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    DevCore - the developer friendly Content Management System

    DevCore - The CMS that let's you, the developer, build and deploy websites and web applications with ease.

    Rapid development has never been easier.

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    The New Zealand Transport Agency

    The New Zealand Transport Agency was formed from two large government departments. DevCore was used to bring together the content from the different websites into a single entity.
    This was a very large and complex build.

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    Marselme

    Marselme is a boutique e-commerce site that sells high quality merino wool clothes for babies and children. This was an interesting site to build. The design parameters changed half way through the process and there were issues with designers... it would have been enough to drive a developer insane.

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    Cherrytree - The club for smart shoppers - members site

    Cherrytree is a shopping club that buys goods at wholesale prices and then passes those goods to its members.

    This was a massive project in the end, with prices and avalaiblity updated automatically and integration with their back-end accounting systems giving them an end-to-end system.

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    BGI Developments

    BGI Developments is a start-up that is going places really fast. They needed a website yesterday.

    That's where DevCore really came into its own. The hosting arrangement was non-standard. Effectively we had to run a newer version of DevCore inside an older version in order to deploy their new site without affecting an existing site.
    This saved time and money on setting up a completely new site.

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    Domett Trailers

    Domett Trailers manufactures truck trailers. They need a new site to cope with the increasing demand for their products, and to showcase all the different types of trailers they can build.

    The trailer galleries were all built from scratch, as was the trailer database where clients can log in to get all the information about their trailers - right down to the component parts used!

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    RightCar

    The RightCar website is one of the sites under the NZTA mantle. It is useful for checking out the safety and fuel efficiency of cars and other interesting facts like emmissions etc.

    This was a slightly different build for DevCore. most of the dynamic content is served up via web services, instead of being pulled from a database.

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    Cherrytree - The club for smart shoppers - public site

    Following on from the success of the members only website, the people at Cherrytree wanted to update their public website. So using the existing DevCore codebase we simply added a few new folders, a few new classes, and the site was good to go.

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    Rightcar Mobile Plate Search

    This subsite is an addition to the successful RightCar site.

    It is tailored to mobile users who are looking for a new car.

    They can enter the licence plate of a vehicle and see all the relevant safety information for that particular model of car.

Cherrytree - The club for smart shoppers - public site


Go to Cherrytree to check out the site.

Following on from the success of the members only website, the people at Cherrytree wanted to update their public website. So using the existing DevCore codebase we simply added a few new folders, a few new classes, and the site was good to go.

The system let us build the new public site and have it run alongside the existing member's site and the existing public site. This let us tweak it, get feedback from selected sources and make sure it was all ready before 'flicking the switch'.

Using the auto-include mechanism for templates made it realy simple to swap out individual templates on-the-fly so that logging in was a simple matter of switch the basename of the template folder. That means you can swap out the bits that need to be changed while leaving in the bits that don't. For example the record listing template that manages the display of the lists is common to both sites, so we only need one copy of that file. The individual record item template is different, so we need to swap it when you log in. It also means we can do A/B testing really easily based on any criteria we wish to apply.

The other big peice of work on the new site was search. The existing search was a simple database lookup - the standard AND and OR search. As the size of the catalogue grew this was no longer good enough. So we decided to get Google. But after some time and much gnashing of teeth we found that Google didn't do what we wanted. So it was back to the drawing board. One thing I have learned in this project is that search is hard. To do it well is not a simple thing at all. But with some perserverance we now have a search functionality that seems to be working well. It brings back relevant results and ranks them in a logical way. If what you are looking for it there, it is usually on the first page of results.

As with all things, this is going to evolve as the site grows. And that is the beauty of DevCore - it is made to evolve as the site does.