Category - eCommerce

Challenges of Amazon MWS API: ISS Art experience

This article is focused on Amazon MWS API and some challenges related to its integration.
If you plan to integrate Amazon MWS into your PHP project, you should think twice whether you need this functionality or not.
In our Symfony project such integration is needed. However, there are a lot of hidden dangers. In the article I will try to give you a heads up how to avoid the pitfalls.

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How to choose a reliable SEO provider

At the moment Web promotion in search engines became very popular. This method can increase brand awareness and drive traffic to your web application.

And as you know, demand generates supply: a huge number of SEO providers offer their services. But how to choose reliable experts who can help you to achieve the goal: to promote your brand and drive extra users to the website? Let’s deal

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CrISStal Eye time tracking software: how to monitor employee performance and report to customers effectively

We’ve talked about time tracking issues in software development outsourcing in one of our previous articles. As a Project Manager, you need to monitor time spent by your team on the project tasks. As a Customer, you need to know what you actually pay for. This is where time tracking tools can help.Read More

Tips for successful third-party systems integration

At the moment, there is a great number of various applications already developed. Most of them are connected with providing processed information, taken from different third-party sources.

First of all, let’s review common services that newly developed applications are often integrated with:

  • Social networks, such as: Facebook,Twitter,Google+,LinkedIn;
  • Delivery services: UPS,USPS,FedEx,DHL,Canadian Post,EMS;
  • Online payment systems: Authorize.net, PayPal, Moneybookers, Alertpay, WebMoney, QIWI, video streaming services – YouTube, Vimeo.

We have significant experience with third-party systems integration. And, as long as, this process is rather difficult, sometimes we face various issues. Our successful experience of resolving such issues allows us to develop some recommendations for dealing with third-party systems.Read More

Tips for customers looking for non-typical software solutions

What is a non-typical solution?

When we call a solution non-typical, we mean it has non-standard functionality or a unique concept. A non-typical solution, as a rule, is based on business processes within a Customer’s organization, or on an innovative idea.

If we talk about a unique business idea, first and foremost, you need to explore the market and make sure that such a solution hasn’t been created already. Believe, this is very frustrating to develop and launch a project, and encounter an existing analogue in the market. Besides, by checking the market beforehand you won’t waste your time (and your Provider’s time) on “reinventing the wheel”.
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eCommerce development on PHP framework: our experience of building CrISStal Eye website

PHP has gained high popularity as a web development tool these days. In particular, PHP frameworks have been receiving a lot of attention. Using a PHP framework provides certain benefits to a website owner. To name a few:

  • PHP frameworks are easy for beginners – they come with certain libraries and helpers, so you won’t have to find 3rd party resources additionally;
  • Faster development and faster fixes;
  • Lower development and maintenance cost;
  • Compatibility with other web applications, operating systems and programming languages;
  • PHP frameworks enable high level of customization.

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Challenges of developing your own software product: ISS Art team experience

As some you might know already, the primary activity of our company is custom software development. We work in international market primarily, and during our professional life we’ve faced a need to monitor our team’s performance as well as to provide transparent reporting to our customers (you can read more about these challenges here). Although there are a lot of ready time tracking solutions aimed to help to deal with these issues, we have decided to build our own system – the one that would meet our company’s need to the fullest. We’ve named it CrISStal Eye.
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PHP Framework for eCommerce Website Development

There are many different programming languages, platforms and web development tools available for business owners and web developers. Everyone has their favorites for their own reasons, and most have a comfort zone with a particular programming language because it is what they have the most experience using. With the rapid changes in the global marketplace, we believe a PHP framework for ecommerce website development offers a comprehensive solution to challenges quickly forming in the website development industry.

We will get back to that point in a minute. First, it is important to understand what has been happening, and what is happening, which will have a significant impact on the web development world.Read More