Večernji.hr: 1.9 Million Visits in September
The business successes of our clients are also our successes. Večernji.hr, redesigned by the Dwizards agency, was visited by 1,898,712 unique users in September. With this impressive number, they have once again proven that they provide reliable and timely information to their readers on a daily basis.
Almost a year has passed since večernji.hr shone in a new light, and the technical part of the performance was done by Dwizards.
Večernji.hr is the only portal in the Croatian market that currently allows users to choose to display content in dark mode, automatically changing the setting of black text on a white background to white text on a dark background. Each article also offers readers the possibility to listen to the content.
More visible and clearer information allows readers to very easily and quickly access all the news that interests them. The redesign has also highlighted Večernji list products, such as Premium content, videos from Večernji TV production, and the Archive where newspaper editions of Večernji list from 1959 to 2010 can be found.
Top-notch news content, along with the most modern technical features, have led to the result that last month, even 65% of people using the Internet in Croatia visited the vecernji.hr news portal.
HETA – development of a successful webshop
A well-known Croatian company, HETA, one of the largest and most respected importers of watches and jewelry in the Croatian and regional markets, had a mission: to establish an online presence that would reflect their reputation and tradition dating back to 1892. Turning to Dwizards, they sought a webshop solution that would be functional and reflect the spirit of their brand.
HETA, already well-known in the Croatian market, wanted to further expand its reach through an online presence. Their requirements were:
1. Flawless user experience.
2. Strong brand identity representation.
3. A scalable platform that could keep up with the growth of inventory and user traffic.
1. User-focused design: Dwizards began with intensive user research, resulting in an intuitive design that facilitates easy browsing and shopping.
2. Brand Integration: Using HETA’s existing branding, Dwizards integrated the colors, typography, and ethos of the brand into every aspect of the online store. The aim was for visitors to feel the essence of HETA as soon as they visited the site.
3. Scalable backend structure: Dwizards provided HETA with an e-commerce platform ready for future growth.
Back-end: To support scalability and security, we chose PHP as the language to build dynamic features, ensuring fast and efficient processing of user requests.
Database: To guarantee stability and continuous data availability, we chose the MySQL database, enabling secure and efficient storage, and frequent management of a wide range of information.
Such a technological approach ensured not only the fulfillment of all HETA project expectations but also provided a flawless user experience, strongly and authentically emphasizing brand identity, while simultaneously ensuring scalability crucial for future growth.
A few months after launch, HETA’s online store recorded an increase in online sales, an increase in the number of registered users, and the average website uptime climbed to 99.9%.
User feedback indicated a high level of satisfaction with the shopping experience, highlighting the ease of navigation and the payment process. Dwizards’ dedicated approach to understanding HETA’s unique requirements and challenges resulted in the creation of an e-commerce platform that is both brand-focused and user-oriented. HETA’s online store testifies to how the combination of technology with a deep understanding of brand identity can yield phenomenal results.
Mobile app for the book “Discover Animals Through AR Experience”
With the progressive growth and evolution of modern technological solutions, boundless opportunities arise to enhance and expand our perceptual understanding of the world through various digital platforms. Dwizards, known for its expert software development, embraced the unique opportunity to develop a mobile application related to the educational book titled “Discover Animals Through AR Experience.”
The book “Discover Animals Through AR Experience” isn’t an ordinary educational tool; it represents a complex amalgamation of information that aids readers of all age groups in understanding different animal species better. The aspiration to produce an interactive version of this book led its authors to search for a software company competent for this undertaking.
Dwizards is primarily recognized for its technical prowess and commitment to quality. With a team of experienced developers and designers, we were the logical choice for crafting this application.
The app development process was segmented into pivotal phases, each having its unique goals and requirements:
a) Analysis and Planning
Target audience research: Detailed investigation into the needs and wishes of prospective app users.
Feature definition: Selection of key functionalities for implementation.
Prototype and wireframe creation: Constructing visual guidelines to serve as the foundation for design and development.
b) Design and Development
Graphic design and User Interface (UI): Crafting intuitive and visually appealing interface components.
Backend and Frontend programming: Implementing the application’s logic using modern programming languages and tools:
• Unity – Modeling and execution of 3D elements.
• Vuforia Augmented Reality SDK – Linking 3D elements with book graphics.
• Android SDK – Customizing and launching on the Google Store.
• iOS developer SDK – Customizing and launching on the Apple Store.
Multimedia content integration: Incorporating interactive illustrations, videos, quizzes, and related components.
Automated and manual testing: Identifying and rectifying bugs and flaws within the app.
Performance optimization: Enhancing the app’s speed and efficacy.
App deployment: Publishing the app on relevant platforms.
Maintenance and updates: Ongoing surveillance and upkeep post-release.
“Discovering the World’s Animals” isn’t just any app. It offers a rich spectrum of interactive attributes, presenting each animal within the book in an intriguing and novel manner.
Results and Feedback Collection
The application achieved remarkable success, receiving positive reviews from users and industry experts alike. Its role in education and access to new layers of interactivity is invaluable.
