Category Archives: Bizkaro

The journey of bizkaro


The look and feel

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We have come up with a very intuitive dashboard for Bizkaro. The initial users of the product are very much impressed by the ease in using the dashboard. The dashboard is used to manage the content on the website.

I’ll give you a quick overview of the dashboard.

Bizkaro Dashboard MenuAll the available functionalities are nicely displayed on the left side of the screen. The functionalities are put into different categories for the ease of finding them quickly.

The right side of the screen is dedicated to display the actual content management forms. We have designed the flow (for adding new packages, adding new clients information etc.) very beautifully so that the user finds it very intuitive.

The header bar at the top displays the logged in user information and contains a link to go to the actual website.

We believe the users will find this UI interesting and easy to use. We look for your valuable feedback.


Decision to switch to freemarker from Jsp

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We got some good feedback and interesting suggestions from our alpha release. Thank you all.

Today we have taken a very crucial decision to switch our templating framework. We have been working on JSP for ages and suddenly changing the gears has left a feeling of nostalgia. I would like to share few points about this decision.

In the initial draft of the product, we missed an important feature – customized templates to users. The feedback waked us up and made us realize the importance of this feature.
To implement this feature, we need greater flexibility with the templating framework. The templates should be stored separately from the webapp, customized template files should go into the user’s specific directory, templates should be added dynamically to the design store and lots more. It’s not possible to get this flexibility by using JSP. Hence the decision to shift.

We did a bit of googling to find out the framework which suits our requirement. We finally zeroed in on Freemarker.


Bizkaro – Alpha release

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We are excited to announce the launch of bizkaro alpha version. The product is given out to few friends and family members to try out the features and come up with suggestions.

Few highlights of the product
CMS enabled website
Intuitive backend to manage the content

We expect the people trying out the product, to use the backend panel and give feedback on the comfort level of using it.