It’s been a bitty today when I’ve found it hard to settle to anything, but I think that’s pretty normal for a Monday – it always takes me a little while to get back into the swing.
I spent about the first hour of my day on my Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/124268491566218/), which I really enjoy – well, most of the time I enjoy it! Today was a discussion with one of the members about what an API is. API just stands for Application Programming Interface, which sounds complicated, but all it is is a way of getting one computer system (or app) to talk to another. They’re usually used to extract data from a system so that you can display it on your own. For example, British Airways has one which displays their flight timetable and is mostly used by travel agents booking tickets on behalf of their clients. They’re very useful tools, but they are written by the data provider so if they don’t provide an API for the data you want then you can’t do much about it other than ask them to write a new one.
I then had a call from a new client who wants a small tweak to his website. It was a lovely conversation, and it turns out that, even though he’s from London, both of our grandfathers worked in the Rising Sun mine in Wallsend, and both of our mothers were born in the same year. Life is full of little coincidences!
Next I loaded yet more products to a site which belongs to a school uniform supplier who has decided to move to online ordering. She services 50 schools, with an average of 12 items per school, and 10 variation of each products. I make that 6000 separate data items, and I’m not yet half way through! Jeez, I wish I hadn’t done that calculation!
To give myself a break from the tedium of black shorts and red reversible jackets I also did a bit of work on a new site for someone who is setting up his own welding company. He’s already a welder but wants to expand into an agency supplying welders on bigger jobs. He’s a lovely chap, and I had no idea that welding was so complicated, or such a fine art. I hope he likes his new site. It’s always so nerve wracking when you hand a site over to the client for the first time – it’s a bit like showing them your new baby, and equally as devastating if they say they hate it!
My final task was a conversation with another client about why the colours she’s chosen won’t work well, and why she needs to have descriptive links rather than just a load of ‘read more’s. I tried my best but she’s clear about what she wants, so I just have to accept that she knows her clientele better than I do and do what she wants. And, after all, it is her site, so it’s no good giving her one that she won’t love.