Santa Train Experience Website Goes Live

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Last month we worked with The Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey to launch their new Santa Train Experience website. This years event is slightly different because of Covid restrictions – the experience will be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your own car. The website is a festive & fun layout that also offers key functionality in terms of an online booking system.

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Riverfield B&B Website Goes Live

Last week we launched a new website for Riverfield B&B based in Inch just outside Gorey Co. Wexford. Riverfield is a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the shadows of Tara Hill with easy access to the market town of Gorey.

They needed an online booking system that would compliment and co-exist with their existing Booking.com platform. They have 8 rooms in Riverfield and summers are very busy – so it was essential that the system prevented double bookings and any booking complications. The website will also serve as an online shop where people  can buy home cooking items and gift vouchers. This piece hasn’t been launched yet but the capability is there and it will be launched in the new year when the owners are ready.

Some of the features include

  • Online bookings for 8 rooms (4 different room types)
  • System caters for different pricing at the weekends and peak times
  • System prevents double bookings
  • Guest receives reminder email 24 hours before stay
  • Guest can manage their booking (e.g. cancel, reschedule etc.)
  • Admin can view schedule of bookings from the backend in a calendar view
  • Admin can add up bookings from the back end
  • Booking system allows dates to be block booked and marked as unavailable
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend

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WordPress 5.6 has arrived. Meet Simone.

On Tuesday (December 8th), WordPress 5.6 was released. This release is called Simone after legendary performer Nina Simone. Similar to 5.4 and 5.5, enhancements to the block editor seem to be the major improvements of this release with the end user having much more flexibility around page layouts with having to write code. There are also lots of goodies for us tech nerds around API integration, PHP 8 & jQuery.

This release was brought us to by an-all woman squad – which is also a first for WordPress.

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R Hendy & Co. Website Goes Live

We’ve been working with R Hendy & Co. Accountants over the last few months on refreshing their website. Their old website had served them well for years but they were looking for a fresher design and an online booking system for consultations in their Arklow and Enniscorthy offices.

Today we’re delighted to launch their new website which is a sleek and professional design that helps advertise their many services in a clear and concise way.

Some of the features include

  • Online bookings for 2 separate locations
  • Customer receives reminder email 24 hours before appointment
  • Customer can manage their booking (e.g. cancel, reschedule etc.)
  • System automatically manages conflicts and prevents double bookings
  • Admin can view schedule of bookings from the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend

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Approved PIP Website Goes Live

Approved PIP is a website from R Hendy & Co. Accountants (Based In Arklow & Enniscorthy) focusing on the Personal Insolvency side of their business. The website is a fresh, modern & functional with an insolvency calculator incorporated on the homepage.

The website also incorporates a full booking system that handles online bookings for consultations in their Arklow & Enniscorthy offices.

Some of the features include

  • Online bookings for 2 separate locations
  • Customer receives reminder email 24 hours before appointment
  • Customer can manage their booking (e.g. cancel, reschedule etc.)
  • System automatically manages conflicts and prevents double bookings
  • Admin can view schedule of bookings from the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend

See the result here

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Premium Promotions Website Goes Live

Premium Promotions is a Galway based competitions website that specialises in agricultural and livestock competitions. The business existed for years on Shopify and eventually it outgrew the platform. Shopify did not allow for effective running of competitions and so the team at Premium Promotions had to do much manual work to run competitions on the platform.

They communicated their requirements to us and we created a lean mean competition running machine for them :). Some of the features include

  • Create ‘competition’ type products within WordPress
  • Competitions can have a start date, end date, max entries, min entries
  • Competitions are skill based – the entrant must answer a question correctly to partake. The system ensures this is the case
  • Each entrant is assigned a ticket number – and all entrants can be exported to excel to allow for a Facebook Live random draw
  • Payments are handled online with an online checkout
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend

Essentially a lot of the manual tasks that the guys had to run on the old platform – are now automated and competitions will run a lot smoother. This is a classic example of ClearSoft making the web work for our customers.

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Second Lockdown On The Way : Threat Or Opportunity?

Last night the Irish government announced that the country would be moving to level 5 of the ‘Plan For Living with COVID-19’ framework. This is effectively another nationwide lockdown and will come as devastating news to some people and businesses.

This is a very serious time for many Irish businesses and we understand that some will not recover and live to see a brighter day. For other businesses however, there is an opportunity to turn a perceived negative into a positive. This article will explore this.

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LEO Grant – Some Advice

Earlier this year, the Local Enterprise Office announced changes to the Online Trading Voucher Scheme that many businesses have availed of. The closing date for these applications was the end of September – it may well open again in the future so with that in mind – below is some advice to those that may look to avail of it should it be re-opened.

Understand the rules

Lets start off with the ground rules of this scheme. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is aimed at small business with up to 10 employees to trade more online. Grants of up to €2,500 are available with 10% co-funding from the business. So essentially for €250 input from your business, you can get work completed to a value of €2750.

The grant can be used to develop a new or upgrade an existing e-commerce website, add online payments or booking systems or develop an app. You must be trading for at least 6 months prior to application to avail of this scheme and you must attend an online trading seminar with your Local Enterprise Office. Your yearly turnover must be less that €2 million.

Note: you may only draw down the grant after the work has been completed and the provider has been paid in full. This is very important to understand before applying.

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Halloween Train Experience Website Goes Live

This week saw the launch of the new Halloween Train Experience website at the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey. This was a fun project to work on and we’re delighted to get it over the line. It’s a good example of mixing style with functionality as it is a very eye-catching design that allows the hotel manage their online bookings for this very popular Halloween kids event. Check it out below:-

See the result here

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