Welcome to Our Work Space for the Next Two Weeks.
I thought this looked like a pretty nice working environment to set the intention and the vibration and I didn’t even have to build or rent it, just download it.
Let’s get ready for shopping carts
Your items need to be organized on your own computer before you start. (They don’t need to be but it will be easier for you and faster to build if they are).
We have mostly WooCommerce installed in the sites. One has an older cart for a very particular reason. Preparation for each is the same.
Decide what your categories are. Everything in your shop goes in a category even if there is only one item in the category (if you’re planning to grow) So, decide on those first. Each category should also have a photo to represent it.
Get your pictures ready. I recommend that soap and skin items be done in this shape:
The width should be less than 600 pixels. (See chart for column layout image size approximations) Mine are more like 300 – 400 pixels. The space I allow them is about 300 pixels usually
Some items, like liquid soap and lotions will need to be this shape. Try to keep it in this aspect ratio.
When we have pictures of different aspect ratios in the same columns it throws off the symmetry sometimes, to varying degrees. Take a look at this page http://cybergalleries.com/my-website-many-section-samples/ at the next to last section. These items were not planned for the layout they are in and as a result some parts of pictures are cut off and others take up odd amount of space.
Sort your pictures for each category so that you can upload a category at a time to your Media Library. It will make them easier when you need to find them to put on the site.
Consider how much information you want to put on a page that talks about the qualities of all your products, how much you want to say about each category and how much about each item. Look at my examples for the kinds of spaces they will end up in on their product page. (Note that the sample may show “Related Products” at the bottom of the page. I hate that feature and can remove it for you if you don’t like it either. Some people love it.
Now we’ll assume your content is all organized and that you have the images and text for your products. I am not going to police the legalities of your soap or cosmetic labels. Just don’t forget to put weight. (I don’t care if you ignore it but don’t forget it). Legally, as I’m sure you know, it has to be listed on your soap label. I do not do that for in-person sales where people can pick up and item and feel it but online it is important to know if you are buying a 45 ounce or 8 ounce bar of soap or a 1/4 oz. tin or a 4 oz tin which can look identical in pictures.
Please let me know if you have this all ready or are working on it. It will give me a better idea where we stand. I will continue with the instructions even if you are not ready but if no one is ready it will tell me I have time to slip in some other things.
Please leave any questions here. Thanks my dears and it’s a pleasure working with you!!