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Website of the Week: London Contemporary Ballet Theatre


This week's website of the week goes to London Contemporary Ballet Theatre. LCBT provides unique and extraordinary artists, pushing the limits of the human body, celebrating originality, creativity, musicality and strength.

Senior Project Manager Lanara started by creating a fully responsive website, using full parallax image panels and a slant effect to mimic the ribbons associated with ballet shoes. The client provided all of the images that feature on the website, meaning that they are genuine and a true representation of the work they carry out and the people involved.

The website features an elegant black and white colour scheme, with each panel as striking as the next. The information is laid out clearly and concisely meaning that people can enjoy the experience of navigating the website with visual aid as well as text.


The website features a website form for people to fill out for enquiries and a panel solely for collaborators and clients in the footer area.

The website design features gallery albums for people to flick through the photographs, and social media icons so that you can like, follow and connect on social media platforms.


The website works as a portfolio to show case the work carried out and to encourage anyone looking to get in touch to go to the contact page and fill out the form.

The website also passes Google's mobile-friendly test with flying colours, meaning that the website is responsive to the device it's being viewed on. This is a must when it comes to people viewing the website on the go!



The client kindly said: "Toolkit are an easy and friendly team and created a perfect product."
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Happy Birthday Internet Explorer!


The widely known Windows-built web browser, Internet Explorer turns 21 today! Since having been released back in 1995, we have seen many different versions of IE, each improving with new Windows updates, but what about the other browsers that are used day in, day out?

As off May this year, the most used browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.

Over 50% of us use Google Chrome to browse the web. Chrome was actually released on the 2nd September 2002, but only entered the ‘top 5 used browsers’ in September 2008. Since then, Chrome has seen a monthly increase in its percentage of users, finally overtaking Firefox and becoming the most popular browser in March 2012.

Mozilla Firefox is only a couple of weeks younger than Google Chrome, with a release date of 23rd September 2002, however Firefox took a faster path in becoming number one, taking the majority of the market for the first time at the beginning of 2009.

Safari, Apple’s web browser is actually the youngest of the top 5, released on the 1st January 2003, while Opera, by Opera Software, is the eldest. Opera’s 21st Birthday was back in April this year.

Although many of us may not remember browsing the web in the 90s, before Internet Explorer was a browser called ‘Netscape Navigator’.  Netscape still held its title in the top 5 browsers 12 years after its initial release and finally dropped below the top 5 at the end of 2006.

Here at Toolkit HQ, we use Mozilla Firefox. Although our CMS, The Toolkit, works in all web browsers, The Toolkit performs its best in Firefox as this is the browser we built it in. It’s hard to say why we chose to build The Toolkit in Firefox, but it may simply be due to Firefox being the most popular browser at the time.

Jumping back onto the age of browsers, Support Team members Megan, Will and Adam, Project Manager Natasha and Junior Web Developer Tom are all younger than Internet Explorer, while Senior Web Developer, Jamie remembers using CompuServe on dial-up internet in the 90s! Now that Internet Explorer is being replaced with Microsoft Edge, it's the end of an era and the beginning of something new!

*Figures are rounded for the purpose of the chart, data collected from W3 Schools
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Website of the Week: Decimus Design



This week's website of the week goes to Decimus Design. Decimus Design is an architectural practice based in south west London.

Senior Project Manager Lanara started by creating a fully responsive website, using full background images and graphical icons for the home page. The client took and provided all of the high-resolution images that feature on the website, meaning that they are genuine and a true representation of the work they carry out and materials they use.

The website uses strong imagery, and the website colour scheme is neutral in order to let the images take centre stage. Each page is designed uniquely, and the gallery layout is easy for people to pick out projects they want to view more of.

The website features a website form for people to fill out for enquiries and a Google map for the location of the business.


The website design features hover over effects on the projects page, which adds a bit of elegance and class to the feel of the website. The overall effect is that it's very high end, and the projects are of a high quality.

The website works as a portfolio to show case the work carried out and to encourage anyone looking to get in touch to go to the contact page and fill out the form. The about page provides information on the company, what they specialise in and the business aims.

The website also passes Google's mobile-friendly test with flying colours, meaning that the website is responsive to the device it's being viewed on. This is a must when it comes to people viewing the website on the go!


