Panoramic Sicily

February 2018

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Lesley and Daniela are experts in all things Sicilian speaking four languages and were keen to help people make the most of their time on the island.

In 2017 they embarked on a project to design and produce an e-book guide to Sicily. They decided a website would be an integral and cost-effective part of their marketing strategy; their key requirement was the ability to sell the e-book directly from the site.

Having initially been quoted a prohibitive price for the project, we were recommended to them by a mutual acquaintance.

What we did

Following an initial face-to-face meeting, we quickly put together a working, responsive initial design. Rather than simply produce a static mock-up, this allowed the client to review functionality and usability straight away.

Through regular communication and conference calls, we were able to quickly iterate the design and begin building WordPress templates. By using a CMS, Panoramic Sicily Ltd will be able to maintain and update their own website in the future with minimal assistance from us. One important aspect of this was the inclusion of customised property listings and detail templates, allowing villas and apartments in Sicily to be advertised for either sale or rental through the website.

We worked to support the client with the integration of a third party cart for selling the e-book, with Amazon listings still to come. Other planned future developments for the site include a blog and listings of upcoming events

Chris at Saplings Web Design was referred to us by a mutual friend. We were looking to work with someone who could understand our long term goal and help us, iteratively, create the web site. We were new to all this; so needed quite a lot of support, guidance and flexibility, which Chris provided.

Nothing has ever been too much trouble. He has guided and trained us to be self-sufficient and has tried to transfer the knowledge we need to run the web site ourselves. Whilst we still need Chris’ support, we have moved a long way in a short time-frame.

We would recommend Chris to anyone. He has been a great communicator, easy to work with and not afraid to re-direct us on occasions. We are proud of what Chris has helped us achieve.

Lesley Dixon and Daniela Drago