Icepick Solutions

search engine optimisation (SEO), content management sytems (CMS), e-commerce, website design

Icepick Solutions
bespoke business web design
call us on 07803177715
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Quiz

November 4th, 2011

We have been experimenting with developing a quiz website and this is a try out page for the quizzin plugin. Below is our first quiz. Give it a try.


How many fingers am I holding up?





What is the capital of Bulgaria?





macbook_dw What is the the name of this computer?







Mobile Resort Guide

September 20th, 2011

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Built in conjunction with manchester iphone developers digital workshed, mobileresortguide.com has just gone live. Mobile resort guide produce smartphone apps tailored to the ski and snowboard industry and can provide apps for iphone and android devices. Built with custom theme from wordpress this site showcase effective use of the slidedeck plugin, which allow a fully customisable slider to be place on the site. These sliders are highly effective at engaging visitors, as they encourage them to spend more time on the site.


Please go to Mobile Resort Guide to view the quiz

Digital Workshed

February 17th, 2011

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We were recently engaged to build a site for rapidly expanding firm of iphone, ipad and cross-platfrom mobile application developers Digital Workshed.

We were excited to be chosen for this project and have turned the site around rapidly and on budget. The site can now be seen here and as is usual for us was built with a custom designed theme for wordpress. We find wordpress to be excellent as it provides our clients with an excellent content management system without the costs involved in traditional systems. It is highly customisable, on this build we have used custom posts and menus, as well as incorporating a scrolling jquery based home page.

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This site also incorporates a lot of the latest css3 techniques.  For the non technical out there this allows for rapid loading of attractive sites.  The graphics are rendered by the browser rather than loading images, which makes for faster page loading times.  This is becoming increasingly important as Google now considers page speed in it search algorithms.

If you are in the market for a custom designed web solution that works for your business then please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Brodie and Company goes live

February 17th, 2011

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We have recently designed a website for Manchester city centre based commercial solicitors Brodie and Company. The site was built with a custom designed wordpress theme, which enables pulling of relevant content form throughout the site to boost the relevant content on each page. The site also incorporates wordpress’ new custom post and menu features. As well as utilising the custom field feature to allow additional seo content on each page. These features have been included in wordpress from version three and greatly increase its usability as a CMS.

Are you scared of dipping your toes into the murky world of code?

August 20th, 2010

We have experts in javascript, css, php and a whole lot more and can utilise them creatively to promote your business and enhance your visitors experience.

We will not bog you down in the technical details but instead will listen to what you want and design solutions accordingly.

Browse the site to see examples of what we could provide for you.

Do you want an attention grabbing banner on your site?

August 20th, 2010

We can make you custom designed flash animations, to showcase your products to their full potential and engage visitors. These can be used for a variety of purposes on your site such as product portfolios and for introductions. Click the flash link in the menu at the top to see some examples.

Do you want to constantly update your content to keep your website looking fresh?

August 20th, 2010

We understand the world of content management systems (CMS), and can provide you with a tailor made solution for your business.

Content management systems provide your business with the opportunity to update and build upon your site without having to pay a web designer to continually update it for you. These systems although easy to use once installed, can be difficult to set up and involve knowledge of mySQL and php.

Search engine optimisation (SEO) for content managed (CMS) sites can also be complex. We have the expertise to design your content managed (CMS) site from the ground up with search engine optimisation (SEO) in mind.

We also offer a custom template design service for your content management system (CMS) to make your business stand out from the crowd. This site has been built with wordpress and shows how it can be utilized to build an attractive website, with good search engine optimisation (SEO).



We also have experience of building and refining sites using,  joomla, silverstripe and drupal.

Is your site performing poorly in Google and other search engines?

August 20th, 2010

We are experts in search engine optimisation (SEO) and can improve your performance, call us now for a consultation.

How do I improve my Google rating and what is SEO?

