eCommerce Redefined™
eCommerce Redefined™

Data Migration Process

FluidRank Website Migration Process

Click each step below to learn more…

data_migration.svg

1. Getting Access & Evaluating Data

migration-process-2

2. Initial Data Transfer

migration-process-3

3. Front-End Data Alignment Testing

migration-process-4

4. RESYNC

migration-process-5

5. Front-End Alignment Testing—Resync

launch.svg

6. LAUNCH

Every Migration is Different

While the process detailed on this page and created by FluidRank is the general and most common procedure when it comes to platform migration projects, it is also not a blanket statement that forces all migrations towards only one specific path. Just as every website is different and every online merchant is different, every migration project differs in more than one way when compared to a different migration. Each unique project typically deviates from the standard process in some way, as data is always structured in unique methods, functionality requirements differ from one site to another, and particular obstacles require individual and custom solutions. FluidRank’s “migration process” chronicles the general path we intend to implement, however, it is always important to keep in mind that FluidRank will custom tailor your project specifically for your transition.

Why Choose FluidRank for your Data Migration

FluidRank has migrated hundreds of stores from old outdated platforms to new eCommerce platforms. The difference in eCommerce platforms can be night and day. We’ve helped migrate clients from outdated Yahoo carts to BigCommerce or Magento, and we’ve seen 10x improvements! From usability to SEO, client engagement, e.g. You can’t afford not to move! Let FluidRank help migrate your precious data from your old shopping cart to a new one we’ll pick together!

data_migration.svg

1. GETTING ACCESS & EVALUATING DATA

GETTING ACCESS

The first thing we’ll need to do as part of any migration process is to acquire access to the data we’ll be moving. Depending on the project, the platform, and a number of variables, this access can come in a few different shapes and sizes. Here are the most common transfer types and what we’ll need to access your data.

API: API transfer is the most reliable but least versatile method of transferring data from one platform to another. An API is a series of functions which allows data to transmit between multiple applications. If both the platform you’re moving from, and the platform you’re moving to have open APIs, we can move the data through an API connection. In order to do this, we will need full access to both your current store and the account in the platform you’re hoping to move to.

CSV: CSV transfer is the most versatile but least reliable method of transfer. A CSV is simply a spreadsheet with your data inside it. Since it is so simple it can be uploaded to any system, but just because a piece of data is in the CSV sheet, does not mean it necessarily knows where to land in the new system. CSV transfers often need more manipulation of the data after the fact. For this type of migration, we will need the CSV sheets for each type of data you plan to transfer.

Database: Some eCommerce stores keep their data outside of their eCommerce platform in an external database, such as an ERP. When this is the case we will usually need either an API connection or a CSV eventually. Initially, we will need complete access to your database and to your account on your new platform in order to connect them.

EVALUATING YOUR DATA

Once we have access to your data we’ll need to do an initial evaluation to identify any reason that the data, in the format it’s in, would not be able to sync with the new platform. For example, one platform may allow duplicate product names while the other may not, or one platform may save customer group information while another may not. When we see these discrepancies we’ll point them out. It’s best to get as many of them fixed before the data goes into the new store. The more of these that we’re able to catch in the initial evaluation the less time you’ll need to spend making adjustments to your data in the new platform.

With any data migration, not everything will automatically go in perfectly every time. We get as much of that out of the way as possible with our initial evaluation, but we have two rounds of QA coming later in this process to check and double-check where things have ended up.

migration-process-2

2. INITIAL DATA TRANSFER

The first data transfer will get the vast majority of your data into your new platform. If design and development are part of your project, our data migration scripts will run concurrently with that work. This helps to save time later in the project. The bulk of the data migration work happens during this phase, but little is required from you in the way of back and forth while our migration scripts are running. Once the initial batch of data is in your new eCommerce store we can begin the more intensive work of checking the data migration and making adjustments.

migration-process-3

3. FRONT-END DATA ALIGNMENT TESTING

After the Initial Data Transfer, we can begin evaluating where all that data has populated on your new platform. If you have design and development as part of your project, that will mean transferring your new design off of our sandbox and into your account as soon as it’s ready. We’ll be able to see where information from the raw data is showing up in the new design, and make any corrections if we need to. This can happen concurrently with the design and development QA period, and while we’re building the new site’s responsive design.

Each site, and each data migration, will be slightly different. Generally, you’ll want to check things like prices displaying correctly, products in the correct categories, details or specification tabs, and anything that has to do with the location of your data on the site’s frontend. We try to get as much of this out of the way as possible with the initial data evaluation, but no matter how similar the two platforms are, every migration will require some reorganization when you finally see how the data populates.

