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During the holiday season especially, many shop operators are worried whether their shop will be able to handle the expected stampede of visitors. At peak times, the systems have to process many more customers than usual. In the worst case, the shops become so slow that customers leave and go to other vendors. In the past, online merchants had to provide for additional hardware for ensuring reserve power to handle these situations. However, today, the cost factor can be calculated much more accurately since computing power can be added quite easily "on the fly". This trend is called "Cloud Computing" - managing data and applications on the Internet instead of keeping these on own servers. Besides demand-driven performance, data security and data availability are clear advantages of the concept. ePages already relies on Cloud Computing.

On October 1, 2008 we raised the curtain for the debut of ePages 6. The new product version not only allows you to sell your products online, you can now even offer services for booking online as well. We've added a lot of fresh new features that will make your life much easier. Read for yourself what drag & drop, scheduling and booking functions, blogs, forums and RSS feed modules are all about…

Sometimes the inspiration that makes an idea a reality is hard to find. If you are currently playing with the idea of giving your shop a slight makeover or are wrestling with its design, then let the online shops below be a source of inspiration and a feast for your eyes. From now on, we'd like to reawaken your creativity and inspire with 5 regularly occurring, beautiful examples of online shops all based on ePages.

An article on emarketer.com shows that Internet usage by people over 62 is increasing dramatically and that especially online shopping is becoming more and more popular for them. So far, however, e-commerce has been staying away from the age bracket.

The good old advertising sign has outlived its usefulness. As reported recently in paidContent.org, the use of conventional online advertising media such as banners and pop-ups is expected to decline significantly in coming years. You, too, should explore new ways of acquiring and retaining customers. In addition to newsletters, search engine optimisation and promotions, social networks and social media tools are especially useful in allowing you – inexpensively – to get closer to your target audience and increase awareness of your online shop. Social Media Optimisation (SMO) is the new strategy for success. In this series of articles, we will portray the most important opportunities for socially marketing your online shop. This first article focuses on weblogs.

In addition to pages for categories and products, you can also create editorial pages and integrate these into your online shop navigation. You can use these pages to integrate customer feedback, references, information about yourcompany or even job offers as you would using a classical website.

Online marketing has long since offered an interesting alternative to classical advertising media. And for good reason. Internet campaigns are not only flexible and cost-effective, their effect can be measured in concrete figures. The Hamburg software maker etracker offers efficient solutions for the performance review of all online efforts: through etracker's web controlling.

You've got your shop set up, the design works, products have also been created but the shop could still load just a little bit faster? The pages of the shop view (storefront) are arranged "dynamically" in the shop setup phase and the call of a page thus takes longer because all the elements to be displayed have to be repeatedly stored on the server before they can be displayed. Now you can make your shop faster using the optimisation/ page cache function.

There is no doubt about it: The degree to which people encounter your online shop and website via search engines – particularly Google – plays a decisive role in the success of your e-commerce activities.