Pacific Pile & Marine

PPM was a large-scale custom theme development project. Project included over 10 unique views and many requests for custom functionality.

PPM wanted to replace their existing website and bring their company into the modern era. With many different types of data, it was all hands on deck for this 5-figure project!

Serviced Provided

Work We Performed:

  • Custom Theme Development
  • Custom Plugin Development
  • Third-Party Plugin Customization
  • Front-End Development (HTML/CSS/JS)
  • Back-End Programming (PHP)

Third-Party Tools

Created Using:

  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
  • Advanced Custom Fields PRO
  • Multisite Post Duplicator
  • Archived Post Status
  • Ninja Forms

Development Insight

About The Project!

This site was one of three that the client commissioned. We learned a lot tackling a project of this magnitude. The most important lesson was that sometimes projects need to be broken down into more manageable parts. The second was that we need to be sure clients are prepared for what is to come when their website undergoes massive changes.

Sophisticated Design

We had a lot of creative freedom with regards to design.  As we converted their design mock-ups, we implemented a number of design improvements to provide Pacific Pile & Marine with a website that would rival their competitors.

Mega Menu

As Pacific Pile & Marine had a lot of content, we needed to create an intuitive menu to allow visitors to get to the most relevant content.  We realized visitors weren’t using the search functionality and focused on providing links to deliver filtered content.

Alternative Styles

We had a lot of fun with this project and were always on the look out to improve the user experience.  One of the key elements was adding an alternative style to the Mega Menu when the header became fixed.

Project Archives

The way we rendered the Projects is probably our favorite feature.  As you hover over a project, more information appears as the overlay expands to cover the image.  We also made sure the animation effect was smooth.

Project Overview

Pacific Pile & Marine displayed a great deal of information on their projects page.  Images, project metrics, point of contact, related news articles, and a detailed description of the project.  We took extra care to ensure content was easily digestible by website visitors.

Change of Pace

We don’t normally get too involved in the design process, since we are specialized in development.  However, we feel the design improvements we were able to provide to this project was vital to the success of this project.  We primarily focused on improvements to the user experience.

Our Thoughts!

This project was commissioned in Q4 2016. We were supplied design mock-ups late January 2017 and worked until May 2017 on this project. After initial development was completed, we faced many delays getting content for the website. In July 2018, we performed some additional work. However, the website still required content before it could go live. As of Q4 2019, the project has yet to be put into production.

Christopher Ervin

Technical Director, Excidium Tech, LLC

Excidium Tech