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Partnership with top online designer glasses retailer

Monday, 1 September 2014 16:29 by Ben

Today Invosoft are proud to be starting a new partnership with premier online designer spectacles shop, Toni & Guy Opticians. Toni & Guy is the place to go for designer glasses and sunglasses. They have one of the largest ranges of high quality designer frames from brands like Booth & Bruce, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Ray-Ban and Ted Baker. Not only do they stock a fantastic range of eyewear, they are optometrists and glaziers par excellence. All their lenses are enhanced by high-tech coatings to give extra performance. Each lens has a free easy-clean, anti-reflection and tough coating. You can choose one or all of these benefits during the online checkout process, as well as ultra-thin or varifocal lenses.

Invosoft will be working alongside Toni & Guy Opticians to enhance and upgrade parts of their current IT and ecommerce infrastructure. More developments to follow soon: watch this space.

 

Opticians Logo

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Beware of cheap Chinese carbon wheels and avoid carbonspeedcycle at all costs

Monday, 28 July 2014 15:40 by Ben

I wouldn’t usually post anything like this on this on here but I wanted to give this issue some exposure, so here we go.

I was out on Saturday when my front wheel — rim, not tyre — exploded under normal riding conditions. Fortunately, I was slowing due to a rear wheel puncture when it blew, so I didn’t crash. But I could have! Imagine if it happened on one the 60kph descents I was riding that day?

Here are some pics of the damage:

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

chinese carbon wheels form carbonspeedcycle

There was no warning the wheel was under stress, no buckles or bulges — they were actually remarkably impressive wheels until this happened. It was a very hot day, which obviously played a part, but this still shouldn’t happen. The fact that my rims gave way before my lightweight 160 gram tyres, shows how weak they were.

My advice: avoid ebay seller carbonspeedcycle and anything from a seller called Helin Liu on AliExpress (or anywhere else).

I’ve blogged more about this on Google+ here and recorded a carbon wheelset youtube ‘review’ here.

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Holbeck Ghyll Hotel's New Responsive Website

Thursday, 14 March 2013 16:49 by Ben

Invosoft have recently launched a newly revamped website for the Holbeck Ghyll Country house Hotel.  The Holbeck Ghyll is one of the finest traditional country house hotels in the UK, with one of the very best restaurants in the North West, accredited with Michelin Star status.

Holbeck Gyll Website Screenshot

The brief for Invosoft was to create a much more sales oriented website; one which showcased all the Holbeck Ghyll has to offer, is user friendly, high quality, SEO optimized and - best of all - fully responsive in design.  Fully responsive means it dynamically reacts to any screen size: desktop, tablet or mobile.

The site has already achieved a significant increase in booking conversions and general enquiries.  To achieve this we created custom easy to widgets which can be dropped into the CMS content easily by the Holbeck Ghyll staff.

SEO optimisations include big multi-level menus, a dedicated news section and seamless Twitter and Facebook integration.

The site also features a live Lake District ‘Fell Cam’ and a continually updated special offers section.

Andrew McPherson, General Manager at Holbeck Ghyll commented on the site “We are overjoyed with the work Invosoft have done.  The site looks fantastic and we have already seen a big increase in traffic and bookings.”

www.holbeckghyll.com

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Sounding out the music news

Monday, 28 November 2011 10:45 by Ben
 
The Invosoft team have launched a new music blog for online t-shirt retailer Onlyteesin.com.
 
The new blog, built using wordpress, is a place for Onlyteesin to ‘sound out’ about all things music and t-shirt related.
 
We have gone for a simple but hard-hitting design coupled with the latest wordpress blogging engine /cms.  We have also included some powerful additions like content delivery network (CDN) integration, improved SEO and the ability to easily embed youtube videos and other rich media.
 
To sound out with Onlyteesin visit http://onlysoundingout.com/
 

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New Music T-Shirt ecommerce shop

Friday, 11 November 2011 18:09 by Ben
In conjunction with designer Paul Dean, Invosoft have developed a new online T-Shirt shop, onlyteesin. 
 
Onlyteesin specialise in Music T-Shirts, or ‘Music Tees’ as they like to call them.  They have a range of original Music T-shirt designs, including Jimi Hendrix Music T-Shirtsmusic T-shirts for men and music T-shirts for women.
 
Onlyteesin stock a range of about twenty music T-shirts and will be constantly adding and updating their collection. 
 
The site is feature-packed with a graphically rich user experience.
 
 
 

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Showcase of Alpbase

Monday, 26 September 2011 11:22 by Ben
 
Alpbase is the first site using the second generation of Property Rental Software (currently residing at http://propertybookingsystem.com).

Alpbase is the destination for adventure holidays, climbing holidays, mountain biking holidays, family holidays – in fact  any type of holiday! -  in the southern French Alps.  Run by world famous climber and mountaineer Jerry Gore, the website now has 19 luxury self-catering chalets and apartments to choose from, all located in or around the beautiful village of Vallouise.

