Maintaining this site requires close cooperation with several city offices.
Regular updates keep the citizens of Munroe Falls informed about current news.
We recently redeigned the CRPaul.com business communications site to give it a bold new look.
Look at your current site. Are the graphics colorful and engaging? Is the copy clearly written and energetic? Are the page layouts bright and easy on the eye? Ask yourself if navigation is logical and intuitive. Do you notice usability features that enhance the visit and encourage visitors to return soon?
Your site doesn't have to be mediocre.
The Munroe Falls Police Academy wanted a fresh website with lots of color and easy navigation. We obliged with a bright entry portal, complete with non-Flash slide show. Menu tabs walk prospective students through the admission process. Students can download all necessary forms, stay current with latest news, and link to the academy's Facebook page.
The Lusty Wrench is an established auto repair business. We put together a colorful new site with Blog and Latest News features requested by the owner.
Content Management Systems
Currently, we develop sites using an open-source content management system (CMS), using php and MySQL. This requires server support for both.
We have chosen this approach for several reasons:
There is no software expense.
Modular design allows great flexibility. It is possible to change, rearrange, or add modules without redesigning entire pages.
The CMS has many extensions and add-on modules to allow a wide range of custom features, future upgrades, and additions, all at minimal cost.
A resident, Word-like text editor allows in-house text revisions, changes, and additions.
User access can be controlled at several levels, at both the front and back ends.
Optional login pages allow you to restrict access to parts of your site to registered or specially authorized users.
A free backup/restore module allows backups of the database and total site.
CMS sites have a resident global search function that allows users to find what they are looking for quickly.
There are many template designs available with appealing and editable style sheets. Crooked River Writer has purchased license rights to many of these templates: choosing one and tweaking it to suit your tastes eliminates expensive design costs incurred with blank-page site designs.
CMS has outstanding organizational features that make your site intuitive and easy to navigate.
Pages can be optimized and compressed to load quickly, making the site available to viewers who haven't yet subscribed to high speed connections like cable and DSL.
Sites can be optimized to improve search engine results.
Why a Web Site?
Do you want a website just because it's the thing to do? Because your competitors all have one? Because it gives you bragging rights at cocktail parties? There must be better reasons.
We think a website should do several things besides taking up space and consuming electricity.
At a minimum, your website should:
Improve your image
Explain the features of your product or service
Make it easier for clients to contact you at their convenience, not yours
Before we start working on a website, we listen to you. We take the time to find out about your business. You have a story to tell, and we want to share it with others on your behalf.
There are many web technicians available for hire. What you need is a communicator, working to spread your message.
A little motion catches a viewer's attention, and the file size is a miniscule 20kb.
Don't Setlle for Less
"I'll ask my brother-in-law to throw together a site.He does computer stuff for a living."
Heard this before? Sure you have, and you probably have a mental image of how the site looks when it's done: bland, colorless, and lacking the kind of visual appeal that makes a website stand out from the pack.
If you need an attention-grabbing, easy-to-navigate web site, call Crooked River Writer. We deliver a complete package that includes crisp, cogent copy, pleasing graphics, and a searchable database.
We can even take care of those annoying details by performing regular site backups and updating content. That way you can concentrate on doing what you do best—running your business.
"Ralph has the uncanny and extraordinarily rare combination of extensive technical expertise and graphic artistry. His ability to translate complex concepts into original animated or still artwork, as well as into easy-to-understand, straightforward English is a remarkable skill."