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What is the right eCommerce platform to use?

What is the right eCommerce platform to use?

When clients approach us about integrating eCommerce into their site, we often get the question: “What is the best eCommerce system to use on this project? Well, the answer depends typically on a few things we will dig into with this article.

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How the Cookie Crumbles: The Truth about Web Cookies

How the Cookie Crumbles: The Truth about Web Cookies

“’C’ is for ‘cookie’,” sang Cookie Monster on Sesame Street many years ago, “it’s good enough for me.” Cookie Monster would be disappointed to learn, however, that billions of the world’s cookies are not only inedible, but exist only as small files on people’s computer hard drives. These are web cookies, provided by the web sites that you visit. Like most Internet technologies, they can be immensely useful tools or dangerous infringements on your privacy. Here’s a summary of what cookies are, the difference between bad and good cookies, and how to protect yourself from the bad ones.

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Why Your Site Needs a Privacy Policy

Why Your Site Needs a Privacy Policy

If you scroll the bottom of most websites these days, you will find a link that most people never click on: “Privacy Policy.” Those who do click on it will often find some lengthy, dense text that appears to have been written by attorneys who were paid by the word. Why do businesses go to such trouble to create and post these documents that the huge majority of their visitors will never look at? It turns out there are some very good reasons.

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Is your site legal? Staying on the Right Side of IP Issues

Is your site legal? Staying on the Right Side of IP Issues

How do you know if your web site is legal? Well, if you aren’t engaged in some criminal enterprise, such as tearing the tags off of pillows (you know, the ones that say “NOT LEGAL TO REMOVE THIS TAG”), that’s a good sign. Even then, however, you could be on the wrong side of intellectual property (IP) law, if you aren’t careful.

What is IP? Essentially, it boils down to valuable (or potentially valuable) creations of the mind, such as inventions and creative expression (art, music, books, even this blog post). In the U.S. there are laws that protect the owners of IP. The three types of IP in the U.S. are copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

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Talk to Us – and Not Just When You’re Lonely

Talk to Us – and Not Just When You’re Lonely

In 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter, a satellite that was to study Martian atmosphere and climate, disintegrated and crashed on the red planet. Upon investigation, NASA found that one piece of software was communicating using English units (inches, feet, pounds), and another piece of software that received these data was expecting metric units (kilograms, meters, Newtons). The root cause of the disaster, as with so many human-caused disasters, was poor communication and bad assumptions.

Web site projects usually are not as costly as Mars missions, but they can be derailed just as easily by poor communication. Here are some ways to keep the communication lines open so that web development projects are completed on time and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

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To RSS or Not to RSS (Is RSS Antiquated?)

To RSS or Not to RSS (Is RSS Antiquated?)

Gather ’round, children, and hear the story of a once-great communication technology that has all but disappeared from the Internet. For those of you who have forgotten, or are too young to remember, it was called RSS, which, depending on whom you asked, stood for Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication.

With a piece of software called a feed reader, you could subscribe to RSS feeds from various sources – news sites, blogs, podcasters, video providers, and more – and receive summaries of new content automatically as soon as they were published. No more making the daily rounds of your favorite websites to get your information – the information came to you.

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