When I started at Arete, our website was dated. Dated might be a bit of a generous term… It was a static website with a mobile subdomain that didn’t look much better. When you’re looking for a development firm/consulting agency, this is not what you would want to see. It was clear that the company had not done much to promote themselves, this is where I stepped in.
I created a quick WordPress website for Arete to at least bring them into the 2010 era, but that website lasted a very short amount of time as well. I created a very basic website that was response and got rid of the mobile website. I later put more attention to the website and created a much more modern website for the company. Not being much of a designer, I feel like I did a pretty decent job.
What I developed was a custom theme for Arete’s website. The theme uses ACF Pro’s Flexible Content for templates to build pages. This makes it easier for Arete to edit and move content around on their website.
Arete needed an updated site that accurately represented what they do. Below is a list of features they needed.
- Ability to add/edit customer testimonials.
- Ability to add career opportunities on the website and hire people through the website.
- Ability to advertise ArMS and create pages for new ArMS features as needed.
- Ability to add/edit team members as needed.
- Integration with ArMS software to sign a user up and get them started on the application immediately.
When I left Arete, there was one thing that did not get completed. It was the last one, “Integration with ArMS software to sign a user up and get them started on the application immediately.” I did create the front-end view for this piece, but I did not get around to creating the back end piece that would insert the data into our software’s database.
Then came the issue of how payment would be accepted. We discussed using PayPal for the initial payment and then manually setting up a monthly contract to bill through QuickBooks as well as other methods. Ultimately, the administration could never come to a decision so this was left out of the website.