Imtakt USA is a Portland-based company that sells chromatography columns. It’s ok if you don’t know what that means, we didn’t either until they explained it. Basically, it’s a scientific instrument that is used in a variety of chemical and pharmaceutical research. Imtakt USA has a strong existing customer base, who have been using an aged, unfriendly site to find important articles and make purchases. They asked us to build out a website in WordPress with the following requirements to meet their marketing objectives:
- Custom WordPress theme per supplied design
- E-commerce functionality for 1000+ products over 16 product lines
- Advanced search functions for technical library of 750+ scientific papers
- Seamless URL transition for customers who relied on information from old site
We are seeing about an 80% increase in online sales and probably double the amount of technical requests. – Robert Puryear, COO
Front End Website Design
The design mockups they supplied were great, with clear page layouts and easy navigation. They also included robust product data sections for their target market of PhD wielding scientists. We built out the custom theme and loaded it onto a WordPress install. Next we needed to set up the E-commerce functionality.
Woocommerce was an easy choice for the shopping cart, as it could handle the complex product requirements and would be easy for the client to use down the road. We built a selection grid and linked it to the product database where you can pick out the specific size of product you want to buy. There are even tabs for higher pressure applications that feature addition SKUs.
Back End Design
Since Imtakt works directly with scientists, the search functionality had to be top notch. We exported their existing database, then rebuilt it to modernize the structure and speed it up. The results are pretty cool. The first box is an autocomplete text box of over 1000 compounds. The second box is a category list. And the third box is product line specific.
Even if you don’t want to read any of the papers, you should still swing by and check out Imtakt USA!