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Website of the Week: Castle Fantastic

This week's website of the week goes to Castle Fantastic, who are confident that "you won't find a more trustworthy, reliable, family-run business more dedicated to bouncy castle hire than us!" Castle Fantastic know what it's like to plan children's parties and be let down at the last minute. With a strong belief that everything should go like clockwork for your event, they provide brilliant quality castles with a variety of themes and styles.

Castle Fantastic were looking for a website that stands out from the crowd. They wanted a vibrant, interactive and easy to navigate website, that makes children beg their parents to hire a castle from them!

Project Manager Lanara started off by creating a first draft incorporating the colour palette that the client wanted, using vibrant pinks, oranges, and blues. As a one-page website, Lanara had the challenge of making the page feel like a larger site incorporating the gallery and contact form page.

Firstly, the logo was created with a castle icon and bright coloured text. To keep the branding consistent, the purple and orange became the dominant colours. The website uses a backdrop image showing a cartoon style scenery with a custom made bouncy castle graphic that literally bounces when you hover over it!

To make this one page website feel larger, Lanara added a gallery with the various images of bouncy castles, adding a caption and price tag to each one. She then constructed a contact form page, for people to be able to get in touch with enquiries or bookings. The Google map is a custom made one in My Maps, with a radius added to show the areas that Castle Fantastic are willing to travel to for business.

There were a number of items that needed to be incorporated into the page, without cluttering it. This includes the accreditation logo, the website terms document and the small print with downloadable safety guide. Lanara managed to add these to the website without them becoming the main focus point. Sometimes important documentation and small print needs to be included into a design and finding a way of working it in without impacting the design too much is the way to go.

The overall feel of the website design is that it's fun, friendly and colourful. The pages work well and the menu hover over as well as the cartoon character on the home page are a great first impression. There is minimal scrolling and it is easy to navigate through the options laid out in front of you.

The client was pleased with the end result, saying that they loved the "Great customer service, very polite friendly staff and very prompt service to all enquiries!"
Castle Fantastic kindly awarded Toolkit Websites a 5-star review!