Interview with our designer Sunny
Sunny is the newest recruit to the Castlegate IT team, a graphic designer with experience in branding, print, and web design. We sat down with him over a coffee to find out a bit more about him. So first off, tell …
2016 so far: new clients, new sites, better support
2016 has seen Castlegate IT busier than ever—and we’re only half way through! We have taken on lots of new clients and completed lots of new projects for our existing clients, from small businesses to major national organisations. Not content to rest on our laurels, we have continued to grow and change as a company to keep offering the best possible service for everyone we work with.
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.
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.
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.
Portfolio update: e-commerce sites from Castlegate IT
We demonstrate some of the essential features and qualities of an industry standard e-commerce website, using recent Castlegate IT projects as case studies.
Portfolio update: bespoke WordPress development
Examples from our portfolio demonstrate some of the ways in which Castlegate IT has used WordPress development to enhance websites or design them from scratch.
Portfolio update: web application development
Web apps allow websites to perform functions which go far beyond the simple presentation of information. The following projects from our portfolio demonstrate how web applications can enhance a website, improve user experience and even change the way in which a business operates for the better.