Rebuilding of back end code. Custom written up to 5 years ago. Outcome is to improve the code running our site, update the language used, improve functionality, looks everything. This is like a home renovation to us,, we need someone to renovate our site.
Were a 100% online Independant Hip Hop business based in Australia. Were a movement and love and believe in our business. We need someone that is a good communicator, is good at managing their time. The type of person when they set a time they stick to it and communicate if there are any issues.
Were open, friendly people and we ask that to apply you must consider yourself a talker, not the type of person to say it will be done by 2 days,, and disappear for 2 weeks. If you have a chance of being like that you need not apply.
If you go ahead and register your interest you will be helping to propel a young, positive Hip Hop Movement in Australia and you will get satisfaction from watching your work help grow Hip Hop in our country in more ways than one.
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SOUL CLAP RECORDS Job: Full site rebuild. STEP TWO INTERVIEW Please read this form and reply to the questions asked. If you could also address any of the things we've mentioned that apply to you. Please take it as an opportunity to go beyond the formal resume stage and let us know personally who you are and why you would be the perfect to rebuild our site. DETAILS ON US: We're an independent, online store, that caters specifically to the Genre of Hip Hop. We sell Music ( Vinyl & CD ), Clothing, Magazines & Art Supplies. Our website is [url removed, login to view] & we are located in Australia. Attached are screen shots of the inventory site & a portion of our code for you to sample. Our site is based on the PHP & HTML language. We're looking for someone with the ability to rebuild our site using e-commerce / OS Commerce. It is important to us that we retain the look of our site, since we have been operating with our current look, logo & general branding ie colours etc. We can see many issues with our current site and know that "renovating" our site is what our business needs to be ready for the big future planned for Soul Clap Records. We have listed some of the key things we want to achieve by doing a complete site rebuild and are also interested in other benefits that may come from a site rebuild, that you know of from your [url removed, login to view] need not only someone that manages their time well, sticks to tasks and is patient with the many revisions these type of jobs often need but will also use your industry knowledge to offer ideas for additions to the functionality, tables, smoother operation etc. of the new look Soul Clap Records .com we'll be building together. Your input and advice when working with us is going to be a massively important part of this project and is invited and appreciated. The 3 main things that will always be deciding factors to us at Soul Clap Records are Budget, Sticking to timelines & Communication and please be aware, this job will be expected to be completed as quick as possible and please be aware, we have been working with coders for years and know how long these things take and any type of stretching or intentional blow outs of quoted times will be quickly picked up by us and is not acceptable. KEY THINGS WE WANT TO ACHIEVE: - An automated cart process. Currently we are manually emailing and processing all orders and would like a cart that automatically sends order confirmations and charges our customers as well as a system that monitors payments we're waiting to receive, since we offer direct deposit into our account, paypal and money order as alternative payment methods to cedit card. While also maintaining the ability we currently have to manually process orders from our office as some of our customers prefer to place orders directly with our staff rather than doing it themselves and going through the site. - Our site to be up to date with all graphics options like flash etc. we are currently restricted by the site being out dated using old flash items that we cannot update or change ourselves and therefore our graphics we put on the site become more like hacks than updates. We want to be able to have the most up to date and modernized graphics and display options available. - The look and way our customers order items and update their cart is clunky, not smooth and needs to be updated and modernized. A site that we provide as a good example of what we consider a good looking, smooth, attractive feel and process is [url removed, login to view] - Our pages are extremely long and we'd like to have designed it so that the graphics, advertisements & headers of the site, lock and when the customer scrolls down only the contents in the centre of the page scroll down,, but the soul clap header, menu's, adverts etc. stay locked where they are rather than scrolling away as the customer scrolls. - We need to update the payment options available in regards to security, protection and legality. Particularly paypal, since it is the worlds most popular and vast online payment service, our site is geared for paypal from many years ago and we ask that the person that ends up doing this job is extremely fluent in; their understanding of the abilities of paypal in our country ( Australia ) and how they will apply to us and make our site better; the latest paypal payment security risks and how we can protect ourselves from scams etc; how we can integrate paypal and our look to provide the most personal and uniquely Soul Clap Records look to our order process involving paypal payments; the payment options offered by paypal and how we can integrate them into our site to provide as wide a variety of payment options to our customers as possible, to ensure we provide options for all types of buyers using paypal from all around the world. It is of massive importance to us we're protected when taking credit card payments through paypal. We do not currently offer credit card payments through paypal and are interested in this and expect that sort of thing to be a part of the improvements of site rebuild. - Update our inventory system so that it's easier for us to accurately maintain stock levels, run stock-takes, update product images weights descriptions etc, monitor order status's and more. A general overhaul of the back end inventory is needed to modernize it and make it easier for us and our staff. - We want our site backend code to be as up to date as possible and easily updated by any coder. - Our Cart process needs to made a lot simpler and better laid out as currently a lot of first time customers find the current system of calculating postage etc. confusing and we estimate a lot of business is lost this way. - There are many more important impotents and additions that will need to be discussed. Many we have thought of ourselves and many we expect you to introduce us to since we don't have your expert experience in building sites and the options available to us. - You will need to have extensive knowledge on hosting options and the required online security to operate at the desired level. Including SSL certificates, companies, any advice so as the site rebuild enjoys the best chance to be set up as well as possible to avoided future retouches. THINGS WE'D LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU: Since your approaching us to offer a paid service we'd like to clearly understand what we're dealing with. - How long have you been writing code for and are you currently employed by any other companies? - Where in the world will you be doing your work from and what timezone applies to you? - What motivates you as a freelancer? Is this the only type of work you do or are you a student or some other type of worker in the bulk of your time? The reason I ask this is because it's important to know weather or not you will be doing our jobs in your spare time or if coding is what you do all day long. - If English isn't your first language, are you confident speaking English fluently? This is Important as more often that not, to save time, jobs that come up are discussed over the phone until the details are settled on so that you can then go ahead and complete the job. In our experience, emailing back and forward over minor details increases the margin for error due to misunderstanding and can cost days waiting for replies. - How long do you see yourself freelance coding? Are you planning to move on and stop doing this type of work in the near future? - We'd like to pay you in Australian Dollars, are you able to accept this? - How can we contact you? Skype contact name? MSN name? Email? Skype is preferred and if you agree please provide your skype contact name. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT: You not only provide your expected time to complete a job with details of the works you will be doing, but the date and time you expect to begin work on the job and complete the job. If for any reason at all you cannot stick to the time you have quoted us, either the total job time or the job start time or finish time, you must contact us and inform us there is a problem with your ability to work and provide an alternative time you can complete our works. At which point we'll decide weather or not we can still work with this time and if we'll still go on with the job. Contact between us is clear, readily available and does not become unavailable without informing us prior to the period of unavailability. You have a sense of humour and personal nature as we're big on relationships. Its majorly important to us that we have a friendly relationship with our worker and tend to lean away from the more formal style of communication and opt for a more relaxed way of addressing each other. If you still feel that you are right for this job then we eagerly await your response, thankyou for taking the time to read this and to continue your application.