Halesowen Self Drive Website Update

May 4th, 2022 by

Earlier this week we launched a website update for Halesowen Self Drive, a van rental company based in the Midlands.

Who are Halesowen Self Drive?

Halesowen Self Drive have a range of vans available for rental, 7 days a week. Starting with just five vans over 17 years ago, they now have over 20 vans in their fleet, in a range of sizes to suit everyone’s needs. With excellent customer service, HSD pride themselves on their great customer satisfaction. And with low, refundable deposits, it’s no surprise that they are the most popular van rental in the heart of the UK.

The Website Project

The Halesowen Self Drive site needed to be moved over to WordPress – to allow us to easily carry out future website updates, and give us more flexibility when making bespoke changes. We managed the smooth transition over to WordPress, and once migrated, we implemented a range of website changes and updates.

Site Width

As the original website was built a few years ago, it was a little outdated in terms of responsive design. As screens have gotten bigger with the advancement of technology, we needed the website to reflect this. We have therefore increased the site width, so that it is optimised on screens of all sizes.

Design Improvements

Our team of web designers carried out a design review to implement visual improvements, which included adding consistent, clean images across the website.

We have also added a van grid on the website homepage. This allows customers to visually identify which van they need, to help them fill out the enquiry/quote form.

What’s more, we also updated the Feefo integration section, to make it more visually appealing and user friendly. It’s important to display reviews on the website to gain user trust, helping them on their purchase decision.

Future Updates

We are already working on the next phase of the Halesowen Self Drive website, with future updates being easy to implement now that the website is powered by WordPress. The website will soon be able to take secure online payments, and Feefo reviews will be replaced with Google reviews – allowing users to leave reviews once they’ve returned their vehicle.

Read more about this web design project here: 


Ballyhoo are a Digital Agency who provide website design, online marketing and website support services to companies throughout the UK. Based in Longbridge, Birmingham we have been operating since 2009.

Ballyhoo Launches New J.R. Building and Maintenance Website

February 15th, 2022 by

Earlier this week Ballyhoo launched a new website for client J.R. Building and Maintenance, a building company based in the West Midlands.

Who Are J.R. Building and Maintenance 

J.R. Building and Maintenance Services are a highly reputable construction team that offer building and maintenance services for both commercial and domestic clients. Their team offers high quality services in property refurbishment, electrical, plumbing and heating.

The Website Project 

J.R. Building and Maintenance were previously operating without a website – meaning that they had little to no online presence. This made it hard to connect with potential customers, and therefore they came to Ballyhoo for a solution for this. The website was developed to be mobile responsive, with strong CTAs and easy to use contact forms – to help increase conversions and reach their target audience to take action.

Ballyhoo managing director, Anthony Chaffey, has said, “Jamaal came to us with the perfect attitude; he understood the need to invest in his online presence and wanted to get it right first time. He was open to ideas and wanted to lean on our expertise to produce something that would eventually allow him to step back spending with the likes of Checkatrade which can sometimes be a race to the bottom. We’re really pleased with the results and looking forward to seeing what it can achieve for him.”

Read more about this web design project here: or read about Ballyhoo’s other recent projects in our online portfolio here:

About Ballyhoo Ltd:

Ballyhoo are a Digital Agency who provide website design, online marketing and website support services to companies throughout the UK. They are based in Longbridge, Birmingham and have been operating since 2009. 

About J.R. Building and Maintenance:

J.R. Building and Maintenance are based in the West Midlands, and offer a variety of services for building and home refurbishment. 

Website Disaster Recovery Project

January 19th, 2022 by

We were recently contacted by a company in the financial services industry, as their website had been hacked. We worked with them to convert their website to WordPress, mirroring their existing website design, to allow the business to continue to operate online. 

The Problem

The large-scale financial company we assisted was running a website with either a proprietary content management system or they had a website which was not being maintained properly; either way, this led them to be hacked and experience a data breach. 

To tackle this, they quickly created a static version of the website (a “scrape”), to prevent it from being hacked and to ensure that customers could still find their company online. However, this meant that admins could no longer make any website or content changes, which they especially needed to do in order to conform with legal obligations in their industry.

Project Overview 

Upon being contacted we established what the client needed from their website going forward and recommended a course of action. We then implemented our Disaster Recovery service, where we created a lean, custom WordPress template that mirrored their current site exactly. Once the custom WordPress template was built, we migrated their content from their existing site to their new WordPress website. 

This meant that the website was not only visible to customers, but that admins could make content changes as and when needed. 

Re-brand & Content Changes 

We also took this opportunity to carry out a light rebrand, adding the client’s new logo to the new website, and swapping the colourways of the website to match this new identity for brand consistency. We also made the urgent content amendments that were required on behalf of the client. 

Ongoing Support

We now provide the client with our WordPress Management Service, an SLA where we monitor their website for any concerning security signs, and are alerted when a WordPress core or plugin update becomes available. We can then promptly and manually carry out the update and run a series of tests to ensure the site is running smoothly, thus allowing us to keep the website updated and protecting it from security breaches. 

We also provide website hosting for the client which provides another level of security and peace of mind due to our secure infrastructure and monitoring capabilities.. 

Disaster Recovery Services 

If you are in need of Disaster Recovery Services, get in touch with us now and we can help.

Swansea’s Oldest Record Store Derrick’s Music Launches New Website Developed by Ballyhoo

October 6th, 2021 by

Earlier this week Ballyhoo launched an updated website for their loyal client Derricks Music, a Swansea-based music and events ticketer and record seller with a shopfront on Oxford Street in Swansea city centre.

Who Are Derricks Music 

Derricks Music have worked with Ballyhoo, a Birmingham web design agency, for over a decade to help sell their products online and keep their website up-to-date. This year, Ballyhoo has been working with Derricks Music to bring their website in line with modern web design techniques and introduce new functionality for admins and users. 

The Website Project 

Derricks Music’s website was originally created by Ballyhoo in 2011, and after being live for over 10 years, the website had a well deserved refresh earlier this year.  The website needed to be made mobile responsive, and the branding has also received a refresh – removing the old three-dimensional elements and textures , and replacing them with brighter and cleaner elements.

Ballyhoo managing director, Anthony Chaffey, has said, “Derricks Music was one of the first websites I developed and we’ve worked closely with them for so long they’re part of the Ballyhoo family. The site has performed well over many years but was well overdue for an overhaul, so we were delighted to get the opportunity to show what we can do with current techniques and toolsets; and we’re thrilled with the results.”

Read more about this web design project here:  or read about Ballyhoo’s other recent projects in our online portfolio here: 

About Ballyhoo Ltd:

Ballyhoo provides website design, online marketing and website support services to companies throughout the UK. They are based in Longbridge, Birmingham and have been operating since 2009.

About Derricks Music:

Derricks Music was established in 1969 and is located at 221 Oxford Street, Swansea. In addition to stocking the latest and rare CDs and vinyl LPs, they sell tickets for events for up-and-coming local bands and established artists at venues across South Wales.