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Erskine give Beatport its own Beatportal

30th June 2007

Over at Erskine Design, we’ve just cut the ribbon on Beatportal - a massive new site for another of our US clients. Beatportal is the latest project from the top-class chaps at, the recognized leader in electronic music downloads.

Beatport homepage

You may already be aware of their cleverly databased Flash-built store, and now the new portal (yes, it seems we do still use that word) provides lovers of bleepy, electronic music with up-to-date information and worldwide events whilst finally giving their customers a real sense of community. And thanks to some trickery-pokery, we’re able to deep-link directly from Beatportal into their Flash store.

Just about all of the credit needs to go to our Jamie Pittock, whose fine craftsmanship, unparalleled knowledge of EE (I thought I knew it all until he came along), and ability to dispense with sleep for months on end allowed the folks at Beatport to basically give us a complete wishlist of what they wanted. Naturally, the site is running off EE 1.6, which is perhaps the most exciting release from the EE team to date. I’m trying not to be quite so evangelical about EE for a while as I was going overboard, so I’ll let Veerle fill you in.

We ended up making quite a few layout amends at the end of the testing phase to accommodate standard advert sizes and other things, so if you spot any errors in our last minute changes then feel free to tip me off as usual. Don’t tell me that the site lacks guitar-based music - I tried to push for more but it was never gonna happen.

We’ve quite a few other juicy things to throw out in the next month or two, including some projects we’ve been desperate to talk about for months, plus (finally) exciting stuff such as a brand new office and our forthcoming call for staff. Keep ‘em peeled.

For now, Jamie, myself and the other Erskinites are off to spend two days in the remote Yorkshire dales without access to phone networks or wifi. It is a Summer Holiday of sorts, but also our annual opportunity to catch up with each other properly, drink ale, and chat in the saunas. Lovely.


# Jonathan Snook responded on 30th June 2007 with...

What are the chances… I was at the Beatport site for the first time not even 5 hours ago. The portal is looking good. :)

# Richard B responded on 30th June 2007 with...

Looks really slick.

The three colors blend exceptionally well that are used throughout the site and are very inviting to the eye. It has that kind of feel to it but without being like the site itself. The use of tags are perfect, I’m a big fan of that type of style used with tags.

Last of The Summer Wine weekend then? I’d say well deserved, the Beatport site looks top notch lads.

# Chris responded on 30th June 2007 with...

I hate to introduce myself on your site with a bug report but you asked.  You forgot to write a 404. Kinda. For now you get a “A nice and friendly 404 page will go here soon” and the remainder of the page turns to poo-poo.

# Neil responded on 1st July 2007 with...

As a DJ and Developer i am well aware that this is a huge gig for you guys. You have done a fantastic job with this site. I really need to take a serious look at EE.

# Victor responded on 1st July 2007 with...

ok i am stunned. first site ive seen that uses EE to its full capability..Very nice design..and colors, very nice system entries.

Man post a screenshot of the template dir i totally wanna see that heh..

# Jamie responded on 2nd July 2007 with...

@Chris - Good catch, thanks for that.

@Everyone else - thanks for the comments.  This really was a baptism of fire for me at Erskine…kickstarting the project pretty much on my first week with Erskine.  The guys at Beatport are amazing (and Colly’s not a bad lad to work with really) so this was a fantastic project to work on.

As is always the case these days this is only phase 1 of the site.  Beatport have some further mad plans for the site which we’ll be head scratching in a few weeks.

# Peter Goddard responded on 2nd July 2007 with...

Hi Colly

Just a small bug in IE7 on Beatport, the group of four buttons at the top of the right-hand sidebar are breaking out of their container.

Nice site though - as ever, grest work and congratulations to Jamie

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