We recently launched this site for new start up driving school Chalkwood Driving. As well as the site we also created the branding for Chalkwood, which has been applied to the brand new Audi A1 car as well as other printed promotional materials. We thought we’d share a couple of photos with you- keep an eye out for the Chalkwood Driving car around Sussex now!
Are you a start up company? Looking for branding and a website? Get in touch to discuss your project!
Social Media & Content Intern: 2-3 days per week (flexible hours)
BrightonWP is a Brighton based agency specialising in the build and production of websites using, yup you’ve guessed it, WordPress! It is also the sister agency of Republique, a creative studio with over 10 years experience working with clients such as Coca Cola, Elemis, Headmasters, o2. We’re looking for someone to join us in-house, focused upon gaining experience and contributing to the growing social media needs of our clients on both sides of the agencies.
The right person will be passionate about social media and blogging, someone who can offer suggestions and solutions right off the bat. A large portion of your time would be investigating new potential channels to offer our clients.
In return you will gain the experience of working in a professional studio environment, honing your creative writing skills and collaborating with designers and developers on a wide range of live accounts and projects.
The initial internship is for 3 months, after that period your progression would be accessed for the potential to become a permanent member of the team or be concluded with the ability to add your time with us as part of your CV and we’d provide you with positive references.
We’ve a modern, professional studio environment with clients frequently passing through. Occasionally you’ll be interacting with these or included in meetings. You will also be involved creative exercises and meetings on various live projects, where you will be encourage to contribute, but don’t worry we don’t expect you to be anything other than polite, professional and enthusiastic.
The ideal candidate will:
Be evangelical about Social Media and tenacious about exploring new methods and channels
Fluent and active on Twitter, FaceBook as a minimum
Familiarity with Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, Google+, GoogleAnalytics, Hootsuite, MS office, WordPress, Tumblr
Engaging and accurate copywriting skills
Hopefully a blogger, doesn’t matter what subject matter as long as its passionate and active (and legal)
Any experience or knowledge of HTML, CSS, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator would be a bonus
Be organised and able to work to deadlines and goals
Enthusiastic, friendly and a generally nice human being.
The internship is based in our Hove studio, although this is an unpaid placement, all your expenses will be generously covered.
How to apply
If you have an interest in our internship, please send your CV, a covering letter, we’d also love to see your blogs, tumblrs too. Click here to email us.
This is a call for all those people who would like to know a little more about WordPress. Due to the huge amount of popularity we had during our WordPress Workshops in September, which were in conjunction with the Brighton Digital Festival, BrightonWP will be opening the studio doors and offering one-to-one sessions with our designers and developers once again to four lucky Facebook giveaway winners! The topic of discussion is up to you and we can offer practical advice on everything from Hosting and installation, set-up, user management, posting, plugins, maintenance and much more.
Our WordPress Workshops are ideal for you, if you:
• Have a WordPress site that you wish to develop further
• Have a troublesome WordPress site
• Are thinking about setting up a self-hosted WordPress site
• Are unsure whether WordPress is a good option for your business or personal site
• Want to improve your site’s visibility
• Are concerned about security and backup issues
Each session lasts for 1 hour.
Want to enter?
Head over to our Facebook page and simply comment on the WordPress Workshop post at the top of the page and share it! Make sure you like our page to enter too! Winners will be contacted on October 31st 2013 via facebook. Good luck!
We were some of the lucky ones who got tickets to visit Brighton SEO at The Dome, so on Friday we set off for a morning out of the studio (#exciting!).
We saw some interesting talks including those from Oliver Snoddy who is head of planning at Twitter who spoke about real-time marketing for brands, and the importance of tweeting ‘in the moment’ in such events as Andy Murray winning Wimbledon. We then heard from Google about the Google + platform and the benefits of this for both personal and business use. The use of circles and hangouts are something particularly unique, as we saw in a successful example from Topshop and Google + (find out more on Mashable.com).
After a little break and mingle we headed into the Corn Exchange for session 2. Lots of other useful information, most of which informed what we already know and create- Responsive sites are increasingly popular and it is imperative to have a mobile optimised site!
Here are a few interesting facts we noted on the day:
Twitter has 15million users, and 80% of them view on mobile.
1 billion tweets are sent every 2 days!
Targeted and local searches are most effective forms of Google advertising- 40% of searches on Google are local.
4 out of 5 people access Facebook via their mobile.
79% of smartphone users read their emails on their phone- and more emails are opened than calls made!
Brighton SEO is one of the main events within the Brighton Digital Festival, which (in case you haven’t heard by now) we created the site for, take a look around here >. We managed to catch up with some of the festivals organisers at Brighton SEO, and the festival seems to have had great success and feedback so far this year!
Think you could benefit from Search Engine Optimisation? Is your site responsive and mobile friendly? Get in touch to find out more about any of our services!
The Colour Run is coming to Brighton this Saturday 14th September from 11am, and our director is taking part! If you are Brighton based pop along and support Simon and all the other runners- you can even throw paint at them on the way! The colour run is fundraising for Stand Up To Cancer in collaboration with Cancer Research UK and you can donate to this great cause via Simon’s Just Giving page here >
Not heard of The Colour Run? Here is a bit about it…
“The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique color race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet! With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
1. Wear white at the starting line 2. Finish plastered in color
Now the single largest event series on the planet, The Color Run is exploding since our debut event in January of 2012 and will grow from over 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2012, to over 100 events and over a million participants in 2013.”
The Brighton Digital Festival is now in full swing, with a range of interesting and exciting events happening across the city during September. Many events are free and are open to attend so take a look at the Brighton Digital Festival site for all the latest event listings.
The site, which was built by us and designed by Bryan Kidd, has had great feedback from those within the digital and creative industries in Brighton and beyond.
