Below is a small selection of the web sites we have designed and built recently.
European Law Monitor is a not-for-profit online service providing information on EU legislation, policies and procedures. In addition to generalised free information services, European Law Monitor undertakes fee based legal research and consultancy.
European Law Monitor is also the Europe Direct Relay for Hampshire, and in this role runs local conferences and seminars which require the creation of additional micro-sites and event sites.
We were involved with European Law Monitor from its inception - we helped develop the initial business and funding plans, prepared the original site specification, and project managed the build of the first site. This was built by JK Internet in Newbury and based on the Windows .NET platform. The service was originally envisaged as a commercial subscription and research funding model, but new opportunities for grant and government funding provided by the new Community Interest class of company (CIC) changed that.
European Law Monitor converted to a CIC in 2005 and has since been part funded as a Europe Direct by the European Commission. The information services subsequently became free access, and a new site with a different specification was required. The new site was built by us using the Mambo CMS, later upgraded to Joomla. The site includes several major add-ons, such as a forum, events calendar, RSS feeds, and advertising management components.
The site was nominated for a New Statesman New Media Award in 2006, and now has over 2,500 pages and delivers over 50,000 page views per month.
We continue to provide a full range of support services for the site: technical support, SEO, paid search management, and content management.
FotoFlite is the world's largest library of marine aerial photos in the world.
The FotoFlite aircraft are out on every suitable flying day photographing shipping in the English Channel and North Sea, and, when appropriate, further afield to the Baltic and Mediterranean, and the FotoFlite image library now consists of over 1/2 million images extending back into the late 1940s.
The brief for this site was to create a new e-commerce site for the library, and involved merging some 330,000 database records into the site database, and preparing and watermarking the 120,000 images then digitised. The ultimate aim is to have all 500,000 images digitised and loaded into the database for online purchase.
The site is based on the Joomla CMS, and the image library and e-commerce facility using the VirtueMart eCommerce component. With over 350,000 records, this is probably the largest VirtueMart implementation in the world, and the site delivers over 50,000 page views per month, which we think proves the durability and scaleability of the the Joomla / VirtueMart combination, to say nothing of the MySQL database that sits behind it!
As you might expect from the name, Kornafix supply self adhesive corners and pockets for use in the print finishing industry and throughout the stationery market.
The requirement was for a simple e-commerce site with a low cost payment gateway. The is built in Joomla with the VirtueMart eCommerce component, and uses the NoChex payment system.
Ongoing promotional activities include SEO and Pay per Click advertising.
Wavelength Designs is a specialist dinghy sailmaker and spar manufacturer. This site is a simple online catalogue site without e-commerce functionality (although this could be easily added retrospectively if required).
Originally built in Mambo, the site was migrated to Joomla as part of the service contract, and the catalogue functionality retrospectively added using the VirtueMart component.
Wavelength caters for a specialist niche dinghy sailing market, and is well known in the field, consequently the site does not need extensive SEO, but it is important to be visible for the company name and its core services. After the initial optimisation, this was achieved.