Gonzalo Gil

Gonzalo Gil
Founder and CEO of 3dcart, a leading online store builder ranked as the best ecommerce platform for SEO. As an ecommerce expert, Gonzalo works with businesses of all sizes to help them build their online presence and succeed selling online.

Recent Posts

3dcart News | 8 min read

Now Available: the First eCommerce Plan Specifically for Dropshippers

Dropshipping offers a great opportunity for a new business owner, especially if you're working with a limited budget. Since you don't need to invest in inventory or pay for warehousing space to hold your stock, it's one of the most cost-effective ways to start a business. You focus on building and marketing your website, while your supplier handles fulfillment of the orders you forward to them.

Print-on-demand is a similar concept, geared toward custom apparel and accessories. Instead of[...]

3dcart News | 16 min read

Your Complete Guide to Affordable Enterprise eCommerce Plans from 3dcart

High-volume eCommerce stores need an advanced solution to handle the increased traffic and sales of a successful business. That's why many popular eCommerce platforms offer enterprise plans to support the massive activity a large online business can generate. But not all enterprise eCommerce plans are affordable to the businesses that need them.

Enterprise pricing can really cut into your bottom line, and you often don't have a choice as to when you upgrade — if your store is pulling in that[...]

3dcart News | 13 min read

3dcart New Unlimited Plans: A Complete Guide for Choosing the Best Plan

At 3dcart, you and the success of your business are our top priorities. We're happy to announce that we've overhauled our plans and pricing structure to better serve your needs as an eCommerce business and help encourage your growth.

We're always looking for new ways to improve the experience of our merchants and the value of our service, and to that end, we're pleased to introduce you to our new Unlimited eCommerce plans.

eCommerce Features | 19 min read

Types of eCommerce Business Models, Websites, and Platforms

There's no doubt that eCommerce has grown exponentially and continues to grow every year. Today, we've reached an age in which a business without a website is at a severe disadvantage. But you shouldn't look at an eCommerce website as something you simply "need" to have in order to survive (although you do). Instead, look at it as a vast opportunity for your business to reach a level of growth and success that wouldn't have been possible before the advent of the internet.

A lot goes into [...]

Web Design | 13 min read

Best Website Usability Testing Tools to Improve Your Website

The meaning of the term “website usability” seems fittingly obvious just from its name. It is the measure of the ease with which people can use your website. Less obvious is how one goes about measuring it.

In this article we'll provide more information on website usability, including why it is important and how you can test your own website for it.

What is Usability Testing?

Usability testing entails testing a website for how easily it can be used. This can involve checking a wide range of[...]

Starting a Business | 6 min read

How to get a free domain for your website

When you invite someone to your home for the first time, you have to tell them how to find you. The easiest way to do this would be to simply give them your address.  From there they can navigate directly to your home.

Similarly, a domain is your website's address.  It’s how visitors will find their way to your website. Selecting your domain is an important step, as not only will it affect how easily your customers find you, but it can also help improve SEO for your brand.

Additionally, once[...]

Starting a Business | 8 min read

Best Business Incorporation Services to Register Your Business Name

For many entrepreneurs and prospective business owners, coming up with the name for your new venture can be comparatively simple and even enjoyable. It is true that this is not always the case, of course. Still, it is also true that “What business name should we use?” is one of the first questions that many people consider when starting a business. Sometimes, people even create a name first and proceed from there.

The emphasis that many place on this one aspect is not entirely without[...]

eCommerce Features | 8 min read

3dcart Version 9 Brings New eCommerce Features to Online Stores

Since eCommerce is a constantly evolving field, eCommerce software needs to keep evolving as well. To that end, we're happy to announce 3dcart Version 9, the latest upgrade to the 3dcart shopping cart platform and our first major software release for 2019.

This new update includes enhancements to many existing features, updates to current payment gateways, and several new features and payment processor integrations to further expand the options available to 3dcart merchants.

Version 9 also[...]

Customer Service | 3 min read

How to Handle GDPR Customer Removal Requests

Your European customers may have a right to be forgotten, making your business responsible for capturing, tracking, and logging any valid removal requests.

The European Union's recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to erase an individual's personal data upon request when certain circumstances apply.

This right to erasure or right to be forgotten is found in Article 17 of the GDPR. While there are some exceptions — for the completion of a contract,[...]

eCommerce Features | 20 min read

Best eCommerce Features - 2018 in Review

Constant growth and improvement are vital in eCommerce, and that's no exaggeration. The world of eCommerce has evolved so much and so quickly, that while selling online has become easier in some respects, it's become harder in others.

