It’s just 2 days until the King’s Hall Market in Stoke on Trent. Over 50 stalls will be selling a variety of wares much of which is hand crafted. There are lots of unusual items that you won’t find on the high street – great gifts for the hard to buy for. There is also a cafe and other food outlets. i’m looking forward to my cheesy North Staffordshire Oatcakes 🙂
This weekend I will be attending the Craft Market at King’s Hall, Stoke on Trent. I love doing these shows as I get to meet some lovely people and chat about art and craft all day. It also gives me chance to sell some of the items I can’t sell online as they are too fragile to post – mostly glass.
Coaster sets are one of my biggest sellers. They go for just £15 per set of 4 and as each is a unique work of art, this is a real bargain. I sell them at this price as I want them to be used as they should be without fear of breaking a valuable item. They are actually very hard to break (unless you drop a corner onto a tiled or concrete floor :-(). They are made with hardened glass (so suitable to put hot cups on) and decorated with a glaze which is fired when dry to form a durable surface which is even dishwasher resistant.
It would be great to see you there, please come and say Hi 🙂
Would you like to take complete control of selling your own work online? Are you an Etsy seller and have to keep relisting your products to get them seen? Or do you spend hours favouriting and sharing with other sellers so you get on the top pages of trending? Is your work lost in the hundreds of thousands of works on Artfinder so most of your views are from people you drive to the site yourself. All the hard work is yours and you have to pay commission.
Are you ready for something different?
I am. And I’m going to share with you what I have done and the results this brings.
Just a few days ago I set up my own shop using WordPress. I have never worked with wordpress before and I am a self confessed technophobe. I didn’t expect to get so far so fast but it really is very straightforward.
There are 2 options. The first option costs a small amount, the second is completely free. I chose the first as it gives me more flexibility but the second option works well too and you can upgrade if you wish.
Today I will talk about the option I have chosen, the next post will be about the free option.
Step One Choose your name and buy your domain.
Choose your shop name carefully. For the purposes of getting people to your site, I recommend the title includes what you are selling eg Art, Craft, Photography etc. I include my name because it is short. Try and make it easy to remember. Now go to a Domain name checking site and see if it is available. If it isn’t the site will often show alternatives that you might like to choose.
Once you have chosen your name, register it with a webhost such as Blue Host. Make sure it can support WordPress – pop along to WordPress.org for a list of their recomended hosts. I registered with Blacknight simply because I already had an account with them. My domain cost me less than £10 for the year. You will also want the site to be hosted so that you can build your shop. This can cost as little as $1 per month. In comparison, that amount of money would get me just 15 items listed on Etsy for 3 months and commission would be taken on any sales.
Once you have your Hosted Domain, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2 Add wordpress and a commerce plugin.
Go back to WordPress.org and download wordpress. The wizard will take you through the 5 minute process. once that is completed you will have a dashboard and some ideas of what to do next.
To get the shop part, go to plugins on the dashboard and search for e-commerce. I chose woocommerce because it had a good rating, lots of users and it was free :-). Woo Commerce now appears as an option in the dashboard along with a product icon. Click on it to add new products and away you go. You get a number of options for payment, I chose to allow only Paypal which takes a small transaction fee and payment by BACS straight into my own bank account.
There you have it, the bare bones of your new shop. You can now take as much time as you like to get it looking beautiful knowing that everything will work.
Let me know if you have a go and share your site with us.
PS thanks to Paul for the terminology correction 🙂