Creation of a quick website for Penthouse Club Kharkov just in time for launch
Being quality PHP development outsourcing services provider Redwerk dedicated team mustered all its strength for a new solution to see the world on time and within budget. Seeing as Redwerk came into the fold too late and the opening party of the Kharkov branch was only a short while away, we took a rational decision to first create a simplified, basic version of the website as a kind of business card type design for this particular local establishment, which would include only the contact information, a photo gallery, and a simple option to book a restaurant table or bottle service, as well as providing a gateway to newsletter subscriptions.
There were many examples of sites for Penthouse Clubs from around the world which we used to get ideas. However, a couple of modifications had to be made, concerning the following aspects:
- Another reservation scheme.
- A different set of social networks.
- Different requirements for the gallery.
- Changes to the entertainer schedule.
- Addition of a localized Russian version.
From a programmers’ point of view, the development of the website was carried out using the popular WordPress content management system. Special challenges were:
- Menu organization. Redwerk chose a plugin that allowed making easy content modification by the club’s staff.
- Slider, carousel and gallery items. These were created with the help of a special WordPress plugin that we found easy to integrate and use.
- Media Gallery. WordPress installations are all about plugins and here, too, a useful Media Gallery plugin was installed and adapted to enable our client to easily add content.
- Websites are worth nothing if they do not allow users to interact with them, so the Contact Form 7 plugin was integrated into various parts of the website. Internationalization was built-in and a solution for submitting information and validating it based on Ajax was found to show error messages in different languages.
Redwerk proposes a mobile App project unlike any other in the sector
The iOS platform was chosen for the development of the first version of the global Penthouse Club app, as it is the most used mobile platform on the high end, this being the lion’s share of Penthouse Club’s customers wordwide. While the mobile app was never finished due to non-technical aspects of the agreement between Redwerk and Penthouse Clubs, the ideas are nonetheless very interesting and provoked enthusiastic feedback. You can take a look at the screenshots on this page to get an idea of what the app was all about.
Redwerk’s app proposal takes entertainment apps to a new level, thanks to a great number of innovative and technically advanced features:
- A reservations feature and a limousine booking service which leverages the phone’s GPS functions to call a car to a specific location.
- Replacing club cards with the mobile app via the use of QR codes for identification.
- Individual entertainer profiles through which mobile users can book their favorite girls for private dances.
- A live chat feature, which allows users to learn about special programs and offers by talking to the club’s girls via video chat. The girls would dance and tease customers a bit, within the limits of decency, and this feature would be available in both Russian and English.
- An interactive entertainer selection module where dancers can be selected by applying certain search filters based on height, hair color or bra size.
While the app solution is no doubt a revolutionary innovation for these kinds of apps (we could not find any solution on the market with a comparable feature set), there were some technological challenges to overcome:
- Complex integration of the membership database, which will permit real-time access to credits for dinners, private, dances etc.
- Modules to aggregate party photos and videos.
- Table reservations via email in the beginning, but at a later stage, integration either with external solutions like OpenTable of with a customized UI.
Redwerk designs a full Desktop website for the global Penthouse Club brand which is similar to the mobile app’s theme but provides additional features
While the initial version of the Penthouse Clubs website was designed to be very simple, including only basic sections with contact information, a photo gallery, an option to book tables or bottle services, and an option to sign up for the newsletter, the final version of the website would be fully featured and similar in design to the mobile app, to add a unique but harmonized look for all the solutions and to make them instantly recognizable.
The finished website would have included the following features:
- An entertainer database with schedules of dancers available online.
- A shop.
- A dynamic photo gallery.
- Party pictures and videos.
- Video chat.
- Purchase of membership cards, credits and management of your account.
- Limousine call service.
- Integration with social networks like Facebook and VKontakte, making it possible to create a party and invite your contacts from your friends lists.