Category Archives: Websites

Swinton Park Online Shop

The new online shop for Swinton Park went live today at – if you’re looking for a gift voucher or a cookery course in beautiful North Yorkshire take a look.

This online shop is my first use of Shopify for ecommerce. I used to ‘roll my own’ ecommerce solution and that’s still the best option for ultimate customization. However, for most purposes it makes sense to use an ‘off the shelf’ solution so that everything just works. A similar argument applies to using WordPress as a CMS rather than creating your own.


Active Aid updated

Active Aid provides First Aid courses using several different training organisations across the UK but mostly in the north of England.

Their website ( has been updated with a new design and also restructured to make it easier for visitors to find the course they are looking for.

I did all the technical stuff, programming, database etc but the new graphic design was by Helen Belshaw of Just H Design.

Malcolm Mitton

The new website for the artist Malcolm Mitton ( is live.

This replaces his ColdFusion site which was too complicated and required a lot of clicking to view images. For his new site Malcolm wanted something he could easily manage and that would work as a ‘calling card’ for galleries to quickly view a selection of his works.

The new site is written in PHP and MySQL and has simple administration screens which Malcolm can use to upload images and modify text. The site presents the information on a single page to quickly get the essentials over to hard-pressed gallery owners.

New website for Swinton Park

The new website for Swinton Park is now live.

Swinton Park is a country estate at Masham in Yorkshire and offers a hotel with 31 bedrooms, a cookery school, spa and estate activities.

The graphic design was provided to me and I then built the site using the WordPress content management system.This involved quite a lot of customization of WordPress to create a visual theme for the site and to build plug-ins to make the website behave as required.

Previously the content of the website was managed using Adobe Dreamweaver which meant that it was difficult for staff at the hotel to manage the content, to add new pages and to incorporate them into the menu without calling on me to do that. Using WordPress they now have much greater control over the website.

Barque Press website

The new improved Barque Press website is live –

Publishers of nonconformist poetry, Barque Press was founded by Andrea Brady and Keston Sutherland in 1995. Since then, they have published over 40 chapbooks and six perfect bound books. One of these, 100 Days, was reviewed in The Guardian and recommended as a Book of the Year for 2001 in the New Statesman. Barque has published poets from the UK, US, France and Canada.

The new website has details of their authors and publications, all of which can be purchased online.

Thanks to DesignWorks – – for the graphic design on this one.

New ‘Cumbria Photo’ website

The new Cumbria Photo website – – went live today. The site has been rewritten in ASP.Net and moved to a server in the UK which should hopefully speed things up a bit.

It now features a pop-up preview image when you hover your mouse over a thumbnail image and a bit more information about each image such as dimensions and file size. Also, you can now save images in a ‘lightbox’ for later downloading.

Finally, it also features a great new design from DesignWorks in Staveley –

Revised Website

After years of ignoring my own website I’ve decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and simultaneously update the content and adopt WordPress as the Content Management System (CMS).

WordPress was originally designed purely for blogging but has grown to become a more generalised CMS. Its appearance can be modified by the use of ‘Themes’. At launch this site is using the ‘Cleanr‘ theme. Very basic but if you saw my old website you know that’s how I like it.

The content of the website has barely changed but I’ll try to keep it more up to date in the future and maybe also post to the blog.