There are millions of online stores today, of all sizes, meaning customers can afford to be extremely picky. You often only get one chance to win these customers over, so you need every advantage you can get. Even established customers can be lost to a[...]

eCommerce News | 5 min read

5 Requirements for GDPR and the Best Privacy Policy Generators to Meet them

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regional law with global implications both in terms of its enforcement and its impact. So no matter where your company is located, if it does business with Europe, your ecommerce website must meet at least five requirements.

The GDPR, which took effect May 25, 2018, requires you to clearly communicate what information you collect and how that information is used. You will also need a basis for collecting personal data, and[...]

eCommerce Features | 3 min read

SaaS and the Art of Server Maintenance

Software as a service (SaaS) ecommerce solutions allow businesses to control the features and functions that most readily impact sales and profit, while delegating server maintenance, security, backups, and similar tasks.

In effect, choosing between a SaaS ecommerce solution and a self-hosted one is the act of deciding what matters most to your business. It is focusing on the things that will move your company forward toward its goals. It might even be a manifestation of your business[...]

eCommerce News | 3 min read

Stuck on Magento 1.x? 5 Reasons to Move to 3dcart

If your ecommerce business is running on any version of Magento 1.x, you have a deadline. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, Magento will stop supporting 1.x. No more help. No more security patches.

The company wants its merchants to switch from Magento and transition to Magento 2.0 along with more support from Magento 2 extensions, but that is not your only option.

When Magento was first released in March 2008, some ten years ago, it was an innovative solution, and frankly one of the[...]

Starting a Business | 5 min read

5 Reasons Amazon Sellers Should Open Their Own Online Store

If you're selling on Amazon, you're already on one of the world's biggest marketplaces. If you're doing well, you might wonder what benefits starting your own online store can offer you. Aren't you already serving a customer base of millions?

Sure, but as it turns out, having your own website with an integrated online store will help your business in several ways, and not just by skipping Amazon's seller fees.

Here are five reasons you should start your online store today.

SEO | 5 min read

Understanding the Alexa Website Rank: Not the Digital Assistant

Long before Amazon released the Amazon Alexa Echo devices, Amazon acquired another company by the name of Alexa, one that provides commercial web traffic data and analytics.

Though the two companies belong to Amazon, and share the same name, there is no correlation between the two. In fact, there is some indication that the digital home assistant company had no knowledge of the commercial web traffic site prior to the release of the Amazon Echo. The digital home assistant was actually[...]

Web Design | 6 min read

5 Steps to Creating a Successful Website

There are over a billion websites on the internet today. Naturally, some are extremely popular while others are obscure. Some are designed better than others, some serve a wider audience than others, some are updated more often and are more accurate than others, and so on. You get the idea — there are consistent factors that affect a website's popularity.

But popularity and success aren't necessarily the same thing. A small online store that sells crocheting supplies may not receive millions[...]

Starting a Business | 7 min read

Best Business Name Generators to Find an Unique Name for Your Company

Choosing a name for your brand or business can seem daunting. You want something unique, but still memorable. It should make some sense so customers can pronounce and remember it easily, but you don’t want to box yourself in, in case you decide to expand geographically or into new product lines in the future.

On top of all that, the name has to actually be available (and your company name and domain name should probably be the same, so you’ll have to make sure the domain name is available as[...]

Starting a Business | 11 min read

List of Best Dropshippers to Start Your Online Business

Ecommerce businesses are buzzing about dropshipping, and it’s not hard to see why.

By eliminating the need to stock inventory, dropshipping is revolutionizing the landscape of online shopping. Online business owners no longer need to stock the products they sell. Dropshipping allows them to partner with suppliers who will ship the product directly to the customer as soon as an order is placed. The product never even passes through the hands of the online business owner. Done and done.

BUT[...]

eCommerce Features | 3 min read

The Problem with SaaS Ecommerce Platforms: Customization

Imagine visiting Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Seattle, Washington. You made the trip because Food & Wine magazine said Molly Moon's is one of the best ice cream parlours in the entire United States. You're even going to take the magazine's advice and order a double scoop of the Stumptown Coffee ice cream.

"Do you want regular or decaf?" the ice cream scooper asks.

"And what roast? We have Hair Bender, Cantillo Family, Trapper Creek, French Roast, and Holler Mountain."

"And did you want the[...]

eCommerce Features | 6 min read

What's the difference between On-premise, Cloud, Hosted & SaaS eCommerce Hosting

An ecommerce-enabled website is the foundation of every online seller's business. A key component in how well that website performs and how much it costs to maintain is where the site resides.

At present, there are four ways a website can be hosted, including on-premises with a business' own server, in the cloud, with a hosting service, or through a software as a service (SaaS) provider.

Let's define each of these approaches and consider some of their advantages and disadvantages.

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