A new web service for Otava

Otava.fi
Työt / Otava.fi
Project:

Otava.fi

Client:

The Otava Publishing Company

Where we started

A new web service for the Otava Publishing Company was launched in early autumn 2019. We were responsible for the technical implementation of the WordPress site. Prior to that, Hasan & Partners had redesigned the Otava brand and Kiskolabs had designed the site’s layout and interface.

 

What we did

For the customer, it was important that the site was easy to update and that much of its information would be made public automatically. For example, the news is now updated directly from the STT’s communications service, the books and their details automatically appear on the site as they are added to the Bookstore database, and the book cover images are automatically retrieved from the Media Bank at Otava. Each book also automatically comes with a ‘Buy This Book’ button, which takes the customer to the book’s page in the ‘Suomalainen Kirjakauppa’ online bookstore.

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One crucial issue in the project were the authors’ pages and the connections between writers and books. Authors are now easy and quick to find and each author page clearly shows all the books available by that author, which, in turn, directs the customer towards an online purchase. Similarly, a book page informs about the author.

There are many ways to search for books and authors on the site, including category, publisher, publishing year, or a combination of search criteria and filters. Both the detailed and quick search found in the navigation bar include predictive text that gives suggestions on the results.

A brand new manuscript bank was built into the site. Manuscripts, which have often been emailed in the past, are now submitted online and directed to a particular publisher or department if needed. They are now stored in the homepage database and can be easily read, processed and managed through it.

As a part of the reform, separate front pages were also created for the Otava publishers, NemoMoreen, and F-Publishing.

What we created

Building the site has been interesting but also challenging because it was a large entity with parts coming from different places and sources. Also, the pages had to work equally well on all devices. However, the challenges were resolved and the work was completed on time – and otava.fi is working as it should.

What the client says

Hannele Tavi
Communications Officer
Otava Communications

“There were many parties involved in the Otava.fi remake, both internal and external forces. JCO’s Emilia exerted excellent control over the project and the collaboration proceeded smoothly. This made the result something we can all be proud of.”

Team

Niklas Schönberg

Developer & Partner

Niklas Schönberg

Developer & Partner

Daniel Kouvo

Developer & Partner

Daniel Kouvo

Developer & Partner

Ulrika Kouvo

Web Developer & Social Media Producer

Ulrika Kouvo

Web Developer & Social Media Producer

Maxemilian Grönblom

Developer

Maxemilian Grönblom

Developer

Emilia Etzell

Project Manager & Partner

+358 40 912 2780

Emilia Etzell

Project Manager & Partner

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