I have been working with Web Analytics platform professionally for few years now. I have used many from free (Google Analytics) and paid (Omniture Site Catalyst) and all of the offer a great service but with questionable policies.
For example Google Analytics is free but we are providing tp the once “don’t do evil” a huge amount of strategic information that most of the business will not even share if the government will force them to share. (For example the sales you make everyday…) and who knows what Big G. is doing with this info…
From the other site we have extremely expensive software that for most of the business will be simply financially not affordable.
But, as often happen, somebody decided to create an open source software that could keep our privacy and wallet save: piwik.org
I have not used the software much but it seems to provide a great set of information and services.
Share your idea and experience with us commenting this article…
I do travel a lot and I do not shop much but often traveling and living in other countries give me a bit of knowledge of “local the market”.
Very often I am confronted with huge differences in prices. For example now I am trying to buy a coat for the incoming winter and I found, for the same product, difference in price of 40% / 50% in between Russia and USA.
So I am trying to buy in USA and get shipped in here. The problem is that many shops do not ship outside US so you need a service that do this for you. I am still investigating but following you will find a list of services that I found so far. Once I decided and used one I will update you with the results:
I have been always interested in Small Business and Point of Interests. In my opinion they are the one that can benefit the most from the internet but very often they have no knowledge, funding or simply time to take care of the internet channel.
So I decided to give my input on a project called Wikipronto that is a online business directory like many others (Yelp, YP, etc..) but the main difference is that you can edit the place, adopt it (you may take care of your favourite cafè or fountain) and in doing so you can enrich the set of data, the images and videos.
Basically you can create, edit and promote your favorite place. Check it out the example I made for the Colosseum in Rome.
I have been searching to send a parcel online and I looked on many many many website of courier companies. I found all sort of prices, offers, time for deliveries but the cheapest one I found was Ecoparcel.net.
The site isn’t the best (it get stuck with Firefox), information about the company are poor and I had seriously doubt that was a proper company and I definitely suspected a scam.
But they updated the site and accepted Google Checkout that will provide a decent fraud protection so I decided to try my luck and use it. I paid for my parcel and today a big courier company (Under another name) has just collected my box…I will soon update you if the box will get to destination! But at the moment it seems everything all right!!
### Update ###
After a bit of waiting the delivery has finally arrived safely at destination! I have also add some funding trough bank transfer (I still not understanding why they don’t add the credit card payment!!!) and my money were successfully added to my account. Now I have ordered another delivery after the first test was successful.
I would definitely state that, even tough the site isn’t properly designed or functioning, Ecoparcel is a real company that offer reliable deliveries at a very convenient price. (The cheapest that I know so far)
If you work for Ecoparcel and you’re reading me PLEASE do this as soon as you can:
Fix cross browser compatibility (Your site doesn’t work in Firefox)
Add other method to pay (Like Credit Card, Paypal or whatever system) You’re an ONLINE business.
In my past years as developer I have looked at many solution for a flexible shopping cart. Many claimed to be extremely easy to use and with tons of features but none was as flexible as Ecwid an easy to customize shopping cart plugin that can be used with many CMS (WordPress, Joomla to mention few)
Definitely worth to check them out before setting up your store.
I have been working for an IT company for about 18 months. I have often complaint with my manager that my job was a monkey job even if they have sold me as a “great opportunity to develop”. Today, posting a video I have realized that they are aware that we are doing a monkey job!