Educational games have a great impact on kids’ development.
Dr. Panda is a Chinese developer creating educational games for kids to help them learn about the world without scores, rules and competition. Instead, their games foster creativity and create a space for imagination.
At Apptension, we’ve developed an interactive platform that curates all Dr. Panda titles. Through the website users can easily browse through game categories and go directly to download them from Amazon, Google Play and Apple App Store.
Under creative direction of Dr. Panda’s designer, we’ve built their new, multilingual website hosting educational games for kids.
Dr. Panda approached us at the beginning of 2016, looking for a team to design and develop their new, international website.
It was important to make sure that the website was optimized for Google and YouTube, but also for Baidu and Youku - their Chinese counterparts. We’ve used server side rendering to correctly position Dr. Panda in both search engines.
Our job was also to make sure that the Chinese content was displayed correctly after it was translated to English.
Developing Dr. Panda’s new website we were responsible for both frontend and backend development.
On the backend side, we’ve used technologies like PHP5, MySQL and WordPress. We’ve used the last one only as a REST API to manage the multilingual content. The whole website is served separately and based mostly on React.
We worked on a standardized programming environment using Docker architecture. It allowed our developers to work on isolated, lightweight containers and, as a result, shortened the maintenance and deployment process.
Working within different time zones was challenging, as agile approach required frequent communication with the client. To overcome it, we’ve had to adjust our meetings to the few overlapping hours.
Our team of project managers, frontend and backend developers, QA specialists and designers worked in Scrum, which allowed us to iteratively deliver the project and report to our client after each sprint.
Designing the website, our team worked under the supervision of the client’s designer, Jaro Sigrist. The design of Dr. Panda website is colorful and playful. Browsing, previewing and searching for games is very easy. The whole website is optimized for mobile devices, which makes the experience equally good on smartphones and tablets.
We’ve successfully launched the website on March 2017 for international visitors.