Some of the sites we’ve been working on recently. Please note that we hand over control of content management systems to our clients who are free to change elements of their website at will. We provide guidance for customers on request.
A2E, electronics design services
WORDPRESS CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
A2E are leaders in the electronics design industry. They make instruments that are safe to operate in highly explosive workplaces such as the oil and gas industry.
They came to us with a static website that wasn’t working hard enough to generate leads and interest in their services.
It was clearly in need of a total revamp, so we built a new website on WordPress to allow them to control their own content. We also helped them position their website in search engines in a very competitive marketplace and set up pay-per-click advertising.
A2E use trade shows as a principal way of putting their services in front of customers and we showed them ways of using the website to respond to new customers following interest generated at these events.
A L Kennedy, Scottish writer and comedian
CUSTOM WORDPRESS CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Alison Kennedy, or ALK as she prefers to be known, is a well-known and respected Scottish author. Her characteristic humour can be sampled from her ‘frequently asked questions’ page, but behind all the fun, is the serious business of marketing her books and her time.
Alison came to us after a period of ‘website neglect’. Her old website was built on a platform that was ‘just getting older’ and she wanted to breathe new life into it and make it work harder.
WordPress was an easy choice for us. Alison’s a writer, WordPress is a publishing platform. The functions and features that make it the number one option for people who have content to publish are the ease of use and flexibility.
The ability to publish news, blogs, booklists and such are built right into the system, making it less about technology and more about words and images.
Link: A L Kennedy
Inverness Leisure Centre is the largest sports complex north of Aberdeen. It has one of the largest swimming lesson programmes in the country and teaches over 2,000 children to swim every week, the largest indoor climbing walls in the Highlands and one of the best running tracks in Scotland.
The management team recognised the web as playing an increasingly important role in the day-to-day running of the facility and wanted a more user-friendly content management system and a website which reached users regardless of the device they used.
Canary Dwarf provided a single CMS built around the WordPress platform, and built the website to a responsive design allowing it to work across tablets and smartphone of all sizes.
The website is now used to provide a daily schedule of events and last-minute alterations to their wide and varied programme. With more ease and flexibility built in, the CMS allows more staff to take control of their own departmental content online, reducing the need for information to be routed through a ‘website editor’.
Visits from smartphones and tablets has increased by over 60% since the relaunched site went live.
Link: Inverness Leisure
Boogie Woogie, Keith, Moray
Boogie Woogie is conveniently placed halfway between Inverness and Aberdeen on the A96 in Keith.
For many, it’s the ideal stopping-off point for a coffee and lunch, but it also has a range of gifts and clothing.
For us, their motto said it all, colourful, imaginative, quirky, that was the challenge we were set — to provide a website that echoed the motto and set the scene for the in-store experience.
The brief was to provide a site that was design-led and focussed on the visual aspects of the establishment.
They wanted a site that could be adapted at a later date to provide ecommerce functionality, and we used WordPress to provide content management.
We also helped them integrate Facebook and an email mailing list with Mailchimp.
Cluny Bank Hotel, Forres, Moray
Cluny Bank Hotel was a very exciting project for us. As one of Forres’s top hotels, and with an already impressive search ranking, it was important to instill a feeling of quality and service, while maintaining their existing position in the search engines.
We worked closely with owners Julia and Lloyd to get a real feel of how they worked and how the residents experienced the hotel.
Built on a WordPress CMS, it uses a design which we built exclusively for the hotel, and a picture slider that shows off the impressive interior and exterior of the Victorian building.
A new portfolio of photographs were taken for the website, following the renaming and redecoration of many rooms.
The colours reflect the decor and so provides continuity of experience for visitors who book through the website.
Link: Cluny Bank Hotel
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool
Moray Hydrotherapy Pool has had a website charting the progress of its fundraising campaign to build a hydrotherapy pool in Forres. They came to us when the facility opened and they needed a more professional image to be presented.
