Home of Makers Business Directory

A professional business directory for Interior Designers built with WordPress.

Home of Makers Business Directory

About

Whether you’re looking for a new piece of furniture or a full interior design concept, HōM has the perfect maker for you. They won’t charge you to find and connect with their interior designers. And they don’t charge them commission, either. HōM is all about simplicity, fairness, affordability and individuality. A place for you to get inspired and make solid creative relationships that’ll bring your ideas to life.

The Challenge

Lauren came to me with a business venture, a business directory for interior designers. Lauren wanted to build a space where homeowners could find interior designers, furniture makers and artists locally to them and make connections (essentially a dating site for interiors!)

Lauren worked with a brand designer who mocked up the homepage and about page concepts, and created brand guidelines.  So she was looking for a WordPress developer to bring the idea to life.  It was a complex build as there is a good deal more sophisticated functionality than standard.  Lauren had seen my portfolio and experience and decided I was a match for her project.

The Solution

Lauren’s wish was my command and HōM was brought to life.

This is a complex website development project for what is essentially a business directory for interior designers to find clients and clients to find designers.  A fully content managed website built on the WordPress platform that is very easy to use.  It goes without saying that it is a mobile responsive design adapting for mobile and tablet devices.

Designers (makers) can create accounts and become members by choosing to pay upfront or by monthly subscription.  They can upload their profiles via a front-end form and edit them whenever they want.  Homeowners can create a free account and upload their projects.  There is a comprehensive search and filter function plus a completely private messaging system.

The website has the all important blog to enable the creation of content that can be shared via all of the major social media platforms.

In Brief

  • WordPress business directory, a site for designers and homeowners to meet each other
  • Subscription membership for designers with online payment
  • Free account registration for homeowners
  • Front end form for makers to upload and edit their profiles
  • Front end form for homeowners to upload and edit projects
  • My Account page
  • Comprehensive search and filter function
  • Private messaging system, similar to Facebook messaging
  • Contact form | Register/login/reset password
  • Blog/News section.
  • Social media links and social media sharing for blog posts
  • Essential features to make the site search engine friendly

Finding the right web designer was key to getting my new business off the ground. From consultation, to the build and the aftercare, Tracey has been thoroughly professional. With a calm, organised approach and clear communication it was very easy to build a strong working relationship. Additional value from the technical and design suggestions that Tracey offered have taken my site to another level and it is getting positive feedback from industry professionals, homeowners and businesses, my three customer bases. I can’t recommend her work and proactive approach enough and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future as Home of Makers grows. Thank you!

Lauren Sanders MD, Home of Makers

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