See more information about project details below, because it was quite a job!
Since the establishment of iBOOD in 2005 the new website has been the biggest adjustment in IT and the biggest investment ever. Not only has the front-end been adjusted, but we have also tackled the back-end.
That did not happen by itself, the development team has quadrupled and the whole team has learned to write user stories :-). For the people that do not know what a user story is, it is a functionality that is described in detail so that it is ready for development.
The project has cost us a lot of blood, sweat and tears, has kept all people involved out of the bar for two year and has requested a lot of patience from you. We are happy and proud to present you with the result.
As the website could use a new design, it was also time to solve very practical problems. For example it was not possible to pay for more than one deal at once, there was no option to choose the colour, size or type of item (Do you remember the time slot deals, with products that had different sizes)and the forum was not accessible for mobile phones.
In short, the entire platform was ready to be renewed. Internally we always used to say: "There’s a skyscraper on the foundation that was originally put in front of a house. We can’t work with this any longer. Time for a bigger and thorough project. Yummy!".
iBOOD is growing rapidly, during the launch in 2005 we only had one daily deal.
A few years ago the 'die hard' tech-deals were strengthened with separate categories for Health & Beauty- and Home & Living products. Upon your request iBOOD became accessible for a broader audience.
iBOOD has a responsive design. It means that, the site automatically adjusts to the screen resolution of the device that you are visiting the site with. Very handy!
No, there will be a lot of points of improvement especially in the early stage and we would like your help for that. Let us know if anything goes wrong, what we can improve on in the buyer experience etc. The website is now live in an (open) bèta version and has internally been tested extensively and found to be stable. We assume that this will be the case in the real world, but you never know!
The new website is a scalable platform with an asynchrony division between the front-end and the back-end. At the front-end the website is as you can see, suitable for the heavy load of the HUNT. At the back-end we make use of a ERP package for the Finance and Logistics department. A Service Bus (ESB) helps to streamline the front- and back-end. This architecture has been created with state-of-the-art techniques and is based on different development languages such as, PHP, Java and Python.
✓ What do you think of the design?
✓ Do you think it is pleasant to work with?
✓ Can you find the info that you need?
✓ What else can you improve?
✓ What are you missing?
Please browse freely through the website, the more feedback we receive, the better ;-).
1. Be as clear as possible
What exactly do you mean? Which page does it concern? (preferably with link) Which steps have you taken? In other words: How can we reproduce your feedback and see the problem?
2. Give constructive feedback Complaining is fine (and sometimes needed) but please let us know which solution we can use.
Found any site bugs? Notify us in a separate email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bugs will be treated with priority.
A fictitious example of feedback:
Problem description:If I visit the 'more information'-page of a product, I do not have the possibility to view several product photos in large. When I click on the small product thumb nails on the right side of the screen, nothing happens.
Additional information examples:- I use Windows 8 with a Firefox browser, version 31.0 - I am not logged in with my iBOOD account - At the more information page of flash products I do not have this problem.
In a month’s time, we will collect all the feedback and give one general response. In the meantime we will start with the first adjustments :-).
From all the users that give us feedback iBOOD will choose a lucky winner. This person will win an iBOOD box!