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Stock control beta
This feature will only be on the Standard and Advanced package when it is live. However, any beta testers will be able to keep the feature on their account, even if they are on the Basic or Light package.
To have stock control enabled on your account, please send in a support request. We'll then enable it and send you more information.
While you're here, please do read through other recent blog posts which cover important improvements you may not have taken advantage of, e.g.
- Quantity discounting - Buy 2, get one half price etc.
- Free SSL certificate, secure mode beta - Make your website more secure. Helps with search engine optimisation and buyer confidence too.
- New PayPal sales feature improvement - Also increases shopping cart security and reliability.
- Mobile design beta - Use this to make your website more mobile friendly. This also helps with search engine optimisation.
A small but important change to Gallery upload preferences
We've made this change because some people were finding that after changing web browsers, or clearing cookies, they would do an upload and find their usual preferences hadn't been used.
While it should all "just work", we recommend checking your preferred upload options are selected on your next couple of uploads.
In the unlikely event you encounter any problems as a result of this change, please let us know.
Quantity based price reductions
Something we didn't offer, which was much requested, is the ability to reduce the price of an item, based on the quantity ordered. This is now available to all customers on the Light and higher packages.
Sales feature improvements
It offers a number of important advances over the old system, including easier downloads for your customers and more reliable order reporting.
You can enable it via the Sales settings admin page with just a few clicks. We highly recommend you use this instead of the older system.
Improved upload tool
Our new replacement upload tool doesn't need any plugins like Java or Flash. You only need a modern browser, ideally Google Chrome.
This new tool offers the same automatic client-side resizing that made the Java upload so popular. In addition, it also allows multiple transfers at a time, to speed up uploads. Perhaps the most useful new addition, is that you can now drag and drop folders of images, with multiple levels.
E.g. Say you're uploading an event shoot, you could have a folder with several folders inside, for different sections of the event. The single folder containing all the sub folders can just be dropped on to the new upload tool. It will then upload all the photos and will create portfolios for each of the folders automatically.
Customers on the Standard and Advanced packages can still upload the original files to be backed up or sell. However the speed benefit will be lessened, as the files will be larger and take longer to upload.
We hope you will give this new tool a try and let us know if you have any issues or feedback.
Secure mode beta
We've been working on all sorts of exciting new improvements recently. One that is just being launched as a beta, is a more secure mode for your website. You can now choose to have all pages served over https, rather than the less secure http.
This is something that's becoming more and more important, as Google are favouring https sites websites in search rankings and will also start flagging up non-https sites as "Not secure" in their popular Chrome browser. It is also possible that this could encourage more sales on your website, although the shopping experience was already secured by PayPal.
There's no extra charge for this new feature and you can read more about it after logging into your website admin area.
New domain redirection options
The first is you can now alter the main domain used with your website, via the Account options admin page, without having to contact us and wait (a short while) for us to make the change for you.
More usefully, you can now set up additional domains to redirect to the main domain, again without having to wait for us to make the necessary changes for you.
Last of all and really the most helpful of all, you can now choose to have your username.photium.com domain redirect visitors to your www.maindomain.com address and also maindomain.com redirect to www.maindomain.com. This ensures you will have no duplicate content issues with search engines (although we do have measures in place to reduce the chance of that).
You can find all these new settings at the bottom of the Account options admin page. Of course, if you encounter any problems or have any questions, please let us know.
Responsive design changes
Many of you have been using this feature for some time but we have recently added a couple of improvements. You can now have the menu items hidden for visitors until they click a single "Menu" button. This can be enabled on the Responsive beta page.
Enabling this new setting also enables support for automatic mobile resizing of Vimeo and Youtube videos, which wasn't previously provided.
Lastly, it's important to note that this responsive design beta is only a stop-gap measure for the current designs, which are due to be replaced with completely new ones.
File system improvements
As an example, to further increase speed, photos will now load from the server location closest to each visitor. So if a visitor in the USA is browsing your Gallery, the photo will load from a server in the USA, someone in the UK though, will have the photo loaded from a UK server nearer to them.
As always, we endeavoured to implement these changes with the minimum of interruption to service. Everything was completed successfully and has been in operation for some time now without incident.
We have so many new features planned for 2016 and future blog posts will be less about behind the scenes improvements and about more noticeable ones instead. It should be an exciting year...
All websites are fully functional and there should be no residual issues from this network maintenance. Websites can be updated as normal again.
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