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Website Launch Announcement – Meydenbauer Center

The Meydenbauer Center opened in 1993 as the Greater Seattle area’s second largest convention facility. Meydenbauer Center was built to grow and sustain Bellevue’s economic vitality. The Center includes 54,000 square-feet of event space including 36,000 square foot Center Hall, and nine meeting rooms totaling 12,000 square-feet. Also included is a 2,500 square-foot Executive Conference Suite as well as a 410 seat performing arts theatre (Meydenbauer Center Theatre). Meydenbauer Center is owned and operated by the Bellevue Convention Center Authority (BCCA), a public development authority.

Meydenbauer required a design with looping hero image video, unique shapes, animations and the ability to apply those to design elements in a page builder format. They required integration with their exhibitor services ordering system into the site as well as streamline the new look and feel with a proposal building platform. The new site architecture needed to appealed to both potential customers and their event attendees.

Website Launch Announcement – Belcampo

Belcampo is a farm, butcher shop, and restaurant experience. Since 2012, they’ve led the way in reinventing how things are done to bring you the best Organic meat possible. Belcampo raise their animals on a farm at the base of Mt. Shasta in California. Their farm, and process, are crafted with compassion and sustainability at their core. This miraculously makes for more delicious meat that’s good for you and the planet too. Belcampo contracted with Planeteria to all development and programming for their website project. This included the integration of a new ecommerce system. Planeteria integrated Woo Commerce to handle all payment processing.

Website Launch Announcement – SASHTO

Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Conference is the premier event of the year and showcases the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss challenges, share best practices, participate in technical sessions on highway and transportation matters and network with industry representatives.

We are proud to announce the launch of the new SASHTO website (Southern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials). This website is a hub for the annual conference where visitors can review the daily conference agenda, register to attend and become a sponsor. This website is built on WordPress.

Website Launch Announcement – Northampton Housing Authority

Northampton Housing Authority (NHA) is a public housing agency in Northampton, Massachusetts that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. Prior to working with Planeteria, the website presence for NHA was on a page within the City of Northampton website. NHA selected Planeteria based on specific experience and expertise gained while working with some of the largest and most active housing authorities.

Northampton Housing Authority came to Planeteria Media in 2018 to design their first ever website. The goal was to have an ADA compliant, user-friendly and visually appealing website. We are proud to have delivered this site to Northampton and provide housing information to people in the Northampton area!

The goal of LHA was to create a website with technology to support online services, provide full site searchability, facilitate content creation and editing, house a calendar of events and create an overall inviting and engaging web design. Planeteria accomplished this by utilizing WordPress as the CMS with an extensive new site architecture and site map.

Website Launch Announcement – New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

New Website Announcement

New Hampshire Housing (NHHFA) mission is to promote, finance and support affordable housing for the people of New Hampshire. NHHFA operates a broad range of rental and homeownership programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income persons with obtaining affordable housing.

The primary objective was to update the design of the site, as well as the navigation, to provide information and resources in a more efficient manner to visitors coming to the site. This will help accomplish the NHHFA goal to continue building and strengthening relationships with our core B2B and B2C audiences, create awareness of housing needs and news, and interest in NHHFA’s programs and services.

The new site is designed to address NHHFA’s diverse audience segments: Homeownership Programs – Consumers, Homeownership Programs – Business Partners, Rental Assistance Programs, Rental Housing Owners and Managers, Multi-Family Rental Housing Developers and Municipal Planners.

Website Launch Announcement – Boston Housing Authority

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Boston Housing Authority website! This is the second website design we have completed for BHA. This website utilizes Kentico as the CMS. In the first version of the website we dedicated a lot of focus and attention on the organization of the content, website structure and information architecture, which was carried over to this new site design.

Website Launch Announcement – San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has launched their newest website! This WordPress website has a brand new design to go along with an updated content strategy and it is ADA Compliant! After a discovery session, information architecture was developed. The website was developed using WordPress CMS. We continue to provide hosting and website maintenance services.

Functionality:

News & events, social media integration, custom calendar integration, customized for three target audiences, member login portal. Emergency alerts, site search functionality, trip planners, real time information, video embedding/streaming, document archive and online forms.

Website Launch Announcement

PTS Providers began its mission in 1986 by providing and maintaining public telephones across America. Today PTS offers FREE WiFi hot spots and Small Cell coverage in high-density public areas with typically poor coverage and slow speed due to capacity exceeding demand.
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PTS Providers needed a modern website that was inline with their mission and organizational goals.
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Congrats on the new website launch!

Training

CLIENT TRAINING;

WHY CLIENT TRAINING IS IMPORTANT:

Keeping your website current with the most current information and content is critical. Now that you have an organized and functional website, make sure your staff has good understanding of how to make any necessary updates to that website. Avoid mistakes and wasted time with a training plan.

MAKING A TRAINING PLAN:

  • Who will the administrators be of your website?
  • What are those primary tasks needing to be done?
  • What kind of and level of training will be required?
  • Will supplemental training be needed beyond initial launch?
  • Are there already members on team with relevant experience?
  • Would you prefer to have content updated by external team?

TOPICS TO CONSIDER:

Admin area (Dashboard)
How to create a new page or post
How to add an image or video
How to organize content and categories

TOOLS FOR CLIENT EDUCATION:

  • Meeting: (physical or virtual) for site overview to answer any questions
  • Video Recordings: with tutorials for clients to reference at any time
  • Written Documentation: can be provided to clarify any technical details
  • Instructional Emails: can be provided at client request for any topic
  • Contextual Help: within admin area can provide guidance on topics

Open Source CMS Options

WordPress

  • It was initially developed in 2003 as a blogging tool and is the #1 CMS in the world.
  • WordPress has grown and expanded over the last 15 years, and has become the world’s most popular content management system with over 62 million installs.
  • Over 30% of the Internet is now powered by WordPress.
  • WordPress has made significant gains with municipal organizations and political leaders, Whitehouse.gov and 20 of the 22 democratic candidates for the 2020 Presidential election all use WordPress.
Drupal 
  • It provides a back-end framework for at least 2.3% of all web sites worldwide ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, government sites and is the #1 platform for enterprise CMS’s.
  • The Drupal community is composed of more than 1.3 million members, including 109,000 users actively contributing, resulting in more than 39,000 free modules that extend and customize Drupal functionality and over 2,500 free themes that change the website look and feel.

Choosing the right CMS matters: Open Source Vs Proprietary

A proprietary CMS is a software that is the legal property of an organization, group, or individual that created it. The rights holder to the CMS will usually not release the source code to the public, and often only those who have purchased a special license key may use it. Examples: Kentico, SiteCore, Adobe Experience Manager and CivicEngageAn open-source CMS also has features exactly as the name implies: a source code open to the public eye and free to use by anyone. This can spawn a developer community, where programmers come together to develop the software and provide support to users. Examples: WordPress, Drupal and Joomla

The advantages of a proprietary CMS is the complete control of the source code by the organization, group, or individual behind it. If you don’t want the source code tampered with, this is the alternative to choose.

The disadvantages of a proprietary CMS is that you are locked in as the customer. Even though your developers can have trials or demos, the fact remains that a proprietary CMS is more closed to general development and is solely dependent on the legal owner and creator of the platform.

The advantages of an open-source CMS is the continual testing and development of the product by engaged programmers. This way the CMS will unlikely stay at a standstill, because it will always be improved.

The disadvantages of an open-source CMS may appear to be a lack of control, but the organization controlling the repository where the code lives can decide who can commit changes.