Below is a small selection of the web sites we have designed and built recently.
A stablemate of Motaforms at the Whitehill Group, the bright, zestful, and visually appealing design was provided by the in-house design team at Whitehill and matches the company's new brochure.
There is a strong focus on usability throughout the design, and the site features custom fields to cater for the personalisation of some products, and also features multiple browse and product page templates to simplify the ordering process as much as possible.
The site also has some subtle custom database field configuration to control aspects of the product information pages on a product-by-product basis.
Helpful Aids is aimed mainly at the disability sector - those with mobility issues, the visually impaired, and other disablities, but also features ranges that are simply aimed at "making life easy".
The site is based on Joomla and Virtuemart, but has some additional modifications to be able handle VAT exempt transactions for qualifying disabled customers.
Maybush are business growth specialists working with owners of small to medium sized businesses, or entrepreneurs considering starting a business, helping them achieve their goals and aspirations.
Maybush are based in Newbury, and cover Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and London and provide a wide range of support for small business owners, ranging from business analysis and planning to coaching and mentoring.
The site is a straightforward Joomla CMS based site using a custom template.
This is our second website for Svaja. The first is a trade site with much of the functionality restricted to trade customers, but this site is aimed at the general public. Although a different design, it keeps many of the design features of the trade site, particularly through the product pages.
The site is built in Joomla with the VirtueMart e-Commerce component handling the transactional side of things. It has a number of add-on features: the Cat-filter component to handle the "Shop by price" functionality, Image Zoom and Slideshows from Magic Toolbox, and a featured products carousel.
The overall design has been kept clean and much of the focus of the site is on maintaining usability, and it has to be said that the sheer quality of the product itself helps lift the site out of the ordinary.
Motaforms is a division of the Whitehill Publishing Group, and specialises in printed stationery and print supplies to the motor industry. They also supply a comprehensive range of customised over-printed promotional products and sales and forecourt products. The new website is a full e-commerce site to showcase their products and make it easier for existing and new customers to buy online.
The site is Joomla (naturally) with the VirtueMart e-Commerce component with some core adaptations. There is an ImageZoom function, and the site features a maxi-sized menu system.
We can't take any credit for the design of this one unfortunately - the visual designs were all provided by Whitehill's in-house designer - but the implementation is all ours!
Free Green Electricity Corporation is a new company taking advantage of the latest government strategies in the development of electricity micro-generation installation.
The company provides for free installation and maintenance of PV (photovoltaic) solar panels for residential and commercial properties. The property owner gets the benefit of free solar energy for 25 years with no upfront or maintenance costs to worry about, with any surplus fed back into the National Grid.
The site is a custom design and is based on the Joomla CMS.
Whizzybooks provide an outsourced bookkeeping service to a range of clients across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
A very simple affordable web site with no bells or whistles, based on the Joomla CMS for ease of updating and maintenance.
What else can we say? Apart from, if you are looking for help with your bookkeeping, record keeping, annual returns, VAT returns and the like, look no further!
Svaja are renowned as designers and creators of innovative and highly desirable hand crafted glassware and linen products. This new corporate website is intended to showcase the company's products to both public and the trade.
Svaja designs are distributed through a wide range of outlets: from independent art outlets to high street chains such as John Lewis. Many of their designs are also specified by interior designers for offices, hotels, and restaurant chains such as Prezzo. This meant that good imagery was a pre-requisite for the design to ensure that prospective purchasers to view and select the range not only by collection, but by colour. The site has a number of "non-standard" add-on features such as an active zoom facility to make it easier to view products.
As with nearly all our e-Commerce enabled sites, the site is based on Joomla, using the VirtueMart component. Even although the public cannot buy through the site, visitors can browse and view the range, including large format images. Trade customers when logged in have access to additional resources and can check availability and place orders online.
Sovereign is one of the leading manufacturers of remanufactured vehicle starters and alternators in the UK supplying the automotive aftermarket. Their new corporate site is aimed at improving online support for their trade customers.
The site is built using Joomla, and features a full reference catalogue of their rotating product and ignition coils built using the VirtueMart eCommerce component, together with a repository of technical documents using the DocMan component. The site also features a custom built cross reference tool to match manufacturers' OE part numbers to the matching Sovereign reference.
Instead of using our own designers for this site, the visual designs for this site were prepared by the client's own choice of graphic designer, Panacea Marketing of Warwick, with the technical implementation carried out by us.
The BCA is the UK class association of the International Contender Class, an international sailing dinghy class. This is a fourth generation site that we have created for the class. The first was a simple HTML site, the second a Mambo site based on a standard template. This was subsequently upgraded to Joomla 1.0 with an updated template design.
This latest site is a migration up to Joomla 1.5, with yet another new template design.
The site also features the AdsClassified advert component, EventsList event manager, Image Gallery and and Banner Advert Manager.
Covering Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, Moores provides a full range of property services, including home buyer surveys, valuations, property condition surveys, assistance with lease renewals, and property investment advice.
The website is based on the Joomla CMS with a custom template design. Additional services provided include email marketing and search engine optimisation.
The Mortgage Explorer is a one-stop-shop for access to UK and International mortgage market. They are independent mortgage brokers providing a wide range of specialist tax-efficient home, commercial and overseas mortgages.
They have been helping clients around the world to find their best mortgage deals for more than 10 years, and this is their third website. The site is based on the Joomla CMS (no real surprise there!), and also incorporates a newsletter sign-up using Big Response, and social bookmarking modules. A Wordpress Blog has also been created, and site has been designed to include video podcasts.
The project includes full SEO and a range of additional marketing activities.
