Staylime delivers a modern custom theme for Meissner, taking care of Magento 2 migration, custom functionality development, and SEO in the course of the project.
Meissner Sewing Machine Company
is a well-recognized producer and distributor
of high-quality sewing machines and vacuums. Over the 90 years of operation, the family-owned business has evolved into one of the largest market players in the US.
A partner of Todd Lininger Design, our long-term client, Meissner was looking for a full-cycle Magento development team to deliver a unique Magento theme design and breath new life into their legacy store. As part of their transformation project, the company aimed to migrate to Magento 2, as well as to enhance its functionality.
With a successful experience of working with Staylime before, Todd Lininger had no doubt our team would be the right match for this mission-critical project, and so immediately approached us with an RFP inquiry.
Having reviewed the initial requirements by Meissner, we conducted a series of workshops with the customer to discuss the project scope and future solution capabilities. The comprehensive proposal for migration, design, frontend development and QA services that Staylime submitted was approved, and so we got down to business.
One of the key tasks of this project was to bring in a modern look and feel to the website, making the user experience more engaging and fluid, whilst keeping the budget at bay.
Aiming to highlight Meissner’s online presence and increase brand recognition, our UI/UX experts came up with a sleek, visually striking Magento design concept. However, the layout we proposed involved quite a range of sophisticated UI features which required additional backend development and so impacted the initial scope.
Enthusiastic about our vision and ideas, the customer decided to give some of them a go. Though the change resulted in a slight release delay and budget overrun, Meissner got a unique, remarkable Magento theme design that is now helping the company stand out from the competition.
First things first, so we started the project with the primary database migration. Using the official Magento Data Migration Tool, our engineers transferred the existing data assets to a clean Magento 2 installation, making sure that none of them were lost or damaged.
As part of the migration, we carefully moved all the data from two Magento 1 extensions, Advanced Product Options and Class Manager, to Magento 2. To ensure seamless transfer of APO data, Staylime decided to build a custom migration script from scratch, as no suitable commercial tools were available at that time.
Prior to the solution launch, we re-migrated Magento 2 database, as well as data of Class Manager and Advanced Product Options extensions to guarantee the completeness and accuracy of information residing in the new Magento instance.
Back in the day, Meissner was already using the Magento 1 version of the Event Management Extension to sell sewing classes and workshops to their customers in five locations as part of their overall marketing strategy.
Their primary purpose was to attract more customers to their products and gain additional profit at the end of the day. As a part of the project, the extension’s data had to be migrated to its Magento 2 counterpart without losing the completed and upcoming events. Since the original extension had dated architecture, transferring its data to Magento 2 was a hard row to hoe.
Our team developed a custom script that enabled us to seamlessly migrate the data, ensuring its integrity and completeness. Further, we created a custom design of the Event Management Extension, different from the default Luma-oriented design, to be consistent with the Meissner’s style.
Custom Magento theme design was one of the most interesting tasks on this project.
Working on a concept for a company with such a long and exciting history like Meissner’s, we understood it’s vital to infuse the corporate website with a modern look and feel, whilst keeping the signature, easily recognizable brand image in place.
As a result, we worked out a visually clean and simple design that catches the eye thanks to sophisticated contrasting fonts, beautiful infographics and subtle animations.
To appeal to visitors at the emotional level, our designers used the palette of corporate colors that are well-familiar to Meissner’s customers and partners.
To implement the proposed Magento theme design on the frontend, our team offered Meissner to build a proprietary mega menu from scratch so that it could easily cover all the custom features we envisioned.
However, to meet the budget constraints, we opted for Magento 2 Mega Menu by Weltpixel, a lightweight ready-made solution that still required a few tweaks.
To further contribute to a seamless and enjoyable user experience, we implemented gradual scrolling that now makes it easy and fun for customers to browse through the site pages and discover Meissner products.
To support Meissner’s digital strategy with the required features and tools, and ensure an engaging and intuitive customer journey, our team selected and installed a whole range of third-party Magento 2 extensions.
They include but are not limited to:
Maintaining high positions in search engines is vital for any business with online presence, especially when the time to upgrade the website comes — you don’t want to lose traffic and rankings you’ve been working on so hard. Our customer was no exception, and so we took care of Magento SEO aspects on this project too.
Our engineers opted for Mageworx SEO Suite Ultimate as an all-round SEO solution for Magento websites to help Meissner manage SEO activities and keep on improving website visibility further.
As part of the pre-live SEO, Staylime also transferred the existing SEO settings to Magento 2, having performed the following tasks:
Well-designed from both technological and aesthetic perspectives, the new website for Meissner has been successfully launched by Staylime.
We made it possible to deliver a professionally looking, full-fledged ecommerce solution, having walked a fine line between business requirements and budget limitations and having delivered an eye-catching Magento theme design.
Delighted with the outcome, the customer continues discussing potential opportunities: