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A couple of updates from Big Cartel

by Andy on May 5, 2011

big cartel updates

As the HYA store is now running on the Big Cartel platform I’ve been taking a rather more keen interest in developments over the past few months since they now directly effect me (what? You thought I ran this blog for you?) and I thought I’d pass on the message about a couple of new features that they recently brought online. I would imagine that if you aren’t a store owner this would be of no interest to you, so you might as well just move on, it’s just not that exciting.

Firstly, they introduced the ability to easily charge different prices for different options with a product. Sometimes XXL t-shirts cost more to produce or purchase from a supplier than a medium-sized shirt, often companies just absorb that cost into all the sizes and just charge one flat fee for the shirts, effectively subsidizing the extra cost of the XXL shirts. That’s a simple system, but what if you wanted to charge those XXL folks a couple of dollars more since their shirts cost more to make (and possibly also to ship)? That was clunky and awkward before on Big Cartel (you’d probably have just created a new product solely for XXL shirts), but now is much more streamlined and easier to manage.

Secondly, pages. In the past it used to be the case that you could only have a set amount of pages depending on what level of plan you were using, the more you paid, the more custom pages you could get. It was a bit of an unnecessary constriction in my opinion, as it’s not a particularly expensive aspect of their service (they’re just HTML pages, image hosting and the like would be handled off-site in most cases), so I’m glad that they’ve opened up the amount of custom pages people can created to the magical number of ‘unlimited’ no matter what price plan you’re using (free or paid).

One thing that remains on my wishlist for Big Cartel is the ability to have an ‘Europe’ shipping option, since it costs me exactly the same amount to send a t-shirt anywhere in the EU using Royal Mail (I don’t know if it’s the same in other European countries, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was). I don’t know the ins and out of the Big Cartel system, but I can’t imagine it’s that hard to create a shipping option that includes every European country, surely you just need the system to recognise that certain countries are banded together in a group? I’m sure it’s a lot harder than I’m making it sound, otherwise they’d have probably already implemented it by now.


Wondering why there are so many celebrity posts on HYA today? Look here for an explanation.

I don’t even like this t-shirt, it is incredible that someone could produce something so astoundingly normal and boring and someone that was in The Devil Wears Prada actually wear it, but I did think it was pretty funny that she was using an umbrella when its clearly sunny, and it isn’t even a sun umbrella.



*This post is all admin, but at least you got to look at a pretty picture*

I’ve done a little bit of cleaning up to the site which should make it a bit easier to navigate and hopefully make it attractive to new readers visiting the wonderful world of HYA for the first time.

  • The archives are no longer listed on the sidebar as they were becoming too long, and can now be found on their own dedicated archives page. This page actually has more info on it, like the amount of posts in each category and amount of posts per month, so I think moving the archives to their own page should make things a lot easier for those of you wanting to delve into HYAs past.
  • Each post now has ‘related posts’ listed underneath them. I wonder if the posts related to this article are also boring admin stuff?
  • You may have noticed that the ancient “Should I write about coats” poll has gone. This doesn’t mean I’m never going to run another poll again, it just means that I don’t see much need in leaving up the previous poll for almost a year when you guys can’t even vote on it.
  • I’ve installed a plugin that allows me to gather data on which articles are the most popular (fun!), so I can see what you like and what you don’t like. The top 10 articles (based upon the plugins algorithm) can be found on the bottom of the sidebar. That placement might change in the near future because I don’t like the way it looks. Predictably, the most popular articles are my list based posts, like the tee blog lists, and the robot tees list.
  • You can now subscribe to comments by e-mail. I noticed that on a lot of other blogs there was an option for people to check a box when they left a comment which meant they would be sent an e-mail if anyone else left a comment on that blog post, and I thought that was a great idea since I’m always forgetting to check back to pages I’ve left comments on, so hopefully you’ll find this option useful in keeping conversations going in comment threads.
  • If there’s anything that you like or don’t like about the changes, or if there’s some kind of functionality that you think this site desperately needs, please get in touch or leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

    *comments have been turned off on this post due to high levels of spam being targeted at it.

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