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F1 Race Stars Out Now on the App Store


Use power-ups, hit jumps, powerslide around corners and speed through shortcuts as you jostle for position with the cast of F1 Race Stars, available now on the App Store for your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

40 super-charged tracks from 15 Formula 1 Grand Prix locations across the world.

Featuring all the cars, teams and drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship racing across over 40 super-charged tracks from 15 Formula 1 Grand Prix locations across the world. Each track has been designed for quick-fire portable gaming and features jumps, shortcuts and a range of awesome power-ups, including Wet Weather, Homing Bubbles, Safety Car and many more.

Using simple touch or tilt controls, handling is accessible, fast and fun – you’ll now be able to build boost by powersliding around corners and then slingshot up the track, slipstream your rivals and hit boost pads to speed through the pack.

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Race as your favourite driver or as one of many of our new fantasy characters and make use of our new upgrades system to really make your mark out on the track.

FEATURES:
  • A New Development For iOS – F1 Race Stars’ track design, handling and customisation options are designed to bring fast and fun arcade thrills to racing fans of all ages and is optimised for use on Apple’s latest A7 chip powered iPads and iPhones.
  • Console Quality Visuals – Powered by Codemasters’ EGO Game Technology Platform to feature High Dynamic Range rendering with bloom, full screen post-process effects (blur, distortion, vignettes, anti-aliasing), dynamic weather effects, spherical harmonic lighting and global illumination. Basically, it looks amazing.
  • Official Formula One Cars & Stars – Features all the cars, teams and stars from the 2013 FORMULA ONE season including Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
  • 40+ Tracks To Master – Set at real-world F1™ GRAND PRIX locations, gamers can race over 40 free-to-play tracks. Powerslide around tight and twisty Monaco, speed along a dragon’s back in China or tear up the baseball field in the USA and more!
  • Fast & Fun Handling – Players can powerslide around corners, use slipstream to close the gap and choose touch or tilt, right or left-handed controls and includes support for the latest game controllers.
  • Awesome Power-ups – Unleash the mighty Bottle Rocket to power through the pack, call in a Rain Cloud on the leader, slow rivals with Wet Weather and many more!
  • Fantasy Drivers – Play as your favourite star or choose from a huge selection of fantasy drivers with their own special abilities – including Robot, Ninja, Wizard, Secret Agent and many more.
  • Collect & Combine Upgrades – Players can discover hundreds of upgrades to boost their character’s skills which can be combined to improve and customise on-track performance.
  • Five Race Modes  – Players can choose from Race events, Elimination mode, Slalom Gate events, Pole Position sprints and tactical Refuel races.
  • TV Output & Gamepad – Experience F1 RACE STARS on your TV and use your device as a controller with dual display mode. F1 RACE STARS also includes support for gamepads for the full console experience.
  • Multiplayer & Social Support – Multiplayer racing is available via Bluetooth and WifFi and gamers can unlock 50+ achievements with Game Center and share progress through Facebook.
  • Officially Licensed – From Codemasters, the publishers of award-winning, multi-million selling FORMULA 1 videogames, F1 RACE STARS is officially licensed by Formula One World Championship Limited.

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F1 Race Stars is now available on the App Store and free to download, give it a try and let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook.

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Codemasters Community Manager, beard grower, biscuit stealer and fan of all things off road.



What’s the Best eCommerce Website Builder for an Online Store?


Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur looking for a relatively easy way to start your own business, or a retail business owner ready to expand your business online, building an eCommerce store is a lucrative move to make.

But if you lack web design experience, the process of building an online store from scratch can look intimidating. 

If you’re already doing the work to start a new business or run an existing one, creating your eCommerce website is one more task to add to an already overwhelming to-do list. And if you anticipate it being a big job, that probably makes it an easy task to procrastinate. 

But every day you put off getting your eCommerce site up is a day of missed sales and profits. Time is money here. Not only do you want to move forward on this sooner rather than later, but you ideally want to get your website up fast once you start. 

Getting an eCommerce website online quickly—without having to learn to code—is possible. What you need is an eCommerce website builder.

Below you’ll learn what an eCommerce website builder is, how it can benefit your business, and what to look for in a website builder for beginners. 

What is an eCommerce Website Builder?

eCommerce website builders are similar to classic website builders, except they have integrated tools which make selling products online much easier.

