Transfer from Prestashop to Sylius for an even better user experience

Betafence is a market leader with over 140 years of experience in the field of integrated security systems, detection and access control systems. The brand has branches all over the world and delivers its products and services to all customers with equal integrity and responsibility.

Problem

Betafence regularly provides innovative solutions to its clients. When the company decided to introduce a dedicated calculator to its store that allows users to conveniently calculate the price of the fence, it turned out that the e-commerce solutions offered by the Presta platform (where e-shop was developed) do not allow to use custom solutions. It was necessary to use other software and move all infrastructure to a new, more functional ecosystem.

Solution

In order to expand the possibilities of personalizing services, we decided to transfer the store from Prestashop. We have carefully studied the client's needs in order to choose a tool that will meet their expectations. After appropriate interviews and analysis, the choice fell on the Sylius platform. The software had everything that allowed the development of the Betafence store with new functions. Our developers created an advanced configurator, which enables users to design their fences by drawing them on Google Maps. This unique tool allows you to accurately measure the real distance from the map, calculate the number of panels needed and determine the estimated price. Existing and new Betafence customers have gained one more convenience that will help them shop comfortably.

Technologies

To increase Betafence's sales opportunities and modernize the website, we decided to move it from the Prestashop ecosystem to the Sylius platform. It is an Open Source eCommerce framework based on the newest Symfony version. Sylius comes with a powerful REST API built with API Platform that allows custom fronted implementation. Moreover, one of the great advantages of this framework is that it is almost fully covered by unit (phpSpec) and e2e (Behat) tests. Architecture of the project is stored on AWS infrastructure which is a trustworthy and stable platform. In addition to the aforementioned tools and technologies, in the project we also used such solutions as: Docker, JavaScript, MySQL.

"As part of our company's development, we decided to look for ways to sell B2C rather than just through our existing B2B channels. bPol provided us with development expertise. Their recommendations, as well as the presentation of very good reference projects, prompted us to move to the Sylius platform. We were impressed by the flexibility of the team, as well as the readiness to face new challenges. We liked very much the friendly and open approach to working with both us and external teams. Weekly reviews and clear communication throughout the project allowed for smooth work progress. Our online store has already been launched. Now we are analyzing the progress and traffic on the website together, but we are already very pleased with the cooperation."

Michael Dixon
Group IT Director, PRÆSIDIAD

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