Below are a few examples of websites I have created, and in some cases still manage. The list is not complete.
Official Tunbridge, Vermont
A number of residents in Tunbridge, Vermont (myself included) were hoping to establish an official website for the town that would allow residents a one-stop spot to locate information pertinent to citizens of the town—including a calendar of events and business listing, to name a few. I registered the domain, installed WordPress as an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) and used the free Google Calendar service to establish the calendar of events. While I am the official web designer for the site, there is an unofficial Facebook page for the town, which I also manage.
In 2015 the Vermont legislature enacted a law concerning the warning of meetings and the timely posting of minutes. On my personal page, I wrote about how I solved this problem using free software and email so that the volunteer citizens with not web experience can update the site per the law.
Tunbridge World’s Fair
When the Tunbridge Fair wanted to make more of their website, they contacted me to help transfer the domain from the old host, and set up a whole new website. Once the new site was up, I trained staff on updating their WordPress site. In addition to managing the website for this Vermont institution, I also manage The Fair’s Facebook Page which (at the time of this writing) has over 5,000 “likes.”
Friends of the Tunbridge World’s Fair
While the Tunbridge Fair itself has been around for over 150 years, The Friends of the Tunbridge Fair organization is relatively new, and I developed their first website using WordPress to manage their web presence. Being a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization, I found The Friends of the Tunbridge Fair free web hosting via Dreamhost.
Gage Hill Crafts
Gage Hill Crafts is a family-owned and operated fiber and crafts business in Tunbridge, Vermont. An offshoot of my wife and my’s original sheep farm — Terrapin Gardens — which began in 2008, Gage Hill Crafts was founded in 2013 to promote and sell our locally-produced wool, fiber products. Gage Hill Crafts also share their recipes, travel journals, and photography projects.
Literally a labor of love, I set up an e-commerce cart system using WordPress, WooCommerce and PayPal.
Watershed Fine Furniture
Watershed Fine Furniture as you might expect is the website for a local carpenter who specializes in fine furniture. The carpenter, Michael, wanted a website where he could share the entire process of his carpentry from drawings to completed works. I set him up with a nice looking website to compliment his skills, and trained him to manage and maintain it on his own, which he has been doing now for over 6 years.
WFVR-LP, Royalton Community Radio
WFVR-LP, locally known as Royalton Community Radio, is a special case where the website was least of the work I did. In addition to designing the website, and embedding HTML5 audio players so fans around the world can tune in, I worked with a friend to design, test, implement and build a whole studio environment. We identified software, and created new processes from scratch to finally come up with a system that minimizes human interaction. We developed a stream-on-demand feature that automatically updates the website with the most recent radio show for each program, as well as a method to record and rebroadcast programs.
Friends of the Morrill Homestead
The Friends of the Morrill Homestead website had remained unchanged for nearly 10 years.
The Friends original website was what is referred to as a “brochure site” meaning that it only conveyed basic information. The site had a brief biography of Justin Smith Morrill, a small map and directions to the homestead, and short blurb on the organization. I expanded on this information, and added a number of features, including:
- Contact form — This helped protect the group from spammers.
- Rotating banner — Displayed quotes from famous people and showed photos from the beautiful grounds.
- Interactive Google map — Assists visitors to the area in finding lodging, food and other points of interest.
- Announcement list — Allows the group to communicate with interested people via email.
In 2014 I added a sub domain to the site to help The Homestead “sell” tickets to the various events they hold each summer. I created an e-commerce site using WordPress, WooCommerce, and PayPal and not people can register and pay for events securely online.
The Friends of the Morrill Homestead website is also hosted by Red Clover Design.
Gulf View Farm
Gulf View Farm is a family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm located in Williamstown, Vermont. Their trees are individually hand-planted and trimmed, which they believe keeps the holiday tradition alive. This loving care clearly shows in the quality of their trees.
I helped Gulf View Farm identify a hosting company and register their domain before installing WordPress as a way for them to manage the site on their own once completed. I also assisted Gulf View Farm with setting up a PayPal account and an e-commerce section of their site that allows them to sell their trees around the country!
Rosalie Wilson specializes in marketing, business planning, and business development for farms, non-profits and small businesses. Rose’s mission is to make a difference on a local level and she focuses on building community relationships; fostering strong, sustainable, local economies and encouraging environmental stewardship by supporting local agriculture and family farms.
Rose is tech-savvy and wanted me to help her identify a hosting company for her business web site, as well as an open source content management system (CMS) that she could learn to use on her own. I helped Rose find the right hosting company, installed WordPress for her and created the look of the website, and in a few short tutorials assisted her in learning to manage her site on her own.
Land & Land‘s mission is to nurture Navajo-Churro sheep, to promote their survival and continuance as one of the oldest and hardiest breeds in North America. Land & Lamb sells breeding stock, fleece, roving, yarn and handmade clothing by Land & Lamb’s Marian White, and her friends.
Marian’s site was a bit dark and dated, and she wanted to add e-commerce. I freshened it up with soft, bright tones, and re-organized Marian’s photos and content. Since Marian already had a PayPal account, adding a basic shopping-cart was simple, and something she was already confident using.
The Urban Institute site was not exactly a client of mine, but I did build and managed the prestigious organization’s many websites for nearly a decade. When I arrived in 1996, the Urban Institute web site was a small brochure site. By the time I left, in 2005, the site contained hundreds of free publications for public download; included an online e-commerce site to sell the books produced by the Urban Institute Press; contained many sub-sites for the various public policy centers that make up the Urban Institute; and reached thousands via e-mail lists.