A good website builder will take care of all the basic design elements of your website for you, so all you have to do is make some tweaks to the copy, images, and layout to bring it in line with your vision.

And a beginner website builder will have an intuitive website editor that makes that part easy as well. If it’s a well designed product, you won’t have to worry about a long training process, you should be able to figure out how to make the changes you want as you go. 

An eCommerce builder uses this same process, but also comes equipped with additional tools to help you manage and grow your eCommerce store. That will include easy options for creating product pages, built-in inventory management tools that make it easy to keep track of the products you’re selling, and compatibility with payment processing functions. 

3 Key Benefits of Using an eCommerce Website Builder

Even if you have an incredible product, you can’t build a business around it without giving people a way to learn about it and (securely) make a purchase. In our modern era—and especially in this phase of COVID-19—an eCommerce website is the best way to achieve that. 

Learning how to build an eCommerce website from scratch is a lot of work—you’d have to not only learn how to code, but also put in the time and effort required to create your website step by step. And an eCommerce site requires a whole extra set of functionalities that would translate into additional skills and steps you’d have to deal with. But none of that’s necessary anymore. 

An eCommerce website builder streamlines the process of building your website and processing online transactions, so you can focus on all the other (many) parts of running a business.

Here are a few of the biggest benefits an eCommerce website builder brings:

1. Easy to Build a High-Converting Website

When you’re building an eCommerce business, you don’t just need a website. You need one that does a specific job: getting people to buy your products. This means you’ll need to integrate product placement with the rest of your site, have product category pages, individual product pages, and a lot more.

A lot of website builders power many successful online stores, meaning they have data on the types of design elements that get results. A good eCommerce website builder will supply a base design for you that incorporates web design best practices and increases your likelihood of turning visitors into customers. 

2. Help With Marketplace Integration and Payment

Beyond just showcasing your products in a way that makes visitors want to buy, you’ll also need to offer them a secure way to pay you through your business website. Most eCommerce builders give you the option of integrating multiple payment processors. These can ensure an easy and secure checkout process for your customers. 

3. Tools to Manage Inventory

Are you still using a pen and paper to manage your inventory? Most eCommerce website builders make it incredibly simple to manage and set up your business inventory from a single dashboard.

You’ll have the ability to offer product customization options, as well as real-time inventory updates, so you always know how much you have in stock. Having all of this automated makes it much easier to know when you need to restock products, or even run discounts to help move the rest of your current inventory.

What to Look for in an eCommerce Website Builder

There are a lot of eCommerce website building software options out there. So, let the list of eCommerce features below help you sort through the noise.

You might have different requirements based on your store needs, but knowing what some of the most common features available are will help you make a more informed decision.

1. Easy to Use

The main reason to use a website builder is ease of use, so this has to be a given. If a website builder has a big learning curve or requires reviewing a lot of tutorials—what’s even the point?

Most website builders on the market are built with beginners in mind, so you don’t have to settle for one that causes confusion and frustration. Look for one that takes most of the work of building a website off your plate, and makes doing the rest intuitive. 

That could mean a tool with lots of templates and a drag-and-drop website editor. Or, you could go a step further and look for a smart website builder that creates a website for you using automation, then makes any additional tweaks you want to make simple. You’ll end up with far less work to do on your own, will save a lot of time, and can essentially outsource a lot of the decisions around your website to the tool. 

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2. Affordable

Most business owners have a strict budget to work within. Your website’s important enough to treat as an investment, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend any more on it than you have to. The right website builder for you therefore must be one that fits into your budget. 

Luckily, you can find a number of website builders that are affordable—even on a small business budget. In some cases, as with the Gator website builder, you can even get one for free bundled with the cost of web hosting. Free is pretty easy to fit into any business budget, no matter how tight the purse strings. 

3. Inventory Management

If an interested customer finds their way to your site, and sees a product they’re interested in only to find it out of stock, you’ll probably lose them for good. You want to do everything you can to avoid that! Good inventory management tools are how you do that. 

Look for an eCommerce website builder that comes with inventory management features included. Keep an eye out for features like alerts that will tell you when inventory is getting low, the ability to enter product stock, and the option to stop selling products when there’s no inventory left.

4. Payment processing

You can’t sell products without a way to take payments. Every eCommerce website needs a secure way to accept credit card payments from visitors. If possible, you may want to provide a couple different options. Many consumers will be more likely to complete the checkout process if you make payment easier by accepting a payment option they use frequently, like PayPal or Stripe.

