It’s hard to write anything without reference to COVID-19 so that gets it out of the way. All things online still continued and Elm Cottage Kippford, a holiday cottage in the south of Scotland brochure website was one of them. A streamlined new look with the popular Cubic theme is very easy to use and administer for new WordPress users, but still relying on the Classic Editor plug-in for that retro feel.
The revamped images of the house and location are what give the greatest effect to the invigorated look and feel and the WordPress 5.5.1 built-in features come into their own including the lazy-load images for the numerous gallery based pages.
It’s been refreshing to have a run of updates and websites with similar aims, so Southerness Holiday Cottages is very much in-keeping with the Highlight/Mesmerize WordPress theme combination for a user-friendly framework, and the EverlightBox and Final Tiles Grid Gallery for image display.
Another nice simple plug-in is the LoginPress – Customizing the WordPress Login which makes for an identifiable admin “back-of-house” entrance.
The website is a starter site, a “brochure site” if you will, for an existing self-catering property business on the Solway coast of Dumfries and Galloway but this web presencing is now fully within the control of the business. Further developments are now possible to suit the business needs as the channel becomes established.
Spring equinox could hardly be celebrated in better style than with a pre-Brexit refresh for the well-established Dumfries Limo website, moving from a VBScript-based content management system, to a new non-Windows-server environment with WordPress and SSL padlock-protection. The look is a variation on the Mesmerize theme and includes a home page media hook that happily shows Youtube clips, mp4 files or a slideshow to showcase some of the Limousines and Cadillacs on offer from the chauffeur-driven service.
Some pages feature dedicated image galleries using Final Tiles Grid Gallery but the native WordPress images don’t readily benefit from the plugin’s lightbox, so the compatible Everlightbox plugin provides a solution that doesn’t interfere. The site is mobile and tablet-friendly and sees the move to v3 recaptcha protection for contact form submissions.
Migration of another traditional VBScript site to WordPress was always going to happen for this busy and established self catering holiday log cabin website. This website came to life around a bespoke booking system called “Guest Register” and had been kept going on running repairs to cope with various changes brought about by changes in PCI Compliance, changes to payment gateways protocols and changes in how people use the web.
The WordPress site allows for the Hotel Booking plugin functionality for both Log Cabins and unifies two historical systems which had dealt with website content and booking administration separately. The built in iCal feed import/export is able to link with existing third party booking providers.
What helped the transition was the parallel use of the .co.uk and .com domains for email and website respectively. This has now been streamlined but had allowed a convenient environment for testing development of the new site and leaving the previous site able to continue with business.
No more Windows Servers!
Personalised Balloon Deco Bubbles now for sale online with this WooCommerce-based upgrade to the Dumfries-based Tantrum Events decor provider. This is a revamped responsive WordPress website tailored for tablets and with more emphasis on images being the main focus of the products and services.
The site uses the now familiar EverLightBox and Final Tiles Grid Gallery plug-ins for lightbox support, as well as Instagram Feed to fit with what’s already a work-flow, and Order Delivery Date to help with order pick-ups in the WooCommerce setup.
This is a refresh of a long-standing holiday cottage rental website, originally built using ASP/VBScript and the move is to a new server with SSL certificate (required these days) and PHP on Apache. The WordPress brand continues to perform with significant content management market share, and sits behind the strong images supplied by Galloway House Estate for the new pages.
There is a new booking system in place with iCal import/export functionality and a flexible set of rules to manage different seasons for different properties with different prices and min/max numbers of nights booking.
The responsive theme (Customised Cubic) does well on small screens and the gallery plugin slots into different viewport widths intelligently. The availability calendar looks elegant on small screens and the instagram feed emphasises the adage of images saying more than words, especially in a tourism-based sector.
Interesting to note that one of the most popular WordPress plugins in the ‘Classic Editor’ which reverts from the Gutenberg blocks model that comes with WP version 5.0 and later. A Vista moment…