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Spree Commerce hosting: Heroku or AWS?

Spree Commerce is a free, open-source ecommerce solution that allows you to build an online store or a marketplace exactly the way you want it in every respect. There is no license cost of transaction fees with Spree. Unlike Shopify, which is a Software-as-a-Service offering, Spree is free of many SaaS limitations: it’s easily customizable and scalable. But it is also self-owned and self-hosted. That means you need to download its code and deploy it to a hosting provider of your choice. You need to host it yourself.  Here’s a rundown of the most common PaaS and IaaS hosting options: Heroku or AWS.

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run your own spree commerce demo on Heroku

Run your own Spree demo on Heroku

If you’d like to run your own Spree demo you may do so for free using Heroku cloud hosting. All you have to do is click on the button below and set up a free Heroku account. This will enable you to test the latest Spree version – both the buyer interface and the admin dashboard.

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Spree Commerce development in 2020

Spree Commerce in 2020 has moved forward on many fronts to address the growing demand for flexible and scalable open-source ecommerce solutions as the digital transformation has sped up significantly.

2020 has brought 2 major version releases delivered by tens of contributors, several use cases demonstrated with demo sites, accessibility and security regulations compliance, and several developments within the spree community.

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2020 review and 2021 trends by ecommerce business owners

2020 review and trends for 2021 by 17 ecommerce experts

A lot has happened in the past year that has affected retailers and ecommerce businesses worldwide. The global pandemic and following lockdowns changed consumer habits and accelerated the digital transformation in many industries. Besides Covid-19, however, there have been many other events shaping the new ecommerce reality like Brexit, the California Consumer Privacy ActMagento 1 end of life, Google switching to mobile-first indexingStrong Customer Authentication implementation deadline in the EU, etc.  Continue reading

Is your ecommerce business ready for the Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) implementation final deadline on December 31, 2020?

By 2022 European ecommerce is expected to grow to $1 trillion. This means an increase in online fraud, as well. According to the European Central Bank’s estimations, online fraud on European cards may amount to €1.3 billion a year.

In January 2018, the EU Payments Services Directive (PSD2) came into effect, bringing in new laws designed to protect its consumers.  Continue reading

Instagram feed on a Spree Commerce website

Instagram feed adds vibrancy to your homepage and increases time spent on site

Instagram, with over 1 billion monthly active users is the place to be for B2C brands especially from industries such as fashion, beauty, interior design, but also fitness, wellness, and even food. Simply by being on Instagram, brands can make a positive impression on potential customers. According to a Facebook survey, over 70% of people say they perceive brands on Instagram as popular, creative, entertaining, and relevant. Continue reading