At kc web design kent we’ve spent the last few months building a new website for a well known sealants and glues company (Not Unibond, the other one!). It’s a large project and the final website design will allow users to view a lot of products in a lot of different categories. Products can be listed in multiple categories such as products, brands and applications and be shown on the website in lots of different places. To accommodate the large number of categories kc web design kent needed to build a flexible, intuitive navigation system that was easy to find products and easy for the client to administer from the backend. As we were using Expression Engine for the CMS we knew it could handle this type of layout but what we found was that the structure wasn’t so intuitive for the client and the categories started to get very messy and not easy to code flexible navigation systems.

Expression Engine has a good community and a wealth of plugins so after searching around we came across GWcode Categories. This simple plugin makes it incredibly easy to create complex category navigation systems with Expression Engine and meant that here at kc web design kent we could construct some very flexible templates to deal with products from any number of categories and show relevant nested navigation levels without having to build duplicate templates for each category. The flexibility it gave us has made building this new responsive website much, much easier than using the standard EE tags.

While building the navigation systems we also came across some small issues with using the EE {segment} variable and so after a bit of Googling we came across Low Seg2cat. Again, this simple plugin opened up a world of possibilities and in conjunction with GWcode Categories enabled us to create some very complex templates and category navigation systems.

Finding solutions like the two mentioned above are why here at kc web design kent we love using Expression Engine. Its hugely flexible, has great support, is client friendly and cost effective. If you need a new website built on one of THE best content management systems available then give kc web design kent a call today.