So you have some awesome designs you have uploaded your design, you have set up your Shapeways Shop, you have shown your parents and the neighbors kid to their vacant amazement, so now what are you going to do?
Time to start promoting designs, and what better way than the Shapeways Widget. The Shapeways Widget allows you to embed your shop, or your favorites, or both into almost any website. It is relatively easy to use, you can customize the number of columns and rows, and it is a great way to drive traffic to your shop. We do have one widget that consistently currently drives around 5,000 hits per month to the Shapeways site. Now imagine if a similar widget was part of your website, or a forum you frequent or anywhere that people may be interested in your product, your sales could go through the roof.
Using the widget also really shows how important it is to take some decent photos of your items and ensure they are in 450x324 or 700x519 format to ensure they sit right in the frames.
Below is a widget based on some of the items Cory Doctorow has featured on Boing Boing from the Shapeways community. A simple window that could sit along side your blog, Tumblr page or anywhere.
Here is the code used to generate a list of your favorites with Your Shop Name to replace YourShopName
Naturally, he's looking into the possibilities offered by the Shapeways API.
This has come at a time when we're seeing a surge of interest in the API, with users building desktop, mobile and web apps that take advantage of the ability to upload models to Shapeways, where we then handle shop display, printing and order fulfillment.
Interesting questions and discussions are happening in the Shapeways API forum, and our dev team is following along closely.
If you have API questions, suggestions or ideas, please get in touch--it is my goal to support your creativity wherever it may lead.