At this point we will also ask you to approve the email blast that will be going out to your customers, to let them know that their account information has changed. You’re welcome to add whatever message to the email template that you would like to send to your customers about the transition. This email will be sent out at the very end of the project, but we like to make sure the copy is approved well beforehand.

Important to Note: This is one of the steps where projects can be delayed if communication does not happen in a timely manner. In order to facilitate this, we use a ticketing system for all issues and bugs that helps us keep track of all outstanding items. Your project manager will help you learn how to submit Testing tickets through our project management system. Please use this system and approve or give comments on fixes promptly in order to move through this phase without causing delays to the rest of the project.

website-bugs.svg

4. QA / Testing

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US

The Testing and QA process begins as development ends. Some projects have multiple QA processes and that would be outlined in your project timeline and scope of work. We’ll send you development updates with links to the sandbox, including a list of any items we still need from your team. During this phase, we’ll try our best to locate and fix any bugs or mistakes before sending your update. We ask our clients to also be vigilant, as we can’t catch everything. Let us know about any bugs that we may have missed.

In order to get a bug addressed, use the Testing area of your Teamwork workspace. Create one ticket per issue. Our developers will fix them and update you on the changes as those tickets get resolved. This allows us to stay organized and make sure we don’t miss any of your requests.

Payment of the final invoice will be due at the conclusion of Testing and QA, before we migrate to your live site. If you find an issue that needs to be taken care of, log a ticket in the Testing area of your Teamwork workspace; we’ll alert the right people and sort it out.

PLEASE BE AWARE

Not everything will be complete when you receive your first development update. Certain aspects, like responsive design, won’t be functional until later development updates. All categories, products, and content pages will have placeholder text. If this data is in the backend of your store, it will sync when we migrate to the live site.

PLEASE NOTE:

FluidRank requires a certain degree of communication and punctuality from our clients. We work within a queue, in which all of our clients’ tasks are placed. This allows us to conduct business for as many clients as possible and continue work if one project is interrupted. If we do not receive communication for a week or more, we’ll have to move, at FluidRank’s discretion, said project to a different place in line to make room for others. This project will still be worked on, but other projects will be catered to first.

As previously stated, please be aware that 1 day of client delay is equal to 3 days of agency delay, as a rule of thumb. Any additional requests or change orders can delay our process since we have to stop, reconsider, re-scope or re-plan project work. Projects that are left unattended for 30 days or more are subject to restart charges. See your FluidRank proposal for details.

migration-process-5

5. FRONT-END ALIGNMENT TESTING—RESYNC

The vast majority of QA and testing of the data migration will have been done after the initial data transfer. However, there is still the possibility that a change to the data that comes in with the resync could have an unforeseen effect. For this reason, we like to do a second short QA period after the resync happens. Because this is during your freeze period we recommend that this secondary check should not take more than 1-2 business days. A delay in this phase will mean a delay in launch and a wider gap in the data between the old store and new. Please enter and approve tickets promptly during this phase. If any unforeseen issue should require that we postpone the launch, please discuss an adjustment to the timeline with your project manager.

launch.svg

6. LAUNCH

The launch phase is intensive for any project and it is made even more intricate by data migration. We offer a variety of services directly related to migrating to a new platform. Some come with every data migration and some are additional that can support you after the launch. Please refer to the launch section of your proposal to see which of these services are included as part of your launch.

Password Reset Email Blast: As mentioned in the Frontend Alignment Testing phase, we will be sending an email to the registered customers we migrated alerting them that their password will need to be reset on the new store. For this, we’ll need access to the email service of your choice as well as the approved copy for that message. This email will be sent as soon as the new store has finished domain propagation and launched.

301 Redirects: We recommend 301 redirects as a best practice in any data migration. When a store moves to a new platform, it’s URLs will change its structure, even if the domain remains the same. A 301 redirect submits these new URLs to Google to let them know to associate the domain authority they required for your old site with these new URLs. The 301 redirect sheet is submitted to Google directly after launch, but it will not go into effect until Google re-crawls the site.

Google Search Console Support: Even when a 301 redirect is done, Google may have issues crawling your new site on its new system that you may not be aware of. As part of this support, we monitor your Google Search Console for a few weeks after launch to see if any such issues arise. If they do, we can tell you if you need to address them and what fixes are appropriate.

After the site is launched, you’ll have a free support period during which we can still monitor the data and fix issues if they arise. After that support period closes, you’ll have access to our support retainer program for continuous updates, changes, and fixes over the lifetime of your site.

