Castlegate IT’s 2015 in review
2015 has been an important year for Castlegate IT. We have taken on new staff, moved to a new office, and added an impressive range of projects to our portfolio. Our clients now include local government, museums, national education organisations, and numerous businesses from around York and beyond. With so many sites going live, we can’t possibly feature them all, but here are a few highlights from this year.
Castlegate now offers a bespoke Shopify Ecommerce service
If you’re looking to sell products and services online, then Castlegate IT’s bespoke Shopify service could be for you. As standard, Shopify is a feature-rich eCommerce platform that allows easy management of products and the ability to sell to the UK and beyond.
Google Ads Mangement Service
Google AdWords is an easy way to draw in new visitors by paying for online advertising. We offer Google AdWords account management, helping you to save time and get the best out of your budget. We plan and create your campaigns, determining which formats best meet your needs, and building up your account to get the best return.
Mobile-friendly responsive design and development
Smartphones and tablets are now the primary means of accessing the internet. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and they are always to hand. Making your website work well on mobile has become a necessity.
Anyone who’s come in to see us in the last year will probably notice that things were getting a little …cosy. So we’ve made the move to a new office. We’re out of the basement that’s functioned as our subterranean nest whilst we’ve been growing, and we’re up in a new, sunlight-filled first-floor office on Walmgate.
CKAN and WordPress integration
We’ve just launched York Open Data, built on two open source platforms, CKAN and WordPress. At first glance, CKAN and WordPress integration seemed like a complex task but it needn’t be. This article explores our approach.
Opening up data
Over the past few months we’ve been working with the City of York Council Business Intelligence Hub on a new Open Data platform for York. This website will act as a repository for publicly available data on almost any aspect of life in York. Initially the data is being supplied by the Council’s own internal business systems, but other public-sector organisations will be coming on board. The system could become the clearinghouse for anyone in York who wants to open their datasets to the public.
My House Advert: behind the online property revolution
MyHouseAdvert.co.uk is an online estate agents which allows users to advertise their properties online to a huge audience at a fraction of the cost of conventional estate agents. We’ve been working with the company since they launched the service in 2011. The website spent a long time under continuous development, rapidly growing in complexity, and this autumn we completed a complete overhaul of the system to meet the growing demand for their services.
York Museums Trust – new sites go live!
We recently completed the first part of one of the most interesting projects we’ve ever taken on: five responsive websites with interconnected navigation, shared content and a sophisticated third-party database. The sites are for York Museums Trust – the charitable body responsible for managing a number of York’s leading museums and galleries. The websites of each of their four leading attractions badly needed an overhaul, as did as the York Museums Trust’s own website.