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Posted 19 May 2015 - 02:26 PM #1

On April 21, 2015, Google updated its search algorithms for mobile devices. New algorithms prefer mobile-friendly websites when a user searches from a smartphone.

Websites that are not mobile-friendly disappeared from Google’s first page of search results. Forty percent of all websites were not ready for the change and started to lose traffic from smartphones. Journalists and bloggers called this event “Mobilegeddon.”

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Why Mobile-Friendliness is Important

On a mobile-friendly website, menus, buttons, images, and captions match the screen of a mobile device. Responsive design is one of the ways to make your website mobile-friendly.

Using a touchscreen is less precise than using a mouse pointer. If a website is not responsive, a smartphone user has to pinch-zoom to click buttons and read text. The more actions a user has to perform, the less time he or she will want to stay on the website.

No Mobilegeddon with CS-Cart Responsive Theme

The Responsive theme makes your CS-Cart store look cool on any device:

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In CS-Cart 4.3.1, all the built-in design styles are responsive. Design modifications that you make via the Visual Editor or template editor preserve responsiveness.

Thanks to the Responsive theme, Google will mark your store as mobile-friendly and rank it highly for customers searching from smartphones.

Important:

If you are running CS-Cart 4.2.4 with the Basic theme, after the upgrade to 4.3.1 you will still have the Basic theme. You can install the Responsive theme and switch between Basic and Responsive any time. We will be maintaining the Basic theme through the entire 4.3.x branch.

If you import your store from versions 2.2.x, 3.0.x, or 4.x.x to 4.3.1, your store will use the Responsive theme. The Basic theme won’t be available.


Better Yet—Twigmo Mobile Storefront

The Responsive theme uses the same styles and scripts on all the devices. Thanks to this versatility, the Responsive theme is convenient on any device.

But there’s a con: Opening a store page from a smartphone consumes nearly as much bandwidth as opening the page from a desktop computer. It’s not a problem unless a customer uses slow 3G connections.

Twigmo mobile storefront is designed specially for mobile devices. It uses less bandwidth than Responsive and consumes the bulk of it only at the first visit; after that initial visit, the storefront refreshes using AJAX. Mobile storefront loads faster and runs smoother than Responsive on slow 3G connections.

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Twigmo mobile storefront offers its own themes that work independently from CS-Cart themes. It means that you can use the Basic theme for desktop computers and a Twigmo theme for smartphones at the same time. In this case, Google ranks your store as mobile-friendly even if you’ve chosen the Basic theme in the CS-Cart admin panel.

What do you think about Mobilegeddon and CS-Cart mobile-friendly solutions? Share your thoughts here.

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 04:03 PM #2

So if I read it correctly the only reason to use Twygmo is if you have customers with very low bandwidth connection. I'm not too worried about that.
Its great that CS-Cart has gone responsive.
It would be very useful if there would be a 'responsive' filter in the themes marketplace.

 
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:24 AM #3

Are saying that the Responsive theme isn't really any good or that Twigmo is better.
You same people own CS-Cart AND Twigmo so why not include it in CS-Cart.
I know you already do but I mean a non-trial version.
You really should state that Twigmo in addons is a TRIAL free version and not
simply stating that it is free.

 
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 11:46 AM #4

Twigmo is a copy of website design made for mobile. While responsive design is regular website design, that resizes to fit mobile or tablet or pc, in short this design looks well on any type of screen. Responsive suits all my needs, looks well on small screen, easy to navigate and read, see no use for twigmo.

Are saying that the Responsive theme isn't really any good or that Twigmo is better.
You same people own CS-Cart AND Twigmo so why not include it in CS-Cart.
I know you already do but I mean a non-trial version.
You really should state that Twigmo in addons is a TRIAL free version and not
simply stating that it is free.



 
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:07 PM #5

Thanks Darius. Now to see if the Responsive beta in 4.1.4 will do the job.

 
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 12:26 PM #6

Well as I said in another post I'm confused. I enable Twigmo (bloody stupid name) because one of my customers said they couldn't access my site on a mobile device. I was pleased when they said Twigmo worked for for them. So I looked into the pricing and I could maybe afford standard.

But before I ordered I checked with Google Mobil ready site and they could load the page :-(

Personlly I don't think the basic theme does that bad, works fine for me and works for Google test too. So now I'm left between a rock an a hard place :-)

I might be interest in this theme but not if I still need Twigmo.
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Posted 04 June 2015 - 10:10 AM #7

So...if I don't want to design a mobile store front using TWIGMO will say 4.2.3
give me a 'responsive' store that customers using mobile devices can browse,
place items in a cart AND checkout and pay on. In other words, is TWIGMO
vital for basic mobile checkout ?
The reason I am asking is that my money would be better spent on a 12
month promulgation package to upgrade to a responsive cart.

 

Posted 04 June 2015 - 12:24 PM #8

So...if I don't want to design a mobile store front using TWIGMO will say 4.2.3
give me a 'responsive' store that customers using mobile devices can browse,
place items in a cart AND checkout and pay on. In other words, is TWIGMO
vital for basic mobile checkout ?
The reason I am asking is that my money would be better spent on a 12
month promulgation package to upgrade to a responsive cart.


Yes. You'd have to switch to one of the built-in responsive themes obviously, or buy one from a third party. But yes, that would do everything you need, and save you from purchasing the Twigmo subscription.

 
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Posted 04 June 2015 - 01:13 PM #9

Sounds like a plan kingsleypress.
Thanks for your advice.