As a charity you will understand the importance of receiving donations. These can come in many forms, goods, services, time or even hard cash. What you may not be aware of is that many corporations (large and small alike) have schemes directed at charities and nonprofits. Usually these come in the form of receiving the product or service the company provides at a cheaper than market rate or in some cases even free. Continue reading
We have recently launched a new website for Somerset Hydroponics. We have developed a powerful ecommerce platform for Somhydro that is responsive so works great on mobile devices. It has a dynamic customer relationship system so Somhydro can track spending habits and enable genuine customer relationships via visit insights, shipment notifications, email broadcasts and easy to use account system.
It’s a strange thing, but in this business (the software/web development business), one of the bizarre side effects is that you get to see the working details of a myriad of different business types. Sometimes this can be less than inspiring, sometimes it’s amazing… and sometimes it’s just, well… unexpected.
Recently, we were lucky enough to be invited to Young People’s Trust For the Environment’s official website launch in London at the Houses of Parliament. After developing the new site for YPTE they wanted to do an official launch of their new website and invited Tim and Sam along to the event. Other guests at the event included YPTE presidents such as Steve Backshall, Jessica Morden MP and Dan Byles MP.
Data has been transmitted over distances via non-electronic means since the beginning of communication, be it smoke signals, beacons, reflected light or flags. It wasn’t until 1791 that the first successful semaphore network was invented by Frenchman Claude Chappe, transmiting the message “si vous réussissez, vous serez bientôt couverts de gloire” (If you succeed, you will soon bask in glory) between Brulon and Parce, a distance of nearly 10 miles.
However, the real game changer was electricity – the early 1800s saw various experiments and trials using electrical telegraphs but it wasn’t until 1844 when Samuel Morse sent the message “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT” from the Capitol in Washington to the old Mt. Clare Depot in Baltimore that the idea of long distance or even global communications became a real possibility. The overland telegraph connected the west coast of the United States to the east coast by 24 October 1861, bringing an end to the Pony Express. Continue reading
We have recently developed a new website and property management system for Woodstock Suites. Woodstock Suites wanted not just a website but also a system that customers can go onto, view properties, find available dates, book and pay for their stay.
The system is a bespoke ‘Ruby on Rails’ application, it takes advantage of the latest technologies and recent advancements in search engine optimisation to be able to give visitors a fast, fluid experience whilst giving excellent search engine rankings.
We gave the website a simple design giving it a clean modern feel and leaving room to add additional properties without having to redesign the whole site. The website is also responsive so works well on any device.
We have just launched a new website for Young People’s Trust For The Environment (YPTE). YPTE are a charity that aim to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. The YPTE website is a high traffic website used by thousands of people everyday. The site has hundreds of factsheets and learning resources for children, teenagers, teachers and parents, the resources cover everything from animals to environmental issues.
When we were approached by YPTE we wanted to come up with a clean and simple design that could easily be used by various users and age groups across a multitude of devices. The website is responsive therefore it adapts to the device that the user is viewing it on whether is is a desktop computer, tablet or mobile, helping to make YPTE’s learning resources very accessible.
Here at Ziontech we are once again supporting pupils from local schools in completing their work experience with us. During their time with us they will first come up with an idea of a topic for their website. They will then come up with the site content and complete some HTML and CSS tutorials before going on to code their own website.
Last week we were lucky to have Laura Cairns from Sturminster Newton High School completing her work experience with us. She decided to produce a website on a band she liked. With little past experience in web development, Laura managed to produce this very impressive website in just a week:
To view the website click here.
Today, June 10th 2014, sees the launch of a new domain for UK customers. The ‘.uk’ domain name is now available and will prove an additional benefit for people searching for online businesses or retailers specifically in the UK. Plus it leads to shorter domain names as a whole!