ADCI Website Goes Live

The Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) is a nationwide body that administers amateur drama festivals for the whole of the island of Ireland. The organisation was founded in 1952 and coordinates the Full-Length Drama Festival Circuit along with two All-Ireland Finals annually.

The organisation had a pre-existing website that served them well for many years that had lots of good information and resources available. It had become quite cluttered and difficult to navigate in recent times and we were delighted to ‘reboot’ the site with a brand new design and layout. One of the big challenges was the transfer of data from the old site to the new site. The old site had hundreds and hundreds of pages (e.g. results, league tables, festival information) that had to be carefully moved over to the new site and integrate with the new design. This was particularly challenging but we created the tools to allow us to import the relevant data safely.

Another feature that we integrated was a Facebook feed into the homepage and news pages. This pulls in the latest Facebook posts securely into the site meaning that the organisation doesn’t have to maintain a separate blog on the website for news items.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & beautiful website
  • Structured festivals layout by year and festival
  • Clearly laid out results tables
  • Facebook feed integration
  • Email
  • Content can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliant
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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Window World Website Goes Live

We’ve been working with Riverchapel-based Window World for the last number of months and this week we’re delighted to launch WindowWorld.ie.

This is a sleek and beautiful representation of the Window World business and showcases their products and services in a clear and intuitive fashion. Products and categories are clearly laid out in a catalogue style layout with clear descriptions and attractive & professional photographs. Each product invites the customer to make enquiries directly from the product page which is emailed directly to the team at Window World.

We’ve also enabled automated electronic invoices on the backend of the site. This is a powerful system for the folks at Window World to manage their invoicing easily. They can maintain a customer database, generate estimates and invoices at the touch of a button and automate the sending of these emails to their customers. Customers can view invoices easily online and the business will see the benefit of digitizing this once time-consuming manual process.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & beautiful e-commerce website
  • Well structured rich catalogue of products / services
  • Email automation (product enquiries)
  • Products clearly categorised
  • Customer invoicing
  • Email
  • Products can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliant
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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All Storage Website Goes Live

All Storage is a brand new storage facility based in County Wexford. They offer personal and commercial storage solutions in their Craanford premises with 24 hour surveillance and 7 day access.

This is an e-commerce site – but a little different to most sites we create in that the product / service is subscription based. Customers sign up to a subscription, provide their payment details and then once a month will be automatically billed through the website (using Stripe Payments). Customers can log on to their account at any stage and cancel their subscription or change their payment details.

We launched the site for All Storage a few weeks ago.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & beautiful e-commerce website
  • Automated storage availability management
  • Email automation (new orders, recurring payments etc.)
  • Products clearly categorised
  • Subscription services
  • Online Payments
  • Email
  • Products can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliant
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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Kelly Scents Website Goes Live

Kelly Scents is the brainchild and passion of Boolavogue woman Kelly Curry. Her business specialises in luxury candles, scents, fragrances and wax burners. She was looking for an e-commerce solution that would allow her to sell her products and manage the store and stock levels easily.

One of the things she needed was the ability for her customers to create gift boxes by mixing and matching some of the store products (burners, snap bars, candles, bath bombs). We delivered this requirement in a sleek, easy-to-follow way.

Earlier this week we were delighted to launch the new website and online store for Kelly.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & beautiful e-commerce website
  • Automated stock management
  • Email automation (new orders, orders dispatched etc.)
  • Products clearly categorised
  • Mix & match hampers / gift boxes
  • Online Payments
  • Shipping calculated at checkout
  • Blog
  • Email
  • Products can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliant
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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County Wexford Community Workshop Website Goes Live

We’ve been working with County Wexford Community Workshop for the last number of months on an exciting web project that we were delighted to launch this week.

County Wexford Community Workshop is an Enniscorthy based organisation providing services to children and adults with intellectual disability and their families. The organisation encompasses Kilcannon Garden Centre & Restaurant, Astro Active Centre and Bellefield Design. These are commercial ventures that were set up to financially support our services and to provide employment.

