from a grocery store. You use a cart to pick all the products you want to buy from the store.

An e-commerce shopping cart is just like a grocery store shopping cart, with some differences. In an e-commerce website, the shopping cart is where you place all the products you want to buy, but it’s also much more. The e-cart plays the role of shelves that display the products, the cash register where you pay the bill, and sometimes even the swiping machine that deducts the credits for your bill.

Types Of Shopping Cart Softwares

There are two basic types of shopping cart software: licensed, or hosted.

Licensed

In a licensed version, you pay a one-time fee and buy the software solution for your website. After this, you can place the software on any of your websites, or even make changes to modify its functions.

You can also change web servers, and carry your shopping cart software onto the new server.

Hosted

A hosted shopping cart software solution is a Software as a Service (SaaS).

Here, you pay a recurring fee (mostly monthly) to access the software. You cannot carry this to another web server in case you want to move your website. Neither can you make any changes in the software to get it to function differently.

Both hosted and licensed software solution have their own pros and cons.

A hosted shopping cart might not give you freedom to change anything in it, but is a better choice for beginners in the e-commerce business. It makes most of the decisions for you. and sports a user-friendly interface. A licensed version, on the other hand, is better suited for experienced e-commerce businessmen; it comes with a high sale price.

There are several shopping cart software solutions available in both categories. Check this link to find out what they are.

How To Pick Your Shopping Cart?

Here are some things to keep in mind when picking your shopping cart software:

  • Pick a price that is affordable, or proportional to your sales.
  • Look at some other websites that use the shopping cart you’re planning on buying. This will give you a realistic idea of how the shopping cart functions.
  • Try using the administration panel on the shopping cart. Check if it is easy to use, or if it takes effort.

Shopping Carts And E-Commerce Software Solutions

An e-commerce software solution helps you build your own e-commerce website. Most times, the shopping cart software is pre-integrated into the solution. It comes with a user-friendly interface, letting you set up your shopping cart software without any issues. Some of these e-commerce software solutions are Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce, and Demandware.

e-commerce software solutions like Shopify come with all the services you need right on their website building platform. Wouldn’t it be nice to design your logo, decide your domain name, and build your website, all in one place?

How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

To start with your own self-hosted blog you need two things Domain name and Hosting. Domain name is basically the URL of the website like mine is technofall.com. Next is the shared server space which is termed as hosting where you will actually host all your website data/files. Now the question that arises is how to configure domain and hosting. By configuration I mean when someone types in your domain name in the address bar, he or she should be redirected to your hosting/server where all the files are stored. So basically we need to give some information about the hosting to the domain.

Buying domain and hosting

Before configuration let me tell you some important steps/tips before buying. 

  • Try not to go for cheaper hosting as they will have greater downtime and your website will load slow
  • If you are planning for multiple websites, then go for multi-domain hosting or a VPS if your budget is higher. This will help you in long term
  • Next to check the availability of domain name you can always visit this website or may be use the hosting provider’s website for it. Ofcourse it is subject to availability
  • Try to go for .com domain and a shorter name as people tend to remember that easily
  • While purchasing hosting the first question that will pop up is, would you like to buy a new domain or use an exisitng one, choose accordingly
  • The greater the tenure of hosting the cheaper will be the cost per month
  • Always buy using a discount code. Contact me for discount code at: karan@technofall.com or comment or Facebook me. I will get you the best offer that you can’t refuse
  • Some providers only accept credit cards while others accept debit card and netbanking too

How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India?

Now to start with, we will take an example of Bluehost India which is basically hosting provider company. You can get all sorts of hosting from shared to VPS. We will start with single domain hosting which can host one website only and then move on to multi-domain hosting.

Note: No matter which hosting or domain provider are you using, the setup is pretty much same for all.

There can be two conditions :

  1. You bought the domain and hosting from the same provider, which is the best thing to do as the domain cost is discounted for new account.
  2. The domain and hosting are purchased from different provider

For both the cases the settings are almost similar. In the second case you can go ahead and transfer the domain name with the new hosting provider if you want. We will not talk about how to shift domain from one provider to another, google that. So let us see how to configure domain and hosting.

  1.  Log in to the account from where you purchased hosting.
  2. Next search for what is called the “Name Servers” which is the name of your server. An example for bluehost will be something like ns1.cp-in-8.webhostbox.net, ns2.cp-in-8.webhostbox.net  (Normally it is in this format – ns1.serviceprovider.com, ns2.serviceprovider.com or may be .in.net). Your’s can be totally different so please make sure you check it properly.
    How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

    Link Search orders bluehost India

    How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

    Domain name bluehost India

  3. For bluehost you can find all the settings in Manage Orders – > List/Search orders. Next just select the domain name. While purchasing make sure you enter the correct domain name or else you will have to cancel and buy it again. I know its annoying, earlier you could change it easily.
    How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

    All settings bluehost india

  4. Next you will see the main dashboard where you will find the Name Server Details.
    How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

    Name server details

  5. After you have got the two name servers, time to enter it in the domain settings.
  6. If you have bought the domain from other provider then login to that account, or if it from the same provider then just go into domain settings.
  7. Search for Name server option in domain settings. The location to setting is different with all the providers.
    How to configure domain and hosting | Bluehost India

    Enter name server in domain setting

  8. Next you will get like 4-5 text box with may be pre-entered name servers. Just delete those default ones and enter the name servers that you got from the hosting account.
  9. After this, the update of name servers may take as long as 48hrs.

