Mobile-Friendly Website Redesign

June 26, 2017
General

You may have noticed that our website got a bit of a facelift. It’s been a long time coming, and is the culmination of over a year’s effort on the part of our Marketing Department.

How’s It Look on a Smartphone?

There were a few primary goals for this new website. The main goal was a visual redesign that was mobile-friendly. The design is now fully responsive and changes depending on the width of the user’s screen, creating a better experience on smartphones and tablets.

The design has already had a few tweaks since launch and will continue to be improved as we get more feedback. In fact, if you have any thoughts on the new design, we’d love to hear them.

One important thing we’d like to note is that everything you could do previously, you still can do. Finding Distributors and Lighting Reps, searching for products, tracking orders, etc.

New Features & Improvements:

Products are only as good at their documentation and software. We’ve got a wide range of downloads, from Technical References to Company Policies to Drivers software. Previously, this was spread out across multiple pages on the site. It has now been brought together on the new Downloads page.

Our People, All in One Place

One thing we hear over and over is that our customers appreciate being able to talk to real people. However, we’ve also heard that it can be confusing to figure out just who to speak with. So we’ve added a new Our People page, to act as your hub for employee contact information. This page lists all of our salespeople and technical support engineers, with region descriptions to help you find exactly who to ask for.

Under the Hood

An additional goal was to improve the maintainability going forward, without sacrificing any performance. There’s been a lot of work under the hood to address this. The previous site was written completely in custom code, with over 11 thousand files. The new site is a hybrid, partly build on the open-source WordPress platform, while still using some custom -written code (we’ve got a lot of products and downloads). By doing this, we’ve reduced the size of our code down to less than 200 files … a 98% reduction.

Where Do We Go From Here?

We are aware that there are some broken links and that some of your bookmarks might not work. We’ve attempted to add redirects for any URLs that changed, but on a large site like ours, there could always be something that slips through. If you happen to run into the 404 page (either from a bookmark or a search engine), please try to access the page from the website menu.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll likely see minor visual tweaks and updates as we chip away at pending issues and feedback. As I mentioned above, we’d love to hear from you on further changes that would make using our website easier for you.


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Trained as a Civil Engineer at Purdue, Andy changed careers several years ago to follow his passion as a software developer. He is currently a Developer Analyst at Functional Devices, responsible for developing and managing all public websites as well as internal software applications and databases.

In his free time, Andy enjoys board and video gaming, as well as kayaking along Indiana’s many small rivers. He is also involved in the open-source WordPress product, both as a core contributor and managing several plugins.