Design

Designing a Website to Attract International Students to Canada

From the beginning, Upanup’s purpose has been to make the world a better place by improving communication and interaction among individuals and organizations. That’s why our partnership with the Victoria International School Programs (VISP) – an organization that connects students from around the world through high-quality international education programs – was such a natural fit. 

Our team is excited to announce the recent launch of the Victoria International School Programs website, designed to be accessed in different languages around the world.  

Build a Website with Flexibility for the Future

In this ever-changing digital landscape, technology and trends seem to advance daily and websites need the ability to adapt. In order to stay relevant, and to have a site that visitors enjoy using, it is important to consider how your website will accommodate future growth. Can it expand with your organization? Can it integrate with new software? Can the design be refreshed at a later time for a more modern look?

These factors, along with many others, are important to consider when choosing a new platform for your site’s development. They are also one of the (countless) reasons we choose to develop our client websites on open-source platforms like Drupal and WordPress. The freedom, scalability, and flexibility of open-source content management systems (CMS) allow us to develop custom websites that our clients can rely upon for years to come. A perfect example of this is the Greater Victoria School District (GVSD).

Complete Rebrand for the North Coast Regional District

In Summer 2017, we partnered with the North Coast Regional District (NCRD) to develop a new corporate brand for the region.

The Regional District had recently gone through a name change, from Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District to North Coast Regional District, and a comprehensive rebranding project was initiated to support this change.

NCRD wanted to create a meaningful corporate brand to reflect the region while taking into account the unique geographical, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the area.

Goals of the new brand identity were to:

  • Strengthen brand recognition
  • Differentiate NCRD from surrounding areas
  • Create a consistent message
  • Promote a connection between residents and nature
  • Attract new business, tourists and residents

To help us reach these goals, we travelled to Prince Rupert and conducted in-depth discovery meetings and stakeholder engagement sessions to familiarize ourselves with the region.

Custom Multi-Site Web Solution for Pembina Hills Public Schools

Recently, we partnered with Pembina Hills Public Schools in Central Alberta to redesign and develop their main division website, phpschools.ca, and their 13 individual school sites.

Along with creating a platform for parents, employees, and community members to easily access school information, we built an interactive tool to increase engagement and to help simplify internal operations for the Division as a whole. 

Utilizing a WordPress multi-site platform, we custom designed and developed a solution for the Division that houses each individual school site within the CMS. We also created a customizable website template, with a variety of colours, taglines, and fonts, for schools to showcase their personalities while maintaining cohesion across the division. 

Helping the City of Surrey Attract Investors with InvestSurrey.ca

In June 2017, we partnered with the City of Surrey to create an innovative, engaging online platform to attract and promote investment opportunities in the region.

After five months of both teams working diligently to produce a final product, we’re excited to announce the launch of InvestSurrey.ca.

This project was initiated by the City in hopes to strengthen Surrey’s brand as an investment-friendly destination.

Goals for this project were to:

The City of Colwood: Streamlining Internal Processes

Last year, the City of Colwood, a long-time Upanup client, asked us to develop a tool that would allow businesses to renew their business licenses online. The City was planning to eliminate business license fees and they wanted to create an efficient renewal process to coincide with the change and replace the antiquated systems of the past.  

After 10 months in operation, the City has found much success with their new process. Below is a small case study outlining the challenge, solution and impact of integrating the new business renewal tool onto Colwood.ca.

The Challenge

The City was using a paper system for their business license renewals and had no database for local businesses.

Interactive User Experiences Lead to Award-Winning Solutions

At Upanup we’re all about the user. Every website we design and develop focuses on optimizing the user experience and enhancing usability through intuitive, user-friendly solutions. We pride ourselves in the online experiences we create and when we’re recognized for our efforts, we can’t help but get a little excited.

This week we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the recently launched OkotoksTourism.ca—a site designed exclusively around enhancing the user experience—has won a Platinum dotCOMM award. Not only is this the first dotCOMM award for Upanup, but it is also the first time we’ve been recognized for our work in the tourism industry.

Custom Directories: Accessible for Every User

User-friendly. User-focused. User-centric.

Whichever term is used, enhancing a user’s experience is a top priority for clients when developing a new website. But often when describing user experience, it’s with the end-user, or site visitor, in mind. And while that is the ultimate goal, having a site that also provides a user-friendly experience to site administrators is extremely advantageous.

Recently we were approached by the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) to incorporate directories into their existing site that would make information on First Nation economic development resources and communities easily accessible to all users.

Creating Customized, Integrated Solutions for VictoriaCruise.ca

We’re happy to announce Victoriacruise.ca has officially set sail!

Victoriacruise.ca is the primary host of the cruise ship schedule for Victoria B.C.'s Ogden Point Terminal, the busiest cruise ship port-of-call in Canada. As the first digital point of contact for visitors arriving by ship, it was essential Victoriacruise.ca keep information up-to-date and be as user-friendly as possible.

By creating custom integration with MailChimp and the Western Stevedoring schedule database, Ogden Point ship schedules can now be seamlessly updated and added to the Victoria Cruise website, and emailed to the appropriate mailing list members, with the click of a button. Allowing those operating out of the Ogden Point docks to seamlessly coordinate their schedules and provide interested parties with up-to-date information.

VictoriaCruise.ca is just another example of how Upanup combines custom design and development, with intuitive site navigation and functional designs to create effective and engaging experiences for users.

Enhancing User Experience with IBIC

B.C.’s Indigenous Business and Investment Council (IBIC) came to Upanup with high aspirations. They wanted to create the number one website in Canada for Indigenous Peoples’/First Nation’s economic development—and they wanted us to help them do it.

Since we, too, like to set our sights high, we happily accepted the task. And now, after conducting various stakeholder engagement sessions and developing a strategic foundation based on user experience, we are delighted to celebrate the launch of the new IBIC website.

Indigenous Business and Investment Council

IBIC is a community partner of the B.C. government, whose main objective is to promote economic development opportunities for Indigenous communities, and to advance Indigenous peoples’ participation in B.C.’s economy.

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