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Take a Look at our Website Portfolio

Below is a selection of the types of sites we specialise in. These sites all have different look and feel and suit a specific business need for our customers, ordered from the most recent to some of our earlier work towards the bottom..

Owhango Adventures

Owhango Adventures
This website was built for a Canoe & Kayak operator based in Owhango who runs adventure trips down the Whanganui River.

The graphics were put together by Natalie Douglas from Crave Design and Natalie grew up in the area and was keen to help with the design.

The website is built using WordPress and the Smartscreen theme and is a good example of how both of these platforms work well together and are responsive for Smartphones and Tablets..

Owhango School

Owhango School
This website was built for a small country school in Owhango, Ruapehu. The graphics were put together by Natalie Douglas from Crave Design and Natalie was originally a pupil at the school and was really happy to be involved in the project.

The website is built using WordPress and the Avada theme and is a good example of how both of these platforms work well together and are responsive for Smartphones and Tablets..

Winecellar

Winecellar
This website was quite fun to build as the images provided made it graphically easy to design and build.

The website is built using WordPress and a standard premium theme called Avada which has many options and layout choices. The website responds well on Smartphones and we also did some standard SEO on the new website before it was made live.
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Fitness 4 U

Fitness 4 U
Fitness 4 U uses a standard WordPress theme called Avada and while a straight forward design the site has come up very nice and we have had enquiries from the website within the first few weeks of going live.

The site is also respsonsive and basic SEO work was done before go live..

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Laurens Lavender Farm

Laurens Lavender Farm
Laurens Lavender is a very special place and we really enjoyed building this site.

We originally built the website 6 years ago and were contacted recently to modernise the website and also revamp the online store section of the website. We have uses a WordPress theme and WooCommerce as the Plugin and we are really happy how the new layout has come up..
Flavour Burst

Flavour Burst

This website was fun to build as it uses a very colourful design. The design layout was done by Leaf Design and the website is a WordPress website using a WooCommerce e-Commerce Plugin for the online shop.

The theme is Avada which is a very common theme and easy to work with and style to look fantastic.

Whitby Sections for Sale

Whitby Sections for Sale

This website is a simple and common layout that works very well for a small to medium business wanting a modern layout and home page slider functionality and content managed.

The design has a flxed background and a configurable slider so this can change easily and a standard layout and design that looks effective, clean and tidy.

The Crossing Backpackers

The Crossing Backpackers

This website is a culmination of The Crossing Backpackers and Erua Lodge and the images provided for this website were amazing.

The site uses a WordPress theme called 'The Corporation' and looks quite effective with the fixed background of the mountains and a scrolling window in the middle where there is a slider and information panels.

Jilesen Contractors

Jilesen Contractors

This is a new website for a local earthmoving contractors based in Taumarunui. The website also uses the same theme as the website above, 'The Corporation', and you can see some similarities in the theme layout but overall the websites look totally different..

The site has a number of sidebar galleries for each aspect of the Jilesen's business. Using an individual gallery in the sidebar is quite effective so you can have pertinent information on each page relating to the page content.

Taumarunui Golf Club

Taumarunui Golf Club

This site is a re-design and build of an existing website that Designhand built about 3 years ago. The site has been converted to WordPress for the golf club to edit a number of pages on a regular basis and put up a number of tournament photos in the gallery ongoing.

The club has also recently had some additions and alterations to the Club rooms and the Club thought it was time they modernised the website for improved functionality and a more modern look. We also set up a smartphone version of the website which is becoming more common these days.

Jojos Childcare

Paula Jane Cakes

This is a nice looking cake making and decorating website based in North West Auckland. The website had originally been set up as a straight forward HTML website and was difficult for Paula and Jane to update on a regular basis. We moved to a WordPress website using an Elegant Theme and this enabled a large number of images of cakes to be added to the gallery.

Within about 2 weeks of this website going live, Paula and Jane were starting to receive enquiries from their website so were extremely happy.

Jojos Childcare

Jojos Childcare

This was a nice project to work on as the logo graphics had already been created and provided a range of colours and options to work from for a website layout design. We used an Elegant Theme called 'On the Go' and the graphic designer has done a great job in capturing the essence of what Jojo's Childcare is about.

The site has a default slider for the home page which has the separate tabs which enables customers to view the range of services Jojos provides easily and quickly without scanning through the whole website. Both Jojos and Designhand are really happy with the outcome.

