EAB has successfully completed a bilingual responsive website for the Kang Yun Foundation, a Hong Kong registered charity that helps educate children in impoverished parts of rural China that have been left behind in China's rush to develop. The new content management system (CMS), based on the eZ Publish platform, is responsive so it displays well on small mobile phones, tablet devices and on larger desktop computers. The charity's volunteers can use the CMS to create and organise their own content in both Chinese and English.
EAB has successfully completed an attractive responsive website providing information about the historic Gorhambury Estate in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Based on the open source Symfony framework and incorporating the eZ Publish content management system (CMS), the Gorhambury Estate website uses technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery to provide a clean and attractive responsive design that displays well on small mobile phones, tablet devices and on larger desktop computers.
The website is updated frequently and not only provides news and maps of the estate but also information about properties on the estate that are available for rent.
Entreprise AB, our sister company in the south of France, was engaged by Accademia Monaco to design and develop a new website to more effectively support education and child development initiatives in Brazil, and also improve their own organisational processes.
The new content management system (CMS), based on the eZ Publish platform, has a responsive design so it displays well on small mobile phones, tablet devices and on larger desktop computers. The charity can create their own visually appealing content – in both French and English – including slideshows and photo albums showcasing the projects they are involved in and their fundraising events. It includes task management tools helping the team organise and run events.
EAB has successfully completed a responsive website for John Truscott, a church consultant who also runs the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN). The new website design is responsive so it displays well on small mobile phones, tablet devices and on larger desktop computers, making it more convenient for John's clients and more than 1100 members of the network to access text and audio resources, news, events and share their own advice and experience.
John was keen that the website redesign not be run-of-the-mill but reflect his unique approach; so we designed a site navigation that embeds attractive cartoons in a dynamic responsive fashion. We'd love to hear from you if you can find another website that looks the same!
The section of the website dedicated to UCAN has a different design in order to clearly separate John's consultancy and training work from UCAN's shared community resources and information.
Based on the eZ Publish platform, the website leverages technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery but can also fall back to obsolete technologies such as Flash to support those older web browsers that need it such as Internet Explorer 8 running on Windows XP.
After many months of work, we’ve launched a brand new website for Victoria Fine Art to be the best for buyers of traditional and contemporary Fine Art in the UK - possibly the whole world!
Utilising jQuery and PHP for frontend and backend technologies we developed our own bespoke extension to the eZ Publish Content Management System (CMS) that implements a 'deep zoom' technique making it possible for visitors to zoom in on pictures to explore details, textures and brushwork like never before.
By customising eZ Find we’ve harnessed the powerful Apache Solr search engine to make it possible for art lovers to search for pictures by artist, title and categories of subject matter, size, period and price bracket.
The powerful new content management system makes it possible to curate artworks by artist, theme, period, country of origin, style - even size!
Victoria Fine Art manager, Jonathan Roberts says:
"We can’t wait to display our fabulous collection of literally thousands of beautiful, covetable paintings - many of them never before seen on the internet."
The elegant design work was provided by Sally Davidson, and our EAB Developer team led by Andy Caiger provided the bespoke software.
We are incredibly proud of this website.
The eZ Publish Website Toolbar extension (ezwt) is easy to customize. Recently, we wanted to allow our staff to easily save PDF versions of web page content (without the surrounding headers and page navigation). We installed and configured the excellent ParadoxPDF extension which uses a Java program running behind the scenes on our Linux server to generate a PDF, but how best to make this functionality accessible to our staff? The toolbar is by definition a bar of tools so that seemed the best place to add a button for this new tool. By simply adding two lines to a settings file and writing a short template, our users got a new PDF button in the toolbar at the top of every page, allowing them to download content in clean PDF format with a single click.
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We are very pleased to announce the success of our latest development project for our client - the leading learning grid provider Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning (YHGfL).
This client has a massive web legacy infrastructure and thousands of regional and national users using more than one website so they made the decision to invest in simplifying down to one user name and password.
