We take web design seriously.
It's not just about designing an attractive site, the finished site must present the information your customers are looking for, and it must present it fast.
Since day #1, practically all of our clients have said "I want a site that's easy to navigate" and that's what we always strive to give you.
Your website must represent your business in a clear and concise manner. On the internet, you only have a couple of seconds to make your point and convince visitors to stay on your site.
These are some of the sites we have built for our clients.
National Rifle Association of New Zealand
Built on the Silverstripe CMS platform, this is a large and complex site involving bespoke forms, several blogs and a customised search mechanism that allows people to search blog posts using more than one tag at a time.
There is a password protected and fully editable Members Area and club secretaries can update their club members' info and order supplies from the site.
It is also possible to upload match results directly to the site from the field.
Our Customer Says...
We have been working with Vince from Rio Bravo Consulting for the past 4 years. As a sporting body we were looking a website that has different levels of information for our members but at the same time was easy for them to get around. Vince understood what we were wanting and we are very pleased with the end result.
We have found Vince great to work with on different projects overs the years’.
The monthly statistics are a valuable tool so we can monitor activities.
Helen Morgan NRANZ Secretary.
Hutt Bowling Club
The Hutt Bowling Club wanted to be able to sell advertising space on their site. They also wanted to be able to give sponsors and advertisers several options for ad placement. Our site allows up to three different kinds of ad placement.
Other features are image galleries, an events calendar that allows people to sign up for events online directly from the calendar page and a blog for club news. We also needed to get a lot of "action shots" of people bowling, the trophy collection and so on, requiring quite a bit of photography.
The site is managed regularly by the Club committee.
Our Customer Says...
Vince mastered the creation of the Hutt Bowling Club's new Website. He impressed us as "top of his game" in very quickly establishing means to provide us with new revenue streams, improving communications features and generally encouraging our members to utilise aspects of the new technology to their advantage.
Vince is a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend him to organisations like ours.
HBC Manager Marketing and Strategic Planning
Pertronic Industries is a well known and respected alarm manufacturer, with offices in New Zealand and Australia and customers around the world.
Theirs is a complex website containing a product catalogue, a simple online ordering system, and hundreds, if not thousands of downloadable files, some of which are only accessible to customers or technical staff. Starting from a design by another company, we built the website on SilverStripe and Bootstrap.
New Zealand Tango Festival
Although we were not responsible for the rather pretty design of this website, we did a lot of work "under the hood".
We ported the existing site to a Silverstripe CMS platform, allowing the owners to create and manage their own content without needing to know HTML.
We also implemented a lot of business logic relating to festival Pass purchases and the various discounts available under certain circumstances. We also created a Members Area where people who have already bought a Pass can alter their purchase, adding or deleting the workshops they choose to attend. We also built a simple registration counter system where people arriving for workshops and other events can be checked off against a list of registered attendees.
New Zealand Rescue Team 18, based in Lower Hutt is a volunteer group ready to help the community in case of natural disasters such as severe flooding or earthquakes. They train regularly in such essential skills as finding survivors under rubble.
The site we have designed and built them is simple, yet striking and original. We also created the banners at the top of the pages.
MJM Finance is a small loan broker specialising in finding loans for cars, boat and bikes. The main part of the site are the various application forms which require a fair amount of customer-side validation. The nature of the loans business means that the site must be attractive, fast, robust, and allow people to upload scanned or photographed documents,
Rick Mawby is a certified builder and the owner of RHR Construction, a building firm that works between Wellington and Raumati, offering customers a weathertight, 10 year guarantee on all his work. The website we built for him includes photo galleries of his work, a testimonials page and a contact form.
Wellington Kitchen and Bathroom Company
We redesigned the Wellington Kitchen and Bathroom Company's website, giving it an added touch of elegance. Customer testimonials display on every page, as well as animations of kitchens and bathrooms they have built across Wellington.
Sometimes, people say "I just want a simple web presence!" and that's exactly what we built for Biker Basics. This is a simple one page website that looks and feels a lot bigger. The site includes a simple email contact form. We look after this site with every bit as much care as we take over any other site.
Our Customer Says...
