You may have recently been getting emails about the imminent demise of Magento 1 – and with support & upgrades ceasing, a key consideration for many e-commerce companies relying on Magento is “will I be able to continue to take payments”.
Put simply, yes you may be able to but you may not get the protection against fraudulent transactions which can cripple a business. E-creation is currently in the process of transitioning our clients over from Magento 1 to Magento 2, especially where those clients are using SagePay (now rebranded Opayo).
That means we now have a great understanding of Magento 2 – it’s benefits and disadvantages over Magento 1. If you want to chat through any aspect of your Magento website and moving over to Magento 2, we are happy to have a chat to see if we can help.
We can …
E-creation works with a very limited client list to ensure our heart and soul is committed to a project. That dedication and understanding of a client’s business means we are able to react rapidly & effectively to any problem they face, whether it is technical, SEO, IT, marketing or strategic.
One year ago, we took on MemorialBenchesUK.co.uk and WealdenBenches.co.uk as a client, through a personal contact. After many years of working with numerous agencies who were not able to deliver the very unique requirements of Adam, the MD of company, E-creation took over to deliver a completely re-designed & re-engineered MemorialBenchesUK website and incremental updates to the Wealden website.
An existing PHP customisation within the Magento framework was completely reworked in order to provide a better user experience for website users and a more robust business process for backend order processing. This …
There are LOTS of digital & website design agencies in Bournemouth – many of which are exceptional. Bournemouth isn’t called the silicon beach for no reason. But for an established agency for E-creation, that means lots of competition, and an increasing commoditisation of website design & development.
It’s just so damn easy to create websites now.
Using website CMS tools such as WordPress and Magento with design templates, creating really effective websites is fast & low cost. Much of the challenge & fun has been taken out of website design & development, which is why E-creation only takes on a very limited number of projects each year (whilst continuing to service existing clients).
With our own e-commerce and app ventures (such as Teddybear Passport, Filamental Festoons) providing both financial stability & intellectual stimulation, we do what our end clients do – run a …
Filamental Festoons is an online vintage festoon lighting start up requiring a branding & complete e-commerce plan within a limited budget (less than £2,500). After a brief consultancy period where a limited product number (less than 10) was identified, WordPress was selected over Magento as a technology platform.A low-cost WordPress template plus the Woocommerce WordPress plugin made it possible to go from concept to live in 3 days, including design of new branding, product photography – and key to the success of the site – installation of useful WordPress plugins to extend functionality to include automated upload / creation of Google Shopping ads (helping Filamental Festoons compete with existing e-commerce retailers in the sector), SEO tool integration to provide reporting within WordPress itself on Google search performance & visual enhancements such as product sliders & video elements to bring the festoon lighting …
It’s an old joke about the web designers disappearing when it hits winter because they are off snowboarding – but actually, it’s not that far from the truth! The winter months are always a bit quiet for us here at E-creation, with many clients taking a little breather to enjoy Christmas and most projects for retail clients completed by the end of summer to allow enough time for traction.
So, what do we get up to? Bournemouth has a thriving Christmas market, which is always fun to visit and naturally, networking events put on their Christmas hats to provide a super-friendly, less pressured environment to catch up with industry friends and find out how the year has been for them. This year, E-creation became more heavily involved in app development and launched it’s own IOS app in the form of the …
Bournemouth, UK 26th of April, 2016
Award-winning E-creation is proud to launch the first Teddy Passport / Travel ID Card app for iPhones.
Aimed at children who are travelling with their teddy, the app creates a personalised passport safely & quickly with a unique design for each teddy bear (or monkey or rabbit) followed by sixteen interactive stamp pages where a child can mark the date & location of teddy travels.
The Teddy Passport automatically creates the variety of stamp designs including city, country & date so that international holidays, national travels, days out & staycations can all be stamped. When travelling internationally without data or WIFI, the app works using network carrier to stamp country & date information only, to save on data roaming costs.
The idea was born when travelling with my daughter through UK border control, where a friendly officer suggested …
So, many of the trends which we expected to continue from 2014 to 2015 in our 2015 Web Tech Update.
Google Search Optimisation
It’s getting more complicated … and simpler. Google is still keeping it’s search algorithms under wraps and for good reason. No one wants to go back to the old days of tricking Google. But in addition to the basics of using social media, building links back to your site from other quality websites and writing good, useful content for your site – we have noticed an increase in the sophistication of how Google recognises ‘spammy’ content.
For many websites, ours included, content was written with the intention of being recognised as important and relevant for specific terms, say ‘digital design agency’ in this case. E-creation was number one in Google for many years worldwide for the term and it generated …
E-creation created the VAVAVOOS plugin for WordPress to streamline custom WordPress website development & design. Having delivered numerous custom design WordPress websites, the VAVAVOOS plugin & website has increased development efficiency to the point where creating professional looking WordPress websites can be achieved for budgets under ┬ú1,000.
For the front-end of the website, E-creation supercharged the basic WordPress template to deliver the highly sophisticated resource & project management tool that connects millions of WordPress freelancers with the 75 million WordPress website owners worldwide.┬áThe custom designed logo was created to reflect the concept of ‘productivity delivered’. The┬áinteractive, animated infographic provides realtime information on the number of projects, freelancers and usage of WordPress on the internet.
Click www.vavavoos.com to see how E-creation is able to enhance WordPress to create professional websites for even the most sophisticated of requirements.
E-creation, the advanced magento ecommerce developers, launched www.deadheads.co.uk in July 2015.
Created using the latest version of Magento (1.9.1) with a fully responsive front-end to ensure that the website works just as well on mobile phones as computers, Deadheads targets media savy DJs and musicians.
E-creation upgraded several key areas of functionality within Magento in order to deliver a more social experience for website visitors, with a video blog section for DJs to promote events & themselves whilst providing valuable product reviews.
Magento just keeps getting better and better as e-commerce delivery platform, helping design agencies like E-creation to deliver advanced e-commerce functionality faster & cheaper. The Deadheads website was designed in 5 days including branding & coded in 7 days for a total cost of just ┬ú7,200).
Recent, I was asked if I would take on a Chief Technology Officer role on a freelance basis for an LED lighting company that needed to roll out its Magento websites across Europe. Normally, I would not get so heavily involved in this type of business (micro businesses are more my realm of experience, so a business that expects to be turning over excess of eight figures within 3 years is a very different type of challenge) but due to the ecological nature of the product, I took the plunge.
My areas of responsibility are:
Brand management – putting in place the right design ethos & guidelines
Technology delivery – getting the websites up & running
Digital strategy – creating the right environment for the websites to generate business
WordPress brand website: www.ledlightguru.co.uk
Build using WordPress, this parallax style website was created to start the initial …