We have used a technology called LDAP to allow users to register on the main website and move across to other YHGfL sites using the same username and password.
It’s a sophisticated answer to a simple problem - multiple log ins and passwords. It should make a huge difference to their users’ experience.
Thanks to great project collaboration and time management on both sides, this project was completed on time, on budget and worked first time.
This is what our client Steve Turnbull (YHGFL’s Project Manager) said:
“Simplified Sign-On is a first step for YHGfL towards a fully integrated Single Sign-On. This project was crucial in making our website, running on the eZ Publish platform, ‘talk’ to our LDAP service. The project to integrate eZ Publish with our LDAP system in this way went very smoothly thanks to the close partnership working between EAB and ourselves“
Our home improvement and construction client Herts Bifold Doors is delighted with a bespoke extension we created for their website: an online quote generator for their construction trade clientele to specify bifold doors for their customers and get accurate cost estimates. It also generates sales leads that are easy for HBD sales staff to follow.
The quote engine gives precise instructions on measurements and options and an easy selection interface. The quote is delivered to the trade customer’s inbox .
The flexible eZ Publish CMS powering the Herts Bifold Doors website allows websites to evolve with ever-changing business requirements: in this case a new "trade" section was added to complement their consumer business website.
HBD are a thriving small business in St Albans that trust EAB as their web partner to devise technical solutions to fuel their business growth. Find out more about our services to local businesses.
by Belinda Naylor-Stables
Here is the second of 3 blog posts on how to successfully develop a content managed website.
Set the goalposts for your web editor
Check that your developer understands the expectations of your web editor: what they expect to be able to change on each web page. From the outset your developer needs to explain clearly to you what can and cannot be achieved in the front end system.
We use the eZ Publish CMS which has a very user-friendly front end system. See our article on Why ezPublish.
For more insight into how eZ Publish works, visit our demo site. You'll need to contact us for a password if you want to try it out for yourself.
Visualise success with a wireframe
If you are unfamiliar with the scope of Content Management Systems technology then you could ask your chosen developer to help you with the specification of a new website. They should be able to produce quick wireframes or other prototypes to show the content of each web page. List the user expectations for each screen - what they expect to see, what they expect to do. This way you can ensure page designs are user-focused.
Our favourite online wireframe tool is MockFlow. It's a cool tool because you can talk over the real-time chat and invite other team members to become editors or viewers. Editors have the ability to make changes to the wireframes, while viewers are limited to reviewing and commenting.
MockFlow is a web app based on the Adobe Flash Platform. Check out sample wireframes at the Mockflow website.
by Belinda Naylor-Stables
Developing a new content-managed website is an exciting project management challenge. Your site developer will have a project manager and it's a good idea as a client to have your in-house project manager too. Here's the first of 3 blogs to help keep your eye on the ball with these tips from an experienced project manager.
Kick off with a great web specification
If your bids or tenders provide a loose specification they will result in a vast range of cost responses – and it will be difficult to judge which web developer meets your needs best. Ideally, involve potential users from the start. Ensure their views are canvassed on what is required even BEFORE you draw up a project brief or tender. This helps you draft a detailed set of requirements and avoid changes further down the line. Changes are worth avoiding because they inevitably add to your costs and possibly reduce what you could achieve within your budget.
Get the design signed off early on and don't allow others to come back on this later. Changes to visual elements may be difficult and costly to implement - adding disproportionately to the cost.
Anticipate problems and use an Issue Log
Once you've decided on your web developer, agree a communication plan before the project begins. Share phone numbers, emails, Skype addresses and holiday dates. Know the different levels of communication that need to go on and who to contact about what. For example, strategic and resource management, project issues and planning, plus user testing and feedback all involve different people at different levels. Collaborative sharing of key project documents works really well for contact list, plan, detailed specification, Risk Register (aspects of the project that could cause difficulties or delays) and Issue Log (the record of issues that arise with a record of how they have been resolved).