WordPress + Etsy Pro = Easiest Basic E-commerce EVER!

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Chances are if you’re an Etsy seller at some point you’ve thought about starting up an online shop of your own. Maybe you’ve looked into e-commerce platforms, maybe you haven’t. Many of my clients are people who are trying to make the transition from Etsy or eBay to their own dotcom. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard sentences similar to this when referencing e-commerce hosts…

“Is it as easy to use as Etsy? I can list products there, but I’m not sure I can handle anything more complicated.”

Sound familiar? I’ve also heard from people that have looked into and tried different e-commerce options and are completely overwhelmed. It really CAN be overwhelming, especially for people that don’t have a lot of technical knowledge. There are so many options, and it’s difficult to know what’s going to work best for you, what you need, and how to implement it.

I found a solution. And it’s super awesome easy. All you need to do is get a site with WordPress installed, and then install the Etsy Pro plugin. All your product listings from your Etsy store will show up right on your website. The best parts are that you can continue to list your products in your Etsy store, so you don’t have to learn a new system, and Etsy takes care of all of the payment processing, so you don’t have to worry about any security measures in that regard. Check out their website to find out more details and to view a live demo.

There are a few things that you will need to get this to work for you:

  • A domain name. I recommend purchasing this from Godaddy
  • Web hosting.
    • If you don’t anticipate having a high traffic web site, Godaddy has WordPress website hosting for as little as $1 a month right now.
    • If you DO anticipate having a busy site, you might consider hosting that has unlimited disc space and bandwidth such as Hostgator which starts at $4 a month.
  • A WordPress theme. All my website designs can be converted to WordPress themes, and there are numerous places around the web where you can find others as well.
  • Etsy Pro. There is a one time fee of $39 for this plugin.

That’s it! The transition from Etsy to a standalone website can be overwhelming, but WordPress and the Etsy Pro plugin take away all the frustration. If you need assistance getting this set up, I do offer that so you can contact me with any questions you may have.

Vintage Style Makeover with Modern Conveniences

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Eclectic Anthology is my website where I sell my vast collection of commercial use vintage and vintage-inspired graphics. It was time for a full scale makeover from the ground up. The new design is clean and simple, yet still has a vintage flair. The site also has a brand new e-commerce system that has all the “modern conveniences” that make life easier. Not only is the new site super safe and secure, there are a lot of other exciting elements that make the ordering and browsing process easier and more interactive for you.

»» Ability to Create Accounts ««

 

Now you can create an account at Eclectic Anthology, from which you’ll be able to login to download your purchased files again in case you need to in the future.

 

»» Favorites ««

 

If you hover over any of the product listings, you’ll see a little ❤ appear in the top left corner. If you have an account, and are logged in you can add that product as a “favorite”. This makes it easier to remember collections of graphics that you love, but may want to purchase at a later date.

 

»» Straightforward Checkout Process ««

 

The checkout process is much more simplified, so the steps you need to take to complete your purchase are self-explanatory.

 

»» Instant Downloads ««

 

The ability to instantly download graphics after a purchase remains as before, so you’ll still get emails with download links after a purchase. When you create an account, you’ll be able to login and download your purchases again as many times as you need to.

 

I hope you all enjoy the new site, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Top 100 Design Blogs to Follow in 2014

Artful Club put together an infographic of the top 100 design blogs to follow in 2014, and Avalon Rose Design made the list. Check out the post here, or view the graphic below. Don’t forget to visit some of these great blogs, because they have a vast amount of info, ideas, advice and inspiration for all you creatives out there.

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Welcome to My World

DSC_0764This here is my office. It’s where I generally spend about 8-10 hours of many of my days making pretty pictures and doing what I love. Now don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t always look like this. I work best in organized chaos, so there’s usually a lot more stuff hanging out on my desk along with a bit more dust.  

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But! See my new bookshelf? Well, it’s really not new, I just moved it in here from a different room. However, now I’ve got a nice hiding spot for all my stacks of vintage papers, and my spider plants have a warm place in the sun. My hubby helped me put it all together with some antique class photos, tin ceiling tile, an old quilted table runner, and some vintage Iowa license plates that were a gift from my good friend Melissa

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Even though I do still have a lot of thingamabobs in here, I do love them all. They make me happy.

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Last photo of the morning, one of my little helpers wanted to know what the fuss was about, and jumped on my chair. You almost can’t see him he matches the room so well.

Affordable Print & Web Branding Packages

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I’m so excited to announce the new Branding & Logo Sets! If you are just starting a new business, and need a quick and easy way to brand it, Avalon Rose Design’s new Branding & Logo Sets are just what you need to give your business a professional image.  They will be customized for you with your business name and contact information, so you don’t need any special software or design experience. Fast, simple and beautiful!

Here’s what you’ll get…

Blog + Web
1) Logo customized with your name in .png, .jpg and .eps (vector) format.
2) 2 seamless background tiles
3) 2 Facebook timeline cover graphics
4) 2 avatar/profile/ad button graphics
5) 6 Facebook tab graphics
6) 9 social networking icons
7) Etsy banner
8) 2 page divider graphics
9) Blog/website sidebar graphics
Print
10) Letterhead design
11) 5″x7″ postcard design
12) Envelop design (Size 10)
13) 3″ sticker design
14) Double-sided 4″ x 6″ gift certificate design
15) Double-sided 2″ x 3.5″ business card design

Free Extras

16) 2 logo watermarks for your photos (light and dark versions)
17) Color palette with the hex codes for all the colors in the design
18) Font list and information. (not all fonts used are free, so while you will be sent the name and link to the font, you may have to purchase it in order to use it on your own.)

*Please Note: These are not website design templates, but the individual elements that can be used with platforms such as Blogger, some WordPress themes, and e-commerce programs that allow you to customize your background and logo.

They are all limited edition web + print branding sets, and each will only be sold to 5 businesses/individuals, and then it will be retired and never duplicated.

Need a more customized branding experience? Revolutionary Branding offers custom branding packages that can help you develop a business brand that is completely custom-suited to your unique vision.

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Commercial Use Vintage Graphics for Your Art

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Eclectic Anthology has a large collection of vintage and vintage-inspired graphics available for commercial use. There are tons of vintage photo frames, antique photographs, florals, embellishments such as lace trims, metal junk, fabric, jewels, ribbons, buttons, papers, book covers, illustrations, seamless background tiles plus lots of freebies! The terms of use for these graphics hasRead More

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