Arniston Estate is a 6,000 acre, working estate set just outside of Edinburgh. It has been home to the Dundas family since 1571, and the family still own and live in the house today. The family graciously open up their home to the public all year round offering, visitor tours, cottage stays, activities and weddings. With such a busy working estate, Arniston needed a website that was capable of handling large volumes of traffic, a booking system, social media integration and reflected the elegance and heritage of this family home. Arniston came to us for a full redesign and redevelopment of their existing site.
What We Do
Digital projects can seem daunting at first. We’ve broken down our process in to 4 simple phases. Find out more about each one below.
Step One is Discovery. This underpins our whole project. This is where we really get to know our clients, step with both feet into their world, their brand and most importantly, we start to understand who their end users are. We carry out research – audit their online footprint, discuss privacy or accessibility requirements and take a detailed look into their technical specs like subscription or membership systems. Once we have an understanding of how our client works, we can run our Discovery Workshop.
The Discovery Workshop is a series of simple exercises run in a friendly, relaxed setting that answers the important questions such as, who are your key users and what do they need from you, who are your competitors, and what core information do we need on each page?
Step Two is Design. Based on the output of the Discovery phase, we now have a solid idea of what the aesthetic of the site, as well as the functionality needs to deliver. This is all done with the end user focussed in our minds, what will allow them to have the most seamless and enjoyable interaction with the website?
The designs are then showcased through a series of interactive mockups at both mobile and desktop size, for feedback. An element collage is also provided to give the client an idea of what the web interface components will look like.
Step Three is Development. Once the designs have been signed off, they are then handed over to our experienced and capable development team. The site is built as per the designs, within WordPress and ensured to look great across multiple devices and browsers. A staging site is created, allowing our client access to their new website throughout the entire development process and training in WordPress and how to manage the new site is also provided.
Step Four is Deployment. The new site is ready, pre-flight checks have been finalised, it’s been signed off by the client, user testing has been carried out and it is ready to go live! From our years of experience, we know that things can go wrong at this stage if not properly planned, so we carry out a number of final pre-launch checks to ensure things go smoothly. This includes redirecting old links, speed optimisations and security hardening.
Then we launch!