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RDS Decorating version 2.0

RDS Decorating website - version 2.0, August 2021

At DBWS, we're aiming to move all our legacy HTML sites to CMS-based designs by the end of 2021. RDS Decorating is the latest of our clients to undergo the upgrade. Going with the simplicity of a fully single-page site, and of course it's fully responsive, it's a huge step up from the final legacy site. In addition to a clean and clear layout, we also made some simple tweaks to the logo, creating a high-res fully scalable version for multiple uses. The end result takes RDS Decorating's web presence into a modern more-professional era. Our client approves.

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Farleigh Clinic: 2015-2020

Farewell, Farleigh Clinic: 2015-2020

The Farleigh Clinic team regretfully informed us in June that they would not be reopening due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and following the retirement of their senior staffer, Pauline. We mentioned this previously on the Clinic project page, but decided we'd post a more in-depth tribute on the Blog.

Bulldog was originally a bit uncertain about this project back in 2015, due to the client's required colour scheme - lime green and fuschia pink. Regardless, Bulldog made a go of it and made it work. Over the subsequent years however, Bulldog did assert some creative control, and a softer colour pallette found its way on to the site.

The build for Farleigh Clinic had required a LOT of research, specifically into the treatments offered. We would need to figure out how to make the treatments appealing, without making anyone... well, squeamish. Bulldog had to put his paw down on a couple of things, including the fact that Botox and any variant of the word is a registered trademark. Any Botox-type product that isn't actually the Botox brand can't be called Botox treatment (or even botox treatment). Yes, some sites specifically mention Botox/botox, even if they're not using that brand, but it could open them up to expensive legal challenges for the client AND for us. Best avoided, so we settled on "Wrinkle Relaxation" as the compromise name for that treatment.

Staff members came and went at Farleigh Clinic, including one who promised much in the way of increased contact and new content. Unfortunately she left before we could implement any of that, and we wished her all the best in her future endeavours. The one constant at Farleigh Clinic, alongside owner Cavan, was the legendary Pauline. Always friendly and loved by her colleagues and clients alike, Pauline's decision to take a well-earned and well-deserved retirement in 2020 in part led to the understandable decision to stand the business down. With the beauty and aesthetics business still adversely affected by the ongoing pandemic, only the biggest fishes stand a chance of coming through the other side.

Over the years, we evolved the logo we'd originally designed back in 2015, but always keeping a version of what we dubbed the "Farleigh Face" icon, and usually the "Farleigh Flow" curved lines. The final work we did for Farleigh Clinic was to announce the closure, with this subtle custom graphic:

We'll miss Farleigh Clinic, and we wish all their staff all the best, wherever the path may take them. Lastly, we'd like to wish Pauline all the very best and a happy and long retirement.

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Evolution of Dog

A Digital(Bulldog) Evolution

It's 2020, the world has gone nuts, so here at Bulldog's Kennel we decided to deploy what little sanity remains on a new look for DigitalBulldog. Combining our red and blurple colour scheme with our traditional bulldog logo, we've created a stylish new look fit for the beginning of the 21st century's third decade. It's simpler, brighter, and a bit less "aggressive" than our traditional bulldog icon, and will feature prominently going forward in all our material, both online and print.

Bulldog thought it would be fun, now that this is finished, to highlight the evolution of DigitalBulldog's logos over the past 10 years. The slideshow below takes it from the hazy days of Bulldog S.I.T.S through DigitalBulldog IT & Web Support, to the current era,

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Spotlight: Farleigh Dental website upgrade

Farleigh Dental website update, 03/10/2019

Farleighdental.co.uk, our first major build, went live in late 2013. Though the site had received some minor cosmetic tweaks in recent years, it was starting to look a little dated. DigitalBulldog upped the game for Farleigh Dental with a fresh new look and scheme for the site. Designed to compliment the practice's own current colour scheme, which was now very different from the original site theme, the rebuild went live in early October. Now mobile-friendly with a fully-featured mobile version, this build is intended to be the last legacy version for Farleigh Dental. Now, onwards to do the same for Farleigh Clinic!

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RDS Decorating website rebuild, 26/09/2019

While the new CMS-based site is still in the planning stages, we decided to give the existing RDS Decorating website a new lease of life. Most of the site's multiple pages have been condensed into a one-sheet style homepage, and the mobile-friendly variant was completely rebuilt from scratch. We also installed a more-secure better-protected message form to help prevent spam. The end result takes the RDS Decorating website into a more-modern more-professional era. Our client approves.

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Disaffiliated and disenchanted

Heck 'em.

Decided to close our "DogShop" where until recently you could purchase Avira and Malwarebytes products via our affiliate links, which in turn was supposed to generate a small commission to help us run things. The affiliate service was provided by CJ (formerly "Commission Junction"), and we never made any money through them. This is because when you don't reach a certain target amount or make no commission for a month, they start charging a penalty fee until the balance is zero. Of course, when they keep taking money away, there's even less chance of reaching that mythical target amount, always going to be extra-difficult for a small business.

We won't contribute clicks towards that sort of business, and we will not support them. Heck 'em.

 

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Who let the Dog out? part 2

Escaping the confines of the capital

It's done. DigitalBulldog IT & Web Services has escaped the concrete confines of old Londinium and has relocated to the greener pastures of central England. Up here, Bulldog will be able to run around the hills and chase things Bulldog and his family have more space, we're closer to extended family and aim to enjoy a far better quality of life. Rest assured, we will continue to provide the same excellent level of service to our web and design clients as before. As most of our support requests are remote support, Bulldog doesn't anticipate any significant impact on client provision.

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Who let the Dog out?

Escaping the confines of the capital

The time has come for DigitalBulldog IT & Web Services to depart the concrete confines of the British capital. We'll shortly be moving to greener pastures "oop north", where Bulldog will be able to run around the hills and chase things Bulldog and his family will have more space, be closer to extended family and enjoy a far better quality of life. Rest assured, we will continue to provide the same excellent level of service to our web and design clients as before. As most of our support requests are remote support, Bulldog doesn't anticipate any significant impact on client provision.

 

 

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