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Website For The Country Care Group

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The Country Care Group Website

Created in : May of 2011     Current Online Status : Now Offline     Website Link : Not Available

The Company Profile

The Country Care Group is made up of a national group of professional service providers that carry the full range of products required to meet the clinical needs of its clients.

They have chosen to redesign their website using a more traditional database (CMS) that integrates with their existing software. The side effect of that decision is that it now breaks continuity with their printed catalogue, which was the primary requested feature for the website they wanted us to design.

This business is now managing inhouse.

The Brief

The primary request was to base this new website on the same design and layout that had been previously created and used for The Country Care website.

It is to use the floating width layout and have each product page displayed similar and in the same manner as their printed catalogue. This means that each product page on the website should include the same products as displayed on the relevant page in the catalogue. Every product is assigned to Sections and each Section is divided into Categories. Numerous products are also grouped under a common product name, with others being displayed individually. The catalogue also uses different layout in different sections, with some pages only including 2 products, with others having over 9.

This presented a slight challenge for the website in that traditional Content Management Systems can't be tailored to do this. Usually they have a fixed number of products they wish to display ( per screen ) and would therefore be unable to replicate the varying number of products displayed per page that was requested. It could be possible with some additional configuration, but we chose what we considered to be a more manageable solution.

The Design Details

To do this we have utilized a flat file database system instead of using SQL or any other form of Database you would expect. The flat file system provides greater flexibility for each entry as it can be easier tailored to suit how that product is to be displayed on that specific page. Sure this could be done with SQL, but that is much more inflexible as it can't be adjusted "on the fly" as it requires new fields inserted into the database if you need to accommodate new details or to incorporate another design idea. The flat file system is also much faster to update and considerably easier to make changes to functionality than SQL. Of course SQL has a long list of benefits but alas none were beneficial for this task.

Numerous applications were written or adapted from the existing Country Care website. A few of the unique applications are:

Page Number Management

As each Section of their catalogue had a specific number of pages, this application allows the website to mimic the catalogue and ensure that each web page displays the same products as the printed page. So each section on the website has the same number of pages as the printed catalogue. Each section then provides a list of all page numbers it contains to allow for quick navigation to any desired page.

Product Search and Quick Selection

With so many products (586 currently) spanning so many different categories (108 currently) it was important to provide quick and easy access to a specific product, or to a specific category within each section.

The Key Features & Applications

  • Full Custom Package
  • 586 Products
  • Custom Product Search
  • Custom Category Search
  • Quick Product Selection
  • Custom Page # Management System
  • Member Directory Search
  • Latest Website Search
  • Latest Site Map (expandable)
This was last updated on 23rd of December 2011

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