Design and Development
BORTOLOTTO Design Architect Inc. is an Ontario-based architectural and interior design firm. Specializing in public sector work, the award-winning firm has completed a growing portfolio of over 300 projects. Established in 1999, BORTOLOTTO has spent the last 13 years passionately committed to architecture that enhances your happiness, health and productivity.
Understanding: The purpose of this project was to redesign the company website, to create a more dynamic and engaging portal that would showcase the firm’s growing portfolio of work and accomplishments.
The Purpose of Bortolotto's Website: The firm’s website helps build credibility among potential clients, provides project and firm information to the media, and acts as an electronic portfolio showcasing the firm’s work.
- Build credibility with new and repeat clients; provide a platform to better showcase the full suite of services and project scope capabilities of the firm
- Develop a modern, clean, sophisticated and seamless experience
- Diversify the blog section to help improve the firm’s web presence and online marketing strategy and goals
- Responsive layouts
- Additional Requirements
- Implement a robust and user-friendly Content Management System (CMS) that allows for content and products to be easily updated by staff
- Build a streamlined template to make it easy to navigate, expand, maintain and update
Customized Webparts for Content Management: Modules for the portfolio, news & press, and newsletters listings were developed and implemented into the CMS, allowing for easy and efficient content management. The idea was to manage and update the content in one single area within the CMS, from which the content is used dynamically and repeatedly throughout multiple pages within the site. The content can also be entered in and saved as data with the use of a content form; content can easily be exported and reused. The content had been examined for consistency and commonalities prior to development.
Dynamic Content Modules: Image gallery templates respond dynamically to image folders within the CMS, based on a document ID. Allows for easy content management and updating of image galleries.
The primary challenge of this project was to create a clean, concise and sound interface that would accommodate a variety of users, allow for significant information to be shared and a complex design template that would easily integrate with the Kentico CMS.
The site also required maximum content management functionality by multiple users, from managing the site’s project portfolio, blog and press and awards section, to simply adding and updating content, to editing and creating images at the individual user level.
The redeveloped website was designed with a simple, contemporary, fresh and creative look and feel. The BIG creative idea behind this website is the new graphics that incorporate the firms messaging – architecture that enhances your happiness, health and productivity. The new site also features an improved and intelligent navigation and content structure as well as an easy to maintain and update blog.
All functional requirements had been met with the use of the several custom developed web-parts for the Kentico Content Management System.
Key criteria for choosing Kentico CMS
Implementation: Ease of integration and the ability to expand upon from a developer’s perspective.
Flexibility: Highly important in order for us to build and manipulate the template based upon our designer’s vision.
Code: The code review proved to be enough for our developers to provide approval in the Kentico CMS as the engine for this project.
Support: The Kentico tech support team has been a tremendous help in the past from previous projects thus influencing us to continue on with them.
Cost: While the CMS is feature rich and functional, it is also very cost-effective, making it an affordable solution to our clients.