iWeb virtuosity turns specialist music web site into a big production number
At some point, we’ve all felt the urge to belt out a musical selection from West Side Story or South Pacific. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the entire orchestral backing from the stage show right on cue? Well, London Arrangements’ specialises in providing backing tracks with that extra pizazz for serious musical stage productions or solo singers. Not only is this highly convenient for performers, it saves musicians from having to reproduce an often complex arrangement themselves.
London Arrangements was established over a decade ago by seasoned arranger and pianist, Stephen Robinson. They provide backing tracks in MP3 format of everything from theatre show tunes, big band, film and TV to classical pieces. They can even produce tracks to order in a key to suit the customer. The company came to iWeb to create a new eCommerce web site due to our unrivalled experience with music business-related projects.
We supplied a bespoke solution based on a highly customised version of Magento – the world’s leading eCommerce platform. London Arrangements offers such a variety of tracks and our job was to make searching, listening, buying and downloading simple for the customer. As part of this, iWeb designed category landing pages to cover the various genres of music.
Upon finding the track of their choice, users are then presented with all the options available inside a custom product page layout (often there are variations based on versions by different performers). If the song in the original key is required, download can be immediate. If a slight adjustment is needed, this is usually available inside a day.
So that customers can hear what they’re buying, iWeb included a sample player built in HTML5. We’ve also made other useful information available and downloadable – like PDF track listings and optional melody guides. With a customised, high performance download module, the purchased tracks are delivered without a hitch and include zip files of complete shows. Needless to say, all the most popular payment methods are catered for – including Pay Pal and Sagepay for instantaneous transactions.
London Arrangements are aware than an MP3 file isn’t suitable for everybody and so we’ve included a function that enables the customer to opt to receive a CD of their order instead. With full back office integration, the company can take control of mail deliveries. We’ve also added a CMS modification that allows the production status of each order to be indicated too.
The London Arrangements site is a great example of how iWeb can make the internet work for the music business, rather than against it. If you are making or retailing music, our expert help and guidance – not to mention our talented designers – can work wonders for your performance too. Why not give us a call?
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