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Gemini Lights

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Brief Overview 

Gemini Lights is a high performance cycling light manufacturer. We design and build a range of bicycle lights to suit commuters, mountain bike buffs, and high-speed racers. In beautiful Victoria of British Columbia, Canada, where mountain bike trails are abundant and striking, the desire to ride on despite dark and wet winters is paramount and shared by many riders. Gemini Lights was founded by a fellow mountain biking enthusiast, who was inspired by his need for a high performing, quality bike light whilst riding. Our team’s approach to designing lights became an obsession with quality, functionality, and perfection. We are committed to building powerful lights that speak for themselves, without the premium price tag.

Launch or Publication Date 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Gemini Lights home page
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Ubercart Rules Ubercart Global Quote Ubercart Discount Coupons Views Panels Chaos tool suite (ctools) Superfish Google Analytics Frequently Asked Questions Meta tags quick CKEditor - WYSIWYG HTML editor IMCE
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

 

Ubercart

Ubercart is our most important and valued module. Within the Ubercart suite, we are using Payment, Product attributes, Reports, Shipping Quotes, Cart Links, Google Analytics for Ubercart, Stock, Flat Rate and Paypal.

Rules

Much of our modules rely on this key module, which allows us to set rules for events and actions in Ubercart, Ubercart Global Quote and Ubercart Discount Coupons. We are able to tweak events such as customer/admin checkout notifications and order update events.

Ubercart Global Quote

Using this module, we were able to apply a shipping quote based on weight and zone destinations around the world, which would match our own freight rates from any courier (DHL, TNT, UPS).

Ubercart Discount Coupons

This module provided us the ability to create discounts (in dollars or percentages) for sale promotions and group purchases. We were able to use variables such as order quantity, order combinations and even offer free shipping coupons. We can control how many redemptions a coupon can have and also the time period of which it expires as well as coupon combinations. We absolutely love this module.

Views

We use this powerful tool to display slideshows, products, news pages, FAQ and team profile pages. We have the freedom to pick out specific content, mold them and display them in a very easy way without coding.

Panels

This module paired with Views gives us massive power to do even greater things. We can output multiple views on the same page and even add our custom content. Our home page, product overview and media page are based on Panels and Views.

Chaos Tool Suite

Although not obvious in client-side use, our site could not be made without CTools because many of the important/popular modules depend on this one. Definitely deserves a mention.

Superfish

The module that makes our menu look and behave beautifully. It takes care of all the coding for us and is simple as downloading and enabling the module, then selecting your menu.

Google Analytics

The purpose of GA is obvious. We want to track our site traffic and conversion rate. Having this module connects us with the powerful tool that Google provides.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using this module made building a FAQ section extremely easy, beautiful and straightforward. No HTML coding required!

Meta Tags Quick

This was extremely important for on-page search optimization to put our site at the top of search ranks. The module is very powerful because it easily let us put metatags on virtually any page of our website without coding.

CKEditor

Our WYSIWYG of choice to create content with minimal HTML coding. Our content was written by someone who is not familiar with HTML markup, so this was essential to create a similar environment to Microsoft Word, and is crucial for formatting.

IMCE

This module was required to upload and manage images for our content, especially with CKEditor.

Owner's Name 
Gemini Lights
Development Company 
Gemini Lights
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal was the preferred CMS of choice for a number of reasons: 1.) Extendable Functionality — Drupal employs a modular approach to adding functionality, and provides thousands of free, popular modules to choose from. 2.) Extensive Support through Drupal Community — We are able to rapidly find answers on Drupal forums, blogs, IRC channels, and even hire a Drupal developer who could pick up and revise our project with familiarity and ease. 3.) Open-Source Security — The active Drupal Community participates in inspecting the source code and contributes to bug fixes. When a fix is made, an automatic notification is sent to remind you to update to the latest version. 4.) It’s Free — For a company that is just beginning, one of the greatest benefits is that Drupal is free and comes loaded with valuable tools. To sum up, we are able to build a customized site and mold it to exactly fit our aesthetic and needs. Drupal provides us with easy-to-use functionality, expandability with well thought out tools, and deep-rooted community-based technical support; all of which are free. With such a powerful system and network, Drupal was the obvious choice for building our website. We initially built on Drupal 6 + Ubercart 2, then updated to Drupal 7 + Ubercart 3.
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