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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.

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…

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.

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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.

Kick and Scream – it’s the 21st Century

Kick and Scream – it’s the 21st Century

Big headline, small post. This is the mobile-friendly, responsive, streamlined, wordpressed Douglas House B&B Castle Douglas website. Some gallery action, with custom theme for fixed non-random home page header, custom footer with added widgets registered to hold the TripAdvisor and UKHotels.com bits, and the ubiquitous yet comforting accreditations.

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The contact form is mostly HTML5 happy but has a so-called graceful fallback for non-compliant browsers, in particular for the datepicker. TripAdvisor widgets aren’t particularly responsive but with some sea of consciousness hackery there is always a way.

This tears the site away from some albatros legacies such as totally unnecessary rolling .mobi fees. No longer required. The usual googlification has taken place and there may even be some kind of social media element in future. Go Future!

Clean photography portfolio theme

Clean photography portfolio theme

Martin McNae, the Dumfries photographer‘s new custom wordpress theme is a child of the Portfolio theme, and is one less legacy Drupal website to worry about. Maintenance of wordpress sites is made much easier with the use of child themes and built-in automatic updating of core files to keep security and performance issues at a minimum.

Martin McNae Photography

The photography considerations for this were responsive design to sit well with tablets, smartphones and larger resolution monitors. A private client area for client galleries was constructed using ‘wp-sentry‘, ‘user role editor’ and ‘remove dasboard access’, along with a sidebar login.

Some fun was had with Photocrati (formerly Nextgen) Gallery and image watermarking.

Creative Marketing & Video Production

Creative Marketing & Video Production

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;

 

Remedial Sports Massage in Edinburgh

Remedial Sports Massage in Edinburgh

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)

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