Open Source

WordPress is the little guy that made it big

When WordPress first made its appearance in the world of open source platforms, nobody imagined that the little guy will go on to scale the popularity charts. At the back of this platform was a simple enough concept; it wanted to offer bloggers an easy to use blogging platform that had all the necessary functionalities and features that could help achieve blogging success.

Very soon from a publishing platform, it made its transition to also becoming a content management system (CMS) and quickly achieved success as a CMS as well. Again, its success came off as a surprise because a) it had to fight off challenge from plenty of other CMSs both open source and proprietary b) it didn’t have out of the box characteristics that differentiated it from its competitors.

But, here we are wrong; users, and I am talking about developers and end users, realized that there was one characteristic that made WordPress a better choice in terms of  a publishing system and CMS as compared to other platforms – this characteristic was usability.

For my money, it was usability, convenience and the fact that it is so easy to use and to understand that has made it one of the most popular open source platforms over the years.
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Why Magento towers over other ecommerce platforms

If there is one ecommerce platform that wins hands down on the popularity scale, it’s Magento. A late 2012 survey confirmed Magento’s stranglehold over the industry by cornering over 31% of the market-share.  With hundreds of thousands of ecommerce sites using Magento, this platform must be doing something right to tower over other ecommerce platforms like PrestaShop, ZenCart, OpenCart and others.

So, what is it that Magento does differently to steal a march over its competitors? Let’s take a look.

Three Versions

If you are a business that wants to control your overheads by cutting down on your development costs for building a shopping cart,Magento brings to you its Community Edition, open source software meant for businesses who don’t want to make a substantial investment in a proprietary platform. But a word of warning here; as a business wanting to use this edition, you will need to get hold of your own Magento experts, who can modify the core code and add the extensions you want.

If your online business is generating a revenue of between $5 -$10 million, you will want to work with a platform that offers you features and functionalists that help you stabilize your earning and facilitate growth, and that’s where Magento Go comes into the picture. This hosted SaaS based solution is specifically meant for small to medium sized businesses who want to build and launch a comprehensive online store quickly and effectively.

And finally, you have the Magento Enterprise edition for large businesses who want complete control over their online channels.

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Responsive opencart theme design for your online ecommerce store

In the era of Smartphone, more and more people are now used to browse internet via mobile phone, iphone and ipad/tablet devices. They use their mobile not only for phone or sms purpose but they are now buy products online or place any service requests online using their Smartphone. Many users use their smartphone as their mini computer to perform or record their routine activities.

According to recent study regarding mobile usage proves that mobile browsing will rule by 2015. If your website is not mobile friendly then you must have to think over it. If you fail to adopt new technologies, you are helping your competitor to leave you behind.

As a being a technology oriented web designing company, creative glance has start delivering mobile friendly solutions to open source community and our clients. We are now offering responsive web designing and web development work that gives an edge over your competitors. We have recently published responsive opencart theme with the name of Mobile Shoppe at opencart community. You can download from opencart extension directory and see its demo here.


Mobile Shoppe is a responsive opencart theme that has the following features

  • User-friendly navigation. As being a responsive theme, it breaks down its layout in such a way that it looks proper and well structured in all mobile devices and all web browser of any resolution.
  • Google Font. For better readability, we have used free font of google for headings and web page content.
  • It works on both landscape and portrait mode of iphone, ipad and other smartphone. It adjust it looks in any orientation.
  • Better user experience. With this theme, user feels the better navigation experience compare to you non-responsive webpage.
  • It supports all layout type of opencart. It does not hide any features of opencart.

We also provide responsive PSD to Opencart theme development work for our offshore partners. We appreciate your comments and suggestion for this theme or any other responsive web designing works.

Website Development with Open Source

In present time when we decide to create or develop website for business the first thing come to our mind is open source software. In these days web developers use open source widely. Open Source is comfortable as it contains the code, which has already been written, by the open community and it is freely available for general public use. People can also modify it as per as their need and can update for others. Open Source based solution released under the GNU which is General Public License.

