COVID-19 Redesign

This popular tapas and cocktail bar in Hastings Old Town needed to quickly and cheaply deploy a new website to reflect their diversification in these crazy, un-certain times.

So they called us in and we set about creating an online shop for them using WooCommerce.

CakePHP Migration

We were contacted to see if we could help with two interconnected, bespoke websites developed with a CakePHP backend and a WordPress frontend.

The end goal was to move the site from slow cloud hosting to a Centos virtual private server whilst upgrading PHP, CakePHP, MySQL and WordPress as far as possible, identifying and eradicating bugs and generally cleaning up the filesystem.

This project was extremely challenging due to the complicated nature of the migration but the sites are now being happily hosted on the new VPS and is much, much faster!

Development of Artist’s Gallery Shop

It was a great honour to have been asked to re-develop this website. The artist Danny Pockets sadly lost his fight with cancer earlier in the year.

His website had been developed with classic ASP and had security holes that were allowing hackers to compromise it.

We chose to use the WordPress plugin WooCommerce to replace the online shop with the default theme, Twenty Seventeen as the foundation for this project. We applied design changes (most prominently the header slider) retrospectively using our plugin “Options for Twenty Seventeen” and other bespoke code.

The result is a website that is future-proofed through its use of a theme that will be supported for many years to come.

Development of Estate Agent Website

We were set the task of developing a secure front end to a large chain of estate agents in the south east for them to promote their large portfolio of properties to their customers.

We created a website that exactly matched their design and feature requirements which hooked into their existing property management software which allowed their new properties and amended property details to be automatically displayed on the website without any requirement for them to have to do so themselves!

Responsive Videos

Here’s a website we’ve just completed for the Queen of Horror Festival in Hastings, www.pittofhorror.com.

Aside from being completely responsive, working on multiple devices and screen sizes, one of the features of this site that we like is the video on the homepage.

Zurb Foundation create a lovely wrapper for Vimeo and YouTube videos to make them responsive (they stretch and shrink to fit the size of the screen being used) whilst WordPress has a great feature that auto-embeds videos by just pasting the video link into the post or page.

We have combined these two features with a simple bit of PHP that adds the responsive wrapper to the auto-embedded videos. If you want to use it in your own WordPress theme, just add this code to your functions.php file in your theme …

add_filter(’embed_oembed_html’, ’embed_flex_video’, 99, 4);
function embed_flex_video($html, $url, $attr, $post_id) {
return ‘<div class=”flex-video”>’ . $html . ‘</div>’;
}