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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 Websites, we use Mozilla Firefox when carrying out website design. 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 design 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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