|I builded a website!
||[Sep. 16th, 2009|12:27 pm]
So, one of my good friends, misterjustin, is a big ol' nerd who plays with toy soldiers. I'm not talking about green, plastic army men. These are a bit more involved. Detailed little creations that hobbyists spend great wads of money on, and countless hours of their time painstakingly painting them in meticulous detail. These little miniatures are the basis for their "armies" in various games such as Warhammer 40k. There are tons of designs and variations for these miniatures. From space marines, to goblin swarms, to space-ships, tanks and siege engines. However, misterjustin noticed that there is a lack of bases to mount these little figures on. Oh sure, there are a bunch out there, with varying levels of detail and craftsmanship, but not what you'd expect for the demand. So, he decided to do something about it.
He has spent the last few months developing his own line of detailed bases to mount these miniatures on so that he can sell them to the public. They are really impressive and I'm very proud of him for the fantastic and professional work he has done on them!
Now comes my part. When it came time to set up his online store, poor misterjustin found that he had weak skillz! Just trying to install the base Zen-Cart software proved to be a daunting task. I had installed the software before and knew how to get it up and running, so I agreed to do that part for him. Though, I was going to leave any data entry, customizations, modifications, and configurations all up to him. Installing was fine, but I am no web designer and had no idea how the application worked.
So, I installed it. And very soon after, I noted that he was having issues still, as the documentation for the software was weak. Damn. So, I took a peak, to help fix a few major issues. Then a few less major ones. Then helped with some customization. Then agreed to take the whole thing on. Eep! Mind you, I was kinda having fun figuring out how to make this thing work, despite the horrible documentation.
Over the course of two months, I completely built an e-commerce website that is integrated with Paypal and looks pretty close to misterjustin's original design specifications. I'm rather proud of myself. The site went live on a "soft launch" today. I'm excited and nervous for both misterjustin and myself.
If anybody feels like taking a peek at my first dive into creating a real-live website, you can see the beast over at www.secretweaponminiatures.com. Wish us luck!