The Shiwiar Rainforest Project

This project happened in my previous life as a botanist and explorer. Recently we were very excited to discover that several new snail species were discovered by our efforts. Hilary May (nee KIngston), the snail collector, is going have one of the snails named after her. Another will be named after the Shiwiar tribe who hosted us. It made me realise I had better make a small website to store the project report and stay in touch with the Shiwiar, who now host regular tours in their territory.

Shiwiar Rainforest Initiative 2000

Mr Tom’s Football Quizzes

We’ve launched a website with simple branding and digital downloads for sale. It features a series of Football quizzes, suited for pub quiz evenings and also aimed at social and sports club events or just for football fans to test themselves and have fun. The site is made using WordPress.com which makes it more restrictive but also means its free to host. Once the project is earning its keep, the site can easily be upgraded to a custom domain and more tailored design. The downloads are handled using Sellfy, and we’ve set up an affiliate system to promote the products too.

Mr Tom's Football Quiz
The first quiz is free to download

 

Solution Tree Hypnotherapy

Hannah Miller has taken the plunge and left her day job to launch a solution-focused hypnotherapy business in south Gloucestershire.

Solution Tree Hypnotherapy website and branding

 

Taking a collaborative approach, we developed the logo and colours and setup a WordPress website for Hannah. We’ve handed it over to Hannah to control but we are here to help out whenever she hasn’t the time or the inclination for edits or updates.

Good luck Hannah!

If you are looking for help with a website or branding project, get in touch.

 

New Membership Website for bgen

This week the Botanic Gardens Education Network (bgen) celebrated its 25th anniversary. Presentations, a picnic and a tour of Kew Gardens were much enjoyed. To coincide with this happy event we launched the redesigned bgen website, which is a custom WordPress site with features for members-only content.

Wordpress site with membership management features
WordPress site with membership management features

Kew Studio – New Website

Kew Studio in west London has resident artists with their own workspaces, as well as a wide network of artistic members who access the excellent and unique printmaking facilities, talks, workshops and other events that are held in this beautiful former school building.

I was briefed to build a new website that was more inviting and friendly, and also would allow artists to update their own pages on the site.

We elected for WordPress which offers flexibility, all the features needed and plenty of scope to develop at the studio’s pace. The site is hosted with TSOHost, an excellent and low-cost provider who have recently begun to offer free hosting for charities.

A new website for arts and education charity in west London

The project included applying a new logo, integrating an existing print room booking calendar, and providing training to artists in how to manage their own page. We’ve also linked to a new Facebook page and added in features like Google map links and an email subscription service.

In some cases this has given artists their first web presence and I hope it will help them, and the studio, thrive long into the future.

See the new site at http://kewstudio.org/

INQUIRE Botany – Email Newsletters You Don’t Have to Actually Write

INquire RSS Email newsletter in Mailchimp

I’ve just finished setting up RSS email templates in Mailchimp for INQUIRE botany. http://www.inquirebotany.org

INQUIRE are funded to provide info on inquiry-based science education and there are ten languages each of which needs to have regular email newsletter communications sent to its subscriber list.

With very stretched resources and limited capacity in the different countries for creating email newsletters in HTML, INQUIRE were rather wondering how this would be achieved.

The answer: fully automated emails that go out monthly, using whatever news items have been posted on the relevant site in the previous few weeks.

So: no email drafting for the client for the next three years – just the manageable task of posting news items occasionally.

So – sit back, relax and enjoy the news!