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Tue Oct 23 2012 15:42:58

New, More Photo-Based Design for TIAS

By: Julia Wilkinson

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If you haven't been over to TIAS.com - aka The Internet Antique Shop - lately, the front page of the site will likely surprise you. With more photos of items up front, and easier navigation, TIAS is showing off the first phase of its new web site, backed by new software that was custom-designed for TIAS by BCS Engineering of Athens, Ohio.

The new site offers advanced features for buyers and sellers of antiques and collectibles, including the aforementioned easier category navigation, more photos of merchandise and a faster search engine, which gives visitors the opportunity to browse a wide selection of over half a million antiques and collectibles in seconds.

"TIAS.com is one of the pioneers of e-commerce. We've been helping merchants sell their antiques and collectibles online for almost 18 years now," said Phillip Davies, President of TIAS.com. "The new appearance and features we are now offering will make it easier for customer to find the antiques and collectibles they are looking for and generate more sales for our merchants," he added.

"This first completed phase of moving such a large Web site to an entirely new platform was extremely complex." said Carrie Saunders, Owner/Engineer at BCSE. "The transition from TIAS's old software with over a million lines of proprietary code, to the new Web 2.0 platform was an exciting challenge for our team. We are very happy with how it turned out and look forward to completing the final phase of this project."

The large variety of antiques and collectibles visible on one screen, along with the great variety of categories specific to the antiques and collectibles world, such as "Lunchboxes" and "Tobacciana," as opposed to general merchandise, are what make it stand out to me. The move towards more photos on the top-level also seems to be an industry trend.

What do you think of TIAS's new design? Do you like the move to a more image-based, Pinterest-esque design of many sites these days? Post a comment here!




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New, More Photo-Based Design for TIAS   New, More Photo-Based Design for TIAS

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Thu Oct 25 20:28:57 2012

Tias must be really popular not one reply.
I'm not into antiques.
But i think niche sites are the way to go.



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