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Website Re-Design Goes Live

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design is pleased to say that the re-design and re-branding of the website for Aberleri Cottages is now live for all to see. I built their original website many years ago – in 2007 to be precise. It was still functioning well and doing the job it was intended to do, but a recent re-decoration and re-vamp of the cottages themselves meant that they were now appealing to a wider market, and were especially being marketed at families into the Great Outdoors. Mountain Bikers and Walkers are being specifically catered for with a new drying room, bike wash facilities and workshop. With this in mind it was time to update the website, and make both the content and the look and feel more appropriate to the new market demographic.

The new website is more modern in design but hopefully with a timeless appeal, it is also a little more refined and up-market than before and now really lets the photos do the talking. My clients love it which is always a god thing, and I’m pleased with it too.

Website Re-design

Website Re-design

PayPal Shopping Feature

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

I have been busy these last few weeks. Lots of new websites built and plenty of updates for existing customers too. The latest of which was adding a shopping cart feature to an existing site so that my client could sell Klikety Klik boxes online.

“The “Klikety Klik” is a gift box handmade in South Africa entirely from recycled plastic drink bottles, although these Eco-chic boxes are beautiful enough to be the gift themselves. Add potpourri, jewelry or your favorite delicacy and you have a totally unique package that will delight anyone.”

I did offer to add a full-blown eCommerce solution to the existing site but also explained how my client could easily add PayPal ‘Add to Cart’ buttons to the site herself using the Content management System that controls her site. She decided not to go with the full-featured eCommerce site and was going to save money by adding the buttons herself. However, in the end she commissioned me to add the buttons and build the shop page for her and set up her PayPal account, postage options and such like so that everything would work smoothly.  The shop page is now ready to go so hopefully her ‘Klikety Klik’ boxes will be flying off the shelves.

Klikety Klik Shop

Klikety Klik Shop

Clothing eCommerce Website

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design is delighted to have recently started work on the second project as part of the Rhayader Vibrant Towns project. A project to help businesses local to Rhayader in Mid Wales. Hot on the heels of the website for The Lost Arc, the first site I started work on as part of this project, I’ve now started work on a second website for a clothing retail company in the town

Camenna Clothing sell is a family run business selling quality designer children’s clothing. They started out with a small market stall and and now run from a shop in the market town of Rhayader. Their new website will launch them to the world on the internet.

The website’s originally commissioned for these projects were to be fairly simple website built to certain specifications, but for this project an eCommerce solution was necessary so the site being built will contain an online shop catalogue and full eCommerce shopping cart facilities. There will be a few additional pages but the majority of the site will be geared towards the presentation and selling of their clothing products. The shop owner’s will of course be able to add and edit products and categories via an easy to use admin panel. The admin panel will also allow them to adjust setting such as shipping rates, create discount coupons and of course track orders and customers. It will also allow them to add and edit pages and new posts too.

Once again I’m working to a fairly tight deadline on this project, so have already developing the main parts of the website. I’m now waiting for suitable content and photos from the clients so that I can get the site ready for release sometime soon.

Property Rental Website in Aberystwyth

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design has just completed work on a new website for property rental. Based just outside Aberystwyth, Nanteos Farm Lettings comprises of a courtyard of sympathetically converted 2 bedroomed cottage type properties in a quiet picturesque setting. These attractive properties are well presented, and are available furnished or partly furnished, with ample safe parking for all vehicles.

The new website is a brochure style website that reflects the character of the buildings and the nature of the intended clients. It is modern, clean and easy to use and provides a description of each of the properties available, along of course with contact details and some information about the local area.

It’s always nice to do repeat work for clients and this is the second website I’ve built for this client, who once again seems over the moon with the results.

Nanteos Farm Lettings Website Design

Nanteos Farm Lettings Website Design

Website Design for The Lost Arc in Rhayader

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

As part of the Rhayader Vibrant Towns project Pixelwave Design has been commissioned to build websites for several business in Mid Wales town of Rhayader.

I’ve already built a proof of concept website for the project allowing staff to show prospective businesses what they could have, and have now started work on a new Content Management System based website for The Lost Arc.

The Lost Arc have been busy converting the old Tannery building in Rhayader, with the intention of taking it back to its musical roots – re-establishing the main hall as a music venue and a cinema. There will also be a cafe in the building serving  seasonal quality food using locally sourced produce.

The website I’m building for them will promote the venue, it’s events and the cafe and also record the history of the project as it develops. The site will be based on a Content Management System allowing staff at The Lost Arc to update the site whenever they wish. They’ll be able to add new pages, update event listings and keep a weblog, all through an easy to use admin panel.

I’m working to a fairly tight deadline on this project, so already have the main parts of the website in place. I’m now just waiting for suitable content and photos from the clients so that I can get the site ready for release sometime soon.

Website Design for Welsh Village Communities

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design has recently started work on an exciting new project for various local village communities.

