Review Ideosity's Projects with Sitefinity
“…Our ability to update product content and run campaigns has been significantly enhanced by using the Sitefinity CMS system.”
Director of Interactive Marketing at Werner
Manufacturer of Building Materials
Werner is a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of fiberglass and aluminum climbing products. They manufacture a full line of safe, professional-grade products for any jobsite and build them to withstand even the most challenging professional jobs.
The goal was to design and build a family of new global sites that addressed all of Werner’s challenges: only having one site in one language that was difficult to maintain, having little control over SEO ranking, and not being able to easily update content and products.
Sitefinity offers a straightforward, easy to use interface out of the box. Some other features include multi- language content support, a customizable framework, and SEO functionality. All of these features were essential to Werner’s new site.
Werner’s new site was built in four months with one developer using Sitefinity 4.0. Their site is also integrated with their Heiler Product Information Management system. The Werner site has since been updated to Sitefinity 5.2.
The transition from Werner’s static site to their new Sitefinity site was seamless. Their new site operates at a similar speed than before, however it has an increased amount of functionality. Overall, it empowers business users to manage the website.
Werner is a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of fiberglass and aluminum climbing products. They manufacture a full line of safe, professional-grade products for any jobsite and build them to withstand even the most challenging professional jobs. Their products are backed by over 60-years of product innovation and are recognized for their durability and quality, making them the world leader in ladders.
When Werner came to Ideosity, they had a few challenges. Werner had one site that was only in one language. It was very difficult to maintain and update, and as a result it contained stale content and old products. Their site was also SEO unfriendly. The project goal was to address all of their needs by building a global web presence with integrated regional websites replacing their single site, and supporting multi-language capabilities. With the new website, Werner wanted to be able to organize and manage their product information as well as increase the SEO ranking.
Ideosity is a custom web development company that specializes in building world class websites for enterprise level clients. Choosing Sitefinity was simple, as it provided an affordable framework to build Werner’s new site. What’s more, Sitefinity is developed and supported by Telerik who is well known for their suite of.NET controls. Ideosity is a Microsoft-centric development company and we chose Sitefinity because it fits our model of working with Microsoft’s .NET and SQL architectures.
Sitefinity offered a lot of features Werner was looking for to build a successful new website. These features include an easy to use interface, multi-language support, a highly-customizable platform, and SEO functionality. The customizable platform was important as we would need the ability to get data from other systems, including a new Product Information Management (PIM) system.
The first step was to implement a Product Information Management system. The PIM provided Werner a single source for all of their product information and has since become a powerful tool and an integral part of their online and offline business. Next, Ideosity built their new site with Sitefinity and integrated the PIM system. Then they built a variety of widgets and modules. These widgets and modules were built to enable Werner’s business users to edit content without worrying about CSS and HTML when adding or updating content. Overall, this enabled users to manage their site and simplified the process.
Sitefinity allowed the business users to easily audit and manage page names, titles, descriptions, and keywords, therefore warranting higher page rank with search engines.
Ideosity was able to provide all the necessary tools to build a successful new website for Werner built upon Sitefinity as the framework. The new website helps Werner reach their worldwide customer base by supporting their multi-language content while also giving Werner’s business users the ability to easily manage the site and improve SEO ranking. The amount of time it now takes Werner to provide content and product information to customers has decreased due to the integrated PIM system. Overall, this project addressed all of Werner’s original challenges.
The Werner project as a whole took one year to complete, however the CMS portion took four months with one developer and one designer working to complete the project. In the past Ideosity has built similar enterprise sites from scratch. Thanks to Sitefinity’s framework and robust API, what in the past took three to four developers now only takes one developer with Sitefinity.
Ideosity has built a variety of sites with Sitefinity since their first Sitefinity project with Werner. As a result, Sitefinity continues to be Ideosity’s go-to CMS platform.