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UI stands for User Interface and UX means User Experience. These are the two important factors of a digital platform in order to make it visually appealing and easy to use. UI defines the visual aspects of a website, mobile app or any other digital interface including color palette, template, and graphic elements such as images, buttons, font and so on. With a professionally designed UI, you can make your solution more interesting and inviting for your audience and achieve better interaction rates. UX is mostly based on studying the behavior of your target users in interaction with your digital platform. It is mostly based on data, facts, research and analysis and less on visual aspects.
However, the best results could be achieved when both UI and UX are at developed the same level and there is a good correlation between them. Here is a good explanatory video about UI and UX from CareerFoundry which offers educational courses in this area:
There are nearly 2 billion websites registered in the world until today and every second, almost 3 new websites are registered. However, the number of active websites in the world is less than 200 million. These are some interesting statistics which makes us wonder:
- What makes people, companies or organizations to register a website?
- Why some websites are so known and popular?
- What makes the internet users to find a website and use it for the very first time?
- What can change a Visitor to an active User?
- What makes a user to return to a website and use it on regular bases?
If you are reading this text now, there is a great possibility that you have a new idea which you need to build a website for that or perhaps you have decided to upgrade your life, business, company or organization with some proper digital tools starting with a website.
Regardless of the reason, in today's society, having a website is a bright idea! It helps you to stream the data and information which you want to share with your audience or clients, as well as to contact, interact and collect feedback from them.
If you are going to develop a fresh website or need to improve an existing one, there are several parameters that you need to keep in mind for a successful result. Going through the details of these parameters here would be a long long story which of course you can find on many other resources.
"We provide a full solution package including a full analysis on your target costumers, their needs and behavior and reflect it on your website's design. By providing a well-tested and error free website, demonstrate the power of your business and organization and at the same time be sure that our team is ready to help you by providing a quick and reliable support service."
Our best advice would be, book a time for a free discussion session with our development team and get a detailed proposal for development of your website including the required parameters to implement and time and cost estimation.
Magento is currently known as the most flexible e-commerce platform. It is literally a masterpiece in the software industry, offering almost unlimited possibilities for technically savvy shop owners.
It supports many different currencies and tax rates by region, product type or consumer groups, easily integrates with different payment systems as well as logistics and accounting.
Magento is visually very professional and provides many well organized categories. It also has first rated e-commerce features and a lot of options to help you to build your idle e-commerce website. Everything is included in Magento, from promotions to private sales and customer segmentation.
Since it is a fully open source platform with a wide range of plugins and extensions, it allows you to edit the code in any way you want and extend it to any customized solutions that you would like to.
Easy to use:
Unlike it's front-end, Magento's back-end is not so user friendly. By launching Magento 2.0,the platform has highly been improved regarding the interface, with a simplified admin panel which is very organized and friendly to use.
Magento is available with two different options. The Open Source version ("CE" or Community Edition), is free to download and use, and you do not need a monthly subscription for this option. It is the perfect choice for small to medium-sized businesses.
The second option is Magento Commerce ("EE" or Enterprise Edition). This solution is recommended for large companies and the price depends on the size of your business. Magento Commerce (Cloud) is also built to work with a cloud infrastructure which is what many bigger companies are using now. To find out the price for your particular business, you must contact Magento or our development team.
You need to note that some plugins or extensions which you may require for your Magento platform may not be available for free.
Magento is definitely the winner of the SEO comparison between e-commerce platforms. It is extremely SEO-optimized and offers comprehensive SEO functionality. Having said that, you should be familiar with the optimization principles in SEO to take the most advantage out of this monster platform.
It offers many SEO settings that are out of the box. Among these are meta tags for products and start pages, image optimization, canonical tags for categories and products, edits of robot.txt files, etc.
We definitely rank the Magento SEO as 100 of 100. A terrific and realistic result.
Thanks to its popularity, Magento has a wide variety of different templates available. The majority of themes in the Magento extension store are user friendly, adaptable and responsive.
There are more than 100 available free templates at the Magento Marketplace, and the good news is the fees start from 1 Dollar Cent! But the average cost considering overall price range ends up somewhere between $80 and $100.
There are tons of online documents, help and articles for Magento developers as well as store owners or managers. Most probably you can even find a well explained text book at your local public library for Magento.
Shopify's source code is almost clean. Code issues have been handled by Shopify and you can have a good control of your own content and source code including HTML and CSS. More than 300,000 website owners (globally) have made their platform based on Shopify. It has also been famous for being a pioneer in implementing new features.