Data migration is intricate and sometimes stressful but in the end, it’s worth it. Whatever your reason for wanting to change your eCommerce platform is, we’re excited to help you get there as quickly and easily as possible, with all your data fitting into the new store like Lego bricks clicking into place.

migration-process-4

4. RESYNC

In the time since your initial data transfer was performed, your store has been live. That means you’ve been taking new orders, signing up new customers, and possibly changing inventory all the time we’ve been working on this migration. In order to make sure that your new site launches with the most up to date data possible, we perform a resync just before the new store is ready to launch. This takes all the changes made since the initial data transfer and updates them in the new store’s data set.

As soon as the resync begins we ask that you freeze changes to your store. We refer to this as the freeze period. Only one resync is included as part of your data migration, and we want to minimize the gaps between the old store and the new store when the launch happens. Of course, you may still take on new customers or orders during the few days between the resync and the launch of the new site. We recommend that our clients keep track of these in a spreadsheet during the freeze period. This way we can manually upload those changes once the freeze period ends and the store is launched.

TYPE: THIRD-PARTY BLOG CONTENT

Euphoria’s Most Stylish Characters and How to Get Their Looks

One of TV’s biggest breakout shows in 2019 was none other than HBO’s Euphoria. The incredibly popular series, which credits Drake as an executive producer, centers around a group of high school students as they navigate the world of addiction, love, and trauma in the digital age.

Aside from a stellar performance by the show’s lead, Zendaya, as well as breakout stars Hunter Schafer and Jacob Elordi, Euphoria’s fashion has also been creating a lot of buzz. Heidi Bivens, the show’s costume designer, nailed each character’s personal style in a way that had the internet losing its collective minds well after the season finale in August. From comfy androgyny to anime-inspired ensembles, here are some of Euphoria’s most fashion-forward characters and how you can infuse their looks into your own style.

Maddy Perez

Maddy Perez, portrayed perfectly by Alexa Demie, rocks some of Euphoria’s most iconic looks. Maddy is best known for her love of matching two-piece sets, a look we saw a lot of this season. From her casual everyday looks to the fabulous purple ensemble she wore to meet Nate’s parents, there’s no denying that Maddy knows how to pull off a two-piece set like no other. If you want to recreate Maddy’s look, you’re in luck- matching sets are super easy to throw on and are perfect for those mornings when you don’t have time to put together an entire outfit. Just be sure your outfit is school or work-appropriate – Maddy’s midriff-bearing getups might not fly with your boss or teacher!

Kat Hernandez

No one had a bigger style transformation this season than Kat Hernandez. The former girl-next-door archetype starts off shy initially but starts coming into her own as the season progresses, and that can be seen in her bold fashion choices. Kat’s style can best be described as a unique combination of goth and glam. She’s been known to love a bold lip, leather detailing, and cool sunglasses. To get Kat’s look, be prepared to get a little dark, as that’s the basis of her style. For a more wearable, everyday look, stick to one standout piece, like a leather skirt, and tone it down with a pair of chunky sneakers and a comfy hoodie.

Jules Vaughn

Some of the best looks we saw this season came from none other than Jules Vaughn, the resident new girl in town. Jules starts the season off with a bang, sporting styles that look like they’re straight out of an anime. Jules’s style can be described as ultra-girly, with tons of pink and glitter incorporated into most of her outfits. To recreate Jules’s style, look for things like tennis skirts, crop tops, and chunky boots. Jules is also known for her bold makeup looks, so try eyeliner in a fun pop of color or glitter highlighter to spice up a boring outfit.

Rue Bennett

Last but not least is Rue Bennett, Euphoria’s main protagonist. Rue’s style is the most casual of the group, as she spends the majority of the season in hoodies and Converse hightops. Rue’s look is both tomboy-ish and functional, perfect for going to school or riding her bike to Jules’s house. To get Rue’s look, check out boho style clothing stores and look for laidback pieces in comfortable fabrics. The most important part of recreating Rue’s style is making sure you can move in it, so don’t settle for stiff fabrics or weird cuts.

There’s no denying that the girls on Euphoria have great style, and the show does a great job of representing different characters that each viewer can relate to in some way.

Whether you’re looking for boho style clothing stores to recreate Rue’s outfits or you consider yourself more of a Maddy, Boho Pink has all of the styles you need to look fashion-forward from cute dresses to trendy pants. Check them out online at BohoPink.com for the latest styles and trends.

TYPE: ON-PAGE CONTENT

Gabriel and Company Earrings

Following in their father’s footsteps, Jack and Dominick Gabriel founded Gabriel and Co. in 1989 and have been designing classic and timeless jewelry ever since. With a passion for creating beautiful designs adorned by women all over the world, Gabriel and Co. has been voted the #1 jewelry brand for 3 consecutive years in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Each of their designs is individually handcrafted with attention to detail to ensure quality and precision. Love My Swag carries Gabriel and Company earrings, necklaces, rings, and bangles. Shop our selection of fine jewelry from Gabriel and Company to add elegant and time-honored pieces to your collection.

