We were approached by Vanguarder in 2018 to look at redesigning their website based on a recommendation from one of our existing customers. At the time they had a basic website which acted more so as a portal to their real time vehicle monitoring and control software. Already catering for a wide market across the UK and Ireland, their website did its job but could be improved upon.
As a growing business, with related services and products evolving all the time, Vanguarder required somewhere to bring together their tailored solutions. In addition, the secure software on offer required an equally secure website as the gateway to the tracking system which allows haulage companies to effectively manage and monitor their fleet. In terms of security a specialist solution would be required.
Aside from the layout design and build, a critical factor in the success of the Vanguarder website was the security of the customer portal, this was setup on a sub domain, using CloudFlare to provide a SSL certificate for rigid security, working along side their software partner Ruptela, based in Lithuania.
With relatively new and vibrant branding, we wanted to build a site which not only fit with the style of Vanguarder but also the people behind the business. It had to be professional, industry friendly, stand out and also not take itself too seriously. Also, as a business with bases in both the UK and Ireland, it was vital that the website catered to both locations. Rather than having separate Irish and UK sites, care was taken to ensure that individuals were clearly able to access contact information for both bases.
Overall the website was built to provide technical detail when sought out but also not to bombard with information. Using anchor links we displayed longer pages so that they could be accessed in ‘bite sized pieces’, on a purely ‘need/want-to-know’ basis. We also have two secure links which lead to the original, legacy tracking software, as well as the new system they plan to introduce soon. The introduction of the new system will require some more work on the website but as is often the beauty with WordPress, we have built the site so that it can easily be adapted and cater for this change, minimising future development work and therefore, cost.
TERRY HANNIGAN, VANGUARDER
"Freshspace have been a brilliant find, Darren & Eilidh have been very supportive in the creation of our Website, whilst it's not fully complete yet (Our Fault, not theirs) they have understood what is important to us and has supported us. We hope to have an ongoing business relationship with them and would recommend Freshspace to anyone."