Heath Ceramics is one of the few mid-century American porcelain manufacturers still in operation. Since 1948, the company has been making tableware and ceramic tiles by hand in Sausalito, CA. Founder Edith Heath was an influential artist and modernistic designer. Today, the digital age and traditional craftsmanship come together at Heath. To improve its existing online shop the company engaged AOE media, a system integrator specializing in content management and E-commerce, with locations all around the world including California.
- For page structure and editorial content, for example about the company, there is an autonomous TYPO3 instance.
- Magento adopts this structure and adds categories like “Bowls”, “Plates” and “Glassware”, as well as collections like “Plaza Line”, supplementing the navigation set up in TYPO3.
- The pages taken into Magento pull content from TYPO3 via a widget. This connector for importing TYPO3 pages and their content into the the Magento shop was developed by AOE media especially for Heath Ceramics.
- Heath Ceramics can configure each page as desired to publish only TYPO3 content, only shop content, or a mix of both.
Heath Ceramic's new webshop
State-of-the-art in design and functionality
The project also features other user-friendly highlights. For example, at the customer’s request AOE added a Custom Color Family filter and “Some included” view to the filter functions provided by Magento. The Custom Color Family filter lets users sort the product overview by color family instead of specific colors, which reduces the number of color choices to a manageable number and makes life easier for both user and shop administrator. The unusual “Some included” view, in the form of a half-full bulletpoint, shows whether a given product is included in a category or collection. For example, if the user filters for blue bowls, they will see that they are available in all collections except “Alabama Chanin” and are also included in the categories “Accessories” and “Serving”.
Heath customers can also set up wedding registries. AOE media modified the Magento standard to let registry owners see what products have already been purchased. In addition, a flexible registry was implemented that allows registry owners to redeem the purchased product value in the form of a coupon for other products if their wishes change.
Last but not least, the Mix & Match feature lets customers assemble their own sets and get discounts on them, making the new Heath Ceramics an all-round convenience package for users and the site operator alike.