Many eCommerce website builders will come with payment processing options built in, making this part much easier.

5. Easy tax calculations

One of the benefits eCommerce has over storefront businesses is that your customer base isn’t limited by geography. You can be based in Maryland and sell products to a customer in Texas. But this presents a complication: different states have different sales tax laws. And you do not want to be on the wrong side of any of them. 

Managing sales tax information for all the different states would be unreasonably complicated, so look for an eCommerce website builder that has tools that automate sales tax calculations for you. 

6. Easy shipping features

Shipping is hands down one of the most important parts of running an online business. Getting orders out in a timely manner is key to providing a good customer experience. And making sure shipping costs are low enough to customers that they’ll buy, while not costing you too much to make a profit is a complicated, but important balance to find when running your online business.

An eCommerce website builder should make it easy for you to set your shipping rates. Even better if it makes it easy to offer any shipping-related deals to customers, such as free shipping for orders over a certain amount. If you’ll be using a third-party tool for shipping, such as Shippo, you’ll also want to make sure your website builder is compatible with it. 

7. Mobile-Friendliness

Many consumers are as comfortable making purchases on their phones as they are their desktop computers. That makes mobile-friendly websites a must.

Because of how common mobile use is today, any website builder worth its salt should default to creating sites that work well on all screen sizes. But don’t take for granted that will be the case, so check to make sure the website builder you consider prioritizes the mobile experience. 

8.  Image library

The images you choose for your website will play a big role in the visual experience people have when they visit it. But creating original, high-quality images is a challenge, and you don’t want it to be the step that holds up the process of getting your website up and running.

If your website builder comes with an image library included, finding good-looking images that make sense for your website will be a lot easier and faster. 

9. Coupon functionality

Offering customers a great deal is a reliable way to increase conversions. Coupons can be a tool to encourage loyalty in your customers, and drive more sales during a slow period. Plus, discounts can be a smart way to get rid of inventory that’s taking up costly storage space. 

Make sure your website builder provides the functionality to offer discounts and coupons to visitors, so you can take advantage of one of the most important and effective sales tools available. 

10. Blogging features

Adding a blog to your eCommerce website is a smart way to build up your website’s SEO (search engine optimization) authority and publish helpful content that builds trust in your brand.

Granted, a blog requires a lot of ongoing work, so it may not be something you want to dive into on day one. But you want to know the option’s there for you when you’re ready. When choosing your eCommerce website builder, check to ensure it provides easy options for adding a blog to your website and maintaining it. 

11. Social and email integration

Creating your eCommerce website is a big step, but the bigger job happens after you’ve published it. Now, you have to promote it.

Marketing a website is a lot of work, so any way you can make the process a little easier is worth it. A website builder that integrates with your social media channels and email marketing software is a good start. 

12. Built-in analytics

Running a successful online business requires paying attention to what works, and evolving your business strategy as needed. To learn what your audience responds to, you need analytics.

While you can (and should) make use of the powerful analytics tools provided by Google Analytics, a website builder that has analytics built into its dashboard will make staying on top of your metrics more convenient. 

13. Customer support

A good website builder will be easy enough to use that you likely won’t need much help with it. But even the most intuitive of tech products will occasionally require support. You want to know it’s there if you ever need it.

Look for a website builder that not only offers customer support, but ideally one that provides 24/7 customer support in the channels you prefer, such as email and live chat. 

14. Logo maker

This isn’t a requirement for an eCommerce website builder, but it’s nice to have. Your logo will be the main visual marker of your business. Hiring a professional graphic designer to create one for you can be well worth it, but it tends to be costly and take time.

If you want to get one made in a way that’s quicker and easier, a website builder that includes a logo maker will save you time and money. 

Bonus:  Domain registration and web hosting

Every website requires a domain name and web hosting plan in order to be available to visitors online. If you invest in a website builder that comes with a free domain name registration and web hosting plan (or a web hosting plan that comes with a free website builder, depending on how you look at it), you both save money and keep the three main services your website requires in one place. That makes keeping your accounts current and making sure everything is up to date and working together less work. 

Build Your Online Store with an eCommerce Website Builder

Using an eCommerce website builder with the right features gives you a serious leg up in creating your website. When you offload the main work of creating a website to the right technology, you can focus on running your store and marketing to get new customers.

