How to Use Basecamp to Build an eBay Store
First, let me start out by making it clear that this article is for web developers. While you could use Basecamp to help organize your own personal website building, you won’t find that information here. This article is to show web developers how they can use Basecamp to stream line the process of building an eBay store for a client with intermediate html skills. Some people say that medical website is easy to design, it may be true if you are using the right tool for you.
Using Basecamp to Design a eBay Store – Overview
This section is exactly what it sounds like, an overview of everything going on inside of Basecamp. This is the landing page when you or your clients log into Basecamp. This overview allows clients to see, at a glance, what the plans are for the eBay store. They can easily see time lines, to-do list, and what’s currently being worked on.
Using Basecamp to Design a eBay Store – Messages
By clicking on the messages tab, you’ll see a list of categories, this the really useful feature of Basecamp. Consider this area your own private message board where you can exchange ideas about the eBay store. You can upload photos, share files, and exchange ideas all in one place. No longer will you have to fetch old emails with important attachments, they can all be stored here.
You can even create categories to file the messages into. I recommend the following;
· Design Ideas
· Content for Store
Code: The code feature is great for teaching clients about basic html. Many eBay store users know very little about html. This is a good place to teach them.
I recently designed a eBay template for a client who had no understanding of html. Because the use of custom templates on eBay comes from typing in your own html, I had to teach her how change out pictures and text.
I created a word file with the html and highlighted important parts of the code such as picture url’s and text boxes. This got the point across, but wasn’t the easiest way to get things done, the code section changes all that.
Now, you can add code and write a description of its use and how to implement it. Should your client have a question about it, they can leave you a note or chat inside of Basecamp via Campfire.
Better still, if you work with multiple people, such as graphic designers, you can have them comment on messages. This is also a great tool if the company you are building an eBay store for has multiple people in charge of it. They can all share their comments about a particular message, in one spot.
Using Basecamp to Design a eBay Store – To Do Lists
The to-do lists in Basecamp are a little different than those of the to-do lists in Backpack. In Basecamp you can create to-do list for your clients to see, as well as private lists. This way you can create a list for you client to keep with so they can see what you are planning on working on and what you have completed.
You can also create a more detailed list of things you need to do, but keep it private. That way you can keep all your list in one place.
You can also set dates for these items in your calendar, creating a time line of when you plan on getting the eBay store built.
Using Basecamp to Design a eBay Store – Milestones
Using the Milestones feature is the easiest way to keep you client in the know. Here they can see what you’re planning to work on, when you planning on working on it, and if your running late on anything.
You may recall I mentioned setting up your to-do list with your calendar; these relevant to-do-lists will also show up in this section. Create a time line for your plans on the eBay store. Tell your client when you will be working on graphics, writing code, uploading files, and setting up the store.
There is a wealth of other features in Basecamp that any web designer would find useful. These were just a few that I found very relevant in using to design an eBay store. As with any software there is a learning curve. Once you master Basecamp, you will wonder how you ever conducted business without it.