The latest version Property Rental Software now caters for property agencies and holiday agencies with hundreds or even thousands of properties.  Keep your eyes on this blog or at Property booking Software for details of the new features.  Or call us on 01524 510580 to request a demo of the new software.
 
 
Alpbase chalets in the French Alps

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Dan's Stag Weekend

Monday, 26 September 2011 09:53 by Ben

A great time was had by all at Dan's stag weekend last weekend. Many thanks to Dan Tregidgo for the organisation, to Dan Jenks for being such a great stag/sport and to Fell End Farm in the Lake District for the top accommodation!

 

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Burning Logs, the new Blog for Logs Direct goes live

Monday, 25 July 2011 20:10 by Ben

Invosoft have designed and developed a new blog for the leading UK log wholesaler and distributor Logs Direct.

burning logs blog

Logs direct are leading supplier of hardwood, software, kiln dried firewood and other carbon nuetral fuels. They have their own state of the art processing and distribution facility.

The blog will allow Logs Direct customers to keep up with company news and promotions, as well as providing a valuable resource for the renewable fuel industry. With regular updates, articles and tips and tricks on how to get the most out of using firewood of various types (softwood, hardwood and kiln-dried), wood pellets, smokeless fuels and other wood fuels.

The new blog is called "Burning Logs":

 http://www.burning-logs.co.uk/ 

The site is based on wordpress which makes it incredible easy to update and add rich media content including videos and pictures. Keep checking back for regular informative articles on the Logs Direct and the industry in general.

Also, checkout their direct to consumer online store at www.logsdirect.co.uk.

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Installing Magento eCommerce on Windows and IIS 7

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 15:07 by Ben

Don’t be too put off by the system requirements on the Magentocommerce website, Magento is surprisingly easy to install and run on Windows and IIS 7.

We are currently developing a new ecommerce platform for an online t-shirt business specialising in music t-shirts.  In the past, we have used dashcommerce with great success, for example on Logs Direct. Unfortunately, dashcommerce has ceased to be living open source project.  Also, we develop primarily using mvc.net these days so I wanted to find an ecommerce solution based around mvc.net 3. 

The best mvc.net solution I could find was Orchard.  This is a really great platform but it doesn’t have a mature shop or ecommerce component, which is unfortunate, and perhaps somewhat strange, as I believe the codebase is founded upon Rob Connery’s MVC.NET ecommerce Kona project.

So, despite numerous reservations about Magento (the platform has a reputation for being slow, overly-complex, unwieldy, unsupported on Windows, good at marketing itself but lacklustre at delivering what it promises), I decided to have a bash at installing it on Windows Server 2008 running IIS 7.5 just to see what would happen/how hard it was.  It was surprisingly easy.

These are the steps I followed:

  • Prerequisites: We already have a Windows 2008 IIS 7.5 server setup running a number of PHP platforms (SugarCRM and CakePHP based web applications) so I think this helped a bit.  I didn’t have to install any extra components but these are the relevant ones I believe you need to install using the web platform installer:
    1. PHP 5.2.17
    2. IIS: CGI
    3. Windows Cache Extension 1.1 for PHP 5.2
    4. URL Rewrite 2.0
  • Install MYSQL: Once you have IIS setup, you also need a working mysql instance http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
  • Upload Magento Install: Create a new website in IIS and copy/FTP the Magento 1.5.10 install files into the website directory.
  • Setting up the URL re-write rules:  This step is the key to a smooth Magento install.  Create a new web.config file in the base install directory and then copy the following URL rewrite rules in:
  • <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 
       <configuration> 
        <system.webServer>
        <rewrite>
        <rules> 
         <rule name="Imported Rule 1" stopProcessing="true"> 
          <match url=".*" ignoreCase="false"/>        <conditions> <add input="{URL}" pattern="^/(media|skin|js)/" ignoreCase="false" negate="true" /> 
          <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" negate="true" /> 
          <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" negate="true" /> 
        </conditions> <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php" /> 
        </rule> 
       </rules> 
       </rewrite> 
      </system.webServer> 
    </configuration>
  • Permissions: I also encountered some permission problems which were a little tricky to diagnose as magento hides errors by default.  You simply receive a generic “There has been an error processing your request” message.  To print errors to screen, I followed the guide here - http://www.designersandbox.com/magento/fix-for-magento-1-4-install-does-not-work/.  

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Ings Mill Park Lake District Holiday Home Site Launched

Friday, 20 August 2010 17:57 by Ben

Invosoft were asked to design and develop a new website for to South Lake District Holiday Home Park, Ings Mill Park.

Ings Mill Park Home page

The new website is based on Invosoft’s advanced content management system and features a bespoke facility to showcase their regularly updated Holiday Home and Static Caravan stock for sale.

Click here to visit Ings Mill Park.

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