A selection of our development projects
Here is a selection of projects we have undertaken on behalf of clients in the Western Isles and further afield. These showcase the wide range of web development we are able to offer, from simple static sites, through blogs, to dynamic, content managed and ecommerce sites.
BBC Scotlandshire is a satirical news magazine which pokes fun at the unionist cause and the way it is supported by the main stream media and the BBC in particular. We created the website and continue to manage it on behalf of the Scotlandshire team of writers and cartoonists.
The newly formed branches of the Common Weal in the Western Isles needed a website to inform the public of their aims and activities and to support communication between members. We built them a site based on the branding of the parent organisation and added a discussion forum.
Newsnet Scotland founder GA Ponsonby wanted a site to sell copies of his book on BBC Bias and also to host the supporting material for the book, including images, videos and radio broadcasts. We built him a site which also featured the first two chapters of the book.
One of the founders of Newsnet Scotland GA Ponsonby wanted a news site to continue with his citizen journalism after Newsnet was passed on to Derek Bateman. We created a site based on the Washington Post, with support for embedded videos and podcasts and a video directory.
Recruit and Retain, a European Union project to attract and keep health workers in remote areas, needed to develop a tool to manage recruitment and HR events in member countries. We built a web-based tool which could be distributed free to member organisations.
Scot2Scot is a constituency-based campaign which aims to maximise the number of pro-independence MPs and MSPs in Scotland's two parliaments through the sharing and dissemination of information. We built them a website which was able to act as a point of first contact with the group.
Galician independence campaigner Pilar Fernandez needed a website to help promote her international campaign for Scottish independence and allow people to show their support. We built her a site which works in 16 different languages, many of them small European tongues.
The Newsnet Scotland team needed a website to host a series of crowdfunded cartoon videos featuring a pro-indy terrier. We designed and built a site for them, which not only hosted the cartoons in an aesthetically pleasing manner, but also helped to raise further funds for the project.
BARD 2014 was a movement formed to campaign against anti-independence bias in the mainstream media, particularly from the BBC. The organisers asked us to provide them with a website to host campaign information and help to advertise and coordinate demonstrations.
The Scottish National Party in the Western Isles wanted an upgrade of their news website. The new design needed to conform to that of the National SNP web site. We redesigned and upgraded the site to the latest version of Joomla and added a members' discussion forum.
Radio Free Scotland (RFS) is an internet radio station which carries on the work of 1950's SNP members who founded it as a 'pirate' station. The presenter 'Pax' asked us to provide technical assistance and create a logo and some related graphics for the site, which he had constructed himself.
An Independent View is a journal written by the SNP opposition group on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) to let the voters of the Western Isles know what is happening in the comhairle. We set this up for the group and trained one of the councillors to keep it updated.
The Human Resources department of NHS Western Isles wanted a helpdesk facility on their secure intranet to deal with staff enquiries. We built this as part of a website which could also contain contact information for staff as well as general information about HR and all of their current procedures.
Newsnet Scotland was the first and largest of the Scottish online news blogs favouring independence. We provided technical assistance and maintainance to ensure the blog ran smoothly and added an RSS syndication facility. We contributed numerous graphics and articles as well as editorial services.
The Community Council for Carloway, a town on the West side of Lewis, asked us to redevelop their web site after they had been let down by another developer. The site had been partially completed when it was abandoned by the original developer, and control was never handed over to the council.
Heb Talk is a blog which was launched to encourage discussion of topical issues affecting the Hebrides. The site needed to be easy to read and navigate but also to be visually appealing with a sense of place. We kept the design simple with the emphasis on the article area.
The Scottish National Party in the Western Isles wanted a web site to post information and news items concerning the activities of the local Holyrood MSP and Westminster MP, both SNP. The site was to be updated daily and the design needed to conform to national SNP branding.
Isles FM, the local radio station in Stornoway, wanted a web site to give their listeners both static and dynamic information about their presenters, programmes, scheduling and local news as well as a range of other topics. They also wanted a live feed on the site for listeners who lived outside the station's transmission area.
Iain Stewart-Hargreaves, a silversmith based in Calanais on the west coast of Lewis, wanted a web site to display and sell his hand made silver jewellery. Iain also wanted to be able to add articles on topics which interested him and his visitors, including traditional stories he had transcribed.
The Celtic Jewellery Shop wanted an updated web site to help increase their turnover. It had to present a large number of products in a visually appealing manner, while being easy for visitors to navigate and to search. The prices of over 2000 products had to be updated regularly.