After School Care

After School Care

A nice colourful WordPress website based upon an Elegant Theme called Boutique. The website has a slider across the centre of the home page that provides a small piece of information about each area of the website plus an accompanying image.

The site uses a forms Plugin called Contact Form 7 to create the Enrolment Forms and is easy to configure and style to do just about anything.

Voice Matters

Voice Matters

This is a new idea that focusses on recording voice tracks for current and future generations to enjoy. The colours of the site came together quite well and the site uses an Elegant Theme called Chameleon.

The site involves the loading of a number of audio files for customers to hear sound tracks similar to what they would have recorded with Voice Matters.

Yet another example of a WordPress website using an Elegant Theme as the base.

Andrea Polzer

Andrea Polzer

This was a fun website to build as Andrea had prepared pretty much all the content to begin with and knew in her mind what she was looking for. She found Desighand through the local Kumeu Courier advertising and we started work on the build of a WordPress website to showcase Andrea's Human Resources Consulting business.

The design layout and colours came through from an existing business card and we are both happy with how the website has turned out.

Ohakune Homestay

Ohakune Homestay

This website started from a thought to set up a guest accommodation facility on the outskirts of Ohakune. Between us we came up with the name, and with local help of Peppatree Design we put a logo and website design together.

The site uses very modern colours and showcases the house, property and surrounding activities and attractions of the Ohakune area..

Bliss Beauty Therapy

Bliss Beauty Therapy

This was a nice website to build. The customer chose an elegant Elegant Theme to work with and this made it a simple job of bringing to life what Bliss Beauty Therapy in Ohakune is all about. The website is built using WordPress, and the customer can update content and change promotions and imagery herself ongoing.

We used some good stock images from a stock image library which makes all the difference with the quality of the end result..

Saving Kiwis

Saving Kiwis
Saving Kiwis is another WordPress based website build using a theme from Elegant Themes. The project was a re-design of an existing content managed website using Drupal, and the customer had not updated the site for a while and it was way out of date and design wise was not up to where Saving Kiwis are today.

The project involved a rebuild of the content and graphics across the website and the customer added most of the content themselves. Yay for WordPress.

Herne Bay Dental

Herne Bay Dental
This website is another WordPress based website build using a theme from Elegant Themes. The project has been a long time in the making but good things come to those that wait. The site is a very good example of a WordPress theme that has been customised to suit a specific look and feel.

Chris was quite particular about how he wanted the Dental Centre to be portrayed and is extremely happy with the result. He can also log in to the website and change things which is becoming the norm with customers these days.

In Home Tuition

In Home Tuition
This website is a WordPress based website build using a theme from Elegant Themes. The website graphics have been redesigned to reflect the localisation of the business based in Napier, and is a good example of a clean and elegant WordPress website that is easy to navaigate and clear and precise to follow.

The website can be logged in to by the customer and content changed directly which is one of the main advantages of a WordPress based website.

Gerberas Online

Gerberas Online
This website was such a nice build from the graphic design right through to the completion of the project. The site sports a modern design layout using a lot of white space and colours to show off the beauty of the range of Gerberas on sale.

The website has an online shop and separate areas for the public and for dealers and a shopping cart which is connected through to PayPal.

From the creation of the name 'Gerberas Online' through to completion this was a lovely website to build.

Bradleys Garden

Bradleys Garden
This website has a nice and fresh design bringing out the beauty of the garden venue for functions and wedding ceremonies.

The website has 4 distinct albums that showcase the best of what Bradleys Garden has to offer.

Michael Barker - Artist

Michael Barker - Artist
This website was designed by Anthony Hos, a relative of Michael's and he has done an amazing job of bringing together the three themes of Michael's art, the story of Te Mara and the background to the location of Te Aroha.

The site is very graphical and shows Michael's works in a number of galleries. We will be adding an extra section in the near future for 'works for sale'.

Top Mill Alpaca

Top Mill Alpaca
This website was fun to build and we came up with a nice and neat design focussed on a country atmosphere to set the setting for the Top Mill Alpaca Farm based in Raurimu, Central North Island, New Zealand.

The site incorporates a gallery module where the customer can upload, edit and change their own photos and add titles themselves.

Viola Flair

Viola Flair
This website is a good example of an online shop for a small home business that makes a large range of jewellery, from pendants to earrings, and brooches to rings.

Viola has created a unique range of sign language jewellery and giftware for the deaf and has produced both a wonderful range of products as well as a wonderful website.

