It's rare that I get some free time to update our companies website but I finally had a day this week where I could make all the changes I've been planning. I built The Web Orchards site when we launched over two years ago and due to the unprecedented demand we've had in the time since I've had little availability for updates.
One of the new services we are offering is Drupal Consultancy, when I started using Drupal almost three years ago I didn't realise I would be able to use it for every site we have built since. The issues we've had to overcome for some sites has given us excellent experience in this field which is why I feel we can now offer consultancy services.
One of my recent projects was to build a timesheets system for an Intranet, while we looked at modules already available there were none that provided the functionality that was required. Therefore I built a custom timesheet, administration and reporting system to provide exactly what the customer wanted.
Equally as ground breaking was the work I completed for various major car manufactures last year building a communication tool linking customers and suppliers within the car manufacturing supply chain.
My experience in migrating Wordpress to Drupal on ImAFish came with its own issues but was a total success and gave ImAFish the flexible and powerful content delivery platform it has today.
If you need any Drupal assistance in custom module development, theme development, site migrations or upgrades then visit The Web Orchard's website. I've updated our portfolio too with some of the other exciting projects we have been working on!
Last weekend I cycled around Lake Vyrnwy in Wales for the Severn Hospice, the 11 mile cycle took around two hours at a leisurely pace, here are some of the photos I took on the way round:
The dam forms one edge of the lake.
Boating is a popular pastime.
Water from the lake supplies homes all over the West Midlands.
The first signs of spring were starting to show.
As it started raining this faint rainbow appeared.
You can just about see the whole rainbow in this shot.
The mist started to get heavier at this point.
I stayed with the runners - for support obviously.
The tower's almost Gothic look in the creepy mist.
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A website we've been building over the past couple of months had its official launch in the square last weekend. The website helps local residents by providing a directory of organisations and services that promote a green life style.
Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth used the Square to promote the new guide by demoing the site to visitors and shoppers.
Judy Coleridge, the editor, says ‘We’ve had some Lottery funding, and with lots of informative volunteers, we’ve put together, with the help of The Web Orchard, a comprehensive guide of organisations and companies. Some are local and some are further afield, but all of them can help us in Shrewsbury to become greener in the way we live. We can also get inspiration from what others are doing, locally and nationally."
Visit the Shrewsbury Green Guide website.
Demand for tickets for this year’s Theory of (R)Evolution web conference to be held in Shrewsbury on 27th September is so high that organisers expect the event to sell out by the end of the month.
To meet the unprecedented demand for places following the sell-out conference last year, this year’s (R)Evolution event will take place at the Shrewsbury Conference Centre at RHS Shrewsbury.
Organised by Shropgeek, a community of digital creatives, the conference has rapidly become one of the most significant of its type in the UK with this year’s event attracting international thought leaders from the web industry. Shropshire will host some of the UK’s most celebrated web professionals for a day of industry-leading discussion and information sharing.
This year’s exceptional keynote speakers include the internationally renowned Canadian web architect Jonathan Snook, James Whittaker from the Twitter Corporation, Dafydd Vaughn from the government’s website UK.gov and Elliot Jay Stocks, Creative Director of Adobe Typekit.
Other top speakers include Robert Mills from Designing the Invisible, Chris Thorpe from Jaggeree, the specialist web and mobile apps designer Laura Kalbag and Joel Hughes from Port 80 Conference.
Shrewsbury-based web developers, Kirsty Burgoine and Pete White, along with leading London-based web writer and technology evangelist, Zach Beauvais, are the driving force behind the (R)Evolution event.
“Interest in The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 has rocketed this year.” said Kirsty. “Anyone who is anyone in the digital industry in Britain will be there. It’s awesome to think that in just three years we have created arguably the most compelling ‘must attend’ web event in the country right here in Shropshire.
“Any business delivering digital and web-related services within the Shropshire business community will have unprecedented access to some of the most dynamic web professionals in the UK and beyond.
“We’ve already secured high level support from organisations from beyond our borders but I want to see Shropshire companies getting involved. We have a range of conference sponsorships available as well as pre and post conference social events, with a perfect mix of developers, creatives and business people attending.
“The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference will help Shropshire businesses better understand the impact of the web, digital technologies and the crucial strategic role they play in business-winning,” added Kirsty.
High profile sponsors providing integral support to this showcase event include Greenfield IT Recruitment, Heart Internet and Zengenti. Companies interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities or attending The Theory of (R)Evolution 2013 conference can visit http://2013.shropgeek-revolution.co.uk/ or email Kirsty Burgoine at [email protected] for details.