The Learning Curve Continues

First of all, my initial baseline products are in the system with the large part being over 2300 individual cards. Next for the shop are photos and inventory totals as we continue sorting. However, it’s getting late so I’ll generalize several topics that I’ll expand on once I have time to write. Photographs and SEO. No, not related at all, really, but they are so important to how the site runs.

Photographs. I’m working with a smartphone that takes excellent pictures, but those pictures are about 5 meg each. Not that big of a deal, but when there are hundreds on the site things really slow down. After a few days of searching I finally just bit the bullet and purchased Photoshop. It’s another one of those things that I should have done from the beginning. In any case, I’ve removed all the photos and will redo them.

The primary reason I wanted a more powerful program to handle my gallery is the wide variation of photos required for everything to look good. Here’s an example: I’ve already discovered the visual differences between cellphone, iPad and computer. By following the size rules from the beginning I should be able to avoid having to redo things. Again.

Another reason I sprung for Photoshop is that I haven’t been able to get the logo to appear properly. It’s been really frustrating, especially after how much it costs to have one developed. Well, the reason is because the item was saved in a strange aspect ratio – so that at full resolution it cuts off the motto. Basically, I’m going to have to force it into some kind of shape to get the logo and motto to fit together properly. Even with Photoshop that’s turning into a frustrating exercise – but it’s coming together.

SEO is the final part. Search Engine Optimization is how people are going to find me with internet searches. Again, this is something completely foreign to me from “back in the day”. I will expound on this topic in much later detail later, but here’s what I’m starting with: It’s a wealth of information and it’s already really helping me in building the website out. I’m so glad that I found out about it before I started selling!

The education continues…but slumber calls!