TYPE: BLOG CONTENT

Why Your Business Needs An Interior Plant Service

Plants are a perfect way to add a touch of life to your workspace. Not only does the addition of plants make your space look better, but they also will help employees focus and assist in cleaning the air in your office. While the benefits of adding plants are clear, the issue of choosing which plants will survive in your office and staying on top of their care can be too much for many employers. Instead of forgoing the addition of plants entirely, and missing out on their benefits, hiring an interior plant service is a perfect way to get the benefits of a planted space without the hassle of maintaining both an office and a greenhouse.

Interior plant services are businesses that specialize in installing and maintaining planted spaces. Here at Plantscapes USA, we help both home and business owners in the Philadelphia area design and install the gorgeous planted spaces they need. We offer free consultations for potential clients who are interested in our services.

Adding plants to an indoor space takes careful consideration. Different interior plants will require different levels of sunlight, and our experts can help you find which plants will thrive in your space. Popular plants that often thrive indoors include:

  • Pothos – A resilient vining plant that loves water but can handle dry periods extremely well. They come in several varieties and cuttings will root easily in water
  • Philodendron – A range of gorgeous plants that enjoy bright indirect light. With varieties including vining plants and gorgeous ornamental species with broad leaves
  • Dracaena – African plants that grow a sturdy woody bamboo-like stem with long leaves packed in tight groupings, almost resembling corn leaves.
  • Zamioculcas – Resilient plants that grow pairs of gorgeous glossy leaves along the length of their stems
  • Snake Plants – Plants made up of long beautiful thick leaves that feature an almost reptilian mottled green pattern with bright yellow edges
  • Fiddleleaf Fig – A small tree tightly packed with large gorgeous
  • Spider Plant – A long leafed grassy plant that almost thrives on neglect, these tough plants will regularly produce free-hanging plantlets on specialized branches.
  • Ferns – There are hundreds of fern varieties, and many enjoy and thrive in indirect light
  • Peace Lily – An ornamental plant that features large dark leaves and will create lily-like flowers, though it is not a true lily
  • Money Plant – A tree native to South America that can grow 60 feet tall in its natural habitat, but grows to about 3 feet as a houseplant

This is just a small list of houseplants that can suit the light requirements of most indoor environments. We are familiar with these plants as well as dozens of others that will fit indoor spaces perfectly. Depending on the lighting, the cardinal direction of your windows, and the environment you wish to create, our interior plant service can help you find exactly which plants will bring your space to life.

Once you know what kind of plants will suit your needs, we can also help you pick the container styles you prefer. We carry a huge variety of ceramic planter options, wrought iron plant stands, as well as baskets and other plant holders. No matter what design aesthetic you would like to achieve, we are here to make that vision a reality.

Once your new green space is completed, we also offer maintenance services to keep your newly planted space lush and beautiful all year round. Our maintenance services include either 2 or 4 visits from one of our plant experts every month. During these visits, our team members will not only water and check on the health of your plants but they will also ensure their pots are looking beautiful. We will check your plants’ soil and replace/replenish the Spanish moss and woodchip casing layers of your pots. If any of your plants have begun to look sickly or dead, we will also replace them free of charge.

If you are ready to add a splash of green to your home or office, but you aren’t sure you want to commit to the upkeep, its time to consider an interior plant service. Adding plants is an amazing way to breathe a little life into your space and make it more inviting for visitors. For businesses that host client visits or deal directly with customers onsite, this simple addition can make a world of difference in how visitors perceive you and your brand.

If you are based in the Philadelphia area and are interested in these services for your home or business, reach out to us here at Plantscapes USA. We are happy to offer our potential clients a free plant consultation and break down what goes into our services. For more information, give us a call at (404) 446-2632 or send us an email at [email protected]

TYPE: AUGMENTED BLOG CONTENT

Understanding the Ocean Plastic Crisis

When most people hear about the ocean plastic crisis, they think about hot button topics like the great pacific garbage patch which has received a great deal of publicity over the last decade. Here at Company, we want the public to understand that the true nature of this pollution crisis is not just found in the distant center of our oceans; it reaches every shore across the globe. Everyday plastic is continually dumped into the ocean where it is free to circulate. In the roughly 70 years since widespread plastic production began, the exponential rate of production and low rate of recycling have led to millions of pounds of plastic entering our oceans every year.

Plastic itself was heralded as a miracle material around the dawn of the 20th century. By harnessing natural and synthetic polymers, flexible plastic materials began to become widespread in the 1950s. Because of its low cost, waterproof properties, and ease of manufacturing, this new material quickly found its way into countless products. Now, almost 70 years since mass production began, we are dealing with the realities of widespread plastic use.

