LEADING DRUPAL AGENCY IN CROATIA
Websolutions Agency is the leading Drupal community-driven agency in Croatia, delivering complex web solutions and online platforms for international clients. Our dedicated and experienced team works directly with our clients to build a comprehensive product roadmap, from ideation to customer growth.
What we do:
- Discovery phase
- Design & UX
- Drupal web development
- Digital platforms
- E-commerce shops
- Drupal custom modules
- Drupal custom themes
- Drupal 8 migration
- Headless React.js apps
- Web consulting
Unicef, Nestle, Takeda, Croatia.hr, OSCE, Oxfam.
Are you thinking about visiting Croatia or just want to find out some general information, but do not know where to start? Croatia.hr is Croatia's national tourism site where you can find out all that you need to know to start your journey. It has a big database of places throughout the country that you can visit alongside information about each one of them. It is a website where people get to know Croatia.
The objective of the website was to create an easy way for users to find information they wanted about Croatia. Furthermore, the main feature of the website was to help travelers find places they would want to visit and things they would like to experience when visiting Croatia. Throughout the design process, our priority was to provide good device accessibility via responsive web design. One of main goals was to migrate the website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.
After about 400 working days, the website went live. We believe we did a good job making a great government tourism website for all to enjoy. Connect with Croatia, visite www.croatia.hr
We are glad to have been a part of creating the website for Village Invest as it helps to build a sustainable economic future in some of the poorest areas of the world. It’s an innovative microfinance intermediation organization combining peer to peer lending with microfinance. Its ethos is to connect lenders directly with the community to whom they are lending, rather than working in the traditional way via an intermediary.
The objective of the website was to create a custom loans web solution that will track all investments and interests. Having the lowest overall transaction costs as well as good responsive design were essential to the success of the website.
GOING LIVE DATE: June 2017.
After many working days, the site went live. We believe we did a good job making a great user-friendly microfinance intermediation platform, therefore, we suggest researching it yourself at www.villageinvest.com
Croatian National Tourist Board is a national tourist organisation founded with the purpose of creating and promoting the identity and reputation of Croatian tourism, planning and implementation of the common strategy and the conception of its promotion, proposing and implementation of promotional activities at home and abroad of common interest to all operators in the tourism industry, and improvement of the complete Croatian tourist offer.For their existing business website that has originally been built using a proprietary content management software dating from early 2000s, the decision has been made to switch to Drupal. Websolutions Agency worked with Croatian National Tourist Board to migrate all content and to make it happen on Drupal 8. The biggest challenge following the discovery phase was the 30 day development deadline for launching a beta version.Drupal was chosen because it is:ideally suited in situations where requirements may evolveopen source, thus cutting the licensing costssupported by a large communitypowerful and robust - the website receives large trafficeasy to integrate with external systemstrusted and proven solutionThe main goals were to:migrate all existing content from a proprietary CMS to Drupalrestructure the contentcreate a better information architectureimprove on UX and designimprove on responsive design / mobile-first designcomplete the beta version in 30 days
GoSend is a global eCommerce and shipping company that enables consumers around the world to buy from retailers in the United States. We worked on complete solution starting from translating business requirements from Enterprise Architect into technical requirements considering Drupal and Drupal Commerce architecture which greatly reduced project duration. Our team also delivered wireframes, design and theming using Bootstrap framework to deliver smooth experience on broad range of devices. Over 30 custom modules were developed, ranging from 3D Bin algorithms to custom shipping zones and quotations to full integration with GlobalCollect payment gateway. Using Agile Scrum methodology after 22 sprints and over 1200 man days of work, the GoSend project was successfully delivered on time in September 2015. Technologies and features: Drupal Commerce GlobalCollect payment gateway iABOL shipping module Warehouse Responsive web design Live preview: https://gosend.com
Complete Drupal 7 project from the ground up. Implementation and integration of various features, such as - Commerce shop, import of a large custom database of over 300,000 records, Apache Solr, custom design and performance boosted hosting. Technologies and features: HTML/CSS3 Drupal 7 Drupal Commerce Custom Drupal modules Apache Solr Import from custom database into Drupal Performance optimization hosting Live preview: https://webtravelmarket.com
"I’d say that Websolutions, provided with the resources that were contracted, has proven to be extremely flexible and helpful."
Websolutions Agency used Drupal for the coding of the client’s e-commerce website. They did the frontend graphical design, as well as the backend infrastructure setup.
"I’d say that Websolutions, provided with the resources that were contracted, has proven to be extremely flexible and helpful."
Sep 29, 2016
Though it’s not their specialty, Websolutions Agency implemented hosting and networking solutions to the site. This flexibility is what this client values most about working with Websolutions.
A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.
