As a local Windsor business with an entrepreneurial spirit, Wired Solutions was thrilled to take the lead on designing, developing and implementing a truly interactive and immersive web environment for our friends at the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre (SBC) and their local clients.

The ability to quickly and easily build, publish and edit timely content, such as News Articles and Upcoming Events, is a common requirement for many corporate websites in today’s content-driven digital landscape. As a result, more businesses are recognizing the necessity of building their websites with a robust content management system as the central framework.

With Wired CMS powering the SBC's new website, we were able to leverage the platform’s numerous built-in modules. In this way, we've made it easier for SBC staff to add, edit and delete web pages, customize navigation, add photos and graphics, and make on-the-go changes via the system’s secured Admin Portal.

To accommodate seamless event management, we added custom functionality within our Event Management module. A custom application of the Event Management module allows site visitors to view upcoming events, access event details, and register for events online by filling out a customizable registration form. Registration information is then automatically sent to Event Owners via email.

Key features of the Event Management Module include:

  • Data Control: An Event Administrator create a new event by: entering the event name, and selecting a single date or series of dates for the event, selecting a session time for the event, adding event details, inputing a location, and choosing whether or not to include online registration for the event.
  • Event Listings: Event Listings display all SBC events in a dynamically-driven and stylized list.  Event Listings include the event name, location, and date, as well as the logo/image associated with the event, where applicable.
  • Event Detail Pages: Each Event Detail page is dynamically created based on the event entry into the system. Users can click on an event in the list to view a dedicated page with full details and a dynamic map of the event’s location.
  • Google Map Integration:  A dynamic Google Map is used to pinpoint the event location for end-users.
  • Event Widgets: We created widgets to customize the major sections of the SBC website. This facilitates reporting capability on upcoming events. 
  • Full Searching: End-users can easily search through SBC events using keywords and filters.

Curious about what adding an event might look like in Wired CMS? Check out the picture below:

Simply entering the information in the form fields and selecting an image creates an interactive event listing on the front-end of the website, as illustrated here:

Web forms are an important tool for gathering information about prospective clients. Contact forms, Resource Download forms, and Information Request forms, are all powerful tools for creating a successful digital marketing strategy.

For the SBC, we utilized an easy-to-use web interface built into the admin area of Wired CMS. This interface allows SBC admin users to create Submission form fields that will appear on the front-end of the website. We ensured that admin users were able to quickly and easily specify the data type (i.e. form question), while the system automatically validates each entry (i.e. the answer provided by the site visitor). Each Submission form was programmed with an corresponding HTML formatted email template that is fully editable by SBC admin users within the form manager.

We gave the SBC full control over the email content, as well as which fields are posted in the email, and who should receive the email. Adding a form in Wired CMS is as easy as dragging and dropping the form widget into the layout area. Our Data Form Management module, offered SBC the following functionality:

  • Form Generation: An easy to use web-interface allows SBC admin users to create the submission forms that are displayed in the front-end of the website.  SBC administrators have full control over form fields, data input types and data form question types (textbox, checkbox, dropdowns etc), as well as the question sort order.
  • Field Validation: SBC Administrators simply specify the expected data entry type (i.e. answer form) and the system automatically validates the entry. For example, you can specify a textbox with a data type of ‘email’ to validate that the user enters a properly formatted email address.
  • Email Templates: Each Submission form includes an HTML formatted email template. Email templates are fully editable within the Wired CMS Form Manager.  Admin users maintain full control over the email content and which fields are posted to the email.
  • Form Widgets: Once  a Submission form is created in Wired CMS, it can be plugged into any web-page on the front-end of the website using the form widgets. Dragging and dropping a form widget into the website layout allows administrators to set which form should be displayed.

Simply set the field in the admin portal:

All of the questions found in within a given form and be edited at any time:

Forms are displayed on the front end of the website to help gather information about prospective clients:

Building an interactive web environment is important for ensuring that web visitors are enjoying a positive web experience. However, this interactive experience must be made available to all users – regardless of their device, platform, or personal circumstances.

By integrating a Google Translate widget directly into page content, we were able to facilitate the real-time translation of on-page content using any of Google’s support languages. Incorporating our responsive design platform and our extensive experience with AODA compliancy regulation (such as allowing site visitors to change font size), we were able to guarantee the same interactive experience for all site visitors.

Interested in learning more about the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre project? Visit our portfolio at http://www.wiredsolutions.ca/portfolio. If you're looking to create an interactive, intutitive web experience for your business, contact Wired Solutions via email at sales@wiredsolutions.ca or toll free at 1-877-549-4733.

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