As part of my day to day work, I am part of a team that put together websites for our clients. This often means that our design team develop the initial look and feel of the website and other developers work on some of the final functionality of the website. My role is often the front-end HTML/CSS and some small amounts of development work.
However, every now and then a smaller website will come through the business and to keep costs down and free up time of some other members of the team I will take the project from design all the way through to launch. The first project of this kind was for Worth Brothers Wine, a company with two wine shops based in Derby & Lichfield.
Worth Borthers had three main aims from this website;
Event promotion was specifically a big part of this as they run a number of unique music and meal based events along with more traditional wine tastings and they really wanted to highlight these. Luckily through a number of projects at this point I’ve become very familiar with an events management plugin that was perfect for this purpose.
The other big part of this project was to be able to add a wide number of filters to allow customers to search through the vast inventory that Worth Brothers sell. This was achieved with a number of custom attributes on products and a sidebar on the shop section of the site that allowed them to be filtered & searched.
A nice by-product of this approach is that it meant a good amount of data was saved on every product and since the Worth Bothers team didn’t want to have to provide images for each wine they sell it was possible to create icons for each wine that changed based on colour, wine type, taste, location & bottle size.