Handmade Code is our series where we showcase new and useful apps from our Developer Community. In this article, Jacqueline tells us about CraftLaunch.
Living in the artistic city of Austin, I know many Etsy sellers. My team and I built CraftLaunch to address the needs that sellers have expressed when it comes to their online presence.
CraftLaunch allows you to easily build a beautiful website for your business that will automatically feature your latest Etsy listings. So you get the best of both worlds: a dedicated website that builds your brand and tells your story, and Etsy’s fantastic platform for selling merchandise. When they’re connected, you’ll never miss an opportunity to sell!
Using CraftLaunch is easy. You don’t need any coding knowledge to build a site. When you sign up, you’ll choose one of our professionally-designed templates as a starting point. You can add pages for your bio, show schedules or wholesale orders. We host the site, which can live at your domain (for instance, www.the-vintage-boutique.com) or a CraftLaunch.com URL (vintagechildmodern.craftlaunch.com).
Then comes the really exciting part: linking to Etsy. It just takes a few clicks to connect your CraftLaunch and Etsy accounts. Once everything’s verified, every time you add an item to Etsy, it will show up on your website. You can choose the order in which you’d like the items listed on your site. (Think seasonal specials, holiday themes and special promotions.)
When customers browse your website, they can add items to their cart or post them to Facebook or Twitter. When they’re done shopping, they’ll be taken to Etsy to check out. That means you just pay listing fees once to Etsy. CraftLaunch charges a flat monthly fee of $14.95, which gives you unlimited pages and Etsy listings plus hosting, design templates, Google Analytics integration and search engine optimization.
We invite you all to sign up for a free 15-day trial (no credit card required) and let us know what you think. We just launched in July, so we’d love your feedback on how we can make your lives easier and help you build your brand.
Here’s what Deby at Summer ScentSations had to say about her CraftLaunch experience:
“My CraftLaunch site was super easy to set up and personalize, and all the hard work was done for me! There’s no need to duplicate work from Etsy — the content is added once, but I get twice the benefit! Having my own website makes me look more professional, individual and interesting. Plus, Google Analytics shows that people have already been spending more time looking at my products, and my customers are really happy!”
We have a dedicated support site with an extensive Knowledge Base and a way to post questions directly to our support staff. In addition, you can always convo us on Etsy. If you like CraftLaunch, please add us to your Etsy Circle so we can connect. Thanks, and happy selling!