Caterham Granite – Making Estimating Easier

We’ve just finished a project with our friends from CIC for the well known Caterham company, manufacturers of quality fireplaces normally, but in this case for their very high quality granite kitchen worktops business. Basically they needed a nice website to showcase the different types of granite available to their customers, so we provided a CMS solution in Joomla that uses the Yoo Tools plugin with some mods to make for a fluid user experience. But it didn’t stop there. The client wanted a nifty estimating system for reps on the road and third party distributors to use. For the front end we created a login area where they can go and create full blown estimates. The layout again controlled by a modified Yoo Tools set up, this time with a neat javascript accordian so that each step of the process is clear to follow. Once the estimate is complete, the user can save, print or email the estimate for the customer. Real easy. We had to write a full PHP component for this in the Joomla admin section so that Caterham could then manage the quotes, and store them in MySQL. The whole process for an estimate now takes a couple of minutes, and its really user friendly. Using Joomla for projects like this gives our clients the flexibility and customisation they need without breaking the bank. We find that most business problems can be solved with some custom programming, in many cases providing business transformation for clients.

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