So.... yeah. We weren't ACTUALLY planning on our online storefront (http://www.theweedpatchstore.com) being down for a week for an upgrade. The PLAN was to develop the upgrade, get it perfect, and then release it overnight one night. But you know what they say about the best laid plans, right?
So a little over a week ago we ran into a situation where we had to upgrade one of the software pieces on our server. As it turns out, the shopping cart software that we were running at the time wasn't compatible with the new server software, so down went the website (unfortunately, I kind of expected this).
What followed was a full week (Thursday through the following Friday) of 20 hr days in front of my computer trying to get the latest version of our shopping cart software up, running, and secure. Not only was it not how I was anticipating spending that week, but it really hurts a lot to sit in one spot that long.
Finally, last Friday I was trying to get the buttons to look nice (one of the last things I was trying to accomplish before I "flipped the switch") - and I woke up from being fast asleep on my keyboard. So I flipped the switch so that you wonderful people could start shopping again (it wasn't a security issue), and lo - our new site was finally live. (As a side note, I STILL haven't had time to get back to those silly buttons).
So, while there are some issues still (like the buttons, a few content pieces, redoing all the product images to the new larger size, etC) - the site is live, shoppable, secure, and (mostly) functional!
There are a couple of new features that I'm particularly excited about. The first is the "my account" area. From here, not only can you manage multiple addresses - but you can view your orders (and any order notes that we may have entered) including tracking numbers; you can initiate a return if there's a problem with your order. You can even view past orders to look things up, if you decide that's important. Additionally, you can now log into the system using your social media login - such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, PayPal, etc - hopefully this will make your life just a little easier!
Another new feature that we're SUPER excited about is our new Support Ticket system - but more about that in its own post soon!
So, in summary:
- Larger thumbnails and product images
- Easier login system + account creation
- Streamlined "Related Products"
- New Support Ticket System
- Improved Navigation
- Improved Search
- Improved Product Galleries with detail images
- Video integration (coming soon!) for product demos and reviews
- Improved account management, order tracking, return features
- Improved On Sale functionality (coming soon!)
- Sign up for Back In Stock notifications
- Social sharing (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest) (in progress!)
- Blog integration
- Weed Patch TV integration (coming soon!)
- Improved text clarity
- And SO much more!
Take a look, give it a spin, and let us know what you think! As I mentioned, we're still working out some of the kinks (those buttons'll be fixed soon, I promise!) - but it IS secure and safe to use, and we'd love some feedback!