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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:34 pm
by Shwe Tu Colony
Saint Zamer wrote:How much is an NS$ worth?


I think most consider a NationStates dollar to be equal to a United States dollar.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:11 pm
by Saint Zamer
Shwe Tu Colony wrote:
Saint Zamer wrote:How much is an NS$ worth?


I think most consider a NationStates dollar to be equal to a United States dollar.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:37 am
by Neu Engollon
Shwe Tu Colony wrote:
Saint Zamer wrote:How much is an NS$ worth?


I think most consider a NationStates dollar to be equal to a United States dollar.


Also called the Universal Standard Dollar, which is used as the base converter currency for most other NS nations' currencies. You would not be wrong in calling it any of these 3 things. Also, you are not being forced to use that as the standard to measure your currency, but it is the conventional accepted standard on NS and you might be making things a lot tougher for yourself if you don't use it as your standard.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:42 pm
by Argentinstan
Valkea wrote:
Argentinstan wrote:You could use NSTracker and do a currency conversion.

Disclaimer: stuff like NSTracker usually weighs the value of your currency to another currency based on gameside stats, so take it with a grain of salt. ;)

Well I believe that would be a good thing for realism as it would prevent economies rated as “basket case” from having the strongest currency ever.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:54 am
by Maltropia
Argentinstan wrote:
Valkea wrote:Disclaimer: stuff like NSTracker usually weighs the value of your currency to another currency based on gameside stats, so take it with a grain of salt. ;)

Well I believe that would be a good thing for realism as it would prevent economies rated as “basket case” from having the strongest currency ever.

I mean, sure, it does no harm to deter people from saying "my country is the best at [thing other people already do]," but a) NS' issues often deliberately affect your country much more than you'd anticipate and b) many people (e.g. me) don't want to use those stats at all. Realism is in the eye of the beholder; what definitely isn't realistic is the rapidity with which many of those changes take place. For the purposes of RP, people have the freedom to use/ignore game-provided statistics as they like.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:48 am
by The Blomqvist Corporation
I am hoping to create a gif with multiple images of what my company does and then the logo. I have seen this done on other storefronts, how do you do it?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:33 pm
by British Hifax
The Blomqvist Corporation wrote:I am hoping to create a gif with multiple images of what my company does and then the logo. I have seen this done on other storefronts, how do you do it?


Hello!

I have made many gifs for my storefronts, if you have some skills on Photoshop (the programme I use) it is very easy to do. Just create the images you want separately and then bring them all as different layers to the image you want first, after you made that, click on ''windows'' and look for ''time line'', there you will chose the times for each image. After you did all that go to ''archive'' and ''export>'', there you will find ''save for web'' and well, you save it (maybe some names of the sections are different from what I am saying, I use Photoshop on Spanish).

If you do not have Photoshop you can download a test version or you can use GIMP (which I think is free), there are also many pages that help you creating gifs so it is not something very difficult.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:59 pm
by Arthropol
The Blomqvist Corporation wrote:I am hoping to create a gif with multiple images of what my company does and then the logo. I have seen this done on other storefronts, how do you do it?

If you want to make a simple gif (with just a few separate images rotating, see example below), I usually just create images separately, and make them all the same size, then put them into an online gif creator, and choose the display length of each image.
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For example, in the above gif, I found some images off the internet, and put words on them using photo editing software (paint.net is my preferred program but there are others like GIMP, PS or MS Paint), then put the into an online gif creator (i think i used this one: http://gifmaker.org/ but there are many).

On Third-Party Links

PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:32 am
by Empire of Symphonia
I used to be active on the GE&T thread, and NS in general. Has the culture here changed by much? Because I remember thinking that 3rd party sites were sort of taboo back in the day. I took a look at Sacrosanct Bank and I was roundly impressed by the presentation.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:36 am
by Ionicus
Hey all, I’m looking at getting some feedback and advice about my storefront TALON National Arms Corporation.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:51 am
by Common Territories
Ionicus wrote:Hey all, I’m looking at getting some feedback and advice about my storefront TALON National Arms Corporation.

The latest work you've done makes the storefront look very, very sexy. The only thing I honestly would suggest is to continue working on products and product quality. Try to improve the write-ups with more depth and detail, and continue adding products at a steady rate. You're already on a good path, just keep following it and you should be doing stellar!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:03 pm
by Azadeshia
I got this idea of a car show specifically comparing and test driving cars from different brands from NS.This might help people to advertise they're storefronts.Has anyone done this before?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:55 pm
by Lamoni
Azadeshia wrote:I got this idea of a car show specifically comparing and test driving cars from different brands from NS.This might help people to advertise they're storefronts.Has anyone done this before?


