Moving from Wix to WordPress

1st Class Roadmarking asked us to re-develop their existing Wix website as a WordPress site.

Once the site was approved we helped the client retain their existing domain name and email account with email history.

WordPress Hotel Website

We were approached again by the beautiful and historic Mermaid Inn to re-skin their website realising a new design that they had conceived.

The new design has full-screen content and true parallax scrolling imagery.

eBike Hire Website

Here’s a budget website we put together for a local ebike hire company. Our budget sites are built with WordPress which means clients can save money by adding their own content.

Our clients find the WordPress content management system familiar and easily make changes, edit text and upload photos on their website.

Event Management Website Redesign

It was time for a re-design for one of our good friend’s and clients, Dynamic Events.

They were already using WordPress so we were able to “re-skin” the existing site using the default WordPress theme, Twenty Seventeen as the foundation for this project. We applied design changes (most prominently the responsive header video) 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.

Bed and Breakfast Website Redesign

It was time for a re-design for one of our longest standing clients, Jeake’s House.

They were already using WordPress so we were able to “re-skin” the existing site using the default WordPress 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.

Event Management Website Development

We are often contacted by clients who are looking to have their existing website updated with new features and content. This event management company ask precisely this of us and we were able to help update their bespoke theme with all the design and feature changes they required.

Festival Website Development

We’ve recently built a website for Rye’s new Festival of the Sea. This superb new event is the amalgamation of two previously suspended events namely Rye Maritime Festival and Rye Raft Race.

The website shows visitors what the festival is all about, what’s going on and how to get involved.

Action Group Budget Website

This is a website we launched for the Marsh Link Action Group mlag.org.uk

We used an existing WordPress theme which we modified to the client’s requirements so as to keep their development costs to a minimum.

Hotel Theme Modification

The Mermaid Inn asked us to help them with their new WordPress website. They had already chosen an existing responsive theme and required us to guide them through modifying it to their requirements and teaching them how to use the WordPress content management system.

We also integrated their website with OpenTable’s restaurant and Guestline’s accommodation booking engines, developing forms that were aesthetically in tune with their new website.

Responsive Delicatessen Website

Here’s a website we put together for the Rye Deli ryedeli.co.uk

They wanted a way to show the world what they sold with photos and chalk boards.

We setup a host of custom post templates which allowed them to manage their content easily from within the standard WordPress content management system.

Safely Updating WordPress

We are often asked by clients if they can update WordPress core files, plugins and themes themselves. The answer is yes but, to be careful, it’s important to make sure you have made a backup of the WordPress database and filesystem incase something goes wrong and you need to restore your site.

To follow these instructions, we will assume you have the WordPress plugin Simple Backup installed as this is the plugin that our clients find easiest to use.

  1. Sign into the WordPress control panel with a user account that has administrator privileges (The control panel location is usually your website address with /wp-admin/ at the end)
  2. Once in the Dashboard, go to Tools – Backup Manager
  3. If they exist, delete the previous (old) backup files
  4. Click “Create WordPress Backup”
  5. Click “Refresh”
  6. Click “Close”
  7. If the two backup files with today’s date are not showing, wait a few minutes then go to Tools – Backup Manager and check again (and repeat if necessary)
    It is important that you do not continue until you can confirm that both the database and filesystem backups have completed!
  8. Use the links below the two backup files to download them to your computer for safe keeping
  9. Go to Dashboard – Updates
  10. If an updated version of WordPress is available, click “Update Now” You may need to sign back into WordPress when this has completed
  11. Go to Dashboard – Updates once more
  12. If there are plugins to update, click the box to the left of “Select All” then click “Update Plugins”
  13. When finished, click “Return to WordPress Updates”
  14. DO NOT UPDATE YOUR ACTIVE THEME IF YOU HAVE MODIFIED IT!
    If you are unsure about this, do not proceed as updating a modified theme will negate any modifications you have made. If you have not modified your active theme and it has an update OR if an un-modified, inactive theme has an available update, proceed to update the relevant themes.
  15. Visit your website and check that all pages and features are working as expected

Budget Responsive Web Design

Here’s another example of a bespoke, responsive, WordPress website that won’t break the bank. This one template WordPress theme uses Zurb’s Foundation framework and all the features of WordPress to make the content management system as easy to use as possible.

Take a look at the site http://ryechimneysweep.co.uk