Automotive Traveler Magazine Selector: A One-Off Site

A One-Off Site: Automotive Traveler Magazine Selector
Automotive Traveler Magazine Selector

I had a lot of fun setting up a magazine-selector, one-off site for Automotive Traveler. After moving the issues of their on-line magazine to the BCT Publishing Viewer, they wanted a graphical method for users to be able to select between all issues of the magazine that took advantage of the striking layouts of their covers. They left me to my own devices to come up with a design and implementation, only requesting that it fit in with the color scheme of their main site at the time.

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Dealer Locator

Dealer Locator
Dealer Locator

I have a client who wanted a dealer locator added to a Zen Cart site. They weren’t able to locate a Zen Cart extension that met their requirements, so they asked me to build one from scratch.

Their specifications for the dealer locator were as follows:

  • The dealer locator must blend in with their current Zen Cart template.
  • The dealer locator must display dealers within the United States as well as Canada.
  • Users must be able to find dealers either by zip code or city and state.
  • Users must be able to quickly map the location of the dealers.

This is one of those times when it’s good to have a programmer building your web site instead of a web designer without a programming background.

The client had quite a few dealers in the United States, though they currently only have one in Canada. It would have been impractical to build a static page listing all of them, so I went with a database-driven form using jQuery and AJAX to make the form function smoothly for users.

Users are able to select a range within which to search by zip code, or they can search for all dealers in a given city and state. The output includes a link to the Google Maps listing for the dealers’ addresses.

You can see the solution I came up with in action on Q-Logic Direct.