Easy to use:
The Drag&Drop editor environment on Shopify makes it an easy to use and update platform. The templates are also easy to edit. All these features makes it an user friendly platform specially for beginners or non-coders.
Shopify offers a 14-day free trial, after that you have to pay a monthly subscription fee. It will cost you from $29 for a baseline subscription. It should be mentioned that a credit card fee is added to the transactions (max 2.9% + 30 cents per purchase).
In case you do not want to use Shopify's payment system, you have to choose an external gateway like PayPal, Stripe and so on which have their own rates and fees.
Shopify is very SEO-optimized. It contains all the essential SEO features at all levels: editable title tags, meta descriptions, page URLs, ALT tags for images, custom image file names, etc. We can say that Shopify has an SEO ranking of 94 from 100 total.
Shopify is supported by a large visual template store where you can find beautifully designed and responsive e-commerce templates. Today, Shopify offers 9 free templates and the theme prices start from $140 and more.
Shopify is one of the leaders in the industry when it comes to support services. They offer responsive customer service 24/7 for paid users. You can reach the support team via email, phone or live chat. If something happens, you can be sure that you will get help quickly. In addition, Shopify has provided great number of guides and tutorials on their website.
WooCommerce is actually a Plugin for the WordPress CMS (Content Management System). So if you want to add some ecommerce functionality to your WordPress website or weblog, it could be your easiest solution.
Today there are more than 800,000 ecommerce websites using WooCommerce Plugin. Since it is an Open Source product, you are able to change or edit the source code by your own.
WooCommece has all the basic e-commerce features like multiple product types, payment systems, delivery settings, tax controls, inventory management, coupon systems, discount vouchers, etc. In addition, you can develop this e-commerce platform with WooCommunity's own plugins, but also through WordPress add-ons and themes. WooCommerce offers a wide range of official additions and templates.
Easy to use:
Comparing to Shopify, WooCommerce needs the initial settings to be done within the WordPress framework. This could be the tricky part but afterwards it is also easy to use and manage. As an open source plugin, there is no subscription plans but the down side could be that you need to take care of the settings by yourself.
Basic functional WooCommerce version is a free e-commerce plugin with free updates. If you need more than just the basic options and features, you will need to pay and purchase them. For instance, SEO, more payment options and so on. The official WooCommerce add-ons cost from $49 per piece and more.
Since WooCommerce is based on WordPress, it benefits all the SEO features coming with the CMS itself. Also, because it is open source, if you have some coding skills you can add and improve its SEO capabilities. You can use the third-party WordPress plugins to improve the SEO as well. Overall, we can have a SEO ranking as 97 of 100 for WooCommerce.
Aside from all available WooCommerce templates, you can get any compatible WordPress theme which works with your plugin. In other words, in most cases, you can use any WordPress theme you want and make it work with WooCommerce. You can also find finished WooCommerce themes both for free and paid versions.
Perhaps the best choice is to start with the WooCommerce's standard template called Storefront which is included for free. This template is really effective to put all the focus on the key elements of an e-commerce website and helps you sell more efficiently.
As it is common in Open Source platforms, you need to change the code and do fixations by yourself if you have a problem in your website. Also, you can search for help online and in WooCommers forums or communicate with the official website.
OpenCart is a free open-source platform and a perfect match for small and medium-sized businesses. This e-commerce platform is based on PHP, so anyone with some PHP background can just enjoy working with it.
OpenCart comes in form of a very basic ecommerce functions and the additional features are available to add and install from between more than 14,000 extensions.
In OpenCart, you can manage multiple ecommerce stores from a single back-end control panel. It also supports unlimited number of categories and products. If you want to expand internationally, it also supports you with additional languages and currencies.
Easy to use:
OpenCart is quite user friendly and is an efficient platform that comes with a very intuitive, well-designed interface. It's easier to use than Magento, but a bit more difficult than WooCommerce and Shopify.
OpenCart is quick to install and along with its responsive interface, the platform is easy to use for those shop owners who do not have a technical background.
As another Open Source platform, OpenCart is free to download, update or change. You should always note that despite open source products are free to acquire, it doesn't mean that you can run your web store or ecommerce website at no cost! There are always fees for providing web host, security, payment gateways, templates, extensions and so on.
Regarding the SEO ranking, OpenCart fairly falls somewhere between all other platforms and not so far. It has all the basic SEO features that you can expect from a first-class e-commerce solution and is capable of getting your products in the SERP peaks quite easy.
