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Update: website code is NOW (2/12/2015) updated. So the scary part is over! You will see gradual changes in appearance over time, including pictures (including a gallery where you can hover the cursor over a picture and see text to what it was about. And if you click on it, it will take you to the page that "tells all about it"). So I promise that the website will start looking "pretty" and be easy to use. Each time you come back, see if you can find changes or additions. I will be adding the ability to comment as well!
For those of you who have been following the Thyme Wisper Herb Shop page on Facebook and were able to get my posts - which is not that many of you, unfortunately, as Facebook restricts sending my posts to only about twenty of you, even though to-date I have 475 people who have liked my page - you have been "warned" (I like to think of it as "promised") that I planned to restructure, update and enhance the Thyme Wisper Herb Shop website. It is now in the middle of winter and the planning stage has been completed. It is now time for me to execute the plan. This is always a scary time for me, as I fear the loss of my content (all those articles I have written over the years) on the website or worse the loss of visitors ever returning if their attempt to access my website fails as the website is being reconstructed. I think of the number of times I have seen something like "This website is under construction. Please come back later." and rarely did I ever "come back" unless it was a website that I had frequently visited.
Why am I doing this now? I designed my website when I had an herb shop and tea room and gave workshops. The website helped people find me in Perry County, TN, provided recipes from my Tea Room, and registered attendees for the workshops. In May 2012 I added the online shop. By end of 2012 I closed the tea room. By end of May 2014 I closed the "brick and mortar" herb shop to the public and discontinued the workshops.
After much study and thought, I realized that the focus for the website must now be a holistic health resource with more up-to-date articles on nutrition, herbs, health concerns and herbal remedies as well as other natural living skills, such as sustainability. The online store will continue, but I hope to have the online store demonstrate the end result of using the skills I will teach. With this emphasis in mind, I wrote the book Making Tinctures: Beyond the Folk Method so that you could make quality tinctures for yourself. You may decide to buy a tincture from my online store and then discover the tincture is one you want regularly on hand and want to make it yourself. With my book you will be able to do so. Maybe you are one of those people that prefer someone to show you how to do something - which was the preference of many people who attended my workshops. That is the purpose of my soon to be offered online courses. In fact, the first online course I will offer will be about Making Tinctures and will be based on my book.
Besides the needed change in focus, I have an urgent need to change the level of code. The level of code that creates the website you see and provides the functions needed to use the website is now so downlevel that it is no longer supported. It no longer receives security updates. I get daily attacks from hackers and spammers from all over the world (the majority from China, Turkey and Russia). Thus for security reasons, I must update the code.
So when EXACTLY am I going to execute this plan?