QCIC Homepage

The QCIC Group is a provider of specialist security design and engineering services world-wide.

Our Involvement

QCIC had found their Drupal-based site growing unwieldy and contracted us to:

  • Optimise the site’s backend so that all content was fully editable from a single point
  • Add flexibility to their site’s presentation so that any content could be quickly and easily re-ordered and re-positioned
  • Add multiple filters to their project search function so that users would be more likely to find the content they’re looking for
Association of Democratic Services Officers site Image

ADSO is a nationally recognised, professional association for members of local and national government to help promote their development through the provision of learning opportunities and qualifications.

The Brief

ADSO needed a new WordPress website that allowed them to communicate with their members easily and effectively. The new site had to:

  • Provide a visually dynamic homepage with scrolling and fading news items
  • Create online surveys for members with built-in analysis
  • Allow for online booking and membership renewals
  • Have a granulated permissions systems with separate and secure areas

The Result

Our designers quickly produced UX wireframes that incorporated carousels, banners, and integrated social media feeds in order to give the site a contemporary look and feel. Our developers implemented a Role Based Access Control system for users, as well as an auto-publishing tool for pushing content to social media. ADSO’s deprecated forum module was replaced with an up-to-date one, and a migration pathway created so that all their past forum posts were still accessible.

Since delivery we have been providing ongoing support and maintenance, including the updating of the WordPress core to the latest version released in order to maintain the site’s security.

Chococo Site Image

Chococo have been making fine fresh handmade chocolates since 2002. They were one of the first artisan chocolatiers to lead the way in making truly fresh chocolates, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients blended with fine origin chocolate. The have won many regional, national, and international awards since opening their doors.

Our Involvement

Chococo came to us to help optimise their Magento eCommerce site and provide a hosting solution. This included:

  • Updating the site to the latest version of Magento for added security
  • Integrate Sage Pay online payments into the checkout process
  • Making sure the site had lightning-fast response times
  • Streamlining the checkout process down to one page
  • Implemented form prediction using PCAPredict to further streamline the purchasing process
  • Patched security holes that had led to cyber-attacks in the past

Since then we have been providing daily maintenance for them, with our team of developers only a phone-call away should they need any issues checked.

Youtalk Insurance website screenshot

youTalk Insurance is a free information resource for insurance brokers, general insurance and risk professionals. This site aggregates industry news, serves up video shorts from leading insurance industry experts and provides access to a one-click directory of insurance information.

Our Involvement

youTalk Insurance selected Zodiac Media to provide long term support and development services for their Drupal 7 website and also to run a series of SEO reviews. We provided strategic consultancy on a variety of methods to grow their online presence including SEO, PPC, and social marketing. We audited the site's existing analytics data and sought out a range of opportunities to better promote their existing content and ensure that key pages remained at the forefront of search engine rankings.

Organix Website Screenshot

Organix launched in 1992 with the fundamental belief that everybody deserves to eat well and that organic ingredients and delicious recipes can encourage a life-long love of good food. Organix don’t just make tasty, organic food for children; they also aim to help educate parents and children too.

OUR INVOLVEMENT

We provided a consultancy service to Maynard Malone Ltd. over a period of three months to help build the new Organix site. We were required to:

  • Design and develop an exciting website
  • Utilise the Organix brand with high resolution imagery of the various Organix products and brand

In just a few months, we provided Organix with a highly functional and re-designed website that met the brand and business goals. Using Drupal’s flexible permission system, we developed a site workflow that allows the team to publish content to the site, whilst also retaining the ability to delay the publishing of articles and content to the website until a later date.

End of Line Golf Screenshot

End of Line Golf are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of quality discounted golf equipment. Selling equipment from some of the top brands in the golfing industry, they are a one stop shop for all golfing needs.

The Brief

End of Line Golf wanted a website that would:

  • Demonstrate their offerings clearly, using a naming convention that would generate, intrigue and also enhance their customer engagement with the products on offer
  • Be fully responsive and function across multiple devices
  • Ensure that the user journey was simple and easy to traverse

The Result

We worked with the End of Line Golf team to create a site that would truly engage. We decided to build this site using OpenCart, due to it being a powerful open-source eCommerce system that is designed to be feature rich and user-friendly, and was suitable for the client budget. We went about creating the website and ensured that it had high usability and that the customer journey to purchase goods was as simple as possible. The end result was a new website design that is pleasing to the eye, consistent, and relevant to what the company stands for.

