Design & Development
The team at Olah had been working with a talented web designer on another project, and he put them in touch with Net Solutions. Since the designer had successfully worked with Net Solutions in the past, they came highly recommended. The Olah team trusted the designer, and they put their faith in this new partner on the opposite side of the world.
Net Solutions’ existing relationship with the designer proved itself to be a significant advantage. Since the designer was intimately familiar with the front-end development team’s style, he was able to structure his design files so they gelled with Net Solutions’ approach. The established relationship also enabled smooth, efficient communication.
The Style Library’s Features
Net Solutions built a Magento-based website, heavily customized for a variety of workflows. The team worked closely with their contacts at Olah to build a platform with the following features.
Strict User Roles: Since the Style Library was built for fashion designers, Olah wanted to ensure that only professional designers could access, review, and rent the collection’s contents. As such, the Magento site:
- Identified anyone who had not signed into the website as a visitor, rather than a user
- Allowed visitors to access low-resolution photos of library items
- Enabled those who applied for access to view the collection and create an order list—but proceed no further until the admin team approved their application
- Gave full access to users that the admin team had approved. This meant they could browse high-resolution photos of each collection item, and they could rent them in a few simple steps.
Shipping and Payment Integration: Net Solutions integrated PayPal as the payment gateway, and they integrated FedEx Shipping to help members track their packages.
Rental Tracking & Reminders: A Magento extension allowed the site to track rental durations and send periodic reminders and follow-ups if any of the rentals were overdue. Depending on the return date, the site also calculated a late fee when applicable. If a late fee applied, the system automatically sent an additional invoice.
Product Availability Updates: Net Solutions designed the system to easily update product availability once a user returned a product.
Categories & Collections: The site allowed administrators to assign products to specific categories and collections, allowing users to browse accordingly. Admins could also create new categories and collections any time they liked, and they could assign a single product to multiple categories or collections when appropriate.
Multi-tiered Permissions: To help manage site content and memberships, Net Solutions implemented a multi-tier permission system. This allowed admins to create special-purpose accounts with limited capabilities, such as managing products or membership applications.