I have been absolutely delighted with what Vince has done for my business in creating, maintaining and regularly modifying the Bikerbasics website. It has been the lifeblood of my business and many customers have commented on how clear, concise and easy to use it has been. It has been critical in differentiating what we do in a marketplace where everyone is fighting to be noticed.
Rapid Copy are a small, friendly and highly motivated digital print company in Thorndon and their motto is "Time is of the Essence at Rapid Copy".
The site we developed for them captures some of the breadth and scope of their activity and we highlighted customers and services that one might not immediately associate with a digital print shop.
Our Customer Says...
Rio Bravo were recommended to us at a time when we were very much in need of a new look upmarket web site.
Sonja and Vince listened, interpreted, created and presented in an agreed time frame.
We have found our new web site to be very user friendly and it has definitely got the message across to our existing and prospective customers as to who we are and what services we provide.
We have found their follow up service to be exceptional and we would have no hesitation in recommending Rio Bravo to anyone looking for a website.
Jill Sammons, Owner
This is a simple, yet effective "brochureware" site for a well known Wellington tiling company. The site is clean, elegant, offers few frills and loads very quickly.
There are sliders and image galleries to acquaint the visitor with BTS' recent projects and achievements.
The Order of the Boar
The Order of the Boar website modestly describes its activities as "Historical Cavalry Re-enactment in New Zealand". However, they do a lot more, including organising one of Upper Hutt's most colourful and popular events, the jousting at Harcourt Park, and event that brings large crowds and international competitors to Upper Hutt.
The site was originally built on Dot Nuke and we ported it into SilverStripe, added some key features and made the site's layout "responsive" and able to display correctly on all manner of devices.
Upper Hutt Community Patrol
Building a website pro-bono site for Upper Hutt Community Patrol was a lot of fun, involving going for "ride-alongs" with the patrollers to photograph what they did. I also heard great stories about community involvement.
On a technical side, the site has a password protected members' area that allows patrollers to download documents and other relevant information.
Hickson Electrical sells, services and installs heat pumps and Smart Vent home ventilation systems all across the Wellington region. Although they already had a website, they felt that the colours (mainly icy blues) did not really convey the concept of comfort and warmth. Another problem was that most of the text was on images, and not search engine friendly. We created a site that solved those problems and, for the first time, their web presence is bringing in business.
Our Customer Says...
Vince Cabrera from Rio Bravo Consulting has recently completed my web site and I am extremely pleased with the results . Vince went out of his way to come and take photos of me working on various job sites and his use of color and text has resulted in a very professional looking and very user friendly site . Already I have had many positive comments regarding the site and more importantly several jobs .I had my previous website for 2 years without a single inquiry . I would highly recommend Vince to anyone upgrading or setting up a new web site. Not only is his work exceptional but his pricing is very affordable .
Bristols Automotive, Upper Hutt
Bristols, in Upper Hutt, specialises in modern car mechanical repairs, diagnostics and servicing. But where Bristols is leagues ahead of other garages is that they also specialise in the maintenance and full restoration of vintage, veteran, classic and muscle cars. We created a site that includes a blog for current restorations and photo galleries of their previous restoration work.
Lifesource is a Yoga, Health and Wellbeing centre based in Upper Hutt, created as a place for healing, teaching and empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
We designed the site working backwards from a business card. And added a lot of useful features such as a newsletter, a contact form and an events calendar.
Our Customer Says...
I have been very happy with the outcome of the website design that Vince and Sonja from Rio Bravo Consulting created for me. They have been reasonably priced and reliable. Vince has been very attentive to the individual changes I have needed and followed up quickly. I am not so computer savee and I have appreciated Vince teaching me how I can make my own changes.
Mitchell Davies Chartered Accountants
MDCA is an accounting practice based in Lower Hutt but servicing clients across New Zealand. Their clients come in a range of sizes: large corporates, small businesses and one-man band contractors. We built their website after submitting several variations on a simple sheet of letterhead paper.
It is a clean, simple site that is all about what the best accountants can provide: clarity.
