About This Project
Ashwood Nurseries is a private plant nursery and garden centre internationally famous for their speciality crops. They sell their range of plants, garden sundries and gifts both from their website and at the nursery in the West Midlands to customers all over the world.
They came to us looking for an established reliable web design agency that would be around for the long-term and could provide a solid solution for a complex set of requirements. The principle aim of the new site was that it would be easy to manage as the old site had become un-editable having grown organically without the necessary flexibility in its core functionality. The second priority was that it was built using established and sustainable sources as they had experienced problems with completely bespoke development and had lost confidence.
Our solution was to design and develop the site using both WordPress and Magneto. We used WordPress to handle the large informational resource side of the site which included events calendar, monthly gardening advice, articles, glossary, news and a library of content pages, creating our own WordPress plugins to handle some of the unique features they required. Magento was chosen to handle the shop side of the site because of its ability to handle sophisticated product, delivery and ordering needs which included a separate purchase and pre-ordering solution, worldwide product based delivery and extensive product filtering. Because both systems do what they are best at administration is simple and intuitive. Both parts of the site have been integrated seamlessly so the user is oblivious to the change between the two systems.