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Allenby Douglas Care Services

Allenby Douglas Care services

Simple website with e-newsletter feature

Allenby Douglas Care Services approached us for their first ever website in 2015. Despite trading for many years, they had developed a strong customer base and didn’t feel they needed a website.

They were also concerned a web designer would not get the tone right, but after seeing our other work they liked our stripped-down, simple approach to websites.

We were under strict instructions to avoid cliches such as pictures of old people, and to produce a site that was simple and easy to use, while conveying the company’s caring philosopy and values and maintaining an understated look.

The site was also to link up to the company’s latest Care Quality Commission report and display other official logos. Of course, the site was ideal for WordPress.

We spoke at length with the directors to ensure we understood the business, and decided to feature a photo of a local view on the homepage, to emphasise the company’s links with the Oswestry area.

We’re pleased to say that, despite the concerns, the website we produced was exactly what the Allenby Douglas team wanted and launched with only minor changes.

E-newsletters and security

The website also features e-newsletters, which saves Allenby Douglas time and money in sending out newsletters to clients via email.

And, to keep up with the latest security standards, the website is secured with an SSL Certificate.

As of 2018, the site is no longer maintained by us.

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The Oak Furniture Shop, Oswestry and Welshpool

The Oak Furniture Shop, OswestryThe Project

The Oak Furniture Shop opened for business in Oswestry, Shropshire, in 2013 and quickly became a roaring success.

Expansion into a bigger floor area, wider range and a second shop in Welshpool meant that the shop’s original website, which had been put together by a local printer, was no longer up to the job.

Owner Jane Rees contacted us after speaking to several other web designers, and chose us for our plain speaking approach and openness on pricing, as well as our previous work.

Working with Jane, we discussed the business and how to portray it, and were able to produce a new website within four weeks.

As usual, the website was built in WordPress with responsive design for mobile devices, and a new feature for all new websites – SSL encryption.

We created a clean design with an easy-to-use and attractive interface, which helps customers find each shop and find out more about the furniture ranges.

On launch the website began attracting new customers to the already successful shops within days.

Thank you so much for making the whole process so straightforward and  uncomplicated . Having been blinded by techno speak by several other companies it has been a refreshing change to not be patronised due to my lack of technical know how..and also to have things how I want them!

Jane Rees, owner The Oak Furniture Shop

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European Railway Atlas

European Railway Atlas

E-Commerce shop for independent publisher with e-newsletter

European Railway Atlas is a niche online shop supplying maps of European railway networks.

Owner Mike Ball began creating the atlas back in the 1980s and over the years saw it grow into a product he could sell online. He set up his own website with a free tool, but after a few years decided it was time for a more professional, integrated website. That’s when he came to us.

We recommended a solution based on WordPress and WooCommerce, with some important customisations, complex worldwide postage rules and PayPal integration.

Customised physical and digital products

The core product was an all Europe atlas, backed by a series of more detailed editions for each country. Customers buying a map would get not only a physical copy of the map, but a PDF digital copy of it for use on phones and other devices.

Digital products can be a minefield and Mike wanted to avoid unauthorised copying and sharing of his digital maps. We were able to set up a system where, on purchase the customer would be sent a download link to the PDF file.

That link would allow the file to be accesed a limited amount of times within a limited period. The digital map was also stamped with the customer’s email address and purchase date, to further discourage copying.

All of this had to be as automated as possible, with everything triggered by a customer buying a product. The shop does everything except for packaging the maps and sending them out!

But it does produce printable invoices and packaging slips.

E-mail marketing and SSL Security

An essential part of any online shop is e-mail marketing and we included this in the project. E-mail marketing is a great way to bring customers back to an online shop again, letting them know about new products and offering discount codes.

Online shops collect a great deal of personal information, and we ensured the site meets the latest security standards, by securing the website with an SSL Certificate.

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Ellesmere Hotel

Ellesmere Hotel

Hotel website with news and third party bookings integration with Littlehotelier.com

The Ellesmere Hotel is an historic hotel that has always played an important part in the history and life of the Shropshire town of Ellesmere.

For several years it had been a pub, but its owners decided in 2015 to renovate it and re-open as a hotel serving holidaymakers and business travellers.

The owners came to us through a recommendation and asked us to create a new website for them that helped promote the town of Ellesmere as well as the hotel, and allowed people to enquire about accommodation.

The site features stunning photography from local photographer Sue Austin.

It also had a news section that allows the owners to easily update the site with new events.

The site launched in mid 2016 and we later added bookings integration with Littlehotelier.com.

And, to keep up with the latest security and privacy standards, the website is secured with an SSL Certificate.

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