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.