Dechen Ling Press is in some sense the result of one person’s life long passion. The books they sell are largely the result of one man’s passion for translating Tibetan sacred literature. The entire organization seemed to revolve around this one man’s energy, but when they approached me to take over site maintenance he was in the process of passing away and the entire organization was struggling to move to a model that would survive this loss. Initially I made necessary updates and maintenance and handled some overdue communication issues between the web site and the printer’s automated software. Over time I updated aspects of the design to allow for personal messages from his closest associates after he passed, and generally kept the web site running as the organization worked to develop new systems.
Some of the more interesting components of this project including some very unique online sales requirements. While the store itself is a pretty standard WooCommerce installation, it was very important that sales be transmitted directly to the printer in exactly the required format. This has required that I periodically create custom functions to manipulate the WooCommerce output before it is transmitted. My experience running my own publishing company also came into play when Dechen Ling Press needed someone to set up several books in a new POD format for the printer.
Shasta has done an outstanding job for our online store’s website. Her rates are reasonable and she is efficient, reliable, and professional. I wish we had found her sooner! – Polly Trout