It’s great to be back at Needlepointland.com. Early last week, I changed my password to keep everything safe and secure, and forgot to write it down. No snickering, please.
It’s taken me a week to get everything squared away with WP, as the normal password recovery process was not working for me, for some reason.
Anyway, all is squared now, and I am very very near opening the store. But there are a few things left to do of course — including putting up the store sign, which is going up in two hours… and there is a typical Florida summer afternoon thunderstorm brewing.
There has been a lot of progress on getting things ready in the store, and I will be sure to take pictures and show everyone once I catch my breath. One thing I can say, though, if you are thinking of opening up a needlepoint shop: multiply by 3 the amount of time you think it will take to get ready.
While I was locked out of my own blog, I panicked, er, decided to set up a second one, which I think of as a catablog, or catalog blog. And I had some ideas I wanted to try out about how to make navigating a needlepoint site almost entirely visual (with a little help now and then from words, abbreviations, and numbers.)
I also thought it would be nice to make the images nice a big, and give shoppers the ability to get a price, dimensions, mesh count, etc, simply by hovering with their mouse or finger over a canvas. You can see this sort of thing with the Laughing Buddha in the Grab Bag collection. The idea is you look at the canvas and see if you like it, without being distracted by price.
So I spend the weekend putting a demo together, and now it is live.
If you have a few minutes, would you check it out?
I would be very pleased/interested/grateful in any opinions you may have of the new site… good or bad… I won’t take it personally — promise!
Any feedback would be immensely helpful to me in putting together a better site for your enjoyment, and mine of course!
You can find this experimental new site here.
Look forward to hearing your comments!
ps I just tried it on IE9 for the first time a minute ago, and that browser seem unable to correctly support the level of the scripting language(s) the theme is written in (the WP theme I am using is Pictorico, a brand new theme that is still a little buggy). So that is a big issue of course, since a lot of people still use IE.
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