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Some pointers about my webshop?
« on: June 25, 2011, 11:50:22 am »
I thought this might belong in the market as it is of commercial nature.

I've had a small webshop for some time, but haven't really put much effort into it. Lately orders have started trickling in (I have no idea why!), so I thought I'd have to start putting some more effort into it.

Now, I'm absolutely not asking anyone to buy anything. What I would like to know, if you feel like having a look at it, is what parts I could improve (spelling, layout, functionality and so on) and what kind of products you think might be a good addition to the selection.

So if you have the time to spare, pop on over to http://www.embrasia.com and let me know if you think something could be improved. :namaste:
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011, 12:45:24 pm »
I thought this might belong in the market as it is of commercial nature.

I've had a small webshop for some time, but haven't really put much effort into it. Lately orders have started trickling in (I have no idea why!), so I thought I'd have to start putting some more effort into it.

Now, I'm absolutely not asking anyone to buy anything. What I would like to know, if you feel like having a look at it, is what parts I could improve (spelling, layout, functionality and so on) and what kind of products you think might be a good addition to the selection.

So if you have the time to spare, pop on over to http://www.embrasia.com and let me know if you think something could be improved. :namaste:


At first glance, I like the name and love the logo. :)

Sometimes I am put off by a login on the home page.

You can let people browse the site and then if they want to purchase, link to a login or account creation at that point.

The site is easy to follow, but I would put a 'Take me to the products' link in the homepage text as well as at the top. People are dim. LOL :)

I would also list a greater number of products, once you trust the quality yourself.   For example, in Aikido people would buy a Jo as well as a Bokken as a set, and also a bag or case to put them in (UK law, for example, frowns on carrying them exposed).

Same with statues etc.  - establish a trading partnership with a supplier which gives you enough profit margin to meet your needs.  Many eBay suppliers, for example, are 'based' in Europe, but the goods are shipped from Nepal direct - that saves you import hassle.

You don't have to hold stock, just promise delivery within a set period and allow the time needed for you to receive the product from your supplier, or for them to send on your behalf.

As you have identified countries for delivery, I would also show shipping costs .

Virtuemart is something I've never heard of and may put me off buying. For payment, why not use your Paypal account. I'm not sure if you need to register with them as a trader, but I often pay people via Paypal who are just private individuals and not companies.

You could also consider an eBay presence when the timing seems right. :)

Good luck. :)
« Last Edit: June 25, 2011, 12:58:18 pm by Yeshe »

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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011, 06:29:28 pm »
Not my style in look, but it is functional, easy to navigate, and very intuitive; IMHO. I too, was thinking the log-in was putting me off but after shopping and working through to checkout it was no longer a bother.

Perhaps a choice on currency?? Only thing that might help ....
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011, 06:58:10 pm »
My initial reaction was a little negative.  I think the opening page is a little too stark.  Minimal is okay, but a warm color would be better, imo.  Of course if I was looking for the things being sold, I could easily overcome this feeling, but it is there -- just so you know.

The login might be moved as Yeshe suggests, but it also could be minimized into a button.  I think the color change I suggest might help ameliorate the demanding feeling it has right now.  Donno for certain.

Under "other products" you have one item -- pants.  I'd add a few more items and call it clothing or apparel. 

Conclusion -- simple is fine.  Simple and inviting is better.

Good luck!

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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2011, 11:08:08 pm »
Thanks for all your tips! I've set it so that the login is only visible in the shop pages. I'd really like to change the look of the site but the thing is that I really suck at designing. The logo is just about the only thing I've ever been satisfied with design-wise. I have been thinking that something soft green might be nice for the site.

I'll look into the currency option. It might be a very good thing to have if it could update rates by itself.

I'll try to add a product link in the text. It's a bit short as it is anyway. I have actually been thinking about jos and bags, but I haven't found any bags that I'm happy with yet. Preferably they would be friendly to the environment and keep the weapons dry.

Dropshipping would be nice, but I've noticed that quality and shipping time can vary greatly, so I prefer to check the stuff myself and also have the ability to send shipments quickly. If there is some issue with an order, I like to send it priority even if the customer has paid for economy, as compensation. I'll have to see about the shipping rates. There are a lot of them and they're based on destination, weight and size, so it's a bit complicated.