One of the reasons plastics were so highly valued was their sturdiness. Plastics did not shatter like glass or rot like wood. Instead, they remained flexible and resilient. While these properties make plastics an amazing commercial material, they have also made plastics a nightmare to get rid of. Since widespread production began, due to a lack of data, no one knows exactly how much plastic has become waste. Estimates on the topic vary from 1 billion to over 5 billion tons of total plastic waste in the world with a large portion of that waste ending up in waterways and, ultimately, the ocean.

Humans have historically used waterways to dispose of waste since organized societies first emerged. The basic concept is simple, throw your waste into moving water and it is carried away never to be seen again. While this practice had minimal impact when simply being used to remove sewage and food byproducts, the industrial revolution began the process of dumping hazardous and toxic waste into waterways. As long as the waste was carried away, it ceased to exist in the eyes of polluters and this process has remained in place for nearly 200 years.

Flash forward to the modern day and we see that this long established practice is finally catching up to us. Plastics will not simply go away when we dump them in the sea. The ocean’s cooling effect and saline environment actually help prevent the rapid decomposition of plastics’ high mass polymer structure. When you add the fact that plastics tend to be buoyant, the result is thousands of pounds of dumped plastic following currents until they eventually wash up elsewhere.

Company was founded as a direct result of this ocean plastic crisis. While on a trip to Bali, our founders Alex and Andrew discovered beaches, which should have been gorgeous tropical oases, instead covered in piles of plastic waste. They watched as more and more waste built up on the shores with every break of the waves while local fishermen battled through the deluge just to reach open water. Horrified by the sheer magnitude of this seemingly unending tide of plastic, Alex and Andrew decided to create a business focused on removing plastic from our most valuable natural resource.

Company is dedicated to funding plastic cleanup efforts across the world. We are able to fund this work by selling our bracelets. Instead of relying solely on donations, we developed a system where every bracelet we sell helps to fund the removal of at least one pound of plastic waste during one of our clean up projects. This approach both helps us maintain funding for our clean up projects and promotes awareness for this important cause.

Using a lifestyle brand to fund our cleanup may seem unconventional, but it allows us to use our profits as we see fit in ways that would not be possible for a non profit. In order to maintain transparency, we verify our clean up results and how our funds are allocated with the Better Business Bureau. Over 98% of our profits go towards our clean up efforts and we want our customers to be absolutely certain that every bracelet purchase goes directly towards plastic clean up.

We make all of our bracelets from recycled materials. The bracelets are made with a combination of post consumer plastic waste and about 5% ocean plastic and glass. While we promise to remove one pound of plastic for every bracelet sold, our current numbers actually far exceed this promise. Our bracelets not only contribute directly to funding our clean up efforts, but they also help spread awareness about the Company mission.

We take the profit from these sales and use it to manage facilities and hire clean up crews and ships to remove plastic 7 days a week. We currently are operating out of Florida, Bali, Haiti, and Texas after only two years in operation. As we continue to grow, we look forward to spreading the Company cleanup efforts to new locations around the globe. We are also investing in new technologies that we hope will help prevent plastic from reaching the Ocean and make removal easier.

Our mission is not only to remove plastic from our oceans. We aim to raise awareness of what pollution is doing and work to stop the flow of plastic into our waterways. Since we were kids, we’ve been told to cut the plastic six-pack rings from our cans to avoid wildlife getting caught in them. This kind of advice is aimed at risk management. It assumes the plastic will end up in nature and aims to mitigate the damage it will cause. While these risk management measures are extremely important for wildlife, we have to start focusing on strategies that do not just manage risk, but address the causes.

Removing plastic from shorelines and waterways is itself a form of risk management aimed at avoiding the spread of plastic into the ocean’s food chain. The reality of the ocean plastic crisis goes far beyond the waste we see washing up on shores. Plastics degrade slowly and are waterproof, which are two properties that make them both a valuable commercial material and an environmental hazard. Without human intervention, it could take a plastic bottle nearly five centuries to degrade. Sadly for our ocean’s wildlife, decomposition is not the same as erosion. The plastic debris we see littering shorelines and floating in the surf are just the tip of the iceberg.

While plastics may not rapidly degrade, they can easily erode. Between the constant movement of the seas and being dashed against sandy shores, large plastics can be worn down into countless tiny pieces of plastic over the span of only a few years. These microplastic granules may be nearly impossible to see, but they can have a huge environmental impact.

As microplastics circulate, they are consumed by invertebrates and small fish. While this is obviously troubling, the true danger lies in an effect known as biomagnification. Many plastic compounds are persistent, meaning they will be stored in the body because they cannot be broken down. If small plankton consume tiny quantities of micro plastic, they will probably be able to survive, but the persistent plastic chemicals will remain in their bodies.

