Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Wizard Goes Postal!

You know that bit on your Online Order Form that says “Postage and Packing”. Always looks like a large sum, when all they have to do is pop your item in a box, slip in the invoice and pop it in the post?
After looking into how to automate these systems for the Crystal Cave, I think most of the money goes to the Web Master, who has to configure the damn site to calculate it all! Handling Fees, Country-Specific Charges, weight-ranges, product-specific alterations, special rates, multi-order discounts, quick-delivery premiums … and that is just the “What”. Once you know ‘what’ the charges should be, you need to figure ‘how’ to tell the website this info! Where is the box for this fee? How do I tell it about that charge? Traversing the maze of menus, drop-downs, and other sections, whether it is a Product or Category alteration … its almost easier to deliver it myself!

I’m sure it will all come naturally once I’ve done it a few thousand times, but for now, it is a real minefield! And if I get it wrong, its me who will have to pick up the bill!

Oh, the joys of being a Wizard! Everyone thinks its all “Abracadabra”, #wave wand#, and everything magically gets done. But mostly its sat frantically stabbing at the keyboard in the vain hope that I can find the right settings!


Just as I was preparing to set up the Crystal Cave shop, I come down with a cold! 🙁

Absolutely full of cold, groggy, sore throat. I’m trying to keep focussed, but its hard work!

Can’t stop, though! No Rest For The Wizard!

So, what are the next stages? I’ve got the Cave up and running, so its getting artists/suppliers on board, next. Need to get details of their work to publish in the shop, and agree pricing structures. I’ll be using PayPal, at least to begin with, and they take a cut, so need to make sure that is covered, and a bit left for me! (Much as I enjoy working in the Crystal Cave, I DO have bills to pay!).

Could do with some better artwork both for the main website, and the shop. I’m struggling with the PrestaShop Themes, seems very difficult to do minor editing, so I’m relying on finding a suitable Template. Something in pink/purple. Ah, the joys of trawling through site after site, checking their Templates, searching for one that looks right!

And then making sure the shop is configured correctly, and payments will work.

I think I need more Magic Potion (or Lemsip!)

Greetings From The Crystal Wizard

Welcome to the Crystal Tome!
The Crystal Wizard will be updating you on all things Crystal, including artworks, jewellery, handicrafts and clothes.

Its been a long apprenticeship, but I have now gained my Wizard’s Hat, and will be using it to bring you the best that the UK Art World can provide!

So, feel free to browse, and send feedback!