Website Development

Is it time for a website overhaul?

Some websites are in need of face lift. Others are ready for a complete overhaul.

Such was the case for REACH client, Harold MacQuinn, Inc., General Contractors. As happens with many small businesses, an employee volunteered to figure out how to make a better-than-nothing website several years ago. Later, the employee left the company and since then, no one has known how to add or update the content.

Rhonda and Galya knew it was time to update HMI’s website and were considering working with a developer outside of Hancock County but decided to talk to a local provider before starting their project.  We met with HMI in the middle of May, developed a proposal that met their needs, started their project on June 7th and launched their new site 20 days later. Thank you for all of your hard work and attention to detail.  We never expected to have the site this fast.  You guys ROCK!, said Rhonda Carter, HMI Controller.

We’re excited that Harold MacQuinn, Inc. has joined our growing list of clients and are pleased to present their new website design:

New City of Ellsworth Website Features Citywide Alerts and Email Notifications
With the launch of the new City of Ellsworth website, residents can sign up to be notified when new meeting agendas and other notices are posted to the site as well as see important alerts displayed prominently on the home page.

When the City of Ellsworth requested proposals for the development of a new site, the list of desired features was based on feedback from residents.

  • Visitors to the site needed to be able to easily find information on city services without knowing what department provided the service.
  • Residents wanted to be able to sign up to receive an email letting them know when certain notices were added to the site.
  • The site needed to work well on mobile phones and tablets.

While the City’s website committee considered a proposal from a national company which specializes in developing sites for municipalities, they elected to award the project to a local company that could provide personal attention and is conveniently located just a five minute walk away – REACH!


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