Tuesday May 21, 2013, by Maria Prince
Theo & I have worked on many sites together and we quickly determined Umbraco would be a perfect fit for Availo.
At a distance of approximately 18,000kms and a time difference of 10-12 hours (depending on DST) there wouldn't be many development teams further apart. With Skype, communication is easy and frequent, and we find the time difference can work to our advantage. We can discuss changes and updates at the beginning of work day and they can be ready for testing when Theo starts work the next day.
In order to allow Availo maximum control over the layout of the pages within the site we implemented a series of nodes (document types) that are rendered as Pages or Sections. A Page can have any number of sections. For example, http://www.availo.se/ consists of a slideshow section, a 1 column content section and a 2 column content section. This allows Availo to build up a page without having to set up HTML tables.
The site uses Umbraco Contour for the forms and also uses jQuery for the slideshows, menus and some smoothing effects on hover of anchors.
Packages Used: We use the DAMP package for managing images, especially those that will appear on slideshows and we use the 301 URL Tracker package to help map redirects from the old site to the new structure.