t leaf T’s Ecommerce Solution for Small Business
The home of New Zealand’s greatest range of teas and infusions.
Tea or coffee? Back in 1995, John and Amanda Van Gorp had chosen what team to play for. These desperate tea lovers were not satisfied with the quality of teas they could find in the market. With an aim to turn their passion about teas into a business, John and Amanda visited tea gardens all over the world to create a collection of infusions they would sell in their shop. It is how t leaf T was born. From the beginning, the owners discovered a perfect ecommerce solution for small business which is also able to handle a rapid growth – Magento and launched an online store. Today, this brand provides customers with over 160 teas and infusions, and is recognized as the most trusted tea company in New Zealand.
The BelVG team has been maintaining t leaf T Magento 1-based website since 2015. When it came to migrating the website to Magento 2, they had no doubt about which team to choose. Our team managed to migrate all the data within just two weeks. We also built an advanced custom category page module which allowed displaying options on category pages. Another improvement in the t leaf T website touched upon a third party theme which we installed and slightly customized to match the store owner’s website vision. Besides that, our team customized an invoice number to display additional information and implemented extra columns via extending order API. Now, we support t leaf T website, ensure unstoppable high performance and keep all the extensions up to date.
Magento 2 migration
The beginning of our partnership with t leaf T dates back to 2015 when the BelVG team was hired to maintain the company’s Magento 1 website. After some years, t leaf T trusted its website Magento 2 migration in the hands of BelVG as we’ve become more than just business partners.
We met the tight deadline and managed the migration, upgrading an ecommerce solution for small business to pave the way towards more advanced features and better scalability. Everything – over 25 thousands users with full login information, almost 60 thousands orders, and price rules – was migrated to the newest Magento 2 website. To ensure smooth and trouble-free t leaf T operation during the migration, we used an auto deployment process. Every order placed or account created in the Magento 1 website is automatically duplicated in the Magento 2 platform. Such a strategy allowed our client to avoid any data-related difficulties.
Ecommerce solution for small business
Magento 2 migration is an excellent opportunity to improve every part of the website and turn an ecommerce solution for small businesses into a more flexible and scalable online platform. Together with the implementation of new features, t leaf T decided to refresh the website design and make the store look more inviting and user-friendly. The main goal was to give the website a fresh look not losing the recognizable elements of the corporate style.
To streamline the development process, our client decided to work with a ready-to-use Magento 2 theme. The talented team of BelVG designers and front end developers installed the template and customized it based on t leaf T’s requirements to save the brand identity. We implemented our client’s ideas and delivered a responsive website with unique elements that were familiar to customers.
No matter how well the website is performing now, top-notch Magento support and maintenance are what every online store needs. For almost five years now we’ve helped t leaf T keep their website running and avoiding all types of issues. With both back and front end developers in the BelVG team, we provide our client with a variety of services including security updates, speed optimization and new features implementation.
We worked on category pages to improve the filter. We also extended the default order API and added an opportunity to leave gift messages and chose a gift wrap. Special attention was paid to the shipping process, as the company delivered products to more than 100 countries. We are always online to implement changes quickly and provide our client with proactive and reactive support.
John van Gorp,
Managing Director at t leaf T