A New Look & Security For Direct CDs

During 2014 PC Futures we were approached by Direct CDs to improve the security of their old Joomla site and to give it a new lease of life. The previous Joomla site had an old design to it and some content which wasn’t as strong as it could have been.

At PC Futures we rebuilt the site in WordPress and removed the security issues the site had. In the past it had been compromised and we cleared this and gave the site some business grade security which we always keep up to date.  Adding to this our relationship has grown with Direct CDs and we have produced a range of products for them.

January 2019 – In January we produced at the clients request The Print Portal Online software for Direct CDs.  This is a managed web to print portal which enables customers to order securely repeats of previous print designs.  It also enables them to customise and design this print themselves or for Direct CDs to make the changes and for them to approve these printing proofs online.  It’s a hugely powerful tool.

February 2020 – We have also produced a custom pricing calculator plugin for their WordPress website.  This tool enables customers to get the price of their quotation ahead of time and simply to then enguage with Direct CDs further to order their print.  Eventually even becoming customers with their own Print Portal Online account.  To see the Pricing Calculator click here.

Before

The original Direct CDs site had fairly strong SEO and benefited from a good level of traffic. They ranked well for their key search terms and part of our brief was to protect this. We traveled up to meet the owner in Bedfordshire to get a handle on how they work and what their key markets are.

As a result we found this made the build much easier to deliver because of the meeting and it ensured we got the right look and feel.

Direct CDs offer a wide range of services from CD Printing, CD Duplication and DVD Printing. They also do general printing as well and we wanted to include this in the new site. Each key service needed it’s own dedicated page, which we delivered.

During

Whilst building the site we had to match all of the links ensuring the high volume of redirection was well handled. Some pages we combined and some services which were not offered were removed. When removing these we had to take care to do a full suite of redirects on the URL’s no longer used.

We spent some time investigating behind the scenes of the old Joomla site. There was some custom code in the site which was done by a 3rd party which we included in the new WordPress site. This gave the site a pricing calculator which was a feature existing customers liked (which we have recently rebuilt from the bottom up).

Afterwards

When the site was finished the customer really liked it. We had to craft a few images specifically with our graphic design skills. The whole project was delivered on time and within budget.

The site went live December 2014 and since then we’ve added a range of new things to it to ensure it gives their customers what they want.