At The Bench

At The Bench is an online video training site for people interested in learning to improve their jewellery making skills.

The Brief

At The Bench needed a full-featured powerful membership solution that would allow them to stream secure video content to its members.

They wanted to build a learning community that sparked creativity and it was important that members could share their work within that community and that the team could support them throughout with constructive feedback.

The Approach

We discussed the project at some length with Andrew the owner and his team until we had a clear understanding about the look and feel they were after, the immediate functionality required and the scope for growth.

We produced mock-ups that illustrated the appearance of the site, along with its architecture and functionality, and then continued to work closely with Andrew to create the membership site he had envisaged.

Built for speed on WordPress

The site is built on the WordPress platform so the content management system is stable, feature rich and easy to use. WordPress is also SEO friendly making it ideal for Google indexing.

A streamlined WordPress theme and custom plugins, as well as carefully selected free modules to enhance functionality, ensure the site performs and delivers speed not only for usability but search engine ranking as well.

Membership

The fully automated membership system allows free and paid access to content. Membership levels and downloadable materials are easily purchased through credit card and PayPal payment gateways.

The project area allows members to create, categorize and manage individual jewellery projects. They can also collect video tutorials and assign them to projects for reference or add them as favourites.

Secure Videos

The training videos are hosted on Amazon S3 servers and delivered to users at high speeds from any part of the world. The custom HTML5 video player is configured to securely play MP4 videos and links are set to expire to ensure content cannot be shared with unauthorized users.

Feedback

At The Bench prides itself on being a friendly learning community so communication between the team and users is encouraged. Members can use the feedback function to send notes, photos and videos of their projects.

The feedback notification system ensures that team and members are notified by email of all messages. Notifications are also clearly highlighted in the project dashboard area.

Image Galleries

All members have a private image gallery to organize their images for personal reference, to display in the public member gallery or to attach to feedback requests.

The Result

At The Bench now has an end-to-end content delivery solution to provide secure content easily to its members and an online learning community that supports and nurtures fellow creatives.

Visit the site online: www.atthebench.com

Romak Denture Centre

Romak are denture specialists. Since their inception they have developed an impressive client roster of over 250 dentists from all over the UK and have made over 200,000 dentures.

Visit the site online: www.romak.co.uk

International Institute of Marine Surveying

The International Institute of Marine Surveying is an award-winning, independent organisation promoting the professionalism, recognition and training of marine surveyors worldwide.

The Brief

The brief was short and to the point. The website had not been updated in over six years so it needed revamping with a modern framework. The layout should remain the same with a modern font introduced and icons and images updated. Plugin use should be reduced where possible to improve performance, reliability and to avoid potential security weak spots.

The Approach

A new lightweight WordPress theme was developed and built on Bootstrap 5, a powerful front-end framework, so the site would be more accessible to users on small devices.

A number of plugins were replaced with custom PHP coding, custom post types and custom fields so the functionality remained but now used streamlined code. Replacing plugins with efficient coding would also lower the strain on resources and help improve page loading time.

WebP Images

Images were optimized to use the latest WebP file format. WebP images are much smaller than commonly used JPG or PNG format with almost no reduction in quality. This allows for a decreased page size which means faster loading times and an improved user browsing experience.

Secure Video and Sound Files

The IIMS provides a wealth of media data to its members in the form of educational videos and podcasts. These files were hosted on Amazon S3 servers so they are delivered at high speeds to users from all parts of the world.

Site Optimization

CSS and Javascript files were minified and caching added to help serve up pages quickly. The htaccess file was updated with best practices.

The Result

A fast, streamlined web portal packed with resources for members that is easy to navigate and easily accessible on desktops, tablets and phones.

Visit the site online: iims.org.uk

Berry Vintage

Berry Vintage sell and buy high quality vintage jewellery and have over 80 years combined experience in the jewellery industry.

Case study coming soon.

Visit the site online: berryvintage.co.uk

Titan Storage

Titan Storage is a storage company providing secure modern storage facilities around the UK for business and personal use.

The Brief

Titan decided to replace their old third party reservation and booking system with a custom solution that would fit their requirements precisely.

The new system needed to work seamlessly with the brochure website we had earlier developed in WordPress so reservations could be made without leaving the site.

And it needed to connect with the DocuSign eSignature system they were now using at their stores to streamline document and agreement signing.

The Approach

We held discovery sessions with Titan management and their marketing team to ensure business goals, strategy and expectations were aligned.

The produced a series of mock-ups that illustrated the paths between pages and covered the entire customer journey through the various points of entry. The main objective as always an optimised quality user experience.

WooCommerce Development

We developed the full-featured reservation and booking system as a WooCommerce extension so we could utilize the power of the popular eCommerce platform and allow the system to fit seamlessly into WordPress, their current CMS.

Storage units, reservations and payments are now managed through the WordPress CMS and staff have an improved and intuitive booking system that is easy to maintain.

eSignature API

We held a Zoom meeting with the DocuSign sales and technical team to discuss connecting our eCommerce system to their eSignature API.

The developed system later allowed customers the choice of signing the contract immediately after a reservation or postponing it to a more convenient time.

If they chose the later, reminder emails would be sent out to continue the smooth customer journey with a single click.

Go Live

When we had a working model completed we held a further meeting with the Titan and DocuSign team to demonstrate the system as part of the Docusign Go Live process.

The Result

Titan now have a streamlined reservation and booking system with automated critical processes and an improved customer journey to enhance client experience across all touchpoints.

Visit the site online: www.titanstorage.co.uk

Pantheon Poets

Pantheon Poets is an online collection of recited Latin poems with accompanying Latin text and English translation.

The Brief

Pantheon Poets had the single aim of making the best Latin poetry accessible to people who don’t necessarily know any Latin.

The main target audience would be people studying literature in English or other modern languages, but there was also a wider purpose to make recited Latin available as a valuable resource.

The site needed to reference individual poets and poems, with each poem having its own Latin text with a literal translation, and a sound file of Latin being read aloud.

The Approach

We held a meeting via video conferencing where we discussed the brief in detail and then later sketched out the preliminary architecture of the site.

We worked on getting the feel of the site just right and produced a series of mock-ups that illustrated functionality and the user journey.

Design

We wanted a simple clean and user-friendly design with lots of white space so the poets and poems would be the focus of the site.

We combined white with flashes of black and red to be aesthetically powerful and chose a reddish grey as a pleasing soft background to the poems.

An ideal project for WordPress

To build the site we took advantage of WordPress’s specialized content types. We used custom post types for the poets and poems, and extended them with taxonomies and post object fields to create connections between poets and poems.

Secure Sound Files

The MP3 sound files are hosted on Amazon S3 servers and delivered to users at high speeds from any part of the world. They are played on the native HTML5 audio player.

The Result

A classy, easy to use site that is a great resource for Latin poetry. Since its launch, Pantheon Poets has become an official teaching resource of the Classical Association.

Visit the site online: www.pantheonpoets.com