what were the tools and tech that pow­ered the project

Web Designer - - A New Beginning -

For the Gen­e­sis project, the de­vel­op­ment team de­cided to stick with Word­press as its favoured CMS. Largely due to the ad­min dash­board be­ing in­tu­itive for on­go­ing site man­age­ment, the plat­form is also open source and there­fore doesn’t tie the client pro­pri­etary sys­tem that’s li­censed and main­tained by Herdl. This is then aug­mented by their own ‘tweaked’ ver­sion of the soft­ware, a se­ries of cus­tom plug­ins, plus the agen­cies own work­flow prin­ci­ples, as De­signer Sam Day con­firms: “Our de­vel­op­ment work­flow utilises Gulp for en­hanced, au­to­mated build tasks; Com­poser for con­trol­ling de­pen­den­cies, in­clud­ing the use of ex­ter­nal Word­press plug­ins; and npm for pack­age man­age­ment. We rigidly fol­low DRY and BEM prin­ci­ples in our code and struc­ture theme files ac­cord­ingly. Our process en­sures we cre­ate code that’s high-per­for­mance and eas­ily main­tain­able.”

That’s not to say, though, that the Gen­e­sis guys had no say at all over the de­vel­op­ment phases of the project. In fact, when it came to mak­ing cer­tain choices over the tech­nolo­gies used on cer­tain sec­tions, the client’s own ex­ist­ing stip­u­la­tions led to work that may con­tinue go­ing for­wards.

“The re­cruit­ment sec­tion of the web­site uses a sys­tem called Rec­site for which we sup­plied the tem­plates and styling. Rec­site had been se­lected by Gen­e­sis prior to our in­volve­ment and we worked with the Rec­site team to cre­ate a con­sis­tent look and feel across the re­cruit­ment por­tal. In the fu­ture, we hope to in­cor­po­rate an in­te­gra­tion with Rec­site to cre­ate a seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween the two parts.”

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