A little finality for a long project.
Listening to Bryan Ferry and trying to figure out where to start…
OK let’s do this.
I suppose it was late April when FG Galassi got in touch with me. They’re a locally based company who specialize in framework design and construction. They had been contacted by EKO Guitars, a multi-million dollar Italian guitar company looking for a business in the US with the infrastructure and desire to market their guitars State-side.
Initially I was skeptical. They needed a CMS. A content management system, rather than a blog, which is what this site is. A CMS has to provide easy access to all the products, contact information, videos, the works, without feeling too casual. Because I have only ever worked with WordPress (a behind-the-scenes website management program) I decided to go with that and try to use the tools already there to my advantage. For the most part, it is built for people like me: content or media providers who want to share their work in a chronological fashion. Something new comes in, something old gets pushed back into the archives. Naturally a website like Amazon.com or, I don’t know, Target.com, wants to have all their material readily available, not necessarily emphasizing new products over old products.
I spent a great deal of time listing all the products, each one start to finish taking about 15 minutes, but that’s wasn’t the most difficult part of the process. After I found a template online, I had to go in a make drastic changes to the home page, remove, alter or write, many snippets of code here or there, and design several images, the most time-consuming of which was the intermittently-changing banner found just under the navigation bar.
If I were to detail the entire process, it would take more time than it actually took to make the site, and I’m feeling just about done right now, so I won’t go into the specifics of the code, half because I don’t care to, and half because most people reading this give less of a damn about that kind of thing than I do, I’m sure.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy perusing their wares and checking out the site. Click the image above to head over there, or just use this link. Feel free to call and order one, and most definitely consider leaving a comment here. It took a ton of work and I’d really, really, love to know what you all think.
So comment, please do. I appreciate it and make a point of responding to all of them.