They had a website for years that served them well, but they felt they needed to step it up for 2021 and beyond and improve their online presence. They also wanted to take their first step into the world of e-commerce. We were delighted to be chosen by them and help on their journey.

This week we launched their new website and we are very happy with the final result. The result is a very comprehensive website covering three distinct businesses and the overall organisation.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & Beautiful e-commerce website for Kilcannon Garden Centre, Astro Active Centre & Bellefield design
  • Online bookings
  • Automated stock management
  • Integration into ePOS systems
  • Email automation (new orders, orders dispatched etc.)
  • Products clearly categorised
  • Stock control
  • Blog
  • Products can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliant
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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WordPress 5.8 “Tatum” Released

WordPress 5.8 was released on July 20th. The release name is “Tatum”, named after Art Tatum – a legendary jazz pianist.

What’s New?

Gutenberg blocks are key to this release. Gutenberg is the advanced editor within WordPress that was launched a couple of years ago. At ClearSoft we’re not huge fans of Gutenberg to be honest. There are better page editors available for WordPress and we just find it a bit clunky. That said, it is powerful in the right hands and it is free.

Gutenberg blocks are blocks of content that can be grouped and moved around your pages – an easier way to manage page construction than just raw code. This release makes improvements to blocks around widget integration, content looping and template integration. As I said we’re not huge users of Gutenberg blocks in ClearSoft so we don’t see any huge benefits in 5.8 to our customers from a functionality perspective.

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D’arcy Real Estate & Letting Website Goes Live

D’arcy Real Estate & Letting is a Gorey based letting agency providing services in Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow & Dublin. They required a comprehensive real estate website to showcase their properties for sale & rent.

The project required special real estate functionality (powerful property search, listngs shown on map, property attributes, agent information, easy contact functionality) and we were delighted to deliver on these challenges. The finished website is as beautiful as it is functional.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & Beautiful website
  • Powerful property search capability
  • Agent information
  • Featured properties
  • Easily add up property attributes (bedrooms, parking spaces, wifi etc.)
  • Blog
  • Social media integration
  • List all properties on a map
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliance
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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Solis Counselling Website Goes Live

Earlier in the month we launched a brand new website for a new Gorey based counselling & therapy centre – Solis Counselling. It’s a classic design in keeping with their existing logo & colours. We sharpened up the existing logo to make it work better with web and integrated into the design which the client really loved. It was a very enjoyable project and bout the client and ourselves were really pleased with the outcome.

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Redmond Farmhouse Grocer Website Goes Live

Redmond Farmhouse Grocer is a Gorey based food provider specialising in delicious pre-cooked meals and farm-fresh meat. All ingredients are sourced from Redmond Farm in Craanford just outside Gorey. They required a comprehensive e-commerce site for their products – one that was both beautiful and functional.

We worked closely with the team and are delighted to launch FarmhouseGrocer.ie this week. The project required a few advanced features that we were delighted to deliver on such as distance rate shipping calculations and bundles.

Some of the features include

  • Functional & Beautiful e-commerce website
  • Online shop
  • Integration of product bundles
  • Integration of distance rate shipping
  • Email automation (new orders, orders dispatched etc.)
  • Products clearly categorised
  • Stock control
  • Products can be easily managed through the backend
  • Various reports and dashboards are available on the backend
  • Fully GDPR compliance
  • Comprehensive user manual provided

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WordPress – the importance of staying current

WordPress is the most popular website content management system in the world and powers a reported 34% of all the worlds websites – that’s over 75 million sites! So it should come as no surprise that here at ClearSoft, we have a number of WordPress sites in that 75 million.

WordPress is robust, extendable, usable and has a vibrant community constantly working on enhancements and new features. Many of the top websites in the world such as TED, CNN, People Magazine, UPS amongst others use it as their chosen platform.

With great popularity comes great threats. Given the scale of its user base, it can be very attractive for hackers to probe for back doors into this system – and they succeed regularly. And when they succeed once, it’s very easy for them to propagate an attack to hit millions of WordPress installations around the world. The WordPress development community is in a constant ongoing battle to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

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