You can always check for the name server update on who.is website. Or may be ping your domain name and it should return reply with the new server IP. To see the changes at your end you may need to delete cache of your browser or open CMD and type “ipconfig /flushdns” or restart your router. So basically this will answer your question how to configure domain and hosting. Next you need to setup the website for which you can use ready made CMS like wordpress or others with their one click installation available. There can be exceptions in setting and some hosting provider may need to point your domain directly to the server IP. If that is the case then you can always ask for their help and they will guide you over phone/email.

So these were the steps on how to configure domain and hosting. Sometimes this can be a complicated thing if you miss out any step. Once you get a hang of it, things will get easier. If you still are not confident or you have any doubts on how to start with your own blog, please write to me or mention it in the comment section below.

how to download website for offline access

How to download website for offline access

how to download website for offline accessHave you ever thought you can download a complete website on your hard disk and access it offline. Ya it is possible. All the images, layout and everything. No need for internet connection or anything to view next time. You may have downloaded a webpage, by right clicking and selecting ‘save as’ webpage complete. Now this saves the whole webpage. But doing that for every page manually may be inconvenient. So today using a tool, we will see how to download website on your hard disk. Imagine if you got internet connection for limited period, and you want to read whole website, then this method would be handy. So lets start.

How to download website on hard disk??

  1. First you will need a software named Internet Download Manager(IDM). Now many of you may be familiar with it, and may be using it too.
    Download it from here
  2. Now install it on your machine and launch it from start or desktop.
  3. Look out for the option named grabber in its panel. (Refer image below)
    How to download website
  4. Now click on it and a dialogue box will appear. Now enter project name, website URL which you want to download, and then in template select complete website. You can choose other option if you want to download only audio,video or images. Then click on next. (Refer image)
    How to download website
  5. Now you will have to choose location, where you want to save the whole website. And then click next.(Refer image below)
    How to download website
  6. Now select the explore whole site, for downloading whole website and click next.
  7. Again select ‘all files’ option and press next.
  8. Now the downloading of the website will start. It will take time depending on the size and the topography of website. Let it download.
  9. After completion, browse to the folder where you have saved the website. There will be many folders and at bottom a file named
    sitename_default. For my case it will be technofall_default.
    It will be a html file, and you can open in your default browser.

So in this way you can download the whole website and view it offline without an internet connection. Also as it is saved on your machine, it will load superfast. So no more loading problems too.

If you have any doubts regarding this tutorial, then do post them in the comment section below. I would be happy to help you.

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How to know the theme name of wordpress website

Find theme name of wordpress website

All the users of internet visit various websites while they surf on the net. So at some point of time, user may become curious about knowing the name of theme used on website. May be because the theme is looking good, and they want to give it a try, or any other reason. Now many of the websites are based on WordPress. And also, WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the web. So today we will see, how to find theme name of WordPress website.

The methods i am going to explain is easy and everyone can use it with comfort. This will work work only if, the name is not encrypted by its admin. We will discuss two methods. The 1st is bit lengthy, but knowledge gaining, while 2nd one is quick. Try both. So lets start.

How to find theme name of wordpress website??

METHOD 1: Lengthy

  1. First you need to go to the website, who’s theme name you want to know.
  2. Now right click on the website, and select view page source or view source.
    Find theme name of wordpress website
  3. A bunch of code will appear in front of you. Don’t get afraid by seeing all that.
  4. Just press ctrl+f and then search for websitename.com/wp-content/themes (don’t mention www, directly start with websitename)
    Find theme name of wordpress website
  5. Now you will find the name of the theme like below

    websitename.com/wp-admin/themes/ThEmEnAmE

    Find theme name of wordpress website

  6. So here is the theme name, search it on google, and then download it, if you want to give it a try.

METHOD 2: QUICK

  1. Go to this WeBsItE
  2. Now just type the website address in the box provided and press enter.
  3. You will come to know the name, author and much more info about the theme. This tells you more then the name of theme.
    Find theme name of wordpress website

Now the 1st method gives you a bit info about coding and 2nd one give you more detail of theme. So try both to gain maximum knowledge.

If you have any doubts regarding these methods, then feel free to post in the comment section below, I would be happy to help you.

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