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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

WordPress Driven Websites, Fully Featured Blog and Video Presenter

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by Gemma

We have been so busy with projects these last few months that we haven’t had time to update our blog!

We designed and coded a new website for Cloudfree IT in August. They provide IT support for business in Yorkshire. The website is another of our highly-customised WordPress installations, with two linked sites running off the same domain – one for business users and one for home users.

IT support for business in Yorkshire

Beacon Dodsworth are GIS mapping software and marketing technology consultants, their ExpressionEngine driven website has had a re-design, with a new integrated WordPress blog.

GIS mapping software and marketing technology consultants Beacon Dodsworth

MyHouseAdvert is an online estate agents. They needed a website that encourages customers to use their services; this is done visually with price comparisons and fact boxes. An additional feature is the video web presenter created by This brings a dynamic aspect to the website that integrates well with the overall design.

Online estate agents

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

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

Bespoke Web Application: My Health Today

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 by Helen

My Health Today is a survey website set up to collect data on people’s experience of their own health. Using a system called EQ-5D, developed by the EuroQoL Group, it produces a measurement of health in terms of five different areas: mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain and discomfort, and anxiety and depression.

The bespoke programming used to create the online survey does several things – it adds the data to a database which holds all of the information (collected for research purposes), and using this data it produces charts showing the health of all participants so far. It also indicates how the current participant’s health compares to that of all the past participants. Around 33,000 results from earlier subjects were included before the website was launched, so test results can really be measured against the population as a whole.

My Health Today - screenshot of graph

My Health Today - screenshot of graph

The survey was commissioned by Professor Paul Kind from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. Professor Kind is a leading researcher in health outcomes, involved in investigating people’s experiences of health and wellbeing. The EQ-5D tool is becoming established as a way of offering a more meaningful measurement than the simple presence or absence of disease. There is a lot of potential for delivering this online, and we’re looking forward to being able to tell you more in the future!

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