Just up-graded to the latest WordPress Software version 2.1 — seems to be running OK
I have not checked out the new capabilities of the version and plan to do that shortly – maybe I can easily add new items to the blog now.
Anyway – that’s what is new
Another great article I found. Actually I have a Alert Newsletter sent to me that everyone should be subscribed to. Gizmo’s Support Alert. Sign up here:
Check out the article on the NEW WINDOWS VISTA Content Protection specs and see if it blocks any of the hardware or software programs, or media like DVD’s you have now – stitching to Vista would or could make your computer life miserable in the future.
Hope this helps
Hey are you using FoxFire – Do you want to make it behave like you want – here is a link to a great site for those special tweaks to make the browser work the way you like – try it out.
Just added a menu item for our new “PostCards” and “Extras” pages. The Postcard area will have “FREE” postcards featuring the pictures from our Gallerys available for you to send by email. They will have our photos from each gallery and you will be able to add text. I am starting to set up the programming now and will have it up and running as soon as I can get it working smoothly.
The “Extras” area will highlight sites or programs we feel will be of value to our readers. It will also have a list of our “Affiliates” that we use, represent and recommend. Hosting Companies, Label, Logo and Artwork making programs, Tutorials, and any other item we find that we would like to pass on to you. If you have some suggestions of sites or programs that we should list here – please send a comment or email and we will see if we can put it on.
Hope you find these of value. I should have them online shortly.
HAPPY NEW YEAR —— HAPPY NEW YEAR
And we have the new version of the Store and Gallery online now. Still plan on making a lot of changes but we think the basic format is there – just tweaking the site now is needed. Many images will now be improved, and we still need some pricing for “Bird’s” Asian Tours ( trekking & Chiang Rai) for starters.
Well what do you think of the site and store now – Please clique for me – need your opinions, comments and suggestions.
What do you feel when you see the site? Is is appealing?
Does it convey any feelings to buy? We were told the old version looked more like a museum than a store.
Has that changed? Are there some Thailand products you would like to have presented?
Thanks for your help – we really need it.
Frank & Tasanai
This is really a test to see if our Internet connection is still up and running – the quake on Wed 26th ( 7.1 ) – crippled our service, but I think it’s better now. At least we have email today. We are ready to upload the latest revisions for the Blog, Store and Gallery – if the connections will hold. A few minor changes are still needed so we will convert the entire web-site sometime next week but before the end of the year. —
Trusting everyone had a great CHRISTMAS and looking forward to the NEW YEAR.
Ciao for now
Tasanai & Frank
Making a lot of changes now – trying to make the Blog, Store and Gallerys easier to use and the general theme of the site more apparent — Your comments are really helping, we just wish we had a better background of web design. Sorry, we are taking so long – quite a learning process.
We are updating “Tour’s Best” – Bird’s Tours – for better content and photos — and it will also have next seasons new pricing – Mock-ups look great – hope you like it when finished.
We are trying to incorporate the “Asiancoop.com” flash Title used in the Gallery into the Blog, so the sites are more consistent. That’s not as easy as we thought it would be — again the learning curve — but doing so is also teaching us how to embed “Flash” movies into the Blog and Gallery — that way we can show you movie clips, such as small clips on the different tours offered, short movies about the Artist we sponsor, and scenes from Frank’s travels. We’re hoping that these will help make the site more attractive. What do you think?
Anyway – it’s your comments that give us the incentive and guidance to make the site more inviting.
Thanks so much,
Tasanai & Frank
Just got the store and blog integrated – Please check it out and be sure and leave some comments.
The images in the store right now are set at low resolution – we will start to bring them higher while at the same time reducing the size of the code to reduce loading times. Lot of work still ahead.
Some of the images – Pong’s artwork for example – were shot in bad lighting and will have to be replaced – sorry Pong. Her work is so beautiful we feel bad that the images turned out so poorly, We’ll get those changed next week. We have only included enough images to fill the pages – now we will develop a larger Gallery. Really looking for your input to decide which images or scenes you would like to see.
Just click on the “ARTIST – GALLERY – STORE” in the upper Menu and have a look.
We are also looking for State-Side sales Reps (U.S.) for the products shown – interested ????
Drop us a email.
We must have been very tired after Tasanai’s Birthday and next day celebration – It was a great party and yesterday we took the family to the Airport Shopping Center – Got some pictures but we’ll post them later – the quake is news now. last night about 12 PM we had a earthquake (5.1) about 30 miles away and we didn’t feel it. All over the news this morning they were talking about it – showing buildings, even ours, checking for damage and we slept through it. – Some of the older ones showed some cracks but our building – nothing
The quake was centered in Mae Rim, about 30 miles away where the tourtist usually go to see the elephant camp and where the Orchid farms are. Apparently some real damage there. I had some pictures of our trip to here when Tin was visiting from San francisco. They didn’t know this fault existed and are now giving it a name. — We still can’t understand how we slept through it – they said that there was also over 20 after shocks.
