Linking and sharing of collections with Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Co.

A much requested feature has just been released: Any collection gets its own set of social media sharing buttons, so clients can “like” or “share” your content on basically any known social media or communication network:

social media buttons

Sharing options do not only include Facebook and Twitter, but also more traditional tools like emails or mobile applications like WhatsApp.

This feature complements the links to your own social media accounts, which are shown in the footer of your shop (and which you can add and edit yourself in the merchant interface).

100 % success rate of shopmaker.com’s anti-piracy DMCA department

About a year ago we asked for your support to further improve our anti-piracy activities. In particular we recommended putting watermarks into your videos / images for easier identification of illegally shared files. And we encouraged you to send us the links to your pirated files to complement our own search activities.

Shopmaker.com’s abuse department follows a multi-stage escalation process based upon the legal framework provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Any company on the Internet that receives a so-called “DMCA Takedown Notice” is legally bound to act immediately and remove the pirated files.

Our escalation process has stood the test of time. In the last year all (!!!) files that we complained about have been deleted in the end, a 100% success rate. Sometimes the file sharing website itself did not comply immediately, so we had to escalate the process to the infringing website’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) or even its payment provider. But in the end all pirated material was successfully removed.

Please continue to send us any pirated file you find to abuse@shopmaker.com in order to continue this success story and keep up the fight against piracy.

Browser-based “HTML File Uploader” officially released

The “HTML File Uploader” has finished beta testing and is now officially available for business. Many merchants have participated in the testing phase and a couple of thousand files have already been uploaded directly from the browser.

The new method is a superior alternative to the well-known upload via FTP and includes the following features:

  • Direct integration into the Merchant Interface
  • Multiple simultaneous uploads possible
  • Progress bar available
  • No more FTP client needed
  • Detection of incomplete uploads

In particular the last point can avoid many issues. FTP is a very old protocol and there is no way to tell if a file has been uploaded completely or if the connection was broken. Now, using the “HTML File Uploader” we can easily distinguish incomplete transfers from the rest.

You can find the “HTML File Uploader” in the Merchant Interface at “Media / Upload media”:HTML-File-Uploader

Of course, for the time being, you can continue using your FTP client.

Improved social media integration into shopmaker.com

Facebook and Youtube each have more than a billion users, Twitter reported more than 300 million active accounts, and reportedly Instagram recently surpassed Twitter’s user numbers. Content on social media sites can be shared and spread by users, which can unleash tremendous – sometimes viral – advertising effects.

Upon request, it has always been possible to put a link to a social media account into any shop built with shopmaker.com. And in addition to that, new promotional videos are already automatically published via the Twitter account of clipspool.com.

With the new Responsive Design, announced last week, this integration has become even tighter and easier. And this new functionality can be utilized immediately – even with the old design.

Links to social media accounts can now easily be managed in the merchant interface under Preferences/Edit Shop. The item “social media” is located at the bottom of the page. Then, for each entry the appropriate social media icon will appear automatically in the footer of the shop. Here is the list of supported services and their respective icons (from left to right):

social media buttons

A good example for successful social media marketing is provided by DutchDame.

shopmaker.com goes mobile – sneak preview of our new responsive and mobile-friendly shop design

One of the major trends on the Internet is the growth of mobile traffic. In order to capture a fair share of this traffic websites need to be able to adapt to different screen sizes, in particular widescreen desktop monitors, smaller desktop monitors (or laptops), tablets and smart phones.

Responsive web design (RWD) provides an optimal viewing and interaction experience – easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling – across a wide range of devices.

We are in the final stages of testing our new responsive design approach. Take a look at a shopmaker.com shop in different screen sizes and pay attention to adapting buttons and navigation:
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