What was the scope of their involvement?
ADVOX Studio listened to what I wanted for the website and then had a look at the current form, as well as at some of our competitors’ websites. We worked out a roadmap, initially improving what currently existed so that we could maximize profit in the short term, but eventually developing the long-term goal of moving to Magento 2. They planned out the APIs that were going to work together with different parts of the new website, and we’re currently moving towards launching the new site.
They’ve also added a Sphinx search engine to the site. We had a rather clunky frontend that was custom coded and designed. One of the changes we made was moving to a new Magento theme called Porto to give a better UX to the customer while we were still on the old Magento site.
The new theme is more responsive and has a lot less unused, glitchy frontend bits on it. We also added a gallery to the site, along with many other changes ADVOX Studio has implemented in the past year or so with the goal of increasing the sales and boosting the number of visitors on site.
What is the team composition?
There are around four people from ADVOX Studio that I work with regularly. I have one main project manager overseeing the estimations who will determine the scope of the tasks. His work includes everything from making estimations in terms of the hours, to managing the developers sitting behind the scenes making changes, to implementing those changes on the test server and then migrating them to the live site.
How did you come to work with ADVOX Studio?
I initially found ADVOX Studio through a Google search when I was in Malaysia. I don’t know if my geolocation at the time aided in me finding them, but I got in touch and had a conversation with them before deciding that they were the people I wanted to progress forward with. The decision was based on how they reacted to my questions and queries, how responsive they were, and how their biggest priority has always been on the quality of the code throughout the whole site.
How much have you invested with them?
Our total investment is going to be £30,000–£35,000 (approximately $36,000–$42,000 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
I started working with ADVOX Studio in July 2017. I first started communicating with them in January of that year, and six to eight months after that, the new front-facing site with the new Porto theme launched. It was further tweaked until about a month ago, with the Magento 2 development starting now.