Onshore America
E-commerce site elements.


In this case study, we will discuss how our team successfully modernized an outdated e-commerce site for a client, which was originally developed 15-20 years ago. The project aimed to address the challenges posed by changes in technology, resulting in an inefficient and unusable platform. By implementing cutting-edge solutions, we were able to transform the client’s e-commerce site into a highly efficient platform, enabling members to post pictures of items, set prices, and complete transactions seamlessly, all within a centralized location. The following sections discuss the challenges faced, the solutions implemented, and the outcomes achieved through this modernization initiative. 


The client’s e-commerce site faced several challenges due to its outdated technology and design: 

  1. Inefficiency: The legacy code and outdated infrastructure resulted in slow performance, causing delays in page loading and transaction processing. This affected the overall user experience and hindered the growth of the client’s online business.
  2. Usability Issues: The user interface and navigation were not user-friendly, making it difficult for members to find products, set prices, and complete transactions. This led to frustration among users, impacting customer satisfaction and retention. 
  3. Lack of Modern Features: The e-commerce site lacked modern features that are now commonplace in the industry, such as the ability for members to post pictures of items they wanted to sell. This limited the functionality of the platform and reduced its competitiveness in the market. 


We devised a comprehensive plan to modernize the client’s e-commerce site and address the challenges. The following solutions were implemented: 

  1. Code Refactoring: The outdated codebase was thoroughly analyzed and refactored to improve performance and eliminate any vulnerabilities. This optimization helped enhance the platform’s speed and responsiveness, providing a smoother user experience.
  2. User-Centric Design: Our team revamped the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of the site, adopting a modern and intuitive design. This involved streamlining the navigation, simplifying the product search process, and optimizing the checkout process to ensure a seamless and user-friendly experience. 
  3. Picture Posting Feature: We integrated a new feature that allowed members to upload pictures of the items they wanted to sell. This addition not only enhanced the visual appeal of the platform but also provided more comprehensive product information to potential buyers, facilitating better decision-making.
  4. Centralized Transaction Management: We implemented a centralized transaction management system, enabling members to set prices and complete transactions within the e-commerce site itself. This eliminated the need for users to navigate external platforms for payment processing, enhancing convenience and improving user engagement. 


Through the expertise and strategic implementation of our team, the client’s outdated e-commerce site underwent a successful modernization process. By refactoring the code, optimizing performance, and improving the UI/UX design, the platform became highly efficient and user-friendly. The introduction of the picture posting feature and centralized transaction management system provided members with enhanced functionalities, making it easier for them to sell their items and complete transactions seamlessly. As a result, the client can now serve their members better than ever before, improving customer satisfaction, increasing user engagement, and positioning themselves as a competitive player in the e-commerce market. Our modernization efforts helped the client overcome technological challenges and achieve a more efficient e-commerce platform. 


Wayne Hippo is an owner and Managing Partner of PS Solutions, a custom software development and consulting firm with offices in Altoona, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Wilmington, NC.
You can reach Wayne at whippo@pssolutions.net  

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