Judy Wigin. Judy had spent time in Venice, Berlin and Seville before the pandemic hit and on her return to Brighton found herself with plenty of time to paint what she'd seen on her travels. She then got the idea of turning some of her paintings into cards for family and friends and this proved successful enough for her to think about getting a little e-commerce site built to do things more professionally; which is where we came in. We built the site using the Foundry framework (based on Twitter Bootstrap) incorporated an Ecwid store (the free version generously allows up to 10 products to be sold) an feed from Judy's Instagram account to showcase her work in progress and a blog from Tumblr.
One of the benefits of using a program like Rapidweaver to create websites is that it's easy to create a 'family' of websites that share the same look and feel by re-working the same design. Here we created a near-copy of the All About My Father website, using the same structure, design, menu, fonts and simply changed the colour accents and the added the new content. This allowed us to create a new site fro scratch in just a couple of days which cut costs, while still producing a professional-looking website that works great across all devices. Once again we took advantage of the Foundry framework which is based on Twitter Bootstrap to build the site as well as the fancy Grid Iron plugin which reads Excel files and allowed to create a large, searchable, sortable table of family members.
Bromley and Coppard families was one of the first websites we ever built with Rapidweaver and it's always been a favourite. However, way back then the theme we used - L'Amour - wasn't responsive because mobile devices still weren't really a big thing. (Told you it was a long time ago). So when the client wanted some substantial updates to add new content and fix one or two things, we decided to re-build the site from scratch using the Foundry framework. We matched the look and feel of the existing site to an extent but changed the fonts and got rid of some of the fussier visual 'furniture' of the old site. We replaced the light boxes which had been used to display the various 'chapters' of the family's story with a fancy flip-book plugin called PageLit that allows visitors to open each book and turn the pages with their mouse (or finger). The big change is that the site is now fully responsive and works great on devices of all shapes and sizes.
John Sherry is a composer, guitarist and loop specialist based in California. John had created a website for himself using Rapidweaver and our favourite framework - Foundry - but wasn't happy with it, and asked if we could help him out. Having looked at the existing site we felt that it would be simpler to start again so we could create a consistent look and feel to each page and give the site its own 'character'. Conscious of a tight budget, we worked closely with John to minimise expense and keep the site simple, yet functional. With only a couple of exceptions we used only those plugins that are included in the base Foundry framework so he didn't need to purchase any additional products and courtesy of a series of Zoom meetings, were able to make design and content tweaks quickly and easily. When the site was finished, we parcelled everything up and sent it across the pond to John in California where he had a good look round and then uploaded it in place of his old website. From now on, John will be able to update every aspect of the site himself - adding content, new pages, new features...whatever he likes.
Fran Carter - a special event hair and make-up artist working in Sussex and the south-east of England. Fran wanted the emphasis of the site switched from her previous speciality - wedding hair and make-up - because she was getting so many customers who wanted cutting and colouring work done. We then took the opportunity to re-build the site, replacing some of the older plugins with more modern versions that behave better on smaller devices, speeding up the performance and reducing the overall size of the site. We did this using the Foundry framework which is based on Twitter Bootstrap, together with a selection of responsive plugins to make sure the site behaves itself whether it's being viewed on a 27" monitor or an iPhone 5s. We also used a speciality form plugin that 'branches' depending on whether the enquiry relates to a wedding or a special event.