Not to the best of my knowledge, no. Though you might run into problems if one car has a particular stat, and the one that you are comparing it to does not.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:24 pm
by Turkic Republic
Hi, I just made a new storefront, does anyone have any suggestions for improvements? (some parts are still incomplete, but the storefront is mostly complete)

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=448086

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:04 pm
by Maltropia
Turkic Republic wrote:Hi, I just made a new storefront, does anyone have any suggestions for improvements? (some parts are still incomplete, but the storefront is mostly complete)

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=448086

Obviously enough, your first start should be a logo. It needn't be too ornate (simple and memorable is usually better, anyway), just an icon and the name of the company in stylised text. Once you have your logo, take one or two of its predominant colours and standardise all of your headers to that colour scheme.

As regards your prose, I think it'd work better without the Wiki-style approach, especially in the opening section. Personalise it. Your company should take pride in its work and in itself; and yet, while you use 'our nation,' you refer to the company simply as 'it.' Make that us and we. Brag a bit. Tell potential customers that you stand out from the crowd, and tell them why.

Your decision not to use dollars is interesting and not necessarily a bad thing, but I'd say you've made it too prominent. "We sell stuff, but we make it hard for you to buy it" is not the first impression you want to give, especially when we don't actually need to check the prices that often. If you flesh out the lead paragraph (depending on how long you intend to make the History, you could move this section [or a summary of it] into your lead to accomplish this), you could make a section on Billing, or whatever title, and explain the preferred currencies and provide your xe.com links there.

I am over the moon to see images of standardised width. A thousand blessings on you and your family.

Add a blank line between each product's heading and the paragraph below it, and another line between paragraph and specs. It makes it all look much tidier. While I'm on that, consider adding a line after each Purchase form's [hr] and before the next header (so [/code], [hr], blank line, Purchase). It might improve it, but that's subjective.

Your Partnership disclaimer is a tad out of place in an otherwise-solidly in-character storefront. This isn't inherently bad, but I don't think you need to break into OOC. My preferred approach here would be to make a header ("PARTNERSHIP") the same size as the Purchase overall header above it, and then two sentences about what you're looking for from prospective partners. Some storefronts present the logos of their partners; that's fine, but because logos are so often of very varying quality and size (requiring you to resize them if you care deeply about aesthetics) it can be a hassle to get right. I use an all-text method in one of my storefronts; find an approach that works for you.

You've clearly put some work into the storefront. Don't stop there: it has potential. You're selling yourself short by bumping with your most recent post, introducing the car; turn it into an advertisement that really tries to sell the car to your audience. Compare, for example, your ad:

Now introducing the new Tashkent Snovideniye 2018, a brand new car!
Image

versus the potential:
introducing the new Tashkent Snovideniye 2018

Image

a brand new way to drive


Is it great? Not really. I'm not a marketer. I do think it looks better, though, just as a start, and looks are very important in GE&T. They're not essential, but if you're not leagues ahead of the competition in your products and prose, you need to work for it in terms of presentation.

Lastly, because I wouldn't be me if I didn't suggest it: [align=justify] your paragraphs. It's a tidiness thing; you might not prefer it, in which case don't worry about it, but I think it's always worth giving a try.

Hope that helps!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:03 pm
by Turkic Republic
Maltropia wrote:
Turkic Republic wrote:Hi, I just made a new storefront, does anyone have any suggestions for improvements? (some parts are still incomplete, but the storefront is mostly complete)

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=448086

Obviously enough, your first start should be a logo. It needn't be too ornate (simple and memorable is usually better, anyway), just an icon and the name of the company in stylised text. Once you have your logo, take one or two of its predominant colours and standardise all of your headers to that colour scheme.

As regards your prose, I think it'd work better without the Wiki-style approach, especially in the opening section. Personalise it. Your company should take pride in its work and in itself; and yet, while you use 'our nation,' you refer to the company simply as 'it.' Make that us and we. Brag a bit. Tell potential customers that you stand out from the crowd, and tell them why.

Your decision not to use dollars is interesting and not necessarily a bad thing, but I'd say you've made it too prominent. "We sell stuff, but we make it hard for you to buy it" is not the first impression you want to give, especially when we don't actually need to check the prices that often. If you flesh out the lead paragraph (depending on how long you intend to make the History, you could move this section [or a summary of it] into your lead to accomplish this), you could make a section on Billing, or whatever title, and explain the preferred currencies and provide your xe.com links there.

I am over the moon to see images of standardised width. A thousand blessings on you and your family.

Add a blank line between each product's heading and the paragraph below it, and another line between paragraph and specs. It makes it all look much tidier. While I'm on that, consider adding a line after each Purchase form's [hr] and before the next header (so [/code], [hr], blank line, Purchase). It might improve it, but that's subjective.