The client kindly awarded us 5 out of a possible 5 stars and said: "I don't know how you could improve. Everything was great."


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Website of the Week: RSPCA Reptile Rescue


This week's website of the week goes to RSPCA Reptile Rescue. Brighton RSPCA reptile rescue evolved in 2007 after it became apparent for the need for a safe haven for neglected, unwanted and stray reptiles in the south of England.

Senior Project Manager Lanara started by creating a fully responsive website, using parallax images and large header images. The client took and provided all of the high-resolution images that feature on the website, meaning that they are genuine and a true representation of the reptiles they house.

The website uses strong imagery, and the website colour scheme uses a dark effect with the accent colour of orange taken from the clients logo.

The website features a call to action for donations and easy to use navigation to all pages where you can put yourself on the waiting list for a certain reptile, buy vivarium's and other equipment and of course adopt a reptile.

The website design features Social Media icons for people to visit and interact with the Facebook and Instagram pages. Having Social Media accounts that you regularly update and publish content to can really help with your organic SEO.


The website has some great information for anyone looking to adopt a reptile. From care sheets, to services for reptile boarding when you're away, the website features easy to access advice, information and more. It's important that a website is not overloaded, but if it is text heavy to spread it out in easy to navigate panels like this website does.

The website also passes Google's mobile-friendly test with flying colours, meaning that the website is responsive to the device it's being viewed on. This is a must when it comes to people viewing the website on the go!


The client kindly awarded us 5 out of a possible 5 stars and said: "Toolkit has great communication and helpfulness of staff."



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International Tiger Day


Did you know that today is International Tiger Day? And did you know that Tigers are at risk of extinction?

International Tiger Day is held annualy on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day as a celebration.

It was founded at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. This was done because at that moment wild tigers were too close to extinction

Reasons for Tigers at risk of extinction:

Habitat loss
Tigers lost 93% of their natural habitat due to the expansion of cities and agriculture by humans.
Fewer tigers can survive in small, scattered islands of habitat. These small islands of habitat also make tigers more vulnerable to poaching.

Human wildlife conflict
The illegal trade in tigers - it was banned in 1987 - is thought to be worth £11billion a year, amid a boom in demand from wealthy businessmen who see tiger skins and bones as a status symbol.

Three subspecies have already gone extinct, Bali (1940s), Caspian and Javan (both 1970s), while no critically endangered South China tiger has been seen for a number of years, and it is feared it might too be extinct.

How can we help?

Greenpeace suggest that we can look for forest-friendly products and be aware of 'dirty' palm oil in a bid to help the environment and protect tigers.

There have been some local stories about tigers recently though! Our very own Marwell Zoo have welcomed three Amar tiger cubs to the world, that you can now go and visit!

It has been 12 years since the zoo has bred Amur tigers and this is the first successful litter for Milla and Bagai – the father.  The Siberian Tiger - also known as the Amur Tiger - is still under threat due to poaching. The species only lives in the wild in two countries, Russia and China, but has now been given protected status in both. The total population of Amur Tigers living in the wild is estimated to be 360.

See more pictures of the new cubs here.

We are having a tiger themed day in the office today to celebrate tigers and to raise awareness for their plight. Get involved on Twitter with the hashtag #internationaltigerday

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Website of the Week: Soccer Champs


This week's website of the week goes to Soccer Champs. Soccer Champs offers after school club football, summer camps, girls football classes, over 50's walking football, birthday parties and more!

Their policy is simple. They provide a very warm, friendly learning environment for your child, who will gain social confidence being part of our groups.

Senior Project Manager Andy started by creating a fully responsive one page website, using parallax scrolling. The back to top arrow features football shape graphic so that it's easy for people to get back to the top of the website without too much scrolling.

The website uses strong imagery, and the website colour scheme uses a dark effect with the accent colour of red taken from the clients logo.

The website features an about section that lets people know about the clients experiences and qualifications which is an important feature of the site. It also provides a testimonials section and a chance for people to leave a review.  The website features a free download to the clients brochure/ leaflet for the respect campaign.

The font used is easy to read, and very clean looking. Google fonts like these make a change from the standard web safe fonts like Arial or Times New Roman.

