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Website of the Week - Child and Family Solutions Ltd


http://www.childandfamilysolutions.org.uk/

Our Website for this Week goes to Child and Family Solutions Ltd. It's a wide website which results in a very modern and fresh online look for the business. The overall design is very gentle and minimalist whilst retaining a certain emotional warmth. Perfect for the work that the client does and the tone they want to demonstrate to their website visitors.

The Home page features a beautiful moving slider that features very moving (pun intended) images. Though a slider these days is a website design staple, don't be tied down to just using basic images. For example, this one uses beautiful fade effects at the top and the bottom that add to the width of the site as well as a clever graphic that illustrates which slide in the sequence is displaying and how many there are to see. Furthermore, if you're looking to have something more content-relevant on your internal pages, but still using the same style choices, that can certainly be arranged with custom headers as seen on the Child and Family Solutions website.

Although the website is obviously very clean and simple, it doesn't mean that it can't also be signature and bespoke looking for branding purposes. We feel that the custom icons on the Home page are lovely and really help the overall look of the page. Similarly, so do the specially-made social media icons on the Contact page.

It's also worth mentioning the efforts the client has made behind the scenes of the website and with its content. There is lots of text on each page, which gives the client lots of chances to mention their chosen keywords for the Search Engines to find. As well as this, the client has a Dynamic Sitemap set up to help Google and other Search Engines discover any changes made quickly and help index the website more often. As a result, both of these both of these will help the website get higher in Google over time.

Feel free to read the SEO guide from our Support Page for more ways to help your website achieve better Search Engine Results.

http://www.toolkitsupport.co.uk/seoguide

The client was very pleased with their website, stating:

"There's nothing to improve on and the whole process is efficient and fast."

Before giving us 5 stars out of 5:


 

To explore this website for yourself visit the link below:

http://www.childandfamilysolutions.org.uk/

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Website of the Week - Ian Kelleher

http://www.iankelleher-guitar.co.uk/


This week's Website of the Week goes to Ian Kelleher. This is a very intimate website created to serve as a means to share one man's musical passion and skills with the wide world on the web.

Ian lives close to the Hertfordshire and Essex border and enjoys teaching guitar in schools in Chelmsford and Bishop's Stratford. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 and has studied music at many prestigious institutions and with many decorated mentors. He is also part of the Williams Kelleher Duo with friend and colleague Sue Williams who have recently written and released an album together.

The best way to showcase any kind of musical production and talent is to give your listeners and fans direct access to it wherever they are and whenever they want.

On the Williams Kelleher Duo page, you will notice some extremely stylish sound bites. Not only are they pleasing to the ears but also, to the eyes. These are generated and provided by SoundCloud one of the many widget developers out there that can generate anything from live feeds to e-commerce buttons. It's a great way of using custom technology as well as becoming part of a whole new online community and broadcasting your work to fellow artists and friends.

The Toolkit allows you to insert any of these widgets easily with its Insert HTML tool so feel free to have a search of what the internet has to offer and how specialised Developers can best present anything from examples of your work, purchasing options, live Social Media feeds and many more for you to share via your website through custom widgets.

SoundCloud in particular, as well as allowing Ian's music to be played on his page on any device, is also styled attractively and has many options when it comes to how Ian would like his music to look to fans of his going forward. He can also change these at any time simlpy by logging into his SoundCloud account and making updates.

The client was very proud of his website and happy with the whole build process, stating:

"The Toolkit staff are very friendly, efficient and helpful. The whole process of website design is very clear and easy to follow even for the computer shy!"

Before giving us 4 stars out of 5.

Watch out for our next blog post which will describe how our platform has recently been updated to better support these types of buttons and widgets for you. As they improve, we will too and as a result so will your website and online presence.

To visit the site of Ian Kelleher and his music yourself, click the link below:

http://www.iankelleher-guitar.co.uk/

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Website of the Week - The Mad House: Play and Party World


This week's Website of the Week goes to the lively and whimsical site of The Mad House: Play and Party World. As its name suggests, the site encompasses a stimulating colour scheme and use of shapes throughout the design, as influenced by its logo. A perfect representation of a very active business and a great example of brand strength.

