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Building Things: Our Passion for Solving Problems with Technology

November 23, 2015

Tom Lambert
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After years learning everything Tom could about web technology and digital marketing, he co-founded CandidSky. Tom loves coming up with new ideas and developing products in his position as Technical Director.

At CandidSky we share a passion for making things and solving problems. We have enjoyed building some awesome things over the years and love seeing how our creations solve problems for clients and users. Here’s a summary of some of our latest products.

Ebb — Framework

For a number of years we made use of other people’s frameworks to build bespoke websites and web apps. However, there were times that we wanted to push the boundaries and create something truly unique. We came to the logical conclusion… we needed to design and build our own framework, from scratch! It has allowed us to take better routes in order to build faster and more powerful solutions. Below are just a few of our creations.

Property Bridge — The Swiss Army Knife of booking, maintenance and management tools for the property sector 
Ticket Text
— A groundbreaking e-commerce and order management system
Bayer — An SMS and Email service that tells customers when their pets are due for their medication
Bayer — Drontal Vet Exam and Certification System
Sage — Certification Platform allows Sage to run a number of their certification programmes in a clean beautiful interface
Trading Times — An automated matchmaking employment app for over 50’s

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Flow — CMS (Content Management System)

Over the years we have built a huge number of websites for clients, usually built around popular CMS systems such as WordPress and Drupal.  The problem is that they rely on marketers and content creators – who often aren’t technically experienced – using WYSIWYG Editors. Clients regularly complained that these solutions were extremely difficult to use, and that pages would often look very different to how they intended.

During many coffee runs we discussed how website editors should work. They should be easy, intuitive and enjoyable to use. They should let you change content on the fly with ease. To position content, you would simply drag blocks of content across the screen.  It was a huge undertaking, but we decided, it must be built.

When Sage asked us to rebuild their Sage Exchange website, we knew that our platform would be ideal as it empowers users to focus on the content creation and doesn’t require any technical or web design skills. Over the years we’ve added a ton of custom blocks that Sage can now add to any page that they like. We recently rebuilt the workflow to allow for pages to be reviewed by an editor before they are published on the live site.

We’re currently expanding Flow and will be officially announcing it on our site in the new year.

Cardivore — Page builder

Cardivore is Flow’s younger sibling. It takes the power of Flow’s drag and drop functionality and focusses on creating a single webpage. Cardivore aims to allow small businesses to create a beautiful landing page for a product, service, event, proposal or marketing campaign. In just a few minutes, the page is live to be shared with your audience.

We’re in Beta at the moment and making improvements following user feedback. Try Cardivore and let us know what you think.

 The Future

We’re excited to have the opportunity to take our existing products further, as well as exploring new products that will be released in the near future.

In my next blog I’ll be exploring some of the ways in which we cultivate innovation at CandidSky, and how this helps us with both our client work and in the creation of new products.

Interested in hearing more about our products? Find me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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