Business Network Platform Development for Copybook

We created a custom web platform consisting of a public web portal, a customer portal and a back-office system. The platform features a business directory of suppliers, news and information on a wide range of industries.

4+ Years | PHP, Yii 2, JavaScript, Bootstrap, MySQL

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A world leader in online business-to-business media with clients from over 40 countries, the network also provides news and information on a wide range of industries, from military and construction to pharmaceuticals. When the team behind Copybook first got in touch with us, their network consisted of nine distinct web portals focusing on different industries, all with unique layouts, separate domains and their own content management systems. This made changing or adding content to the various websites extremely complicated and time-consuming. Seeking a more scalable setup to accommodate the growth of their business, Copybook asked us to deliver a solution that would unify their existing portals and consolidate them under the main Copybook brand. The goal was to be able to manage the entire network from one interface. In addition, the existing system’s outdated technology needed replacing so that modern website features could be incorporated.

The Solution

We used Yii 2.0 PHP Framework to develop a custom web platform consisting of a public web portal, a customer portal and a back-office system. In place of nine independent websites, the public web portal provides one-point access to all the content Copybook offers. This is organized into industry-specific sections that visitors can move between seamlessly. For the interface, we decided to use Foundation and Bootstrap 3.0 frameworks and an SEO-friendly design for improved usability and accessibility. Our solution also introduced several new features, including an expanded customer portal, networking and social tools, online payment functionality, an automated subscription process, and multi-industry search. Most importantly, a centralized back-office system was created so the entire platform can be managed from one place.

The Result

The entire platform is supported by a single back-office system, through which Copybook administrators can manage user accounts, supplier profiles, subscriptions, events, user uploads and all other content within the network. The process of making changes or updates to any one of the different industry-specific sections is standardized and can be carried out from the same interface.

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Our client says

Copybook has recently been using the services of Devision. We have found all the staff within the company to be extremely professional and knowledgeable regarding website development and design. In our opinion, Devision is a company that offers excellent service, superb value for money and attention to the slightest detail. Things seem to be completed at lightning speed and at a price that is right. In addition to forming a good working relationship, we have found that we have made new friends too. I would recommend this company to anyone who requires website design, development and understanding as far as the Internet is concerned.

Andy Fields Andy Fields Managing Director, Copybook Publishing