Casa Azores

Project Type:

Design: bespoke theme

Backend: WordPress starter theme soblossom

Timeline: 2 weeks, delivery Boxing Day 2015

Custom Features:

  • Responsive
  • Photo Gallery
  • Booking Calendar
  • Full screen background images
  • Built for speed

Intro: Casa Azores offers self-catered holiday homes on Faial, one of the 9 Azorean islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Before we got in touch with Marijke Schiffers of Casa Azores we barely knew where the Azores are.
She has been living on Faial, a gorgeous island of the group of nine islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, for many years already and runs a small company offering self catered holiday homes.

The previous website was not using a CMS, making it impossible for the client to make updates. When the developer retired, it was time for a site renewal.

We saw this as a great opportunity to once again use our in-house developed WordPress Starter Theme soblossom.

The client had a good idea on how she wanted the new site to look, so we built it out for her according to that, a bespoke design if you will.

As the site is relatively small, we placed great focus on taking away as much as possible things that are not needed, with the ultimate goal to have fast loading pages for the target audience.

After we deployed the site to the live server and implemented our favourite caching plugin, we decided to run some speed tests. As you can see below the results are super!

GTmetrix test results of Casa Azores
Pingdom test results of Casa Azores

For the Photo Galleries we added an easy to use and very flexible system in the backend of the site. On the frontend we have implemented a Modal to show the photos in the gallery and then another overlay to show the individual photos.

Because the client prefers personal contact with her guests and potential guests, we did not build an automated booking system, but instead we implemented an easy to use Booking Calendar. Site visitors can see whether their preferred booking time is still available and for the client it is very easy to indicate which periods are booked in which holiday homes.

Lastly we assisted the client setting up the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and we made sure that any URLs of the previous site are properly redirected to the this new one.

Casa Azores is part of our Azores Websites Initiative.