I'll certainly expand to eBay when the time comes, although there is a lot of competition there.

VirtueMart is a free ecommerce solution which is integrated with PayPal and a lot of other payment options. It's fairly easy to use, but the support can be lacking at times.

Thanks again! I really appreciate it!
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2011, 12:28:29 am »
Thanks for all your tips! I've set it so that the login is only visible in the shop pages. I'd really like to change the look of the site but the thing is that I really suck at designing. The logo is just about the only thing I've ever been satisfied with design-wise. I have been thinking that something soft green might be nice for the site.

Yeah, but it's a really good logo!  So you don't actually suck at designing stuff.  You're just not a pro -- like most of us.

Fiddling with the color scheme might help a lot, and it wouldn't really be demanding in terms of time and design ideas.   
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 03:29:27 am »
Hakan, if you need some help with it, please don't hesitate to ask. I have a small collection of professional layout designs and source PSDs that could be easily adapted, including shopping cart and other modules.

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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 03:59:30 am »
Hakan, if you need some help with it, please don't hesitate to ask. I have a small collection of professional layout designs and source PSDs that could be easily adapted, including shopping cart and other modules.
Thanks incognito, I'll let you know if I need help. I'm reading up a bit on gradients, drop shadows and stuff, so if I just manage to work out the color scheme too, maybe I could whip together something that's not too horrible. :) The color matching is the hardest part. It's hopeless to get it right, although there are lots of tools for it on the net.
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 04:54:17 am »
Yeah, color matching is always one of the hardest aspects in website design, especially making sure that other images don't clash with the principle colors of the layout, like when adding images of various products, ad banners, ect.

For example, the template below pretty much ensures that the product images won't clash with the principle colors of the layout itself:


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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 11:01:18 am »
I managed to add a page listing all products and linked it from the text. I also added a PayPal logo so people don't have to go through the process before finding out valid payment options, and I'll try to put together a "Help" page about shipping, returns and payment. I also managed to find out how to add a currency selector. Thanks again for all the suggestions! Now for the aesthetic issues...
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 01:48:47 pm »
The currency change is very nice! However, in US $ the comma is wrong and should be a ".", dot, decimal, or period. But, that is really inconsequential .....  :)
...i found there was no "i" anywhere.....

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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 02:43:16 pm »
The currency change is very nice! However, in US $ the comma is wrong and should be a ".", dot, decimal, or period. But, that is really inconsequential .....  :)

Sure is. They should all carry the 'Sponsored by the people's Repubic of China' label. LOL :)

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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011, 04:11:41 pm »
When I click to enlarge the photo for the Thai fisher pants, both my iPhone and iPad crash so maybe the photo is too large? Also, the pants need some kind of sizing chart, what does "large" mean?

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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2011, 10:00:26 pm »
The currency change is very nice! However, in US $ the comma is wrong and should be a ".", dot, decimal, or period. But, that is really inconsequential .....  :)
Yeah, I think that might be hard to fix without some l33t coding skills. I'll look into it though.

When I click to enlarge the photo for the Thai fisher pants, both my iPhone and iPad crash so maybe the photo is too large? Also, the pants need some kind of sizing chart, what does "large" mean?
So all that is needed to crash an iGadget is a large image file?  :D I'll have to remember that when the iRobots try to take over the world. I just read somewhere that images larger than 1024x1024 pixels are not recommended for iGadgets. I've resized the pants image and I'll look over the other images also.

I'll try to work out something for the size chart. I haven't quite figured out how to define the pants size since they're a lot wider than the person that will wear them and persons with a 10" difference in waist size could wear the same size pants. As I've measured a pair of "large" now, I'm guessing that they would suit a person with a waist size between 36" and 56" but I haven't had anyone with much different size than me to try them out on.
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Re: Some pointers about my webshop?
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2011, 02:05:25 pm »
I've done a redesign of the page now. It's designed "for" Firefox, not perfect in Chrome/Chromium and I have no idea what it looks like in Internet Explorer but I'll try to sort out any kinks as I go along.

I added some random haikus and a little monk also.
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