Building a Hardware Manufacturer’s Website

Revant Chopra (our social media soldier and music production maniac) and  Siddharth Sengupta (our latest joinee, illustrator and always the stressed out artist) talk about their experience on creating a website for M.C. Mowjee & Co. This was Revant’s first attempt at creating a website from scratch (under our guidance of course) and Siddharth’s first experience of creating graphics under a tight deadline. Here, they go: 

Revant: The chance to make a website had been looming on my horizon for a while now. So far, my experience with WordPress sites was restricted to creating posts, pages, interlinking documents and sites. This was when M.C. Mowjee & Co. approached us for a new website. This assignment allowed me to learn how to build a complete functioning WordPress website.

We used the Attitude Pro template for the site. But like every template, this one also had its limitations. Playing with our previous WordPress websites and a basic background of the workings of CSS (Custom Style Sheet) and HTML coding went a long way. Inspecting site elements in the browser, scanning through related CSS rules and with the guidance of WordPress forums, I was gradually able to create the website. But it didn’t end there. Next came the plugins, playing with design elements on the site and of course, making it all work together.

All in all, when I began working on the Mowjee website, my skill-set included text, music and screencast video production. Now I can include building a WordPress website to it as well.

Siddharth: Having never produced graphics for an industrial website before, the Mowjee site was not only a learning experience but also a challenging one. The site uses an HTML5 template which needed to be filled with aesthetic images, banners and text that would represent a large hardware company in the iron and steel sector.

My responsibility was the images/graphic work for the different pages of the site. Although the work seemed simple at first sight, it soon started getting tricky. Resizing and retouching the various product photos was the bulk of my work and it wasn’t easy, as some of the pictures required a lot of manipulation and grading. Making product images, banners and data tables in accordance with the brand’s colours also required time, effort and an understanding of what the site was going to be used for.

At the end of the day, working in this project has opened many closed windows for me. I now know how HTML5 sites function and how simplicity can be a major USP.

You can view the website here. (temporary link)



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