Thursday, March 8, 2012

CANCEL to update item

About a year ago or more a data entry bug was found. The solution was simple: trap the bug cleanly so it does not make a mess on the website. Instead someone put in a popup windows that said:

"Please CLICK OK if information entered is correct or 
CANCEL to update item" 

I am still dumbfounded by the logic of CANCEL to update item. The popup has been removed.

Let us move forward, and keep this as our joke :-) -- CANCEL to update item.

-Jesse

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sneaking up on V3

Our glorious leader frets daily at the development cycle. A few weeks ago you might have notice the change to the "main homepage". I say "main homepage", as in theory - just like much of the competition, we have multiple homepages.

ContractorsThriftStore.com, now LawrencesList.com, has 230+ homepages, but for the last 2+ years all homepages have looked the same. Starting Monday - not only will there be a new "homepage" label in the search-bar, but the local weather is now provided by WeatherUnderground and local gas prices are provided by GasBuddy.

You'll see reports just like those below on the top right hand side, just below the search bar. In addition, you'll find these reports on our new mobileapp. The link to the new mobileapp is on the bottom homepage.

All these new items are to assist vistors of ContractorsThriftStore.com determine which of the 230+ websites they are on.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Meet Clownie!

So.  Who is Clownie?

Clownie is our mascot silly!  Ok.  Clownie is a gum ball machine that Lawrence purchased not too long ago.  Lawrence collects vintage gumball machines, slot machines, etc.

Lawrence and Clownie have a very special relationship.  I don't ask.  I just let them have their alone time to themselves.

If you want Clownie to make a personal appearance at your place of business (I'm being totally serious here), send him an email at "clownie@contractorsthriftstore.com.  Clownie needs some sun.  He's looking a little pale these days. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update

We're plugging right along!  CWS is going great, and growing.  CTS is continually being worked on, and the beginning phases of the rewrite has begun.  We're excited about what the future holds, and you should be too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Moving onward, and upward

So, if you haven't noticed, CTS has reverted back to it's old look.  The reason for this is simple.  Our former website vendor, WebServiceCenter.net, did not deliver a site that we expected.  So with the help of Jesse Monroy, we reverted back to our old site, with a number of fixes and changes.  (Call it CTS 1.2)  Everything is working smoothly!

Jesse will also be in charge of writing a new version of CTS.  This should be done in the next couple of months.  This next version of CTS will be the bomb!  The simplicity of what you expect along with some cutting edge features that will greatly improve the user experience!   Stay tuned.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The developmental side of a new website.

For the past two months, Lawrence and myself (Ken), along with Roman Zhovtulya of WebServiceCenter Group, has been developing a new website for CTS.  You heard that right!  We are getting a brand new home!

The process has been long, and nerves have been frayed, but after much back and forth, we are proud to announce CTS2!!!  It is a big step for us, to have the site redone from scratch, but as you will see, it's been worth it!

If you want a "Sneak peak" of the new site, visit http://www.webservicecenter.net/en/cts/home  The site will go live with the Contractorsthriftstore.com within the next couple of days.  Possibly the next few hours!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Donating Hair for Charity

Recently, Lawrence Martin, President and CEO of Contractors Thrift Store.com, donated his hair to the Wigs 4 Kids Foundation, working with the Leukemia Society of America.  Lawrence's unselfish act of kindness is the foundation of what CTS is.  We are a public service for Contractors and Homeowners alike.  Congratulations to Lawrence for his wonderful gift!