How big should a Printfection store be?

It's an interesting question that I hear quite often, just how big should I make my store. There really is no simple answer to that question and is really dependent on a number of factors.

Firstly, think about someone like Amazon. They have thousands of products for sale, but  you never feel overwhelmed as a visitor. The key to this is in the navigation. They make it easy to see what is on offer, by showing a few products, but giving a simple menu structure that takes you to other areas.

In a Printfection Store, we need to do something similar and have a sample on the frontpage and well thought out categories that the menu can link to. Maybe no more than 20 front page items (sections and products) is ideal.

Page Load Times

The other thing to consider, is how long the store's home page will take to load. Too many sections and products will slow the page down because of the number of images. Cody Lindley has some interesting research on how big the home pages of some popular online retailers are. If you can keep your home page below 500K you should be OK. If you want to see how big your page is and how fast it loads, check out Pingdom

Comments (0) 17.09.2008. 21:34

myPFstore V1.0 now available

After giving a few people a bit of a sneak peak, I am pleased to announce that myPFstore v1.0 is ready to go and can be purchased at the myPFstore home page.

I'm really excited by this release. For the first time, you can really start to build your own solid brand an give your customers a truly immersive experience. We've built in some great features and plan on adding more pretty soon. I'll post more on some of the specifics shortly.

Read all about it at the myPFstore home page and see it in action at Ukulele Shirt World.

 

Comments (0) 11.09.2008. 06:57

List your stores with ease with the Printfection API

Because of the free premium stores at Printfection, many people end up creating a number of stores. The challenge then comes to find a way to link each of these stores together and give visitors an easy way to find out about all the other stores.

Now, thanks to the newly released Printfection API, it is possible to have a dynamic list of all your open stores automatically listed, complete with a logo if available. Here is a list of my stores:

If you add or close a store, the list will be refreshed accordingly. As part of the Printvection API process, each store holder that uses this is required to verify that they wish to link the script with their account. Each person then uses a unique session ID to access it all. To enable all this to happen very easily, please visit the page here to get your instructions: TeePlates - Related Stores Link Builder

Comments (0) 17.08.2008. 06:40

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