Spring equinox could hardly be celebrated in better style than with a pre-Brexit refresh for the well-established Dumfries Limo website, moving from a VBScript-based content management system, to a new non-Windows-server environment with WordPress and SSL padlock-protection. The look is a variation on the Mesmerize theme and includes a home page media hook that happily shows Youtube clips, mp4 files or a slideshow to showcase some of the Limousines and Cadillacs on offer from the chauffeur-driven service.
Some pages feature dedicated image galleries using Final Tiles Grid Gallery but the native WordPress images don’t readily benefit from the plugin’s lightbox, so the compatible Everlightbox plugin provides a solution that doesn’t interfere. The site is mobile and tablet-friendly and sees the move to v3 recaptcha protection for contact form submissions.
This is a refresh of a long-standing holiday cottage rental website, originally built using ASP/VBScript and the move is to a new server with SSL certificate (required these days) and PHP on Apache. The WordPress brand continues to perform with significant content management market share, and sits behind the strong images supplied by Galloway House Estate for the new pages.
There is a new booking system in place with iCal import/export functionality and a flexible set of rules to manage different seasons for different properties with different prices and min/max numbers of nights booking.
The responsive theme (Customised Cubic) does well on small screens and the gallery plugin slots into different viewport widths intelligently. The availability calendar looks elegant on small screens and the instagram feed emphasises the adage of images saying more than words, especially in a tourism-based sector.
Interesting to note that one of the most popular WordPress plugins in the ‘Classic Editor’ which reverts from the Gutenberg blocks model that comes with WP version 5.0 and later. A Vista moment…
Well, that took longer than expected but the Annandale Arms Hotel website for the Moffat tourist destination finally got a makeover in the style of a WordPress conversion from a legacy vbscript content management system. Still comfortable enough on a Windows server with a web.config situation for the permalinks.
The theme is based on SKT Coffee Pro as it was the best fit and includes a simple custom google analytics plugin to maintain the webmaster tools and general google verifications.
The facebook logo link in the header is an font awesome construct using stacked icons which was fun to play with.
Plugins to note are: VenoBox lightbox, Yoast SEO, Shortcodes Ultimate and Custom Facebook Feed with a Contact Form 7 including google recaptcha integration for peace of mind in this modern day and age. The facebook bridging has long been key to the business profile.
Finally and almost presumptiously, the website is finally responsive and renders well on ubiquitous smartphones and tablets. Bargain.
Responsive wordpress theme development for iLoaded.com Creative Marketing & Video Production based on the TwentySeventeen parent theme. Some customised template parts and a Wufoo form plugged in. CSS bug-bears with the dark overriding parent template option which isn’t found in the usual style.css.
Collapsible content supported by plugins; making use of the <video> tag for playing mp4 videos (and plugin support to grab poster screen images); use of column shortcodes to manage layout on selected pages;
Recent coffee-shop-based session with Equilibry in Edinburgh resulted in a high-caffeine transfer of ideas, information and procedural learnings. The CyberChimps parallax theme (WordPress) was a good fit and we were able to work through the tasks with 2 tablet devices.
The sports therapy and remedial massage website can now be client-managed with more control and confidence, with pleasing results on phones and tablets (although the parallax effect reverts to static background image on some devices)
Much more user-friendly system now in place for Gems the Jewellers so that staff can edit and update second-hand jewellery stock online quickly and without fuss. Still tender from previous experiences from earlier web and ecommerce solutions, this woocommerce based approach in a wordpress framework is restoring some faith in digital business.