Now a day’s open sources like wordpress, joomla, drupal, magento etc are become very popular to develop websites for blog, business or for personal website. These sources make fully functional website development very easy for the developers. You can also develop e-commerce website with the help of ocommerce, zencart and bigcommerce etc and with this sources you can set up your online store vey easily with almost every function you want.


Open source are provides sophisticated platform with a focus on aesthetics webs standards and usability.  Some open source applications allow to creating unlimited plugins to extend the impressive standard functionality. Some open sources are using the set of external elements and modules which give opportunity to developers for develop their site in short period of time. Some open source CMS based websites help to increase productivity and improve operational effectiveness and decrease risk. Continue reading

Skills for website design and development

For any modern business website is very important one. It should be well structured, professional looking and user friendly for showcasing your business and the services which are offer by your business. With the swift growth in the internet market the first impression of your website is essential. When you are going to design or developed any website you must have skills of designing and developing website. Some important skills for website design and website development are indicate here.

Custom Website Design and Development

Web Designs are either simple or complex, in some cases it can be done well or much badly. Simple website may easy for developing as it has simple look and simple navigation system, but now a days professional websites are in demand and it requires solid foundation in graphic design principles as well as knowledge in creating website. Previously, the internet was place where anyone could blow a bunch of text and photos and become a serious player. At the moment, users are more classy, expectations have risen, and professional website design has become the minimum standard and requirement. Through a custom website design, you can carry out new concept easily. You can develop yourself or can hire professional website designer and developer who is capable of designing web 2.0 based website.

Open Source Customization

Open source like wordpress, joomla, or drupal, magento are very supportive for design and develop the custom website. You can easily add blog, news, pictures etc…to your website with the help of open source. Open source has less bugs as it has pass all alpha and beta release and then steady version will published. You can also develop your application with the help of sources who provides the services for wordpress customization, magento customization etc.

Search Engine Optimization

Through the Search engine optimization process you can improve the traffic of your website. Search engine optimization will help you grow your business by providing traffic. SEO is helpful to convert your visitor in to customer. SEO aim different kinds of search, like image search, local search, video search and industry-specific vertical search engines. SEO process is required to give the presence to website on the internet.

Website Maintenance

Once website is online, you must maintain it. Website need to update regularly by small or big changes in it. Sometimes the changes are very simple and sometimes very big like adding an event, new section or functionality to website. You have to update your website with fresh content regularly, it will give your website a long life and popularity. Put creative and attractive features on your site to get more visitors online. You can hire skilled programmer for more ideas and functionality.

Web Redesign

Website redesign is the perfect way to stay up to date with the internet and current trend. In the web world give a corporate identity to your business through the well made website design. The excellent website design demonstrates the vision of the company. Remember that, the extended change and development in the web industry the website needs to be rearranging to prevent being lost in the crowd. With the help of redesigning we can rise up the image and makes the website more user and seo friendly.

Web Hosting

Web hosting service for the website is one of the most important steps. Think about it when you will plan a website design or web development project. There are lots of web hosting service providers available over the internet, but you have to be careful to choose them. Choose the experienced and good service provider hosting company for perfect maintenance of your website.

Creative Glance has started to provide OpenCart Integration and Customization Services

OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online shopping cart system and its designed feature rich, easy to use, search engine friendly and with a visually appealing interface.

As we all know Magento is a popular ecommerce solution now a day, but the main two disadvantages of Magento is(1) It is so slow (2) Magento is very hard to customize, These two points make people move from Magento to OpenCart.

OpenCart is very easy to customization. And it is also very fast. Another advantages of OpenCart are as follow.

1. Very Faster.
2. Much Easier.
3. Great Scalability
4. Very Affordable.
5. Safe and easy online payment.
6. Non-programmers like anyone can easily understand the code and make their own changes.
7. OpenCart has pretty templates.
8. More standard modules.
9. Shopping Cart Simplicity.
10. B2B and B2C in one eCommerce shop.
11. One Back Office in your language.
12. Affordable.

