Cliff Railway gets Improved Website from Studio Devon

Cliff Railway CarriagesEarly in 2014, English Riviera attraction Babbacombe Cliff Railway asked Studio Devon for help in replacing its website. They found their existing website difficult to maintain and were concerned that it was not working properly for the many holidaymakers who were browsing it on their mobile devices.

Delighted to help, we had the ideal answer. We set about designing a bespoke website on the powerful WordPress website platform. The contents of the existing web pages were transferred into the new format which was able to present the extensive Cliff Railway information in a striking and responsive design.

We followed this up with a training session for key Railway staff who quickly picked up the intuitive and straightforward CMS (Content Management System) features that make WordPress so popular.

In less than a month the Babbacombe Cliff Railway website was ready, hosted with a new top value service provider and updated with the new season’s information.

See the new Babbacombe Cliff Railway website here: www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk.

Website for Mobiles

With the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets now being used to browse the web, many people are becoming concerned about how their website will look and work when viewed on devices other than the traditional computer screen.

After all, the screens on these devices are much smaller than a computer monitor and, thanks to their inbuilt accelerometers, can orientate the picture into a landscape or portrait presentation.

At Studio Devon, we advocate the practice of Responsive Web Design to strive to ensure that, whatever the size of the screen browsing the website, the web page adapts itself to be seen in its best light.  To us, this is a much more elegant and practical option than having a separate website specifically developed to be served up to mobile devices.

Our first foray into responsive web design is the Babbacombe Festival ticket website, which has just been launched.  A striking yet simple site, this looks equally good on a large computer monitor or a mobile phone and, most importantly, is already attracting buyers for tickets for the various exciting and interesting events that are being held in the Babbacombe Festival marquee this June.

To have a look at how much better looking and easier to use a responsive website is on a mobile or tablet, point your iPad at www.babbacombefestival.com.

History Society looks to the Future

We were recently asked to provide a website for Babbacombe & St Marychurch Local History Society.  This thriving society has a growing membership and is ambitious to attract more people and saw that a website would be an ideal communication tool as well as being a good advert for prospective members.

Their initial brief was for a basic site to allow key contributors to post information about the society and keep a calendar of upcoming events.  Studio Devon realised that a site based on the Wordpress content management system would be an ideal solution.  Not only does it allow society members to write their own content but it can be easily expanded in future, by the addition of plug-ins, to cater for the extra functionality that the society may require as they place more demands on their website.

Set up of the site was very quick, as was the training required for those people who were going to manage the content.  Visit the site here to see the results.

Slideshow website

Following this year’s hugely successful Babbacombe Festival, Studio Devon has launched a slideshow website featuring fun pictures from some of the festivities.

The website was published just a matter of days after we were engaged by the Festival organiser. Using a bright theme and simple navigation, the site hopefully captures the excitement and enjoyment of the Festival Marquee events.

To view the slideshow, go to www.babbacombefestival.com.

Ticket Website Live!

Screenshot excerpt from ticket websiteDue to the ongoing success of the Babbacombe Festival, a new website was needed to cope with demand for tickets to marquee events.

Studio Devon has built a secure online ticket purchase website which allows customers to buy for any of 4 events planned for Babbacombe Festival 2011, using Paypal or credit card.

Visitors to the site get a bright and vibrant view of the event information and a clear and simple payment transaction, thanks to the world-renowned Paypal system.

Visit the site on www.babbacombefestival.com.