We offer gift vouchers for sale and redemption on this website and truly a good example of an e-commerce website .
Jazzdance

Victoria Phillips Academy
This website was a re-design from an existing website and is a very graphic design intensive website.

There are a number of different page layouts with different colour schemes, menu selections and background images.

The website was fun to build and has been built using the latest HTML 5 code format and shows a trend towards websites not being designed and built to a box structured layout and you can have layouts free standing giving an uncluttered appearance.
Kumeu Plumbing

Kumeu Plumbing
Kumeu Plumbing is a local plumbing business that has been going for 38 years. The website was a few years old and Darryl approached Designhand to put in a solution to modernise the site and introduce some new areas which were not available on the current website.

We introduced a blog called 'Whats in the Pipeline' and a Specials page that Kumeu Plumbing staff are able to update themselves.

In the near future Kumeu Plumbing are talking about introducing an on-line shop as well to enhance the showroom they have in Main Road, Kumeu.
Ruapehu Mountain Accommodation

Ruapehu Mountain Accommodation
This website involved a branding change from an original accommodation business called Sunbeam Motels. The brand was not working very well across the internet so a project was undertaken to rebrand and build a new website.

The website has an online registration system for customers to book accommodation online and has a modern look and feel and easy to navigate around the site.
Owhango Hotel

Owhango Hotel and Forest Lodge
The Owhango Hotel website was the culmination of a number of other websites including Forest Lodge and the 42 Traverse website.

A design was put together to bring all of these together in the one layout and make it easier for customers to understand the full range of accommodation and activities available based at the Owhango Hotel.
Harney Teas Australia

Harney Fine Teas Australia
Harney Fine Teas New Zealand have been a customer of Designhand for four years. Harney Fine Teas are now expanding in to Australia and approached Designhand to build a new site design for Australia.

The site has a dealer login area with a wholesale bulk order form, and an online shop for customers to purchase Harney Fine Teas online.
Kariba Awnings

Kariba Awnings
Kariba are a manufacturer of awning products in New Zealand and were keen to establish a website that markets their brand of awnings on the internet.

We also included a dealer outlets map selector so customers can find a dealer close to them.
Burleigh China

Burleigh China (Jill Lydias)
This site is another eCommerce website with additional functionality to manage stock levels within the website.

There are over 100 products available for purchase and a local feature for Local Pickups introduced also.
Max McKenzie Builders

Max McKenzie Builders
Frazer approached Designhand with the requirement to bring Max McKenzie builders online and available to be found on the major search engines for the Ruapehu region.

We purchased the domain name www.taumarunui-builders.co.nz to help Max McKenzie Builders reach out to customers who live or own property in the Taumarunui area.
Art Retro

Art Retro
Art Retro was a fun site to build.

The design of the site took on an Art Deco theme and the site enables customers to inquire about the prints that are listed on the site.
Visitor Experience NZ

Visitor Experience NZ
This site is a good example of a fresh, clean, modern design from Designhand.

It is designed as an information site and has taken the design scheme from the basis of the customers logo and site created following the same look and feel.
Twin Rivers Motel

Twin Rivers Motel
The Twin Rivers Motel is based in Taumarunui near the junction of the Ongarue and Whanganui Rivers which gives the Motel the name.

The website design has brought out the stones effect of the Rivers which is carried through the theme of the decoration to the Motel units. The design was put together by a local lady who has grown up in the area and knew what sort of design would best suit the Twin Rivers Motel.
Ohakune Coach Road

Ohakune Old Coach Road
Ohakune Old Coach Road has become quite a popular destination now that the Mountain To Sea Cycleway is nearing completion. Designhand became a sponsor of the Ohakune Old Coach Road in 2008 and offered to sponsor a website for the marketing of the historic road.

It got to the stage there was so much web traffic to the site that Designhand recently offered to re-design the site. Designhand are very proud to be sponsoring the Ohakune Old Coach Road project.
Kumeu Courier

Kumeu Courier
The Kumeu Courier is a new publication established in the North West region of Auckland.

The website was set up as a sponsorship offering from Designhand to enable the publication to reach a larger audience and attract business listings and further sponsorship to help grow the circulation base.

The design was created as a look-a-like to the first edition and has a crisp look and feel to the website.
Mullins Tyres

Mullins Tyres
Mullins Tyres approached Designhand to build a web presence for their Avondale and Takapuna stores.

