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post #46 of 65
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Originally Posted by Stitches View Post

Thanks, I made those improvements too! Shoreacres really is one word.

No, google it -- not web address w/no caps or spaces... on Shore Acres Drive.

post #47 of 65

I would like to give you some suggestions about your domain name and using a free email account. You have a domain name, use that. Get ride of the gmail links on your page. Create yourself an email account under your domain name. Looks much more professional. That is one rule that I have when dealing with people online. If they do not take enough pride in their website and domain, then the service, product they are selling, is not of high quality. You can forward email from your gmail account into your domain account for a while, and for certain a email certain email address. So if you use the same account as a personal account, which you should never do, it will forward to your domain account. Or you could also use a forward and have it auto reply with a nice message stating that your email address has changed, please use this one in the future.

 

Create a form on the site, do not tell the user to only use a certain application. You cannot control that. Set up a form to allow the user to fill it out accordingly, and save all the data into a database. Once there, you can setup notification that can email you that someone just left a message, or an order, depending on the form. I would use more than one form. One for ordering, and one for questions.

 

Code your menu so that the menu keeps the selected item on focus. Once I selected a link from the menu, the menu collapsed, and I had to find my way back into the menu.

 

I am like everyone else, way too many pictures on a single page. Create a picture gallery that is organized by category or type of cake.

 

This path is way too large. use only relative paths, do not force the webserver to go all the way out to the DNS server, only to have the DNS server perform a reverse name lookup that returns exactly where it began. A server still has to process all that string. The smaller that you make everything in your code, the faster, more efficient it will be. And the less problems it will cause when troubleshooting an issue.

http://static.squarespace.com/static/519bd33ee4b090350a29ae2e/51a2af62e4b03e3c0123b25a/51a2afbbe4b018b736e23639/1369616327592/w20130510_34.jpg

 

So instead of that long path, simply use a relative path like this:

w20130510_34.jpg or i/w20130510_34.jpg

 

Keep all your images of the confections, in a separate directory away from the site images. I just rendered a few of your images, and I was able to keep the same physical size, but decreased the file size of the ones I tested by more than 50Kb for each graphic. All that adds up really quick, and will affect your page load time. I personally will not stay on a site for more than a few seconds to wait for the page to load. I changed the Open Lilly graphic from 142 Kb down to only 13 Kb, and kept the same dimensions. If each of the graphics are 140Kb and you have 12 on that page alone, that is equal to 1.68Mb and 13Kb each for 12 graphics is only 155Kb a mere one tenth the total size that the server and the network has to move. Not a real big deal if you are on a nice GigaBite network, but most people at home have only a 1.5Mb network, and your phone is even less than that.

 

This is the message that I am presented once I fill out your mailing list form:

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list please fill out the form below. If you'd like to receive special offers please include your home address in the message box. (We never share or sell your information!)

 

It should not state that, I have already filled out the form, and the form fields are no longer there. I was also able to submit data in the form that the form should not allow. I added numerical values to a first and last name. Never, ever seen a persons name that is numeric values. I was able to use an email address that is not of a valid domain name type, and I was able to submit a SQL Injection command. If you are storing this in a database, I would be able to easily destroy your database and all your data.

 

This is the link on your site, not sure what it really is because the address is not properly formatted as either a website address or an email address.

We all have things in life that we do extremely well, you create beautiful works of art, and that is shown in your graphics. Keep doing that, because you are very good.

 

I hope this helps you.

Andrew

Visit our Site:
www.AllOccasionCakesBakery.com
Or email us directly:
BeautifulCakes@AllOccasionCakesBakery.com

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Visit our Site:
www.AllOccasionCakesBakery.com
Or email us directly:
BeautifulCakes@AllOccasionCakesBakery.com

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post #48 of 65
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Originally Posted by CWR41 View Post

No, google it -- not web address w/no caps or spaces... on Shore Acres Drive.

Huh, I don't understand? http://www.shoreacres1916.com/  I worked there for many years and it really pisses them off when people don't write their name correctly.

post #49 of 65
Thread Starter 

Andrew..........wow!!! Just wow!

 

That's a lot of info. for me to sort through and understand. I do GREATLY appreciate it and I will go through each of your points and try to correct them on my site........that's going to take me a while..........

post #50 of 65
I agree with everything Andrew said above, but I'm not sure if SquareSpace has the flexibility to make the necessary changes.

Just to clarify how serious a SQL injection attack is: it can potentially be used to modify the content of your web site without your knowledge, including adding porn, redirecting to malicious sites, installing malware on your customers' computers, etc.
post #51 of 65
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Andrew, when I click on your link it goes to a business in Charlotte, NC but your location on this site says CA, did you just move?

post #52 of 65

Hi Wendy

We have two locations, and soon to be another one in Charleston SC, we hope. We love that city.

 

I am in the process of changing our domain name as well. Our original domain name was SanDiego-AllOccasionCakes.com But now, since we have another location, that domain name was not working. And I was not about to try and admin two or three different domains with the exact same content. So, by changing the domain name, I can now take advantage of sub-domains such as Charlotte.AllOccasionCakesBakery.com and Carlsbad.AllOccasionCakesBakery.com etc... all pointing back to a single website.

