New website for Peacock Carter Ltd

4 April 2012

It’s been quite a while in the making – over a year, I think -but I’m happy to finally launch the new website for Peacock Carter Ltd.

Some of the major reasons the website has taken so long to get to a state where it’s live are:

  1. The business has changed so much in the last year or two. The outcome of this was a restructure of the business so that the newer Richard Carter Consultancy Ltdconcentrates on the majority of the open source consultancy projects we do, such as MediaWiki consultancy.I did this around 6 months ago, and I’m really happy with the results so far – particularly with the caliber of clients – including Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Central Milton Keynes Town Council – that the new company is able to attract based on our past experience.
  2. As a designer, it’s really hard to design something for yourself which you’re happy with.
  3. It’s a fairly sizable website as we have a large number of case studies of previous clients available. The old website didn’t have a backend, so all content was edited through the database, which became a hassle for us. The website is now running on a highly customised version of our content management system thanks to a lot of back-breaking work/cursing from Shaun.
  4. Client projects get in the way. Obviously, clients need to be our priority, and even scheduling progress in for our own website as if we were a client didn’t quite work as it can cost you money and/or clients as a small agency. As such, months passed by without much progress being made!

We now have clearer, separate identities for the 2 core services we offer, which I think used to baffle some clients! Despite re-branding Peacock Carter over a year ago to concentrate more on acting like the local design agency for Newcastle upon Tyne/the North East of England we are, the realisation of this on Peacock Carter’s website only shows through now, I think. This is particularly due to a lot of content shuffling to make way for what our statistics show are the more desired pages on our website (e.g., web design, logo design).

As with any website, there’s still work to be done, updating older content and tweaking the design (which I’m still not 100% happy with in places!).