Not a lot of blog updates in 2012, mainly because my workload was so crazy. As well as building several large sites as technical partner to Graphic Clinic and Crombie I still had time to put out several of my own. These, in summary, are below.
A new lifestyle medical centre based in Drem, East Lothian. Rob came to me after having trouble with the first design agency he appointed. Deadline’s were in danger of being missed and with a launch date set, he really needed his site online as soon as possible. I outlined a realistic approach for what we could do in the time available, and was delighted when Rob said he wanted me to take over the project. The site was designed and built over 2-3 weeks, using good-old WordPress as the content management system, and was online in time for the press showing up at the centre for the grand opening.
Core Health is a great idea, we all spend more time and money maintaining our cars and central heating boilers than we do our body. So if you think you could do with an overall health check, there are several packages available – and a wide range of complementary treatments on offer to address any health issues that may arise.
Visit the site at: www.core-health.com
The Hub Edinburgh
The Hub is a unique and stylish wedding and event venue at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. They were looking for a new, easy to manage, website and through their print designers at Grainger Dunsmore, came to 45b to build them a new site.
A few meetings over coffee and cake in their excellent cafe and we’d ironed out the basics. The site needed to work a bit harder to promote the building, and the various rooms available for weddings and corporate events within. Once again, WordPress ticked all the boxes – easy to manage, and as “future proof” as a site can be.
Grainger Dunsmore came up with the designs and the site was put together over a month or so – they also needed a new email newsletter, so their list was imported over to MailChimp and a simple and easy to update email template was added.
At the training, they were blown away at how easy WordPress was to use, something that arises time and time again with clients who’ve previously struggled with bespoke CMS systems.
Visit the site at: www.thehub-edinburgh.com
A joint project – designed by Melville & Young – this international language school needed a new, easy to manage, website. And it had to have multi-lingual options. Once upon a time this would have meant a load of bespoke programming, but thanks to WordPress, and the excellent WPML plugin, this was a breeze to setup.
Currently being translated into Russian, with more languages to follow, and the beauty is – with WPML they can add as many languages as they like. So as their business expands, so can the website, without having to pay for any future maintenance. That’s the beauty of WordPress.
Visit the site at: www.oscarsinternational.co.uk
FMS Fire & Security
FMS got in touch looking for a new site to replace their existing one, which was starting to look a bit long in the tooth. As one of Scotland’s leading suppliers of fire and security equipment they wanted to reflect this in their site with a clean, corporate look. Positioning them as one of the top-players in the market.
The competition was surveyed, designs supplied and approved and another WordPress site was born. Alongside this, an email newsletter was integrated into MailChimp and FMS were soon up and away editing the site and putting out emails. Easy!
Visit the site at: www.fmsfireandsecurity.co.uk
Prestige Car Bodies
A coachworks in East Lothian catering for high-end cars and classics. The best part of this job was getting to drool over the mass of photography supplied!
A fairly simple site, with a glossy look to get across the immaculate work done at the coachworks. WordPress again, you can pretty much assume every site built from now on will use WordPress – it’s just so damn flexible, extendible, workable and likeable.
The site showcases the work done at Prestige, including vehicle wrapping, body repairs, crash repairs and re-sprays. And there are some stunning cars in the gallery, check it out…
Visit the site at: www.prestigecarbodies.com
A new Musselburgh based florist catering for weddings, events, and corporate contracts in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Paula contacted 45b towards the end of the year. They had some stunning photography of their work available, so it was decided to make this the main focus of the site.
We also committed to finishing the site by Christmas, which meant December was pretty busy! Anyway, you guessed it, WordPress was the logical choice again and thanks to the excellent photography, the designs were simple enough.
The site was launched on the 22nd December and I put my feet up for a couple of weeks.
Visit the site at: www.libertyblooms.co.uk
2013′s already shaping up to be another busy year and the calendar’s filling up fast, so if you’re looking for a new website, now’s the time to get in touch!