The Mad House is a fantastic children's play and party soft-play facility in the heart of Reading which as of recently, is under new management. You'll find great fun, great food, service, and value in a comfortable parent and child friendly air-conditioned environment. They have many party packages available, whether you just want maximum fun on the play equipment or want to mix it up with some traditional games and even X-Factor activities. Any birthday child and their guests are guaranteed to have a great time.
 
The first thing you will notice about this site is the original layout. It has an almost floating content area, logo and sidebar menu. The logo, supplied by the client was the basis of all design choices which you'll notice in the colours and shapes used.  Colours and shapes, perfect for the client's business and perfect for standing out to busy parents as well their inquisitive children. It fits the design brief of The Mad House perfectly, "Must be bright and colourful, fun and interesting, interactive!"

You'll also notice the gallery uses our Lightbox effect. This is perfect for a business where images of their premises are key to attracting business and clients. The colour images pop out in full on the page in one swift movement and darken the background so focus is brought to the image alone. This gallery can be added to and updated by the client as easily as clicking a few buttons in The Toolkit at a moment's notice.

Speaking of The Toolkit, the client has already managed to use their new website so speak out to clients and website visitors alike with their plans for functions for this very week! A great example of using their new CMS to the utmost and making the most of their web presence on behalf of their brand.

The client was also pleased with their new website and declared the Team at Toolkit as "punctual and friendly" with 4.5 stars.



Feel free to read a comparison between our CMS, The Toolkit, and other similar platforms available here:

http://www.toolkitwebsites.co.uk/Comparison

And to visit the the website of the Mad House for yourself, click the link below:


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Website of the Week - South West Lambeth Timebank

Our first Website of the Week for 2014 goes to South West Lambeth Timebank. It's got lots of great features that make it highly functional as well as individual and unique to the client's industry. It makes use of many interesting factors from various scrollers with moving effects to outsourced widgets and visuals.

Speaking of the client's industry, it is as unique and interesting as the website itself. South West Lambeth Timebank is a virtual bank used to organise people and organisations through skill and resource exchange. Timebank allows its clients to connect with individuals from their community, and receive practical help and support from them in exchange for the same. For example, a website designer could make some updates to a hairdresser's website in exchange for a haircut. As communication and awareness are key, they required a website that could speak out and organise clients whilst announcing this new concept to the community.

I will speak about each noteworthy feature on the website in turn from page to page. On the Home page, the principle element is the creative slider. They do not use photographic images but recognisable symbols on a characteristic shape that creates a colour bleed motion. This interactively directs the eye to each directed question in turn. This is a great way for South West Lambeth Timebank to figuratively speak directly to their clients in an active manner and it also has a very professional looking finish. On the Community Exchange page, the site also makes use of a non-flash scroller which will be editable and similarly makes use of movement to peak the website visitor's interest.

South West Lambeth Timebank rely on their pool of contacts to make the concept of their business a success. To help create an effortless system of information gathering, an easy to complete, yet extensive form was needed. Located on the Sign Up page of the site, this custom form contains all field types from drop down menus, multiple choices and tick boxes to create a perfect overview of a client or potential client from the very start of the categorising process.

Finally, on the Calender and Sharing Economy Page, you will notice two perfectly convenient, embeddable articles. The Google Calender widget and Youtube video respectively. The great thing about embeddable elements is that they are completely free. There are so many out there available for anyone with their own website to use by simply generating a code to 'embed.' Just have a look at all the other widgets available on the web to see if one might help benefit your website in some way.

The client was also happy with the overall result of the website and expressed that it was 'great that we are given the option to update our website.'

To see more examples of how different sliders can benefit the design of your website, see our pages here:

http://www.toolkitsupport.co.uk/Sliders
http://www.toolkitsupport.co.uk/Non_Flash_Scroller
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