You really wouldn’t believe how long it has taken to get our new website up and running – try 16 months! In a nutshell it took: months of planning and research, a change in web designers, months of training to do it ourselves, a couple months to build it, an email telling us that our current platform was being cancelled in 6 months, more research to find a new platform host, more months of creation, months of importing and revamping on the new platform, much hair pulling and cursing, and VOILA! We finally have a new, improved, faster, streamlined website! Of course, we have spent a week fixing all the quirks and mistakes we missed the first time, and I’m sure we’ll spend a few more weeks discovering more… but at least we have something to show for it now!
The new website includes many of our favorite features from our old site – the google calendar, all our videos & podcasts, information sheets – and some very nice new features too. The shopping cart actually works for online orders & in-store pickup, it calculates shipping costs, and retains your customer info for future purchases. We show up on google maps (how to find us!), the site searches for everything correctly (and can be searched in turn by google and other search engines), and it links up to our Facebook and other social media pages. And that is just the beginning. It just takes time. I never realized how much time is involved in creating and maintaining a web presence. It’s almost overwhelming.
Enough about the new website. 2018 has so much to offer – especially from Anderson’s Seed & Garden. We will host our 3rd Spring Garden Expo on March 3, 2018 and most of our plant and supply vendors will be here to share info on new plants, products, garden methods, pest control, and so much more. Last year we had 5 different local restaurants sharing some of their best tastes as well. The end of March we sponsor the Cache Valley Home & Garden show at the Eccles Ice arena. Of course, we have multiple surprises for April, May, and June (our crazy busy season) and new products and seed varieties galore. I can hardly wait for Spring to come!
Believe it or not, we leave next week to go buy Christmas décor for next year. When we get back, it’s Spring Cleaning time at the store, we’ll reset for Spring displays, and basically it will be time for the Spring Expo. Not much time to get ready for the new season.
Hopefully I’ve been able to give you a quick view of what is happening here at Anderson’s and what awesome plans we have for spring and summer. Winter just goes by so much quicker when there is something to look forward to in the near future. We seem to constantly look forward to what Spring has to offer.