From the Editor – September/October 2009 eBiz Insider magazine. Download the complete issue as a PDF by clicking here.
This issue of eBiz Insider comes on the heels of two exciting events in the history of Solid Cactus: The introduction of Solid Cactus eCommerce (SCeC) and our seventh Boot Camp.
Having our own eCommerce platform has always been a dream of mine. Taking on such a project would be a massive undertaking with dozens of programmers working on the backend, designers working on styles and layouts, and security experts examining every line of code ensuring compliance with tough Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.
When our parent company, Web.com, acquired us in April, my dream looked like it would become more of a reality. One of the key goals of the new Solid Cactus was to introduce a shopping cart that combined shopping and marketing.
With input from me and other eCommerce experts on staff, we worked closely with a team of Web.com programmers to build a platform to our specifications. After all, nobody knows eCommerce better than Solid Cactus. With a history in online shopping that dates back to 1994, when I opened my first store, to the Solid Cactus you know today that services more top 500 Internet retailers than any other developer, our experience is vast.
SCeC has already been embraced by scores of merchants who have opened second, third and fourth stores to try out our new platform. Our soft-launch of the product has already been a success and we’re excited about a long list of feature upgrades and enhancements that will be released early next year.
I encourage you to visit https://ecommerce.solidcactus.com to learn more about SCeC and view instructional videos and product demos.
While the excitement is still in the air over SCeC, our commitment to the platforms we’ve always built on remains. Whether you run your business on Yahoo! Store, eBay Prostores, or Amazon Webstore, Solid Cactus is here, standing ready to fully support you and your business.
At Solid Cactus Boot Camp @ HQ that was held October 14-16, our commitment to our platforms was evidenced by the release of nearly a dozen new store features for Yahoo! Store. The most impressive was our new Advanced Search which brings state-of-the-art search technology to your website. Additional features released are spotlighted throughout this issue.
Since January of this year, nearly two-dozen unique and game-changing features were released specifically for Yahoo! Store. In 2010, we will release two new features per quarter and plan on releasing version updates to our entire line of existing Yahoo! Store features throughout the year. This is an investment we’re making in the success of your business and a strong indication of our continued support and dedication to the platform you currently run your business on.
Now is an exciting time to be a Solid Cactus customer because we truly are committed to be your partner in eCommerce success!