A large outdoor recreational gear and sporting goods chain with more than $1.6 billion in revenue wanted to leap ahead of the competition by taking advantage of emerging technologies for their eCommerce website.
The website featured the leading technologies of several years ago, including HTML4, XHTML4, and CSS level 2. Replacing this code with best-of-class technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 required an experienced resource from a third party because the company wanted to keep its full-time developers working on new functionality. The company turned to AIM Consulting to provide up-to-date expertise in these technologies.
AIM provided a senior consultant with Agile Development Framework expertise to help with the re-platforming. The consultant, with deep content management system (CMS) experience, led the way in developing a new user acceptance testing (UAT) environment and workflow. Using the existing website design, the site was rebuilt using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques, with new templates that could then be used by the new platform. A new UAT phase was tested and put in place for final implementation. The templating was completed in a short 3–4 month timeframe.
The enabling of CSS3 and HTML5 in the website has laid the groundwork for the future. The company was prepared to offer a satisfying experience to its users when more advanced animation, video, and audio capabilities became more commonplace.