One Hit KO shop
Purpose & Goal
One Hit KO shop was created to showcase and sell handmade earrings and pins. The primary purpose was to provide an avenue for the founder's hobby project to reach a wider audience and establish a small business.
Additionally, the project served as an opportunity to gain practical experience in using the Stripe API and Netlify functions, based on a blog post by Sia Karamalegos that explored building a Jamstack store with Stripe, Netlify, and my preferred static site generator, Eleventy.
The website was developed using Eleventy v2.0.1, a static site generator that I was already familiar with, making it an ideal choice for this project. The site incorporated a simple design with custom fonts from Google Fonts and a color scheme chosen by the founder. For product management and payment processing, Stripe was employed, while Netlify Functions was used to handle checkout sessions and update the catalogue once a product is purchased. The site is deployed on Netlify and also includes a contact form which is handled by Netlify Forms.
The design approach for the One Hit KO shop centered around simplicity and effective presentation of the handcrafted products. It is inspired by Jimmy Nelson's bookshop. The user interface is intuitive, guiding visitors seamlessly through the browsing and checkout process.
The development phase of the project was marked by two notable highlights.
- Setting up checkout sessions using the Stripe API, enabling a smooth and secure purchasing experience for customers.
- Leveraging the Stripe webhook service, I created a Netlify function that disables purchased products and triggers site rebuilds whenever a purchase is successful, ensuring that the store's content is always up-to-date.
The learning process during development was rich and rewarding. I gained valuable insights into how the Stripe API works, mastering the integration of the checkout page and product management through the Stripe dashboard. Additionally, I explored and implemented Netlify Forms, effectively creating a contact page to handle special requests from customers.
Building the One Hit KO shop was not only an opportunity to turn a hobby into a business but also a learning opportunity. Understanding and working with the Stripe API allowed me to implement a secure and reliable payment system for customers. Learning to create Netlify functions allowed me to automate tasks and optimize site performance.
I appreciated the process of integrating design choices made by the founder into the website, ensuring a personalized touch. The project's success reinforced my proficiency with Eleventy, further solidifying my expertise in using the static site generator for future endeavors.