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Our Work

printing.com Plc Visit →

printing.com

printing.com provide low-cost, full-colour printing through a network of dedicated and franchise partners throughout the UK, Ireland, France, New Zealand and the United States.

Over the past three years, we have managed their web-presence in each of those countries, completely redeveloping their consumer-facing websites and providing them with fully localised sites for France and Iceland, where they previously had franchieses.

We also develop and maintain their proprietary web-based software, Flyerlink, on which printing.com depend on for the effective operation of their business, facilitating centralised order fulfillment and management of print jobs and financial information throughout each of the territories they operate in.

Last year, the system handled nearly £25M in sales.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Bespoke CMS
  • PHP
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL
  • 24-hour Support

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r8urm8 Visit →

The Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, who combine the work of seven local public sector agencies, including the Cheshire Police, contracted us to design and build a social networking site to help promote safer driving amongst young people in Cheshire.

The site features a bunch of web 2.0 style networking features, such as user-customisable profiles, user relationships, commenting and activity notifications, all of which help the cool kids get one over on each other on a regular basis.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Bespoke CMS
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

Going Solo Visit →

Following the success of the r8urm8 campaign, the Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership approached us to produce a guide to act as an online resource for parents of young drivers.

The site provides invaluable information for parents and young drivers alike, and provides a meeting area for other guardians of young drivers to help in sharing their experiences.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Content Managed
  • Discussion Forums
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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Music Ally Visit →

Music Ally is the leading digital music business research consultancy, providing industry research via daily and bi-weekly premium subscription email newsletters, and are a respected authority in their industry.

We implemented a redesign of their website, and have an on-going relationship providing hosting, feature implementation, and management of their newsletter delivery system.

More recently, to coincide with their 200th industry report, we developed a Rails-based application to manage the large amount of music industry data the company harvests for their paying subscribers.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Perl
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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Staples International Visit →

With over 30 years of experience, south Manchester-based Staples International are well regarded in the shipping industry.

We recently redeveloped their site and provided them with a full content management system to manage their site and worldwide network of distributors.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Bespoke CMS
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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Code Golf Visit →

Code Golf allows programmers to show off their skills by solving coding problems using the shortest possible program. As well as being a fun way of demonstrating a programmer's skill, Code Golf is a great way to learn new languages and optimisation tricks.

Users are automatically scored based on how well they pass pre-defined tests and, of course, how short they are. They can follow their progress in an overall league table, as well as tables for each individual challenge and language.

Code Golf features both forums and an IRC channel for users to hang out and trade tips with each other. Visitors hanging out in the IRC channel will notice the integration with the site itself — Information about successful entries is posted by the resident Code Golf bot for everyone to see.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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The Recycling Group Finder Visit →

We created the Recycling Group Finder because we thought it would be a great way of helping the Freecycle Network and its generous members. Specifically, we wanted to make it easy for people to find all the available recycling groups in a given area, relative to where they live.

The site takes full advantage of Google Maps to deliver an easy-to-use website to allow potential Freecycle and other recycling organisation members to find the right group for them.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Google Maps Integration
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL
  • Managed Hosting

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NWRUG Visit →

We were delighted to have the opportunity to donate a site design to the recently formed North West Ruby User Group, based in Manchester, England.

It's no secret that we make extensive use of Ruby in nearly all our projects, so it was a perfect opportunity to give something back to the growing local Ruby community.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Donated!

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Top The Table (Not not currently running.)

We built Top The Table to indulge our love for the 2006 World Cup. The idea was simple — players predicted what they thought the outcome of each game was going to be and received points (or were deducted points!) depending on how accurate they were.

All players were pitted against each other in an overall league table, as well as being able to play against friends and colleagues in smaller or private leagues.

The site is not currently running, but may make a reappearance for a future tournament

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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My Conveyancing / Claim Winners

My Conveyancing is an online conveyancing service which allows property owners and purchasers to get a quote for their conveyancing requirements and then carry out their conveyancing online.

The site features a bespoke content management system to allow full management of all client quotes, and the client-facing site itself.

We also developed a similar system for sister company Claim Winners, a forward-thinking personal injury specialist firm who are keen to distance themselves from the many "claims management" companies through a professional, transparent service and superior technology. We feel that the site we built, host and manage is testament to this.

In addition, we recently had the pleasure of providing law costs consultants Maxim with a simple but effective web presence for their costs-drafting service.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Bespoke CMS
  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • Managed Hosting

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Smallr Visit →

Smallr is a really simple service that does just one thing — shrinking long URLs — and does it fast.

You may frequently find yourself about to email (or even give out a web address on the phone), but find that it's just too long and cumbersome. Many email clients will break or wrap such links so they no longer reliably work for the recipient.

Smallr solves this by turning a long URL into a much, much shorter one — perfect for emailing.

Ingredients

  • Design
  • Development
  • Ruby on Rails
  • SOAP API
  • Managed Hosting