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WordPress-Based Website for new Homebuyers

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Adventures Online congratulates Your Gift Certificate for the recent launch of their WordPress website.  The website  is for the new homebuyers who have received Your Gift Certificate’s housewarming gift package.

Home page of WordPress website for Your Gift Certificate
First, Your Gift Certificate (YGC) worked with Clapp Design to define the website design. Once signed off, the design and specs were handed off to me (Karen Callahan of Adventures Online). [Update: July 22, 2017 – website has been removed as owners are focusing on other business segments.]

The website build requirements were:

  • The website should look the same across viewing devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone) (Responsive design).
  • New homebuyers should be able to add their story with minimal data required.
  • Homebuyer’s stories should be held for review, and not immediately published.
  • Homebuyer’s stories should be published to the public immediately upon approval by the YGC staff.
  • Staff should be able to add and remove at will the advertisements running down the right hand side.
  • There should be two sets of advertisements, one set used on one type of page and another on another type of page.
  • Staff should be able to update content of the web pages at any time.

The solutions included…

  • WordPress was used as the base. That addressed the ability to update content on pages, manage pages and posts, and made responsive design easier to accomplish.
  • Custom PHP, a WordPress plugin, and CSS were used to complete the responsive design aspect of the website.
  • Custom PHP programs were used to:
    • Create a custom form for the data entry of the homebuyer’s story
    • Display the Thank You page the homebuyer is shown
    • Send a message to the office that a new story was created
    • Store the user and the story in the WordPress database
  • WordPress roles were used to hold the homebuyers’ stories unpublished until approved by YGC staff.
  • Custom sidebars written in PHP were added to the WordPress installation in order for YGC to manage the two sets of advertisements.

Shortly after the launch of the website, Adventures Online provided a WordPress training session where YGC staff learned standard WordPress maintenance like updating content on the pages and posts, as well as how to maintain the custom aspects of the website like the advertisements on the sides of the pages.

Website maintenance is now100% in the hands of YGC. We wish YGC much luck with their newly designed WordPress website.

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WordPress-Based Website for Local DAV Launches

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Congratulations to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Marlborough, MA on the recent launch of their new website, DAVmarlborough.org.

Website for the Disabled=

Adventures Online was contacted early in 2013 to design and develop a website for this local organization that had never had a website. The organization’s requirements included:

  • Ability for DAV officers to easily update the content on the pages
  • Ability to grow the website by adding more pages as needed
  • Ability to communicate with members in private. For example, to have private pages where members can sign up/volunteer to represent the DAV at the numerous functions in which it participates.
  • Ability to upload images of events and fundraisers
  • A Calendar of Events page with an easy-to-use updating program

WordPress was chosen as the framework for the website because of its ease-of-use for updating content, uploading images, adding pages, and creating private pages for communicating with group members. A popular Ajax calendar plugin was used for the Events page and the events list that displays in the right column on each page.  A combination of a WordPress plugin and CSS was used to provide a responsive design. Just a little PHP customization was required.

After an hour and a half of WordPress training and practice, the designated DAV officer was updating the Calendar of Events like a pro!

Adventures Online was honored to develop the website pro bono as a small token of appreciation for the service and sacrifices of all veterans and their loved ones. We are grateful, and, we wish the DAV Marlborough the best of luck with their new WordPress website!

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Commonwealth Consulting Group, Worcester MA launches website

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Congratulations to Commonwealth Consulting Group who recently launched its website. Commonwealth Consulting Group (CCG) located in Worcester, MA and founded and managed by Keith Reardon and Brian Pelczarski provides electronic payment services to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout Massachusetts. This website is the first website for CCG.

Commonwealth Consulting Group website

Commonwealth Consulting Group website

Karen (Adventures Online) worked with Keith (CCG’s project lead)  to define the business requirements for the website.  Karen and her virutal team designed and developed the website which features a page design created specifically for CCG, a custom video on the home page, and a custom-designed tab menu system for user-friendly access to information. The website was built on a WordPress platform which provides CCG the added bonus of being able to update the content at any time. 

In addition, the website was developed with a built-in SEO foundation, including back-end and front-end components that search engines look for when evaluating a website for ranking in the results pages, and, a tool was included so that CCG can continue reinforcing the search-engine friendliness of the website.

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Pausing for the Season

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

This Thursday at my BNI meeting we collected presents for Toys for Tots. We’ve done this for a number of years, and it was very pleasing this year to see that despite the economy members were as generous as ever! Super folks at the Marlborough BNI!

Here’s pics of us cutting it up before the gifts were taken out for delivery.

2011 Toys for Tots

Katherine Wright, Mike Curtin and Me posin'

2011 Toys for Tots Drive

Dennis Maroney, Beth Bryant, Suzanne Spero and me showing off the gifts.

Photos by Emily Greenwood, EKG Networking, Marlborough, MA.

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Paradigm Strategies Debuts Fresh, New Look

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Congrats to Kevin Lister of Paradigm Strategies on the new look-n-feel of his website. Adventures Online worked on the website October through early December. The new website is based on WordPress blog software and includes a number of plugins and widgets.  Now that the website is in WordPress, Kevin will be able to update the content whenever he wants as long as he has an Internet connection. 

Paradigm Strategies New Website

New look-n-feel for Paradigm Strategies

Wishing Kevin a bushel or two of fresh, new prospects!

See Paradigm Strategies.

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