Early in 2021 our friends at Astute Electronics Ltd got in touch to let us know they were planning a reworking of their website. For several years, we’d been hosting and supporting their corporate website, Astute.global, but it was time for a change.
Their expertise in the electrical components market had led to rapid expansion and company acquisitions. Their website had seen similarly fast growth, but this came at the cost of a smooth user journey. It was no longer as obvious where to look to find the right service or product. A new structure was needed.
Throughout the summer of 2021 a plan was formulated to restructure the website into 3 divisions. There would be a group site containing all the company info, a second site for their creatively focused ‘E-Design’ services, and a third site for their global component sourcing services known as ‘Safe Supply’.
There was one more stiplulation. The site needed to be built as a WordPress Multisite and with it, bring some of their other websites together onto a single WordPress platform.
Working in close collaboration with a freelance designer, we began by configuring the back end systems needed. Working with WordPress Multisite can be a little tricky. One of the main complexities is that every website in a Multi-site shares one database. We knew there would be at least 4 different websites coming together within the multi-site, so we needed to plan and create the whole structure.
Once in place, we created all of the custom-built content editors required for the Group site. Then finally came the front end templates, imagery and content population.
A set of 3 fully responsive websites based on the Asute-group.com template, were delivered at the end of an extended first phase of development. The Group site contains all of the core company information, with product information spread across 2 further multi-sites.