The website has some great call to actions, including pop up forms for people to fill out in order to get in touch. It's important that people feel that they can interact with your brand and get a response to any queries or questions they may have.

The website also passes Google's mobile-friendly test with flying colours, meaning that the website is responsive to the device it's being viewed on. This is a must when it comes to people viewing the website on the go!



The client kindly awarded us 5 out of a possible 5 stars and said: "Toolkit has been very friendly and supportive."

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Walking to Work Initiative


May was National Walking Month and thousands of people pledged to #Try20 and walk at least 20 minutes every day. There were plenty of campaigns promoting walking to work, and encouraging the idea of getting some early exercise first thing in the morning. But really, every month should be National Walking Month!

According to one study, those who walk to the bus stop rather than drive to work weigh at least 5lbs less, according to science. The study, by researchers at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows that tens of thousands could lose weight simply by walking more during their daily commute.

According to a study from the London School of Economics, brisk walking is a better deterrent against obesity than any other form of exercise. That means no expensive gym memberships or the need to buy gym equipment. You and your legs can walk yourself to health.

Why are we talking about this? As a Web Design company, we spend a lot of time sitting (some of us have standing desks too though!) at a computer screen. The team have to find ways outside of work or on the way to and from work to exercise or get moving. From being a dedicated gym member, to playing badminton or squash, the activities are endless.

The NHS promotes walking above all other exercise too. So we know that it's important for health and well-being.

We decided to run our own challenge. We've read a lot about how walking to work has changed peoples lives, and how they feel health wise. And we thought, we've got nothing to lose! For one week, the Toolkit team were challenged to walk to work every day, document how long it took and how it made them feel at the end of the challenge.

Team members also upped their water intake, which is another thing the NHS and other health organisations promote. On average you are meant to drink 2 litres a day!

Here is how it went. 

Remko, our Business Development Manager said: "It takes me 15 minutes to cycle to work. It makes me feel great because I can get away with eating more and not feeling bloated! I also drink between 3-4 pints of water a day as a norm."

We had some team members who lived too far away from work so they couldn't walk. However, both of them get trains and walk a good 15 minutes from the train station to the office.

Operations Manager David said: "I average 7,350 steps every working day. This includes a 5 minute walk to the train station from my home and a 15 minute walk from Southampton Central to and from our office My fitbit tells me how many steps I take per day.  When I drive to work I noticeably feel lethargic due to the lack of exercise! I tend to drink up to 6 pints of water throughout the day anyway, so 4 pints is easy to do, and helps feeling healthy!"

We also had the opposite problem, with some of the team living too close to work to benefit from the walk.

Senior Project Manager Lanara takes 3 minutes or less to get to the office, but admits that she does a lot of walking in her spare time.

For the purpose of this challenge, Lanara got up half an hour early, and used her spin bike for 20 minutes before coming to work. She said: "The difference in how awake I feel has been the most noticeable thing. I don't feel as tired, I feel like I've had time to wake up properly ready for the day ahead. With regards to water, I drink nearly 8 pints of water a day as it is, which is 4.5 litres. It helps keep you hydrated, detoxed and gets rid of bloating."

Most team members accepted the challenge of walking to work, but struggled with the water intake. Results found that tea and coffee drinks struggled more so than those who didn't drink hot drinks at all.  The British Nutrition Foundation say that water is essential for life and it is very important to get the right amount of fluid to be healthy. However they do say:


"Drinking tea or coffee also delivers water, and even though these drinks can contain caffeine, in moderate amounts caffeine doesn’t affect hydration."



Why do you need water?
Your body is nearly two-thirds water and so it is really important that you consume enough fluid to stay hydrated and healthy. If you don’t get enough fluid you may feel tired, get headaches and not perform at your best. You also get water from the food you eat – on average food provides about 20% of your total fluid intake.

Does it matter which drinks you choose?
When you choose your drinks it is important to be aware that although they all provide water and some also contain essential vitamins and minerals, they may also provide energy (calories). These calories contribute to your daily calorie intake in the same way as those from the foods you eat.

So there you have it! Our healthy/ walking to work initiative week in a nutshell.

Let us know what you think on Twitter, using the hashtag #walktoworkinitiative
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