Blogging in Shopify colors

At the time we were starting this blog we wanted it to be a company blog where our readers could follow what jaded Pixel does. This blog is in fact more about Shopify than it is about the company so we decided to go ahead and show its ties to Shopify by a visual update.

As you can see, we changed it to a fixed-width style that would make (especially longer) articles easier to read. The fancy shopping bags you see above each poster’s name are meant as placeholders and will be replaced by photos – and no, we are not eager to use gravatar for it this time.

There are a few things you might miss (or not) right now, like the Team page. But they will all come back one way or the other.

That being said, we hope you like the new look – and in case you don’t: find the subscribe button conveniently to your top right.

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Free & Flat-Rate Shipping

setting up a price-based shipping rate

There’s a new tool at your disposal for rewarding your Shopify store’s valued customers: price-based shipping rates! These rates only become available for orders with a subtotal over a certain specified amount, so you can create all kinds of promotional incentives for the people who buy your products. You could start offering free shipping for any order over $39.99, or maybe advertise a special June-only $5 shipping offer for people spending $9 or more.

You’ll find new links located on your shipping preferences screen to create price-based shipping rates for any countries you want. Enjoy!

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Sendloop integrates with Shopify

Sendloop

The WebHooks feature we introduced in February has turned out to be a big hit with developers, and the latest use of it comes from Sendloop, an email marketing service which gives you tons of control over how you manage your communications.

Sendloop has some great instructions for how to set up Shopify to automatically pass on order information to your Sendloop account. This is exactly the kind of thing that WebHooks are perfect for, and we love to see Sendloop taking advantage of them!

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A cake in minutes...

Marceline from asking for trouble was so happy with Shopify that she promised to bake us a cake and It finally arrived:

Thank you so much for the wonderful package and note Marceline!

A finger puppet eh? I’ll have to come up with some kind of evil voice for it now.

Update: Marceline posted as well. There you can find much nicer pictures of the cake than the ones my stupid cell phone could take.

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Content Delivery Network

We just enabled our new content delivery network for all Basic, Professional and Enterprise Shopify accounts.

What is a CDN?

A content delivery network (CDN) is a collection of web servers distributed across multiple locations around the Planet to deliver content more efficiently to users. The server selected for delivering content to a specific user is based on proximity. For example, the server with the fewest network hops or the server with the quickest response time is chosen and will service the users requests.

This means that Shopify stores should come up almost instantaneously all around the globe. Quick response times have shown to increase the conversion rates in ecommerce and we are bringing this feature to all our subscribers at no additional cost.

Shopify is the only ecommerce software which offers this feature. Take a peek at the ping times from different places. Wikipedia on CDN.

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