Fab service - you guys pushed through our website changes in a timely and professional manner. I have always recommended you to others and will continue to do so.
Extremely professional service. All work was delivered on time and exactly as expected without any confusing jargon.
Absolutely chuffed to bits!
Our original website was hosted on Zenfolio and had consistently performed badly over several years, we knew we had to make a change to improve our web traffic so decided to employ the skills of Castlegate I.T.
I am a 100% geek and when I get my teeth into a subject that interests me I research it as much as I possibly can - I noticed that our website wasn't performing as well as I thought it should have been over the years so I constantly ran search engine optimisation (SEO) tests and checks and ensured that I met all of Googles requirements. I spent days, if not weeks on the Moz (a forum frequented by web designers and a place that keeps up to date with search engine news) forum trying to apply all of the rules that the search engines "like" only to maintain low search engine rankings.
Myself and my wife blogged religiously, with high quality original content and making sure all images had accurate alt tags, that all H1/2/3 headers were correct and SEO friendly and that each post had an eye catching and luring meta description - still nothing - this went on for years. I was reluctant to change the website due to the fact that Zenfolio was so easy and all of our images were in one place. We even enlisted the help of a professional well known fashion blogger to write for us and still no joy.
Despite having a lot of work we didn't feel it was enough and more importantly we didn't feel we were attracting the right kind of clientele - we decided we needed a change and made the conscious decision to switch our target audience from "East Yorkshire Weddings" to "York Weddings" and up our prices to match the high end competition that York sustains so well.
So here is where Jim and his team at Castlegate I.T come into the picture....
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and feeling that I had a good idea of what I wanted in a website and thinking that I knew "quite a bit" about SEO I set myself the challenge of finding the absolute best web designer/design team in York. Google had recently released it's infamous Panda update and after reading up on the changes that Google had made to it's search engine algorithm I set about sending probing and challenging emails to the web designers who appeared on page 1 of Google for "web designers york". My theory was that whoever was on page 1 was physically implementing SEO correctly and knew their stuff - I'll give you a hint here, Castlegate I.T. was page 1, result 1 (the holy grail of search results).
Several web designers came back to me however 99% of them didn't acknowledge the fine points of the Panda update, which made me think they didn't take their jobs very seriously or seriously enough. In the email I explained my predicament of wanting to maintain easy image sharing with no limits on uploads (including video) yet have a responsive, mobile friendly, Google friendly, nice to look at website that ticked all of the SEO boxes.
Jim from Castlegate replied to me and I knew from the very start that this was a company that I wanted to spend money with. Jim knew his stuff and provided a multitude of solutions and options to what I was wanting. I checked Castlegate's portfolio and did my own mini SEO test on a few of their sites, most notable Dalby Firewood, I played around with phrases that I thought people would type in if they wanted firewood in the locality and every phrase I typed in showed Dalby Firewood in the number one spot - I was impressed!
I booked a face to face meeting with Jim and Louisa and we talked through what I wanted at their York office. They didn't bat an eyelid when I explained the bespoke coding I wanted (Iphone style buttons that can be pressed and update a floating pricing bar) and took it all in their stride.
5 days after our website launched we were already at the top of page 2 for our key phrase, we were absolutely blown away.
We can't recommend Castlegate I.T. highly enough if you want a professional and capable web design service.
Castlegate IT actively seek to understand their clients needs and requirements exactly from the onset and as result design great websites. Excellent customer service from concept to completion!
Castlegate IT have recently setup my new website and I am really impressed with how easy they are to deal with. Louisa has been in regular contact all the way through the design process and Julia has done a fantastic job putting the site together. Thanks very much to all involved!
First class company to deal with. Extremely professional in all aspects of web design and functioning. I am the owner of a Google 5 star rated E-commerce business and could not have achieved this without their expertise. Can not rate them highly enough.
Outstanding. Castlegate IT have been fantastic since I first met with them before launching my business. They've exceeded all expectations with web design and performance, I'm delighted with the look, feel and bespoke nature of the website, and they got me ahead of the curve by ensuring the website was mobile-friendly from the start. They are successfully managing my PPC account, which makes my life much easier, and their responsiveness to any issues and problems that have occurred has been first class.
Highly delighted with our website and very impressed with these guys. Very professional and give excellent customer service. Would always recommend.
Castlegate IT is an incredibly helpful, creative, and responsive group; during the past decade they have helped us build precisely the website we wanted. It all begins with the quality of the leadership.
They've built us two websites and we've been extremely happy with the results. Highly recommend.
Castlegate is one of the few web dev agencies that I consistently recommend. From top to bottom of the organisation they believe in great client service, and are always good value for money.
I have been a client of Castlegate IT for 3 years. Finding a capable development team is key to any online business success. I am fortunate to have found these guys to help build my website www.myhouseadvert.co.uk. If you're looking for an on-line presence then look no further than Richard, Jim and Jamie @ Castlegate IT. Adam Sutherland (myhouseadvert.co.uk)