The District of Chetwynd, located about an hour drive west of Dawson Creek has been another one of our long-term local government clients since we built them a new WordPress website back in 2011. We recently completed a full redesign of the existing website to refresh the look and feel and add some helpful features.
Since the website was already in WordPress, all of the existing architecture, content, and editing workflow remained exactly the same. You’d never know it by looking at the site as a visitor, however. Fresh features added included featured banner slideshows by section with the ability for District staff to choose specific header photos for any page they like from within the editing screen they were already familiar with.
Other upgraded features included:
- interactive events calendar
- emergency alerts notification subscription system
- advanced site search (with document indexing including PDF, DOC, XLS, etc.)
- PDF embedding
- and much more.
We were also happy to redesign the existing internal staff intranet site where District staff share internal news items, ideas, stories, recipes and more.
The ability to complete a top-down redesign without changing out content, infrastructure, or retraining staff makes our client’s website a long-term investment without needing to become long in the tooth!
Late in 2016 we were asked by the City of Fort St. John to build a public engagement system for promoting their ongoing public consultations and projects. With a short timeline to get from needs assessment to delivery of final product, we were able to build a comprehensive system that utilizes industry-leading tools bolted on to the user-friendly WordPress environment. Some of the features include:
- attractive design, smoothly integrated with established website look-and-feel.
- mobile friendly
- tabbed layout of content, with staff-editable tab titles
- discussion topics and moderation powered by Disqus.
- embeddable surveys, comment forms
- subscribable news blogs for every engagement item.
- API integration with MailChimp and Google Analytics (for displaying stats).
In 2013, we were honoured to helped the District of Hudson’s Hope with the redevelopment of their website. Then in 2014, we helped provide another solution by developing a whole new way for District staff to manage their four campgrounds.
In addition to designing great looking campground maps, we facilitated an integration with the Victoria-based Checkfront.com service that provides campers the opportunity to view photos of each campground stall and their respective availability for the night of their choice.
On the ground, campground staff manage the reservations and payments (online and in-person) from a hand-held iPad in real-time. Check out the campground reservation system and be sure to reserve your next campout!
Website Redesign, Content Restructure,
Searchable Bylaws, Staff Intranet
In the last couple of years, we’ve been busy helping the Peace River Regional District refresh their website and internal communications strategy. In addition to converting their existing static (non-database-driven) website to a modern database-driven WordPress website, we also helped plan and execute a top-to-bottom content review so that the new website’s content would be as fresh as the new design. In order to provide information that is easy to find and navigate, we custom built two major features: a searchable bylaws system, and a public engagement section.
We also built a staff intranet for internal communications to help enhance workflow productivity and efficiency, while also cultivating deeper professional and personal interaction amongst the employees. Features included news feeds, an online staff bulletin board, quick access to tools and resources, and central contacts directory. We also integrated with the PRRD’s existing Active Directory user management system for easy logging in for all staff.
Bylaws index allows user to browse by Topic, Electoral Area, or search through all the bylaws documents.
View an overview of the bylaw before downloading the full document.
View all the current and past public engagements, as well as subscribe to email updates.
Review all the information related to this public engagement.
Website Redesign, Business Licence Directory, Video Production & Publication
We were proud to help the City of Dawson Creek with a design refresh for dawsoncreek.ca. In addition to the redesign, we also built in some new features including a Searchable Business Licence system. In addition to the video recording and publishing of City Council meetings to dawsoncreek.ca, we enhanced the usability of the video viewing pages so that, not only can you jump to certain points in the video for each agenda item, you can now share specific agenda items in the video to social media or email. See it in action!
Searchable, categorized business licence directory.
Interactive Council video with social sharing of agenda items.
We were excited when Tourism Fort St. John selected us as their developer for their new web-based initiative. We worked with local designer Karen Thierson at designsbyindigo.ca to collaborate on the production of the website, digital kiosks, and pop-up banners that provide residents and travellers information about what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in the Fort. St. John area.
Since the website was launched, we’ve helped Tourism Fort St. John launch several remotely-managed digital kiosks throughout the city at hotels, events venues, as well as the Fort St. John Airport.
Beautiful remotely-managed visitor info kiosks.