Akools is a restaurant directory website for people in Saudi Arabia, allowing natives to search for restaurants in their neighborhoods using different search parameters.
Our client approached us with a business idea – a restaurant directory website that would allow people in Saudis to search for restaurants using different filters. It was also going to provide a platform for restaurants to list their businesses and generate revenue.
Our client had already set up their website on WordPress using a premium WordPress theme. However, they required several custom features and functionalities to provide a good user experience for their users – both restaurant owners and restaurant seekers.
Using built-in features provided by the premium WordPress theme and custom PHP coding, wherever necessary, we worked on the following sections of Akools restaurant directory website:
Restaurant Search Page
We set up a page that allowed users to search for restaurants based on different filters including: City’s name, Restaurant’s name, Timings, Location, Category, Tags, Food types, Partition for male/female, Children play area, Parking Facility, Music, & Region. Some of these fields also had auto-suggest dropdowns to improve the user experience. On applying the filters, results appear in a list view, with Restaurants Name, timings, a display picture of restaurant, excerpt about the restaurant, and its location as a text.
Restaurant Listing Page
The restaurant listing page we set up displayed all information about the restaurant including Display Picture, Restaurant’s Name, Address (on Google Map), Category, Tags, Food types, Menus, Privacy information, Children play area, Parking Facility, Music, Image Gallery, Phone number, Region, and Restaurant Timings. Restaurant Blogging System
We set up a restaurant blogging system that allowed the admin to add posts related to a restaurant and associate it to a restaurant along with its link and Google Maps location.
The challenge in developing this website was making it multi-lingual. The website allowed the admin to choose the language of the restaurant and enter information in either English or Arabic. It also allowed the user to view restaurant listings and search filters in both languages.
Another WordPress development project, successfully completed and delivered to our client. And another business idea turned into a digital reality that allowed our client to launch their business and start generating revenue. Using built-in features provided by the premium theme and custom coding only where necessary, we accelerated the go-to market time for our client and also helped keep costs low.