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6 Reasons Why You Should Explore Drupal 8

Have you been waiting for the release of Drupal 8 since Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert, announced its scheduled launch in December 2013?                                                                 Image credit: Flickr Of course, you are still waiting for the release of the Drupal 8 final version, even though the Drupal 8.0.0 Beta 1 version was released in October 2014. The anxious wait for Drupal 8 is justifiable since it is after all Drupal, which is easily one of the most popular CMS technologies in the world. You will be delighted to know that the latest version of this open source web Content management System (CMS) is even more flexible than before with more than 200 new features and improvements in comparison to Drupal 7. It is bound to improve the efficiency of the CMS platform being implemented by all types and sizes of organizations whether it is a small non-governmental organization or a Fortune 500 company or a high-profile organization like Whitehouse.gov. In this article, you will be provided with an honest review of Drupal 8 and its features. Having used Drupal for developing many websites, we will share useful experiences about this open source CMS platform. 1. Mobile-First Approach To cater to the growing demand for a mobile-friendly experience, Drupal 8 adopts the mobile-first approach by ensuring that all its built-in themes, admin pages, and new admin toolbar are mobile responsive. You need not worry or search for ways to ensure the...

What Works Best – Magento, WooCommerce, or Drupal Commerce?

ECommerce has been around for quite a long time now and has grown into a booming industry, picking up momentum in the global market like a wildfire. Thanks to eCommerce, people nowadays buy all kinds of things sitting in the comfortable confines of their homes and offices without having to visit an actual market. Not limited to the comfort of buying things online, eCommerce also allows people to sell almost anything, helping save on costs and traveling. Mobile commerce is no longer a nifty sideshow either. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the technology sphere, and as shopping on smartphones and tablets has now become routine for people, mCommerce has further shifted the retailers’ focus to building and enhancing their online business to stay in the race. Bank of America forecasts that $67.1 billion purchases will be made from smartphones in Europe and the US by end of 2015. A wide range of mCommerce platforms is available for building a robust mobile eCommerce site from which GSI, Oracle ATG, IBM Websphere, Amazon Webstore, MarketLive, American Eagle, and Magento are worth mentioning. If you are contemplating the prospects of building your own eCommerce site, it is important to know which platform will yield the best results. There are a number of platforms and services available for this task, but only a handful of them is considered worthwhile today. Let’s take a brief look at the three most popular platforms available today. WooCommerce The first in line and arguably one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the market today is WooCommerce – a stand-alone, open source plugin for WordPress that...

Magento – The Ruling King of eCommerce in 2015 Remains the Same

Every so often, we are asked as to what the best eCommerce platform is. And every time, the answer is the same – Magento. e-Commerce is one of those phenomena that is getting even bigger every year. With easy access to Internet and short-attention spans of this generation that draws them to online shopping, e-commerce has expanded very quickly. Did you know that out of all the people who use Internet, 80% of them have made an online purchase? Out of these, 50% has shopped online more than once. With the varied number of e-commerce stores hitting the online market, goliaths like Amazon and eBay are not the only options for the consumers. Consumers don’t mind using other platforms as long as the platform offers them a good deal. They like researching and browsing and satisfying themselves before they buy. Today online shopping is seen as an alternative to brick and mortar shops primarily because 71% of online shoppers believe that they will get a better deal online. But to be able to draw the attention of the consumers away from tried and tested e-commerce outlets, you have to make it seem worth their while. While your delivery may be free or your products may be excellent, nothing can replace the first impression, and the experience a consumer has while shopping on your site. To make sure that your e-commerce store is of good quality, there is a need to use a robust e-commerce platform like Magento. Magento is the world’s largest e-commerce platform. Magento has been through numerous changes – from its first Community edition that was released...

How to Initiate Business Intelligence in Your Organization

When running a business, it’s important to know what works for you, what doesn’t work for you and what hasn’t worked out for you in the past as well as what you need to do further to improve in the future. A mere knowledge of the facts on the face value is not enough to empower people with the insights they need to make better business decisions. There are some questions that only a dedicated process can answer. This is where Business Intelligence (BI) comes in: it is a smart data analysis process that businesses adopt to boost their performance by gaining valuable insights into their critical operations, using reporting applications and analytics tools. The applications and software used in this process are commonly known as BI applications and often include tabular reports, spreadsheets, charts, and dashboards. While BI systems are known for being costly and time-consuming, there are a myriad of business benefits associated with using these. According to a recent report by Dresner Advisory Services, apart from the clear advantage of better decision making, companies are found using BI for revenue growth, an increased competitive advantage, improved operational efficiency, and enhanced customer service. In addition to the outcomes cited by Dresner Advisory Services, BI also helps organizations improve decision-making processes at all levels of management and enhances their tactical and strategic management processes in the following effective ways: Gain Valuable Insights into Consumer Behavior Once you’re able to see what your customers want and understand what they are buying, using BI applications and tools, you can use these insights to develop something that matches the expectations of your customers...