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Features & Tools

A website can be more than just a series of pages full of text. Back in the day of just html websites, each page had to be programmed individually, and information wasn't shared among them. Modern tools now allows for code to be reused, and data to be shared among pages, making them more efficient, and easy to edit, eliminating the need to duplicate information constantly.

Below is a description of the various features your new website could have. Don't see something below that you would like your website to do? No problem. I can custom build the feature for you, or help find you a solution, already built.

Image Galleries

Choose from slideshows, Pinterest-style galleries, photo albums or a combination of them. Having a rotating gallery on the home page is very popular among websites. People respond to pictures more than they do text, and your home page should be eye catching, in order to capture a browser's attention and keep them on your site longer.

    

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Event Calendars

Once events are inputted into your website administrator, they can be displayed in any number of forms. Month by Month grids, lists, or more! The handy part of typing in your events into the administrator is that once the event is over, it will disapear from the website automatically, saving you the time of changing the content.

    

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Employment Opportunities

With larger companies, there is often the need to post help wanted advertisements on the website. These, as well as events, can be set up to automatically hide from the site once the opportunity has passed. If needed, browsers can submit their resume through the site to save for later.

    

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Advertising Links & Images

This can take several forms, and several names. Most commonly, they are referred to sponsor links, or partner links. A series of logos from brands that a business carries, or companies that the business partners with. These can be shown on their own page, grouped by categories. Often a random sampling is shown on the home page, or on each page, off to the side.

    

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Business Listings

Many community and member based websites will contain a list of businesses. With the list of businesses, google maps can be created showing pins for each business, galleries added for each business, as well as logos or scans of business cards. The data can then be organized and displayed in many numbers of ways.

 

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Google Maps

Google has a free API for developers, allowing them to create simple to complex interactive maps. It can be as simple as a pin of your business location, to a map of dozens of businesses. It can show routes between two towns, or the path of a series of coordinates.

 

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Online Forms

Sometimes, there is a need for more than just a form to contact you from the web site. Some companies like to put application forms for job opportunities, membership or other events on the site to help streamline the process. Custom forms can be created for you and the information entered by the public can be just emailed to you, or saved to your database for later.

 

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Custom PDF Exports & Reports

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, meaning a type of document that is easily transferable across media types, from PC to laptop to tablets, and across platforms such as Windows and Mac. PDFs can be editable, however most are fixed format, flat documents that cannot be changed. A lot of government websites offer downloads of commonly used forms in PDF format, that you can then print out at home. The reader to open and print these files is a free tool that does not take long to download and install, called the Adobe Reader.

There are also many PDF creation tools available to web developers, free of charge. This allows me to create a custom PDF report based on the information in your database. These reports can then be retrieved at anytime, with up to date information. Reports can be created, and made available to the public, to the people who browse your site, or only to the owners of the website, accessible only through the Administrator tools that come with each site I build.

If the information is in the database, I can build the report!

    

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Real Estate Solutions

I also have much experience working with Real Estate downloads from third parties, including RETS Listings from OMREB & DDF from CREA. There are many other Real Estate Boards in BC that have RETS style downloads available. If you are a Realtor and are interested, check out the CREA website to see if they can offer you these tools.

These tools let you enter your listings once, which are then pushed to the Realtor.ca website, and subsequently downloaded to your personal website once a day.

    

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Flash Flip-Page eBooks

This is a new service I have just started offering, having found a great tool that would help me create these flash objects that can be uploaded to your website. These flash objects provide realistic magazine flipping motion, and even sound effects with the bottom corner of each 'page' showing a curl where you can grab it with the mouse to flip to the next page.  To build one of these flip-page books, I will require a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF File, then a document can be created in Microsoft Word, and I can help to convert it to the correct format.

    

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Testimonials

'' Erica designed our club's website and the entire experience was great. She did a wonderful job of making it intuitive for our members to use and informative for those interested in our Club. She was also very helpful and patient in training the club's website administrators. Erica has always been quick to respond to any of our questions and did a wonderful job of teaching us how to use the site. The manual she prepared has been a great asset. The website has been a tremendous benefit to the Shuswap Lady Striders. Would not hesitate to recommend Erica.
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