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Powerful Web Tools Made in China

Date Thursday, 20 August 2009  Posted in Category Web Applications  Tags , , , ,   Comment 3 Comments »

We have been using web tools developed by American for years. Well, is American the best developer in the World for web tools such as forum, blog, shopping cart, CMS, content editor?

I would said yes in 15 years ago and they are still good in technology and product quality nowadays, we can’t deny the true that any imported products stamped with ‘Made in US’ are more expensive than others.

Today, I would like to introduce 2 ‘Made In China’ web tools:

Bulletin Board System (BBS)/Internet Forum: Discuz! by Comsenz (http://www.comsenz.com/products/discuz)

ComsenzDiscuz!

Discuz! is the most use BBS product in Internet, this is not my personal justification but rated by Internet users. Most Chinese forum are powered by this web application, good features and it’s free. Compare to vBulletin, Invision Power Board and PhpBB, Discuz! has more creative layout and better flexibility.

Imagine the different of style and culture between Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, China) and US comics.

Shopping Cart/ e-Shopping Mall: ECShop (http://www.ecshop.com) and ECMall (http://ecmall.shopex.cn) by ShopEx

ECShopECMallUCenter 用户中心

EC: E-Commerce. ECShop is a web tool to build an e-commerce website, a solution for online shop. It is similar like Zen Cart, OScommerce and MagentoCommerce. I have 2 websites powered by Zen Cart and OScommerce, they are not as interactive as one of my website powered by ECShop (comments from website visitors).

ECMall is a web tool to build a virtual shopping mall which allow merchants and buyers participation. Merchants can setup their shop and promote their products; buyers can give their comment and feedback on the products or rate the merchants. The powerful of ECMall is website owner can integrate the virtual shopping mall with Comsenz’s Discuz! and UCenter (tool for all Comsenz’s products integration, U – you/user). Assuming you have a website feature eBay + forum + blog + flickr.

Bottom line

Using these 2 web tools is nothing more than easy, regardless you can read Simplified Chinese. Try it out, you will know how powerful is it.

Malaysia Banking and Financial Institutions Website Research

Date Friday, 17 July 2009  Posted in Category Web Applications  Tags ,   Comment No Comments »

I just conducted a research on Malaysia’s major banking and financial institutions website, and found many bankers still can grow their online market and brand if they put in more effort into online promotions.

Banking Website Research

Malaysia Banking and Financial Institutions Website Research

Email Marketing Software: ActiveCampaign 1.2.All

Date Tuesday, 14 July 2009  Posted in Category Web Applications  Tags ,   Comment No Comments »

If you have very limit budget for email marketing, you may consider one-time off software instead of subscription based service.

The email marketing solutions I mentioned in the previous post ‘Effective Email Marketing‘ are subscription based services. The pros and conds as below:

Pros:
- Outsource to expert
- Facility (server, database) is not required. All sources (image, file and etc) store on service provider’s server
- No software license or upgrade fee
- No need DIY setup and maintenance free
- The chances that ISPs flagged your email newsletters as spam are lower

Conds:
- Its fee based on volume of contact (email addresses). The more contact you have, the higher fee you need to pay.
- Commitment. Whether you blast email or not, you still need to pay the subscription fee.
- Limited email blast. The email blast usage based on ‘monthly quota’, average 4 times a month or once a week.

To some users, especially those have high volume of contact but least marketing budget. Paying the subscription is a heavy commitment, so an one-time off Email Marketing Software is an alternative solution.

ActiveCampaign 1.2.All Email Marketing Software

ActiveCampaign 1.2.AllFor personal or SME use, I will recommend ActiveCampaign 1.2.All email marketing software (http://www.activecampaign.com/). It is a shareware (commercial software), the one-time off license fee is USD229 for Lite version. Basically it can provides the same features as Email Marketing Service such as open rate, click-through rate, bounces statistic, invalid addresses tracking and etc. Moreover, system administrator has full control over the whole Email Marketing system application and able to keep the contact list in own database instead of service provider’s database. Most important, user don’t need commit to any subscription plan.

This is a cost effective email marketing solution to SME or starter, I have recommended it to a few clients that just started website and with hundreds contact profile. I would not say this is the best email marketing software in the market but it can deliver basic need in more cost effective way in long term. Btw, to setup ActiveCampaign 1.2.All you need to have some knowledge on website administration and a website that hosted on Linux platform.

For more on ActiveCampaign 1.2.All email marketing software, you can visit their website at http://www.activecampaign.com/email-marketing/.

Case Study. Who is currently using this software for email marketing?

Exabytes. I found ActiveCampaign 1.2.All email marketing software two years ago through studied Exabytes newsletters. I seem Exabytes conducted a successful Email Marketing and ‘workable’ email delivery solutions for Malaysia market, the proven result is best convincing example and considerable for me.