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Fresh install and updated design

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:19 pm
by stridey
We have just launched our upgraded site http://www.octanesport.com .

Simply put our old site was getting a bit flakey, so we created a fresh install with a new host, who claimed to be Magento specialists, only to find our hosting fee 'hoiked' up as soon as we populated it with products....(800 or so).... so we switched to another host, who are proving to be exceedingly helpful.

The whole idea of the fresh start was to keep a similar look and feel to the old site, but with a few design tweaks.. not enough to scare people off at first sight to returning customers. Its amazing how quickly you forget the old design.

Features we have added are:
Shipping Estimates on product pages.
Simple one page checkout, with careful regard to usability, ie BIG checkout buttons.
A live chat feature (exceeding useful for an online only store IMHO)
We really liked the mobile site extension we use, this autodetects mobile devices and re-skins the site beautifully utilising Iphone browsing features.

Currently fettling a few foibles.. but fresh site has seen sales go up. So I'm happy.

Re: Fresh install and updated design

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:40 pm
by edmondscommerce
Congratulations on the launch and especially on the increased sales.

I agree that the practice of charging more at such a low product count is horrible. The load on a Magento site from zero products to the low thousands is pretty constant. Once you get up to 10s of thousands things get more tricky but that's a ways off for you yet.

Re: Fresh install and updated design

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:21 pm
by Dx3Webs
Yeh.. that is a bit naughty.. you should know in advance how much your going to pay..

we price our stores at
<1000 sku 14.50pm
1001-5000 24.99pm
5001 - 10000 £54

if you are interested I am fairly sure we can get those load times down for you ;)

Magento can still be bloody quick at 10000+ here is one we host at well over 10000 products here

Great site.. very high impact.