3B are renowned for delivering web projects almost exclusively on Open Source platforms – most especially Joomla, Drupal & Wordpress. Every now & then, however, budget & timeline constraints suggest to us that an alternative CMS might be the way to go.
In this case the decision to embrace a 3rd party platform was actually borne of a client’s desire to be contract-free post launch – a requirement that’s difficult to guarantee when ongoing support & maintenance of an Open Source platform such as those mentioned above is highly advised – and this led us to recommend and implement the wonderful SquareSpace CMS.
One of the most exciting consequences of this decision was that it directly put our UX Designer Greg Campbell & Creative Director Alex Bremer (ably assisted on occasion by coding input from Jordan Worner, Tom Getgood & Jack Bremer) right back at the “coalface” for the first time in a long while.
The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers are a City Livery Company first incorporated in 1623 and received their Royal Charter in 1693 from King William and Queen Mary. Their practices and communication infrastructure were ancient and creaking and despite having an established and up-to-date website they were more than ready and willing to begin their Digital Journey properly with us. Consequently they have been a real delight to work with; the project has been delivered within a month and they’re pleased as punch!
The Squarespace CMS is not suitable for many of the projects we undertake – especially where bespoke functionality & component development is required – but when the desired site is essentially a simple collection of attractive, responsive and easy-to-update pages I’d say that SquareSpace is pretty much faultless. Rudimentary page passwords, ecommerce & multi-media embeds are simple and quick to implement and, importantly, aggressive timelines and tight budgets can be reasonably easily accommodated. We’re going to be releasing a few more of these in the coming weeks…