When small fish consume those plankton in large quantities, they end up with a larger amount of persistent plastic chemicals in their bodies. This magnification increases up the food chain until larger marine predators like whales, dolphins, and seals end up containing dangerous levels of plastic chemicals. As these affects continue to amplify, the ability for humans to consume seafood safely will also be in jeopardy.

While some plastic pollution begins in the form of microplastics, a majority of microplastics in our oceans are created from the erosion of large plastic waste. Removing this waste and keeping it out of our oceans is one of the best ways to slow the exponential expansion of the ocean plastic crisis. The task of removing microplastics from our ocean is literally like trying to remove a needle from a 100-mile high haystack covering the entire USA. This is why it is so crucial that we collect large plastic waste from the ocean before they are eroded to the point that we can no longer hope to remove them. With millions of tons of plastic entering our oceans every year, cleaning it all up is a huge job.

Obviously combatting the ocean plastic crisis is not a task that our team at Company can achieve alone. Global crises require global solutions and we are proud to partner and donate to other organizations who share our core mission. We also conduct ocean cleanup operations around the globe where teams of local volunteers remove plastic from their shorelines. These local operations contribute to our mission but, because they are not funded by bracelet sales, we do not include the results of these operations in our total cleanup numbers. The counter on our website only reflects the achievements of the teams we fund so customers can get a clear idea of how much plastic we have removed as a result of their purchases, not the kindness of strangers. In reality, our efforts have removed far more plastic than these metrics suggest.

In addition to our clean up efforts, we are also proud to support the efforts of other organizations dedicated to helping the oceans. We donate to several non-profits and we recently partnered with 1% for the Planet in order to ensure that at least 1% of all of our profits go directly to funding various environmental efforts around the world. These actions help extend the good we can do with our bracelet sales without needing to pour expenses into creating and staffing new home bases across the globe. While we can’t be everywhere, we want our reach to extend as far as possible.

We are also happy to support environmental groups that are dedicated to making sure that plastic is properly recycled before it can end up in our oceans. Globally less than 10% of plastics are recycled and the remaining 90% of global plastic products end up split between landfills and waterways. Finding new ways to recycle these products and new methods for producing biodegradable plastic is a crucial step to making our use of plastic sustainable.

While we are extremely grateful for everyone willing to fund our mission or come out and volunteer, we know that not everyone can buy a bracelet or reach a cleanup site. Just because you aren’t working directly with Company doesn’t mean you can’t be part of our mission. There are so many simple things every person can do to help protect our ocean. Whether you make the choice to avoid single-use plastic or you just make sure your plastic waste ends up in the recycling bin instead of the garbage, we salute you for making these small life choices.

It takes billions of grains of sand to create a beach and it will take billions of people making small but important choices to keep them clean. The ocean is truly our greatest natural resource and now is the time to stand up as a global community to protect it. Whether you want to support our cause directly by buying a bracelet and becoming a volunteer or you just want to learn more about the ocean plastic crisis and the steps everyone can do to help, visit our website for more information. We know that if everyone who cares about the ocean contributed to cleaning them, we will be able to continue down this road to recovery and ensure that our marine environments continue to thrive for millennia.

TYPE: OFFSITE CONTENT

Use the Best Dry Rub for Ribs and See the Results

There are many different food items we think of when we think barbecue, but one of the toughest to do the right way is barbecued ribs. There is nothing like perfectly cooked pork ribs that are seasoned perfectly and served with the right sides and a tangy and sweet barbecue sauce on the side for added flavor. You can’t beat it.

Making ribs the right way starts with the preparation and ends with the right cooking process. It can take a few times of practice, but with time you can become a rib expert and make delicious ribs with ease. Today, we will help you get on the right track to making delicious ribs, from having the best dry rub for ribs to the perfect cooking process.

The flavor you get with your ribs begins when you choose the dry rub you will use for seasoning. With Casa M Spice Co, there are several different options you could choose that can increase the heat, focus on sweetness, even help you season based on the type of meat. You could choose the season-all formula called Chain Reaction and get a perfect balance of heat, sweetness and spice that creates a great flavor. But the best dry rub for ribs is choosing a rub that is designed specifically for the type of meat that you are preparing.

Consider Cattle Drive or Whole Hog for the best results when preparing ribs. Cattle Drive is a spice blend created specifically for beef, which can be great if you find beef ribs. Whole Hog is a rub designed for pork and pork ribs. Choosing a spice blend that was made to specifically complement the natural flavors for meats like beef or pork can make a huge difference in the results you get. When the spices work together with the meat and blend to become one, you get a delicious flavor that you won’t soon forget.

