baked simple


Freckle designed and scoped a good looking, straight to the point information website that allowed users to get information about the product and learn where to buy it. The site uses 3 templates of varying complexity, which are loaded up into the content management system, Baked Simple. Baked Simple isn’t sizeist, it can handle any amount of fields in any template. The product page on this one had fields for description, image, also available products and instructions.

The pharmacy locator takes the postcode of the user and plots the 5 nearest pharmacies on a map for the user to see. The technology behind this maps each pharmacy address to latitude and longitudes, maps the postcodes main latitude and longitude and then uses some advanced mathematical calculations to calculate the distance (it’s not as simple as trigonometry, although it would of been before this was proven wrong). This means that even if you hard pharmacies in a different locale (a lot of store locators match a postcode to a locale and then simply return all stores in that locale), state or country the closest 5 will always be returned.

Protect Our Coral Sea

Designed to raise awareness about the dangers that Australia’s coral sea is facing. The site’s design is visually stunning and I faced real problems getting the transparent PNG’s to work correctly in IE6. After discussing it with the client, they agreed to degrade gracefully for IE6 and have a less visually stunning design and urged the visitor to upgrade their browser.

The site runs off the same Content Management System as Without Surgery, Skills Connect. The CMS allows the updating of videos, images, menus and more. They can even update the location of the coral see on the Google map (even though I don’t think it’s going anywhere sometime soon). The site also utilises caching to provide maximum performance when under heavy load, especially when the television commercial comes in late September.

In addition, the site is also integrated with Campaign Monitor.

Without Surgery

Without Surgery is the biggest showcase of the open source tools I have released. It uses Advindex to manage, import and export the contact enquiries, competition entries, clinics and voucher purchases. Uniform is the engine used to generate all the forms. Baked Simple manages the content across the site (which in turn uses EAV). Reports generates the statistics used to monitor competition entries and voucher purchases. Settings is used for misc settings such as where the contact form will be sent to. Payments is used to execute the transactions to purchase vouchers. The Campaign Monitor behavior attaches itself to contact enquiries, competition entries, voucher purchases and subscriptions so synchronise the database on both systems. And finally Store Finder locates the nearest retailer, which is seamlessly integrated when purchasing a voucher.

To top it off I wrote the functional specifications and it also integrates with a forum platform called Vanilla.