I’ve recently had the opportunity to get involved with the new Web site for London based Blackstone Consultancy. Working with Cloud 10 Group here in the New Forest we have built a gorgeous new web site for them. We were able to get the site ready for presentation as part of the new branding at a trade show. It was a nerve racking experience but I uploaded the new site and put it live this week. The customer are reportedly very happy and I have just put live a few minor requested changes today.
It’s been a very exciting couple of months, looking at the site you would not know the amount of work, effort, (coffee, frustration and head scratching LOL). Indeed it’s probably the mark of a good design that the site maintains an air of simplicity, despite having plenty of textual content.
Throughout the project I was looking after the technical side of things for Cloud 10 and have learned a lot out of this. Simon presented me with a great flat design which incorporated images that had varying widths defining the layout. The challenge was converting this idea into a fully responsive site. I had to throw out the idea of using Bootstrap grid classes for the main layout for starters.
Out side the home page, the main content pages presented a technical challenge due to the way the image/ text sections alternate their alignments. Because the text had always to come before the images in the HTML (so that it could display properly when stacked on a mobile), I set the widths on the components from with in WordPress.
I’ve used WordPress custom post types for each section and gallery item, which means that the site can easily grow and adapt in line with the business requirements. It also makes sense from a coding perspective, no one likes working with gigantic HTML files that need constant updating.