Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wanted to share.....


....a new banner that I made for the boutique and also some news and happenings with me. I am now going to be designing websets and templates for several different do-it-yourself website services, one of which I have personal past experience with and recommend to anyone looking for a website provider. All of these systems are very easy to use and operate much like the Pappashop systems. They have built in shopping carts which eliminate the need to have a Mal's or other seperate shopping cart.

The system I have the most experience in is DIY Estores. Their system is where I hosted my former pattern business and can honestly say it is the easiest and most carefree system yet. I do like Pappashop and I don't mean to knock it, but since I opened with Pappashop, I realized just how great the DIY system is. The cart, as I mentioned, has been a headache since I signed up with Pappashop....having to log in to a different system to set everything up, and not to mention setting up the shipping (I've had a hek of a time with that).

The Mal's cart also doesn't eliminate products that have been bought from my site....so this is what happened......I had a woman purchase an item, and since it didn't register as sold, an hour later another customer bought the same item. It was awfully embarassing having to write that guest back and try to explain that someone had already bought it.

So, anyhoo....I'm going to give everyone a list of the companies that I will be designing for....and if any of you don't currently have a site and are looking to get one, these are really good options to choose from.

DIY Estores

Designer 218

Create A Shoppe Plus

Also, if you're looking for a new, fresh venue for marketing and networking, visit Prim Mart, they are a division of DIY Estores and have a host of business resources (among them printing services and so on) and also a forum in which you can speak to hundreds of other business owners. Hope you enjoy surfing around and checking them out!

5 comments:

Jerusalem said...

thanks for all the links and tips!

Rosemary said...

Thanks for the really great info.
Something to think about.
Have a great weekend!
Rosemary

Rosie's Whimsy said...

This is something I have doing some research on for myself. It's nice to get some direction and recommendations. Thanks :-) Rosie

Jen ~ ARTful Dreamer said...

Hi Missy! I agree on trying to figure out the shipping structure - I gave up and went with flat rate :~) The only time I've had that the item number doesn't drop is when someone pays with an e-check because Paypal doesn't send back verifcation that payment was made until the check clears. I've been pretty happy with Pappashop but it's great to know about the others :~)

Amy-Razz Pizazz Boutique said...

I can totally relate to the shipping issue! I Still have not figured it out properly!!! I am under charging for some of the heavier items...wish it was a easy at ESTY, LOL! Thanks for all of the tips!
blessings,
Amy