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Mezzanine floors: going up!

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013 by Richard

Mezzanine floor manufacturer Storplan Racking Ltd, based at Full Sutton near York, has grown to become one of the country’s most respected mezzanine floor manufacturers and storage equipment specialists. Castlegate IT has been working with Storplan on their corporate website, giving it some SEO treatment to improve their organic Google rankings.

Industrial mezzanine floors can provide valuable additional space in a warehouse or yard situation, but Storplan also provide innovative mezzanine floor solutions in more picturesque settings such as a recent project in a grade-2 listed dove cote. Storplan devised a 3-tier mezzanine floor solution to turn the dove cote into a luxury holiday let.

Although the main part of the business is mezzanine floors, Storplan also manufacture Industrial Staircases, Handrails, Pallet Racking, Shelving, Garment Hanging, Security cages, Mesh Partitioning and Screens, Lockers & Staircases and Mezzanines for Retail spaces. All of these areas needed to be considered in the SEO plan for the site.

Initially, we did some keyword research which identified key phrases to focus on. These were used to describe page content in the title, descriptions and H1 headings, and allocated to landing pages. This phase resulted in some terms rising in the rankings by as much as 8 pages. A second phase has concentrated on optimising the text. It was important that this was done sensitively, to maintain the quality of the content. With many of the phrases now on page one of Google, the project is showing great results.

New ecommerce sites: Nut Free Chocolate and Walking Holidays

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Gemma

E-commerce: not so much the future as the present. A lot of our work has been in helping small businesses, especially local businesses, to start trading online. Here are two of our latest -

The Nut Free Chocolatier

As you might guess, this site offers nut free chocolate for sale online. It’s not only for people who suffer from allergies to nuts, but also offers a range of chocolates for young children who are having potential allergens kept out of their diet. They also organise nut free chocolate parties and even nut-free chocolates for weddings and corporate events.  The contemporary and somewhat mouthwatering design was by Zynsk Digital. The system integrates with the Mals shopping cart system – our favourite budget shopping cart.

Nut Free Chocolate

Discovery Travel.

Discovery Travel have been trading online for a while, but they badly needed a better-looking and easier-to-use site from which to sell their walking holidays in Europe. The website is another one of our highly-customised WordPress sites, completely content managed, with a sophisticated catalogue of holidays. Each holiday can have maps, galleries and booking information stored, which are presented in an elegant tabbed layout.

The booking process for the various activity holidays – not just walking but also cycling holidays in the UK and Europe – is pretty complicated. As well as all the different permutations of travellers in different types of room, there are so many other possible customisations to the holidays that Discovery Travel needed to have completely free control over the price of each individual booking. So we built them a two-stage payment system – pretty much automated in taking the deposit but then totally flexible when it comes to the balance payment. The payments were taken using the WorldPay on-line payment gateway.

walking holidays

Royal Fireworks Press redesign & the Link Agency

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Gemma

Royal Fireworks Press

Royal Fireworks Press is an established publisher of books for gifted children. Their new site serves as a catalogue and e-commerce portal, and incorporates two different versions: one for school-based learning, and another for home-based. Users can switch between these two modes, which share content, but also contain pages and information unique to each version.

Royal Fireworks Press is our most popular e-commerce website, of which we are proud. Since the re-design the website has experienced a 14% increase in sales, which we predict will continue to rise. The site provides functionality, good visual layout and is highly ranked in search engines, all encouraging customers to buy books for gifted children.

The site was developed using CodeIgniter PHP Framework, with customised WordPress CMS, Mal’s e-commerce and Issuu integration.

Books for Gifted Children

Link Agency

Link Agency is a letting agent in Hull. The website integrates with CFP WinMan.

The letting agents site was designed by 7nine and coded by Semlyen IT.

Letting agent in Hull

New Limited Company!

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Gemma

We are proud to announce our new Limited company: Castlegate IT. Over the years the company has been expanding and progressing, and to incorporate was the next step.

It is taking time to administrate the switchover, so we are currently still trading as Semlyen IT Consultants. There will be a new website and new branding coming soon, but with the same quality of service.

Castlegate Ltd and Semlyen.net

To help with the workload, Castlegate IT has employed two extra staff, John Hughes and Gemma Bason.

John has extensive experience in design, HTML, CSS and Javascript coding, with a particular strength in interface design which will be a wonderful additional to Castlegate IT.

I (Gemma) have joined to help with all the company admin and to take on updates and alterations to sites.

We still have the old team – Andy, Richard, Jamie, Daniel and Jim are all here to make your website a success!!

New Barry Crux & Co. Site Launched

Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 by Richard

Chartered Surveyors Barry Crux & Co have a long-established reputation as one of the top independent commercial property agents in the North of England. Here in York they are stalwarts of the local business community and the leading independent agent for city-centre business property. They manage sales and lettings of hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs in the hospitality sector, as well as office, retail and industrial properties. They also have a thriving business in the residential lettings market.

Their website was in need of an overhaul, and we were very glad to be commissioned to give it a makeover and improve their online property catalogue. We think the design is one of our best so far.

This is a business with many strings to its bow – from business appraisals to expert witness reports, EPCs and property valuations – and the site had to reflect that. As well as showing off their many and varied professional services they wanted to be able to show off the range of properties for which they are agents. Many of these are beautiful historic residential properties in the centre of York, owned by York Conservation Trust.

Their old website had been operating faithfully for years, and we were able to work with the previous developers to export and transfer their existing catalogue into the updated system that we had built. This saved them an enormous amount of time.

We also developed a system which creates informal user accounts – in order to view full PDF property particulars people have to enter some brief contact details. This only happens once per visitor, so it isn’t too obtrusive, and no subsequent logging in is required. We hasten to add, of course, that no contact details are passed to any third party, it simply allows the company to be able to report on the level of interest shown in the properties and businesses being offered for sale to their clients.

Pubs and Hotels for Sale

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