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Site Move

Hi everyone,

We’re moving the site today to a new, bigger and faster host to cope with the needs of the site. This will take sometime, perhaps 24-48 hours. During this time, you will not be able to place orders if you are an author and you will not be able to upload covers if you are a designer. This is because we need everything to be static while we move the site.

As soon as the site has been moved, I will update this post and let you know via social media.

UPDATE: The site is now transferred and everything should be working correctly.

Charlie

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New Dashboard

UPDATE: There are too many bugs/quirks/niggles with this release so I’m reverting back to the old dashboard for now. Hopefully I can get them sorted within the next few months. Sorry!

Hi guys,

This is a big update to the existing vendor dashboard. I wanted to cover some of the biggest changes here.

One of the biggest is that to add products you now go to Products > Add Product and everything is on the front end. The fields are the same that you’re used to. Title, product description, short product description. Fill these in as usual. Basically everything is the same for adding products, just hopefully easier to use. NOTE: I know the way you select categories here is not ideal, but we will add checkboxes soon.

Also, please do not select more than 3 categories. If you do it only makes navigating that much harder.

There are lots of things for you fill out on the Settings tab! Like your Store Description (you can grab your old one from https://thebookcoverdesigner.com/vendors/your-store-name), your Single product page description (this shows up under the Seller Info tab on every product page).

Under Settings you can also add your PayPal address.

An important new tab under Settings is called Branding. Please please please add a Store Banner (suggested size: 700 x 150. Although you can make it bigger if you want). You can also add a Store Icon – think of it like a logo or avatar.

There is one last tab under Settings called Social where you can add your social media links if you want.

I think the rest of it is pretty self-explanatory, but there’ll be lots of tweaks coming in the next few weeks!

Feedback welcome.

Charlie

PS My email is charlie[at]thebookcoverdesigner.com if you want to get me directly. But comments would be good too. 🙂

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Site Move Complete

Hi,

Over the past 48 hours or so you may have noticed some issues with the site. This was due to us having to move the site to a new server. This necessitated some downtime as well as a period during which designers couldn’t upload covers (to avoid losing data). I’m pleased to report however that the transfer is now complete, and all functionality is back to normal.

Designers can upload covers and the site should be accessible to everyone.

If you notice any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me on charlie[at]thebookcoverdesigner.com

We made the move because we were running out of space on our old server and also sometimes it was a little slow. The new server has much higher specs and we can scale as necessary to accommodate more traffic/covers. So hopefully we won’t have to move again!

 

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Welcome to all the new cover artists

I just wanted to write something quickly to say how grateful and excited I am by how many cover designers we now have offering premade book covers through The Book Cover Designer. I should probably mention the number: it’s nine. Maybe ten would have been a better milestone to celebrate, but I haven’t posted an update for a while, so.

We have a greater diversity of designs than ever. We’ve got digital illustrations, fantasy, horror…you name it, we’ve got it! So thank you, cover artists, for your hard work and dedication to your craft. I look forward to continuing working with you.

PS Look out for a site re-design soon! One is long overdue, don’t you think? I want the focus to be much on the covers. But more on that next time!

With best wishes,
Charlie Livingston

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Introducing Book Covers Marketplace

UPDATE: We are not going to be continuing with Book Covers Marketplace. Cover artists from all over the world will be be able to sell their premade covers here at The Book Cover Designer instead.

I’m excited to announce the launch of Book Covers Marketplace, a site which will make it easier for cover designers to sell their premades and for authors to find the premades that are right for their books.

Here’s how:

  • It will be a central place for book covers, and because they will all be in place, they will be easier to find. Authors won’t have to visit lots of different websites to search for premades.
  • It makes purchasing covers a snip. Checkout in a couple of clicks.
  • Cover artists can list their own covers, a bit like listing items for sale on eBay. This makes it easier for cover designers to get their work out there.

If you have any questions or feedback about the new site, I’d love to hear it!

Yours
Charlie