DCEDC needed a more modern look quickly and within a limited budget, and one that matched their current campaign. GMD, working with The MEK Group, created an updated, responsive (mobile friendly) WordPress template - the site was already built on WP - to match these requests.
These changes represent phase 1, with more in-depth content and design changes to follow.
Rice Belt, as a member of the Smithville family of companies, needed to match the brand refinement being cultivated by Smithville & The Mek Group - new logo, colors, more modern look - and be mobile friendly.
WordPress was already being used so a custom template was created. Further customization was developed:
The community page content was converted to a “posts”/blog page, which displays the events and community news interactly for easier management.
The contact form for the support page dynamically changes where the email is sent based on Rice Belt working office hours, eliminating the problem of emails going to the wrong place at certain times and delaying customer response due to failing to notice the off-hours instructions.
Greg Lockert, owner of SPP, wanted to offer additional options for his clients, and future clients, to discover the products available and product lines his company represents. And, to be able to contact him or place order requests through a website form (mobile users included), instead of by phone only.
GMD teamed up with media specialist Kara DeArman to make it happen. Kara was the content guru and GMD was responsible for overall site design and programming. Design mockup #1 and Wordpress as a CMS was chosen for ease of updating and modifying content by Greg or any future employee who might not have web programming knowledge.
The LYSA website was not best serving the needs of its users anymore, nor the authors and contributers, because it was out of date. The design was created for and based on older computers/browsers and was not mobile friendly. The LYSA team also wanted to be able to update content on-the-fly via smartphone or iPad for things like field conditions, and not have those who could update that content be restricted to those who knew how to code. Plus, being a non-profit organization, their budget was limited.
LYSA had these UX/UI requests: make sure visitors know this is the Indiana LYSA branch, feature the logo prominently in the design and use logo colors in the design, and make it easy for visitors to find current information updates such as sign-up deadlines and event schedules.
The solution was to use WordPress as a CMS (Content Management Service) and create a custom, lightweight & responsive (mobile and tablet friendly), template that allowed for easy updating of home page sections containing the updates and important visitor information. We also submitted Abner Longley Park to Google Maps for the field location page, since it was not already indexed and mapped for mobile navigation.
Koda, a senior in High School and headed toward college and a degree in art, needed a portfolio site that she could customize and add works to herself. WordPress was chosen and a custom template created. She was then provided with training and assistance in how to use it.
Koda's requests were to feature large image(s) on the home page, a pinterest style gallery of all her work, and to have a white/light background color scheme.
Template features: animated content, mobile friendly, customizable background and light or dark color scheme options, custom galleries for pages/posts and for cycling home page banners.
Ken Fisher's realtor site needed a redesign, and soon because support for Microsoft Frontpage at GoDaddy was on its last leg.
WordPress as a CMS appealed to Mr. Fisher since he wanted to keep managing the site himself, adding and updating content as needed frequently. The Realtyspace theme by CodeFactory47 was recommended and chosen, customized, altered to match, and improve, KenFisherRealtors.com.
The new site retains the spirit of the old, but is easier to manage, modern, and more user friendly.