Small dictionary of developer terms
Terms like “API”, “Bug”, “Hosting”, “Frontend”, “Backend” and many others often leave those who communicate with web developers with a big question mark above their heads. In order not to appear completely ignorant in the eyes of IT professionals, many do not dare to ask the simplest question: “What does that mean?” Therefore, we bring you a small dictionary of the most common developer terms.
A page indexing error that usually occurs when trying to open a web page that does not exist. Why is it called 404? 404 HTTP is a status code used by the web server to describe this type of error.
It represents a draft of a problem and a way to solve it, it represents a set of operations needed to solve a task in a specific order.
API – Application Program Interface
API allows two different programs to communicate with each other by making certain parts of a website’s code available to developers. Using an API enables developers to use the work of other developers to write new complex code, with everyone using the same standards.
Adaptive design creates a website in several different looks, each suitable for different screen sizes. Depending on the device used to access the website, the website will adapt and deliver the appropriate design.
Information about the elements of the component in the design/creation of your website.
Agile web development essentially refers to a certain way of working. In an agile team, web developers will work in weekly or bi-weekly sprints. A sprint usually consists of five phases: design, development, testing, implementation, and review.
All digital operations behind the scenes that are needed for the front-end of the website to work, such as coding, styling, and add-ons. If the front-end of your website is what the audience sees, the back-end drives what the audience sees.
A website error that prevents normal operation in accordance with expectations.
CMS – Content Management System
A program used to create and maintain the content of your website. It is usually designed for non-programmers for ease of use. Our personal favorite at DWizards is WordPress.
CRM – Customer Relationship Management
Software used for collecting, analyzing, and maintaining customer information.
CSS – Cascading Style Sheet
Code that tells the browser how to display a website to end-users. It pertains to formatting fonts, colors, and other visual elements.
CTA – Call to Action
“Buttons” on your website that encourage specific conversions or goals such as donations, newsletter signups, or user registrations.
When a bug occurs, it needs to be “debugged” – meaning identified and solved.
The website address as entered in the browser (ours is www.dwizards.agency). If the hosting company where your web project is located is like a house, the domain is its postal address.
A system for protecting a secure network from an insecure network.
A package of programs used in the development of websites or software.
The user interface of a website, or what the end-user sees and interacts with.
During the development of a web project, developers constantly change their code. Git allows you to track changes and undo them if necessary.
HTML – Hypertext Markup Language
A coding language used to create a website in terms of form and function.
Mobile-first is a web design and development approach that prioritizes mobile devices.
Modules or software that can be added to your system for additional functionality or features.
Automatic forwarding from one URL to another – typically from an old website URL to the same page on a new website. Other redirects can range from between two domains to short URLs to full URLs (e.g. bit.ly URLs).
A sketch of all the pages on a website, organized in hierarchical order.
Refers to the design of the user interface, which includes screens and interactive touchpoints that make up a website or application. Swiping motions, scrollbars, and clickable buttons are all part of user interface design – basically everything that makes up the user interface.
UX design refers to designing the user experience, which involves providing a smooth, user-friendly experience for the end-user as they navigate through a website or application.
The basic structure of a web page. It shows the layout of the page, how content should be arranged, which interface elements and navigation systems should be included, and how all these components work together. The focus is on functionality, not aesthetics.
Unique UX: Crafting captivating web design
Behind every successful web project is an engaging UX. It’s more than design—it’s about shaping your customer’s online journey. Our craft revolves around transforming this principle into immersive web designs that speak your brand’s language.
A deep understanding of the brand paves the way for a uniquely tailored online persona. Each design choice, from color selection to button placement, reflects a brand’s story, crafting an immersive user journey.
Interactivity drives engagement, and advanced design techniques are employed to create captivating elements. Simplicity, however, remains essential—designs stay clean, minimal, and user-friendly. Adaptability also is a crucial feature of modern design. A mobile-first approach ensures compatibility across devices, mirroring contemporary browsing habits.
Every facet of the new website, every feature of the new webshop, is devised with a profound understanding of the end user’s needs. This focus leads to intuitive, easily navigable interfaces that turn browsing into an effortless and enjoyable experience.
In e-commerce, an optimized UX means more satisfied customers and improved conversions. The layout is structured for intuitive navigation, minimizing friction and streamlining the purchasing process. That’s why we put enormous effort into optimizing the checkout process in every webshop.
Every stage of web design is meticulously planned and executed to deliver an experience that echoes the brand’s voice and connects with the target audience. It’s all about creating a digital environment that resonates with users, fosters a connection, and builds a relationship that goes beyond the typical customer-brand interaction.
Embarking on a web project is an exciting journey. A memorable and effective UX design can transform your brand’s digital presence and set you apart in the crowded online marketplace. If you’re ready to elevate your brand and create an engaging user experience that resonates with your audience, we invite you to reach out to us.
Let’s work together to craft the perfect UX and deliver a web project that not only meets your objectives but exceeds them. Your perfect online journey starts here.
Building Vecernji.hr – a complex news portal
Vecernji.hr is a leading Croatian news portal delivering content to millions of users. In this article, we will outline the key steps we took to build and launch the modern news portal, highlighting our approach from initial consultation to continuous support after the launch.
