Archive March 2019

Handmade Crafters UK

Introduction

Handmade Crafters UK is a UK based buy and sell handmade crafts marketplace. This again was a steep learning curve for us as we had never made a website quite like this one. You see ordinarily we are subcontracted to build accommodation websites etc by other businesses. With its main aim of “Made by the UK FOR the UK” it was designed to be another portal for crafters to be able to sell their handmade items similar to Etsy but without all the fees.

 

Designing the website

This website took quite a while to build as we kept on running into functionality issues where the marketplace is involved. Once we worked out what worked and what didnt we were then able to work on the design, layout and colour scheme of the website. We had to figure out what colours worked with the design and the theme so it all worked in tandem with eachother. Now it was time to work out how to set up every single aspect of the marketplace in order to allow for crafters to sign up and be able to actually sell their products via the website, there were some issues which continue to today such as payment wise the payment go through one PayPal account (the website owners) which then gets sent to the crafters because of the restrictions for aadaptive payments by PayPal which is limited to major companies making tons of money, so little websites like this are left to fend for themselves.

 

The website was finally complete when it was launched to the public and straight off it received thousands of views and lots of interest. It actually had over forty crafters join that very day. The website is always being improved, updated and kept current which isnt always as easy as I make it out to be.

Wilde About Crafts

Introduction

Wilde About Crafts is a crafts website where they sell their handmade crafts which range from dreamcatchers, decoupage slate hearts, wooden hearts, spoons and coasters, wish bracelets and many more products. They have over six hundred products to choose from and also offer free customisation on their wish bracelets and dreamcatchers.

Designing the website

When it came to designing this website it took a while to grasp the general layout for it. This was our first e-commerce website so it took us some time to figure out the colour scheme, shop layout and where everything would be placed. That being said it came together quickly and over the course of a month or so had many overhauls in order to get it exactly how we wanted it in terms of appearance, speed, layout, design and functionality.

We were able to add all of the images directly which saved us a lot of manual uploads and placements so it made life easier for us. We then proceeded to propagate the product information and prices for each item. It was then time to completely design the homepage which for us was the hardest as we found that text before products was a no go as the trend in customers leaving the website shot up. So once we moved the main text underneath a select group of products we then found customers were more willing to stick around and really look at the website and the crafts being sold on there.

Finally the end design overhaul came when we decided that we wanted something soft toned yet colourful and eye catching so we settled on a pastel tone which complimented the logo, products and the text still stood out.