Why you want to upgrade IE6?

Dear all valued clients, partners and friends,

If you are still browsing the net and runs web application (like webShaper Stores) on Internet Explorer 6, it is really time to upgrade! Here are  TOP 4 reasons why!

1) IE6 has serious CSS bugs (modern sites like webShaper Stores are pretty much CSS-Design Driven), thus it will have problem properly display the webStore layouts causing a mess out of your site.

a cute illustration by johnmartz.com

2) IE6 has security holes and is no longer supported by Microsoft. You might risk yourself getting malware or Trojan injection when surfing some unsuspecting malicious website. Getting your consumer clients who still using IE6 to upgrade is actually doing them a big favor helping them reducing the risk exposing to increasing online threat. See an official excerpt from Microsoft’s site:

When Internet Explorer 6 was launched in 2001, it offered cutting–edge security – for the time. Since then, the Internet has evolved and the security features of Internet Explorer 6 have become outdated.

With the latest state–of–the–art security features, Internet Explorer 8 is designed to cope with today’s modern cyber crime. In fact, research studies prove it.

In a study by NSS Labs, Internet Explorer 8 caught socially engineered malware 85% of the time compared to Firefox 3’s 29%,
Safari 4’s 29% and Chrome’s 17%.

To keep yourself safe,

don’t use an out–of–date browser.

3) Google is no longer supporting IE6, even Microsoft is calling IE6 a 9-years-old milk which you would not want to drink. Asking you to upgrade fast!

4) Some new cool features just wont’ work in IE6. As hard as we try to support as many browsers as we can (for both webShaper control panel and the template design), it is an almost impossible tasks recognizing different browsers runs on different engine, furthermore there’s an issue with backtrack support for old browsers.

In view of the speed Internet advances, it’s no longer practical for us to do backward support for old browsers which ditched by the provider itself (in this case is Microsoft).

We already phase-out all IE6 related support issues. It’s time to move on and retire the buggy browser.

Haven’t done the upgrade yet? Do it Now!


We wish you Safe and Happy Online Surfing Experience! Don’t miss the tips from Microsoft on “Safer Online Shopping

POS Malaysia Price Hike!

POS Malaysia recently just adjusted their Postage Tariff.

(In US, USPS is mulling a price hike too)

If you are Malaysia merchant selling products online, chances are you are affected by the price adjustment.

But come on… Postman starting salary is merely RM610 / month. (reportedly 19% below that of their government peers and is well below the poverty level).

GOSH, don’t you think the poor guys delivering your mails and parcels deserve a better pay? (Yes! we think they do! so did he) I last seen an ad by Domino Pizzas promising salary up to RM1500 / month for pizza delivery boy. And i think you can get free pizza meals every days, which can save you quite a substantial amount.

If all Posman know this, resign and start delivering pizzas (no offend to pizza lovers…), who is going to deliver my damn baby diapers ordered online?  You !?

So this is the official new price list shown on the official POS website. Smart, they guy who posted this did not put the before-adjusted price (so you are clueless and can’t really compare… ), either he is the master of psychology of pricing, or he just being plain lazy.

Luckily we got this snatched form sinchew daily, it’s in chinese, so we added some label to guide you through.

News Around the web

郵費今起漲100%‧公眾大喊不合理

Snail Mailers upset at hike

Pos Malaysia delivers timely upgrades to operations

Pos Malaysia To Save RM8 Million Annually Via Automation

Postal workers to get higher salaries on July 1

BlackSocks.com – What it teaches us?

bradpit-blacksocksWhat if i tell you they have made millions by selling just socks (more precisely, just black socks) online?

The founder of blacksocks.com, smartly blending the-so-ordinary black-socks selling in “subscription” model, they even coined the term “SOCKSCRIPTION“.

Whoever command the niche or pioneering a new way of doing things, gets to coined the term. 🙂 and when you get to coin the term (like people mention CREST instead of toothpaste), you will get most of the market share and profit.

And how could people resist talking about you when you do such unique and seems-to-be-crazy things online?

