When Van Schaik looked at their website analytics, it was evident that there was a clear migration from desktop to mobile. Not only was there a need for a redesign, but also for the site to be responsive.
Realm Digital was tasked to redesign the site using the existing layout and page elements. Once the designs were approved, the Realm development team then needed to code the templates into responsive HTML.
The reskinned website was built using PHP version 7.1, which can be up to 4 times faster than PHP 5.6 on small load requests.
We also recommended moving web servers from Apache to Nginx. Nginx provides considerable speed improvements in the Read/Write (I/O) sector and can be up to 2.5 faster than Apache.
Since Elasticsearch 1.5 is no longer supported and is relatively slower compared to new versions, it was definitely necessary to upgrade to version 6.4. In addition to this, making use of modern technologies and having a mobile-first approach was our focus. As a result, we used HTML5, CSS3, Webpack and Bootstrap 4, which is the latest version of the popular framework.
Extensive testing was conducted to ensure that none of the site’s existing functionality was lost.