Tuesday, 2 September 2014
I am so excited to announce that, after months of working away on it behind the scenes, my brand spanking new website is now live! It's been a long time coming - I loved my old website, but there were some issues with it. When I built my first website I used a tutorial I found online to turn a blogspot blog into a basic website. It worked really well for me, but because it was a blog rather than a website, a lot of the information on the website was being trawled by search engines. As my business is growing I wanted people to be able to find me and my products via Google, in order to drive more traffic to my website and shop. So I made the decision to create a 'real' website.
Now I know nothing really about code, so I wanted to find a template that would be easy to use, but that also had an integrated shop feature. Since I started Ladybird Likes I've had shops on Etsy, Folksy, and notonthehighstreet.com, however it has always been a goal to have my own online shop. So I finally bit the bullet. It was a toss up between bigcartel and shopify, however I ended up going with shopify purely because I felt I could customise it in the ways I wanted. I used the free theme 'minimal' and tweaked it.
I tried to keep my design as simple as possible because a) I knew I would have a nervous breakdown trying to recreate my design as an actual website, and b) because I wanted it to look clean, and modern, and be easy to navigate. Most of the website I made myself, and then I got the amazingly talented Kim Lawler to fix a few bugs, and add a few bits of complicated code that I would never have been able to do! I'd TOTALLY recommend her whether you have a few glitches you want ironing out, or you want someone to build you a website from scratch. Girls got serious skills!
One thing I wanted to do was have as much information as possible on my website - I hate it when companies have a website with like two pages, and nothing to read! I am so nosey, the more stuff there is the better! So I added pages with information about wholesale, about craft fairs, business mentoring, custom orders, and about practical things like shipping and FAQs.
I really hope you all like my new website and online shop - huge thanks to everyone who ordered last night, you are all amazing! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new design :)