Hopefully, you’ve found the information above useful in helping you find the top eCommerce website builder for your needs. Once you’ve found the right platform for your web hosting needs, then start building and launch your store.

Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based freelance content writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to learn new things. She uses that curiosity, combined with her experience as a freelance business owner, to write about subjects valuable to small business owners on the HostGator blog. You can find her on Twitter at @atxcopywriter.

The Virus Closed His Bronx Jewelry Store. Then Looters Broke In.


The looters attacked with crow bars and bolt cutters.

They broke open stores in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx until they came to two glass doors side-by-side. The door to the left led to a tattoo parlor, the one to the right to a watch and jewelry store. They smashed the right door and ducked around the sharp glass teeth left along the edges.

Inside, they found a treasure case filled with gold and silver watches and laptop computers. They swung again, sending glass flying. They grabbed what they could fast, missing a couple of watches in the back. Then they reached above and pulled down displays of diamond necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

They were long gone by the time the store owner, Francisco Araujo, arrived hours later on Tuesday to find his family business gutted. By his count, he lost $150,000 of merchandise. Only a rack of tacky T-shirts with drinking and sex sayings was left behind.

Mr. Araujo said he was just beginning to get his life back after the coronavirus exploded across New York more than two months ago and businesses like his, which were considered nonessential, were forced to close. He was planning to reopen next week when the state’s stay-at-home order was lifted. Now, he does not know how he can.

“I’m 100 percent with people who are protesting for justice, but is this justice?” Mr. Araujo said. “You’re killing me.”

The looting that erupted in New York during protests over the death of George Floyd has hit many stores, including Macy’s’ flagship store in Herald Square and Nike and Coach stores in Manhattan. But in the Bronx, many of the victims were not brand-name retailers but small businesses owned by immigrants and minorities who were already in free fall from the coronavirus.

The Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, with 1.4 million residents, has been the hardest hit by the health crisis: It has the highest rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The economic fallout has shut down stores, restaurants and businesses, and left thousands of people out of work. The unemployment rate for the Bronx soared to 16.5 percent in April from 4.7 percent in February, compared with 14.6 percent for New York City as a whole.

The protests started out largely peacefully in the Bronx on Monday, but hours later there were reports of arrests, fires and looting.

The looting left a trail of smashed doors and windows, wiped out shelves, and shattered hopes for recovery along the Grand Concourse, one of the Bronx’s signature thoroughfares. It also tore up stores on Fordham Road and Burnside Avenue, two popular shopping corridors. Many of these businesses were already struggling before the looting, with no income coming in to cover their rent and expenses.

“These aren’t large franchise businesses — these are small, mom-and-pop stores that are barely getting by,” said State Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo, a Democrat, who represents the area. “The looters who came in attempted to destroy a very important and vital part of the Bronx.”

Mr. Pichardo said he saw the damage for himself on Burnside Avenue early Tuesday morning. “Burnside was a war zone,” he said. “There was trash everywhere. Fires were just put out. Businesses had been raided.”

He headed over to Fordham Road. It was bad, too.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president, and other Bronx officials, community leaders and residents gathered at a noisy intersection on Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse to condemn the looting and call for peaceful protests. Many of them helped sweep up debris and consoled business owners. Nearby, Black Lives Matter demonstrators handed out food and water.

“What happened was a direct assault on what we’re trying to accomplish,” Mr. Diaz said. “What happened last night was not a protest. What happened was criminal.”

The prior night’s mayhem and looting brought out a heavy police presence across the city on Tuesday night, and some store owners posted security guards out front, or in some cases, hunkered down inside themselves for a long night of keeping watch.

It turned out to be mostly quiet in the Bronx, though there were reports of a few break-ins there and in other parts of the city. But it was too late for the stores and businesses that had already been wiped out on Monday night.

The looters helped themselves to jewelry, sneakers and designer clothing. At bodegas and pharmacies, they made off with lottery tickets, sodas, candy and toilet paper, among many other items.

At Good Life Pharmacy, the looters punched holes in the front door and window. The owner, George Yirenkyi, was home when it happened but rushed over when he saw the looters on the store’s security camera. “We just couldn’t stop them,” said Mr. Yirenkyi, 58, an immigrant from Ghana.

He opened the pharmacy eight years ago and has 10 workers, all of whom live in the Bronx. “I can’t describe it — all your investment, all the years you’ve invested in it,” he said. “You think about all your employees, and now there’s no work.”

