Cutcaster’s online stock photography marketplace features millions of high-quality, royalty-free vector graphics, illustrations, and photos for purchase.
What did the customer need?
When Cutcaster approached Spiral Scout for web development assistance, they had a minimal website and zero documentation. They were looking to find a way to create a stock photo website that would store, organize, and facilitate the sharing of millions of media files as well as their sale through a secure online marketplace. In addition to allowing buying customers to safely purchase images without registering an account, Cutcaster also wanted to provide a way for people to easily upload and sell their own photos and vectors through the platform.
What was our approach?
With backend lead, JD, and front end lead, Ryo, at the helm, the Spiral Scout team was able to create image hosting website Cutcaster needed by completely redesigning and redeveloping their existing website. This makeover included building a robust digital asset management system and powerful e-commerce engine. They also made it possible for Cutcaster to offer a “pay as you go” feature for customers and a prepaid credits model for payment.
The site was also upgraded with a highly comprehensive search engine, a content management portal for uploading and reviewing images, a user account and management system, as well as tax accounting software for contributors and a powerful and efficient database that could handle hundreds of millions of images.
How did we do?
The Spiral Scout team truly provided end-to-end software development services beginning with wireframing page layouts to crafting high fidelity design files with a web designer, to providing website support services, including one QA engineer and a part-time back end and front end engineer, for the past 8 years and counting.
With the sweeping development and design modifications, Cutcaster was able to drastically reduce operating costs in terms of manpower needed and overhead. For example, Spiral Scout lowered CutCaster’s Amazon Web Services bill from $1500 per month to $400 per month.
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