We established that, although site content would be mainly static, they needed to update their prices and timetables regularly. So we built the site on a WordPress platform and built a custom template.
QR TAG is a new service that allows people to manage QR code campaigns. QR codes are small, two-dimensional codes that can be used to load videos, web pages and special offer coupons right into someone’s smartphone.
The site provides a gateway into the QR code management console, which has been developed elsewhere, and provides information on how they work, etc.
The brief for this website was specific. The customer wanted a WordPress CMS and had a detailed design requirement. We created a logo and customised the site to meet the brief.
Outfit Moray in Lossiemouth is a registered charity providing outdoor activities and courses, mainly for young people. Their mission statement is ‘Actively developing potential’.
They came to us following an administrative decision to take their booking facilities and payment system online. They had an existing content management system but felt it was not as flexible as they would like.
We recognised that Outfit Moray didn’t just need a technology solution, but actually needed support to understand how they could use their website to develop their own potential.
When we were invited to pitch for the work, we made it clear that we would be on hand to support them once the site had launched. Their budget was tight, so they wanted to be sure they weren’t suddenly faced with unexpected costs.
We have been working with the Cart66 ecommerce module for WordPress, so this was an opportunity to build payment processing functionality into a low-budget site that didn’t break their bank.
It was flexible enough to allow product variations, live stock control, and other features you’d expect from a high end system.
More importantly, we worked closely with staff at Outfit Moray and gave them hands-on training before their site went live, and helped them tailor the sytem to meet their, and their customers, needs.
In particular, we built a system for users to fill in a parental consent form and submit it online without the delays and inconvenience associated with the printed forms they had been using.
The system records all orders, customers and consent form submission from one simple control panel.
As they went live, we provided telephone support to make additional customisation to the system.
We built Outfit Moray just days after a new release from WordPress, so they were first to benefit from some exciting new features at no extra cost.
Laughter Yoga Training
Manda Stretch teaches laughter yoga throughout the UK and in India. Laughter Yoga is the process of generating laughter artificially, to bring health benefits.
She is a qualified trainer and holds two-day courses to train Laughter Yoga leaders to run their own classes. We built her a website on WordPress so she could update it easily while on the move.
Embers Fireplace Centre
Embers Fireplace Centre came to us after they outgrew their first website. They have a large selection of fires, fireplaces and accessories and wanted to display them for their customers to browse.
The website was built to complement their shop in Inverness, which has a range of models on display. We chose a WordPress CMS system as Embers wanted to continuously update their online catalogue.
RaptorTrack, Cairngorms, Scotland
This is the second site we have built for local naturalist Roy Dennis. RaptorTrack follows the progress of birds of prey that are nesting in the Cairngorms.
Roy wanted a simple site with powerful editing features and WordPress met his needs precisely. Due to the nature of the website’s subject matter, it was important to get the site up and running quickly. We installed and hosted a WordPress site within 48 hours, allowing Roy to update the position of his birds immediately.
British Moorlands. Aberlour, Moray
W A Smith Joiners, Nairn
W A Smith is an established joiners and carpenters in Nairn, and owner Robin came to us following a recommendation by one of our existing customers.
Seaforth Windows, Lhanbryde, Moray
“Excellent in a word. Page 1 on Google in areas I aimed for from the day site went live and phone and enquires flowing.”
- Alan Duncan, Seaforth Windows
UK Marine Services, Buckie, Moray
“The expertise of Canary Dwarf would be a great asset to any business requiring this type of service to promote their business. – Ken Wood, UK Marine Services
ScrubVac Cleaning Equipment, Forres, Moray
“Canary Dwarf offer a one-to-one experience that big companies cannot match” – Jeff Bradford, ScrubVac
Highland Paper and The Papershed, Forres
Highland Foundation for Wildlife
The Highland Foundation for Wildlife operate a huge programme of bird tracking and management across the Highlands. Over several years it has recorded some of Scotland’s key wildlife progresses, such as the introduction of sea eagles and the GPS tracking of osprey and golden eagle.