For the past months I’ve been working on putting together the new Bolia.com site, or rather some usability improvements suggested by an expert in the field. The main difference between the new and the old site is that the checkout process is a bit more intuitive and you’re able to click back and forth between the individual steps. Also the catalog has undergone major surgery and is now much better organized and presented than previously. Currently only the Living Room / Sofas category has been adopted to the new layout, so be sure to check back and see what they do with the remaining categories.
Finally search optimizations have been put into place which should make finding the furniture you want on the Bolia.com site much easier using Google, Yahoo, or whatever your favorite search engine might be. We have great plans for version 2.0 which will sport some cool URL rewriting features.
I for one think the new site reflects the current trends on the web much better (I should, shouldn’t I?). Also I had a chance to view the new design on our recently purchased Mac mini for testing purposes. What can I say the design fits right in there with Mac OSX.
This morning was the culmination of the development effort with a large deployment of the new design along with the entire catalog which has had 1600 new products added over the past weeks. Behind the covers this is a pretty big undertaking so much care and planning has gone into the deployment testing for my part. Of course that didn’t stop me from staying up all night yesterday fixing the small problems which invariably crop up.
Anyways go have a look around a tell me what you think, will ya?