Toolcheck.ie is the brainchild of a Wicklow carpenter who has been the victim of tool theft in the past. He had a very simple but powerful idea for how best to combat this. The site is aimed at tradespeople who own valuable tools that are at risk of being stolen.
The central concept behind ToolCheck is to build up a comprehensive database of tools that people in the second hand market can query before purchasing. For example, let’s say Joe Soap is a carpenter and has a toolbox full of valuable tools – he can register on the site, sign up to a monthly subscription plan and then create his online toolbox by uploading serial numbers and images of his tools. Let’s say Joe’s tools are stolen after this point.
Meanwhile John Doe is in the market for a second hand drill and comes across a bargain at a local market. He can query the ToolCheck database (for free) before he buys and if the tool is found on the database – this will raise a flag. In our example, if John finds a match on Joe’s tool – Joe will be alerted and if John chooses to – he can initiate an email conversation with him. Police can also use the database to identify suspicious tools.
Wexford Low Energy Homes is a family run company based in the south east of Ireland. They specialise in the construction of low energy housing developments and in 2017 we worked with them to create websites for 2 of their latest developments – gleannanghairdin.com and arduisce.com.
They then asked us to create a website for their own company which can be seen at wexlow.com. As part of this project we designed and built some custom functionality and portals for their contractors and home owners to log in to.
From time to time you may see the terms web design and web development intermingled and while they may be related, they are very different concepts.
Web design is the process of laying out web pages. Where to put the text, the images, the logo, the buttons – which fonts to use etc. A good web designer will have the skills to make the page attractive, intuitive and provide an overall good user experience.
Fabricandcurtains.ie is a brand new innovative E-Commerce website and the online presence of Ni Faolain Design. The site went live in 2010 and is a completely bespoke solution built to the custom specification of the client.
The interesting thing about this project was the challenge of making it easy and intuitive to purchase custom products over the web. Unlike most items sold on the web, curtains and blinds are very personal items and customers need to specify many preferences in the buying process. Getting the customer order flow right was a major challenge in this project and in the paragraphs below we’ll describe how we achieved this.
BikeDealer.ie is an online classified ads website for motorcycles and accessories in Ireland. The brainchild of a motorcycle enthusiast based in the South East of Ireland, the site is aimed at private sellers and dealers who can post ads for bikes and accessories. Up to 10 images can be uploaded with each ad along with a YouTube Video.
The site front-end takes the familiar form of a typical modern classified website with intuitive icon based shortcuts on the homepage representing the different ad categories. The homepage also features the cover image of 5 most recently uploaded ads and the 5 most recently sold items. Visitors to the site can search through the ads and filter / order results as they require.
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