Monthly Archives: April 2012

The new Website!

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Well it’s nearing the time when all my hard work loading products and images on to the website will be deleted, courtessy of Microsoft.  As I mentioned in my previous post, as from the 1st May, everything will be hosted on the new 365 platform and everything on ‘live’ will be deleted.  I’ve been working with a company to build a new site which when it’s ready, will be much better than the old one.  I could have rebuilt the old one, exactly as it was on 365 but if I was putting in the time to rebuild it, I wanted to rebuild it better!  It’s not going to be ready by the 1st of May, we are going to have some down time.  We will still be business as usual and customers can contact me either on here, Facebook or Twitter or email (kath@btinternet.com) as I don’t know if I’ll still be able to access the Microsoft emails!

I’ve lots of new products, the summer cottons are devine and the pattern support is fab.  If you haven’t had chance to pop up and have a look then please do call me and arrange a time to view and have a cuppa with me.  Our own yarn is now back from The Natural Fibre Company and I have to say, it is fantastic!  And that’s not because I’m biased, it’s because it is fantastic.  We’ve had 2 qualities spun – a 100% Suffolk X but this time worsted to stretch out the scratchy fibres and it’s made a big difference, the other is the 50:50 Suffolk X with Alpaca, 2 natural shades – Ivory and Grey and then 4 colours overdyed on the Ivory and Grey to give 8 dyed shades which are all gorgeous!  The majority is balled in 50g balls and will sell at £4.00 a ball for the Suffolk X and £5.00 for the 50:50.  I’ve started knitting in one of the dyed and I’m loving knitting with it, I’ve had a really frustrated couple of days – I’ve had a nasty knock with tonsillitis, so bad I couldn’t even knit!  I think my antibiotics are starting to kick in now otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging!

I tried to log on to my new website earlier but either the server is down or something as I keep getting an error page!  So frustrating with so little time to go before the old site goes down but not a lot I can do about it!!  I’ll try again later but I have so much to put on, it’s going to take weeks!

Anyway, time to do some knitting me thinks!

Shout if you need anything!

Kath. x

An exciting new website……….

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Well it’s been a while since I last had time to sit and write a blog post but today, I’m having a chill out day.  I’ve got lots of knitting done, I’ve put a rhubarb crumble in the oven and now I’m blogging!

I don’t know whether you’ve heard but Microsoft Office Live is disappearing at the end of April to be taken over by Microsoft Office 365, the new 365 incorporates various Microsoft Office products but the website platform is very similar.  When the change over takes place, any existing websites hosted on Office Live will be deleted….yes DELETED!  So, you have to manually rebuild the website on the new 365 platform, there is no option to bundle and carry it across all in one go so everything has to be done manually, page by page, picture by picture.  When I first heard the news of the changeover, I had a go at moving everything but I was a bit miffed that my domain name had ‘onmicrosoft’ between the littlehoundalesknits and the dot com, I thought, wow, what a mouthful.  I struggled with the how to transfer the existing domain name, there were instructions on microsoft but the pages and links they were talking about didn’t exist!  Then I thought, well if I have to rebuild the website, I want to build it better.  So, I set about rebuilding on a user friendly website host, only to find I was struggling to have enough space to fit all my products!  The shop space itself was limited to 150 products – well realistically, 15 shades of each yarn………I could only sell 10 yarn types!  So, dilema’s continued.  Then I had a long chat with a ‘techi’ person who is knowledgable on websites and it seems I am better with an e commerce website to sell the amount of products I want to sell, and so we are now taking that route……I’ve got someone coding up a template right now and I’ll soon be loading it up with products!!  I trully can’t wait, I’ve got so many new products to add to the website but its hard to add them to the existing site knowing it’s going to be deleted in a few weeks.  At the moment, our ranking in the search engines is really low too, I think thats something to do with google etc being aware of the microsoft status and they’ve de-prioritised us!  We’ll soon be putting that to rights with the new site!  So hence if we’re not ranking in the search engines, there’s not much point spending lots of time adding new products……I’m better off hanging fire and going in all guns blazing with the new site!  The new site will probably .co.uk, at least until microsoft will release it in October when the registration needs renewing!  I don’t mind being .co.uk, after all, we are in the uk!

So, what’s new…….the Malabrigo is new but has been added to the website, other’s not added include Rumba Fantasy, Bergere de France Ideal, Angel, Magic + and Cocoon.  I’ve got Lorna’s Laces due any day, blocking wires have been added to the website, I’m putting an order together for Namaste Bags…..loving the lime, peacock, hot pink and eggplant!  I’m getting Monroe, possibly Messenger, and all the accessories cases!! I’m increasing the range of shades in some of the existing yarns….more have arrived in the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, more Noro shades and of course the new Louisa Harding ranges and shades!

I’ll be back soon with more info and updates about the new website, bear with us in the transition…..it will be worth it!!