Online Bookstores and eCommerce Solutions from ChrisLands

Fourth of July - Independence Day

It is the Fourth of July weekend. I wish all of you who celebrate this weekend as Independence Day a very happy Fourth and everyone else have a Great Weekend! I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on a few things. Please read on.

In This Newsletter!

Weekend Special

$99.99 Off Setup Fee Plus $25.00 Credit Towards Monthly Fee

Anyone who sign ups for a online store between Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 5:00 PM Central Time and Wednesday July 9, 2014, 9:00 AM Central Time will pay only $100 Setup Fee and receive a $25.00 credit towards their monthly fees!

This is only for

See more at the ChrisLands' Promotions Page

As you may recall, September 1, 2014 we are increasing fees for new stores, Fee Incease Notice. So, NOW is the time to tell your friends about

Tell your friends, relatives, mother, father, sister, brother, tell your neighbor to "Visit" today and register for their new and shiny online store now!

Go to ChrisLands Registration to get started now!

Starting Now

After working on various projects to shore up ChrisLands and, hopefully, ensure its longevity, we are now re-focusing our efforts on a few projects for ChrisLands. I am only mentioning two large ones here, but there are a few smaller features you will see coming online in the near future as well. Here are the two main projects we are starting.

New Store Designs

As I have mentioned in the past, I desperately want to re-write the front end, the customer side, of the stores. I am starting this now. I have a few goals when I am doing this re-write.

  • HTML5/CSS3 Responsive Design
  • One Page Checkout
  • More SEO Features
  • Better Image Display
  • Easier Slideshow Integration

Below are a couple of example sites to show you my vision, what I hope to accomplish in this re-design. Please keep in mind these are just examples. Also, there is no need to send me your examples. This is a big project and being inundated with other examples will add to the complexity. Believe, me I have your interests in mind.

If you look at these template pages, at the top you may click the images of various device display sizes to see what they look like in that size display. That is what Responsive means, it looks good in any display size.

Again, these are just examples of what I am shooting for, my inspiration if you will. Unfortunately, the administration side will most likely remain the same. Hopefully I can clean that up sometime after completing this project.

More Stock Data

I am currently negotiating with the data provider for more ISBN coverage (new and old), larger description fields (a full description of the book), and more images. Once I sign the new license agreement (which I have now) and receive the data it will be added to the current ISBN coverage of the Stock Data feature.

My goal is to have this integrated by the end of July. Once integrated, the monthly fees associated with this feature will apply. To see more about Stock Data and Images, you can see more at your store, as the Store Administrator, do the following:

Login -> Administration -> Inventory (top menu) -> Stock Data (left menu)

Social Media Service

Landry has completed two courses on Social Media Marketing. The instructor told the class:

If you have a website but not a Facebook page, you are doing it wrong. If you have a Facebook page but not a website you are doing it wrong. To do it right, you need both a website and a Facebook page.

With this in mind, on July 15, 2014, we are launching a Social Media Management service for store owners. Basically we will handle your social media efforts!

In researching pricing for our service, we were amazed at what others were charging. Two of the cheapest we found had an hourly service at $74.00 an hour and the other required $1000 setup and $500 a month. Rest assured, as always, ChrisLands will not take advantage of you like that.

More to follow on this service, July 15, 2014. Please be looking for our notice on that day!

MeTesto Professional

We have launched the Professional version of at, a Text Messaging Service for Businesses and Organizations! MeTesto Professional includes:

  • NO Signup Fees
  • NO Monthly Fees
  • NO Contracts
  • Contact Management
  • Contact Lists
  • Message Management
  • Send messages to one, a list, or all.
  • And Much More...

We are only marketing this in the United States right now. I need to test sending text messages to other countries, so I am looking for volunteers from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. I need two volunteers from each country and you must have a mobile phone that accepts text messages.

If you are interested please send an email to with your Country and Phone Number (without country code). I will accept the first two volunteers from each country. Testing will only involve receiving two text messages. Volunteers I use will receive a $10.00 credit towards their monthly ChrisLands' fees.

Why the name MeTesto? Me Testo is Italian for Text Me! Pretty good name, don't ya think?

Please visit to find out more about MeTesto Professional!

A Great Weekend!

I sincerely hope that everyone has a great weekend. Yes, I do have plans and I am looking forward to a little down time myself, which I don't allow myself very often.

As always, we continue to work hard for you! More is coming in the future!

Have a Great and Special Weekend!


Jaymes H. Sorbel - provides your organization with a simple, easy to use system for sending messages to your multiple recipients. - A service that gives you the ability to write a text message and schedule it to arrive at a certain date and time. - Search Millions of Items from Hundreds of Independent Stores! Support Independence!