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Dial Solutions

Website development

Dial Solutions have been developing web sites and web applications since the early 1990s. Their first interactive educational website,, went live in the mid-1990s, and the very same cgi code is still running to this day.

Because of it's historical links with software for the classroom, much of Dial's web development has been for clients in the education sector, and includes a mix of sophisticated client side Java applets for classroom activities, and server side technologies including PHP and MySQL.

Dial Solutions host and maintain many of their clients websites on their own servers and ensure the highest levels of security. All work is hosted on the GNU/Linux operating system to take advantage of the zero licencing cost, and the high levels of performance, reliability and security that the platform provides.

Here is a list of a representative selection of some of Dial's work to date. Note that some of the sites are very old - from when web standards were not what they are today! All current web work is fully XHTML compliant. Also note that due to data licencing or privacy restictions, some of the websites, or portions of the websites are not publicly visible without proper authentication.

WebsiteClientFeatures/notes for website content, membership administration system including online payments and mailing list integration, web based tool to generate the weekly members' newsletters, outputting a range of standards compliant formats, integrations with Moodle, Elgg and MediaWiki.
YHGFL GIS Site (Loc8) (not publicly visible for data licencing reasons)YHGFLA large GIS system with Ordnance Survey vector and bitmap data, and overhead photographs of the region held in a large searchable database. A custom Java applet provides cross-platform browser based access to the data with control over layer visibility, opacity, zoom, measuring tools, drawing tools and more. Access is restricted to schools in the YHGFL area, however you can see a screenshot here. Drupal deployment with multiple private special interest groups, each with their own forum and wiki. Automated membership management and event payment with PayPal integration and detailed reporting. UniversityA Drupal deployment for the Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom research project. Includes much custom javascript graphing code for presenting survey data.
www.themouthpiece.comtheMouthPieceThe brass band world's largest and busiest discussion forum. The site is a vBulletin deployment.
manager.bigv.ioBytemarkWeb interface written in Ruby for controlling Bytemark's excellent BigV cloud hosting system.
www.thoroughbredinternet.comBarnes Thompson LtdAdverts, racing results, huge equine genealogy database, and just about everything connected with the racing industry.
WebulatorDial SolutionsOnline website building tool aimed at small businesses and organisations such as churches, villages, schools, allotments, companies, bands and charities.
Kilworth StudioKilworth StudioOnline product database for a supplier to the Building Schools for the Future programme. Features PDF outputs generated from database contents. Site only visible to registered users.
www.northumberlandlea.netNorthumberland County CouncilA system to deliver and provide a searchable archive of the weekly mailings from the County Council to schools. County CouncilSystem to allow Durham schools to easily generate and cutomise their own websites - using a customised version of our Webulator software plumbed into Durham's back end systems for authentication.
www.dtonline.orgNAAIDTOne of our first interactive websites written in the mid 1990s and still in regular use today on the same codebase! Information for use by D&T students in the classroom. Browser based design tools including a circuit designer and a Java parametric CAD system for packaging design. Contributory structures database. databases, forums, membership list, integration with mailing lists and email forwarding.
www.n-yorks.netNorth Yorkshire County CouncilContributory databases, training course advertising and bookings, health and safety monitoring, tracking schools' compliance with various government requirements. GIS system. Forums. Moderated registration system. Fibrillation support groupA research tool which collects information from sufferers of atrial fibrillation all around the world. The collected data can be searched, interrogated, and the results saved as a CSV file for processing in other applications. Learning MachineA free GPL'd web based school registration system. For more details contact The Learning Machine.