How time flies! The new Tea Bar website.


Wow. It was last fall that I went to work on the new website for our tea bar, and just last month that I took it live. We have the kinks all worked out now, and everything’s ready to go. Thank you all for your patience.

Tea Bar website

It seems like interruptions just kept pulling me away from the design, and at one point I scrapped the user interface and rebuilt it from scratch (although the database code has been stable for many months). We dumped the PayPal shopping cart that we were using and switched over to Google’s cart instead for a number of reasons.

Generally speaking, I do my designs in HTML/CSS/PHP/SQL on my Mac, testing as I go in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers. I don’t worry much about minor little differences in behavior, as long as everything looks good and works properly. Most of the time, the site looks (and works) exactly the same on all three browsers. Once I’m happy with it, I do an extended test. Again, for the most part, if it worked on those three platforms, it will work just dandy in Opera and on the Windows versions of Firefox and Chrome.

Then I would load the site up in Internet Explorer and watch everything break. It’s an infuriating situation. Get it all perfect, and then spend days working on the browser that just can’t follow industry standards. *sigh*

I’m still working on the website — I’m sure it will remain a work in progress — so if you see any problems or you want to order a tea that isn’t on the site, please give us a call or use the contact form.

About Gary D. Robson

Gary Robson: Author, tea guy, and owner of Phoenix Pearl Tea. I've written books and articles on a zillion different subjects, but everyone knows me for my "Who Pooped in the Park?" books.

Posted on 8 May 2012, in Tea Biz. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have not exhaustively explored the site, but I think the look and feel represents a substantial improvement over the old site. Good job!

    My only comment is that I’d make the colors in the heading a little more subdued…”honeybush” is a little too light and hard to read, and “black” seems a bit too bright red, I’d make it a darker reddish brown closer to the color of black tea.

  2. Good suggestions. I do need to tweak the colors, especially since we have a new logo I need to implement in the next few days.

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