The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth. The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers and exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more. Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor, purchaser, supporter helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
The maps page
The maps page is a great visual tool for searching for future events taking place in an area of interest to you. The map is always up to date with the latest events by location.
It has been updated, so that the pins on the map have the new site colours for craft fairs, craft courses and gallery exhibitions. Each of the pins can be clicked on to get more information. Each pin represents a venue/location where fairs, course or exhibitions are taking place. Clicking on a link within the more information box will take you to a list of all the events taking place at that venue.
Maps on listings
In addition, to the updated maps page the maps on peoples listing have been further improved. We hope to have the new pin colours for all listing types added to the site soon.
Adding new events
When you add a venue for an event, you need to make sure that the full postcode is used, so that the mapping software can geocode your location. When you look at your own event, you should see the [pin in the correct place on the map. Venues will only appear on the maps page it future events have been listed.
You can zoom in and out of the maps, using the plus and minus buttons or by scrolling (two fingers on a touch screen). If you zoom in to street level you can drag and drop the little man on to the map to see the street view. You for planning your visit to the event.
Craft Your Path To Success
A few weeks back, we mentioned that Paul had been writing a book, that we hoped you would all enjoy reading. That book is now available to buy from Amazon. In addition, Paul is adding a blog to this site, so you can write comments to give him feedback on his work. There is a link at the bottom of the site, in the Around the web section, to the Amazon page.
The Product Showcase
This week we have been working on improvements to the showcase. You can now find items for sale by Town, County, Category and Category group. The pages are also three times faster loading, this is a part of other work we are doing to make the site faster and more robust for users. There are links in the breadcrumbs of each item page, that link to the showcase.
Microsoft Edge - Pin this page to Start
If you are a Windows user, you can click on the three dots in the top right of Microsoft Edge and choose Pin this page to Start. You have always been able to do this but now we have added all the images needed for the functionality to look really nice in your start menu. Give it a try.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and that you will have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
A member of the site noticed an issue with some of her uploaded images when viewed in Internet Explorer. The bug has been fixed for any new images being uploaded, any member images impacted by the bug should have been fixed too. However, if you notice an image of yours not working as expected, just re-upload it.
For the past year, we have been changing the site to the newer design, this will continue into next year until complete. For 2017 Paul (one of the directors) will be releasing a new book, we hope it will help you to be more successful.
All the very best from all of us to all of you.
We have made improvements to the pages where you add items to your shop window, events to your list of events organising and the page for adding blog posts.
Our aim with all these changes has been to make the pages more intuitive and your content easier to manage.
The camera image icon (indicating an image is needed) is now three times larger. Adding an image makes a big difference to the quality of your listing and in some cases they will not display without them.
We have also improved image compression, meaning that newly added images will display faster. In addition, they will have a thumbnail for displaying on search results. If you have added images before this change you will see the text to let you know, all you need to do is re-upload the image to benefit from the improvements.
The order of items already added has been improved, to make new and recently edited items float to the top. This makes it easier to check and re-edit, if required. We moved the date and time of the edit to the title of the edit button. This saves a little space and gives you less noise on the page.
The edit and delete button have been moved down a little.
Add a comment to this post to let us know of any other related improvements you would like to see.
2016 is not over yet but now is a great time to be adding your events for 2017.
Many makers, artists and designers want to fill their calendar months in advance. This gives them the ability to plan their year ahead. They will have some organisers that they have found to be more effective for them and will want to confirm dates. Once those dates are confirmed, it is very unlikely they will change. If your event is not listed or they do not know about it, you may miss out on the people planning ahead.
People that book a long time ahead are good for an organisers cash flow, planning and organisation. Organiser that add their events well in advance are really appreciated by all exhibitors, as it give the stall holder more choice. How many times has a stall holder thought, I wish I had known that event was on.
Do not delay.