We have more updates for everyone! This week we have added searching and contextual previews to stores. We have been getting asked to show previews of merchandise for a long time, but we wanted to do it well and in a way that went beyond what everyone has been used to. We think everyone will really like what we’ve cooked up.
Search — All our artists’ stores are now fully searchable. As a start, one can search through titles and descriptions, and we plan on adding a lot more things to search by that we will announce in the coming weeks as we improve its performance.
Contextual Previews — Merchandise previews are usually misleading, and say absolutely nothing about how it will actually turn out when printed on the medium of your choosing. We wanted to educate buyers about the shape and size of what they are buying, as well as give them a reasonably accurate estimate of what their final merchandise will look like when they receive it.
Now, when you select a product to buy it, we will show you a preview of what it might look like on your wall (if it’s big) or your counter (if it’s small). Our previews are scaled and sized as accurately as algorithmically possible, and we are really proud of it!
As always, please keep the feedback coming, and promoting your (or your favourite artists’) stores. Happy halloween!
(P.S. We love Paul’s store too! Go give it a looksy.)
Today, we’re releasing a few requested features in our dashboard and on the store on the non-technological side, and a major revamp on the technological front.
Private Selling — One of our most requested features was a way to be able to sell photographs to selected people rather than showcase it on your store. So, we now have private items that are not available directly on the store, but through special URLs that can be shared with people using whatever medium you wish to use.
Marking something private is as simple as clicking the ‘Private’ button, and if you think your URL has been compromised, you can easily reset the URL by making it public and then private again. Our system accounts for accidental clicks using delays, so you don’t need to worry about your photograph showing up on your store.
Receipts — We recognise that the buying experience on the store is unique. We wanted to keep it easy, while making it secure enough without making people go through a lengthy sign-up process. The result was our card based account system. Building on that, we now have a receipt system to replace our previous one-click buying which would have had a tendency for accidental buying.
The receipt gives an overview of all the products that someone is buying, and acts as a confirmation step. Plus, it looks pretty!
See Next — Another requested feature was for a way to navigate around on the store. We added a recommendation system that tries to suggest what other photographs might interest you based on the photograph you are currently looking at.
As we further refine the system, it will improve to understand and use various metrics which will help it suggest photographs more accurately.
If knowing about the technology behind web applications warms the cockles of your heart, we wanted to throw in a little note about a revamp we carried out over the last week.
We hope you’re enjoying your stores, and sharing them with your fans, friends and families. Please keep the feedback coming at firstname.lastname@example.org; we love making things better and easier for you. Until next time!
(P.S. We love Doug’s store! We think you’ll like it too.)
Atticous began with the goal of helping you, the artist, get yourself out there. We thought to solve that by giving you the easiest website creation system ever, so that you could focus on your art while we handled your online exhibition, so to speak. But through that journey, we realised that just a website was not enough, and the bigger problem was that of helping you make money and sell your art.
So we decided to take what we had built and use it to do just that, and we made the easiest-to-set-up online store ever. Quite simply, Atticous takes all your art, new or old, and turns it into a store where people can buy it.
For our launch, we have started with photographs that can be bought as canvases and prints, or can be licensed. You don’t need to worry about anything except choosing which photographs to sell using the 1-click ‘add to store’ button . We handle all the transactions, shipping and interactions with the buyers, so you don’t have to worry about anything except continuing to take beautiful photographs and being awesome.
We also have statistics to keep you updated on how your store is doing, which photos are selling, as well as how much you have earned. We know transparency is important, and have worked hard to ensure that you know everything there is to know about your store and its performance.
We are slowly signing on photographers to help test out our system before we expand into other types of art and artists in the coming months. If you’re interested, please leave us your email address or write to us at email@example.com telling us a little bit about yourself, and we will send you an invite as soon as we are ready for you.
Till then, happy creating!