Contextual menus

A contextual menu is a menu or list of links on your website that changes depending on what page a visitor is on.  Some examples of contextual menus are:  a list of subpages within a section, a list of items related by subject matter or keyword, a list of items that are newest or most popular.  AlbanyWeb can build into your website a variety of contextual menus, that will generate automatically - all you have to do is add a page, and the menus will take care of themselves.  AlbanyWeb also ensures that contextual menus are visible in sitemaps to allow for better search engine indexing. 

We can add a contextual menu to your existing AlbanyWeb website too, just ask.

Hilary McKay

Splash page for Hilary McKay promoting her new book Fairy Tales

We were approached by children's author Hilary McKay to update her website on the retirement of her original designer.  The original website had lasted her a long time, but was now difficult to keep up to date, and not viewable on mobile devices.

We completely re-built her website to include a very visual and mobile-friendly display to show all her titles - this display can be filtered by series to make searching for specific books a little easier.

With each...

Do you have an empty calendar?

Easy category selection makes menus automatic on albanyweb websites

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  Which is now increasingly out of date.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...

Personalisation Partnership

Personalisation partnership website by AlbanyWeb

Personal and social care consultants the Personalisation Partnership approached AlbanyWeb wanting to create a brochure website that would be easy to maintain, and that would showcase their skills in a competitive market.

Because of the work that they do, it was critical that the website be accessible to a very high standard.  At AlbanyWeb we are careful to create accessible websites as a matter of course, but used this project as an opportunity to double-check our working practices.

For this...

MouseAGE - COST Action BM1402

MouseAGE COST Action website by AlbanyWeb

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...

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