The institute for window technology e. V. (ift) is a renowned, scientific institute that offers manufacturers of windows and facades a wide range of services. Since it was founded in 1966, ift has continuously worked on the development and improvement of window technologies. With highly qualified employees and state-of-the-art testing equipment, the IFT is a leader in the areas of testing, certification and research.
For reasons of usability in the backend of Liferay CMS, we have now switched to TYPO3. The new backend (administration interface of the website) is tailored precisely to the needs of the editors.
But the layout of the new website has also been completely revised and is now presented with a modern design and expanded functionality. The relaunch aims to offer visitors an even better online experience and to give them easier access to the institute's extensive services.
The revised ift website not only presents an attractive new design, but also offers extended functions to meet the needs of visitors. Notable improvements include the integration of Solr, a powerful search system that allows for streamlined searches across all list views, including news, events, and certified companies. This allows users to quickly and accurately find the information they need. A specially developed solution and knowledge finder with an extensive portfolio of relevant articles and products manages to make relevant content easily accessible.
Another highlight is the fundamental revision of the customer portal called "My ift". This portal - now with the same look & feel as the website - allows registered customers to access their test reports, orders, offers and certifications. It also serves as a comprehensive project management tool that allows clients to manage their projects efficiently. Seamless integration of the project data is made possible via an interface to the customer's own CRM (based on MsSQL from Microsoft).
The relaunch of the website also includes improved user management, which enables companies to grant individual access rights to their employees. In addition, various integrations have been implemented, including the connection of Shopware and ift Tools (own software for internal management) via Keycloak. This Java-based single sign-on (SSO) system allows users to log in just once to access both the customer portal and the online store.