We are proud to announce the launch of the completely redesigned website for Algonquin Commons!
Inland Real Estate Corporation approached us with the unique challenge of creating a website that needed to be a bit more dynamic than our traditional build.
- They needed an editable merchant directory with individual merchant profiles.
- They needed to be able to post individual Events, Promotions and Job Opportunities for each merchant.
- The data from each Event, Promotion or Job Opportunity needed to dynamically populate the merchant profiles.
- All of these pages, in addition to other standard pages such as Directions, Contact Us, etc., needed to be editable within an intuitive administration interface.
We had our work cut out for us.
We decided to use WordPress for the CMS. It’s a popular choice of ours since it is open source and incredibly easy to use. Unfortunately, WordPress does not have a built-in method for creating custom write panels.
Enter Magic Fields. There are a couple of WordPress plugins out there that have similar functionality, but I’ve found this one to be the most powerful. In addition to the standard Posts and Pages write panels that WordPress comes with, Magic Fields allowed us to create the additional write panels for Merchants, Events & Promotions and Job Opportunities. These custom write panels include fields beyond the standard Title and Content fields, such as Store Hours, Address, and more. Having that data separated out made it pretty easy to lay out our theme. I highly recommend this plugin to anyone looking for this type of functionality.
Our designer really knocked the theme out of the park. The rich graphics and unique interior pages impressed Inland right out of the gate. After a few rounds of minor tweaks, we now have an excellent solution that gives Algonquin Commons an attractive and scalable web presence.
Head over to ShopAtAlgonquinCommons.com now to check it out!