Hello! We’re Still Here, and Here’s What We’ve Been Working On

What we've been working on

Yeah, I know, it’s been awhile since our last post… I had planned to stick to some sort of schedule with the blog but that obviously didn’t go to plan. We’ve been super busy these last few months working with clients to get their systems ready for the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that, as I’m sure a lot of you already know, will come into force on 25th May 2018.

With the GDPR deadline getting ever closer, it has been a priority to get any new functionality built, the systems updated and deployed live, not only for my clients but Eira Studios too. That combined with other work and spending time with the little one (who’s nearly two now! How fast has that gone?!?) the blog was put on the back burner.

Recent work

It’s not all been about GDPR though. We have been busy building and launching new websites for clients and as usual, improving and fixing a bunch of other websites that needed a bit of love and attention.

UAP's website redesign

One of our recent projects was a complete website redesign and build for United Air Power Ltd.

Their old site hadn’t been updated in a long time and was plagued by a lot of issues, especially when it came to mobile devices.

UAP wasn’t able to easily relay what products and services they offered and keeping the information about the industries they’re involved in accurate and up to date wasn’t a straightforward task either.

Worse still, to update anything on the site they had to contact the digital agency who’d made the website to ask them to do it. This meant things like adding a new blog post or page could take days (or even weeks in some cases) to get done, and that’s with UAP providing all the content to be added.

The project goal was to create a fresh, responsive business website that not only looked and worked great on any device but was user-friendly, easy to update and created a base framework to expand upon.

Big improvements to EiraNet

EiraNet, our cloud hosting and server platform (Disclaimer: not Skynet. Or evil for that matter), has undergone a huge amount of restructuring and upgrades. The entire network is now running on new server hardware and has been moved to a brand new state-of-the-art data centre in the UK. All the servers that make-up EiraNet are load balanced, redundant and provide complete autoscaling of platform resources as standard.

Both our cloud hosting and VPS servers now benefit from 100% SSD storage across the board, multi-connection 40Gb network, edge caching for speed and enterprise level Google-based DNS servers.

The whole network is a huge upgrade over our previous setup, and the great news is; everyone who is currently hosted on our old servers will be migrated to the new network in the coming days for free and won’t have to pay a single penny more than what they’re already paying to benefit from it all!

EfaCommerce, coming to an online store near you soon…

Next up, an internal project I’m extremely excited to talk about, EfaCommerce (Efa, Welsh for ‘life’/’live’ and pronounced ‘eh-va‘ as in ‘Ever Commerce’) our SaaS cloud eCommerce platform.

Master William, auditing the EfaCommerce code base.
Master William, auditing the EfaCommerce code base.

This is something that has been planned for a very long time. After years of working with numerous eCommerce platforms, both off-the-shelf and bespoke solutions, I decided it was time to focus our time, effort and knowledge on a new platform – our own platform.

EfaCommerce is being built from the ground up to be a highly scalable, fast and flexible eCommerce solution. Running on our highly optimised EiraNet servers, it’ll empower you with unrivalled control over your online store.

There is still a long way to go and the plan is to have the first version available early 2019, however, this initial launch will be limited to a select few companies who have already signed up for it. EfaCommerce will hopefully be publically available mid to late 2019 for all new clients.

Anyway, I could go on writing about EfaCommerce all day, but I’ll save that for future blog posts when I’ll be going into more detail about what EfaCommerce is and what it can do for you and your eCommerce business.

So that’s all for today; until next time, and in the words of Ace Rimmer: “Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast.”.

Comments (1)

Great read, how will GDPR affect small businesses who may have limited resources? Are there things that should be prioritised as a need to have done and things that are a nice to have done?

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