Latest posts

We’re hiring a talented website designer!

We’re looking for a talented graphic designer to join us and help make beautiful, accessible and useable websites. If you’ve got a natural flair for design, a strong creative streak, some experience of web design, and like working with clients …

by Andy Reading 2 Feb 2018

New staff, new sites, and better security: our 2017 in review

It has been a while since our last blog post and that reflects how busy a year 2017 has been for Castlegate IT. We have launched new sites for new clients and taken on new projects for many of our …

by John Hughes 29 Jan 2018

Community fund news: York Mind

As part of our ethical policy, Castlegate IT has a Community Fund pot, for which our staff nominate and vote on recipients each quarter. At the end of 2016 our staff selected York Mind to receive the latest donation. York …

by Richard Lane 27 Feb 2017

Changes to Google Local Search

We’ve dropped off the business listings!  What can you do to get us back to number one? We’ve been hearing that a lot over the last few weeks.  Many websites have dropped a few places and are not appearing in …

by Andy Reading 29 Nov 2016

Felines funded from Castlegate’s community pot

Director and cat lover Andy Reading adopted his furry friend from York Cats Protection in 2013. He put forward the nomination after the delays in their adoption centre and the flooding of their charity store across the road from us on Walmgate. We’re pleased to be able to contribute to the feeding, treatment of housing of unwanted cats until they can be re-homed.

by Andy Reading 21 Sep 2016

Justified text on the web revisited

Since we published our original post on justified text, we have received a lot of feedback, had a lot of heated debates, and seen the technology behind web typography continue to improve. So we thought it was about time we revisited the topic and asked again: should you use justified text on the web?

by John Hughes 20 Sep 2016

Castlegate IT rides a big bad ride

Team Castlegate rode this year’s Big Bad Bike Ride. Our team consisted of five Castlegate employees/directors and one former employee, most of whom were first time Big Bad Bike Riders and half of whom had never ridden long distances before in their lives! As a team we raised almost £800 and would like to thank all our clients, friends and family who supported us.

by Richard Lane 14 Sep 2016

Ten ways to keep WordPress secure

The quality and security of a WordPress-based website relies on the knowledge and approach of the developers. We share our top ten developer considerations for keeping your installation secure.

by Andy Reading 22 Jul 2016

Why do websites get hacked?

In this article we explore the basics of website attacks, the motivation behind them, and some common ways in which attackers can get unauthorised access. This is not a technical article, and assumes no prior web security knowledge – it aims to provide an overview of the sort of website hacking that we see most often.

Our recipe for WordPress security

WordPress is a powerful and secure content management system (CMS) when used correctly. The quality and security of a WordPress-based website relies on the knowledge and approach of the developers. Castlegate IT are expert developers in WordPress and understand how to use it to build professional, robust and secure content-managed websites.