1st4phonecards.com - Phonecards Provider Web Design
1st4phonecards.com is an ecommerce website selling high quality phonecards and calling cards online or by mail order. These phonecards allow users to make cheap international calls. The company is one of the most popular UK based online distributors of phonecards. Constantly investing in the latest phonecard and calling technology, 1st4phonecards.com has a long history of satisfying it's valued customers.
1st4phonecards.com employed Beacon Webdesign to update and re-brand the entire aesthetic of the website to appeal to their main customer base of online users. The brief was to create a modern corporate image to instil confidence in the phonecards company within potential and existing calling card customers/users.
Latest Webdesign Layout Techniques
The 1st4phonecards website required a total code overhaul to make use of the latest webdesign layout techniques to separate the content of the website from design. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) were used whilst building the website to achieve this aim. CSS allows the company to easily manage content updates and reduce bandwidth costs due to the size of web pages being dramatically reduced.
As the 'back-end' of the website was already dealt with by the company's in-house web technical team, The role of Beacon Webdesign was to integrate the newly styled elements of the dynamic webpages with the existing shopping cart and phonecards call calculator functions of the 1st4phonecards ecommerce website.
Newsletter and Email Re-designs
The re-design of eNewsetters and other emails was undertaken by Beacon Webdesigns to incorporate the logo (also designed by Beacon) and maintain the new branding of the company and website. Emails were tested rigorously to confirm that they rendered correctly in a range of various email clients.
The 1st4phonecards website is broken up into the following sections:
- Home - Introduction along with brief description of calling cards services.
- FAQ section - Frequently asked questions for phonecards and calling cards.
- User Guide - Detailed phone cards user guide section of website.
- Find Best Rate - Call calculator, best/cheapest call rates for calling cards.
- Shipping Info - Details 1st4phonecards product shipping information.
- Payment Methods - Methods of payment excepted for phonecards sold.
- Security Info - Online security information.
- Customer Services - Details 1st4phonecards customer services program.
- Press Reviews - 1st4phonecards world press reviews
- Contact - Displays contact information of the company
- Affiliates - Contains affiliate information, including sign up forms.
- Phone Card Users - Special rates for specific phonecard users.
- Basket Contents - Online shopping cart
All of the above sections have been re-styled and re-branded by Beacon Webdesign using search-engine friendly code, reducing bandwidth usage and enhancing accessibility to support a range of web browsers/screen readers. The phonecard company's modern-corporate aesthetic has been maintained throughout the website.