A few doors over, Ten Chen, 39, cried as he recounted how his liquor store was ransacked. An employee hid in the bathroom and called him at home. Mr. Chen called 911, but he said it took too long to get through. The store’s security camera caught dozens of people drinking and smashing bottles, ripping down shelves and grabbing money from the register.

“They go inside and take anything they want,” said Mr. Chen, an immigrant from China. “They broke everything.”

Another business owner, Stephen Mensah, said the looters trashed the pharmacy he opened three years ago, shattering his dream for a better life along with the display cases. “You work toward your goals,” said Mr. Mensah, 57, who immigrated from Ghana in 1988. “We thought we were getting there.”

In the Fordham and Morris Heights neighborhoods in the West Bronx, there were sheets of plywood where window displays should have been. Doors were broken. Piles of sharp glass were scattered on sidewalks and streets.

Store owners and workers picked through what was left of their businesses, like shellshocked survivors returning to inspect the damage after a tornado.

Some owners said they had allowed their business insurance to lapse during the shutdown, while other owners said they had insurance but were unsure whether the looting would be covered.

Geraldine White, 64, a Bronx resident, walked up to a hair braiding shop with plywood over the window. She taped up a handwritten sign: “Black Lives Matter But Please Don’t Loot.” Next to it, someone else had put up a photograph of George Floyd.

“I’m sticking it here to ask people, please don’t loot. It doesn’t make any sense,” Ms. White said. “You should demonstrate for the right reasons.”

Mr. Araujo, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, said he has to reopen his watch and jewelry store, Cibao Multiservices, to support his five children and eight employees. But he did not yet know where to start.

“We have to fix the store and we’re not making money,” said Mr. Araujo, 45, as he paced back and forth, a cigar in hand.

Shattered glass carpeted the store floor, making a crunching sound like gravel when walked on. Outside, a contractor was sawing a plywood plank.

Mr. Araujo said he was appalled by the police brutality that had ignited the protests in New York and around the world. And he supported the protests but not the looting that followed.

“Black lives matter, all lives matter, but what about my life, my family’s life?” he asked. “My family’s life matters. You cannot justify doing something wrong because something wrong happened.”

The iOS version of Carcassonne is being removed from the App Store at the end of February. Last chance to get it before it’s gone forever. : iosgaming


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It says the contract expired, and a new version from a different developer is coming. I’m guessing it’ll be the same version that is on Switch now.

How to Build an Online Store and Become Your Own Boss


While traditional careers have their benefits, there’s something very appealing about being your own boss. You can work whenever, however, and wherever you want to while still pursuing your passion. The tricky part is knowing how to get started.

With accessible and easy-to-use tools such as WordPress and WooCommerce, setting up shop online is relatively simple. By launching an e-commerce store, you can take your product ideas to the web and access the vast pool of customers available there.

This article will walk you through the steps to build your online store with WordPress and WooCommerce and become your own boss in no time. Let’s go!

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Sell anything, anywhere, anytime on the world’s biggest e-commerce platform.

9 Steps to Build an Online Store and Become Your Own Boss

The very first thing you’ll need to start an online store is a product customers will want to buy. We can’t help you with that, unfortunately — your idea has to be all your own! You’ll also need a way to manufacture your product, either by doing it yourself, hiring a company to do it, or some combination of the two.

Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to create an online store and start selling your merchandise, which is where the steps below will come in handy.

Step 1: Secure Your Web Hosting and Domain Name

The first two things you need to start any kind of website are a hosting provider and a domain name. Your hosting provider will store your website’s files, while your domain name provides an address where customers can find your store.

If you’re building a WordPress site (which we recommend), you might also want to consider WordPress hosting. These types of plans are explicitly geared towards the platform, and the servers they run on will be optimized.

Our shared WordPress hosting plans, for example, are ideal for new WordPress sites. You’ll have access to our 24/7 tech support team, and plans are cost-effective, starting at just $2.59 per month for a single site.

DreamHost’s Shared WordPress Hosting page.

What’s more, we can also help you register your domain name. You can quickly check the availability of your desired web address, then register it once you’ve found the perfect fit.

DreamHost’s domain name search.

Simply fill in some information to complete the process. Domains usually start at $11.99, but if you’re also hosting your site with a shared WordPress plan, you’ll get yours for free.

