Mary Hager - Function First Design
Effective, Affordable Site Development
|April 23, 2014 |
These are a few of my favorite sites. Some are simple and some are more complicated, but they are included here because each of them had some specific requirements that were not being met by other designers/developers or content management systems. These sites are intended to give you an idea of what is possible, whether your business is large or small. Every business is unique and has some needs that probably aren't covered by a one-size-fits-all website. |
Austin Brothers Farm
Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research
Cedar Heights Center
New England Falconry
|Tuckaway Farm in Conway, Massachusetts, raises poultry for meat and eggs, grows specialty produce for the Italian kitchen, and imports organic, extra-virgin olive oil from Italy.|
Tuckaway sells this oil wholesale to specialty markets around New England and also takes orders directly from customers. They needed a website that provided an updatable list of shops where their oil is available, a section for adding recipes, and an online ordering system for direct sales. They do not accept credit cards, and therefore didn't require a gateway, but they wanted the site to be able to calculate the correct shipping and packaging costs, so customers would know their order total immediately when placing an order.
This site, like Metzer farms, uses postage rate tables from the USPS, plus the customer's zip code and the sum weight of the item(s) to be shipped to calculate the shipping costs. Packaging costs are based on the number and size of the bottles ordered.
When an order is placed, the customer receives an invoice, reminding them to please send the payment to Tuckaway, and at the same time, Tuckaway receives an email with the customer's order and mailing information.
This is a very simple and cost-effective method of handling online sales.