Website Project Showcase

COWICHAN VALLEY SOCCER ASSOCIATION

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Late in 2011, the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association was in need of a new webmaster. With three children involved with the club, I decided to volunteer my services.

The existing site was badly in need of a complete makeover. Much of the coding was no longer compliant with today's web standards, the design lacked any club branding,  the information was poorly organized and it lacked a real content management system.

I met with the club executive to share ideas for the new site and over a period of several weeks arrived at a final design.  The new, improved site design has a color scheme consistent with the club colors; a good balance of text-based information along with eye-catching graphics; additional features such as an event calendar, slideshow, team photo pages, and syndicated feeds; and a comprehensive content management system.

COWICHAN VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB

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Early in 2012, shortly after completing the CVSA site, I was given an opportunity to redesign and maintain the Cowichan Valley Athletic Club website. This site too had not been well-maintained over the years and much of the coding was no longer web standards compliant. It was also difficult to navigate, lacked a color scheme consistent with the club colors and lacked features such as an event calendar, volunteer sign-up form and online registration.

After creating a mock-up of my proposed site, I distributed a copy for the club executive to look at and provide me with feedback. From that I evolved a final design, entered all the data, added the graphics and published the site to a secure server.

The site includes an integrated registration system for club members. Information submitted using the online form is entered into a database. This data is organized into listing and is available to the club Registrar through a secure login. The registration form also includes an option to pay the annual membership online using PayPal.

WESTVIEW SECONDARY SCHOOL

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My involvement in the world of web design began about 20 years ago when I began teaching high school students web design as a unit in the Information Technology courses I was offering. During these many years I assisted students in the design and publication of numerous websites.

I also accepted responsibility for designing and maintaining the school's website. This school website provides students, teachers and parents in the school community with ready access to school related information. It has a login for school secretaries such that they can easily publish the Daily Announcements and enter monthly calendar events. The site administrator also has a login which allows for updating and maintenance of all content areas.

The site also features a flash based slideshow which is used by staff to spotlight key events taking place in the classroom or school as a whole. The banner area at the top right of the home page was originally intended to provide advertising space for upcoming events, but has evolved into an area in which to display public service advertisements designed by graphics students.

Designed and published in 2005, this site has truly survived the test of time and is still considered one of the best websites in the school district.

QUW'TSUN CULTURAL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

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In 2011, I was contracted by the Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Center to develop an online store for their website. This was to be a first step in a complete overhaul of the site as it had become quite dated.

The company currently has a large number of handcrafted products for sale in their store at their location in Duncan, BC. As part of their economic development plan see the online store as an opportunity to expand their marked worldwide.

Although I have completed my work on the site, the company is still working on entering product images and information so has not yet been made public. Once this is all done, the site will display thumbnail images of all the online products which when clicked will display a larger version along with a written description. There is an order cart which will display items currently selected for purchase along with their costs. Customers will be able to modify the cart prior to checkout and then place their orders using PayPal or a Credit Card to make payment.

The site has a full-feature content management system allowing for the site administrators to manage all aspects of the store including uploading new product images, entering written descriptions, monitoring quantities of products in stock and assigning properties such as sizes or colors to store items, to mention a few.