 

We have homes in two locations for the time being. We had to go to Charlotte for family issues with both sets of parents. Just that time in one's life when things like that can happen. We do travel back and forth at times. But with cameras and mics in both locations, I can see everything from home if needed. That and we have all really Fabulous managers. We have never had any issues with anyone. I perform extensive background checks on everyone we hire. I have a top secret clearance with the government, and I go almost that in depth with employee background checks. We have policies and training in place to help each person perform in a highly professional manner always.

 

Andrew
 

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post #53 of 65
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Originally Posted by Stitches View Post

Huh, I don't understand? http://www.shoreacres1916.com/  I worked there for many years and it really pisses them off when people don't write their name correctly.


I saw this (on Shore Acres Rd.):

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=shore+acres+golf&ie=UTF-8&ei=Z-73UcToFenC8QHIzoGYCg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg

 

I don't understand why they'd combine both words for their business name, yet use the logo with an "S" and an "A" overlaid as two words, and expect people to write it correctly when they're causing confusion by not being consistent with the road they're located on.  No wonder they're pissed... they've "invented" a non-conventional spelling which is their choice and disadvantage (to each his own).

post #54 of 65
Thread Starter 

Ha.........oh the stories I could tell............to keep things polite and simple; this is a very elite club, far more private than your average private club. They do silly things to mess with "outsiders". For example, they do rent out their course occasionally (to only the right people) for golf outings BUT out on the golf course they refuse to put signs up declaring which is the men's room verse the women's, intentionally. If you don't know all the secret in's and out's...........your definitely 'out'....

post #55 of 65
Oh Stitched, I know exactly what you mean! In high school and college I waited tables and worked banquets at a couple of golf clubs. The things I saw and how people were treated still turn my stomach! Now as an adult I live in an area where many golf and belong to country clubs. I still have a chip on my shoulder against the golf club world and am thankful my husband has no interest in membership or the game!
post #56 of 65
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Originally Posted by SanDiegoBeautifulCakes View Post

I would like to give you some suggestions about your domain name and using a free email account. You have a domain name, use that. Get ride of the gmail links on your page. Create yourself an email account under your domain name. Looks much more professional. That is one rule that I have when dealing with people online. If they do not take enough pride in their website and domain, then the service, product they are selling, is not of high quality. You can forward email from your gmail account into your domain account for a while, and for certain a email certain email address. So if you use the same account as a personal account, which you should never do, it will forward to your domain account. Or you could also use a forward and have it auto reply with a nice message stating that your email address has changed, please use this one in the future.

 

I need to take your post bit by bit to make sure I understand things.

 

I already need advise on this first issue. I attempted to create a email account at squarespace, but I didn't buy my domain there. Than I got bounced around several times until I contacted ss for support and this is where things were left:

 

Thanks for following up with us. You'll need to determine where your domain is hosted. According to the Who.Is website, I'm seeing that your domain was registered through GoDaddy as you stated:

http://who.is/whois/realcakecompany.com

If this is so, you will need to reach out to the GoDaddy Support Team for more information on this since it is stating that it is not hosted in their space.

If it is indeed hosted elsewhere such as Bluehost, you can use the general guide below to map your domain to your Squarespace website, as shown in the guide below:


http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/413088

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

 

 

SOooooooo I'll go back to trying to make this happen. THIS IS what you are referring to, correct? I feel so computer illiterate with this stuff!!


Edited by Stitches - 7/30/13 at 1:40pm
post #57 of 65
It looks like your domain is hosted at bluehost, if so you can create email addresses for your domain here:
https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/417#new

You can either set up the email addresses to forward to another address, or you can configure your mail client to check email on bluehost's servers. Gmail can also be set up to check an external email address and automatically apply a label, this is what I did with our business email.
post #58 of 65
Thread Starter 

Jason...........I'm almost in tears...........I was getting so lost on how to do this......thanks for you last post maybe I can follow that and get this done, hugs!!

post #59 of 65
No problem! If that doesn't work (for example if bluehost is only providing the domain and no email services, I'm not sure who you've paid to do what) you could set up your email through GoDaddy, but instead I would recommend transferring the domain to your current web host to avoid working with too many different companies, email is usually included free with a web hosting package. If your current web host is Squarespace you should be able to cancel your GoDaddy account once you transfer the domain.

Since your domain is locked (as it should be to prevent unauthorized transfers) you would need to get authorization from the current domain registrar (should be bluehost) before you can transfer it.
post #60 of 65
Thread Starter 

Damn I find this confusing. I went to Bluehost and logged in to setup my email and it said I already did have an email account Wendy@realcakecompany.com . That address is for my first website attempt here: http://realcakecompany.com/  I completely stopped using that website after all my previous frustrations I posted about.

 

Than I signed up at Squarespace it came with a free domain address www.realcakeinc.com I used it and provided a link at my old website realcakecompany.com to the new address.

 

Than, I attempted to change domains so realcakecompany was my domain at squarespace. But that's when I ran into problems trying to get my domain changed. I gave up until today.

 

Now today, I went to bluehost and it told me I had Wendy@realcakecompany email already set up and I can just change my domain at squarespace to go to them. So I tried to do that (I think). Now my address at squarespace appears to be www.realcakecompany.squarespace.com (which isn't right, is it?). Unless it says realcakecompany.com I don't think I can use that email account I already set up through bluehost. (And now isn't my address further messed up adding the .squarespace.com to the address?)

 

Does that make sense?

 

Any direction of what to do now would be a blessing....I'm stuck.

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