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Callisti is a small online marketing and website hosting and development company, helping local businesses with online marketing and website management services. Callisti is based in Dumfries, South West Scotland and is currently a non-expansionist company.

Lochanview Log Cabins

Lochanview Log Cabins

Migration of another traditional VBScript site to WordPress was always going to happen for this busy and established self catering holiday log cabin website. This website came to life around a bespoke booking system called “Guest Register” and had been kept going on running repairs to cope with various changes brought about by changes in PCI Compliance, changes to payment gateways protocols and changes in how people use the web.

Log Cabin holiday accommodation

GuestRegister - Smart Hotel Booking Software

The WordPress site allows for the Hotel Booking plugin functionality for both Log Cabins and unifies two historical systems which had dealt with website content and booking administration separately. The built in iCal feed import/export is able to link with existing third party booking providers.

What helped the transition was the parallel use of the .co.uk and .com domains for email and website respectively. This has now been streamlined but had allowed a convenient environment for testing development of the new site and leaving the previous site able to continue with business.

No more Windows Servers!

Southerness Holiday Cottages

Southerness Holiday Cottages

It’s been refreshing to have a run of updates and websites with similar aims, so Southerness Holiday Cottages is very much in-keeping with the Highlight/Mesmerize WordPress theme combination for a user-friendly framework, and the EverlightBox and Final Tiles Grid Gallery for image display.

Southerness Holiday Cottages

Another nice simple plug-in is the LoginPress – Customizing the WordPress Login which makes for an identifiable admin “back-of-house” entrance.

The website is a starter site, a “brochure site” if you will, for an existing self-catering property business on the Solway coast of Dumfries and Galloway but this web presencing is now fully within the control of the business. Further developments are now possible to suit the business needs as the channel becomes established.

Dumfries Limo

Dumfries Limo

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.

Hotel Website Upgrade

Hotel Website Upgrade

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.

annandale-arms-hotel-moffat-blog

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.

Tantrum Events

Tantrum Events

Personalised Balloon Deco Bubbles now for sale online with this WooCommerce-based upgrade to the Dumfries-based Tantrum Events decor provider. This is a revamped responsive WordPress website tailored for tablets and with more emphasis on images being the main focus of the products and services.

The site uses the now familiar EverLightBox and Final Tiles Grid Gallery plug-ins for lightbox support, as well as Instagram Feed to fit with what’s already a work-flow, and Order Delivery Date to help with order pick-ups in the WooCommerce setup.

Galloway House Estate

Galloway House Estate

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.

Big tall image - High Lodge - Galloway House Estate

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…

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