iHoppers.com Redesign

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iHoppers.com Redesign

iHoppers.com is a place where you can buy vacation activity tickets around the world. Initially started as Spain Islands-only marketplace, in a new version it expanded and is now slowly covering other world countries.

We developed new iHoppers version from scratch, using same technology – Plone CMS, but this time with brand new 5 version. We decided to stick to Plone CMS as it allowed us to do all the content management out-of-the-box, thus focusing our time, efforts and resources on building dedicated marketplace functionality:

  • tickets catalog,
  • buyer cabinets,
  • blog and destination guides,
  • payment integration.

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SoftFormance team together with client built new marketplace version in about 5 months. The most significant technical achievements:

  • internal SEO: whole website URL structure been updated to fit new business model – selling vacation activity tickets around the world; so we put a lot of efforts to make new website rank in searches at least on the same level as the old one; this included proper content migration strategy, URL redirections map and detailed review for content meta tags;
  • complex Tickets catalog in a form of world countries and destinations hierarchy, integrated with Blog section and Destination Guides; GEO location based searches;
  • nicely put together design/UI/UX that works on all major browsers and devices (including tablets and mobiles);
  • multi-language content and UI;
  • documented most important procedures for developers, content managers and website admins;
  • project been finalised with page speed optimisation milestone where we made big images load fast; also integrated cloudflare.net proxy to improve overall website speed and performance.

 

Technology stack includes:

  • Python, PloneCMS and ZODB on server side;
  • Javascript, jQuery and Google Maps API on client side;
  • Nginx as a front-end server.

 

Client: Nicholle Tan (Spain)

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June 2, 2016