Saturday 15 April 2017

AFTER a pretty lazy start to the day I start work on putting together a downloadable EP of some tracks recorded at the live album recording show that aren’t going too be on the vinyl or CD formats of the album.

There’s nothing wrong with the tracks/recordings, it just wasn’t possible to fit them all on the CD or double vinyl, so I think I ca put them to good use as a free promo download incentive for folks to join my mail list and also to trail the album. Might even be good for some radio promo too.

There’s a number of ways I can set this up and I pend a while planning out the best way to work it.

I don’t get far, tho’ as I end up spending two hours trying to work out what’s wrong with my online store after a customer emailed to say they couldn’t buy a shirt! For some reason my t-shirts aren’t checking out properly…but CDs,vinyl and other items are all OK. Weird.

After much poking about, it looks like a WooCommerce update has stopped variable products from inheriting the ‘parent’ product’s shipping class. My solution – for anyone affected by the same problem – is go into each variation and set the shipping class manually ie: choose the correct class rather than the ‘same as parent’ option.

I’m glad the customer took the time to let me know there was a problem rather than abandoning their purchase…I’m also glad I only did the update last night, so hopefully haven;t lost too many orders from folks giving up.

Our pals Barbara and Thorsten have finally been able to move into their new house nearby and have invited us along for a drink. Haven’t seen them in a while and it’s nice to catch up. Thorsten’s done an amazing job building all the insides of the house.

It’s quite late when we get home and make some dinner then watch Big Gold Dream on the iPlayer – a documentary film about the independent post-punk music scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Definitely worth a look, but – like most of these things – focusses on the ‘chosen few’ and funded by Creative Scotland. Some things haven’t changed.

I find it frustrating that Scotland’s funding/support networks consistently support individuals or specific acts – often the same ones on an ongoing basis – rather than building resources and creating opportunities that all musicians/songwriters can use and tap into…

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Tuesday 5 July 20

WE SLEEP in a little, but still on schedule to get the car into Glasgow for an MoT by 9am.

Once the car’s dropped off at our guys in Maryhill we walk into town. Margaret’s getting her hair done and my plan is to sit myself down in McDonalds with a coffee and my laptop to get some work done.

I’m still engrossed in stuff when Margaret calls at midday to say she’s finished at the hairdressers and making her way along to meet me.

We’ve got some vouchers for free coffee and cake at John Lewis which seems a reasonable way to spend the time while we wait for a call to say the car’s ready.

Margaret has a look round the shops while I walk back to the garage and collect the car. No problems with the MoT thankfully!

Next stop, shopping around the usual places an we’re home just before 6pm.

There’s some kind of problem with the WooCommerce shop on my website. I’m getting the payments and notifications from Paypal OK, but the emails with customer and order details aren’t coming through…online orders up until this morning have been fine, but a couple came in this afternoon without the ‘details’ email. It’s not the end of the world, for if a Paypal payment notification comes in I can log into the back end of my website and retrieve the order/customer info but it’s a bit of a pain to have to do that.

By co-incidence (or not!) a pal whose website and online shop I set up a few months ago emailed me over the weekend to say she was having the very same problem. During downtime over the weekend I spent a good while checking settings, code and stuff and couldn’t find a solution and planned on investigating things further tonight anyway.

A few hours later after extensive changes and testing I’m no further forward. Eventually some of my online trawling throws up that Paypal is testing a new certifcation process that could affect the way the payment gateways work. There’s a chance that the hosting company I use hasn’t made necessary changes to work with the new certification and that could be causing inconsistencies in the communication between servers, mailservers and stuff.

I raise a support ticket with the hosting folks….

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