When I started at Arete, our website was dated. Dated might be a bit of a generous term… It was a static HTML/CSS website with a defined mobile URL. This was far from what you would expect out of a development agency in a booming tech city. It was clear that the company was stuck in the old days and had not done much to promote themselves or fund self-growth.
I create 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 it was buggy, not very responsive, and ultimately needed more of a designer’s touch.
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. For example, the ability to move a section above or below another section on the website makes it easy for Arete to keep their website and content fresh.
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.