Your Partnership disclaimer is a tad out of place in an otherwise-solidly in-character storefront. This isn't inherently bad, but I don't think you need to break into OOC. My preferred approach here would be to make a header ("PARTNERSHIP") the same size as the Purchase overall header above it, and then two sentences about what you're looking for from prospective partners. Some storefronts present the logos of their partners; that's fine, but because logos are so often of very varying quality and size (requiring you to resize them if you care deeply about aesthetics) it can be a hassle to get right. I use an all-text method in one of my storefronts; find an approach that works for you.

You've clearly put some work into the storefront. Don't stop there: it has potential. You're selling yourself short by bumping with your most recent post, introducing the car; turn it into an advertisement that really tries to sell the car to your audience. Compare, for example, your ad:

Now introducing the new Tashkent Snovideniye 2018, a brand new car!
Image

versus the potential:
introducing the new Tashkent Snovideniye 2018

Image

a brand new way to drive


Is it great? Not really. I'm not a marketer. I do think it looks better, though, just as a start, and looks are very important in GE&T. They're not essential, but if you're not leagues ahead of the competition in your products and prose, you need to work for it in terms of presentation.

Lastly, because I wouldn't be me if I didn't suggest it: [align=justify] your paragraphs. It's a tidiness thing; you might not prefer it, in which case don't worry about it, but I think it's always worth giving a try.

Hope that helps!

Thank you for the suggestions Maltropia! I will use some of these.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:57 am
by Knessniet
This is my first attempt at a storefront. Thoughts?
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=448721

Advise for my store

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:19 pm
by Spekandria
Some advise would be great thx
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:20 pm
by Spekandria
Hey. I have a store for military stuff from Warhammer 40k (a game series thing) but only one person has ordered. There are things I know I can improve on so can you give me advice on how to describe products well and advertise well? Also creating my own images because the designs ar complex and I don’t have anything good to make it on. Thanks.

Link so you can take a look:

Spekandrian Military Equipment From The Far Future

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:41 pm
by Lamoni
Spekandria wrote:Some advise would be great thx
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In the future please do not make posts like this. It is considered spam.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:45 am
by Common Territories
Spekandria wrote:Hey. I have a store for military stuff from Warhammer 40k (a game series thing) but only one person has ordered. There are things I know I can improve on so can you give me advice on how to describe products well and advertise well? Also creating my own images because the designs ar complex and I don’t have anything good to make it on. Thanks.

Link so you can take a look:

Spekandrian Military Equipment From The Far Future

Well tbh, your thread lacks originality or clarity. I don't know if it's FT, if it's MT and you somehow got Warhammer gear to sell, or some other tech situation im unaware of. Most MT players abiding by said tech guidelines wont touch such a storefront because having that gear violates the very premise of their tech range; the US doesn't have power armor, nor does it space battleships. Secondly, Warhammer equipment isn't unique enough to sell and expect many sales. Anyone can go to their wiki, claim to use one of their tanks, and thereby go around your storefront. A storefront without a demand is more like factbook in the end. My suggestion is either improve the quality overall, including that of the products, or find another niche to cover that has demand/interests your fancy. I always suggest to players to sell something on GE&T that they can talk/write about for hours on end - something you know by heart as a hobby usually.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:51 pm
by Spekandria
Lamoni wrote:
Spekandria wrote:Some advise would be great thx
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In the future please do not make posts like this. It is considered spam.



Sorry, I somehow accidentally made 2 posts and I didn’t know how to delete that first one, so I did that. Please forgive my clumsiness. Thank you for the advise, however.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:54 pm
by Kyrusia
Spekandria wrote:
Lamoni wrote:
In the future please do not make posts like this. It is considered spam.



Sorry, I somehow accidentally made 2 posts and I didn’t know how to delete that first one, so I did that. Please forgive my clumsiness. Thank you for the advise, however.

You could have readily deleted the second post insofar as no one has posted after you. There will be a button at the top-right of your post to do such the next time.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:50 pm
by Spekandria
Kyrusia wrote:
Spekandria wrote:

Sorry, I somehow accidentally made 2 posts and I didn’t know how to delete that first one, so I did that. Please forgive my clumsiness. Thank you for the advise, however.

You could have readily deleted the second post insofar as no one has posted after you. There will be a button at the top-right of your post to do such the next time.


Thanks

PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:19 pm
by Jitcaep Sep
I want to create a storefront for a company that produces computer chips, which will be used for Business-2-Business sales to both retailers and device manufacturers. How do I do this without confusing people with technical specifications?