Step 2: Set Up WordPress and WooCommerce

Regardless of your current host, a WordPress hosting plan likely comes with the platform pre-installed or with a one-click installation option. In some cases, you may need to install WordPress manually.

Next, you’ll need to set up WooCommerce — a premiere e-commerce solution for WordPress (we’ve compared it to other competitors and think it’s the best e-commerce platform available).

The first step is to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin.

The WooCommerce plugin.

Once this is complete, you’ll be prompted to configure your web store using the onboarding wizard — fill in the fields as best you can now or come back to this step later.

Step 3: Identify Your ‘Value Proposition’

Before you begin creating content for your e-commerce business, consider identifying and writing out your value proposition. This is simply a statement explaining the mission and value of your business and products.

Two of the most important questions your value proposition should answer are:

  1. What problem does my product solve for customers?
  2. What makes my approach to this problem unique compared to other similar businesses?

Establishing your value proposition now should help you create content later. Also, any copy, product, or long-form content (such as a blog post) should reflect the values you identified in your proposition.

We’d also suggest sharing your value proposition with customers on your website. Most companies do this on an About page or as a mission statement. Here’s ours as an example:

The DreamHost About page.

Sharing your values with customers can help demonstrate why your product is relevant to them. Plus, you might win over customers who might have otherwise purchased from your competition.

Step 4: Create Your Product Pages

Now you’re ready to go back to setting up your online store. Navigate to Products > Add New within WordPress to start adding your first item. There are a lot of settings to consider here, but your priority should be your product photos and description.

Taking Quality Product Photos

Showcasing your products in their (literal) best light is crucial. Unprofessional, low-quality photos make your site seem untrustworthy, which will discourage customers from opening their wallets.

As such, make sure your product photos are well-lit and taken in front of a clean background. If you can, take pictures from a variety of angles and include some close-ups of unique details to help catch customers’ eyes.

A product photo of a throw pillow from Wayfair.

Once you have your product photos, make sure to optimize them with a plugin such as ShortPixel or Optimole before uploading them to your site. This will help prevent large media files from slowing your site down.

Writing Captivating Product Descriptions

You’ll also want to craft your product descriptions carefully, to help convince site visitors to become paying customers. Keep your value proposition in mind when you’re writing, and make sure to point out information about how the product will benefit customers.

A product description for a throw pillow from Wayfair.

It’s vital to make your description easy to scan, as ‘skimming’ content has become more popular over the years. Keeping paragraphs short, while using formatting techniques such as bullet points and subheadings, can convey more information than a brutal wall of text.

Specifying Product Data

Finally, for this section, you’ll want to configure the settings in the Product Data section of the product editor. Here you’ll set your product’s price, add a SKU number and shipping information, specify if it comes in any variations (e.g., other colors or sizes), and more.

The product data section of the WooCommerce Product Editor.

Take your time with these, as they’re an essential aspect of your store and business. Once you have the basics down, you may want to consider setting up Linked Products to help cross-sell other store items and enable reviews to add some social proof to your site.

Step 5: Configure Your Tax Settings

In the U.S., each state has laws regarding sales tax for internet-based retailers. It’s not a bad idea to talk with a tax attorney before your business gets up and running, but at the very least, you should familiarize yourself with the laws in your area.

To set up sales tax for your products in WooCommerce, navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > General within WordPress. Make sure the Enable taxes setting is checked, then save your changes.

The Enable taxes setting in WooCommerce.

If there wasn’t one before, you should now see a Tax setting tab at the top of your WooCommerce Settings page. Click on it, then configure the settings on the page.

You can determine whether your prices will automatically include tax at checkout and what information WooCommerce should use to calculate tax for each product. It’s also possible to add Standard, Reduced, and Zero tax rates if needed.

Step 6: Specify Your Shipping Methods

Shipping is a make-or-break aspect of running a store. As such, in the Shipping settings tab, you can add practically as many options as you want to implement a delivery strategy.

If you’re going to make your products available in a wide range of locations, you might want to create shipping zones.

They essentially let you offer different rates to customers depending on where they’re located. If you also want to charge extra for international shipping, you can do so here.

Step 7: Decide Which Payment Gateway to Offer

In the Payments settings tab, you can specify how customers can pay for their products. By default, WooCommerce will set up Stripe and PayPal vendors for you.

The Payment Methods settings in WooCommerce.

However, you can add additional gateways — including popular solutions such as Square and Amazon Pay — with WooCommerce extensions. In addition, you can enable your customers to pay with a check, cash, or bank transfer.

