Building a feature-packed CMS for the website in just 3 weeks

  • 2-3 weeks for a complete CMS

  • 2.5 months of development the entire website

  • сatalog and vacancy automation

The Story

«Red Collar» is a full-cycle digital agency with 12 years of experience. The company employs about 140 people, with major clients in finance, retail, mobile, and other industries.
One of Red Collar's clients is Bronitex, a factory manufacturing work gloves. Bronitex needed a website to manage certain internal processes and also help with external tasks, such as communicating with customers, partners, and job applicants. The project had to be delivered in a rapid time frame: just 2 months.

The website's functionality was to include:

  • Gloves catalogue, with filters and animations
  • Hiring section
  • Feedback forms for customers and partners
  • CMS to self-manage the website

It was also important for the customer that they could update the website themselves, without any external support, so the CMS had to be friendly. Red Collar’s project team consisted of 9 members:

  • project manager
  • 2 web designers
  • 1 backend developer
  • 3 frontend developers
  • 2 QA

Why Jmix

For the CMS, the team chose the Jmix platform. Red Collar actually started looking into Jmix several months before the project, which gave them a head start and allowed them to use the platform to the fullest. Jmix proved a perfect fit for the backend of the website.

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Solution

In just 2.5 months, the «Red Collar» team created a website with all the functionality requested by the client:

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Gloves Catalogue

Customers can view the range of products on the website, while the Bronitex team can work with product cards through the administrative interface: creating product units for display and filtering the search results on the website.
When creating a product, there is a text description available, a parameter for displaying the product on the home page, product images, a size range, and tables with units of measurement.

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Hiring Section with Job Posts Vacancies

A special section on the website allows posting vacancies and managing responses. The vacancy card shows such fields as the position, responsibilities, etc.
The HR manager can view responses and interact with them: answer the candidate's request and change the vacancy status.

Support

The website also offers feedback forms that can be managed through the administrative interface.

Role & Access Settings

The project has a role system that grants access to different sections of the website's CMS. Jmix allows users to easily tune access permits for any role. For instance: :

  • The administrators have the full access
  • HR can interact with the job section
  • Support interacts only with feedback forms
  • Sales managers can view orders

Image Editor

Since uploaded photos often exceeded 10-20 MB, which could affect the performance of the website, «Red Collar» created a module that compressed images upon upload almost without any loss of quality.

Result

The project was completed very quickly compared to a possible development on Spring, which is currently a popular technology among Java adepts. Jmix's other advantages include easy implementation, which is provided by convenient and extensive documentation that gives a quickstart to work with the platform, as well as a more extended functionality compared to other similar technologies.

«We loved developing with Jmix because, compared to developing on Spring, it took much less time. Creating a table, creating an entity, and configuring all the relationships took only 10 minutes - instead of creating a bunch of migration scripts, all the classes, repositories to make database queries, and so on.».

The time spent studying the platform's documentation and forum paid off for the team. Red Collar developers concluded that in the case of using Jmix in other projects, the time it takes to create a website will be reduced by 30-50% thanks to the experience they have got while working with the platform on previous projects.

The project was completed very quickly compared to a possible development on Spring, which is currently a popular technology among Java adepts. Jmix's other advantages include easy implementation, which is provided by convenient and extensive documentation that gives a quickstart to work with the platform, as well as a more extended functionality compared to other similar technologies.

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