Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission

Mockup of various digital devices showing the MVHPC.org website

The Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission (MVHPC) wanted to take their digital archives and make them much more accessible to the average person.  Their prior website used a very task-oriented historical archive software system that was difficult to use, both as a viewer and as a volunteer trying to add content to it.

I migrated over 1300 pieces of digital content over to use WordPress and a very image-friendly theme.  As with many of my projects over 10 hours of coaching and instruction were also included in this project to help bring the volunteer staff up to speed.

We also created a YouTube channel to show dozens of hours of lectures and seminars that the organization has held over the years and video taped.  In addition, we recently digitized several hours of audio tapes which will be combined with several of the archived images to create an online audio slideshow describing events that occurred almost 100 years ago. Read More … Continue reading: Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Commission

First Street Community Center – Website, Email Newsletter & Ongoing Management

screenshot of the FirstStreetCC.com website

This charming former High School building houses an eclectic mix of retail stores, fitness and wellness clubs, performance venues, athletic events, and professional services like “yours truly” – Market Street.

Using a full-featured events calendar, a “News” section, and an active email newsletter, the website provides promotion online that is coordinated with Facebook and Twitter social media accounts to keep the community informed of the various events coming up.

Market Street provides ongoing management services for the First Street Community Center’s website. Read More … Continue reading: First Street Community Center – Website, Email Newsletter & Ongoing Management

First Presbyterian Church – Website

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A simple WordPress website that allows the Pastor and anyone else setup as an authorized user to keep the congregation up to date with the latest news and activities of the church.

They can update the online event calendar, create articles and easily embed videos of the worship service into those articles, and the website automatically sends out emails to subscribers whenever a new article is published, keeping the flock in constant communication. Read More … Continue reading: First Presbyterian Church – Website

A&A Christmas Tree Farm – Website

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Michael with A&A Christmas Tree Farm has simple goals, he wants to connect with more people and help them find the perfect fresh Iowa-raised Christmas tree for the holidays.

I immediately thought of using a WordPress website along with a coordinated social media presence. Due to the picturesque outdoors of the farm, my first thoughts were of Facebook combined with Instagram or Pinterest.

A little bit of sharing and consistent updating and it should be easy to increase his sales this year given that he was only advertising in the local paper before. Read More … Continue reading: A&A Christmas Tree Farm – Website

Dance Arts Iowa – Website

various device mockups showing the Dance Arts Iowa website

Trude’s students and their parents wanted to use their smartphones to get information on classes, download forms to sign up, check the calendar for performance and practice schedules, and to see photos and videos of their past performances.   Using a new color scheme was also required.

Her business’s Google Calendar now displays on the website.  She and her authorized teachers can make changes to the Google Calendar and the website displays it in an easy to read format for all of the students and parents to see.  Also, whenever a new article is published on the website it sends an email to subscribers telling them of the new post. Read More … Continue reading: Dance Arts Iowa – Website

Hog Iowa T-Shirts – Website

screenshot of HogIowa.com

Gary wanted to have a website that showcased his business selling custom designed farm themed Hog Iowa T-shirts.

The prior year I had helped him get a SquareUp online store setup and showed him how to use the app and check on his orders online. He wanted something more, but, wasn’t ready for a real e-commerce storefront and wanted to continue using SquareUp’s online store as his e-commerce solution.

I knew we were up against a very tight budget and came up with this “hybrid” showcase/online store using WordPress and WooCommerce. Read More … Continue reading: Hog Iowa T-Shirts – Website