A common choice for people who want to prepare ribs is to choose baby back ribs because of the natural flavor they have and the way they can just fall right off the bone when they are perfectly prepared. It makes for a fun and enjoyable dining experience.

So how do you prepare your baby back ribs to be just like you would get at a traditional barbecue joint or smokehouse? Let’s go through the steps.

Start by preheating your grill to a high heat and put some light oil onto the grate. You want to have your dry rub ready in a shaker. With Casa M Spice Co, the best dry rub for ribs comes in a stainless steel shaker that you can use anywhere in the kitchen or right by the grill.

Each rack of ribs will have a membrane on the back. Trim this with a small knife and from each rib to make them ready to place on the grill. Just before you do, sprinkle the ribs with the best dry rub for ribs. For the best grilling, you want to place the ribs on a higher rank, placing foil on the lower rack to catch any of the drippings that may come off of the meat or to prevent a flare up from providing too much heat to the meat.

When the ribs have been placed on the grill, set to a low heat and close the lid and let sit for one hour uninterrupted. After an hour, lift the lid, brush barbecue sauce over the ribs and let sit for another five minutes. After this, you can remove the ribs from the grill and begin to prepare to serve. You can either serve with the whole rack still completely connected or you can cut between each bone to make individual ribs.

Now sit back and enjoy the delicious flavor of your ribs, prepared with the best dry rub for ribs. With Casa M Spice Co, it’s easy to get the best flavors for your barbecued meats. You can order an individual seasoning for your favorite type of meat or get a gift pack and have several different options at the ready for when you need them. All of the spice blends come in a stainless steel shaker that will make it easy to add spices to anything and everything.

At Casa M Spice Co, we are about putting the flavor first. This is because we know what great flavor and great food do for a barbecue. It makes everyone have a better time. That’s what our mission is, to help families and friends gather around delicious food and create memories.

So get the best flavors you will find for all of your barbecued meats and start making memories over your meals with the help of Casa M Spice Co.

launch.svg

5. Delivery

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US

We’re ready to schedule your project for delivery once we have a signed Go Live playbook and we’ve completed all Go Live to-do items (both parties need to sign off). Also, the final payment or any outstanding balance must be received before we go live or deliver the project to your sandbox/account. We’ll schedule a time to go live with your approval; we require that this takes place earlier in the week to ensure smooth operation and optimal post migration support. We require that you schedule this migration with your account manager at least three business days in advance; several logins and access points need to be monitored for proper functionality. We will confirm and lock in the date for migration depending on resources available. To get the process started, you’ll need to fill out the Go-Live questionnaire. This questionnaire will give you the opportunity to provide us all of the access and instruction we need to make your new work live. When we get this questionnaire back, we’ll present you with a migration schedule we call a “Go-Live Playbook” for you to approve. When all of this is decided and confirmed we can have a smooth launch with minimal surprises.

Go live times are mainly scheduled in the middle of the night, as most migrations require some amount of downtime. This can be done in several hours, but in rare cases, a migration can cause as much as 48 hours of downtime. Refrain from making changes to the backend of the site at this time, as it can interfere with the migration. Please also refrain from sending us comments until we’ve confirmed that the migration of your project is complete.

Once the site is delivered, you have 30 days of free support from us. This support period begins after we migrate our work to your account, and begins whether or not your website goes live. During this time, we’ll fix any remaining issues that stem from our work. Only technical issues are taken care of for the duration of the support period; FluidRank does not perform platform training. All support requests will be handled during our standard business hours. If any 3rd party developer does work during this time, the support period is voided.

PLATFORM TO PLATFORM MIGRATION

Platform to platform migrations, when a site is moving from one eCommerce platform to another, are particularly complex. They often involve a data transfer, a hosting switch, and email record update, and other service changes. The more complex the migration, the more time consuming, and open to error, it will be. When considering a platform to platform migration know that your site will be down for an extended period of time and that issues with the transfer are more or less inevitable. The FluidRank team handles these migrations quite often, and while some issues may be unavoidable, we are committed to working closely with you during this process, preparing as much as possible, fixing any issues which appear during the transition, and moving your site to a new home with as few speedbumps as possible. Here are a few complications which are common to every platform to platform migration that site admins should be aware of before moving.

Domain Propagation: Domain propagation is the process of your registrar handing off changes to your domain to root DNS servers. ISPs acquire records from the root servers, to other ISPs, and so on until you see the changes reflect on your computer with your internet service provider. Propagation can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days as servers around the globe start to recognize your site’s new host.

Email Propagation: If you move your business email from one host to another, your email will also cease to function for a period of time, as your MX records need to index during propagation. Similarly, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Data Transfer: When data is being transferred from one platform to another, a resync will need to be done concurrently with the launch in order to make sure the new site goes live with the most up-to-date data set. You may be asked to refrain from making changes to your site for several days before a platform to platform migration so that the resync can run with the most updated data.

