When we built the site, we wanted to create it so that the client could customise it themselves because on their previous site, they had little ability to customise it how they wanted to. Across the site, we created multiple different templates so that they could simply add new pages at their leisure. In the admin area, The Outward Bound Trust can drag and drop content blocks around the page so they have ultimate control of the structure and aesthetic of the page. So how did we do it? As the website was built in CraftCMS we were able to use its matrix functionality and an installed plugin called Neo. The Craft CMS’s matrix allows for some ability to customise, whereas the plugin Neo allows you to have a matrix within a matrix. This means they have full control over everything content related on their website, which is something they were really looking forward to!
As mentioned previously, the whole build was done in CraftCMS & CraftCommerce. CraftCommerce is an ecommerce plugin to CraftCMS which allows the ecommerce functionality on the website. We recommended CraftCMS to The Outward Bound Trust because we know how user friendly the platform really is. It’s features include a responsive admin area, live previews, custom fields and so much more.
The project was really fun for us all to be involved with, particularly when it came to the booking forms. The courses provided by the charity require so much medical safety & security information so its crucial the information is correct. When the client provides all the information, it’s automatically sent to the course centre, and a PDF is sent to the client. If for whatever reason the information provided was incorrect then the client is able to let the course centre before arriving to undertake their course.
In CraftCMS there are two ways of creating forms, either through HubSpot or custom built. Some of the forms on the website are set-up through hubspot which means the forms created in hubspot and embedded onto the website on whatever page you choose to include it on. The data retained from the form is sent to Hubspot’s CRM ensuring all the information is central. We understood that The Outward Bound Trust might want to have some forms where the information isn’t stored in Hubspot and that was the reason for suggesting and installing SproutForms which is a plugin. The plugin gives the user the ability to create their own form and add them to the pages - the responses are then emailed to the client and can be viewed in the admin area as well.
Finally, when we were approached by The Outward Bound Trust we were given a tight deadline to work to but we managed to turn it around from proposals to completion!