Custom page template

A custom page is a website page that has either special content or has content that needs to be arranged in a customised way (or both).  AlbanyWeb can create a custom page or template so that you do not have to repeat information or replicate the same layout over an over again.   A listing of staff members or a list of products can both benefit from a custom page template.  A different example of a custom page template is a special layout for your homepage, or a special news page.  Where required, AlbanyWeb custom page templates come with the ability to show single or multiple items, and additional navigation (like 'Previous' or 'Next' buttons) to help make it easy to move from one item to the next.

We can add a custom page to your existing AlbanyWeb website too, just ask.

Too often we see websites that look great and well organised on the surface.  Somehow all the important information is not where you expect to find it.  We call it the 'empty calendar' syndrome.  This is where we see a lovely calendar or diary widgit or box or area, which has no events or activities.  Instead, they are in one big text list in a blog post or news article.

Because it is often easier to add a blog post, the blog area becomes the dumping ground for all the updateable information, and the rest of the website remains with the pristine (and often generic) wording it had on the launch date.  Which is now increasingly out of date.  What is wrong with this scenario?  It makes the visitor work very hard to find the important information from your website, and most visitors won't work very hard, and won't visit...

The clue is in the word 'design':  most people think of a website design as totally taken up in appearance and images.  The look of the potential new website is what they want to see first.  That is completely reasonable:  how a website looks at first glance is extremely important, especially if it is supporting a business.

Once the 'design' is taken care of, the next step in the process is to add all the necessary information - all the content.  Many of our customers use the 'design' phase (the phase where we create the appearance) to gather up the information that they will eventually add to that design.

This two-step process is so ubiquitous in website design that most designers use placeholder text and images in the first step, creating beautiful eye-catching arrangements. 

The problem comes when the 'real' content replaces the placeholder content, and the customer discovers that...

The MouseAGE website details the work of an EU COST Action, examining mouse models in the use of examing age and age-related disease.  Like all COST Actions, MouseAGE represents a diverse community of scientists from many countries, and they needed a flexible public-facing website with some networking options for members of the network.

We started with our standard COST Action website package, which offered most of what MouseAGE required, including automated listings for events and news items.  However, we...

We created this website in accordance with the specifications for this Europoean COST Action, a networking project in atomic layer deposition research in Europe.  Starting with our basic COST Action package, we created a fully customised website with many extra features and custom content, including:

  • Special forms and templates to describe collaborations and publications, which could then be easily linked to other pieces of content such as Working Groups.
  • A customised member profile allowing easy and automated linkage to all...

Threads of Yoga is a the project that brought AlbanyWeb into being, and we are pleased to launch this project.  Not only is it a platform for easily finding a yoga class based on a variety of search parameters, it offers individual yoga teachers the opportunity for better exposure on search engines than they would get on their own.

The very simple interface lies on top of a complex relationship between classes, teachers, and venues, all cross-linked to each other...

We are proud to announce the launch of our yoga community site Threads of Yoga.  We've started out with a list searchable list of yoga classes in Scotland - but there will be plenty more coming up.

We are excited about the site, so please check it out.

  • We love creating the perfect site for each of our clients, but it is nice this time round to create a site our own way.
  • It a chance for us to showcase our skills.  We've put in a powerful search, neat navigation and applied techniques to give good visibility in search engines.  Already we are seeing individual classes appearing in search results - so this offers a fantastic boost for individual yoga teachers.
  • The site is free to use - we are giving our time to support our passion, and using a website to spread awareness of the benefits of yoga...

Our newest AlbanyWebs website is a simple but powerful portfolio site for Scottish artist Sue Simpson.  Beginning with our standard website, we added an enhanced, accessible and fully-responsive slideshow that put her paintings and line of greetings cards front and centre.  In addition, Sue's website is the first of our projects that was designed to be best viewed on a tablet device, with elements of navigation floating around or below the centrally framed slideshows.

Sue's original website was built using Flash slideshows, which meant that it was not visible on many phones and tablets, and also meant that her ability to edit or add images and information was very limited.  As a result, the site grew a series of extra pages with additional information, that fell outwith the original design, and outwith the original (also Flash-based) navigation, and this made that information very hard to find.

We created a clean...

Sue Simpson is an Edinburgh-based artist who wanted an easier website for promoting her art, and to help sell her series of greetings cards.  Her previous website used a Flash slideshow to show her paintings, and was inflexible for adding further information (as well as invisible on many tablets and phones).  However, she liked the very simple appearance and the gallery-like space of her original design.

AlbanyWeb created a new website that framed each image in bright and soothing colours...

Elizabeth Wein is a best-selling Young Adult author who originally approached AlbanyWeb to convert her Google Sites site, so as to better display her novels.  Whilst the content remained the same, the new site was much easier for Elizabeth to update, and easier for her fans to navigate too.  We added:

  • a custom page layout to display and organise her catalogue of novels to better effect, including grouping into series. 
  • keyword-based menus, that would update automatically as new content was...

Working effectively with images is a balancing act, if you want to empower your editor to add and change images...

Recently, Google increased the security warnings on the Chrome browser.  Chrome now generates a warning for any website without a...

One of the most useful ways to keep in touch with your audience, customers or regular readers is to send...