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Continuous Integration Trends from Bitnami’s User Survey

Written by David Dennis, VP of Marketing, Bitnami

During May of 2016, Bitnami conducted its bi-annual user survey.  From this survey, a data set was compiled from over 5,000 respondents globally. Bitnami’s international user base consists of many technology focused individuals, with most (~70%) self-identifying as software developers of one type or another.

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Category: 1&1 Cloud App Center
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7 ways for businesses to trigger sales tax nexus

Written by Whitney Williams

If you’re a company or have an online store that collects sales tax, knowing your nexus is absolutely crucial to getting sales taxes right. However, besides knowing your nexus you also have to make sure you are charging the right rates in all places where you are obligated to collect. Automating this process with specialized software can offer greater accuracy while saving time and trouble.

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Maintain Up-to-Date Software on Your Website

You may not realize it, but if you have a website, it is most likely operating with some kind of software. Many websites on the Internet today are created with a content management system such as WordPress or other third-party web builder application. These systems, and any additional plug-ins or scripts that go along with them, are running software for your website.

Similarly, you may notice that software on your personal computer, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader, receives frequent updates. These updates can range from standard bug fixes to more important security patches. These patches are released to repair elements of the software that hackers could gain access to and manipulate. So while it is tempting to hit “ignore” on all of those pesky software update pop-ups, they help protect your assets.

For those same reasons, it is even more important to keep the software updated on your website. If a hacker gains access to your website, it can severely compromise your business. A hacker can do anything from simply shutting down your website – which results in lost business – to actually stealing your customers’ personal data – which results in lost trust.  By keeping your website software up-to-date, you can prevent such disasters from happening.

It may take some training to understand exactly how to update the software, depending on the content management system being used. Some systems may provide announcements similar to those on your PC, but others may take some initiative on your part. Either way, the small investment of time needed to update your website is well worth the minimized risk to your business.

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The Path to Your Online Store – Part 1

Online stores offer a great way to increase sales and reach new audiences, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. It is no longer time-consuming and expensive to operate a business on the Internet, because modern shop systems are simple and easy to use.

For your own online store, there is now a wide range of software solutions that you can operate on your own computers or rented servers. In addition, there are complete solutions available, where the shop is part of a larger online application package, including operating and hosting.

For more complex tasks, you can still utilize the help of a professional web programmer to complete your online store.

Shop for the right solution

Determine what conditions you must meet with your online store. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the shop for end users, business customers, or both?
  • Must it work in several languages?
  • Do different groups of customers need to be managed?
  • How large is the inventory of products to be listed?
  • What is the look of the product presentation? Are color selection options such as size or specification required?
  • Will product videos need to be integrated?
  • Is the navigation user-friendly? Will the customer be able to easily figure it out?
  • Are ready-to-design templates available, especially those with search engine friendly structure?
  • Is there an integrated search for the product portfolio?
  • Can more than one image be assigned to a product? Is there a possibility to zoom in?
  • Are your product pages optimized for search engines?
  • What payment options are there, and are they the right ones for your target group? Is an encrypted transmission of sensitive data guaranteed?
  • Last but not least: For your online store software, are there regular security updates and is professional support available?

Make sure to do research into the different platforms out there. View some product demonstrations and sign up for free trials whenever possible to determine which application works best for your business. The final product could look very nice, but means nothing if the administrative interface is inaccessible and confusing. The best way to know exactly what you are getting is to try it out yourself.

Photo Credit: Roberto Rizzo – Fotolia.com

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