Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Designer Training Resources

We've just added the page Designer Training Resources to's ProStores Tutorials section. These include detailed training material—including over 5 hours of video—on ProStores SSML and template structure.

Designer Training Resources - Video Sessions Web Design Graphics Imaging SEO Bigcommerce Partner

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lacey & Ethel Crawford's Wedding Announcement

The internet can be a wonderful place — Lacey & Ethel Crawford's
wedding announcement in the December 11, 1958
edition of JET Magazine.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant -- and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts, notes Cain in her new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin's nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology and on prolific interviews, she also explains why introverts are capable of great love and great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments -- but because of them.

"I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing … I like to think before I speak (softly)."
-- Susan Cain

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pushing ProStores' Attributes to eBay as Variations

Just added a new tutorial, PST1.2: Pushing ProStores' Attributes to eBay as Variations on

When a product has Attributes in ProStores they need to be listed to eBay individually, where the Attributes will be configured as Variations on the second page of List Item on under Product Variations.

At this time, you can create listings with variations in the following eBay categories:
  • Baby
  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
  • Crafts
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home & Garden (most sub-categories)
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Pet Supplies
  • Sporting Goods
See eBay's category look-up tool to find out if listings with variations are available in your category.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Web Site Story

Enjoy this humerus parody of West Side Story, Web Site Story, from College Humor at

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Tutorial at

Just added a new tutorial, PST29: Using Excel to Change Title Case to comply with Google Policies.
Many eBay merchants list their products using ALL CAPS for their titles (and sometimes their entire description!) under the erroneous assumption that it increases their listings visibility. In fact, scientific studies have shown that “all-capital text was read 11.8 per cent slower than lower case, or approximately 38 words per minute slower,” and that “nine tenths of adult readers consider lower case more legible than all capitals” (see Readability).
If that isn't reason enough to abandon ALL CAPS, Google will reject any product listings in the ProStores datafeed file that is in violation of their excessive capitalization policy. Only standard English capitalization can be used. Not ALL CAPS.
Okay, so you've just opened your ProStores account and have have imported 1,500 listings from eBay WITH ALL OF THEIR TITLES IN ALL CAPS, and now for the first time you learn about Google's excessive capitalization policy with your first Datafeed Disapproved email from them. How do you efficiently edit the case on all of your 1,500 ProStores products to comply with Google's policies so you can get your items into Google Shopping?
See ProStores Tutorial 29 at for the answer!