Thursday, November 7th 2013 | Short URL
We recently launched this gem of a site for Climate Gardens, the organisation raising awareness and understanding of the effects of climate change on our gardens, parks and green spaces.
Our commission involved initial consultation and site planning, copywriting support and creation of of a visual brand in-line with the existing logo. As well as design of responsive layouts, full HTML5 coding of all templates and implementation of the content management system.
More pictures of this project and features of the website can be found in our portfolio.
We provided training and support on writing and preparing online content for our client's audience as well as how to use the content management system.
Thursday, October 31st 2013 | Short URL
Once again our clients continue to amaze us with their brilliant work and projects. Here's our latest...
Planetary Collective successfully met their Kickstarter target to create their feature length documentary. Check out the trailer, its incredible!
Climate East Midlands is on the hunt for good examples of low carbon schools to feature in new case studies.
Ethical Weddings shares some slow beauty tips to help green brides feel great.
Lee Goater's fun, interactive exhibition of graphic art 'Faces, Anatomy of Autonomy' was opened in Leeds. You can also download the app 'Make a face' (available for iOS and Android). Here's the little face I made.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sells vintage items from 1963 to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Leeds Parent Partnership Service launches a new support group for those who care for a child with special needs or a disability.
Creative Nottingham celebrate their 4th birthday. We are proud to have been their hosting sponsors for the past 3 years
Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve's volunteers are interviewed on BBC Radio.
Fifi Bijoux reports on her Fairtrade Gold Conference speech in October.
Wayfarer Furniture launched in September - A furniture design and manufacturing company inspired by sustainability, urban lifestyles and cutting-edge technology.
We launched a brand new multi-lingual website for LifeMosaic who work with indiginous peoples all over the world, supporting them to make informed choices and getting their voices heard.
Climate Gardens is another new website developed by Make Hay. Climate Gardens has partnered with the RHS and Abundance to encourage understanding of climate change on our parks and gardens.
Tuesday, August 6th 2013 | Short URL
We are very excited to announce the launch of this latest project, LifeMosaic, a mammoth multilingual site for an amazing organisation.
LifeMosaic works with indiginous peoples all over the world, supporting them to make informed choices and getting their voices heard. They produce and distribute educational resources which are available at the website, along with much, much more.
You can read more about this piece of work in our portfolio and for now here are a few screenshots to give you a taster of what it involves.
New, responsive design with a brand and logo re-fresh
Created in 4 languages
Features and content shared site-wide with a clever custom system using ExpressionEngine.
Learn more about the objectives and features of this website at our portfolio.
Visit LifeMosaic at lifemosaic.net
Wednesday, June 12th 2013 | Short URL
If you run a WordPress powered website please read this carefully and follow the steps to secure your WordPress website.
A mass hacking attempt using a huge 'botnet' of hundreds of thousands of infected computers is currently trying to 'brute force' attack WordPress websites. This attack works by trying to 'guess' your password multiple times per second. This attack is made easier if you have a WordPress user account called 'admin' as this gives the attacker half of your login information allowing them to focus on the password. There are several steps you can take to make it much harder for the attackers and prevent your site being compromised.
Login to Cpanel before you make any changes and backup your database and files - follow the backup instruction on our Green Hosting Support section.
Never use the default WordPress username "admin". Instead, log in to your WordPress control panel, click "Users" and then add a new user with a username of your choosing. Give that new user account Administrator privileges, then logout and log back in as the new user you just created. Go back to "Users" and delete the default admin user.
Note: WordPress can transfer authorship of all posts created by the admin account to the new user account during the deletion process so you should do that and move the posts to the new admin you just created.
Use a strong password that is hard to crack, use a password generator like this one to create it: http://passwordsgenerator.net/ don't use names, simple dictionary words or places.
Always keep your WordPress install, themes and plugins up to date. Updates are usually released to plug security holes, so the sooner you update them the better. You should therefore install all updates immediately (or as quickly as you possible can).
While in the admin panel, click on Plugins > Add New. Search for a plugin called "Limit Login Attempts", then install and activate it. This will prevent new attempts to log in to WordPress for a specified period of time after a set number of consecutive failed login attempts. This prevents a bot from trying one new password after another until it finally finds the right one. You can also see the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-login-attempts/
Tuesday, June 4th 2013 | Short URL
Spring is always such an exciting time of year with lots of new possibilities to look forward to. This spring we were very happy to be involved in some great projects and see our clients do more fantastic things. Astronauts, awards and anniversaries, it's all here!...
ORCA, the national whale and dolphin conservation charity launched their brand new responsive website, built and hosted by yours truly.
Peregrine Cam a new project by Notts Wildlife Trust. We built this funky, responsive website with up to date video footage and facts about the famous Nottingham City Peregrines.
The National Parent Partnership Service commissioned us to build a new, secure online training section for national PPS organisations.
Continuum the Movie reached their kickstarter goal allowing them to create their feature length documentary about the awakening of the planet. Along with thousands of other folks we are very proud to be sponsors of this amazing project.
Attenborough Nature Reserve is voted Britain's 2nd best nature reserve by Countryfile Magazine.
Creative Nottingham attended and reviewed the 2013 Young Creative Awards.
Factory Design announced the launch of their Sabre airline seat designed for comfort and privacy.
Fifi Bijoux won the 2013 Future 50 Young Entrepreneur Award. Congratulations!!
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust celebrate their 50th anniversary with a programme of special anniversary events running from May 2013 to May 2014.
Barnes & Adams plant for the future with the addition of whole new orchard of cider apples.
Overview the Movie featured on Radio 4's PM programme with an interview with Astronaut Jeff Hoffman.
Ethical Weddings saw in Vegetarian Week with yummy edible flowers.
Climate Gardens looks ahead as Debbie asks for readers' input into plans for helping gardeners cope with a changing climate.
Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve record breaking numbers of birds counted for conservation.
Images above © Fifi Bijoux and Ethical Weddings
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