Well! What a week! Website drama. Life drama. Drama everywhere. You’d swear this was a job for the Drama Llama!
After a lot of website breakages after buying an SSL certificate for my domain, I manage to get my blog working as you know. Then the new store posed issues with random redirections that occurred out of nowhere and led me to get so peed off I started to hate Magento. But it looked sooooo good. I can haz Magento? Hell yeah!
Today, after spending countless hours checking .htaccess files, deleting directories, breaking the site, restoring from backups, deleting some more, doing more backups and a large number of huge ass mugs of coffee I eventually get it working and launched!
Product-wise there haven’t been any additions, although I’ve placed an exciting order with one of my suppliers on the back of the voting on Facebook. Funko vinyls incoming!
One big update is the fact I now offer free postage – something that’s easier to implement with a new build rather than manually updating over 100 items on the old store. Yes, FREE postage!
I’m in the process of adding products to the new store – I wasn’t able to migrate the old store data to the new one so this also means that folks need to re-register unfortunately. On the plus side, it’s now even quicker and easier as we have a ‘Log In With Facebook’ feature so you can get started with us even quicker!
The blog has also been secured and optimised for smoother load times and a better experience.
So what’s happening with the store? There’s a few cool features that Magento allows me to utilise – aside from the more professional and organised look of the store, I can send out a notification over a little banner at the top that users can dismiss (no pesky pop ups). There’s a floating menu so you can access links while down at the bottom of a page without having to scroll back to the top. You might think it’s glitched when you scroll down and images/the slider is in line with it but it’s designed that way to ensure it doesn’t impact page elements.
There’s a lot to learn about Magento but the skeletal structure and key features are functional and allow for a far better user experience than Prestashop did (as much as I loved the new look of it when it updated it doesn’t compare to the beauty of my new store – shallow? Meh.)
The only major drawback in my eyes is the lack of customisable stock options out of the box – Prestashop allowed me to set up back orders and so on for items out of stock or pre-orders. Magento requires a premium extension to be added so for now, the items will show as in stock but the short description indicates they are pre-order and additional info will detail the expected release date of the items. It’s the only way I can get it to allow folks to add items to their cart that aren’t actually available for sale at the moment.
So, in the meantime, welcome to the new home of awesomeness.