These are some of our recent website projects for various clients. Our website design services are perfect for clients who need a little something extra that isn’t in today’s Content Management Systems or Site Builder tools.
Stone Product Company
Stoneyard was using an older Content Management System that didn’t work well on mobile devices and a separate ecommerce plaform for selling products online. They needed a unified, easier to manage, more mobile-friendly solution to promote their products, educate their partners and consumers, help customers find installers and inspire customers with featured projects and a searchable photo gallery. We used WordPress, Toolset and Woocommerce with some customization to meet their needs.
The Westford Historical Society and Museum needed a new website that was mobile friendly, easier to update than their Dreamweaver-built HMTL website, and that enabled event management, online giving and an online shop. We were able to meet their needs with WordPress, Events Manager, GiveWP and WooCommerce. We also used the WP-Types Toolset components to build custom content types for managing and presenting historical documents with a good user experience and improved search rankings due to moving from scanned PDF files to searchable web pages.
The Gardeners Exchange of Central Massachusetts needed a basic website to share club news, post club events and events of interest to their members and to share resources such as presentations from past meetings. They also wanted to offer simple forums for member-to-member questions and answers and offers and requests. Many add-on forum tools are available for WordPress but most were too complex for the needs and the members who would rather be out in the garden than be indoors messing with computers.
Collections Management & Presentation
In some ways, the Walden Woods Project is like many of our Trail Websites subsidiary’s clients. They preserve and protect conservation land around the Walden Pond and Thoreau Institute area in Concord and Lincoln, MA. However, Walden Woods Project (WWP) also care for, manage and present the Collected Works of Henry David Thoreau. We worked with WWP to develop a collection management capability and various views of the collected works for their WordPress based website.
Food Pantry Volunteer Management
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. needed self-service capabilities for potential volunteers to sign up for volunteer information sessions and for active volunteers to schedule themselves for open pantry sessions. Events Manager with minor customizations was able to provide the event management and registration portion of the solution. Additional customization was provided to offer secure self-service account creation and validation for volunteers. Loaves & Fishes uses GiveWP for special fund raising campaigns.
Musician’s Performer, Composer and Coach & Mentor Website
Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”) is a Grammy-Nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice and a looper pedal that she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. She’s also a composer and she coaches and mentors other musicians. DHC needed a website to promote her performing, composing and coaching to audiences, performance venues, booking agents, press and potential students. To make it easier to present her decades of works we built plugins that allow her to present content by category as posts, excerpts or tiled images as well as audio and video clips. Her site is in-progress at time of writing with plans to move her performance schedule to Events Manager and replace several related hand-built html pages with WordPress pages. We also helped DHC with her online Academy for harpists, featured below.
Online School with Page Progress Tracking
Working with Deborah Henson-Conant on her HipHarp Academy online school for harpists led to the development of our Page Progress Tracker for WordPress. Page Progress Tracker provides automatic tables of contents, progress bars, previous / next buttons and progress indicators based on students’ self-assessed choice of In-Progress, Completed or Completed and Bookmarked status. Using WordPress’ parent / child relationships, pages roll up to modules and modules roll up to courses. We also built some custom views to display courses by level in conjunction with Ambitionally’s Access Ally to integrate purchasing and access control with DHC’s CRM and eCommerce system.
Conservation Trust Website with Holdings and Trails Management and Locator Map
What began as a volunteer effort to update Littleton Conservation Trust’s website turned into a line of business. Their site was the catalyst for our Trail Websites subsidiary. The design is WordPress based with a custom database and custom page templates to manage the data about each conservation property in a database so that an overview table, individual trail pages and a complete PDF “Guide to Conservation Lands in Littleton, Massachusetts” can be produced from the single source of data and folders of photos and map images. Data entry and maintenance went from 3 or 4 edits per change to just 1. The site design has been well received in the community and can easily be adapted to the needs of other conservation or land trust organizations.