When I last wrote I was pulling my hair out with anxiety and frustration. Things were moving along but not fast enough.
Well, without any fanfare, I'm now pleased to announce that our shop is live. In actual fact it went live a little over a week ago! .. We haven't made much of a song and a dance about it, preferring a 'soft launch' approach during which we don't actively promote the store, until we get all the bugs ironed out and the windows all shiny and sparkling.
We have over 10,000 swatches now and are continuing to work around the clock at preparing more product to be listed. With only a tiny handful of our pages indexed by the search engines as I write, I'm amazed that anyone has found us at all. - Yet, we are already receiving orders which is giving us a great 'trial by fire' of the back-end processes we have only just developed to handle orders.
Fortunately, our back-end processes, with a minor adjustment here and there, seem to be holding up well. Phew!
Oh my goodness. Some lessons can't be learned, they have to be 'experienced' - I'd certainly put opening an eCommerce store into that category!
Off to do some more late night graphics work. I'm not happy with the carousel images which are downright boring at the moment.
Be sure to checkout the store at https://shop.idealdrapemakers.com.au