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Improving a Project

February 11th, 2015 by in Projects

I spent quite a lot of my weekend improving aspects of the Derbyshire County Show website. Although the project was completed about six months ago, it is the time of year when I am asked to put up the section of the website for selling tickets.

In my role as a Web Consultant/IT Support for the Show, I was happy to help. As soon as I put up the page which existed last year though, I was unhappy with the way it worked. The old way of selling tickets was to simply make a number of PayPal buttons and link to these on the site, meaning that users had to add a ticket to their basket, get directed to the PayPal website, then click to return to the Show website if they wanted to add any more tickets. It wasn’t exactly a good User Experience.

As I completely coded the new Derbyshire County Show websites design and then implemented it into WordPress over a six month period for my Final Year Project, I knew that making the ticketing system work better would be a big job, as I would need to implement all the code which goes along with installing an e-commerce solution such as WooCommerce.

Although WooCommerce does try and use previous styles and layouts, it never goes too well and modifications need to be made

I didn’t want to spend all the time doing it. It needed to be a quick weekend job, and after a bit of research and planning that is what it became.

Divi Theme

I use the Divi Theme from Elegant Themes on a number of my niche websites, mainly because it is easy to implement and I can then quickly get some content written and the website up. I love designing and making websites, but for a niche website, that takes too much time.

Whilst planning how to improve the Show website I realised that to easily implement WooCommerce, I needed a theme which did that. I didn’t really want to go back and re-code my own theme, especially as when I started playing around more with Divi I realised I could reproduce my design for the Shows website in the themes builder, and that Divi supports WooCommerce out of the box. The route to take was a simple decision.

Improvements

So with the use of Divi theme and the implementation of WooCommerce, buying tickets on the Derbyshire County Show is now an awful lot simpler, both for the customer and the administrator who has to process each order.

The frequently asked section now has a neat toggle system so all the content doesn’t show on the page at once, and my favourite part is the gallery is now a lot cleaner as the plugin NextGen gallery has been removed, which was a mess of code and slowed the website down a lot.

I’ve also used my own group of WordPress speed increase plugins to improve the loading speed of the website.

Please take a look at the website and contact me if you need something similar doing, I would be more than happy to help.

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