Bluerun Ltd has been manufacturing top quality, purpose made joinery for the domestic and commercial markets since 1972 at their 7,000 square foot factory near Saffron Walden. Their client list includes many household names from the commercial and residential property industries, as well as the public sector. They can manufacture in hard or softwoods, and veneered & painted panels and have a modern spray paint and lacquer facility, enabling products to leave the factory in a fully finished state.
The new website is intended to create a higher profile online, and to provide the opportunity to showcase their products and projects.
This is a very simple "online brochure" style site utilising a low cost custom design, and aimed at increasing awareness of Raffles and their core products and services in the local Redhill, Surrey, marketplace. The site is based on Joomla, and has the VirtueMart eCommerce component pre-installed, ready for the addition of an online store.
Raffles are a long established kitchen and bathroom design and installation company based in Redhill, Surrey, and provides a full kitchen and bathroom design service, supplying all leading kitchen and bathroom brands. Raffles has its own team of installers and is renowned for its high quality and value for money service.
As well as the kitchen and bathroom design services, Raffles has a wholesale plumbing division, and they can supply a full range of plumbing supplies to both trade and retail customers from their showroom in the centre of Redhill.
Camping and caravan site finder is a directory of camp and caravan sites in the UK. The site is built in Joomla, and the directory is powered by the SOBI2 directory component.
As well as a directory, the site also features Affiliate and Advertising management, and phase two of the site build includes eCommerce and classified advertising components.
The SOBI2 directory provides the facilities for site visitors to add, rate and review directory listings. Listings on the Camping and Caravan Site Finder site are currently free, although the SOBI2 system does allow the creation of paid listings, and allows custom information fields to be included in a "premium" listing structure; e.g. basic listing free, but the addition of web addresses etc to be paid for. There are also add-in components for handling "Featured Listings" where listing owners can pay extra for inclusion in featured listings displayed across the site.
This site is one of our affordable low cost web sites.
The site is based on the same fully featured Joomla CMS that we currently use for our custom design sites, but instead of a custom design you can choose from a wide range of standard off-the-shelf professional templates customised to reflect your company identity.
This particular site is based on a standard Joomlashack template, with a customised top header matching the selected template colour theme, and as it has a couple of extra features, Morfeo Image Gallery and Booking Tracker, is a good example of how a basic low cost site can be extended at minimal cost.
More details of our affordable web site design package
Nigel Ingram is an accomplished artist who has painted in Hampshire, West Sussex, and abroad for many years.
Besides working in pastels, oils, and pen and wash, Nigel has also completed a number of commissioned designs for stained glass windows.
This site is a showcase of some of his work. Although many of the original works have been sold, other original paintings are available to buy through the site. Also available for purchase are high quality gicleé prints, cards and postcards of his work.
The site is a fairly standard deployment of the Joomla CMS with the VirtueMart eCommerce component. A little more uncommon is the use of the additional files functionality built into VirtueMart to deliver large image previews in PDF format.
European Law Monitor is a not-for-profit online service providing information on EU legislation, policies and procedures. In addition to generalised free information services, European Law Monitor undertakes fee based legal research and consultancy.
European Law Monitor is also the Europe Direct Relay for Hampshire, and in this role runs local conferences and seminars which require the creation of additional micro-sites and event sites.
We were involved with European Law Monitor from its inception - we helped develop the initial business and funding plans, prepared the original site specification, and project managed the build of the first site. This was built by JK Internet in Newbury and based on the Windows .NET platform. The service was originally envisaged as a commercial subscription and research funding model, but new opportunities for grant and government funding provided by the new Community Interest class of company (CIC) changed that.
European Law Monitor converted to a CIC in 2005 and has since been part funded as a Europe Direct by the European Commission. The information services subsequently became free access, and a new site with a different specification was required. The new site was built by us using the Mambo CMS, later upgraded to Joomla. The site includes several major add-ons, such as a forum, events calendar, RSS feeds, and advertising management components.
The site was nominated for a New Statesman New Media Award in 2006, and now has over 2,500 pages and delivers over 50,000 page views per month.
We continue to provide a full range of support services for the site: technical support, SEO, paid search management, and content management.
FotoFlite is the world's largest library of marine aerial photos in the world.
The FotoFlite aircraft are out on every suitable flying day photographing shipping in the English Channel and North Sea, and, when appropriate, further afield to the Baltic and Mediterranean, and the FotoFlite image library now consists of over 1/2 million images extending back into the late 1940s.
The brief for this site was to create a new e-commerce site for the library, and involved merging some 330,000 database records into the site database, and preparing and watermarking the 120,000 images then digitised. The ultimate aim is to have all 500,000 images digitised and loaded into the database for online purchase.
The site is based on the Joomla CMS, and the image library and e-commerce facility using the VirtueMart eCommerce component. With over 350,000 records, this is probably the largest VirtueMart implementation in the world, and the site delivers over 50,000 page views per month, which we think proves the durability and scaleability of the the Joomla / VirtueMart combination, to say nothing of the MySQL database that sits behind it!
As you might expect from the name, Kornafix supply self adhesive corners and pockets for use in the print finishing industry and throughout the stationery market.
The requirement was for a simple e-commerce site with a low cost payment gateway. The is built in Joomla with the VirtueMart eCommerce component, and uses the NoChex payment system.
Ongoing promotional activities include SEO and Pay per Click advertising.
Wavelength Designs is a specialist dinghy sailmaker and spar manufacturer. This site is a simple online catalogue site without e-commerce functionality (although this could be easily added retrospectively if required).
Originally built in Mambo, the site was migrated to Joomla as part of the service contract, and the catalogue functionality retrospectively added using the VirtueMart component.
Wavelength caters for a specialist niche dinghy sailing market, and is well known in the field, consequently the site does not need extensive SEO, but it is important to be visible for the company name and its core services. After the initial optimisation, this was achieved.