Materials In The Raw

Materials In The Raw: Magento ecommerce CMS website design

The brief

COG Digital is proud to deliver the Magento eCommerce CMS Website Development and Support for the Materials in the Raw business.

Materials In The Raw approached COG Digital for a WMA (Website Maintenance Agreement) and to also migrate from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2.0.

Magento 1 was officially retired in 2020 – Adobe, its owner, ceased support. That’s more than the reason for our client to upgrade. Magento was built as a flexible platform. This is really its defining feature. Users can create stores with a variety of functions using pre-made extensions or by utilizing their coding chops. This is the beauty of a platform like Magento and one reason it’s so popular.

In addition, there have been many complaints of Magento 1 running slow. In response to this, experts have determined what makes Magento sites run faster, but this still couldn’t change the issue of core speed. To address these issues, the Magento team designed an upgraded platform: Magento 2.

The client

Materials in the Raw was established in the Sydney suburb of Casula in 1988 as a bulk materials distributor reselling sand, soil, gravel and mulches. Since that time the business has grown through acquisition of other similar businesses and the commencement of new outlets in strategic locations.

Materials in the Raw provides landscape solutions for the urban environment. The recent urban consolidation growth that has occurred in the metropolitan Sydney area has necessitated the development of innovative landscape materials to ensure the preservation of outdoor living in reduced courtyards and landscape settings.

The solution

COG Digital had to migrate from Magento 1.9 to 2.0 early as the security concerns demanded attention, and the brand experience needed to keep up.

Moving from Magento 1.x to 2.x is a process, not an upgrade. The database schema changes so much that the process is referred to as Migration. The data has to be exported, translated to the new database tables/columns or discarded as applicable.

The directory structure and internal operations of Magento have changed so much that you we need to ensure of web development team get modules rewritten to work with Magento 2.0, which was also for the core theme and templates.

COG Digital initially creates a Plan Capacity document that looks to understand basic resource requirements from the 1.9 environment, and what the 2.0 environment needs (For both staging and production). Did the client need more advanced functionality in ythe 2.0 Magento store, or will it need to scale in the future? Now was the best time to plan for this.

The migration to 2.0 also provided the opportunity to overhaul our hosting arrangements and providers.

With both front and back end considerations COG Digital used our proprietary methods to ensure we migrated to the latest platform, and nurtured version control for custom modifications that we inherited from the 1.9 platform.

The results

Go live with project Success!

The result supplied Materials In The Raw, a mobile responsive ecommerce website solution.

With a highly detailed updated shipping calculator that included postcode, weight, dimension, product type and volume – the user experience was more targeted and relevant to the product Materials In The Raw can compete on in regards to products and customers local to it’s yards in Western Sydney.

With an increase in online sales, and direct website leads from the website through to phone calls to the yards the Materials In The Raw Magento website is high powered, feature rich and robust.

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