Top 10 Kentico Websites for May 2014

It was 10 years ago, on June 4, 2004 when Kentico was born in a small apartment in Brno, Czech Republic. Since then, it has grown to be a global enterprise with offices in the US, UK, and Australia. Come join our 10 Years campaign, and celebrate 10 years of Kentico presence in the world. But for now, enjoy the 10 excellent Kentico projects our partners and clients delivered in May 2014!

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804. Their core objective is to be the world’s leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. 
Their new site contains more than 6,000 pages of content (excluding all the plant details pages, which takes it to over 225,000!), 35,000 images, thousands of garden information and hundreds of thousands of links with more than 12 million page views per month.
RHS utilized Kentico 7 to create a more contemporary design with larger images, a warmer colour palette, and lots of clear space – it’s now easier to read and has improved navigation and information architecture, which makes it easier for users to find what they are looking for.

Royal Horticultural Society
Implemented by:
Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom
Kentico client
CGU is a leading Australian commercial, rural and personal lines insurer and a top-three provider of workers compensation insurance, employing over 3,500 people.
Developed and delivered within 3 months, is a great example of the flexibility and scalability of the Kentico platform for an enterprise-grade solution. The project included a redundancy solution across 14 servers, with a fully redundant load-balanced web farm with mirrored SQL servers in Australia, a load-balanced DR environment in Hong Kong, and a load testing program that allowed for thousands of concurrent visitors at 700Mbps bandwidth. Back office integration with supports delivery of information and lead conversion between the CGU website and CGU brokers. Personalization is used across the site including a user-selectable home page preference plus customization of the mega menu based on visitor’s location. 

CGU Insurance
Implemented by:
Get Started, Australia
Kentico Gold Partner
Cathay Bank is a subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp, a publicly held bank holding company with over $10.99 billion in assets, branches spreading over the USA and a presence in Hong Kong, Taipei and Shanghai.
The overall goal was to design and develop a powerful marketing site that appeals to users of different ethnicities to support the branding and communication needs of a multinational organization:
  1. Multi-culture site launched with three cultures and recently added simplified Chinese as a fourth.
  2. Uses CMS features to control region-specific content for users in different states by allowing users to select their state from a pick-list.
  3. Integration with their online banking provider.
Cathay Bank
Implemented by:
BlueSpire Strategic Marketing, USA
Kentico Gold Partner
Brewster Travel welcomes over 1.5 million guests annually through its tourism businesses and is one of the biggest tour operators in Canada.
E-Cubed Media brought together 7 separate sites into this new, unified immerse experience with over 200 attraction/sightseeing and vacation products. The site is fully responsive (to cater for 48% of site visitors on mobile devices and tablets), deployed in a web farm and load balanced environment for high availability. The features include extensive google maps integration, plotting vacation routesextensive lucene search of product ("cards") by experience type, use of lazy scroll loading (inline video's and maps), weather integration on all product pages, social photo contest, integrated blog, careers (ability to apply to jobs) using custom forms integration and much more. On the top, the site is integrated with a 3rd party marketing automation system and fully closed loop reporting that tracks users from anonymous through to conversion. In the last 12 days since the launch, the site was seen by 67,000 unique visitors out of 67% of new visitors.

Brewster Travel 
Implemented by:
E-Cubed Media Synthesis, Canada
Kentico Gold Partner
Animal Logic is one of the world's most accomplished digital studios, producing award-winning and ground-breaking animation, visual effects and design in films like The Matrix, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3, and Hunger Games.
Soap Creative were pleased to work with the designers at Animal Logic to create a content rich, highly-engaging website for them. Kentico was a great fit to allow for Animal Logic to add its large array of video-heavy content, and Soap Creative were able to create a highly dynamic front end for smooth transitions and a fluid user experience.
Animal Logic
Implemented by:
Soap Creative, Australia 
Kentico Partner
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy (OT) profession.
NBCOT partnered with Boston Interactive for the strategy, design and development of their new website. Leveraging the power of Kentico EMS v7, the site delivers a mobile-friendly, personalized user experience to deliver targeted content that speaks to the individual needs of NBCOT’s diverse audiences. This has resulted in an increased user engagement with the average number of pages visited per user nearly tripling since launch.
Read more in the case study

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 
Implemented by:
Boston Interactive, USA 
Kentico Gold Partner
Mongrel Media, one of Canada's leading film distribution companies challenged Seventyeight Digital, a Toronto based development agency to deliver an engaging digital platform to promote their feature film offerings.
The site was constructed using Responsive Web Design (RWD) best practices in order to ensure optimized viewing for users through the device of their choosing. Key outcomes included:  
  • Developing a custom import utility going for a legacy Oracle database to custom document types using the Kentico API.
  • Allowing for automated scheduling for when and where film titles display on the site based on publication/release dates and product category flags.
  • Implementing a data bridge to facilitate importing of data from Mongrel’s media rights and royalties management system into the Kentico database.
  • Leveraging the Kentico Reporting Module to configure several key administrative and business reports as well as marketing one-sheets.
Mongrel Media
Implemented by:
Seventyeight Digital, Canada
Kentico Gold Partner
Since 2009, The Shutter Store has grown to become one of the US's leading ‘supply only’ do-it-yourself online retailers.
True were appointed to develop a new brand strategy to design and build a new e-commerce website, and to optimize sales through an integrated online and offline communications plan. For The Shutter Store, Kentico delivered on the core platform requirements: an easy to build product database and sophisticated configurator, easy to content manage core templates, easy to integrate with 3rd party payment gateways. And it was affordable within the client’s budgets. Shutter perfection!

The Shutter Store
Implemented by:
True Digital, United Kingdom
Kentico Gold Partner

The Education Minnesota website serves 70,000 education professionals through both a public website and a secure extranet with content for members.
The website redesign had several goals including: cost savings by switching from a competing (and more expensive) CMS to Kentico, a redefined information architecture based on usability studies and other user research, a more consistent look and feel for the site, easier site and content management using Kentico CMS, and responsive design for mobile device users. Custom features of the new site included the development of an events calendar with filtering by event type and the customization of a separate database to manage and share contract negotiation information with members.
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Education Minnesota 
Implemented by:
High Monkey, USA
Kentico Gold Partner
Enoagricola Rossi is a major Italian manufacturer and distributor of haymaking equipment, agricultural implements and oil processing machines which are exported all over the world.
The website is completely responsive – KB Solutions are very happy with the technical result because it integrates .NET/ server side functionalities (basically data list-repeaters web parts and custom tables) with JQUERY/BOOTSTRAP client-side functionalities (for example, the sorting functionalities in the product lists).

Enoagricola Rossi 
Implemented by:
KB Solutions, Italy
Kentico Partner

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Lenka Navratilova

I am currently on maternity leave with my little daughter, but I still have time to keep you informed about the best projects created by our clients and partners on Kentico. I previously worked as a Partner Manager taking care of our partners' needs.


Marty Drill commented on

Some excellent sites represented in May!