V-Twin Mania is founded on a mail order Harley Davidson parts business that has operated since 2004 in Scotland. The new WooCommerce supported website was successfully migrated from an end-of-life server environment and a legacy ecommerce shop running on an OSCommerce 2.3.* version. This presented some specific challenges in preserving and transferring historical data and product information to a new environment.
This is a simple uncluttered design and makes use of some helpful plug-ins for added functionality such as “FiboSearch – AJAX Search for WooCommerce” and “WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips” from the wordpress.org repository.
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.
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.
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.
Recent coffee-shop-based session with Equilibry in Edinburgh resulted in a high-caffeine transfer of ideas, information and procedural learnings. The CyberChimps parallax theme (WordPress) was a good fit and we were able to work through the tasks with 2 tablet devices.
The sports therapy and remedial massage website can now be client-managed with more control and confidence, with pleasing results on phones and tablets (although the parallax effect reverts to static background image on some devices)
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!