You can checkout its admin panel and front end Demo at

Contact us for opencart customization and integration.

Wow… Magento Launches Ver. 1.4

Today it was nice start of the day when i seen that magento has launched latest stable version that is  In new version,

* They have provided most awaited WYSIWUG editor with easy static block implementation for CMS and product pages.

* They also have now support “media” folder browsing to select existing file or upload images from admin panel itself rather then uploading images through FTP.

* From the first use of this latest version, I feel lots of speed improvement in website loading. Now they have started supporting indexing

There are other lots of changes they have made like

  • Implemented 3D Secure credit card validation (Visa and Mastercard)
  • Full reimplementation of PayPal modules, includes lot of new functionality and numerous bugfixes
  • Full review of frontend themes, introduced design cross-package fallback and the base/default theme. Includes SEO and accessibility enhancements. Changes are oriented to dramatically reduce themes maintenance.
  • Added ability to define arbitrary cache backends
  • Optimized performance of sales reports, added new sales report types
  • Added image/media uploader/browser, that can browse entire media folder
  • Optimized performance of search indexer
  • Made order processing workflow more informative and severe
  • Reimplemented 404 and report pages, introduced 503 page, specifically for maintenance purposes
  • Improved javascript files merging, added CSS files merging
  • Added Widgets functionality, added several widgets out of the box
  • Added Custom Variables functionality
  • Added lot of new System Configuration options
  • Improved order placement reliability
  • Added WYSIWYG for CMS and Catalog
  • Optimized cache initialization during startup
  • Optimized export from grids in admin area
  • Improved tax and discount totals calculation
  • Replaced admin notification flash popup into a simple HTML overlay
  • Implemented product and category URLs per store view
  • Added ability to configure entry point using virtualhost environment configuration, rather than creating another physical entry point
  • Optimized simple product view without custom options

Now we are very excited to start working on this latest version. we shortly add our latest portfolio website in magento 1.4 version.

Why to choose Magento Commerce for ecommerce website?

Since new technologies arrives to the internet market, Online ecommerce store owner moving towards to change their ecommerce store with new look and functionalities. There are many open source are available to start ecommerce website. Among them Magento is one the top rated open source for ecommerce store setup. The reasons are its vast set of functionality and reach administrator control over the store. Magento is a feature-rich eCommerce platform offering complete flexibility and control over the look, content and functionality of an online store

Here is the list of functionality that magento have

  1. Analytics and Reporting
    • Integrated with Google Analytics
    • Admin Dashboard for Report Overview
    • Sales Report
    • Tax Report
    • Best Viewed Products Report
    • Best Purchased Products Report
    • Low Stock Report
    • Coupon Usage Report
    • Total Sales Invoiced
    • Total Sales Refunded
    • Best Customers Report by Total and Number Orders
  2. Catalog Browsing Reporting
    • Layered / Faceted Navigation for filtering of products
    • Static Block tool to create category landing pages
    • Configurable search with auto-suggested terms
    • Recently viewed products
    • Product comparisons
    • Cross-sells, Up-sells and Related Items
    • Popular Search Terms Cloud
    • Filter by Product Tags
    • Product Reviews
    • Product listing in grid or list format
    • Breadcrumbs

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Useful Open Source for Website Development

Open Source solution contains the code, which has already been written, by the open community and it is freely available for general public use people can also modify it as per as their need.

If you are going to developed your website for business purpose, for personal blog or for new publishing website you can use following open source.

wordpressWordPress is the most popular web blogging software because it provides platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress API allows creating unlimited plugins to extend the impressive standard functionality even more. WordPress is blessed with an active community, which is the heart of open source software. It comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher on the Internet as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible. Check out our wordpress customization service for more details. Continue reading