Quarterly update – March 2022
It’s about time we share another Quarterly Update to show you what we’ve been up to over the last couple months.
BrightMinded gets a new look
We decided that it was time our old website had an update and tidy-up to better showcase the services we offer and to give our brand a refresh. So, over the last couple of months, the team have been working hard on a brand new website. A very big thank you to our UX and design consultant, Sarah, for her contributions to this!
The website went live in mid-February and we hope you love it as much as we do!
Vape UK live on Magento
We worked with Vape UK alongside their external marketing agency and designer to move their site to Magento as their business needs outgrew their Shopify implementation.
This was a complex project due to many third party integrations and systems needing to correspond with one another and we needed to ensure the site remained integrated with their warehouse management system.
This project involved:
- Migrating over half a million orders from the old site to the new site
- Connecting the new site to a new email service provider and reviews/loyalty platform
- Integrating a new age verification tool
- Implementing a new payment gateway
- Keeping everything running smoothly, while we migrated most of the technology infrastructure
Make My Joogle
In December we launched Make My Joogle, a personalised video performance platform for Brighton-based legends of entertainment, Joogleberry. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, their live events across the country sadly came to a standstill so they came up with a new way to celebrate instead – bringing loved ones closer together wherever they were in the world.
The site features wonderful musicians, artists, poets, comedians, influencers, magicians, dancers and sports idols. And you don’t need to wait for their next live event – they’re available on Make My Joogle whenever you need them! Buyers can choose from unique poems, raps, personalised jokes, magical interludes, fortune telling, or caricatures, which can be sent to friends and family anywhere in the world.
2. Giving back to the programming community
Contribution to platform releases
Bradley contributed to recent CiviCRM releases (5.45 and 5.44), with contributions including general tidy-ups, fixes to deduplication logic and work to improve documentation quality across the codebase. Bradley believes in giving back to the open source community and used the experience as a way to better learn the codebase in order to deliver better CiviCRM projects to our clients.
Bradley & Cris also contributed significantly to the WordPress 5.8.2 security release. Bradley can be seen listed as a contributor, however Cris contributed internally as well. We were able to proactively apply the patch to clients ahead of the release being announced and made public.
After 20 months of virtual workshops during the pandemic, Codebar Brighton resumed in-person coding workshops in November.
Codebar is a charity that champions the growth of a diverse tech community by running free regular programming workshops for minority groups in tech.
The first workshop was part of Wired Sussex’s Talent Fest hosted by The Fusebox – a 5 day festival of jobs and skills for the digital, creative & tech sector (you may have seen our tweet about this!).
Why not sign up for an upcoming workshop yourself?
3. BrightMinded team outings
In December the team had great fun on their Christmas do! The afternoon began at the Pavilion ice skating rink, where an hour was spent testing everyone’s skating skills (as can be seen in the pictures!). After ice skating, we went to The Cricketers for a delicious Christmas lunch.
We hope you enjoyed this catch-up on what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months. Keep an eye out on our website and social media for new blogs and updates!