In case you missed my first post on this topic, I am a candidate in the 2015 Stack Overflow moderator elections. I made it through the nomination phase (32 candidates) and primary (30 candidates), and now I’m in the general election with only 10 candidates for 3 spots remaining! I am extremely honored and humbled to have received so many votes in the primary phase, especially with so many amazing candidates. Thank you to all who supported me!
If you are at all into web design, you likely read WebDesignerDepot.com’s weekly post on their favorite tweets of the week. If not, you should.
If you do read that post, you will notice that only the fancy shortened-URL links are clickable; the images aren’t clickable. This was driving me a little crazy, so I spent about two minutes writing a userscript to make the images clickable.
Here’s the script. You can install it by clicking here.
If you have a website, you almost certainly need to secure it. Even for a simple WordPress blog like this one, security is a real problem; sites get hacked all the time, and even a site like this one can draw hundreds or thousands of hack attempts per day. Sometimes, it’s because hackers discover a new vulnerability. Usually, it’s an old one that just hasn’t been patched yet. But there’s more: hackers can steal your login info and take over your site just by monitoring your traffic over a wireless network, like in a typical coffee shop or airport.
The solution for this is to get a security certificate (commonly, but no longer correctly, known as an SSL certificate). Typically, these cost $100/year or more, depending on what you need. But there’s good news.
The free option for today is StartSSL.com, which will give you a very basic certificate for free. It still requires some technical know-how, but not much; whoever handles your website maintenance now should be able to handle it pretty easily.
It’s about to get a lot easier. In mid-2015, Let’s Encrypt is launching. Let’s Encrypt is a project of the Internet Security Research Group, which consists of some real heavy-hitters in the tech world: Mozilla, Akamai, Cisco, the EFF, and IdenTrust. It will allow you do secure a website with, basically, one click. For free.
So, cost is no longer a barrier to securing your website. Go do it!
I am very excited to announce the formation of Cereblitz LLC and, with it, the upcoming launch of Cereblitz Cart!
Cereblitz Cart is the First Cart Available to the Public that Supports Truly Customizable Products
Cereblitz Cart is a completely new take on the traditional ecommerce model: you can sell absolutely anything with it.
Traditional carts limit you to items with a few choices – maybe a few colors or sizes – and are basically one-size-fits-all. If that doesn’t actually fit your needs because your products are complex, tough luck.
Cereblitz Cart is different. It is a completely customizable shopping cart, and it supports completely customizable products. With it, you can sell anything, no matter how complex. Need to allow customization, like a custom image or imprint? No problem. Option A is incompatible with Option Q? No problem. Need to allow more than one way to customize the product, price customized products differently, give all the many possibilities their own product codes, and do it all instantly and online? No problem.
Cereblitz Cart is All-Purpose
Obviously, many stores sell customizable products. There are lots of imprintable t-shirt stores, print-your-own-card stores, and so on. Here’s the catch: those are all one-off solutions. They are typically developed in-house, often at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and completely out of reach for small business.
Cereblitz Cart is different. It can handle everything from mom-and-pops to selling a passenger aircraft, and from selling stock items off the shelf to custom web design packages. Really, the only limit to what you can sell on this platform is your own imagination.
And. It’s. Awesome.
We’ve worked hard on this. In fact, creating Cereblitz Cart cost at least $200,000 worth of developer time.
Before working on this software, I’d spent 15 years developing solutions for customers who have unique products: customizable products with countless variations, special limitations, multiple pricing schemes with discounts and add-on fees, and so on. I’ve even owned and run a business that specialized in selling such products. This cart reflects all of that knowledge from the trenches. And we’re committed to making it better all the time.
The result is, frankly, an awesome product that supports:
- Unlimited products
- Unlimited customization
- Special fees and discounts by product, product group, customization, customer, and more
- Gift cards
- Easy-to-use themes – use a pre-packaged one or roll your own!
- An easy-to-use plugin system
- Internationalization – support as many languages as you like, and handle different date and currency formats automatically!
- Flexible sales/use/VAT taxes – collect whatever you have to collect, however you need to do it!
- Built-in split testing (a/k/a A/B or multivariate testing)
- Lightning-fast load times (most requests load in 1/20 of a second on a very basic server)
- Secure transactions – security has been a priority from day one
- Unlimited flexibility
- And, most importantly, it supports your business, whatever that may be.
You are going to be able to license all of that for pennies on the dollar.
Now, it’s not quite ready. Some lucky customers are using it in a private beta, so we can make sure it’s 100% ready to knock your socks off in the next few weeks.
But, if you sign up for our mailing list now, you will be eligible for an exclusive discount when we go live. (We won’t spam you, I promise.)
So, go check out cereblitz.com and get ready for the revolution in flexible ecommerce software that meets your business’s needs!