Dallas Learning Solutions
Dallas Learning Solutions creates and delivers online e-Learning material for colleges and universities across the country. Their previous site had been band-aided together over a number of years and was difficult to maintain because of the volume and complexity of the content.
DLS engaged Creative Cat Media as the team to re-organize the content and site structure, and to build and maintain their new Joomla! site. We worked closely with a separate agency that provided the visual design and branding.
Working with the design firm, we selected a theme that would best accommodate the look and feel, and allow for a rich set of functionality. We also made significant modifications with CSS to several plugins that allow us to create custom forms and accordion-style drop-downs. Most forms are specific to each page, and send data directly to DLS’ SalesForce account to track specific campaigns.
Site features include:
- Interactive animated home page slider
- Custom forms
- Custom accordion-style drop-downs
- Integration of videos and interactive activities
- Responsive layouts
Custom HTML5 Homepage Slider
The home page of the site includes a large slider that moves automatically between four topics and images. Using Hype’s HTML5 capabilities, we animated portions of each image to add interest and draw attention, and provided manual navigation between each slide. Each image also includes a link to the related page of the site.
Given the nature of DLS’ target audience, it was a must for the site to be viewable on multiple devices. We selected a Joomla! theme that had many built-in responsive features, but we had to make significant CSS changes to the theme in order to implement the design firm’s look and feel. The end result is a site that fluidly transforms from small smartphones, to tablets, to laptops, to desktops. On phones and tablets, changing from horizontal to vertical orientation also provides a smooth user experience, utilizing all available screen space in the best way possible.