Meta keywords and descriptions can be given to all product and category pages, as well as title and header tags. OpenCart also manages the creation of SEO URLs that are out of the box. Maybe even better than WooCommerce.
As it is common in Open Source platforms, you need to change the code and do fixations by yourself if you have a problem in your website. Also, you can search for help online and in forums.
There are also some third party support companies which help you with technical issues with charging you some fees.
PrestaShop is also an Open Source platform which can stand somewhere between Magento's complex performance and Shopfy's simplicity. It's free to download and use and you can change or update the source code.
PrestaShops allows customers to create fully customizable, trendy e-commerce websites in just a few minutes, without paying licensing costs or revenue as Shopify does.
It comes with many Buit-in features which are the most common ones for starting an ecommerce website. Today there are more than 250,000 websites using PrestaShop.
Easy to use:
It's easy to build a PrestaShop from scratch, even though it is up to the user to find reliable hosting and install the software. Once you've launched your store, daily management seems quite simple thanks to the thoughtful and intuitive admin panel.
PrestaShop could be defined by two features: a customizable front end and a simple back end that is easy to handle. All of this makes PrestaShop a very user-friendly platform. The internal features of your e-commerce can also be improved with the help of add-ons.
PrestaShop, as an open-source platform, is free to download and use. But it's not an e-commerce solution at no cost. Like all other open-source platforms, it requires web hosting service, which may vary in cost. You also need to buy modules or a smart template to build a functional website.
PrestaShop's SEO features are mostly like the other open source solutions. You can also buy some third-party add-ons to help you with SEO improvements.
At PrestaShop's Offical Marketplace, there are over 1,500 templates. The store offers a large selection of customizable e-commerce templates. All PrestaShop templates generally maintain a high standard, and its various front-end features make shopping easy for end users.
There are third-party templates to buy too. They usually cost around $80.
It is worth mentioning that, unlike other open source options, PrestaShop has an active support but it is not for free. There are different plans with different levels of support, but they are quite expensive. The cheapest service costs $33 per month and $399 per year with at least one year subscription. For this money you only get 6 hours of support per year.
"In Nordic Digital Ventures AB, we have an expert team working professionally on e-commerce solutions. We provide you with the ecommerce platform of your choice and our team is specially expert in Magento which counts as State of the Art within ecommerce solutions besides it is supported by a globally trusted company like Adobe."
To get more information or ask for a cost estimation for your website, please contact us.
Digital technology is growing with a tremendous rate. Just think about the number of websites, mobile applications or any other digital platform that we are using during our normal daily life. Even when you read or hear about something that you don't understand well, perhaps the first thing someone would do is looking through online sources to collect more information.
That being said and noted, as a person, business or organization, it looks very odd nowadays not to have a digital footprint online. Everyday thousands of different entities start their own website or mobile application in order to reach out to as many audiences as they can. At the same time, with global diffusion of smart phones, this movement towards expansion tends to be shifted more and aligned with mobile applications.
As a company with the main purpose of helping individuals and SMEs with digitalization process, we develope "Responsive" web pages which can easily adapt to any screen size on any device. We also develop mobile applications for Android and iOS systems.
If you have a new idea for a mobile app or you simply need to have a mobile application for an ordinary use, you can save lots of time and tons of money by prototyping it. In our prototypes, you can install the interactive version on real smartphones and ask your customers to try it. This will help you to collect enough feed back to implement at your final product while saving money and time.
Making a mobile application from scratch, takes a lot of time to design and code. If your idea is web-compatible, we will help you to find the best solution for developing it as a responsive website which could be synchronized to the mobile app in future. This strategy will help you to start as soon as possible and quickly generate turnover at your company to invest in the custom made mobile application later.
The process will be protected by an officially signed NDA which can follow by a contract to define the project clearly and deliver the results as it is expected and most importantly, On Time.
We make and deliver mobile applications for any platform including Android, iOS, Windows, and Kindle.
If you have ever managed an event, you will know well how complicated it can become! There are generally 3 different stages for every event: Before, during and after it happens. Usually most of the work load relates to the time period before the event has happened including announcement, registration, sending out invitations, tickets and so on.
By popularity of social media applications, it has become much easier for digital contents to be shared and go viral online. That is why, using a digital platform to manage your events could be the best idea to make it easier for everyone who is interested in becoming your partner and spread the word about what you are planning to do.
Our event management system is a One Stop Shop for literally everything you need for all three stages of having a great job and making your event a nice and smooth experience for your attendance or clients.
Download this PDF file and have a look at the complete list of features for our event management platform. That is right! We were not kidding by saying it is a One Stop Shop!