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Volusion Version 5 Feature List

Volusion V5: Worth The Wait


The Importance of PCI Compliance

Accepting credit card payment online carries great responsibility. Merchants must take every step to protect the integrity of ALL the data collected from their customers. Why? You can lose your shirt if you don’t.

The credit card companies have banded together and created a standard for the use and storage of credit card data for ecommerce companies. This standard is called the Payment Cart Industry Data Security standard (or PCI for short). It applies to ALL ecommerce merchants both big and small. If you sell something online and accept credit card payment, you HAVE to be aware of the PCI standard. Why? If your store is found to be non-complaint, you can lose the ability to collect credit card payments, be targeted by a class action suit and face HEAVY fines. Believe me, it’s a whole lot easier being complaint.

Volusion V5 Feature Of the Day: USPS Label Printing

So far the members of the eCartReviews forum are batting 1000 in guessing what will be included in V5. This could only mean one of two things; the merchants have psychic powers or Volusion really listens to their client’s requests. The latest feature to be announced is USPS label printing. This will allow a merchant to create USPS shipping labels right from the admin panel. This will tighten up Volusion’s shipping interface and make life easier for their clients. Great feature!

It will make my life easier. Currently, I export the data from my three Volusion stores in Endicia and Dazzle to create pre-paid USPS shipping labels. Perhaps this feature will cut out that extra step and USPS shipping solution? Who knows? I’m sure more details will follow.

Volusion V5 Feature of the Day: Abandoned Cart Tracking

Hot off the presses from Volusion!

They are releasing details of V5 (version 5) slowly - one new feature a day. The first feature announced was abandoned cart tracking - with live cart records.

This is great news for all the former MonsterCommerce clients now with Volusion (there are many and ranks grow everyday). Many of these merchants grew to love this functionality while with MonsterCommerce.

It helps stave of issues with conversion. For instance, you can see if people bail out of the cart after the shipping charges are presented (price too high? Bye bye). Knowing how customers act at each step of a check out process is VERY handy. While you might not think this is handy with Volusion's one-step checkout, believe me - it WILL come in great for sales conversion tracking. Volusion merchants will be able to track and tweak and boast conversion.

Volusion Poised To Release Version 5

Volusion is about to release version 5 of their award winning shopping cart solution. This is according to Volusion's customer forum, where the following was posted by a Volusion representative:

We are still testing V5 and it will still take more time to ensure everything is ready since we have added a lot. We appreciate your patience during this process. We are going to start sharing some of the new features coming in V5 tomorrow. We will only answer questions about each feature in the forums as we announce them. We will not be able to answer questions about new features over the phone, via live chat or via email. We are doing this because the forum moderators will be checking with the developers directly to ensure the answers are as accurate as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

3dCart Importing Tools. Switching carts has never been easier.

Moving to a new cart can be a real pain in the neck. I’ve done it enough not to want to do it again. That said, if I were looking to move to a new solution - I’d make sure that the new carts has the importing tools to make the process as easy as possible.

I moved stores from MonsterCommerce to InstanteStore, Volusion and 3dCart. Of the three, 3dCart offered the easiest importing of my existing data. Volusion came in second but I had to reformat all my product images to get them to work with Volusion’s naming convention. Once that was done, everything else was a breeze.

3dCart was a walk in the park comparatively. The importing tool is powerful yet surprisingly easy to use. Order data was the hardest thing to move because of the different formatting of product data. 3dCart has since made this process a whole lot easier, especially when moving from MonsterCommerce. 3dCart can now import all your orders, customers, categories and products right from your dataport file right into a 3dCart store. This makes your move much easier and saves you hours of time.

Hosted Shopping Cart or DIY Cart?

Hosted Cart Solutions vs. Do-It- Yourself (DIY) Shopping Carts

If you planning on launching an online store, you’ll need a shopping cart. When it comes to shopping cart solutions, you basically have two choices; a hosted shopping cart solution or using a do-it-yourself solution. How do you decide which type of solution to use for your online store? Here’s some pointers.

Hosted cart solutions provided you with everything you need to open an online store (minus a merchant account). This includes hosting, software, updated and security. Examples of hosted shopping carts include the following:

Volusion Update Coming Soon?

Word has it that Volusion will soon be releasing a new update. The date and feature included in update have not been disclosed. A Volusion admin on their support forum said, "we are planning to release very soon.”

We can only guess at what features will be included in the update. Considering that Volusion already has one of the most robust hosted shopping cart solutions, this update (and additional features) will only strengthen their position as one of the top carts out there.

We will update our Volusion Feature Chart as soon as the update information is made public.

Moving from Yahoo Stores

Moving from Yahoo Stores
Free Yourself for The Revenue Sharing Price Structure.

The revenue sharing pricing model for hosted ecommerce solutions is on the way out. Why should merchants have to pay a monthly fee and a percentage of all sales to both their hosting provider and merchant account? They don’t and shouldn’t. Yahoo Stores pioneered this payment structure (while they were pioneering the hosted shopping cart industry) and over 150,000 online merchants continue to share a percentage of their revenue with Yahoo Stores.

Years ago, there wasn’t a hosted shopping cart solution that could compare to Yahoo Stores. This solution offered a low barrier of web/tech skills of launch an online store and once opened, the feature set offered was robust. The markup language used was gobbled up my search engines and Yahoo Stores could rank well with little SEO effort (still true today). The payment system is integrated into the cart so the merchant can process refunds right through the Yahoo Store admin panel. Also integrated into the admin panel was UPS shipping tools. For many years, Yahoo Stores was without rival. That has since changed.

MonsterCommerce Losing Market Share?

Hosted Shopping Cart Solution Report (Feb. 2007)
MonsterCommerce Losing Market Share?
Every time MonsterCommerce releases an update to their shopping cart solution our forum sees an increase of merchants looking for a new solution. Why this happens is best saved for its own blog entry but most tend to be moving to 3dCart because of their easy to use user interface and more robust feature list. A few of their larger stores seem to prefer Volusion. Both are great solutions (in my opinion) and offer a better product (overall) than MonsterCommerce.

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