Oh my goodness, It’s finally happened! I can’t quite believe it: we have our new website up and running NOW. It’s hard to remember how long this has been going on, but we are nearly there. We are open for business with a shopping cart for my books, DVDs and patterns. The yarn will be the next set of products made available, and so on until we have all our product categories open.
It’s hard for me even to piece together the story behind the website, it goes back so far in the planning, and we have had a notable false start resulting from outsourcing the project a few years ago. The past few months have been hugely stressful for Corrie, our webmistress, with the weight of our expectations upon her shoulders, but she assures me that she is already feeling relieved and has returned to sleeping the occasional night.
Our aim was to allow our customers some similar facilities to Patternfish and Ravelry (both have usable and convenient design features) and a few ‘unique to us’ ones. For instance, we thought that as customers you might enjoy having your entire Lucy pattern library available to you anywhere you are (with a computer), so those of you with a Lucy Neatby website account can access your patterns from your own website Notebook: log in and download any of your patterns anytime you like! The way your patterns get there? Purchase a PDF pattern from lucyneatby.com and we automatically add the pattern into My Notebook – My PDFs. With the magic of modern computing at our service, your stored pattern will always be the latest, most up-to-date version, too!
We send our heartfelt thanks to our group of beta testers, who have helped immeasurable by ruthlessly hunting out gremlins! You were awesome!
We now must take time for a celebration. But where to find it?
It sounds ridiculous that time doesn’t seem to permit celebration, but Susan and I are faced with many new organizational challenges in the office (You should see the Administration section of the new site! We can do anything, by the look of it.) and Corrie is still working away like a trojan behind the scenes. But we will have coffee and cakes together! Soon. I think.
Bits about our new website:
As you can see in the site, some sections are still under construction. They are growing slowly and will be open as soon as the code tests out stable and correct.
We are working on a system that will let you choose between paper and pdf patterns; currently pdf patterns are available for sale (if a pattern has a PDF version). If you would like the paper pattern, you’ll need to phone or email us. The next project after that is to work out the code for allowing PDFs to be put in the shopping cart and bought several at once. Currently, anything that goes into the shopping cart is charged shipping and handling, and we really don’t wish to collect that on PDFs! We are really pleased with the development of My Notebook, which serves as your ‘room’ in our site. Look through the options available; we hope you’ll like them.
This is Corrie’s first foray into designing and building an interactive (live shopping) website. (My previous site was her first-ever, and only, website.) Quite the adventure. Let’s say this was a high-speed trip into computer literacy for a former housewife and homebody.