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[gravity-slaves ] shop now live!

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It's taken me a while but I have no tweaked and modded my shop enough to go live and launch to the public!

 

http://www.gravity-slaves.co.uk/shop/

 

I have a few mods installed so far:

- UK regionalisation

- header tags

- fast easy checkout

 

Also changed quite a few settings and tweaks myself, including integrating the main site and forum templates with the shop. I have written some code to extract random products from the shop and display them in the site margins (including special pricing). Once I have finished the code, I'll post it in the contributions section if anyone is interested!

 

Next steps

- install SSL certificate. Have ordered - waiting for host to provide

- more detail on terms and conditions and returns policy

- install STS template system so that the shop totally matches site and forum

- proceed without password

- sign up for a proper UK merchant account

 

- keep adding product, promoting, marketing and make some money!

 

Feedback welcomed!

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Next steps

- install SSL certificate. Have ordered - waiting for host to provide

- install STS template system so that the shop totally matches site and forum

 

:thumbsup:

 

Right, got the STS installed and it's looking smater. Always more to do but would welcome comments!

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I really like your site!

 

Loads really fast...I'm on dial-up, so that's a huge plus.

 

Love your buttons, the bar of links at the top and bottom of the screens.

 

Only complaint I have is the scrolling from left to right on every page.

 

If you could bring everything together to fit on the screen, A+!

 

Andrea

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Thanks for the feedback. I always focus on clean, light and fast loading templates. As well as STS templating, I also stripped out most redundant queries (banners, counters etc). Also got the GD thumbnail contribution running as well as photoshopping all the images.

 

I thought long and hard about the recent redesign and finally settled on 880px as a width, based on user surveys and server logs.

 

Maybe I was wrong? ;) Now I have a shop any may loose 10% of customers, it could be time for plan B.

 

The whole site runs on custom templates and my next 'trick' is to allow users to select the template to suit their screen size. This bit is nearly ready, with a 780px wide version as well as a fully fluid template. Just need to write the user settings page.

 

I am also playing with the following code, that will automatically change the default template if the user is running an 800 wide screen (and Java is enabled).

 

if (isset($_GET['width']) AND isset($_GET['height'])) {
 // output the geometry variables
 echo "Screen width is: ". $_GET['width'] ."<br />\n";
} else {
 // pass the geometry variables
 echo "<script language='javascript'>\n";
 echo " location.href=\"${_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME']}?${_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']}"
	   . "&width=\" + screen.width + \"&height=\" + screen.height;\n";
 echo "</script>\n";
 exit();
}


// set default template style
if ($_GET['width'] > 800) {
$template = "_wide";
} else {
$template = "_classic";
}

 

The automatic bit relys on Java but there will also be a manual option, clearly marked...

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Still playing with the narrow template, but in the meantime I have:

 

- reformatted the page so most 'mission critical' menus are on the left hand side

 

- formatted the product page to look more the like the articles on the main site. Still not happy, but it's getting there!

 

- added the excellent nochex APC. This will do for now until I grown my average orders but with an average of ?50, why pay a merchant?!

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