CLA site

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.

The Brief

CLA were looking to:

  • integrate their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
  • increase the lead generation from their member users
  • build on their existing eCommerce platform to increase their return-on-investment 

The Result

We created an API integration between their Drupal 7 website and their new CRM software. This allowed their users to authenticate through the CRM, providing more detailed user behaviour statistics. It also enables CLA staff to curate the website from the CRM.

CLA have made Zodiac Media their sole support and development agency going forward and we look forward to building more projects for their site in the future.

Association of Democratic Services Officers site Image

ADSO is a nationally recognised, professional association for members of local and national government to help promote their development through the provision of learning opportunities and qualifications.

The Brief

ADSO needed a new WordPress website that allowed them to communicate with their members easily and effectively. The new site had to:

  • Provide a visually dynamic homepage with scrolling and fading news items
  • Create online surveys for members with built-in analysis
  • Allow for online booking and membership renewals
  • Have a granulated permissions systems with separate and secure areas

The Result

Our designers quickly produced UX wireframes that incorporated carousels, banners, and integrated social media feeds in order to give the site a contemporary look and feel. Our developers implemented a Role Based Access Control system for users, as well as an auto-publishing tool for pushing content to social media. ADSO’s deprecated forum module was replaced with an up-to-date one, and a migration pathway created so that all their past forum posts were still accessible.

Since delivery we have been providing ongoing support and maintenance, including the updating of the WordPress core to the latest version released in order to maintain the site’s security.

Voneus Site Screenshot

Voneus is a British technology company with a difference.  Their primary service is to supply high-speed broadband to difficult-to-reach and rural customers. They also design and manufacture a number of VoIP telephony products.

The Brief

  • Deliver a single management web portal that was to be called Voneus Manage
  • Allow Voneus customers to manage all of their product and services
  • Allow for scalability and future expansion

The Result

Zodiac Media worked closely with Voneus, adopting their lean and agile approach in the establishing and refining of their requirements, building a prototype and then a full solution. We built the system in Symfony 2, which allowed us to provide Voneus with a completely bespoke and tailored-to-fit product management application.

Be Streetsmart Screenshot

Street Smart Property Ltd. work hard to make every aspect of moving home easier, more cost-effective, and stress-free. They aim to provide a better service than high street estate agencies, advertising customer properties on all the best websites including Rightmove, Zoopla, and Primelocation.

The Brief

The most important requests for the new Street Smart website were

  • To ensure that users could quickly and easily find the information they were looking for
  • To provide clear routes of discovery of available properties, whilst encouraging and enhancing user engagement
  • To have an extremely user-friendly interface that would ensure editors could concentrate on publishing great content without having to worry about page layout or styling issues

The Result

Drupal 7 was our preferred choice of content management system because of its open-source code and extensibility, meaning that the client could have complete control over the site and that it would be fast and robust out of the box. It would also allow inexperienced users to easily update the site content thereby reducing training overheads. The new website uses a responsive design to optimise the user viewing experience, meaning that even if they are on a desktop, tablet or mobile device, they are always viewing the website at its best.

Grown in Seconds Site

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing American hardwood exporters and the major American hardwood product trade associations. The American Hardwood Export Council promotes a greater understanding of the true environmental benefits of American hardwoods in design and manufacturing.

The Brief

  • Create a bespoke site from a pre-existing design provided by Nick Watts Design Ltd. 
  • Provide an immersive and engaging experience that brings to the forefront the highly sustainable credentials of American hardwood
  • Ensure that the site has low processing overheads and a small server footprint

The Result

We built this site on AngularJS in order to meet the small server footprint requirement, allowing for a large number of visitors without issue. The end result required multiple widgets to interact with each other, with a variety of web elements altering their display status in time with each other and negligible delay. The site is supported by online advertising placed within design and architectural publications, driving visitors from across Europe to the Grown in Seconds site.

The platform that we created uses statistics gathered by the US Forest Service, tracking the yearly growth and harvest rates of hardwood species and then calculating how quickly the wood used in these projects can be regrown. The final result is a memorable and slick website, offering an innovative information source to businesses and individuals across the world.

Voice Squad Website

Voice Squad represents some of the best voice-over artists in the UK, both in English and foreign languages. They have an extensive portfolio of high-calibre artists from all over the world who are UK-based. They provide voices for TV and radio commercials, corporate films, animation, audio-books, and many other forms of media.

The Brief

Zodiac Media were tasked with implementing a complete redesign of the site, including:

  • Adding shortlisting and filter-by-artist functionality
  • Implementing voice clip downloads and streaming
  • Migrating the contents of one of Voice Squad's sister sites
  • Mobile compatibility
  • Optimising the site to increase search engine rankings

The Result

In order to migrate the new content, we had to synchronise the new sitemaps, add appropriate redirects and avoid any duplicate contents. The site was developed in WordPress to allow instant updates from the Voice Squad team, allowing them to change content and images as and when required.

The website was also built using a "mobile first" approach and was optimised for multiple device resolutions, with a clean and elegant look that is simultaneously modern and enterprising.

Cambridge Protein Works Site

Cambridge Protein Works produce pure proteins for research professionals in industry and academia, saving their customers the considerable effort, time, and cost of protein expression and purification. Their website allows their customers to obtain the precise protein reagents that they require and was founded and managed by a team of structural biologists.

The Brief

Cambridge Protein Works approached us with a brief to:

  • Create a brand new store front that accurately reflects their brand
  • Provide an efficient communication platform for customers
  • Enable different editors to edit and add to the product catalogue

The Result

Our first task was to design and develop the whole functionality in Magento. We maintained a strong focus on the on-page UX (User eXperience), so that the interface and customer experience was intuitive and easy to use and that information was readily accessible. You can now easily purchase proteins and view detailed information about each of the products. The final result is a memorable and slick website, offering an extremely important service to labs and businesses across the world.

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