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This section of the Pixelwave Web Design website allows you to keep up to date with the latest news. New website design articles, project updates and other website desgn information. It is updated regularly so check back often.

Aberystwyth Health Research Website Goes Live

March 9th, 2017

The new website for WARU – The Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit – at Aberystwyth University that I’ve been working on is now live. The launch day for the unit is fast approaching so press releases and marketing materials were being sent out. These had the website address on them so it was a race against time to get something up on the website as soon as possible.

The basics are now in place, the design and layout is looking good. The bilingual aspects of the site are in place and working well and so far it has been well received by everyone involved. There will be more content, more pages and more information being added to it soon. It was of course a bit of a challenge to get the site up and running so quickly but having virtually free-reign over the design helped as there wasn’t too much ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ waiting for decisions to be made and preferences to be expressed. I could just get on with it, making decisions as I went and adhering to the ideas that I had for the website design.

The website is based on a Content Management System so will allow for easy updating of the site by staff at the Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit. I will also be making updates for them here at Pixelwave Web Design.

The bilingual nature of the site is also easy to manage thanks to translation management software that has been added to the Content Management System. This makes adding and editing content in both languages easy and automates much of the process of organising this content within the website so that there is a consistent experience for the end user whichever language they are viewing the site in.

It’s good to be a part of this exciting project and I’m looking forward to seeing it grow as the Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit gets underway.

WARU Website Design

WARU Website Design

Website Design for Health Research Unit

March 7th, 2017

Pixelwave Web Design has recently started work on a brand new website for a Health and Well-being Research Unit.

WARU Website Design

WARU Website Design

WARU, the Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit is being set up as an initiative within IBERS, the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. Their new website will be aimed at promoting the unit, presenting the research that is taking place within the unit and detailing the projects that are associated with it. The website is also intended as a recruitment tool, encouraging organisations and individuals to get involved with the research projects within WARU.

I’m excited to be a part of this project and have already started work on the website as it will be running to some tight deadlines. The official Launch Day of the Well-being and Health Assessment Research Unit is looming fast so the website needs to be ready to go in it’s basic form by then. The website itself will be based on a Content Management System allowing various members of staff at WARU to edit and update the site whenever needed. This will be achieved through an easy to use but fully featured admin panel.

As WARU is associated with Aberystwyth University there will be various branding regulations to adhere to but I have otherwise been given free reign with regards to the design and layout of the website. The website will also have to be fully bilingual and therefore will need a translation management tool built into the Content Management System.

Work is already underway on the new website design for WARU and the initial site should be released soon so watch this space.

Website Design for Pharmaceutical Consultant

January 25th, 2017

Pixelwave Web Design has recently started work on a brand new Web Design project for an independent Pharmaceutical Consultant.

I was approached by this new client after an associate of his (Peter Dewland) directed him to me. I built a website for Peter many years ago and still maintain it for him – not that anything very often changes on it. Peter obviously recommended my services to his colleague and I’m now building a website for him too. The content is very similar as they offer similar services. This however is a brand new design with a much more modern appearance. It also follows all of the latest trends and recommendations in the world of web design and interface design.

It will feature the strengths, services and biography of my client in a professional, easy to sue manner. The site itself will of course be mobile responsive, easy to use and attractive.

I’ve already started work on it so can’t wait to release it to the world. her’s a sneak peak that reveals very little!

Gallery Aberdyfi – Portfolio Website

August 15th, 2016

Pixelwave Web Design has recently completed a bespoke website for Gallery Aberdyfi. The website is built around several portfolio’s allowing the family run business to easily and constantly update the prints, original artwork, canvases and photographs on offer through the gallery.

The design has been optimised to showcase the artwork keeping things easy for the user to navigate and simplifying the maintenance tasks. I hope you like it.

Gallery Aberdyfi Portfolio Website

Gallery Aberdyfi Portfolio Website

Website Design for Gallery Aberdyfi

July 11th, 2016

Pixelwave Web Design is currently in the process of building a new website for The Gallery Aberdyfi. This is a family  art gallery in Aberdovey run by local artists Glyn Davies and Claire Davies. They sell a range of originals and prints, along with a good selection of handmade artwork and giftware from local artists.

The site will contain information on the artists, the gallery and the range of giftware they stock. It will also have several galleries showcasing both the original artwork and the prints available for purchase from the gallery.