Village Community Website Design

Village Community Website Design

As part of the Pentir Pumlumon initiative, various community councils in the The North Ceredigion uplands are having their online presence improved. The North Ceredigion Uploads covers an area around the top ends of Rheidol and Ystwyth Valleys and includes the villages of Capel Bangor, Cwm Rheidol, Goginan, Ponterwyd, Devil’s Bridge, Cwm Ystwyth, Pontrhydygroes, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ffair Rhos, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Lledrod, Llanilar, Llanafan and surrounding countryside.

Some of the community councils here have had websites in the past, but they have become out of date and are rarely updated. Those that are joining the new project will have new Content Management System based websites that will be easy to update and maintain and therefore hopefully the content will remain relevant and of use to visitors at all times. As part of the website build process Pixelwave Web Design will be providing tuition and support in use of the CMS to the various councillors to help with the process of keeping the websites up to date. Pixelwave Web Design will also provide ongoing support.

The websites themselves will be simple affairs in order to quickly and easily display the information that members of these communities need to access. This will also ensure that the website are easy to use for both the website visitors and the websites administrators and editors too. All sites within the project will have a similar look and feel to provide consistency between them and to aid collaboration between the various village communities.

The villages signed up to the project so far are Devils’ Bridge, Trawsgoed and Ponterwyd. Their new websites should go live soon, and hopefully others will be joining them in the future

Seaside Cottage Website Redesign

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

A client of mine for whom I built a website many years ago to promote their rental holiday cottages in Ynyslas have recently re-furnished the cottages and have lots of new photos to add to their site. I was going to simply update the site as I usually do, but it was looking a little dated and with the refurbishment of the cottages the website was no longer targeted at quite the right audience.

It was therefore time for a bit of a re-brand and a re-design of the website.

A quick meeting with the clients was arranged and before long we had a plan of action and some ideas for the new site. It’s going to be a complete rebuild of the site with a whole new look a feel. More modern, more information and a nice contemporary feel to really show off the high quality of the properties available for rent.

I haven’t quite started on the site yet but I have a plan so can’t wait to get cracking with it. Watch this space for updates on this new website design project.

Website Design for Property Letting in Wales

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Pixelwave Web Design is pleased to have recently started work on a new website design project for a family run property letting near Aberystwyth in Wales.

The clients have already had one website built by Pixelwave Web Design for a holiday cottage rental in Cwmystwyth and have now returned to my services for this new project.

Based just outside of Aberystwyth, the lettings are delightful cottage type properties in a quiet picturesque area. Based around a courtyard there are 8 award winning barn conversion properties in total, comprising sympathetically converted 2 bedroomed cottage properties. They are available furnished or partly furnished, with ample safe parking for all vehicles. Ideal for professional couples, single persons or post graduates who are seeking accommodation of quality in a quiet and relaxing area, conveniently situated near Aberystwyth.

The website will be a brochure style website highlighting the features of the properties available for let. It will reflect the character of the properties and provide valuable information and photographs for people seeking a rental property in the area.

I’ve started work on the basic layout and have some content ready for the site as well as plenty of photographs so hopefully it won’t be long before I can show the client the fruits of my labours, but for now here’s a sneak preview.

Website Design Sneak Peak

Website Design Sneak Peak

Website Re-Design for Forestry Project

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Pixelwave Web Design has recently completed a website re-design for a Welsh Forestry Project. I built the original site for them back in 2010 and have been working on the site ever since. Recently they wanted a bit of an update though so their site has been entirely re-designed to include features such as:

  • A Responsive Layout that responds to the screensize the site is being viewed upon and adjusts the layout accordingly providing a more appropriate experience for those viewing the site on mobile devices.
  • Customisable menus from within the Content Management System
  • Facebook Feed
  • Twitter Feed
  • EU Cookie notification
  • A Cleaner more modern design

All is up and running with the new design now and the clients seem happy which is always my aim.

Website Re-Design

Website Re-Design

Educational Books Website Design

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
At Educational Books Website Design

At Educational Books Website Design

@ebol Press is an innovative educational children’s publisher that publishes bilingual learning and teaching materials for the home, schools and colleges. They are now extending their catalogue by publishing an inspirational new series of books in English, with a Welsh subject matter.

The new series of English books are designed to inspire children about careers and life choices! ‘Spark’ will comprise of real life stories from those who have been there and done that! This set of five books will include some famous faces to prove that it is not always easy to get what you want in life, sometimes it is a struggle, but the sense of satisfaction when you achieve it is greater when you have worked hard!

Pixelwave Web Design has built a brand new website specifically for this new range of books. The website is intended as both a promotional tool for the new range of books and as a way of presenting additional information for readers of the books. The new books introduce the success of Welsh people in various different aspects of life, such as the entertainment, sport, the business world and even ‘unsung heroes’. They are aimed at 9-11 year old children and the website will reflect this demographic. The website showcases these books and provides supplemental information and activities for readers of the books as well as information for parents.

Built around a Content Management System the website will be easily updated by @ebol staff allowing them to add new content and news items whenever they wish. Although the new website has being designed with the ‘Spark’ range of books in mind it is likely to contain more ranges of books, activities and games in the future so this has being taken into account during the build process. The website will therefore allow for easy expansion so that it can grow with @ebol’s increasing range.