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FlisKits is proud to announce a new feature just uploaded to our web site.

The Complete FlisKits is a complete list, on a single page, of all of our model rocket kits in alphabetical order.

This page (click on the link above) provides a small graphic of the model as well as a simple description, the price and an "Add To Cart" button so you can order it right from this page.

Additionally, we provide a link near the top of this page for an even *more* condensed version which is text only (without a shopping cart).

In both cases,you can click on the image (or name in the case of the text list) to bring up the detailed description of that kit.

This is in direct response to customers who have heard about a new rocket but did not know where to find it. This list should make it easier for you to search our collection of fun and exciting kits.

jim
 
Originally posted by jflis
FlisKits is proud to announce a new feature just uploaded to our web site.

The Complete FlisKits is a complete list, on a single page, of all of our model rocket kits in alphabetical order.

I thought about adding a feature similar to that to the USR website (by series with rough specs and prices).

I wonder if people (paying customers) really care enough?

Skeptical Jerry
 
Originally posted by Jerry Irvine
I thought about adding a feature similar to that to the USR website (by series with rough specs and prices).

I wonder if people (paying customers) really care enough?

Skeptical Jerry

As a fairly regular visitor to both Jerry's & Jim's sites, I would say it is a welcome feature. I invariably can't remember which skill level (FlisKits) or group (USR) that a particular kit is always in... Sometimes I enjoy the hunt but other times I want to cut to the chase & go right to the (correct) product page.

Just one customer's $0.02.
 
Jim,

I really like this. When I already know what I want to order, I do not want to fish through all of the pages by skill level, etc.

Phred
 
Jim,

Looking at the new pages, I think the default page of listing all the kits should be the text only version. Again, the experienced FlisKits customer is probably already going to know what the kit(s) already looks like. Plus, it's easier on the "bandwidth challenged". ;)
 
I like the page. Makes it easy to see it all and click on what you want. Yea Jerry I think it would go good on your site also.

Dan
 
Originally posted by Jerry Irvine
I thought about adding a feature similar to that to the USR website (by series with rough specs and prices).

I wonder if people (paying customers) really care enough?

Skeptical Jerry

I've received this request from a number of customers as well as retailers. I finally gave it a high priority when *I* went looking for one of my own kits and forgot the skill level and and to hunt and peck (man we got a lotta kits LOL)

I like the idea of putting the text version first. That or I may have two links, but I *will* look at that more closely.

Also, the page wasn't all that hard to create (heck, the text version was *nothing*) and will be even easier to maintain. I would recommend it to any vendor who has a number of kits and has them split into different categories.

WHen we first opened I thought about how folks would approach the site. Something like "i'm looking for a cluster model" or "I'm looking for a Skill Level 1 kit" and set it up like that.

I had not considered someone coming in saying "I'm looking for the Praetor"... *this* fixes that and I get the impression it is happening more and more often.

As for parts, the categories there are more obvious. If you;re looking for a 24mm engine mount, odds are you will find it under "Engine Mount Kits", so that is much easier to find...

thanx for the input!
jim
 
Originally posted by Jerry Irvine
I thought about adding a feature similar to that to the USR website (by series with rough specs and prices).

I wonder if people (paying customers) really care enough?

I cared enough to be one of the ones who suggested it to Jim.

It's the difference between someone coming to your site cold and not nowing what they want, and someone coming to check out somthing in particular. You could say that the one with a particular rocket in mind is more likley to make a purchase.

You don't need anything very sophisticated. An alphabetical list of products the link to the existing page is the minimum that works, but it works very well. If your web site is generated from a back-end database, it's also trivial to maintain.
 
I'd definetly stay with the page with pics to load first. Who's still on dial up? Maybe someone can do a poll here to find out!? I would, but my right hand is in a cast now! :(
 
Hey Jim
Great additon to your site , very user friendly.
One thing I would like to see added to each kit listing is some idea of what the Maximun altitude is for each kit . Alot of the time max. alt is the deciding factor for buying a kit. Mainly to fit the field I fly on. I hate loosing rockets that I've spent weeks working on building.
:( :( :(

Bar
John
 
Originally posted by johnnwwa
...One thing I would like to see added to each kit listing is some idea of what the Maximun altitude is for each kit....

Ohhh yes, I'll second that suggestion. I would find that helpful.
 
Originally posted by cydermaster
I'm on dial-up, and the page with pics didn't take too long to load.

It shouldn't take any more than a minute and half (absolute max) with 28.8, so it isn't *too* bad even with dialup. I am going to check (or someone can tell me here) whether or not the text loads up before the images do. If so, then you can still be *using* the page as the images are coming up.

As for max altitude, it would be interesting (and helpful) for anyone who has SIM'd any of our designs to send that particular piece of data to me. Our models are not designed by RockSIM and have no numbers against them other than that which I calculate by hand. I rarely do altitude calculations.

Will be more than happy to add this information though. :) Glad these pages are being well received.
jim
 
Text first, then piccies follow (on my set-up, at least). So the page is usable without waiting for the pics.
 
Originally posted by jflis
FlisKits is proud to announce a new feature just uploaded to our web site.

The Complete FlisKits is a complete list, on a single page, of all of our model rocket kits in alphabetical order.

This page (click on the link above) provides a small graphic of the model as well as a simple description, the price and an "Add To Cart" button so you can order it right from this page.

Jim,

Thank you! I hated having to jump all over the place just to see what FlisKits had to offer. So... thank you! This is a great addition to your site.
 
Jim,

As one of those who requested this improvement, thankyou.

The page looks great, loads fast on my 56k dialup.

And since you've been so responsive on this request, may I try another (no good deed goes unpunished, Jim)?

That graphic at the top of the page, with all of your lineup on it, when can I get a poster of that? :D :D :D
 
oohhh, now *there's* an idea.... ...a poster. I will have to give that some thought over the winter... :D
 
...personally signed and numbered, too?

DIBS on number 2. :p
 
Originally posted by Gus
That graphic at the top of the page, with all of your lineup on it, when can I get a poster of that? :D :D :D

Great Idea. I'd like one too.

Tim
 
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