Smaller companies can save a lot of money by getting their "fixed" line phone services from Skype. Not only that, going for Skype also means that you have your phoneline with you wherever you go as long as you are connected to the internet.
The idea was good, and it did work for quite a while, but in the period of 2013-2014 the service deteriorated to a level where we no longer recommend Skype to companies or individuals where their business are depending on these to work.
I plan to write a seperate blog entry about my experiences, but until then I can only say that Skype's level of service is far below what one should expect of a paid for service.
Back in August 2015 we launched the website Eirdeal.Com. This website is a fully functioning ecommerce website based on Joomla with the Virtuemart shopping cart component.
There are of course many lighter/simpler shoppingcarts for Joomla, but as Virtuemart gives us most flexibility going forward both in regards to the flexibility of the shipping plugin and also the payment plugin,we opted to use this more complex shoppingcart.
Currently we have configured the shippingmodule to include pickup, and also shipping as "unregistered post" and "registered post" with the Irish postal service AnPost. Based on the weight of the chosen items the system automatically calculates and present the customer with the different shipping alternatives available.
We are currently using Paypal as the payment system, but as the website grows we can easily change to or add other payment providers like e.g. Stripe, or RealEX.
Should you be looking for a low-cost yet high end webshop, without closing all the doors for future growth and expansion, then look no further. We can easily take care of all the technical bits and then teach you to update this.
The project included backup of the old outdated site, securitycheck of all files, then migration to Joomla 2.5, and then onto Joomla 3, and finally upgrading this to the latest version.
We also developed a new responsive template to improve the experience for mobile devices.
In addition we have added some new functionality and also several levels of added security to be better protected against hackers.
The project concluded when with us handing the site back to the customer again for ongoing management.
Click on the thumbnail on the right to have a look at their new site.
In addition to the migration from Joomla 2.5.x we also removed the K2 component and reconfigured the site so that most content and modules can be easily updated from the Joomla frontend.
We also added responsive webdesign so as to improve the visibility on mobile phones and other mobile devices.
We finally added som extra security to the site before it went live.
Oh, we also moved the site over to our servers in the process and reconfigured the email system so that all email addresses now are accessed through gmail as a host.
DublinCityApartments.ie was until recently running on Joomla 1.5.x, and GaaTec Limited undertook the work of migrating the site to the current version of Joomla which at the time of writing is Joomla 3.3.6