If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just know us from our Cakeory website, then this may not be BIG news. But if you haven’t heard the news, and for me, because I like creating little videos and playing with fancy software, I’d like to announce our Cake Decorating Courses Premium Portfolios…
This new feature is called ‘Premium Portfolios’, because that’s what it is, a video portfolio available to all our Premium members! A Premium Portfolio is added to each Premium member’s business page, and they don’t have to do anything. The video is added free of charge and created using images already supplied for use in their photo galleries.
It is now possible for our Cake Decorating Courses Directory members list in nearby counties.
Originally we had thought it best to limit listings to their physical locations, but after talking to the lovely Elly from The Cake Makery, Derek has decided to ‘unlock’ the ability to list in nearby counties.
One thing that we feel sets Cake Decorating Courses apart from many other directory websites is that the whole website is created, managed and maintained by myself and Derek. Just like our members, with their delicious and beautiful cake designs, we take pride in having completely hand-crafted our website, ensuring it is the best it can be for both our members and visitors.
Cake decorating students can now browse for courses in their local area, thanks to the UK’s first dedicated directory of cake decorating courses. Students can search by county, town, and even by the type of course on offer, to find exactly what they need.
This new local cake decorating courses website directory–the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom–connects cake decorating students with course teachers in their local area.
The website is run by husband and wife team, Derek and Lindsay Pollard, who saw the growing demand for cake decorating courses in the United Kingdom, but also spotted the difficulty that potential students have in finding courses when they search for them on the Internet. Every day, hundreds of cake decorating enthusiasts search the Internet, but struggle to find relevant results. They then post questions on forums and Q&A sites, usually concluding that there are no courses available locally to them. To solve this problem, Derek and Lindsay designed and developed a directory that is highly optimised for visitor usability and attracting search engine traffic.
I am very pleased and proud to announce that the Local Cake Decorating Courses Directory is now live on this site.
This exciting new addition has been developed after the many queries I have received from visitors who were finding my site looking for information about courses local to them. The courses are listed by county and city/town, and course features are assigned to each one, enabling visitors to easily find the best course for them.
Along with the new Course Directory, the Cake Decorating Courses website has a whole new homepage, making it easier for visitors to find exactly what they are looking for; be it local cake decorating courses, information about online cake decorating courses, or to connect with cake decorating bloggers.
As some of you may know my cake decorating site empire is spread over three sites. Part of the reason for this was keeping the size of the sites to a minimum. This was important because no one likes to visit a site that takes too long to load. Also the sites were hosted on shared hosting, which is basically a computer that hosts lots of different websites and shares its resources between them. The largest of my three sites got a little too big for shared hosting. This meant I was unable to add any new blogs to the site, and it was probably at risk of crashing if too many people visited at once.
So, a little sooner than planned – and with the help of my wonderful husband Derek – I have transferred all three sites over to my own new dedicated server. Now the web sites are free to get as big and busy as they like. I make no secret of the fact I am a bit of a geek, so I am really thrilled by this move.
We did have a few glitches with the transfer and it took a couple of days to get everything back on track. So, if you did experience any problems over the last few days, I’m sorry, but we have fixed everything now.
I can now turn my attentions to a very exciting new feature that has been in the works for several months.
I have added a new listing type to the cake decorating blog directory, called Basic. On the category pages, it will appear as a smaller entry and side-by-side beneath Standard and Featured listings.
There are several reasons for this new listing type. The main one is it enables me to enter blogs I find quicker than before and without having to review them. I still intend to work through all blogs and write a review, but this means I can add them for others to find much sooner. There will be more changes to the Basic listing over time, but for now I am busy with other features for the site.
After lots of graphic fun, I’m back to adding blogs to the directory. Oh yes, there are still plenty more to be added.
So without further ado here are today’s additions:
In other exciting news I have created a graphic to appear on entries for featured blogs, variations can also been seen in other places featured blogs are displayed. I think they brighten up the directory no end, and also make the featured blogs look very special.
Hope you like it, as I am rather proud of my shiny star creation. I do like graphics.
Something new has arrived over at the cake decorating blog directory and the blog category pages… new buttons!
Well, I think it is exciting.
Let me explain. Clicking on the new buttons will take you to a similar directory. How are they different? I hear you cry. Well, each directory contains blogs from either Australia or USA and elsewhere, depending on which one you choose. Simple really.
Hopefully you will find something new and exiting there.
keep looking »
Last night I was doing a bit of yoga on my Wii and was feeling all pleased with myself and healthy then I had a major light bulb moment.
On Tuesday I made some changes to my site by adding a navigation bar under the header banner, but something about it wasn’t quite right. It still felt a little messy and disorganised. Well, like I said I’d just done a bit of yoga and for once wasn’t thinking about the site, and hey presto – I got it!
I’ve split up the navigation, with a lot of help from Derek (hubby), because it was a bit complicated for me to figure out on my own. Now things like ‘Home’, ‘Blog’ and ‘About’ appear above the header and the real contents of the site appear underneath when you leave the homepage.
I’m well pleased with the navigation now, and a little proud of myself for figuring it out. Not that I’m resting on my laurels. Oh no, I’m working on another exciting change, which fingers crossed will be unveiled soon.
Yay, I love it when a plan comes together,