Customization Transfer: When custom developments that have been created for one platform move onto another platform they need to be adjusted. By this point, you’ll have tested your new site on a sandbox, but when the site launches these customizations will be working with live data for the first time. It’s smart to expect that a live environment will put these functionalities through unique scenarios that would not have been possible to simulate on a sandbox. As these edge cases come up, our team will be there to adjust the functionality accordingly.

Choosing A Launch Date

At the end of the project you will select a date to Go-Live from the date available on FluidRank Migration Calendar. FluidRank pulls developers off of other projects to support a site launch and so we cannot change a launch date once selected. If you must change your launch date after it has been selected due to extenuating circumstances, please let your project manager know as soon as possible. We can allow for one launch adjustment in an emergency, any change afterward will necessitate a charge of 10 hours for developer time.

IMPORTANT SECURITY INFORMATION

Magento, Opencart, WordPress, and other open source platforms require self-hosting (Amazon AWS, Godaddy, Bluehost, etc.) and must be secured and backed up. We highly recommend that you regularly backup your site and utilize security plugins/3rd party software. Sitelock.com is useful for website security and can prevent hacking and malware. For a fee, Hostgator will take daily, weekly, and monthly backups of your website. FluidRank is not responsible for your site once we have completed our scope of work; we cannot prevent malware, hacking, viruses, or other issues that are related to self-hosting. Contact your hosting provider for more information on website security.

SITE BACKUP:

After the migration of your project, FluidRank is not responsible for maintaining backups of your project or data unless mentioned in your scope of work. If you need us to maintain a backup, please discuss options with your account manager.
ongoing_support.svg

6. Retainer & Support

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

After 30 Days of free support, the project is officially closed. However, plenty of clients choose to keep us on retainer beyond their support period. If that’s something that you’re interested in, discuss it with your account manager. Your website will need constant care and maintenance as your business grows; you may find that month to month support is important after the 30-day support plan expires. The support that your eCommerce hosting platform offers can only take you so far, and they can’t get into the code of your site and actually fix a problem (like we can).

The internet is constantly evolving, and so are the software providers that host your platform, as well as the 3rd party apps that you rely on. You can’t fully future-proof your website, and if your eCommerce business is growing at a fast rate, it’s important to have a team that can crush technical problems. Allow us to take care of these issues, and you can focus on what you do best: running your business.

FluidRank support retainers rely on tickets and estimates that are added to your Teamwork workspace. That way, as things come up, you can add a ticket or request an estimate, and we’ll handle it. At the end of the month, we’ll bill you for whatever hours you’ve accumulated. There are no minimum hour requirements, so you don’t risk losing anything.

RETAINER & SUPPORT

Clients on retainer support have their own area within Teamwork, in which they assign tasks and communicate with our team. Tasks are generally started within 1-2 business days of assignment. We’re not a 24/7 agency, so we do not work weekends/nights/holidays. Emergency support can be provided as an optional and premium service.

The retainer model used for our engagement is to allow flexibility and is not firm or final. Time is tracked and work is logged all within our client dashboard. With this method, we can work with our clients with more flexible and allocated resources for projects.

BACKUP & SECURITY

Websites that are on Magento, Opencart, WordPress, Woocommerce, or any other open source platforms that require self-hosting (Hostgator, Godaddy, Bluehost, Amazon, e.g.) need to be secure & backed up. You will be responsible for your site’s security in addition to its hosting. We highly recommend that you regularly back up their website & keep the website secure by using security plugins & 3rd party software, along with updating their plugins and software (make sure to consult your development team beforehand so nothing breaks). We recommend sitelock.com as its useful for website security and may prevent hacking & malware. FluidRank  is not responsible for your website once we have completed our scope of work and even during the project, we cannot prevent malware or hacking and it is our clients’ responsibility to have measures in place for proper security & maintenance. FluidRank  cannot prevent malware, hacking, viruses or other issues that are related to self-hosting or hosted carts. Contact your hosting provider for more information about how to secure your site.

For websites that are hosted on platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, e.g., backups are handled by the platforms themselves and FluidRank  does not store or handle backups. You can contact the platform directly to find out how they store or handle backups. FluidRank is not responsible to store backups of any files or work unless specifically stated in your SOW. Once the project is delivered to the client, FluidRank typically disposes of any files after our 30 days support period ends.

PRIORITY SUPPORT

Priority support is available (when scheduled) at $175/hr during business hours (minimum 3 hours). Weekend, holiday or after hour support is billed at $250/hr (minimum 5 hours). All weekend support must be coordinated beforehand and confirmed by FluidRank staff so that we can properly allocate resources.