Speed test your store

One of the things you will want to keep an eye on with your Printfection store is how quickly it loads. Nothing turns off a potential shopper more than waiting around for a store to load. If like me, you live on the other side of the world and don't exactly have the fasted highspeed link, you will be used to things taking a little bit of time, but even so, more than about 8 seconds, and I'm away. So just how fast or slow is your store loading. You could just refresh your browser and start counting or you could use a fantastic web site tool to gain a really great insight into the true performance of your store.

One of the best sites that I have found for just this purpose is Pingdom Tools, a free set of web-based tools for webmasters and other web-curious people that can perform graphical website load time, ping and traceroute tests.

Pingdom Tools

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Adding Backgrounds with Seamless Patterns

All of the current themes at Printfection do not use any images or backgrounds. One of the easiest ways for you to help make your store stand out is to add some backgrounds to certain elements of your store. The best and most flexible backgrounds are those that are seamless and will "tile" to fit what ever element you choose to use it on. The image at right will tile seamlessly to create a classic wallpaper type look and feel.

As an example, the image could be used for a store background. Click for a larger view.

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See your store through the eyes of a robot

Even though we have CSS and HTML that are supposed to be standards, the fact is that some browsers still interpret certain aspects of your store differently. There are many reasons for this, but if you consider that your store shoppers could be visiting on Windows, Mac, or Linux using one of a wide numer of browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and any one of the Mozilla browsers (Firefox, Gecko, etc).

Now, you could go out and set yourself up with a few different PCs, Macs and Linux, but for the purposes for testing, this is surely overkill. There is a better way, and that way is Browsershots.org.

Browsershots LogoBrowsershots.org is a fantastic open source, free service that allows you to test your store design on a number of different platforms. All you have to do is enter your complete store url (http://www.printfection.com/storename), select the platforms that you want to test on and hit submit. or further fine tuned testing, you can also specify a number of options around screen resolution, javascript and others. Your request gets added to a queue and after a few minutes, and a reload of the web page, you will start to see screen shots of your store.

The various screenshots give a great picture of how your store will run in different browsers. Here are my three stores:

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It's proven invaluable for me since it became available and I actually enjoy seeing my whole storefront in one image.

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