Anyway, got the Store loaded into the servers today and in testing phase before we begin to change the blog to link it. Within the next week we will create the menu links to set it in the blog – Sent out email for some to test it now and will use their comments to get out the bugs.
and for everyone else MERRY CHRISTMAS – if we don’t have it fully functional by then.
Frank & Tasanai
Good question, Whew, all of the images for the galleries are loaded, code is ready for PayPal and pages all have some writing. I say “writing” because I just put something for each image, even a one liner, just to get it going. So don’t get too critical on me for the starting setup.
This weekend will be devoted to Tasanai’s birthday. Tomorrow we start making setup for Sunday’s party. Tasanai is planning on special food plates and setting the condo in pretty fancy flower arrangements. We have set the guest list to just a few friends and family. But all activity on the store and gallery will have to wait till this is over. I’ll have some pictures of the party to show you next week .
After Monday, I will start the testing in the PayPal sand-box. This is a mock version of PayPal that I can run any test of the store code before setting it open in the web. Ha Ha they call it the sand-box – time to play. It should take at least 2 days to test out all the pages and PayPal options – then I can upload to our web-site and open it up. I’m planning on Wed or Thu. Anyway I’m excited and I hope you will be when you see the GALLERY and STORE open for business.
Tasanai & Frank
Well tomorrow is the King’s Birthday and a National Holiday here – actually it’s called Father’s Day and we will go to Lampang to celebrate with Tasanai’s family.
We’re taking a computer system over to give to the family and the kids can use it for school work. Tasanai’s brother, Thanon Chai’s birthday is Jan 2 so this will serve as Father’s Day, Christmas, and Thanon Chai’s present. Hope it will help him with school – he’s studying PhotoShop right now and being able to practice at home should really give him some extra help. They don’t have a lot of computers at school – so the kids can use it to study at home – I hope to see them having good grades.
Just adding the finishing touches to the Store and Gallery, didn’t think it would take this much typing – have to add a small description to every image in the Gallerys and especially for the artist products being shown. I have just started testing it on PayPal to make sure that the credit card part is working OK and then I will set up the Form-Mail for contact purposes. I’m still planning on the end of the month as the latest – sorry I won’t be able to get it done before the Christmas buying rush – bummer – but for next year we should have a tried and tested system and several new great artist and their works available. I am just putting in a short description for all the images now – but will continue to add to it as time goes by.
Anyway, just wanted to post where we are at – And the San Mateo number is active now 650-227-2913 and will accept voice messages. see you soon at the STORE
Frank & Tasanai.
Well the store is just about ready – the new template is great. We are now working on the photos that we will start offer first. So far we’ve planned 8 gallerys:
# 1 – Hand Carved Soap Flowers by Nattapoun
#2 – Photo Reproductions by Piyachart
#3 – Po Leaf & Sa Paper Artwork by Pong
#4 – Landscapes – images from our travels
#5 – Flora & Fauna
#6 – Temples in Thailand
#7 – not yet defined
#8 – not yet defined
Paypal is set up and will accept purchases and deposits for projects.
I think you’ll like the new site addition – some major changes will be needed to be done to the blog to include the Gallery, I will start working on them next week.
P.S. Frank is recovering from a infected ear but is expected to be at full steam shortly.
Forgot – today I got a new P.O. Box at our local Post Office.
P.O. Box 237
Phrasing Post Office
Chiang Mai 50205 Thailand
We will use this for AsianCoOp and business type mail that will not need to go to the Condo. Our personal mail will still go to the HillSide4 address.
I have settled on using ZenCart as the shopping cart software for the store – but I am waiting for my Hosting Service to make the newest version a standard and available for one-click installment and upgrades. That they say will happen within a week so I will wait and have them install the newest version. Doing that will make sure that I am setup for upgrades when they have been checked out by the Hosting Service.
Once I get the latest software installed I will bring it on line without a full face change to make sure it is working correctly – I will have all our products listed and available for purchase through PayPal – that will be the only payment gateway for a while – later I will bring on line the other cards – Visa, MasteCharge, etc.
Without any other problems I should have the whole thing up and running for the Christmas season. Fingers crossed.
Here’s the latest on the web-site store. Still cannot get a good shopping cart program to integrate with the blog – by integrate I mean easy to program into the blog and easy to find products when searching. So far I can only find a stand alone very complicated shopping cart software, it is intended for stores that have a lot of items and categories – of our store with just a few different products it’s overkill and much too difficult to use by the shoppers. I am trying to see how I can have links to just the product pages shown on the blog and run the store from a separate site – maybe that will work. I have had a lot of inquires about purchasing the artist products I have show on the blog and so I will try to get this working. Please bear with me –