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Case Study: Custom Extranet and CMS for a Unique Business

We have just recently completed a project for a long standing BEI logoclient (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 any 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.



Justin Blayney

About Justin Blayney

Justin Blayney founded Darkstar Media in 2002 and is based in the greater Toronto area. He has extensive experience with web design and development including CSS, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress, SEO, structured data, and responsive design. On his off time Justin enjoys fine art, yoga, and swing dancing. You can find him on

Justin Blayney

About Justin Blayney

Justin Blayney founded Darkstar Media in 2002 and is based in the greater Toronto area. He has extensive experience with web design and development including CSS, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress, SEO, structured data, and responsive design. On his off time Justin enjoys fine art, yoga, and swing dancing. You can find him on



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