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How to set up a countdown notification strip in BigCommerce

During the holiday season, it’s important to let your customers know key information, like when you’re sending out last shipments and when you’re shut. This reduces frustrations from customers not receiving their orders in time, and builds trust in your brand as you continue to provide open communication to your visitors. In this article we will show you how to set up a persistent, visible notification strip at the top of your store header, with a countdown timer on any BigCommerce Blueprint based theme. The first thing you need to know is that this will involve some coding in your theme files. You’ll need a basic understanding of how HTML and CSS works. If you’re not confident in editing code, we can help you. Check out our installed header strip and cutoff countdown addons. You’ll save £50 if you purchase both (the discount is applied automatically when you add both products […]

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Hiding Categories in BigCommerce

One of the most popular pages on our website is an article on how to hide categories in BigCommerce. Our article provides a method for hiding categories using jQuery to filter out categories matching specific text strings. It’s now possible to achieve the same thing without relying on Javascript. To hide categories, all we need to do now is create a top level category, hide it, and then place visible categories inside it as subcategories. These can then be linked to and are visible to your website visitors. Hiding the top level category means that these new categories won’t appear in the main navigation. This is what you’ll end up seeing in your control panel: Step by step guide Step 1 of 5: Head over to Products > Product Categories in your BigCommerce control panel. In the category view, click “Create a Category”. Step 2 of 5: In the category […]

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Introducing Covent Garden, a responsive theme for BigCommerce

We’re pleased to let you know our second responsive theme for BigCommerce, Covent Garden, is now available within the control panel theme store. Like our first theme 22 Savile Row, we are aiming this one at the fashion market sector. This is a young, vibrant and contemporary design, aimed at showing products off by using large imagery and uncluttered page layouts. Great product photography will enhance the look of this design. To purchase the theme, head over to the Design section in your BigCommerce control panel and click the Themes tab. See what this theme looks like at our demo site.

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Our first premium responsive theme for BigCommerce

We are happy to announce our first in a new line of premium themes for BigCommerce, Savile Row, has been released on their new theme store. Savile Row is aimed particularly at fashion, jewellery and accessory marketplaces as it concentrates purely on showing products off, without heavy text around their images. Product details appear once a visitor hovers over an image. Clean, uniform product photography shot on white backgrounds will naturally increase the sales potential of this theme. The product pages in this theme again have been set up with product imagery in mind, using two thirds of the page for displaying product photos. In addition, to help with conversion rates, we have included our AJAX Minicart module with this theme. It is fully functional out of the box without any further setup needed. The theme is available to purchase within your BigCommerce control panel. Head over to Design, click […]

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5 Minute Masterclass: Adding an Order Summary to the Order Confirmation Page

Today’s quick lesson is based on a question I was asked in a recent comment – how do we add a summary of the customers order on the order confirmation page? As things stand, the confirmation page in BigCommerce simply displays a thank you message and if you have set up a “pay later” option, details on how to complete the order, plus some links to new/popular products. So how to add the order confirmation details?

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Getting social on the order confirmation page

The other day I used a new site to buy a toner cartridge for a laser printer. I’d never bought from this company before but I was impressed with their site and offers and thought I would give them a go. When I finished the order and reached the confirmation page, for the first time on any store I noticed something really effective. Below the “thank you” blurb and order confirmation number, they presented an eye-catching panel with a Facebook Like Box, Twitter Follow Button and newsletter signup form. I guess I have seen this many times in recent years, but I can honestly say this is the first time I noticed it. And I have to say, it’s a most excellent idea. It has become a case of plastering social proof over your site and hoping new visitors will click “like” or “follow”. Of course some FB/Twitter savvy users […]

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5 Minute Masterclass: Hiding Categories in BigCommerce with jQuery

There’s a hot topic at the moment on the Official BigCommerce Forums regarding hidden categories. Originally you could hide a category from being visible in the menu, but still link to it; ideal for landing pages or email promotions. This feature later disappeared, and now hidden categories are treated as disabled. Using a bit of jQuery, we can replicate the old feature by hiding menu links matching or containing specific keywords.

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