Websites

Sales Generated From Kevil’s WordPress

A blustery and ultimately snow swept moment at Torquay marina earlier, photographing Kevil’s Amigo BMW café racer. I think this one is going to a warmer place, Bolivia.

Anyway, nice to hear that the new WordPress website (by Design Credo) has already supplied a new commission for Kev, let’s look forward to a warmer shoot for that one.

The new Kevil’s website was launched over the Christmas period and Kev has only recently returned from a break in Cuba so it is satisfying to see sales start so early in the year,

Customer Feedback

It’s nice when out of the blue one gets an email to ask if it is ok to mention something like this in a post? So, to Stuart from H3D, his words, I had nothing to do with it. I guess the only thing he didn’t mention was that after we set the framework up Stuart did all of the leg-work of populating the pages;

What to do with the (old) H3D web site?

Andrew Butler from Design Credo said.

‘Stuart, I hope you don’t mind me saying, the work on your web site is great, (he was letting me down slowly) but the site is a bit …… well; disappointing.’

‘It is just a portfolio site really.’ Was my rather weak reply.

Ok I knew it hadn’t been updated for a while and it was kind of static. But Andrew’s comment and especially the “disappointing” word sealed the deal. I had heard the truth and something had to be done.

But what?

We mainly design exhibition stands – the office is in South West UK on the Devon Cornwall border. Our clients are based all over the UK, some in Europe, some in the USA. We design and build for events all over the world. But there are other things we do as well and they should at least have a mention on the site. Shouldn’t they?

Deciding the old website needed throwing away was a simple decision, but the horrid task of deciding what it was replaced with was to come. Designing for other people and companies is so easy compared with DIY (Design It Yourself). Then there are all of the new must haves. A blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to name a few. How does all of this stuff fit together and how do I make it all work? What to include? What tone should it and any writing have?

I wrote a list and drew a plan for the new site. Feeling very pleased with myself I took it to Andrew at Design Credo.

Andrew politely looked it over and then started from scratch. There was so much I had to learn.

The site is now done. Well, I say “done” but it will never really be done. It is an evolving animal with great potential. Andrew has been my sherpa up the mountain. He knew everything about the journey, but I had to walk it if I was ever going to continue alone. Dangerous tracks I was about to walk down had diversion signs placed at their start. Baggage was searched and thinned down. Encouragement was provided when the going got tough.

Going live was reaching the summit. Walking down and carrying on in the real world is now mainly my job. Although I still receive the odd call out of the blue with an encouraging word or sometimes a wrap on the knuckles.

If you need a new web site or even if you think you don’t … go and see Andrew Butler.

Oh, and I suppose I should also mention. Andrew has sorted out the site hosting, made our email work properly, is giving ongoing SEO training and will soon be doing the same for my wife’s new business. With my chosen searches H3D now features on the front page of Google and I can do the same for my clients and their projects.

Did We Mention Design Credo’s New Site?

When this WordPress site first started it was a bit of a plaything, we used it to test ideas, plugins sometimes a bit of a mess-around; we are still P1 on a Google search for Beyoncé+Exeter.

And sometimes we showed how success could bite; our Don’t Call Me Shortly caused so much interest that we set up a Tumblr to offer a soft landing place for people to bounce to.

Now it is time for a new Design Credo WordPress website.

A Tighter Focus

Earlier in 2012 we set up the new AndrewButler.net site to offer a better platform to view (and sell) our photography. We are pleased to report that December 2012 was both the highest viewing month for the photography site as well as the month with the greatest total number of visits for both sites.

This site is intended to provide a much tighter focus for the design related aspects of our work.

Work In Progress

The new Design Credo site is deliberately stripped down and simplified. Built on a responsive WordPress platform it will display differently on various viewing platforms such as smart-phones, tablets and full sized screens. We are still uploading folio items so don’t expect this site not to change over the coming days and months.

New WordPress Website for Kevil’s

Exeter based Design Credo are proud to announce the launch of a new WordPress website for Paignton based BMW custom bike builder Kevil’s Speed Shop.

When we first met Kev Hill he had just commissioned a website but in a brief time the site had become more of a liability than an asset by failing to communicate the sheer quality of his product. The old site can be viewd here.

The new Design Credo website has been designed to offer a good visual presentation of the bikes created by Kevil’s whilst also allowing a more detailed examination of the quality of the paint, parts and fabrication. The site is based on a responsive WordPress framework meaning that it will present differently on various viewing platforms such as tablets, smart-phones and of course full sized screens.
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New WordPress Site for H3D Exhibition Design

Stuart Hookway designs exhibitions, these are stunning, bright, engaging; sadly his old website wasn’t and Stuart knew it. Actually once you delved into the site there was evidence of Stuart’s tremendous abilities but they didn’t exactly ‘jump out’. Further to this the old site seems to have existed for many years without Google actually knowing about it.

More Than Just a Site

This has been a slightly unusual job for us, Stuart is after all a fine graphic designer in his own right so this is a situation where we work alongside in almost a consultancy role. Most of the content on the site has been prepared and uploaded by Stuart, this is how a WordPress site should work after all.

Design Credo have prepared the ground and:

  • Hosted the WordPress
  • Helped the customer set up a new email provision
  • Set the boundaries of the site and clarified its aims
  • Helped plan a suitable site-structure
  • Offered WordPress training
  • Advised about content specs for the site
  • Prepared graphics
  • Offered SEO training
  • Ensured proper visibility to major search engines

This list could go on.

The site is still being developed, Stuart is loving the involvement and is looking to engage his clients in the story. The next steps will be to develop the news section and utilise the the ease of syndication of these stories via:

  • Facebook
  • Linkedin
  • Twitter

WordPress Website For Park5 by Exeter’s Design Credo

Exeter website design company Design Credo have created a new WordPress website to promote the modern office suites available for rent at Park5 near the M5 J30 Exeter.

Park5 benefits from a superb location at the gateway to Exeter with a great proximity to: transport routes, local commerce on Sowton, local facilities.

Karen Brookes-Ferrari has again joined the Design Credo team working on copy and content. Companies involved in the overall project include Tiger Developments, Alder King and Haarer Goss.

The WordPress platform is used to allow the clients access to regularly update the site with news and developments. Search engine optimisation is of vital importance to any site; WordPress based sites perform very well in searches. In a competitive market a site that can be found by search engines will ultimately reap dividends. As part of the upgrade search engine (301) re-directs are of course set up to link old page addresses to the new ones.