Chet at Mamami was seeking a revamp for an existing e-commerce website.
She had already had a graphic design company create a new “look” for the site and came to us seeking a designer that could turn the design on paper into a fully-functioning e-commerce shop.
We not only created a highly-customised shopping cart to exactly match the paper design, but also incorporated an easy-to use admin console to allow Chet to update the site herself, a feature she did not have previously.
Chet’s previous web design was stylish and girlie, great for the product – glamorous baby-changing bags. However, to keep the website fresh and interesting, she decided she would like a revamp.
This original web design had been created around a standard shopping cart system, but in order to achieve the appearance that the site owner wanted, it had been heavily customised in such a way that the only way to add new products was to return to the web developer and pay for updates.
When we took over the development of the site our aim was not only to make Chet’s vision for the site a reality, but also to deliver a shopping cart that she could manage herself.
Here is the layout for the home page which Chet had already had designed:
If you visit the Mamami Website you will see that we have indeed transferred the paper designs to a fully functioning e-commerce site exactly. To realise this design and also utilise a standard shopping cart system required a great deal of customisation. However, we have been very careful to ensure that this has not affected the content management system and that Chet will be able to maintain the site herself without needing to have a developer add new products for her.
All areas of the home page can be managed separately, so new menu items may be added to the footer menu sections, the images in the fade-show may be changed and the 3 picture links to other sections of the site may also be changed easily.
On the shop category pages, images and text may be amendedsimply through a WYSIWYG editor. The product page is made up of several separate areas of information. Each of these is simply enterd into a custom text field in the online editor and the information is then automatically displayed in the appropriate area or tabbed section.
Thumbnail images for the product are automatically generated and linked to a lightbox effect gallery when the product photos are uploaded.
The “In the Press” section utilises the extension K2 – a great solution for managing online content.
We worked closely with Chet throughout the web creation process and so she was also able to make modifications to the original design as we worked and she saw the site online.
If you have a website design that you would like turned into an easy-to-manage, fully-functioning e-commerce shopping cart, give David a call on 01780 740893.