Caitlin BaileyFront End Developer

A new site in the Pfister family designed to show off their hospitality faucet solutions.

Pfister Hospitality website screenshot

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  • CMS: Sitefinity
  • Browser Support: IE8+
  • Type: Responsive website

About This Project

This was the first large Spectrum Brands project I worked on completely by myself. While I also had a hand in and, neither were as the sole developer. For Pfister Hospitality, I had the opportunity to start from a completely clean slate (though we intended to reuse some components from the recent Baldwin redesign) and was able to experiment with some nice interactions such as the various hover effects on the homepage.

This was also the first time I had to build static reuseable controls for Sitefinity. A number of controls (other content management systems may call them widgets) were used on this site, from content controls (e.g. the text/image carousel on the project showcase pages) to layout controls (the image/text grid with red text boxes and image boxes alternating). I fully developed the layout controls, and developed static versions of the content controls for one of the back end developers working with Pfister to hook up to either their product data or to the CMS.

Lessons Learned

  • This was my first shot at front end form validation to help with user experience. The lead designer and I spent time figuring out what the form would look like and exactly what it would do depending on whether the form submitted or not, whether there was an error I could catch on the front end or not, and whether there was an error on the back end. So I ended up having a lot of fun developing such a tiny little form (on the homepage).
  • I worked on this website at about the same time as the Web Advanced website, and also learned a lot about Flexbox on this one. Seriously, that thing is a lifesaver. So much vertical centering that I no longer have to care about. It just works! This project did have to support IE8+ and lower versions of IE do not support Flexbox. However, some simple fallbacks have allowed it to look close to the intended vision without taking the time that would normally be spent doing so.
  • It was during this project that I also discovered a carousel plugin that has made my life significantly easier. Whether or not they work, people love their carousels, and I have to build them for a ton of sites. I came across Slick JS and ended up using it for this project and many, many more since then. It makes building a responsive carousel ridiculously easy, and it's great to no longer have to spend any brain power on it at all.