Case Study: Francis Garner Architects

We recently designed and implemented a website for Liverpool-based architect Francis Garner. Francis has spent most of his career working for large architecture practices and didn’t have an existing website of his own so we had to start from scratch.

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Francis’s growing portfolio needed showcasing so that his work could be seen at its best. We designed an area on the website for his portfolio which split into Commercial and Residential sectors with the option to add more sectors in the future.

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Each portfolio entry is fully editable. Images can be added for new entries and to existing ones. Along with the text attached to each entry, there is the option for an interactive map with the projects’ location and galleries showing images from all stages of the project, from sketches to the finished structure.

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The site has a client area which allows Francis’s clients to access exclusive material and sign off pieces of work without needing to physically meet. The clients are given unique login details to the area which is designed to smooth the communication process between Francis and his clients.

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As standard for web design and development nowadays, we made the Francis Garner Architects site responsive for use on mobile devices.

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Categories: Web Design Web Development

We’re on the move!

Yes, the rumours are true: e-blueprint digital is moving. Either through careful planning or pure coincidence(pure coincidence), we are relocating in the month that marks our 10th birthday.

Thank you Liverpool Innovation Park, you’ve been good to us. We’ll probably cross paths sooner or later and we wish you well.

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Our new home is Elevator Studios on Parliament Street. Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle has become the architectural embodiment of the city’s creative spirit. The casual visitor might, with good reason, think that The Beatles were the only imaginative thing the city has ever come up with. It doesn’t take long after alighting at Lime Street until you come across a mural, statue or Fab Four Taxi Tour. This is not a complaint, just an observation. But in 2014, Liverpool’s creative scene is more exciting than ever.

Barely a week passes without a performing arts festival or exhibition taking place. The awarding to the city of 2008′s European Capital of Culture badge injected some much-needed attention and, crucially, money, the result of which is still being felt.

Events like 2014′s International Festival of Business which is set to return in two years’ time have helped attract kudos from the business world which has seen how Liverpool can seamlessly blend creativity and organisational nous.

Small and medium-sized creative enterprises like ours are flourishing thanks to hubs like the Baltic Triangle. Single-person businesses can mix with established companies, sharing ideas and collaborating on projects which benefit all those involved and continue to enhance Liverpool’s standing on the world’s innovative stage.

At the beginning of November, we the e-blueprint team along with all of our garb will be heading to Elevator. Like exposed brick? Then you’ll love our new office. If ventilation ducts are your thing, head  down to e-blueprint’s new gaffe with ventilation ducts in abundance. We can’t wait to settle in to the Baltic environment and get involved in all of the exciting activities.

We’re still contactable and, though we might be working out of boxes for a couple of days, e-blueprint life will go ahead as normal. Our new door will always be open if you fancy a brew or two so pop down to Elevator any time. Can’t wait to see you!

Categories: Randoms

Bespoke is best

Well, we would say that, wouldn’t we? But here’s why. Because it takes the average site user less than 50 milliseconds to form an opinion on the quality of your site.

50 milliseconds… Good news if your site’s looking good: not so good if it’s not, as the user is then likely to transfer that opinion of your site to its content. It’s known as the ‘halo effect’, where the ripples of positivity you created with a beautifully designed website are transferred to all of your content and your competency; in fact, by now, you’d have to go out of your way to put them off.

Categories: Web Design

e-blueprint’s Top 5 Plugins

As part of our commitment to promote open-source systems, we are providing some of the key plugins to help you get your business moving forward. This is in response to a blog we referenced not long ago by ‘enfuzed’ detailing what they thought were the top 10 WordPress plugins. So we thought we put our opinion out there too! Here’s part one of our run down of WordPress plugins.

1. All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert

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About:
This is a SEO plugin that automatically includes all the required tags to optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. The plugin has a huge set of functions to make your SEO work more effective. The plugin has gained popularity because it is easy to use, flexible and very effective. WordPress website owners have seen tremendous results once they’ve installed this plugin into their websites, since it’s loved by search engines. Customizing and configuring the plugin is very easy and user friendly. If you are a newbie to WordPress, you won’t have to access any advanced options since when installed, it comes equipped with fantastic default settings, which suit most needs. Advanced users who want to customize it can do so with the friendly GUI section, a background in PHP coding isn’t necessary, it’s very simple. The fact is, this plugin fulfils all its intended functions extremely well.
WordPress rating: 3.8 / 5

We think:
“This plugin has all standard functionality required for basic on-page optimisation. There are advanced server settings, features and configurations that allow us to fully optimise a website, a rare thing amongst many content management systems out there today. We’ve been using this plugin for over 5 years. An example of how this can be used effectively is outlined in our recent case study”:
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e-blueprint rating:  4.6 / 5

2. NextGEN Gallery by photocrati

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About:
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, with over 7.5 million downloads. It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more. It’s simple, reliant and flexible, perfect for any website that needs a gallery.
WordPress rating: 4.1 / 5

We think:
“e-blueprint used this on a recent website we designed and developed for a professional photographer, Matthew Rycraft. You can see the plugin in action here”: http://www.matthewrycraft.co.uk/
e-blueprint rating:  4.8 / 5

3. Really Simple CAPTCHA by Takayuki Miyoshi

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About:
A CAPTCHA is a short online typing test that is easy for humans to pass but difficult for robotic software programs. The purpose of a CAPTCHA is to discourage hackers and spammers from using auto-filling software programs at that web page. Really Simple CAPTCHA achieves this with outstanding results, websites we have used contact forms on along with this plugin have stopped receiving spam and so the plugin fits its purpose perfectly.
WordPress rating: 4.5 / 5

