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Building New Shop Content

Most of the presentation issues for the new shop front were resolved last week - just a few images and alignments left but nothing too serious.

We now move on to building the content - in many respects this will be a rebuild of our BitPass data plus the current product detail from the existing pages. We will build a copy in the osCommerce database so that we can serve those pages on the fly and manage purchases and fulfillment with Credit Cards and PayPal. Apart from anything else this should improve the resilience of our site while offering additional customer choice.

We have yet to define our search engine spider policy for these pages - a preventative measure is promised by osCommerce but it hasn't arrive yet as far as I know. The problem is that some search engines accumulate copies of PHP script pages based on the unique session id generated by that visit - I think it is their problem but it makes data on linked pages almost impossible to interpret and could appear unprofessional to the untutored eye.

Hers is a LoFi streaming sample from our steel drum arrangement of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata K016 for the Harpsichord - enjoy.

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