The UK's Longest Established Web Design Agency?

Your One-Stop Shop for Internet Solutions

Based in Worcester, we are a family owned and managed web design agency.

In the Beginning

Imagine a time when Microsoft Internet Explorer didn’t exist, Google hadn’t been thought of and whilst domain names did exist most of the very few businesses that actually had a website used CompuServe and later AOL based addresses and hosting. That is when pinkdylan was conceived – providing a service to design and build websites for commercial clients. 

We launched our first pinkdylan branded websites in early 1995, one for our first client and another for ourselves. Over the next couple of years or so we had built up a bit of a portfolio with clients from London to Scotland and in 1997 we became VAT registered and launched a new site for ourselves, this time under our own domain name, pinkdylan.co.uk.

By now we were also offering our own hosting facilities together with search engine optimisation. It was then possible to get virtually any site up to the top of the then dominant AltaVista search engine with phrases of choice within a day or so! How times have changed.

We are not aware of any UK business that was first set up specifically to design and build websites earlier than pinkdylan, and that is still building websites today under the same name and as the same legal entity under the original ownership and control.

Our basic philosophy is to build quality websites for small to medium sized businesses at a fair price and to support clients by providing all necessary domain name, hosting and search engine promotion and optimisation services. We are an effective ‘One Stop Shop” for Internet Solutions. We know most of our clients well on first-name terms.

pinkdylan is owned and operated by husband and wife team Graham and Lynn Cullimore.

Both Graham and Lynn had successful careers before setting up pinkdylan. Lynn had worked for a number of years at the BBC making television programs ranging from Live News through to Country File and Top Gear. Graham was a Financial and Cost Accountant for an engineering company in Birmingham, also fully responsible for commissioning and supporting all IT related requirements.

We are delighted to still be working for a number of clients that were amongst some of our earliest, and we would very much welcome the opportunity to discuss your current requirements and where appropriate provide a fully detailed no-obligation written quotation. Please contact us to get the ball rolling.

Milestone Dates

Jan 1995

First pinkdylan website launched

After working over Christmas 1994 we launched our first pinkdylan branded clients’ website on the first day of the new year. Internet Explorer and Google were things of the future and most websites that did exist were hosted under 3rd party addresses rather than buying an expensive domain name. We launched our own first site shortly after.

Jan 1995

1997

Domain names, VAT registered and WYSIWYG

We launched a new website for ourselves, this time hosted under out own domain name, became VAT registered and started using WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) page builders such as FrontPage and Dreamweaver in place of solely hand coding in HTML.

1997

1999

Dedicated servers and Actinic Partners

We started hosting sites and email on our own Cobalt RAQ3 servers rather than use third parties and became Actinic Partners with their desktop based e-commerce platform being our go-to solution for most clients wishing to start selling online. By now both Graham and Lynn were working full time with pinkdylan having permanently given up any connection with previous careers.

1999

2002

Larger projects, Google Adwords and our own new hosting platform

By now we were working on some large projects involving household names with some programming sub-contracted to NSHC in Lancashire. We built our own hosting platform including the entire back-end management and became more involved with Google AdWords, promoting sites through pay per click as well as building, hosting and optimising them (SEO).

2002

2005

Acquistion of NSHC sees pinkdylan Lancashire office open

After working closely with Neil Hamilton and his programmers at NSHC for several years pinkdylan acquired the business to ensure continuity and see that all work on an increasingly diverse range of projects was brought fully in-house. 

2005

2006

pinkdylan launch cmsXtra and cartXtra

Having built a significant number of bespoke websites and online shops based on real-world client needs we launched our own content management and e-commerce platforms built to meet all of the typical client requirements but with a back-end admin system that was specifically designed with simplicity in ease of use in mind. We now concentrate on projects built using our new inhouse platforms whilst continuing to support existing clients with fully bespoke solutions.

2006

2007

pinkdylan move to cPanel hosting at the UK’s first carbon neutral data centre

pinkdylan select Memset as their new hosting provider with our own dedicated servers running the now popular and well supported cPanel and WHM hosting platform at their new carbon neutral data centre. 

2007

2014

pinkdylan retires Lancashire office

After more than 8 years of continuous development of our cmsXtra and cartXtra platforms and building significant numbers of sites using them we no longer need a dedicated office for programmers. Our northern office programmers moved to working full time for pinkdylan clients but still supporting pinkdylan as needed. 

2014

2019

pinkdylan embraces WordPress

After 13 years building sites mainly on our own cmsXtra and cartXtra platforms we make a decision to use WordPress and WooCommerce for most new projects. New ‘page builders’, security and other plugins have improved the platform no end. The facts that 40% of sites worldwide are built on WordPress, that more clients now have staff with prior experience of the platform and it offering better portability and support options made the decision for us. We continue to support our own platforms but will not be developing or updating it any further.

2019

2021

pinkdylan migrate to UK based Cloud Hosting

After 14 years of using cPanel on dedicated servers we migrate all clients sites to new fully scalable UK based  ‘Cloud’ hosting on faster SSD drives. This not only reduces the number of potential single points of total failure but allows us to host on different platforms (one optimised for WordPress, another better suited to cmsXtra). It also offers a CDN (content delivery network) for improved global performance. We now have improved backup facilities and are able to offer clients self-managed hosting if required.  

2021

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