Who are Wi-Fyre?
Wi-Fyre is a new brand from specialist fire alarm manufacturer and supplier, Eurofyre. Eurofyre have been supplying innovative fire detection products and associated safety products to the professional fire safety market since 2007 and have established themselves as a premier supplier through their dedication to quality products, customer service and excellent technical and sales support.
Eurofyre fire alarm solutions have been supplied for use in buildings all over the UK and have even been selected for use in a number of National Trust properties, a multi-million pound London townhouse and the flagship Regent Street store of one of the most iconic British luxury fashion brands, Burberry.
Wi-Fyre, as you may have inferred, is a new brand that focuses on wireless fire safety. A new website was required to market this brand and the products available to customers in an easy-to-use format that communicates the flexibility and time-saving properties of the technology.
What the client has to say about our work...
We have been using Ballyhoo for many years, they look after both our websites, carry out monthly marketing and make sure services such as hosting are up to speed. Ballyhoo are one of the friendliest companies we have worked with, easy to communicate with, very professional and understand our ideas and thoughts.
Over several years we have been creating a new product range and a new website was always in our plans. When the time finally came around to creating one, we knew Ballyhoo would create something that will stand out from the rest. A specification and concept design was created and moulded around a clean look. We handed it over to Ballyhoo who took all of our crazy ideas in with ease, no idea was impossible. Further into the build, our ideas were progressively improved and more and more clever but simple ideas were implemented, such as the fixed navigation bar. An idea like this makes it a lot easier for the user to find their way around the site.
For the CMS, we decided to choose Ballyhoo’s custom content management system over such systems like Joomla. The reason being, it’s so easy to use. We have had past experiences with Joomla but Ballyhoo’s is far easier. I could write so much more regarding the website build but I will leave that to Ballyhoo to describe in more detail.
Overall, we are very happy with the work Ballyhoo has created, the website is clean and very easy to use and because of this, we are confident that our new product range will be a success!
Mark Redfearn, Eurofyre Technical Sales Engineer
Wi-Fyre has been in the pipeline for Eurofyre for some time so they were able to provide us with a brand identity and structure guidelines to work from to help us produce a design concept for their website.
Brand guidelines contain detailed examples on how the logo should be displayed and positioned in various situations as well as having information on colour codes, straplines and typography. The client can refer to this guide or present it to graphic designers to ensure their brand is consistent across all media.
A light colour scheme with red elements was chosen to harmonise with the look of the products on offer, giving the website a very modern and airy feel and allowing high-quality product images to take precedence. A modular layout was implemented with hover-effects used in select areas to give the user further information and the main navigation was designed to be in a fixed position on the left side of the website, meaning that no matter how far you scroll the menu options are always accessible.
The result is a website where the user is able to find the information they need with a minimal number of clicks and where the wireless fire products available take centre-stage.
Key Development Features
Wi-fyre.co.uk has been built on Ballyhoo Refresh, our own content management system designed to make managing your website a doddle. Using the intelligent templating system we've managed to match the web design concept for this website to the pixel, creating a website that matches our graphic designer's vision as closely as physically possible. Eurofyre are already au fait with the system, having been an early adopter of the system on their main website eurofyre.co.uk, so using Refresh on this website too was a natural choice.
A number of special development features have been implemented alongside the stock features of Ballyhoo Refresh, these include:
- Hover Effects
To retain the clean, modular design of the site hover effects have been used on category thumbnail images to display sub-page lists – visit the Products page on wi-fyre.co.uk to see this in action.
- Test Survey Head Slider
A jQuery slider was used to demonstrate LED signal strength indication on the Wi-Fyre Wireless Survey Head. By moving the slider the user can see how No, Low, Satisfactory, Good and Excellent signal strength is output on the device's LEDs. You'll find this on the Features page of the Wi-Fyre website.
- Sliding Page Refresh
Product pages feature a number of tabs for different types of information. When moving between these tabs the page will refresh the content by smoothly sliding the images at the bottom of the page up then down to reveal the new content. This adds a lot more visual interest compared to the usual instant refresh we see on many websites.
- Google Map
The Contact Us page features an interactive Google Map of Eurofyre's location. Users can zoom in and out of the map and even click to get directions on the Google Maps website which will be pre-populated with Eurofyre's address as the end destination. By default the other details on the page are hidden as key information including an address an telephone number is displayed on the map. Users simply have to click View Contact Details to reveal further contact details and an online contact form.
Anyone launching a brand new website has the odds stacked against them as they try to compete with established sites for traffic. While well-written, relevant content and having products and information people genuinely want is a big step in the right direction, some help is usually needed to kick-start proceedings.
To help wi-fyre.co.uk find its audience as soon as possible we've started to implement an online marketing strategy to bring this new website to the world's attention.
To find out more about the types of services we'll be providing to Eurofyre, and what we could do to help your website stand out from the crowd, please click here.
How Can We Help?
If you are in need of a new website, a revamp for your existing website, development to work responsively or anything related to websites and the internet in general then feel free to get in touch. Any member of the Ballyhoo team will be happy to help and can be contacted by telephone on 0121 222 5780, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form on our contact page.