Mastery of search engine optimisation (SEO) can allow small businesses to punch well above their weight on the internet. We design your site from the ground up with search engine optimisation (SEO) in mind. Through discussion with you we can get a feel for your business, identify entrance paths of potential customers and design your site accordingly.
The key to good search engine optimisation (SEO) is constant refinement, this involves analysis of visitor trends and modifying a site accordingly.

With the current trend towards content management systems (CMS), search engine optimisation (SEO) becomes more  difficult. If you are using a wordpress blog or a site built with joomla, how do you optimize it for search engine optimisation (SEO)?

We know the answers to these complex questions and can advise you accordingly. What links should you seek for your site and which could be detrimental to your search engine optimisation (SEO)?  Again we can advise you. How can you boost your site’s visibility and attract more customers? The key here is also good search engine optimisation (SEO). Getting the search engine optimisation (SEO) right at the start, will enable customers to find your site easier and generate more business for you.

To allow you to gain a more detailed understanding of this complex issue we have posted a number of case studies

Do you feel that your current site is dated and lacking visual appeal?

August 19th, 2010

We constantly strive to stay abreast of the latest developments in order to provide a competitive advantage to our customers.

CSS3 and wordpress for cms sites

Say goodbye to flash and photoshop for lots of your website effects, CSS3 is here. As part of our continuing commitment to stay abreast of the latest technologies and to pass their benefits onto our customers, we have been exploring using wordpress 3 as a content management system, and utilising CSS3 in our web builds.


These technologies offer many benefits when combined. CSS3 allows the browser to perform a lot of the effects such as shadows and animations without external images or flash files. This means that the page has a much smaller file size and so can load faster, which is becoming increasingly important for search engine optimisation. It is thought that page loading speed is now a google ranking factor.

WordPress has developed significantly form its origins as a blogging platfrom and can now genuinely be considered as a fully functional content management solution. It won the 2009 Open Source CMS Award which shows the esteem with which it is regarded within the community.

The key to good search engine optimisation and getting your site to perform well in the searches you wish to target is content. The more relevant content you have the better. WordPress allows the user to rapidly add new content to their site. We have been experimenting with is utilising php and CSS3 to enhance the power of wordpress when it comes to search engine optimisation. In our recent redesign of the Richard Price photography website we implemented this strategy to the full.

The brief was to keep the site image driven but to add a large amount of content in each page so as to be highly ranked by search engines. Also we wanted to avoid flash as it is not supported on the Apple ipad.

We used the excellent featured content gallery on the front page, which allows you a slideshow of images, but in contrast to a flash based gallery each image comes with selected text which can be trageted to search terms. For the galleries inside the site we used jalbum, which provides an excellent javascript based gallery solution.

In order to add more relevant content to each page we also used php to pull related posts onto each page. Thus if the user is in the wedding section, recent wedding posts are also shwon at the bottom of the page. Although these appear as images, when the user moves their mouse over them an excerpt of the post is revealed by the CSS. This content is also indexed by the search engines and because it changes all the time the search engines find new content each time they visit, which also helps the site’s ranking.

Other features of wordpress that we utilised are the new custom menu feature, which allows different custom menus to be shown depending upon the type of page the user is on. This can be very useful in large sites and helps to keep the navigation simple and uncluttered.

Take a look at the site to get a feel for all the features that we can offer to our clients by using a wordpress based content management system website.

Do you want to sell your goods over the internet?

June 25th, 2010

We are experts in providing custom e-commerce solutions, call us to discuss your needs.

E-commerce made easy

As part of our continuing commitment to our customers we often have to address new issues as technology changes. With the introduction of the ipad, our client had become worried that his existing flash-based galleries were not visible on this device and so would make his content unavailable to a large number of internet users.

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We suggested using jalbum to create new javascript based galleries, which work on the ipad. This also had the advantage that we could integrate a paypal based custom shopping cart into the pages. This allows customers to order prints directly from the site, with different options for each image.

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When an order is placed the retailer can identify what has been ordered by an unique code which identifies each product. Multiple orders are possible as well as many options for individual customisation.