The payment gateway you decide to offer is ultimately up to you, based on familiarity, ease of use, and transaction fees. However, it’s also important to consider your customers, as these criteria are also their primary concerns. As such, gateways such as PayPal are usually a given.

Step 8: Run Through Your WooCommerce Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Checklist

You’re almost ready to welcome customers to your store, but first, they need to be able to find it. SEO is the answer. By optimizing your content for search engines, you’ll make it more likely customers can find you while searching for products online.

As with many site aspects, WordPress plugins can help. Yoast SEO is a highly rated and effective plugin that can help manage on-page SEO factors such as keyword usage, permalinks, and readability.

The Yoast SEO plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

If you want something a little more specialized, you can also look into the Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin.

The Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin.

It’s better suited to WooCommerce than the free version, and can also help promote your products on social media. At $49 per year, it’s cost-effective and may be a solid investment, especially if it helps to bring in a few more organic customers via a search engine.

Step 9: Publish and Promote Your E-Commerce Website

While you can keep refining your site, you’ll want to publish at this point — think of it as laying down a ‘marker.’ You’ll also want to make sure customers know who you are and what you do. Promoting your site on social media and through email marketing campaigns can help get you started.

Fortunately, there are a variety of WooCommerce extensions available to help. You can choose popular services such as Drip, MailChimp, and even Instagram to promote your products to followers and subscribers.

The WooCommerce Instagram extension.

Marketing will be an ongoing responsibility, so investing in some tools to help you streamline your efforts will be worth it in the long run. The extensions mentioned above range from free to $79 per year. You can also search the WordPress Plugin Directory for more free solutions, although you may find functionality lacks depending on the plugin.

Building an Online Store

No one said becoming your own boss was easy, and there’s a lot of work that goes into starting a brand new business. However, WordPress and WooCommerce can simplify many of the tasks required to get your e-commerce site up and running.

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Fantasy Earth Genesis – 50v50 PvP Launches Globally on App Store and Google Play – Kongbakpao





ASOBIMO has announced the launch of their latest mobile game, Fantasy Earth Genesis. Players can now download the game from your local App or Play Store.

Co-developed by SQUARE ENIX and ASOBIMO, Fantasy Earth Genesis features massive battles between three Alliances. The 50v50 PvP is a fast-paced system where teamwork, strategy and reflexes play crucial roles. To celebrates its global launch, several events and rewards are now available to the players of Fantasy Earth Genesis.

At launch, Fantasy Earth Genesis has 5 available classes: Soldier, Striker, Assassin, Hunter and Wizard. Choose a class that fits your style and enjoy fighting with a variety of different weapons!

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How to Spruce Up Your Online Store This Fall |


shutterstock_642255100Did you think fall was just about back to school and home improvement? Think again. Fall is also a wonderful time to spruce up your website as well. Check out these tips for making your e-commerce site autumn ready.

Make it Look Like Fall

One of the easiest ways to welcome in the fall season is by making a few design tweaks to your site. Just like the comfy Autumn décor, many people place around their homes, your website could benefit from some earth tones.

Try adding fall related images to banners, social media profile pictures and even your ‘click here’ buttons. You don’t need to re-do the entire site, a few updates can make a big difference.

Get Organized

The holiday season is upon us, so now is the time to get organized. Plan ahead for the traffic by thinking about your site’s organization. Perhaps it’s time to layer with some layered navigation.  Maybe it’s time to pack things up, by offering services in packages.

Even if you don’t change a thing, spending some time looking for things to change can make your site much better.

Fix things Up

Autumn lets nature prepare for winter. This is the time when you should as well. Look for problems on your site, such as broken links or redirects, double check your checkout process, update any outdated content and check page load times.

You’ll find that these steps (as well as others such as performing a site crawl and optimizing for mobile) will help maintain your site, keep it well-ranked, and protect it from cyber-attacks. For an e-commerce site, your website is a huge investment that you should take good care of.

Get Warm and Cozy
It’s getting cooler outdoors, and everyone could appreciate a little warmth. Add some warmth to your online store with great customer service. Incorporate fall-themed special offers or offer some useful content. Add a loyalty program to reward your customers for their dedication. You can even use this time to get cozy on social media. Reach out to customers by inviting them to leave reviews and reward them for their time.

These little tokens of customer appreciation add warmth to your site in a way that will likely pay off by the end of the year.

