Migrating to Shopify or any eCommerce system for that matter is a critical operation that can be underestimated and quite challenging.
There’s just shy of 400 new websites being launched on the internet every minute of the day, but just think how many of them actually go through a proper website launch checklist. Taking the time to run through a solid quality assurance (QA) process and launch checklist might be all it takes to be one step in front of your competition.
According to a study released early in 2019, 59% of small businesses in Australia alone are yet to have a website. It’s now a year later, and the world of business is moving at a desperate pace to get online and – more importantly – to stand out.
This article isn’t about what makes a good website, but more to help you verify what you already have, or are about to launch, has gone through some basic quality assurance checks to ensure the website is in good condition and will perform ok out of the box from day one. Consider this website launch checklist a process similar to checking your tyre pressure, oil and lights on your car before you depart on a road trip.
As a Shopify agency, we’re big fans and a committed Shopify Partner that works with a lot of high-end Shopify stores. We get a lot of speed optimisation work come our way and a common pattern we find with Shopify stores is around its performance, which is typically isolated to three main areas.
- Image handling
- Coding practices
Let’s drive into this a bit deeper.
We have enjoyed a good run of benefits for our clients who are using Google Maps API to embed maps to their websites.
However from July 16 2018, Google Maps has made some changes to all Google Map accounts. This includes current Google Map users who fall within the `free’ usage too.
Previously a customer could set up an API integration for Google Maps without needing to add credit card details. However Google has now changed the rules so that all Google Maps accounts need to be linked to a credit card regardless if they fall within the ‘free’ usage levels.
Does this affect me?
Your embedded Google Map integration may be working fine today but Google Maps is slowing switching off all accounts with no credit card details. So whilst it may not be affecting you right now, all Google Map integration will eventually stop working for all accounts without related credit card details.
It’s worth noting here too that Google has changed pricing and cap levels but if you are currently using a simple static map, you will not need to worry about the cap as these type of maps have no limit and therefore will not incur any charges for using the API integration.