A Quick Catch-up

Oops, been a bit lax in recent months and the latest news has been growing more and more out of date, so here’s a short update.

The customer portfolio has grown, with the addition of a couple of websites for a community arts and performance group in Wiltshire.  Dance Circle is a group who wanted a WordPress website that they could update themselves but needed an initial design and installation. Not a problem for us, and they were delighted with our speed and price! Sing Alive, from the same organisers, already had a substantial WordPress website but were looking to move it to a new host. Although this sounds quite daunting, it’s actually quite straightforward with WordPress and we were happy to oblige. We now supply ongoing support and backup for both sites.

Next up was a website redesign for Silchester International Investors. Not a big site but in need of a revamp and, of course, an opportunity to make it responsive so that it looks good on whatever device is viewing it, be it smartphone, tablet or conventional PC. Job done and completed last month.

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.

New website for new business

Studio Devon was happy to help out when new counselling business Room To… asked for a website to promote their services. They wanted a clean, calm design which successfully represents their business image to potential clients.

They were extremely happy with the result, and the way we were able to respond to their comments and suggestions to the design evolution. Even better, the fully responsive fluid page layout means that the site always looks good on mobile devices with small screens. So passers-by can easily browse the website and find out more about the business instantaneously.

To experience the site for yourself, go to www.room-to.org.uk.

Heronbridge Redesigned

Heronbridge compass logoHeronbridge Investment Managers recently asked Studio Devon to revamp their website and give it a new design.  They had seen our work with other institution Highclere and wanted a similar modernisation of their online image.

Only too pleased to help, we quickly imported their existing site into a new layout and then offered a selection of images for them to choose from to use in the site.  They opted for a nautical theme.  After amending the page text that they wanted to see on their site we were able to complete the work in very short order – and for a very reasonable price.

To visit the Heronbridge site, go to www.heronbridge.com.

Adding Value to Regatta Website

The official Torbay Week regatta website was one of the first websites that Studio Devon worked on. We designed and built a comprehensive site full of information for competitors and spectators alike.

Members of the regatta team subsequently maintained the site, adding their own pictures and stories as the years passed. This year, we were approached to take the website one step further by integrating in an online entry system to allow competitors to register and pay for their regatta entry via the web.

This presented an interesting programming exercise for us, different from the usual design-and-build work we are normally asked to do. We built a database and a clever webpage which stepped the user through a process of entering their boat details, selecting the races they want to enter and then selecting their payment method.

After an acceptance test by the regatta team, the new functionality is now live on the Torbay Week website ready for this year’s event in August.

2014 Update

After a change in personnel within the regatta committee, development of their website was taken on by another designer who has produced a new look while retaining much of the original Studio Devon code.