WordPress Site for New Salem

WordPress Site for New Salem

 

The Town of New Salem approached us with a request to have a content driven site that is easy to update and manage by the towns officials, staff and committee members. Their requirements directed us towards WordPress which allows for easy content management and taxonomy.

The site uses Jetpack’s Post by Email feature, allowing town coordinators and committee chairs’ to post minutes, events and updates quickly and easily while using technology they are already familiar with; namely Email!

Along with the site being driven by content and categories. Each page has it’s share of static content that remains in sync through the WordPress theme’s Content Library. So when a module containing a set of information is used on multiple pages like a department’s contact information, changes only have to be made once, and that module reflects the change across the entire site.

Fore more information about this project, please contact us.

 

Refresh drhaqq.org

Refresh drhaqq.org

Refresh of the All India Institute on Evangelism website, including a new logo, some new photos, new SSL certs and an update to their electronic application process with notifications to their new @drhaqq.org email.
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https://drhaqq.org

Good News Coffee

Good News Coffee

Good News Coffee out of Feeding Hills, MA is a great example of a thriving small business needing a professional web presence that was affordable. Working with Sharon was a great pleasure and together we were able to put together a one page design in a matter of days.

Having a one page design is helpful as it ensures that every word and image is thoughtfully placed. There is no room for fluff on a one page design. This started with the navigation being placed on the side bar with the most important information about the business.

Good News Coffee Navigation

For up to the minute news, we incorporated a Social Feed where Sharon can make updates to Facebook and that information gets posted on the site as well.

Good News Coffee Social Feed

For more information about Good News Coffee, visit them today at https://goodnewscoffee413.com.

Crossroads Health Group

Crossroads Health Group

Crossroads Health Group, formerly Rippa Chiropractic, is a local small business that operates 3 offices in the Pioneer Valley. They provide Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy services. After a rebranding of their business, they were in need of a responsive website redesign that would explain their services and reach a larger customer base.

The project consisted of a complete redesign that would highlight the 4 major services. When you visit the site from any platform you are immediately given four navigation options for each of those services.

navigation

The old website was a responsive design (see below) and this new site will continue to have that responsive access to it as well. We also redirected the old rippachiropractic.com url to the new crossroadshealthgroup.com site so all old visitors will continue to find them using the old site.

Rippachiropractic

This is an image of the old rippachiropractic.com site.

Mobile users will get a ‘Call Now’ button while tablet and desktop visitors will see a different experience beneath the initial navigation. The project took just about two weeks.

Visit https://www.crossroadshealthgroup.com/.

Professional Email for BEC Plumbing and Heating

Professional Email for BEC Plumbing and Heating

BEC Plumbing and Heating is a local company that services much of Western Massachusetts. They have been using their internet service providers’ email (Comcast) for quite some time and were looking to address two issues.

  1. Have access to the Microsoft Office suite of tools on their office computers.
  2. Use a professional email solution using their becplumbing.com domain.

We recommending using the Office 365 Business Premium package which included both entire Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, etc…) but also included hosted email and file storage for their business.

The project consisted of pointing their DNS records to Office 365, importing their email from their ISP email that was already downloaded to Microsoft Outlook as a PST and provide training for each user on how to access their cloud email and storage from any device.

After adding a few accounts, BEC Plumbing and Heating are now working with business class email and file storage in the cloud!

Weebly Website Update

Weebly Website Update

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Working with Marlene of Walks and Wags Dog Training, I was able to update the content of her site quite quickly using a Web Builder called Weebly.

Her site was already built and just needed some adjustments for navigation and forms for clients to contact her with. Along with those UI updates, I was able to update some of the SEO elements on the site like metadata, headings, titles and more. Visit http://www.walks-and-wags.com for more on Marlene’s business and the services she provides.

Office 365 for Wassmann AV

Office 365 for Wassmann AV

Wassmann Audio Video Inc. is out of Whately, MA. They were using an IMAP/POP email provider and were looking to get a more robust email system that would allow their contacts and calendars to sync across multiple devices.

The Solution

I recommended Office 365 as it meets all their business requirements and is affordable. Especially when you compare similar pricing for an on premise server setup or even comparable offerings from GSuite and other IMAP providers.

The Details

The migration was done in a day, and the biggest challenge during this migration was the fact that all the emails were not on the server but on the desktop computers and they were using Thunderbird as an email client. Converting that MBOX file to a PST file so we can upload the email was a unique challenge, but I was able to find an OpenSource solution that would do that exact job.

Once the conversion was complete for each users’ MBOX file, it was simply an upload of each user’s data using Microsoft Outlook’s import feature. The night before we had switched over all the DNS records so new email was already delivering to their new mailboxes.

Have you ever run into issues converting MBOX data files? Or do you know anyone still using Thunderbird? Tell me about it below!

WordPress for PVPP

WordPress for PVPP

Pioneer Valley Pastors’ Prayer is a local ministry that needed a website to post updates about events that they or others in the valley are hosting, publish posts and articles regarding affirmations of faith and life and a hub to allow new members to discover more about who they are.

The vision is clear for PVPP, have church leaders from all around the Pioneer Valley meet and pray for the Gospel of Jesus change the hearts and minds of the people of Western Massachusetts.

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PVPP Events Page

The project consisted of getting a WordPress site hosted with LogicWeb and implementing some roles and permissions for members to edit the site and post. I picked  a theme that was responsive and setup navigation filters based on tags and categories.

Post in the comments below if you would like to know more about the project or would like to get one started yourself.

Responsive Website for Rippa Chiropractic

Responsive Website for Rippa Chiropractic

Rippa Chiropractic is a local small business that operates 3 offices in the Pioneer Valley. They provide Chiropractic care, physical therapy and massage therapy services. Rippa Chiropractic was needing a responsive website to explain their services and reach a larger customer base through web searches.

The project consisted of a business website that highlighted the many reviews and interactions from both Yelp and Facebook. We were able to provide a professional design and implementation of their site that highlights their reviews.

Rippachiropractic

The site is responsive and has unique elements applied to it depending on the location and the device (viewport) of the visitor. For mobile users, they get a ‘Call Now’ button while tablet and desktop visitors get a promotional message regarding the new services or offers available.

The project took only a few days and is currently being managed by the practice as we also provide a great interface for customer to manage their own content.

Visit https://rippachiropractic.com.

New vCenter Cluster

New vCenter Cluster

 

Project Details

This project consisted of moving a production vCenter cluster off of legacy R905 AMD servers to new Intel Xeon E5 VRTX cluster. Consolidated Health Plans, who is a Berkshire Hathaway owned company, required a new compute and storage stack for a development instance of our production servers.

We ran into some compatibility issues as the legacy cluster was not compatible with the newer direct attached storage unit. So the need for more storage led us to also upgrade our compute units and downsize the physical space as well.

We have two M620 blades with a direct attached 25 disk shared storage unit all built into one chassis. I will be setting up each host with VMware ESX 5.5 U2 and attaching the hosts to our existing vCenter server then one by one migrating each VM to the new cluster and storage.

One minor issue is the incompatibility of the PERC RAID drive in ESX 5.5. I had to downgrade that driver to megaraid_sas-06.801.52.00-1096283 instead of the newest release, megaraid_sas-06.803.52.00-1742752, because ESX 5.5 will not recognize the shared storage.

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