I developed Rocketship‘s new web site from scratch using php and wordpress. Rockership is an industrial design studio located in the heart of Provo, UT. Rocketship has designed Provo Craft’s Cricut, Philip’s GoLite Blu, and the Jet Boil. With Beth Robertson’s designs, I was able to launch a clean new version of their site in December 2008. Rocketship wanted many custom features.
- Dynamic Projects
- Flex Slideshow & Thumbnail Slider with AJAX Integration
- SEO Friendly w/AJAX
- Custom Skinned WordPress Engine for Their News Section
- BaseCamp Login Integration
- PayPal Integration for Client Payments
- Social Media Sharing
Problem: Rocketship needed the ability to manage their own projects in their ‘our work’ section.
Solution: Projects and their images are dynamically pulled from a database.
Problem: Rocketship needed to have the projects thumbnail slider communicate with the slideshow. The slideshow needed to talk to an image navigation in HTML.
Solution: Using Adobe Flex, I was able to create a custom slideshow and project slider to display their projects. Using AJAX I was able to communicate between the slideshow and the slider. Also using AJAX, I was able to have the slideshow communicate with the image navigation.
Problem: Rocketship wanted a news section that fit with their site.
Solution: I created a custom WordPress skin that matched their site. I used the WordPress engine to power their blog and make it SEO friendly.
Problem: Rocketship wanted clients to be able to pay for invoices on their site.
Solution: I used PayPal integration to allow clients to enter an invoice number and amount. This allowed PayPal to handle the credit card authentication process.
Problem: Rocketship wanted clients to be able to login to their BaseCamp system.
Solution: Using HTTP posts I was able to allow the user to login to BaseCamp through a form on Rocketship’s site.
Problem: Rocketship wanted users to be able to share projects and news articles with friends.
Solution: Using AddThis I was able to customize the widget to fit with Rocketship’s design guidelines. Users were able to share on virtually every social network available.