Rippingham Art Website – online marketplace

Online art gallery attracts 25,000 visitors in the first six months


  • Branding
  • Logo and stationery design
  • Site architecture
  • Website design
  • WordPress website build
  • Phase two development and relaunch
  • WordPress Marketplace eCommerce store

Overview of the project

Jan Rippingham is an established artist who wanted to sell her work and that of fellow artists online. During the first phase of development, we knew that to get ahead of the competition, Rippingham Art had to be different, and because costs were tight, we had to be clever with our strategy. Competitor research showed us a lack of an unrushed, take-your-time feel; a ‘sit back and explore’ approach to navigation. We believed that an online art gallery should have a timeless, wandering-around atmosphere where viewers can browse with a cup of coffee and buy in their own time.

We created a user-friendly online art gallery, using large imagery to ensure artwork was at the heart of the site, sizing it for all screens and devices. To ensure the quality of the content, which for the most part was user-generated as artists uploaded their work for sale, we designed a moderator function so that Jan could control the content. Rippingham Art now sells art on behalf of 1,100 artists and there are over 1,800 works of art available to buy.

Five years after launch, we progressed to phase two development with an upgrade from the old WooCommerce set-up – from version 1 to 3 – which also included moving old plugins and features to the new set up and migrating over 50,000 pieces of art! We also gave the site a modern face-lift to make it super mobile-friendly and enabled predictive search.

Rippingham Art logo
Photographic business cards


Business card design
Website homepage


“Preface Studios helped us establish our new business quickly and almost effortlessly. We’re so pleased with the sign-ups and the activity on the site. Since the relaunch, the site is quicker and provides an improved user-experience.


Product list on website
Product page on website

How we can help you

We were very happy that the site attracted over 25,000 visitors within the first six months of operation. The recent development work means it’s quicker, more secure and provides a better user experience – especially on mobile. If you require an eCommerce website and would like to find out more about the web development service we offer companies in Surrey, then please get in touch.

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