IDS Logic successfully launches â€śFamiliesâ€ť website to support key strategic move by Lifecycle Marketing.
Online PR News – 19-July-2016 – Noida, Delhi NCR – Following the successful launch, in 2014, of new website for Lifecycle Marketingâ€™s pregnancy channel, Emmaâ€™s Diary, developed by IDS Logic, Lifecycle commissioned them to develop their new flagship Families website on the Sitefinity CMS in May 2015.
This ambitious project saw Lifecycle Marketing acquire and restructure two existing brands, Families and Mums in the Know, bringing them together to create a new platform for the UKâ€™s leading local information resource for parents.
The new website(https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/) combines a rapidly expanding local listing directory of 200,000+ local places, attractions, sellers and education listings and events as well as thousands of market leading national and local editorial features and offers including national and local competitions. It also embraces user generated content by allowing end users to promote their own businesses and events to Families audiences around the UK.
The project presented a significant analytical and development challenges to IDS Logic. Starting with a rigorous programme of business analysis, the company identified the business needs of the two brands, assessing the project from commercial, operational, web content and back office perspectives to define a clear set of web requirements for the project.
Chris Manko, Technical Solutions Architect at Lifecycle, commented on IDS Logicâ€™s approach to the project.
â€śA major challenge with this project was to unify our operational practices and develop a web system to support them. IDS Logic helped us to crystallise our business requirements and provided valuable web, technical knowhow on how we could make our new business model work online.â€ť
â€śWith a network of 300+ local editors and area managers contributing and managing large amounts of content in their individual territories around the UK, we needed a web content management experience that was both quick and easy to use, but which also allowed us to control access to individual users and groups. The company worked laterally to our brief and was proactive in shaping requirements and solutions.â€ť
Working closely with the Lifecycle Marketing team and their creative and user experience partner, IDS Logic managed this 14 month development project from conception through analysis, development, testing and deployment, leveraging the powerful capabilities of the Sitefinity CMS along the way.
â€śSitefinity gives us the perfect combination of CMS functionality that we can use out of the box, with the flexibility to integrate bespoke code where we need to.â€ť says Narayan Mohapatra, MD at IDS Logic.
â€śFor us, that freedom is key. Many of the requirements of this project, including the Sage Line 50 connected Sales Booking System, which powers the financial and commercial aspects of the site, had completely bespoke requirements. Sitefinityâ€™s inherent extensibility allowed us to integrate our bespoke code seamlessly into the CMS. The result is a central online hub accessed by hundreds of content editors every day, reaching a vast Families audience across the entire countryâ€ť.
The Families website was launched on 1 July as originally planned and this on time delivery was critical to meeting the commercial expectations of Familiesâ€™ own clients and partners.
Following another successful launch, IDS Logic and Lifecycle continue to work in partnership on major digital projects. Work is already underway to further develop the Families site as well as others in the Lifecycle Marketing portfolio in the immediate future.
For more information about IDS Logicâ€™s digital development services and our experience as a certified Sitefinity partner, please contact us.