We think:
“This plugin does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s extremely easy to use and never has any trouble with updates, top quality. You can see it in use on one of our recent websites we designed and developed for a skin clinic”:
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e-blueprint rating: 5 / 5

4. Safe Redirect Manager by Taylor Lovett

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About:
Safe Redirect Manager is used to redirect URL’s to current URL’s that are in use. Safe Redirect Manager makes this process easy in WordPress. The plugin doesn’t seem to conflict with any particular themes and actually looks like it is part of WordPress’ default interface which a lot of plugins similar to it, do not seem to do. You simply click on the title, type in the old URL and then the new one in the following input box and VOILA.
WordPress rating: 5 / 5

We think:
“It’s that user friendly, it seems like it’s already part of the WordPress interface. Why choose any other plugin, when this does the job perfectly, and doesn’t make the job any harder than it’s already meant to be? URL’s get directed instantly.”
e-blueprints rating: 5 / 5

5. Contact Form Database By Michael Simpson

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About:
Contact Form Database makes it possible for the user of the website to access any type of form submission in the back end of WordPress. It works in conjunction with popular form plugins, JetPack Contact Form, Contact Form 7 (CF7) and Fast Secure Contact Form (FSCF) plugin. Other form submissions can be saved with the addition of the [cfdb-save-form-post] short code on the target submission page.
WordPress rating: 4.8 / 5

We think:
“Many of our clients have want the feature of accessing their form submissions in WordPress, this plugin makes this possible. Forms are stored in an organized layout, which makes it easy for clients to retrieve the information and not miss anything crucial.”
e-blueprint rating: 4.8 / 5

If you are interested in finding out how we can develop a website that works for your business please e-mail nick.taylor@e-blueprint.co.uk. Or read on and review the rest of our autumn newsletter here and relating articles here:

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Categories: Web Design Web Development

Presenting Partner: Liverpool International Tennis

intllogoWe were delighted to win the opportunity to work with Northern Vision and be recognised as the official partner and deliver the branding, marketing materials, website and e-communications.

Anders Borg told us, “We deliver World Class tennis players to Liverpool each year. e-blueprint has delivered us a service to match. They have created the new face of the International’s branding, helped smooth the transition to a new venue and through their creativity and ability to hit continuously demanding deadlines. Their work has proven to be a key cornerstone of this year’s campaign”.

Our experience in managing an event of this size has been one of the highlights of the year. We’ve previously worked with Sandown Park Racecourse  and developed other tennis websites like Mersey Bowmen Tennis Club and the Liverpool Tennis Foundation and its been particular good to continue to work in a sport we love. When we took the call from the Northern Vision team we were engaged to help raise the profile of the event and secure more bookings. e-commerce & lead generation is fundamental to work we do for our clients, combined with our impressive track record delivering large branding and digital marketing this project drew on our core skill set and enabled our team to showcase a range of creative design and digital marketing techniques we employ.

Brand Development

We were engaged to deliver new branding that would energise the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament but also the portfolio of International Tournaments in Norway and Spain. The brand created, provided a flexible structure to accommodate various title sponsors and venues over time and new locations around the world.

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We were previously involved in delivering the Liverpool Tennis Foundation branding and website which offer us the opportunity to appeal to kids and bring a little ‘cool’ to tennis in the city.

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Venue launch

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The change of venue from Calderstones Park to the Liverpool Cricket Club needed to be managed with care. We developed an iconic symbol to represent this year’s tournament and something for the public to associate to the new brand. This was backed by the ‘It’s not just Cricket.. it’s Tennis’ slogan to re-enforce and announce the new iconic venue across a series of billboard advertisements.

Venue launch – Press conference:

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One of the UK’s big doubles hope for the next few years are Liverpool’s own Skupski brothers! They launched the new venue and e-blueprint provided the design work for all print literature, and TV press backdrops.  The banners developed the ‘Its just not Cricket” theme  and the press backdrop detailed this year’s sponsors.

Marketing materials

In the lead up to the four day tournament, Liverpool One’s Chavasse Park is transformed and a full sized tennis court in brought in for the festival of tennis over two weeks. We’ve created a series of marketing materials, including flags, digital banners and posters for this event which precedes the tennis Gala dinner and a range of other flyers and promotions including; posters across the city, plasma screen adverts for Liverpool One, magazine and newspaper adverts, flags, advertising hoardings and billboards. Special attention has been given to the tournament’s programme and VIP tickets and materials.  Special praise needs to go to our design team, David and Rich who worked tirelessly to make sure all the design for print was delivered on time and to specification. Tournament printers, WildThang were also fantastic with their flexibility and support.

New online presence

The launch of the new Liverpool International Tennis website has been one of the most exciting aspects of this year’s campaign. We revitalised the website with some beautiful hand drawn illustrations over some of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings to present the world class players (these are now seen across all of the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook). The website is now accessible on all mobile devices by re-sizing and responding to the size of the device used. The design and architecture of the website has been developed to help drive ticket sales, it is more focussed on tennis fans and gives people a much better feel for the tournament, its history as well as all the vital information such as the Tournament’s history and ‘how to get here’. It is a modern attractive design that appeals to all ages of tennis fans and helps represent and position sponsors.

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Event Manager Viktoriya Sabotinova told us : “e-blueprint are digital marketing agency that is the right balance of experience and fresh new ideas, their designers, web developers and online promotional team combine well and service our very demanding schedule. They have the right approach, fit our tournament ethos well and understand what we’re about. Sponsors and tennis fans alike are getting a great feel for the event and the cohesive branding across all printed materials and online is really bringing a new level of professionalism across everything promote publicly. We look forward to the next two year’s working with them”.

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