Hardys Wines, one of Australia’s best known brands, approached Moller and Romeo with a brief to help complete their new website.
Hardys Wines had already begun building their new website and online store using the WordPress framework, when they decided to go with Wine Direct and all the benefits that the platform could provide. But instead of scrapping months of work on the partly completed WordPress site, it was decided that they would keep the WordPress front end and just use the eCommerce parts of Wine Direct. Hardys needed a team that could not only build a website using the Wine Direct platform, but could also build it in a way that provided a seamless transition between WordPress and Wine Direct. This is where Moller and Romeo were asked to step in.
Moller and Romeo were tasked with creating a custom solution for the shop. This involved not only developing all the pages to match the WordPress part of the site, but also developing many custom components such as age gates that determine if a user had already passed an agegate previously.
In the end, not only were we able to complete all pages of the shop as designed by the developers of the WordPress component, we were able to create a seamless experience for the website user who would be hard pressed to see that the website was actually developed using two different frameworks.
Vasse Felix approached Moller and Romeo with a brief to recreate the look of their current website on to the Wine Direct platform. Along with recreating the exact look of their current site (which had only been developed and designed in the previous 12 months) an extensive amount of custom work was required to recreate the functionality also available on their current site.
We commenced the project using a basic template from the Wine Direct library, and although the finished website didn’t resemble the look of the original template in any way, it gave us a good starting point and saved the client time and money.
While the recreation of the design of the website was complex, the real challenges faced on this project were the numerous items that needed to be recreated on the Wine Direct platform to perform the same functions as on their current website. The majority of these custom functions were not standard on the Wine Direct platform and had to be built from scratch but worked as though they were standard features of Wine Direct.
Overall this has been one of our most challenging projects to date, but also one of the most satisfying, and in the end we believe we delivered a website that is both visually smart and functionality rich.