New: Cafepress Store Newsletter

I launch Monthly Cafepress Store Newsletter. You can find it here.

What it means for now that I’ve created a page here on WordPress which is called “Monthly Cafepress Store Newsletter”.  I’ve made it more or less looking like I want it to look, formed a content I’d like to update monthly.

My store on Cafepress is quite substantial so I need to streamline its content and see how I can feature the most popular items and promote the rest.

Now the main question about the newsletter is how to make it to mailing list which is ironically I still need to figure out. As for now, follow me on WordPress, like my page on Facebook to get updates on it!

How to publish your code snippet in WP post

I must say right away I’ve found one WP shortcoming so far – you just can’t type a code snippet to show it properly as a snippet in your post.
So after a while I figured: wrap your code snippet both in code tag and pre tag. Code tag with square brackets, pre tag – as the ordinary HTML tag.

This is bytesize post – tutorial but it will save you the time you spend on looking all over the web on how to post just few code lines!

And – every time you edit your post, it will kill your snippet so you rather write a new post but don’t touch the one with your nifty snippet! Pffff…


Search Products on Color part 2

search on color store feature

Going back to my previous post on Color Search, where I described how to add Shop by color feature to your store. Doesn’t really matter if it is Cafepress store you’d like to add this extra Search function or to your blog…

So how practically you can add Search on color feature to your website?

Very simple!

    1. Make search on colors you want to suggest to your customers on your website and save all links which lead to this products on a certain color.
    2. Add this code snippet in your HTML ( in place you want this color chart to appear:
<pre><div style="text-align:center;">
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:#B30302;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:black;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:grey;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:#ABF0D1;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:#FFF4D6;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:#FCCED0;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
<a style="text-decoration:none;background:#8A0034;display: block;float:left;width:35px;height:35px;margin-right:3px;" href=""></a>
 <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div></pre>

3. Don’t forget to replace my search on color links to yours and remove  pre tags! Save your changes.
The color chat will appear:


You can see live example of Search on color in my Cafepress Store

This simple HTML snippet is actually a list of links, displayed as the blocks of color. Don’t forget to replace my search on color links to yours!

Of course you can style this snippet further, laying color boxes in pairs, making color boxes smaller, the options are endless, just make some changes in this HTML snippet.






Cafepress Store – Shop by Color Feature

There is a thing with my Cafepress store that it lives on its own because there is no traffic to it sometimes and all sales I got on Cafepress so far, went through the “Cafepress Marketplace”.  But sales or no sales, I like to have this store  to test simple code snippets to get the store to look pretty and functional at the same time. So today I make myself happy introducing Shop by color feature:


So far there are seven most popular gift colors in this little swatch but now I think I will add some more colors to it and may be to go further and will add some kind of image map of designs. Very excited about it!

You are welcome to pick this idea for your own store!


Cafepress Review N1

I’m opening now a new category :  Cafepress Review. I started a side project some time ago: Design for print. So in this category, Cafepress review, I’ll reflect on how I get my designs up on Cafepress.

After some chaotic time, finally my Cafepress store is finally getting to what I intended it to look like. It is still work in progress,  but I’m quite satisfied with  the look and the structure of it. But again, it is still work in progress. Of course I wrote my own HTML to it (and some day I will clean it up, I promise myself), added some nice typography, social media links and now getting to the editing of the Store home page footer. Because the store footer is as essential as the header.  New old discovery – make your web store  footer as informative as a header. When customer get to the bottom of a page, what he or she does? Leaves a page or start new search, let the customer start the new search in a footer so place the second search or menu bar in the footer. That is what we all learn from Amazon I suppose.

So in all, my Cafepress store is up and running.

Some more notes. When the store become larger than I anticipated, there is a problem with content management. How to publish new stuff on Cafepress to make it appear automatically ( don’t we all love it) everywhere. The problem is there and I’m up for the challenge.

Now my time is up for now. If you care to comment or have some questions on Cafepress experiences, by all means, don’t be shy.

My latest Cafepress design bag:



Cool People lunch bag