The site was designed from a modern graphic design and shows the individual stores and all the services that Mullins offer. Scope was around a fresh clean design.
Wood Pigeon Lodge

Wood Pigeon Lodge
Wood Pigeon Lodge was a re-design and modernisation of an existing site. The site brief was for a more rustic look and feel and modernisation of the layout of the website.

More focus was put on the imagery associated with the Wood Pigeon that gives the Lodge the name, and the rustic charm of wood, hessian and accessories such as lanterns and pulleys. A fun site to re-design.
Hunting Downunder

Hunting Downunder
Hunting Downunder contacted Designhand with the idea of starting a hunting business in the backblocks of Napier. Designhand assisted with the design of the logo, site layout design and build.

The site has a modern fresh and simple to use feel to it and positions the activities of the business easily without too much clutter or busy feel to it.
Taumarunui Jet Tours

Taumarunui Jet Tours
Designhand has been updating the original Taumarunui Jet Tours site for some time and was approached recently to undertake a modernising of the site.

A flash banner was added and a new design layout and better focus on the range of tours Taumarunui Jet Tours have to offer on the Whanganui River.

A fun site to redesign and a good example of Designhands redesign services.
Nevalea Alpacas

Nevalea Alpacas
This site was a fun one to build as we took the site from a logo design right through to the design and build of the site.

The site is a traditional Designhand online shopping site using Paypal and it also has a database of Alpacas for sale and stud enquiries.
Beermaker

Beermaker
Beermaker is a brand name for an online shop established to sell home brewing products online. The site has a large number of products for sale and uses the Paypal online payment gateway.

The layout scope was to be fresh, smart and modern and appealing to a large range of people. Designhand was proud to have the opportunity to bring this together for Hauraki Brewing Company.
Taumarunui RSA

Taumarunui RSA
Taumarunui RSA approached Designhand not long after the Taumarunui Golf Club website was completed.

The RSA and Golf Club have a strong partnership in the Taumarunui area and were both keen to have a similar look and feel yet individual websites to market their respective organisations.
Aotearoa Safaris

Aotearoa Safaris
This site was an exciting site to build as the client requested something new, refreshing and different.

We built this site using a full image background that switches between pages and a transparent content area that you can just view the background image through.

The page also scrolls and gives a nice refreshing look and something a bit different.
King Country Driver Training

King Country Driver Training
The King Country Driver Training website is a good example of what you can do with a template site, originally designed by someone else but localised to fit the local requirements.

Designhand designed the King Country Driver Training logo and artwork as well as the build of the site.
Hobsonville Physio

Hobsonville Physio
Hobsonville Physio is another good example of a re-design of an existing site. Craig approached Designhand to freshen up the look and feel of his site and bring the design in to this century.

We took a lot of the content from the old site but freshened up the look and feel and modernised the layout and graphics.
Roll Back The Years

Roll Back The Years
Designhand was approached by the Taumarunui & Districts Historical Society to help them put the Roll Back The Years publication on a website and enable the book to be sold online.

Designhand designed the site and added the online shopping capability and further publications are being looked at being sold in a similar fashion using the web.
Avondale Health

Avondale Health Centre
Avondale Health is another example of a redesign site.

We were approached by Avondale Health to modernise the site, design a logo and new brand to reflect that the Health Centre is beside the railway tracks in Avondale, Auckland and the site required a modern uplifting look and feel.
Brent Wong - Painter

Brent Wong - Painter
This was a new site, and an opportunity to provide a visual representation of Brents works.

The design came from Brent himself and we really enjoyed bringing to life Brents creation and a gallery of fourty years of his works which he can now share with the world.
Sweetcheeks

Sweetcheeks
Sweetcheeks is a good example of a website redesign involving the addition of an online shop. Even though this originally was not our design, we have structurally made a conversion of the site to support an online shop database and shopping cart and added an administration menu for managing product additions and deletions with ease.

We are proud to be associated with Sweetcheeks and keen to see the business grow with the improvements to the website.
Simpson Lodge

Simpson Lodge
Simpson Lodge is a boutique lodge nested at the foothills of the Auckland Waitakere Ranges.

The site has a rollover picture gallery of the lodge and a fresh and appealing design. Simpson Lodge offers all the benefits of a semi rural setting whilst only 5km drive from Westcity shopping complex and less than 2km to the train station from Waitakere to downtown Auckland City.