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Yahoo Store Incremental Publish being rolled out

As indicated in Yahoo Small Business's recent blog post of upcoming features, the long-awaited "incremental publish" feature is being rolled out this month. They are going server by server, so some merchants will see the change sooner then others.

What is incremental publish?

Incremental publish keeps track of what pages you edited and changed since the last time you published the store. Instead of the single "Publish" button, you will now have two buttons, one that says "Publish All", and the other that says "Publish Changes". "Publish All" does the same as the current "Publish" button, it generates and publishes all pages in the store. "Publish Changes", on the other hand, will only publish the pages that changed.

This can be a huge potential time saver especially for large stores whose publish takes hours normally.

Multi-Add and Yahoo Floating Cart Blues

Although the Yahoo! Floating Cart is considered pretty much bug free by Yahoo (you can look at the official open issues list here http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/store/floatingcart/floatingcart-09.html) , there are some pretty "interesting" issues still, so since I keep running into them, I decided to post them here along with the work-arounds. The following issues all occur with multi-add forms only.

1) If you have your quantity set up as anything other than a simple text box (for example a drop-down SELECT box), the floating cart will not take the quantity value. It will take vwquantity as a customer-selected option. The workaround: use a text box instead. Nothing else works currently.

2) If you have a script that checks if the shopper made a selection from a drop-down (basically, any kind of an "onsubmit" handler), the floating cart will still receive the item, even if you cancel the submit event. The workaround: put the event handler on the click e…

What screen resolution should I use?

I get this question often. Or variations of it such as "is it safe to expand my site to 1200px now?"

According to W3Scools, as of January of this year, about 13% of all internet users are still on 1024x768, which is a high enough proportion to make me play it safe and set the max width at 980px so that these folks can see the site OK. If you go any higher, these people will have to scroll sideways, which is traditionally a major "no-no" (simply because it's annoying.)

However, you should check your own stats to see what percentage of YOUR visitors have that resolution, because your demographic segment may very well be different from the average.