Be Frugal
Being frugal doesn’t mean fall is the time for being cheap. It more means now is the time to ensure you will not run out in the future. Like the squirrel that collects its nuts before the winter, you must do everything you can to make sure your website continues running.

To stay running, you should check for current upgrades and have a system backup plan in place. With a managed site, now is the time to ensure you have the right level of service, updated backups, and enough storage space.

Prepare for spring

With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s probably easy to lose sight of the big picture. Remember that the work you are doing now will likely come into bloom next spring.

Review your business goals, choose merchandise, update marketing tactics and plan next year’s promotions now. Once February arrives, you’ll be glad that you did.



‘Football Manager 2020 Mobile’ and ‘Football Manager 2020 Touch’ Are Now Available on the App Store for iOS and for iPad Respectively


Last year, Football Manager 2019 Touch and Football Manager 2019 Mobile released for iPad and iOS respectively following the new norm of having two versions of Football Manager for mobile systems. Football Manager 2019 Touch even made its way to Nintendo Switch a bit later. Football Manager 2020 Touch ($19.99) and Football Manager 2020 Mobile ($8.99) have both released on the same day alongside the main PC Football Manager 2020 game which is also available on Google Stadia through streaming. If you enjoy Football simulation and own multiple platforms, today is a good day for you. Watch the trailer below for all versions of Football Manager 2020:

If you’ve not played a mobile Football Manager release in a few years, SEGA and Sports Interactive have two options available for players. Football Manager 2020 Mobile is the one built for both smaller and larger screens with a more streamlined focus. Football Manager 2020 Touch is for larger screens and is an iPad only game that is a lot closer to the original PC game than Football Manager 2020 Mobile. I’ve been playing Football Manager 2020 on Steam and it is really good far. If you’re interested in playing on Nintendo Switch, Football Manager 2020 Touch will be available there in the near future at a much higher price than the iPad version.

If you’re interested in playing either of the iOS Football Manager releases, you can get Football Manager 2020 Touch for $19.99 on the App Store for iPad here and Football Manager 2020 Mobile for $8.99 on the App Store as a universal game for iOS here. Check out the official website here. Did you play Football Manager on iOS last year and will you be getting any of the new releases today?

How to Earn Passive Income With an Amazon Affiliate Store

Entrepreneur John Shea leads a class that makes it easy to get started with the popular affiliate marketing program.


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You can start earning passive income online via revenue sharing thanks to a tactic called affilliate marketing. No, this isn’t one of those sketchy “get rich schemes.” Affiliate marketing works like this: You, the publisher a.k.a. affiliate, signs up with a business to market its products on your website using banners and/or links within text. If a customer clicks on that content, they’ll be taken to the business’ own site. And for every one of those clicks that turns into a purchase (an action that’s known as a conversion), you’ll receive a commission as compensation for your referral.

It’s a relatively simple approach to generating passive income, and a pretty lucrative one at that: A recent survey found that nearly nine in 10 publishers consider affiliate programs to be a key part of their overall marketing strategy, contributing to about 20 percent of their annual revenue on average. However, many publishers can get tripped up when it comes to setting up an affiliate store from scratch. With a variety of programs and products to choose from, how do you know which one(s) will best reflect your site and your audience?

Enter: “How to Make Passive Income Amazon Affiliate Store,” a three-week class in which students learn how to set up a profitable affiliate store with Amazon, the most popular affiliate program on the web. Great for bloggers and small business owners alike, it features five hours of training that you can revisit whenever you’d like on any web or mobile device.

The class is led by John Shea, an entrepreneur, gamer, and podcaster who interviews successful online entrepreneurs on his show Voices Of Marketing. He initially explored the field of online marketing as a way to make extra cash, and now shares his insights as a way of helping others achieve their goals just as he did.

Throughout his teaching, Shea will help you master the skills necessary to build an Amazon affiliate store that functions just like a powerful e-commerce site. That includes picking a niche and doing relevant keyword research; picking a theme for your affiliate store; setting up that store; implementing e-commerce SEO best practices, promoting your site; utilizing basic email marketing; maximizing conversions; and eventually outsourcing your work to efficient virtual assistants.

All of this learning normally retails for $197, but for a limited time, Entrepreneur readers can sign up for lifetime access to “How to Make Passive Income Amazon Affiliate Store” for just $15 — a 92 percent savings.

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