To define the scope of the project and create a roadmap to achieve the desired outcomes, the target audience, content strategy, and business objectives of the news portal were discussed.
To ensure the client’s vision was accurately translated into the final product, numerous workshops were held at the beginning of the project to brainstorm the features and functionality of the news portal.
A clean, modern, and user-friendly design that adhered to the client’s brand guidelines was created to ensure consistency across all pages and devices. The design was created by our team of expert designers who used the latest design tools and techniques to bring the client’s vision to life. We ensured that the design was not only visually appealing but also functional and easy to use for the end-users.
Front-end and back-end programming
QA and testing
A variety of testing techniques were employed to ensure that the news portal was error-free, fast, and easy to use, and to ensure that it met the client’s requirements.
We provided technical support, bug fixes, and feature enhancements to ensure that the news portal remained up-to-date, secure, and user-friendly after launch.
By following a consultative approach, organizing numerous workshops, creating a modern design, using modern programming languages and tools, and providing continuous support, we built a fast, secure, and user-friendly news portal that exceeded the client’s expectations.
Important Considerations When Building a Website
If you want to advertise or offer your content, services or products on the internet, you need a well-organized and high-quality website. This article provides essential information you need to know before embarking on this adventure.
Defining Your Goals
Developing a website without a well-thought-out plan may result in an unclear, disorganized, unprofessional, or ineffective site that fails to fulfill your vision. This is especially common for individuals or companies who are inexperienced in website development and do not hire professionals.
Therefore, the first phase of website development is gathering all necessary information from the client to understand what they want, how they want it to look, which functionalities it should have, and its structure.
To build a successful website, we must understand your current and potential clients needs, habits, challenges, and preferences. Researching the market and keeping up with changes in customer behavior is crucial to keeping content fresh and up-to-date.
Work with professionals
Building a high-quality and professional website can be a complex job, and working with experts in web design and web programming is the best way to ensure optimal results. Their experience, design skills, and technical expertise are invaluable in creating a website that meets your unique needs and attracts new clients to your business.
The first thing potential customers will see when they land on your website is the design and then they will start searching for content. It is important that the website is clear, well-organized, and easy to use. If you want your website to leave a professional impression, it is best to leave its creation to experts.
Website development takes time
It is not something that can be completed in a few days, but rather a process that requires teamwork involving back-end and front-end developers, a designer and a project manager. Everyone plays a crucial role in creating a website, and each of them is a link that makes the final chain unbeatable.
Finally, privacy protection is important
Legal information that most people do not read and technical optimization and adaptation of cookies, various consents, and logs only increase the cost of developing a website. However, we have to comply with legal obligations and protect users’ privacy – it’s a very important segment that you cannot ignore because potential penalties are huge.
Building ELISA mobile Android / iOS app
Without strict rules, numerous procedures and safety standards that guarantee a high level of safety for passengers, crew and aircraft themselves, the aviation sector would certainly not be considered one of the safest ways to travel. This is where the ELISA mobile application comes in.
One of the measures that ensures safety is accompanying aviation documentation, which includes various logbooks and work diaries. The purpose of the work diary is to demonstrate experience during one’s career. In order for companies to secure the highest quality employees, this data is often reviewed by employers and aviation authorities at the state, continental, or global level.
But these data in the logbook are still entered – manually.
So we created a unique software solution on the market – ELISA (Experience Logging and Interface Software for Aviation), an advanced mobile app which is of enormous help for the aviation personnel, maintenance crews, and management.
ELISA is a web and mobile Android/iOS mobile application that enables its users to quickly and easily enter all the necessary data related to their experience, education, and employment, thereby creating a database of aviation and technical experts worldwide. ELISA successfully addresses all the problems and potential demands of the highly complex and advanced aviation industry.
The main idea behind ELISA is to improve the experience and work processes in all segments of the aviation industry. ELISA provides a very good and purposeful reason for aviation-technical personnel to use it (keeping mandatory logs), which directly affects the continuous increase and expansion of the user base and facilitates the daily tasks for the users.
ELISA solves problems in Aviation Technical Training Departments by introducing a logbook that allows for precise recording of candidate and instructor experience. Using an internal database and filtering, ELISA solves the problem of accessing and contacting potential candidates.
To optimize the Quality Departments of MRO and solve the problem of employee experience tracking, ELISA offers a unique log that includes the work experience, certificates, and licenses of each employee. ELISA also monitors the validity of the listed licenses and warns users if they are about to expire. To prevent the abuse of work cards, ELISA has a built-in feature that requires an employee’s physical signature as well as a stamp from the supervisor as needed.
ELISA also solves problems for the HR department. Specifically, through automation, internal algorithms, and filters, ELISA contacts only interested, eligible, and available candidates for a particular job. This greatly reduces the administrative burden of hiring, allowing employers to have more time for interviews and negotiations with candidates.
Additionally, ELISA does not use resumes: a candidate’s profile is built based on their certificates, recommendations, and licenses, which are all available within the system. When purchasing ELISA, MRO can limit the job offers for their employees, which can lead to a reduction in staff turnover within the company.