The Flower Patch Company

The Flower Patch Company

March 2009

The requirement was to design and build a content managed site in order to advertise their business. They'd had a poor experience with a previous designer and I was glad to help restore their confidence in web designers!

Zoë and Alex had specific ideas about the colours they wanted, based on their logo, and these were incorporated into the design. I produced a user guide that explained how to use the content management system, allowing them to update the pages in the site, including news items and a gallery of some of their flowers.

Note: This site was completely redesigned in November 2010.

The Colorectal Clinic site:

The Colorectal Clinic

March 2009

The requirement was to design and build a content managed site on which to promote this clinic, based in Droitwich. It was important that the site looked professional and was informative.

I produced a user guide that explained how to use the content management system. I'm still working with the client, helping them with the system and with ways to improve their ranking in the major search engines such as Google.

Sculpture by Sarah Cotterill:

Sculpture by Sarah Cotterill

Updated February 2009

I designed a site for Sarah back in 2007. The original design has been adapted, in collaboration with Sarah. Additional features have been incorporated into the website. These include:

  • A content management system
  • Payment via PayPal for sculpture courses run by Sarah
  • A new and improved guestbook

Paradigm Collective site:

Paradigm Collective

December 2008

Jill, a management consultant, had a bad experience with another website designer, who has since gone out of business. As a consequence she had an unfinished site that she could not update.

Jill wanted her site to look different from other management consultant websites, with a particular emphasis on nature. We went through a number of possible website designs before settling on the finished design.

nhb photo gallery site:

nhb photo gallery

October 2008

Nigel Bruen wanted to create an interactive photo gallery, where he could display his many photographs. He had some specific ideas about how he wanted his site to look, together with a simple method that would allow visitors to rate his images. The highest rated images would then appear on a separate page within the website.

As with the other image galleries I have built, I used the open-source image gallery ZenPhoto. This I then customised to fit Nigel's particular requirements.

Dovetails by Design site:

Dovetails By Design

September 2008

Dovetails By Design is the company name for furniture designed by Amanda Morrice. I was asked to build a site to display her furniture, with the ability to update the images of her furniture herself. Hence, her website incorporates a picture gallery, designed specifically to Amanda's requirements.

Gables Bed and Breakfast site:

Gables Bed and Breakfast

June 2008

Gables B&B had an existing site, which was looking rather dated and required refreshing, with a new look and with new pictures. The first step was to arrange a photographer to take some pictures of the B&B, to present it in the best light. Working closely with the B&B owner, Janette, we put together a site that used these pictures to the full. This included an image gallery where users can scroll through the various pictures.

I arranged for the domain and hosting to be transferred to our own hosting package, which is significantly cheaper than what they were previously being charged. I have enhanced the text of the site for search engine optimisation, to ensure that it appears high up the search engine listings.

Barbara Mitra site:

Dr. Barbara Mitra

May 2008

Dr. Mitra is a lecturer at Worcester University. She required a website to display her research into television advertising and its effect on primary school age children. The site had to be updateable by herself and allow people to make comments about her research, hence a content management sytem was built. The chosen design was based on a television screen.

The site is now up and running and Dr. Mitra is beginning to add content to it.

Mary Marsh site:

Mary Marsh Furniture

May 2008

Mary Marsh asked me to design and build a new website for her, that she could update herself, in particular to be able to add pictures of her work. Consequently, a content management (CMS) and image gallery were developed.

The purpose of the site is to show off the furniture that Mary makes, as well as telling potential customers something about the process involved.

James Gledhill Furniture site:

James Gledhill Furniture

April 2008

James Gledhill is a designer/maker of contemporary hardwood furniture. He wanted a simple, elegant site on which he could display his furniture. A holding page has quickly been put in place, whilst the design of the site proper was done.

James had a clear idea of the exact look and feel that he was after. My task was to turn this vision into reality, ensuring that this look was maintained across all browsers and operating systems.

Jackie Harris Glass site:

Jackie Harris Glass

April 2008

Jackie Harris is a designer/maker of contemporary glass work. Her only presence on the internet was through a commercial site where she sold some of her glassware. She wanted a site where people could find out a bit more about herself, the glassware she produces and the process involved.

The finished site uses one of Jackie's pieces as the main part of the design. The website includes a content management system and a picture gallery, thus allowing Jackie to update the content of her site and add pictures of new items as soon as they are made.

Mitra Jenkins family site:

Mitra Jenkins Family

October 2007

The Mitra Jenkins family required a new site that would allow all the family to maintain and update it regularly. In particular was the desire to add photographs quickly and easily.

The solution was a content management system (CMS) that included a photo gallery.

The content management system was based upon Snews, a freely available CMS based on PHP and MySQL. The photo gallery used was ZenPhoto, which again is free to use and utilizes PHP and MySQL.

Gavin Davidge Furniture:

Gavin Davidge Furniture

June 2007

Gavin Davidge had recently started a new career as a maker of fine furniture. He wanted a simple and elegant looking site on which to advertise his pieces. An additional requirement was that he could have a news page that he could update himself.

The solution was a content management system. This allows Gavin to update the whole of his site, including a portfolio page for images of his pieces.

The Shorthand Place

May 2007

The client had been working with another web design company and was disappointed with the service he was getting and the quality of the site itself. The requirement was to create a new 'look and feel' for The Shorthand Place, whilst also providing the client with a friendly, one-to-one relationship. A number of possible styles were considered, with the chosen one then being tweaked to the client's satisfaction.

The Fold

February 2007 - updated February 2008

When The Fold® web site was initially built, its prime purpose was to be an online presence to attract people to The Fold® itself, which had only just opened.

Over time the site has developed and expanded, with regular updates. Consequently, we agreed that it would be preferable to allow the content of the site to be managed by The Fold®. The benefits for this are twofold; firstly, updates can be made immediately without having to contact Top Spin Web Design and secondly, the long term costs will be lower. The new content managed site is now up and running.

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