This week marks the end of my first year in my role and the start of the next year! This week I got up to:
- agreed in principle that phase two of the website project should focus on our education offer and sat with fffunction so that we can get an estimate
- attended a half day workshop on online shopping platform Shopify which I wrote about earlier
- set out a new workflow for internal requests for design work and immediately got swamped with requests
- Met with a Microsoft researcher and University students about working together on an interesting prototype
- Attended a half day workshop hosted by HLF and National Archives about digital and archives!
- Heard that we have been successful in our Nesta RnD fund for the arts project with aardman and the University of Bristol!
- Took Friday off
I need to write an end of year wrap up…
At work I’m currently working on delivering a project to offer online shopping to the public. So 2005 I know but better late than never. In the web world Shopify rings bells so I figured it was a safe bet to experiment for us. One of my favourite companies abookapart uses shopify and having been on the customer stand I feel happy with the platform.
I’ve just attended a half day workshop led by Keir Whitaker from Shopify which was an introduction to the platform with time to have a little dig under the hood. The session gave me the confidence that shopify should meet our immediate needs and longer term needs. The point of sale (POS) rollout in 6-12months is also pretty exciting. I made a few notes:
- Shopify is a theme based e-commerce hosted platform
- you can try out the partnership platform for testing out the entire process and flow for internal stakeholders
- uses an open source template language called liquid
- at present over 110,000 stores
- Shopify uses stripe to handle payments but accepts many other gateways
- examples of great shops included – United pixel workers, Greats brand, Herb Lester
- essential cheatsheet for code snippets
- you can use www.fetchapp.com for handling digital products
- there are new EU rules coming into force in 2015 that need exploring around item returns and digital downloads from 2015
- if you’re a mac user like me you can use their free desktop app to edit themes on your computer
- get used to making shudder for, else, if statements
- one product can have multiple variates e.g. a product is a t-shirt but the sizes are variates
- uses five folders (assets, config, layout, snippets, templates) and 11 core files.
I’ll let you know how we get on in July!
This week i’ve been up to:
- Shorter week due to being at the Le Mans 24 race in France
- Shut down over 200 web pages which were scattered across the retired mshed.org website and Bristol City Council pages
- Set up 301 redirects which are critical to help Google know we’ve moved the content. Where possible I have mapped old URLs to their new home
- Met with Bristol Record Office to review their web section
- Went on a fact finding mission to see how we can improve our performance data gathering
- Enjoyed being part of the IT Desktop user group giving feedback about what needs to improve: start up and shut down speed, unrestricted web access and skype!
- Carried out my final team members six month review
- Improved the staff ebook I released last month
- Sent the director my draft plans for the next few months: interpretation, website phase two and more!
- Spent a lot of my time with my head in the GDS measurement guidance and coming up with key performance indicators based on our Council and Arts Council measurements
- Agreed to start a ‘behind the scenes’ breakfast instagram and blogger tour of the sites
- Chopped it up with Sarah Saunders about images, metadata and engagement
I’ve taken the second half of this week off to enjoy the Le Mans 24 hour race in France. But I managed to:
- Setup 301 redirects for mashed.org for next week
- Respond to an foi request
- Agree July as our launch for an online shop
- Finish our end of year report
- Suggest my workplan for the next few months
- Tinker with my process for getting stuff done
- Clean up our public digital roadmap on trello
- Review and improve our seo efforts with the new website