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This is a free Flash image viewer with a magnifying glass created by the talented team at Flabell.

It is activated once the user hovers the image which makes it very functional specially for e-commerce websites presenting products.

It is possible to customize various variables from XML or HTML:

  • image path (image of any size)
  • the display area size
  • the lens size

Free Flash Magnifying Glass

P.S. Download requires free membership.

Divine is a fresh & free Photoshop plug-in for converting Photoshop files into WordPress themes.

It works by selecting spots in design files & marking them as WordPress variables like:

  • post title
  • post text
  • author link
  • etc..

PSD To WordPress Photoshop Plug-in

It produces valid XHTML-CSS code & themes are automatically widget-ready.

Divine has an integrated FTP-client & it is a very ideal plug-in for anyone who is not that into coding and/or WordPress theming.

With this 5th & last post of the "WRD E-Commerce Week" we will be modifying "our Ajaxed shopping cart" to create a one which is very ideal for designs with limited spaces.

The shopping cart will:

  • be hidden at the top of the page that can be displayed with a show/hide link
  • open when an item is added to the basket & auto-close
  • require a manual "hide" click if opened manually
  • enable us to delete products

Ajaxed Sliding Shopping Cart

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E-commerce has its own dynamics when compared to the standard shopping experiences. It:

  • is faster
  • requires collection of data
  • includes shipping more frequently
  • has different ways of supporting users
  • & more..

E-Commerce Tips

If the product sold is not something unique, then it probably exists in 100s of other e-commerce websites. So, to differentiate your stores from others, here are 13 tips for a better e-commerce website:

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In this 3rd day of the “WRD E-Commerce Week“, we will be adding a chic fly-to-basket effect to our previously created Ajaxed shopping cart using jQuery.

Rather than the complete HTML structure & PHP code that adds/removes the products, we'll be focusing on the details related with  the effect.

Fly To Basket With jQuery

To findout the details of the complete HTML structure & PHP code, please check our post: Creating A Slick Ajaxed Add-To-Basket With jQuery And PHP. And, a full working example can be found in the download package.

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Picok (personal information cockpit) is an open source, multi-user script where users can create their own iGoogle-like start pages.

It is ideal for intranets as an admin account can pre-define the available components like feed addresses & users can select items from that list.

iGoogle-Like Script

Similar to iGoogle, the items can be:

  • drag’n dropped
  • minimized
  • configured

The script has integration support for Lotus Notes, Doodle, Wikipedia, Google Maps & more. Also, users can create post-it notes.

Picok offers a multi-language interface & can be extended by writing custom portlets.

It is built with PHP (Zend Framework), YUI & supports MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM Lotus Notes.

Using icons in e-commerce websites is almost a standard as users generally search for a shopping cart icon to view the items in the basket or credit card icons to find out if such a payment option exists.

With this 2nd post of E-Commerce Week, here is a collection of free e-commerce icons that you can use in your projects.

WebResourcesDepot E-Commerce Icons (Vectors Included)

E-Commerce Icons

The free e-commerce icon set is created exclusively for WebResourcesDepot by the talented team at IconShock (like promised).

The set comes with 5 icons both in PNG & AI (Illustrator) files so, if wanted, they can be resized or modified easily.

Info: This icon set can not be distributed without permission. If you'll be sharing it in a website, please use the URL of this post as the download link. Thanks.

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JoobsBox is an open source job board application which is built with PHP (Zend Framework) & MySQL.

No membership is required to add new job listings & they can be posted under pre-defined categories.

It comes with a plugin system which makes it possible to extend the application easily. There are already several plugins like iPhone plugin or the Twitter plugin (auto-posts the listings to Twitter).

JoobsBox

The application offers an admin panel where all the categories, listings, plugins & other variables can be controlled.

JoobsBox is multilingual & themeable. The project is currently in alpha stage, not mature but promising.

It is a clear fact that Ajaxed interfaces, if not overused, eases using websites so much.

For an e-commerce website, this can mean a better shopping experience for customers where they can concentrate more on the products which may result in better sales.

jQuery Ajax Shopping Cart

This is a detailed tutorial which shows creating an unobtrusive Ajaxed shopping cart using jQuery & PHP and can guide you to Ajaxify any e-commerce software you may already be using or coding.

The main functions of the cart will be adding/removing items to the basket without the need of refreshing the page & displaying the actions with effects.

Other Add-To-Basket Tutorials Built on This Example:

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JC Play List is a free Flash list component for creating sliders from multimedia lists (for ex: .xml and RSS 2.0 feeds from Picasa and Flickr)

It is built with AS3 & can display any kind of lists including items that contain images, titles, descriptions, index numbers, additional information, custom backgrounds and overlays.

Flash Image Slider

The component offers various navigation methods which can be used together or separately, like:

  • navigation through previous/next buttons
  • scroll bar and/or mouse movement
  • horizontal/vertical layout

And, although it comes with a default skin, it is possible to create & implement new ones.

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