The Solar Biz has been selling renewable energy equipment since 1969. It’s a family-owned business known for providing expertise and solutions that help customers get the most efficient system for their needs. The owners wanted to expand from the U.S. to all of North and South America, and selected Magento as the platform needed to achieve their growth plans.
In 2016, Harris Web Works began a partnership with Solar Biz. The first step was building a new website in Magento 1.x, including integrating extensive product and customer data. Since then, the collaboration has progressed to encompass regional expansion, hosting, and marketing consulting.
Overview of work handled by Harris Web Works:
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In 2019, Harris Web Works updated the site to Magento 2 in conjunction with Magento ending support for M1 in 2020. The complete upgrade was implemented in a phased approach that included making some front-end improvements and updating extensions as needed. User experience (UX) enhancements include adding Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) for faster loading on mobile even if wifi is spotty and simplifying navigation so users can navigate the 3,700+ pages quicker and easier on desktop or mobile devices. Back-end improvements included updating the complex, custom-built NetSuite-Magento connector and adding specialized dashboard functionality.