Gallery Aberdyfi Website Design

Gallery Aberdyfi Website Design

New Website for Mikes Aerials

March 30th, 2016

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just launched a new website for Mikes Aerials – An Aerial, Sky TV and CCTV installer in the Aberystwyth area. If you live in the area then I’m sure you’ve seen his van around as he seems to be very busy.

His new website is now live, giving visitors an idea of what he can offer, but as an independent Sky TV installer and of course an expert when it comes to aerials, CCTV and all things TV related I’m sure he can help you out. His new web site is clean, fresh and easy to use, and should keep you up to date with his latest news.

New Website Design for Mikes Aerials

New Website Design for Mikes Aerials

Jenny The Potter Website Goes Live

March 24th, 2016

I’m pleased to announce that our most recently built site for the potter Jennifer Hall has just gone live. I’m really pleased with the site as is Jenny as it has all come together just as I envisaged. A nice clean, but attractive website design that is easy to use and easy for her to keep up to date. Keeping it simple has let the photos of her work do the talking. I hope you like it too.

Website Design for Jenny the Potter

Website Design for Jenny the Potter

Mobile Responsive Website Updates

March 18th, 2016

I’ve been busy making a number of clients websites into mobile responsive designs recently.

It’s a well known fact that Google now takes into consideration the way that a website looks on mobile devices and can use the mobile friendliness of a website to determine how well a site will rank within its search engine results pages. As is always the case, when Google changes it’s algorithms many Seo and web design companies scramble to keep up and many cold call website owners offering them solutions and strategies for keeping their sites ranking well. Sometimes these are no more than companies or individuals plying for business. Often the updates and features they are trying to sell aren’t needed and they are almost always overpriced but sometimes their recommendations for your site should be taken seriously and maybe your web developer will be able to help you rather than just accepting the first cold caller that comes calling.

This is what’s been happening here lately. It seems as though a number of my clients who have websites that are a few years or more old have been approached by various companies telling them about Google’s new ‘mobile friendly’ search algorithms and offering to build them new mobile friendly versions of their sites. These clients have then come to me asking what it all means and I’ve been able to explain to them the virtues of a mobile responsive site as opposed to a new and separate mobile friendly site.

A mobile responsive site is simply a site that responds to the screen size that it is being viewed on. In most cases this involves changes to the layout so that the site better fits the restricted viewport of a small device such as a phone. As well as changing the layout of your site somewhat, it also allows you to streamline the site so as to make it load faster and use less bandwidth. This helps keep things working well when a user might be on a slow mobile connection and of course keeps data costs down for them too. As well as changes in layout and data overheads, mobile responsive sites also pay consideration to the user experience by making things easier to tap on when using a touch screen and a finger as opposed to a large screen and a mouse pointer.

Mobile Friendly

Mobile Friendly

There are lots of changes ‘under the hood’ to make a site mobile responsive, but it will have benefits for the visitors to your site and also for the visibility of your site in search engines.

A number of my clients have been asking me to make their site mobile responsive lately so I’ve been busy with these update projects:

100%

100%

There are a couple of others in the horizon ready for update too as soon as I get the go ahead from their owners. Of course, any new sites that I’ve built recently or that I’m currently working on are mobile responsive by default. It’s always nice to get 100% on the Google Mobile Friendly tests!

Website Design for Potter

March 13th, 2016

Busy Busy Busy here at the moment, both at work and play, but in amongst the various updates and tweaks, I have found time to start work on a new website for a Potter based near Rhayader.

Jenny the Potter

Jenny the Potter

So far I think she likes it:

I am loving what I’ve seen so far…. All looking good so far, really pleased.

Website Design for David Lloyd, Aberystwyth

November 26th, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design have just released a new website for Aberystwyth based author, speech coach and former TV presenter David Lloyd. The website introduces his books; ‘Tales of an Aber Lad’ and ‘Start the Clock Cue The Band, offers links for buying the book and of course contains plenty of quotes from his books and reviews from readers including celebrities of the TV world. It also outlines his voice and speech coaching services and provides an agenda for his public speaking engagements.

The site is a dynamic, brochure style site that we are both very pleased with. An easy to read and navigate website always makes for a more pleasing experience and we think this website offers just that. Not too distracting, just clean, interesting and professional. David is very pleased with it too.

The site looks wonderful and very professional.  Already have my first booking for  a talk to the National Trust in Lampeter in March next year

Many thanks

David

As always, it’s good to be releasing new website designs, especially for local Aberystwyth based clients, and great that they are delighted with the results of my work.

David Lloyd Website Design

David Lloyd Website Design