O'Dwyer's Creek Vineyard
O'Dwyers Creek Vineyard is situated in the wine growing region of Rapaura, Marlborough. The vineyard grows the varieties MS Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Clone 15. O'Dwyers Creek Vineyard had previously supplied grapes for Delegat's iconic "Oyster Bay" label, however, they are now producing a series of single estate wines that express the true nature of the "Golden Mile" in which they are situated.
The site we built for them allows visitors to buy cases of wine online.
CMC Electrical services the entire Wellington Region and Southern Wairarapa from Upper Hutt. Their qualified and reliable electricians can solve all your electrical needs, whether they be commercial, residential, industrial or related to pumps and pumping.
We designed and built a website that clearly displays the various types of services they offer.
Steve Slicker Real Estate
Steve Slicker is a highly successful Upper Hutt real estate agent. He works with Tommy's Real Estate and has a terrific knowledge of the Upper Hutt property market, having sold a number of properties across the Hutt Valley, including Trentham, Silverstream, Wallaceville and Heretaunga.
We took over his website and did several things, chief among them changing his regular real estate column from a collection of PDFs to a blog ordered by tags and dates. We also created interesting, eye catching titles for each post and updated the contact information on the earlier columns to bring them up to date. Steve prefers us to look after the whole website so, when updates to the blog come to hand, we take photographs of attractive streets in Upper Hutt to use as featured images.
Smart ID Products
Smart ID Products offer their customers a range of items for their organisationâ€™s identity needs. These include Lanyards, Retractable Keys and Card Holders, Luggage Loops, and a range of similar products.
We built them a site with a simple shopping cart and were responsible for cataloging their items in a database and all the product photography.
All Active Fitness Training
Looking for a convenient way to get in shape? Need expert help but don’t like gyms? Then you're probably looking for All Active. We built a site that allows clients to find a trainer by clicking on a map of New Zealand. Clients can upload food diaries for their trainers to study, and download personal exercise programs.
Khmer New Zealand Trading Company (KNZTC)
The Khmer New Zealand Trading Company is a consultancy firm with 41 years of experience specialising in speed and road safety enforcement.
Many of their products are used globally to ensure accuracy, integrity and maintain public confidence in traffic enforcement products.
Undergroundsound is a post production sound facility in downtown Wellington, and a major change of pace for us. We produced a site that is subdued while remaining strong in terms of design, rounded off by embedded YouTube content and an elegant, Flash-driven navigation system which recalls the faders so typical of recoding equipment.
A prominent law firm in Upper Hutt, we were pleased to have had the opportunity to present them with a design that spoke about the type of work they did and the people that they worked with.
The need to be able to communicate the right message to the local community was an important factor in the brief, along with selecting the right imagery.
Our Customer Says...
We had never previously had a website and were sceptical as to its marketing value given that our clients were mostly local. Rio Bravo were able to give us a good steer on what benefits we could gain for our business with a website but more importantly they were able to create a website that fitted our budget and met our needs in that regard.
We were impressed with their knowledge of keyword software and of marketing strategies over the internet. Since the website has been up we have received a number of compliments about it.
We would certainly recommend them to other small businesses looking to establish a presence on the internet.
John Gwilliam, Principal and Director
Being one of NZ's most important legal firms in the field of historic abuse, they are also a small and friendly team. Our design incorporated the tree, being an important part of their office environment. A tree's roots go deep into the soil (a symbol for community and the past) and it provides shelter and, in many cultures it is also a traditional meeting place.
We provided a web presence that was clean, crisp and informative for their clients and any potential clients.
Vista Del Sol Estate
For Vista Del Sol, a luxury B&B on the Kapiti Coast, we created a site that is easy to maintain and, by its elegant and sunny design, reflects Vista Del Sol Estate perfectly.
Design features include a mechanism for approving user comments before publishing them online, a variety of pre-written templates which allow the site owners to assemble a page complete with photographs with a minimum of fuss and a degree of search engine optimisation (SEO), essential in the highly competitive holiday accommodation market. We also contributed to the copywriting and incorporated GoogleMaps and ViaNet's buttons for online bookings.
Our Customer Says...
Vince was easy to work with...his analysis and design was good...he is quite creative and artistic and this added touches that we would not have thought of...he was a quick worker and often put in the extra mile...we are now asking him to develop a new website for our consultancy company...
Mike Slee, Owner