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04/15/2016

Welcome!

This page is simply a Table of Contents for the posts that are related to the Website Updates and changes. Please choose one of the blog posts to get started on reading!

Feature Requests

12/01/2016

Ah, feature requests time!

Every developer with an item that has been released should have an area for feature requests. This allows the users, you as the reader, to follow along with a list of features that are agreed as features to be added and somewhere in the development phase. We feel this is critical as it offers transparency between us as the developers and you, the end user. If you think of something that is not on this list, that you would like added, simply drop us a line and we will take a look! The site has only been released for a single day at time of writing this article and already we have a few on here! Take a look!

  • Done! Whole site SSL, this one is a top priority as security is a top concern of ours, our old site was not SSL but we want this one to be for your safety! You may notice this as some sites you browse use "https;//" already
  • Selection-guide like pages. you spoke, we listened! We are talking about a single page for each of the 5 main categories that will have a brief easy-to-digest overview of the various models which should make narrowing down the correct product for you, even easier!
  • Online credit card processing, right now it is offline through our accounting system, but we would like it to be live and run the card at the time of placing an order as it avoids issues of incorrect card numbers or invalid cards that may delay shipment
  • PayPal payments, we have the logo, now all we need is the processor! Many people like PayPal as it keeps all payment information private so we would like to accomdate them as well!

Known Issues at Time of Original Release

11/30/2016

This post is to bring light to the known issues on the site at time of it's original release, December 1, 2016. As usual, it will be in list style however in no specific order. Keep an eye on this page to track progress! If you find something that you would like to see changed, please let us know and we will address it and if feedback is high enough, add it to this list!

  • Shipping estimator is not currently operational, eventually all shipments will get a rough estimate on freight for various methods
  • Pictures! We know there are many pictures that aren't correct or up, we are working on taking all new pictures and will be progressively uploading them
  • Category descriptions, there are some categories that have missing descriptions, these are being worked on/ created and will be added periodically
  • Product descriptions, this is in a similar situation as the category descriptions
  • The "accessories" section needs some serious sprucing up."Specifications" are not on there for this category, the accessories in general are pretty bleak, they just have pricing, this will be fixed soon
  • That darn home page! Trying to come up with a home page that encompasses what we want to portray without looking cluttered, this will be a work-in-progress for sure
  • "Pages" such as the "Clean-In-Place" and "OMA Program" need a lot more detail, and pictures!
  • A lot of the extra material such as white papers, and rich text will be added continuously
  • The model 4000, this one is going to be tricky but we are working on a builder that will let you build the product as you go and submit it to us for a quote/ part number
  • Better "Product Filters" to better help you narrow down the part you are looking for

Fall 2016 Update

04/15/2016

Welcome to the new site! Please continue reading to get the scoop!

We assure you, this is the correct place, we have been working hard to produce a site that is up to par with today's web-surfing standards, were confident you will find the new site not only easier to navigate, but much more appealing to the eye.

We imagine that if we were to list all the changes in paragraph style that it may be overwhelming and many readers may skip over this information, so we will put a lot of it into an ordered list.

Positives:

  1. Written in native HTML5 for responsiveness, the site should work and look awesome from the smallest smart watch to the largest ultra-wide 21:9 monitor
  2. Active/ live search, just start typing and click your preferred result, no need to hit “enter” every time, if you’re not finding what you’re looking for, go ahead and hit “enter” and it will return all relevant results
  3. Continuous sessions in our chat client, you can now navigate the site as you chat with us without worrying about losing the chat
  4. Active sitemap, our old sitemap was pitiful to say the least, the sitemap here is live updated with new content, so if you’re not sure where to go, please click the link in the footer to explore
  5. Better product images, the images will now show larger as well as mouse hovering will zoom on the image, click the image for full-size and to view more images full-size in a slideshow like fashion
  6. Root site only! This one is our favorite, no more hopping across subdomains, for example, thomasprod.com and catalog.thomasprod.com. The site in all its glory is now completely on “thomasprod.com”
  7. Individual 1500, 1600, & 1700 products with their perspective pistons, calling you after receiving an order to clarify the piston is a thing of the past! If you’re not sure which one you need, just chat with us and we’ll help you out!
  8. This blog! This part of the site (all links with “blog” in them) are written “blog” style, for easy reading. This part of the site serves as an update central for all our updates and changes to the company. We highly recommend “subscribing” to our mailing list so we can notify you when we do something new that may benefit you greatly! There is a box on the homepage with the form that you can fill out. Trust us, we won’t spam you and we will never sell or give away your information!

With all the positive changes, there unfortunately are some “downsides” as well, here they are in an easy to digest list.

Downsides:

  1. Broken links, this one is difficult to portray, our old site had almost 5000 links on it, to redirect all of them would be nearly impossible. What we did to help you as much as we could is we redirected all of the models and categories to their new homes, these will be a “301” or permanent, redirect. For now, any link you try to navigate to that is not redirected by us, will “302” or temporarily redirect you here. We are working on fixing more links so eventually they will be fixed and “301’d” to their new home
  2. The retiring of the “catalog” subdomain, this is in the positives as well so this one is tricky, many people know our site with the catalog.thomasprod.com links, so this is only in the “downsides” because of familiarity

Through all of this, if there is one thing that we can stress, it is to please bear with us as we build this site! We are releasing it to you on a "Rolling Release" fashion. In other words, we know there are some things wrong with the site now, but we want to bring it to you now, plus there is no better criticize than direct from the consumer!