We have just recently completed a project for a long standing client (Bluestein Export Import Inc. aka BEI) which involved a content management and accounting system for their business. What made this project unique was that this client is the only company that does what they do and finding an out of the box CMS or accounting system that would do what they needed was next to impossible. They tried other applications and found them to be lacking.
We have been working on this project piece by piece for the last 10 years and we had a pretty good understanding of how the business worked. Since the project was developed over 10 years, it was constantly evolving as BEI realized they needed more and more functionality. So the last year we completely redesigned the extranet website to be much more efficient, streamlined and user friendly (these were some of the top priorities) by adding jQuery technology, better navigation, more control by the administrators and more effective PHP and MySQL coding.
The main function of the website is that it does exactly what BEI needs it to do to manage their businesses data, they do not have to change their system to conform to an out of the box application. Out of the box applications can be very effective and cost saving tools, yet in some situations it is more efficient to build a custom application, especially when your business is very unique.
Some of the main features of this website include:
- Multi-user and security level management
- Administrator can browse and work as and user
- Content control for all drop down / select menus
- Complex financial reporting for both users and administrators (users submit daily reports, administrators can summarize all reports)
- Invoice creation with printable versions
- Expense reporting
- Quick summaries and views of financial data
- CVS exporting into Excel
- Email notifications
- Financial and report validation
To summarize, we now have a very efficient and highly useful website which works for BEI and allows them to focus more on their business rather than their process. It uses modern coding practices and it is future friendly, ready for any new evolutions that need to be added. A website that does exactly what they need it to do.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Doctors of Thoracic Surgery (D.O.T.S.) WordPress website. Working with Blammo who handled the graphic design and project management, we built a custom WordPress theme for this fantastic life saving organization.
One of the challenges of this WordPress theme was the many different levels of navigation including a primary, secondary and footer menu, with some of the menus going 4 levels deep, and of course automating the menus for ease of use by the client. And with most of our custom themes, we code custom PHP functions to create a website that works best for the clients needs.
Being a WordPress website, this site has a full CMS (content management system) to manage everything from page content, image and PDF management, menus and of course plugins and widgets.
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Over the last month we have launched 2 custom WordPress theme websites, both of which are integrated with Google’s geolocator. What this does is allow locations to be searched by postal code to provide end users with the most relevant data for them. In both cases we seamlessly integrated the locations into the WordPress administration panel for ease of use by the website administrator.
As is our specialty recently, this is a custom built WordPress theme website. We can turn any design, from any designer into a fully functioning CMS website.
We recently developed a shopping cart website using Shopify, which is fully developed E-Commerce CMS website tool (a ready to use shopping cart). Where we came in was to help customize the design and modify some of the cart features to be more in line with the customers products. We also consulted on how to use Shopify and added most of the content. One advantage of Shopify is the plug and play features for shipping with UPS and accepting credit cards.
Shopify is a great tool for developing an E-Commerce website with fairly standard shopping features, please contact us today to help you set up and develop either a Shopify or fully customized E-Commerce website.
Wearing my hat as the website developer for Jar Creative I am happy to announce the launch of their new website. This website pushed the limits of WordPress theme development and I am very pleased to be have been part of the team which includes Designers, Creative Directors, Project Managers and SEO Specialists.
One item I especially proud to have developed is the image focused blog as seen below on the left.
Over the holidays we launched the Rohmer and Fenn Law website. We handled both the design and development of this website and created a custom WordPress template for the client.
It includes a full WordPress content management system, SEO (Search engine optimization), and all content is easily update-able by Rohmer and Fenn.
This summer Darkstar Media designed and developed the Green & Clean Energy company website. It is a WordPress template which has multi language support.
It includes a CMS for managing all content, which includes text for both languages, images, and the callouts and calls to action. The ability to create custom meta tags and descriptions is included in this website as well which is important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
This week Darkstar Media is pleased to announce the launch of MyCustomKidsBooks.com. The website is a fully customized WordPress website and we added custom eCommerce features.
The challenge the client had involved the nature of their business which was creating custom books where the customer need to upload photos and enter specific details related to what they wanted to appear in their custom book. Out of the box shopping carts do not provide this kind of functionality which is where we came in. Working with the client we customized the shopping cart experience to the clients specific needs as well as consulting on user experience, SEO, WordPress content management, and built a custom WordPress theme.
We have just consulted with Trish Dingman and helped her set up her own Podcasts through her WordPress website. They are listed on iTunes and available for download.
We also consulted with basic domain name registration and web hosting to help get her up and running.
It has been a very busy summer here at Darkstar Media. We are currently working on 2 e-commerce websites which we will be launching and revealing soon as well as a custom extranet CMS website.
For the custom WordPress shopping cart website the client is offering custom kids books where you add photos of your children to their own custom story book, lots of fun. We are building very specific shopping cart functions that allow you to upload and manage your images as well as your purchase.
The second website is uses Shopify as a base for the shopping cart. Shopify is a powerful ecommerce website solution that allows you to sell online by providing everything you need to create an online store. We are consulting and adding our e-commerce experience to the creation of this e-commerce website.
The third main project is a very large custom extranet for a Canada wide company. They use this website to insert daily sales reports from across the country as well as generate reports and invoices. This website is a full CMS and all data is controlled by the client.