Hero group website screenshot

The Hero Group are an international, family owned company with a rich heritage and more than 125 years´ experience of creating fruit and vegetable based products. Their mission is to make the best possible products with all natural ingredients.

Our Involvement

We provided a consultancy service to Maynard Malone Ltd. over a period of three months to help build the new Hero Group site. We were tasked with:

  • Using Drupal 7 to provide a simple to maintain and user-friendly website
  • Create a fully responsive and visually engaging homepage with a balance of well-structured site content with scope for future expansion
  • Create a fully responsive frontend for optimal viewing experience across an array of devices ranging from desktop to tablets
homefromhome.com screenshot

Home From Home are the largest self-catering cottage agency on the Gower Peninsula, with the widest and most interesting mix of properties available. They have over 235 self-catering holiday homes, all hand-picked and providing a comfortable and private holiday destination.

The Brief

Home from Home had a functioning website but were looking for an improved responsive design to better present their cottages. They needed to

  • Integrate their site with the Carlton TABS API to enable online availability checking and cottage booking
  • Have a fast, reliable, and consistent system across devices that had a clear and simple user journey
  • Have a future-proofed site that could support growth in their user-base over time

The Result

We updated the Home from Home website improving the overall user experience across devices by building a fully responsive website, whilst also retaining branding and creating a strong presence across all platforms.

Lambeth Safeguarding website screenshot

The goal of this project was to build an accessible, fully-responsive Drupal 8 website build on behalf of Lambeth Council.

The Brief

Lambeth Council asked us to create a new website for their twinned "Adults" and "Children" Safeguarding Boards. The Safeguarding Boards are two separate organisations but both have the same objective of protecting vulnerable individuals from abuse and neglect.

The Safeguarding Boards required a site that would be:

  • Easy to update and maintain
  • Mobile friendly
  • Accessible to a WCAG 2.0 AA standard

One of the Safeguarding Boards already had a legacy Drupal 6 site so their staff were comfortable with using Drupal as a Content Management System (CMS).

The Result

Based on Lambeth Council’s requirements we decided to build their website using the Drupal 8 CMS. Drupal 8 is the latest version of Drupal and will be future-proofed for years to come. The platform allows for content to be edited in-place on the frontend of the website rather than from a backend admin panel. The editor uses a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) format for ease of use. A one day training workshop was provided by us to introduce staff on how to use the new site.

The site was built using a "mobile-first" approach – designing, developing and testing for mobile devices first and then progressing on to tablet and desktop devices. This approach to building websites is the strongest way to implement responsive design and guarantees visitors using mobile devices will have a first class experience.

To help smooth the transition and reduce training times, we integrated three different 3rd party modules and the pre-existing Google Custom Search instance the staff had been using in the past into the new site.

All our websites are developed with accessibility in mind but the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard set a very high bar for the project. We iteratively re-tested the site against the WCAG 2.0 AA standard as we worked, to ensure that both our design and code choices met this very high accessibility standard.

The resulting website is future-proof, well structured, and fully-responsive. The site caters for its many disparate visitor types whilst allowing them to find the safeguarding information they need quickly and efficiently.

This site will go live in the coming weeks.

Grown in Seconds Site

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing American hardwood exporters and the major American hardwood product trade associations. The American Hardwood Export Council promotes a greater understanding of the true environmental benefits of American hardwoods in design and manufacturing.

The Brief

  • Create a bespoke site from a pre-existing design provided by Nick Watts Design Ltd. 
  • Provide an immersive and engaging experience that brings to the forefront the highly sustainable credentials of American hardwood
  • Ensure that the site has low processing overheads and a small server footprint

The Result

We built this site on AngularJS in order to meet the small server footprint requirement, allowing for a large number of visitors without issue. The end result required multiple widgets to interact with each other, with a variety of web elements altering their display status in time with each other and negligible delay. The site is supported by online advertising placed within design and architectural publications, driving visitors from across Europe to the Grown in Seconds site.

The platform that we created uses statistics gathered by the US Forest Service, tracking the yearly growth and harvest rates of hardwood species and then calculating how quickly the wood used in these projects can be regrown. The final result is a memorable and slick website, offering an innovative information source to businesses and individuals across the world.

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