So what we can learn from blacksocks.com? Craft out your own niche (like Acer Founder Stan Shih like to say: me-too-is-not-my-style).

On the web, you are either unique (niche… focus…extremely good at something) or you are a 600-pound-godzilla like Amazon.com. If you happened to be in the middle, the odd of being toasted is unbelievably high.

So are you starting up an online store? Whether you are a new bie or existing retailers with brick-and -mortar stores, I believe you will benefit from our sharing below:

Top 10 Things You must know before starting up Your own webStore

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More on blacksocks.com from around the web

Review: Blacksocks.com is as simple as it sounds

http://www.physorg.com/news162045757.html

Men: How to dress for interview success (avoid white sock and wear black!)

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-job-blog/2009/08/12/men-how-to-dress-for-interview-success/

Blacksocks.com founderpromises men never have to match their socks again

http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/05/21/2009-05-21_blacksockscom_founder_samy_liechti_promises_men_never_have_to_match_their_socks_.html

For $89 a year, socks are in the mail

http://www.energylibrariesonline.com/Content/Articles/ELO_Tulsa%20World.pdf

What’s new in webShaper Store latest upgrade?

Dear all valued clients & partners, you might have noticed recently some of your sites are undergoing some major upgrade, the transition is the very first important step for us to add serious values to your webStore business. Below are an important overview of what’s new, and what’s coming next!

 

mySQL

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Database upgraded fully to mySQL (from old,not-so-efficient file based Microsoft Access) – a Real Database Management System which not just speeding up access to your webShaper Stores’ information, but add industrial strength stability onto your own branded webStores too.

 

Caching

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We have designed a new Dynamic Caching Mechanism to produce cache-page for frequently accessed pages on webShaper Stores (homepage, category page, product page etc) .  In simpler term, this means frequent access to database to retrieve information is NOT needed unless there are new changes made to the product details and site contents!

Considering Google now adding site loading speed as one of the hundreds over signals to rank your website, it can only help to boost your ranking further! But… it can’t help you to break world record yet, but it’s close. 🙂

 

New Features

Needsless to say, we have added in numerous new features (availability depends on your webShaper Store’s plan). A quick overview below:

1) Labeling – Easily label your products (Hot, Pre-order, New, Best Selling) and convert more browsers into clients.

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2) Form Builder – simple form builder to help you put up a form and grab the input sent to your designated email.

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3) Quick Search – Appear on Top right, now you can easily retrieve Customer, Product and Order Information on webShaper’s Control Panel.

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4) Improved WYSIWYG Editor – This is one area which we have receive a lot of complaints, and we hear you! We believe you will love the new editor and it can even let you copy the Microsoft Word Content and paste over.

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5) Guest Checkout – According to Forrester Research, 23% of shoppers will abandon when asked to register before checking out. Unless you absolutely must require registration, test a guest checkout (login to webShaper > Order Config) and see how much it impacts conversion.

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7) New Payment Gateways and updated API for existing payment option  – iPay88 now support Multi Currency (Checkout iPay88 International Gateway),  iPayDNA, PayPal Express Checkout, Payment Express.

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8 ) News Update on Dashboard to  “Stay in close loop” with merchants, and update you all latest happening in the e-commerce and payment industry + marketing tips and tricks which you can apply to sell more online!

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9) Product Comparison – Easily add products and compare, and clients can just click on “add to cart” on comparison page to buy!

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What’s Next?

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Once this upgrade is done, you will hear more frequent update from us, not just on the new, innovative features we will continuously to fuel on webShaper Stores, but also on more ways to help you grow your online sales! This will be our primary focus as we are driven to help our clients succeed and maintain a long term win-win relationship!

Yet to sign up webShaper Stores yet? Start here.

New eStore Templates available!

2 new Free e-commerce templates just being added to the beautiful ecommerce store selection!!!

Melody Boutique

bizStore only – see melody boutique template

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miniNight

miniStore, sohoStore or bizStore – see miniNight template

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Like the designs we offer? Just imagine it could be yours once you put your logo up.

Why wait? Own it now!

Just subscribe to webShaper Stores – From as low as RM 1 per day and start selling online now.