the website which effectively replaces
to company re branding (which I also developed although I cannot take claim
to the color scheme.. eugh!).
Although some of the content remains from the
old site, the PHP code the site was re-written especially for this site.
The reason for this is that magent4web is where much of my web development
works comes through and it should be seen as a flagship for what the company
can do. This meant that not only did the site have to remain clean and professional,
the site has to also to be user friendly with little to no confusion, yet
have enough complex dynamic/interactive sections for a visitor to explore.
This has been the reason for some of the more bespoke sections of the site
such as the site links directory and the articles content management service.
The magnet4web site has a few bells and whistles not
yet found on any other site developed by me. All the usual stuff is there like
the standard base platform written in PHP, contact forms, bookmark links and
the odd feedback form here and there.
However looking deeper in the site there is a large
scale site links directory which was written especially by me for magnet4web.
The sites directory makes linking to other sited quick easy and virtually self
maintaining. Instead of the more common page with a long list of hyperlinks,
the site directory allows the links to be broken down into categories suitable
for that particular site link. This means finding a link you are looking for
is made easy!
Not only is the site directory good for the visitor
but for the webmaster maintaining the directory is very simple with virtually
no interaction required. When a user submits their site using the built in
submission page which automatically checks for the existence of a link to the
magnet4web site on
the users own website, an email is sent to the magnet4web webmaster
informing them that a user has submitted a new site. At this time the new site
link is NOT added to the directory. Instead it is stored in a pool of sites
awaiting authorisation by the webmaster. The webmaster simply checks their
email, clicks on the accompanying hyperlink which either authorises or rejects
the submission. Either way the user is notified automatically by email as to
the destiny of their submission. A very quick, safe and efficient way to share
links. It is hoped this method of site linking will be rolled out onto further
sites, however for the moment is it still in development despite running happily
on the magnet4web site.
The other part of bespoke development for magnet4web
was a content management service to store and retrieve articles written my
content management system needed to be scalable up to any number and size of
articles. Not only did each article need to be presented professionally, the
webmaster needed to be able to add/remove/edit every article as an when required.
Adding and editing articles has been made easy thanks to having different methods
of submission. The webmaster can either edit the content directly in a HTML
form or upload a file from their local computer and have the article presented
on the site.
Although not currently enabled, as part of the development
allowing the content management system to be scalable. There is a built in
search engine to search through the articles for matching keywords and phrases.
This option can be enabled at any time at the 'flick of a switch'. Just nice
to know it's there.
The magnet4web site
has been a huge success. Site site is accessed by many thousands of visitors
on a regular basis and new contacts are being made worldwide as a direct result
of the new more welcoming site. This is helped by the site directory and the
articles which can be found on the site...
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