As one of the best ecommerce platforms available to online sellers, a Magento store has lots to offer retail businesses. The open source software has a high level of flexibility in what you can achieve both in terms of design and functionality.
With so many website platforms out there, Magento remains one of the most popular. With 1 in 4 ecommerce websites hosted by Magento, it offers a range of benefits to its users including:
Magento was built with the aim of being totally customisable by the businesses and designers who use it. With everything from appearance, checkouts and listings totally customisable, customers can build their site with very little restrictions.
Adding to the customisation available to Magento users, the system has been made completely open source, this means there are more plug-ins and additions than any other system.
This means you are not relying on an external service provider to maintain a crucial business asset. One of Magento’s main advantages is that it keeps you in control.
Magento has one of the largest user communities in eCommerce. With thousands of users and hundreds of Magento designers and experts, there is always someone to turn to for help.
Magento has one of the largest pre-built resource libraries we have ever seen, with so many free themes, plug-ins and tools. You can build an entire webstore for almost zero-cost.
Magento is an immensely powerful system, but it does come with some challenges, including:
By integrating your Magento store with Linnworks you can overcome these challenges with the following tools:
Bulk Listing Tools - using a listing tool to list your entire inventory across multiple websites and selling channels with the simple click of a button
Shipping Integrations and Management - direct integrations with couriers like Royal Mail and DPD allowing you to print shipping labels and manage your shipping services much more efficiently
Automatic inventory sync - automatically sync your inventory control system with your listings,reducing the threat of overselling and keeping better control of your inventory as a whole
Reducing server load - using the systems servers to handle the ‘server-heavy’ tasks of inventory control and order management, leaving your webstore to run at maximum performance and optimum usability.
Throughout this article, we discuss five key ways in which you can improve your Magento store, increase conversions and help grow your business using the tools available.
As an open source ecommerce platform, you are responsible for ensuring that your Magento store is as secure as possible. However, many users choose to overlook this important aspect. A visibly secure website is crucial to building trust with potential shoppers.
Here are some ways in which your online store could be hacked:
So, how exactly do you enhance the security of your Magento store?
Here are a few basic security practices you should implement:
Another way in which you can improve the security of your Magento store is to use two factor authentication. Magento offers an excellent 2FA extension for its users. This gives you the opportunity to enhance your Magento admin login security by using the password and a security code from your smartphone.
It can also be good practice to get in the habit of having a Magento security review done once or perhaps twice a year – leaving your site unchecked may do your business a lot of harm in the event of anything sinister happening.
Sometimes, a little nudge in the right direction can improve your sales tenfold.
If a customer has visited your website and browsed at particular products – perhaps even adding items to their basket – then it’s safe to assume they are close to making a purchase.
A reminder a while later can make a sale happen where it had once been lost.
With product notifications, your customers will receive alerts when products are released, or prices are lowered. This can be a powerful way to monitor customer behavior and drive further sales.
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One aspect that can make a huge difference to your Magento store is having a proper, optimized website hosting to host your business online.
Magento is a successful and popular ecommerce platform due to its extensive customizability, however the size of the platform with extensions can be very intensive.
If you want your Magento store to run at its best, then you’ll need an optimized website hosting package to support your needs. You’ll want to steer clear from shared hosting as this won’t give you a fast-loading website.
Instead, look towards using a virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated server environment. VPS hosting guarantees more speed and stability in terms of site performance. Dedicated computers host your online store, which minimizes the chance of slow connections or reduced site speed.
A dedicated server, on the other hand, is one step up from a virtual private server. It is your own personal server that is not shared with anyone. You have full use and access to its resources (e.g. CPU, RAM and storage) and can install any OS and application software that you see fit. Such a server can handle thousands of unique website visitors on a daily basis. Site performance is also enhanced as you have the full power of a dedicated server, unlike shared hosting where resources are shared between customers.
Making sure the checkout process is as streamlined as possible is crucial to sales growth. It is worth tracking abandoned-cart rates to understand if your checkout process is converting well or potential shoppers are dropping out at the final stage.
Recent Linnworks research found that 67% of online shoppers have abandoned purchases over complicated check-outs so making this stage of the transaction journey as seamless as possible is essential to winning the customer.
Some good practices to follow include:
Keep in mind that when you make buying easy, your customers are much more likely to stay loyal to you and your business – increasing the chance of repeat business.
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One way in which you can increase the amount of traffic to your Magento store – and therefore the likelihood of more sales – is through search engine optimization.
Magento is one of the best ecommerce platforms for search engine optimization. As you have so much control over the software, you can optimize your store as you see fit.
Here are some ways in which you can enhance your search engine optimization and, in turn, increase your website traffic and the likelihood of more conversions:
Although the eCommerce platform does create title tags automatically, creating them manually can improve your SEO. The easiest way to achieve this is to create product groups.
In doing this, you can predefine title tags and assign per product groups.
When using header tags, remember to format them correctly.
The most important header tag is H1, while the least important is H6.
If you skip any tag numbers (e.g. go straight from one to three) then the heading structure will be broken, which will affect your Magento store’s SEO.
Did you know that duplicate content is one of the most common SEO issues affecting the performance of thousands of Magento stores?
Duplicate content can occur because of the following:
In order to remove duplicate content, make use of canonical tags.
Go to Stores >> Configuration >> Catalog >> Scroll to Search Engine Optimization and set the canonical link meta tags for categories and products to yes
A really simple yet effective way to improve your Magento store’s SEO is to optimize your product images. Ensuring that all images have proper ALT tags help search engines determine what they are so they can rank them correctly.
Some key points to consider when creating ALT tags:
In almost all cases, there will be webpages that you don’t want to be indexed by search engines. For example, your checkout page, shopping carts or admin pages.
By adding a ‘nofollow’ link to these pages, you can stop search engines from crawling them.
Another factor that can affect your ability to rank well on the likes of Google is how search engine friendly your page URLs are.
The cleaner the URL, the higher likelihood you have of securing a better ranking.
A search engine friendly URL may look like this:
Because of the structured approach, a site visitor can easily understand what a particular page is all about. It also helps search engines to rank the page more effectively.
When it comes down to it, there’s a lot you can do to optimize your Magento store.
Whether it’s improving site speed and performance, enhancing security or simplifying your checkout process, hopefully you’ll have found a new technique to optimize the performance of your online store and drive growth.
Speak to us to find out how Linnworks can connect and automate your commerce operations so you can capture every revenue opportunity.