The Internet is an integral part of everyday life so it just makes sense for businesses and organizations to have a presence on it. What form that takes depends on the business. For some, a page on Facebook provides sufficient information and has many advantages.
However, most businesses benefit by having their own website address with a Facebook page to post current information and keep in touch with clients. When it comes to website design there are free options but they come with a cost. A ‘canned’ site that looks like hundreds of others and/or a learning curve that takes up your valuable time.
Designing websites requires both artistry and technical knowledge. The goal is to make information available in a manner that is both pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. The behind-
Browse through the website portfolios to get an idea of different designs, layouts and purposes.
BMD offers NPO’s a 30% discount on website design.
The importance of maintaining an up-
There are over 100 pages in six sections that provid community information along with videos and photos selected for each page. Powell River Direct, which was first created in 2006, is my volunteer service to give back to the community we love.
Powell River South is another volunteer endeavour to promote activities in the area south of Powell River.
A website that details the history of Townsite where Powell River started as a mill town in 1910. The site includes a virtual walking tour of the area.
Because the information on the site is mostly static, the only cost to the Society is the annual renewal fee plus the cost of hosting.
An overview of services offered by two societies in Powell River.
The website has a single page using sliders to present information on each program with links to a self-
Doug Fuller of Timberline Resources Ltd. ordered the website to provide recreational users operation updates on Woodlots 0029 and 1671.
Features include drop-
An additional service is sending operation updates via email to user groups.
BMD Website Design Services
I really like doing websites. It can be frustrating, but it is also satisfying to be able to use the skill sets gained over many years. Not only do I get to use artistic abilities to create something unique for each client, but they get the benefit of 30 plus years of business acumen that includes professional writing, marketing and business development (see About for more details).
I work closely with each client to achieve the end goal, which is a website that looks and feels ‘right’ both for the client and their visitors.
BMD’s rate for web design is $96 for each primary page and $48 for each child page or pane.
The cost is per page rather than an hourly rate to give clients a concise budget. The rate, which is under market average (read why in the article “A Philosophy on Economics”), is based on clients supplying web ready graphics, including a logo and photos, plus draft text. Any additional work required will be charged at $30 per hour and undertaken only with the client’s permission.
An information website takes about two hours to produce one page. The allocation of time factors in setup, linking, image sizing, ensuring relevant content and much more. That means that a ‘information only’ website with three primary pages will cost $288, provided no extra work is ordered.
A custom design
Submission to Google
“Add This” Share button
A favicon displayed beside a page name in browser bars
A free premier listing for 3 months on Powell River Direct as well as a link to your website on this site.
Cost: variable based on $30 per hour
Some websites require little or no maintenance. This usually applies to ‘brochure’ type websites where the information is static and used as an extension to a business card. Other websites are dynamic and require updates on a regular basis. In addition, experience has shown that websites, more often than not, grow and change to meet the demands of a changing market place as well as technology.
The industry standard for maintenance packages is to charge a monthly rate for ‘x’ number of updates for a specified fee. However, given the factors noted above, BMD takes a slightly different approach. Website maintenance fees are charged out based on a three-
$6.95 per month payable one year in advance (domain name registration and renewal extra)
250 mg of storage ~ Email ~ FTP ~ CGI
Internet Terms To Know
Hosting: an Internet term that describes the means by which websites, blogs and social networks can be seen by the public. Every page on a website is a file with text and/or graphics in a specific format such as html, htm, php or apx. To be seen by the public, or even a closed environment like an office or company, each file must be uploaded (transferred) to what is called servers -
Domain Name Registration: a website on the Internet requires you to purchase a domain name, for example, mysite.com. Other extensions include .ca, .net and .org. Prices for registration vary, but range around $12 to $25.
A few other hosting terms and services include:
Bandwidth: The amount of data that can be transferred over the network in a fixed amount of time expressed in bits per second (bps). Adequate bandwidth is particularly important for websites with video’s, movies or photo albums.
FTP Accounts: protocol to transfer files between a computer and the server.
My son, Christopher Mutch, was introduced to the world of the blind through his association with a friend. When he saw how difficult it was for blind people to use their computer or surf the net using the available tech he set out to develop something better. It took over a year but he now has a product that will change the lives of the blind and visually impaired.
As a side note, it was quite a challenge to design a website for both the sighted and non-
Shane Agius, a long time contractor in Powell River, ordered a website to expand his customer base.
The three page site provides information with no requirement for updates.
Additional service included creation of a Facebook page.
Gail Warning Charters
Neil and Gail, who have been providing tours in the
Powell River area for 20+ years are, according to Neil, simple people so they wanted the website to reflect that both in the language and layout.
The site has multiple pages with a video and photos.
Their mobile site on the next page has served their business very well.
Gail Warning Charters Mobile Site
When notified about Google’s new mobile friendly search policy, Neil replied that many clients contacted them for a tour while on the ferry. This made having a mobile site very necessary.
Their mobile friendly site is automatically redirected from the main site when a mobile device is detected.
Select Safety Services
Services provided included creating the logo and a Facebook page.
Thaidal Zone Restaurant
A Powell River restaurant that relies on its website for people ordering take-
Luke Raffin, an award winning wildlife and landscape artist, wanted a fresh look for his website.
Each portfolio displays Luke’s art in a photo album that uses slider technology for easy browsing.
EJ Little Creations
In order to stay home with her young son, our granddaughter, Elizabeth Juleanna Little, decided to use her art skills to pursue a career in wearable art. To help her out, I used my web design skills to showcase her designs on a line of clothes and accessories.
Art by Vi
Vi Isaac uses her love of travel and nature to create a variety of paintings. Her site displays art in photo albums with a sound file that automatically plays upon entering the site.
Joyce Furness Artscapes
Joyce recreates the many faces of nature and architecture with acrylics and watercolours.
Her site features themed photo albums in a slider format for easy viewing.
BMD also design the rack card below.
An archive of the art James and I have created through the years along with a Hero’s Gallery.
The site features James’ paintings in a pop-
The Hero’s Gallery features a select group of men, women and a little boy who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Clicking on the photo opens a pop-
Powell River Studio Tour
A website to showcase artists and artisans as well as sponsors on this annual tour.
Sliders, along with an index of participants, provides info and photos for each artist. A custom map shows the studio locations along with photos and a write-
A collection of thoughts on the subject of love’s characteristics and human interaction that I chose to share online for anyone it might help.
Slider technology used for easy viewing.
A Wedding Invitation
Printed wedding invitations don’t offer the range of options that a website does. You can tell the couple’s story, provide a map, photos and RSVP.
Art & Personal Websites
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