We are also taking part in the festival, holding our own WordPress Workshops throughout September for anyone who wants to find out a little more about WordPress and what it is all about. These workshops are being offered free and they filled very quickly, and we are currently fully booked – sorry! However please do get in touch with any questions you may have, or if you have an idea or project you’d like to discuss with us.
We started our first WordPress Workshops in the studio yesterday- attended by a variety of people from those that have never used WordPress before, to creatives who have used it in the past but needed a bit of guidance. All attendees were very impressed with the capabilities of WordPress and its easy to update content management system.
Think your company could benefit from a WordPress Website? Just want to know a little more? Get in touch >
Remember to have a browse through the events on the Brighton Digital Festival Site. Here are just a few that we like the look of:
Brighton Mini Maker Faire - The family festival of creativity and invention. Back for a third year with even more mind-boggling makes. (we visited last year and it was great- full of creative activities and happy children!).
Brighton SEO – BrightonSEO is a free conference which will put you in the same room as some of the UK’s finest and most experienced digital marketers.
WordPress has become the most popular content management system (CMS) with its features and flexibility etc, and it is also important to ensure the security of the WordPress blog, the following infographic shares the information about most popular security plugins that assist you in securing your site.
Every time you create a new page or blog post in WordPress, a page style must be allocated. This way a blog post can have a different layout/style to a service page for example. The initial task is to understand how many templates your site requires. Once you have this information, you then know how many pages the designer needs to mock up, and in turn, how many pages the developer needs to create.
Below are some examples of websites using different numbers templates, you can clearly see the effect on the cost.
Website using 1 Template Website, unlimited pages
The example above shows a 1 template website. This means your site uses the same layout throughout all pages- the illustration above shows a header, footer, main content area and right hand sidebar as an example layout. The content (copy, images etc) within these areas will change on each page, and can also include contact forms, galleries and more, which will all be designed to work within your chosen template. You can also add as many pages to your site as you like using this single template.
Website using 3 Template Website, unlimited pages
This example shows a 3 template website. The homepage above forms template 1 which contains a header, 3 promotional panels, and various blog and social feeds which are split into 3 columns. This page would be designed and developed to your requirements and chosen layout. The services page above forms template 2. This would be custom designed and developed to show a range of services (image and intro copy) in a four column layout, as well as a custom header which is narrower than the homepage header. The contact page above shows your 3rd template layout- this is likely to be your main template used for standard content pages throughout the site. As in the 1 template example above it contains a header, footer, sidebar and content area where your text, images and other enhancements such as contact forms and galleries can be placed.
Website using 5 Template Website, unlimited pages
This illustration shows a 5 template website, which would be used if your site requires more functionality than a standard site. Again, as in the 3 template example above we have a custom template for the home page, services page and contact page. You may also require further functionality to your site, for example an events page, as shown in the 4th template above. This may feature a custom event listing post type, custom sidebar and header image. The 5th template above shows an example of a project or portfolio page. Here you may require a deep slider, your latest work (which has been placed in a 3 column layout) and a featured project with image & copy. These templates can all be designed bespoke for your business and configured by our team- why not get in touch to find out more, or follow the link below to our cost calculator if you are ready to get a quote.
To learn more about our pricing structure and get an instant quote, visit our Cost Calculator page.
Last month WordPress celebrated its 10th Birthday! Since it launched on 27th May 2003 WordPress has evolved a long way! WordPress now powers nearly a quarter of all the websites across the world- co-founder Matt Mullenweg describes the 10 years as, “It’s been a crazy, exciting, journey, and one that won’t stop any time soon.”
WordPress, which initially launched as a blogging platform, was created in order for the wider community to enjoy with ease, making it easy for users to post blogs without needing to know HTML coding. Over the years it had evolved to a fully functional content management system, powering substantial websites, whilst still retaining the simple to use admin- making it easy to update for the client without having to ask their web designer to make updates, which in the past may have been costly.
Another factor in the success of WordPress is the addition of plugins, which act like apps do for an i phone, to provide additional functionality, such as event listings, members areas, forms and almost anything you can think of. This means WordPress is hugely adaptable to the clients requirements, and can be customised to be truly unique. Thousands of plugins are available and growing everyday so the possibilities are endless.
The use of WordPress themes, which act as a framework for the site, also have meant SME’s that may have previously not been able to pay out for a custom built site can now have all high quality, fully functional site at a reasonable budget, that they can easily maintain and update at any time.
Matt Mullenweg also goes onto say: “As the web evolves, WordPress evolves. Factors outside of our control will always influence WordPress’ development: today it’s mobile devices and retina display, tomorrow it could be Google Glass or technology not yet conceived. A lot can happen in ten years! As technology changes and advances, WordPress has to change with it while remaining true to its core values: making publishing online easy for everyone. How we rise to these challenges will be what defines WordPress over the coming ten years.”
Brightonwp look forward to the next 10 years of working with WordPress.
Think your company could benefit from a WordPress website? We can create websites completely bespoke, or create custom theme adaptions. Get in touch to find out more, and view our pricing calculator on the homepage to get an idea of prices. Also see our services page as an overview as what we offer.
This week the Brighton Digital Festival site we built was launched! We are very exited about the launch, which was marked with an open event at The Old Market venue in Hove, which saw lots of people turn out interested in the festival and what it has to offer. The site got lots of positive feedback and tweets about it on the night (#BDF2013 to join in!).
The site is designed to be sleek and minimal, yet also features some interesting functionality including the use of parallax scrolling in the top blog, a promo video, a twitter conversation using the hashtag #BDF2013, a events submission system and much more.
The site continues to be updated so keep checking back for all the latest, and remember you can keep up with all the goings on for the festival via the hashtag #BDF2013.