Introduce your business and what you do there.
We are a shipping consolidator organization that helps customers across the globe shop within US retailers and save up to 80% of the shipping costs for international shipping. It’s a good position for both sides because we enable customers to shop with retailers that do not generally do business with international clients. We are basically an e-commerce company with a warehouse in Delaware.
I am the CIO [Chief Information Officer].
What challenge were you trying to address with Websolutions Agency?
We’ve been working intensively with Websolutions for the last year and a half on developing our e-commerce system.
What was the scope of their involvement?
The scope of their involvement ranged from initial discovery and advisory functions to the development of the initial phase of the project. Websolutions Agency advised us on how to plan the project in terms of a timeframe for the delivery of certain functionalities. They helped us with the programming and coding of the site using the Drupal platform. They were involved in the graphical design of the user experience, the frontend development, the backend development, and infrastructure setup. Although the configuring and hosting of the site isn’t their specialty, they were quite flexible about it and helped us in those areas as well. They also did many integrations with third-party services during this development.
How did you come to work with Websolutions Agency?
Our Chief Executive Officer decided to use PHP as the underlying technology for building our e-commerce system. I knew the co-owner of Websolutions and I informed him that I was looking for such technology providers. It turned out that his company was doing that because Drupal is PHP-based. Beneath Drupal, PHP is the development programming language. They were quite good with the offer, and we did an extensive discovery phase where they wanted to check that Drupal would work for both the CMS [content management solution] system and the e-commerce part in terms of its capability of providing all of our requirements. It turns out it was possible, and they were very flexible about their role in the whole development. They were open to good ideas and suggestions. Based on other offers we had, they were the optimal choice.
How much have you invested with Websolutions Agency?
The size is a six-figure amount.
What is the status of this engagement?
It’s ongoing. As long as the system lives, we shall always be developing something. The intensity of it, of course, changes from time to time, but it is quite intensive so far. The software development started late January 2015. We started talking about it and contracting and negotiating maybe two months earlier.
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
The project contains about a dozen integrations with third-party services. We’ve developed a whole enterprise resource planning system for our business, so it’s not just a complex website, but rather it’s an information system. We are constantly bombarded with requirements from a business side for changes, updates, and upgrades, and we are constrained on the budget side and on the time side. Under these circumstances, I’d say that Websolutions, provided with the resources that were contracted, has proven to be extremely flexible and helpful. They were forward-going with us the whole time, and they still are.
The resulting quality of our system is a combination of the fact that we used Drupal, which is a good open source platform that offers tried and true components, and the quality of the developers we used from Websolutions. We constantly had changes we wanted to make, so we cannot blame Websolutions for every bug in the system because there was not that much time for testing. Based on the feedback from our customers, we know where we stand in terms of our system. We know that we still have issues that we need to work on, whether they are caused by the development, our business decisions, or changes in the market.
How did Websolutions Agency perform from a project management standpoint?
From an A, B, C, D mark, I would say that Websolutions has proven to rise from a C-level in the beginning of the project to about B-level, with A being the best. Of course, people fluctuate. The project had many changes in the development theme, so of course this also had some influences on the quality of coding in certain periods of the system development. The current team that is working on the project is quite good; I am quite satisfied with them and particularly with the lead developer. He is really solving all the issues that come our way. I am also extremely satisfied with the frontend developer that we have. They are also taking care of our infrastructure on the hardware side, including networking, hosting, and such things, which is not their specialty. They explicitly said they cannot guarantee they will be able to do those things, but it turns out that we are using them more than the official help we hired at various points in time. That says a lot in itself.
What did you find most impressive about Websolutions Agency?
I would say they are open and flexible in any term you can imagine. If your budget changes and you have contracted something with them, they are flexible even with the contract. If it’s in their power to be flexible, they adjust the resources they have, either to remove some resources or provide some resources additionally to the project. They care about your success and they are ready to learn. I’m the CIO, but I am also a system architect and business analyst. From first-hand experience, I know how ready they were to learn all the best practices that I brought to them with this project. They are using the practices in the project as much as they can. Their flexibility to adapt to user needs and to consider the customer in terms of making something cheaper, but still deliver the business value, is what I value from them. You are not just a figure on their balance sheet.
Are there any areas Websolutions Agency could improve?
That’s a very dangerous question to ask from someone who has been a quality auditor for 11 years, and who has optimized organizations and systems all his life. I’m quite strict about improvements, so yes, of course, there can be better things to do always. For instance, currently, with Websolutions I would say the best thing that would help them is improving their planning of resources, in terms of having more time to do validations and verifications of the code. At the end, we got the quality we wanted. We would have gotten it sooner if more complex parts were more rigorously verified before pushing to production.