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Squamish-Lillooet Regional District New Website Launched

Upanup Studios is excited to announce the launch of a new website for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). Located in the picturesque surroundings of southwestern British Columbia, SLRD is a local government federation delivering a range of regional, sub-regional and local services to approximately 38,000 residents living in four member municipalities (Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish). 

Best Practices for Online Annual Reports

Not so long ago, nearly all publicly-traded companies produced a printed annual report and usually posted a PDF of that document on their website. Nowadays, fewer and fewer companies are producing an annual report, but more and more are embracing the opportunities provided by web-based communication to post an online version of an annual report, corporate profile or corporate sustainability report.

Upanup Wins W3 Awards

Upanup Studios is pleased to announce winning two W³ awards!

blog-imageThe Winners of The 2013 W3 Awards have been announced in New York, NY today by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The website Upanup built for the City of Colwood and the mobile optimized site launched for FortisBC have both won Silver Awards at the 8th Annual W3 Awards, who received over 4,000 entries this year.

The W3 Awards honour outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, & Mobile Apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Judging criteria was based on creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use.

Peter Knapp speaks about scalable, responsive web solutions at ERAC IT4K12 Conference

Upanup works with a  variety of clients creating a variety of digital strategies. As we take great pride in our work, it's nice when we get the chance to talk about them publicly. Our CEO, Peter Knapp, recently had just such an opportunity at the ERAC IT4K12 Conference, an event for information technology professionals in the education sector.

Our recent work with the Greater Victoria School District, building a framework for individual school sites, was highlighted. This multi-site project is still being rolled out, with 25 schools up and running as of today.

Here's Peter, along with the School District 61 IT team, describing  and demonstrating the project.

At the 38 minute mark there's a demonstration of the responsive design of the sites, a feature allowing sites to adjust to a variety of phone and tablet devices. We here at Upanup think we're pretty good at integrating responsive design into our projects and our recent awards seem to back that up.

We hope you enjoy this peek into how these sites work.

The Art of the Splash Page

When you aren't ready to build a full website, but your company or organization needs to start to have an internet presence,  it can make a lot of sense to post a single page website that can go up quickly and without hassle. There is no sitemap, no navigation, and very little content required. The benefit is that you have somewhere to point people, and you start to get on the radar of search engines before building your full site.

Other people in the industry may refer to this as a splash site, a one-pager or a micro-site, although to us a micro-site will have up to ten pages of navigable content.

When creating a splash page, we think it is important to still take a professional and thoughtful approach, so that the effort does not degrade your company or organization in the eyes of visitors. This counts out the animated gif with the shoveling construction worker and "website coming soon." Please don't go there.

Website Timeline: A Plan for Success

The two most common questions that we are asked when it comes to producing a new website revolve around price and time. “How much does a new website cost?” “How long does it take to build a new website?” The answers to these questions vary dramatically depending on the size and scope of the project. Our team has designed, developed and launched websites within a month when absolutely required, while others can take a phased approach for more than a year.

Regardless of this variance, we have found that it always make sense to follow a well-defined process for designing and developing a new website. We establish phases and milestones for every web project and ensure that we hit the goals at each stage as we move into the next. This phased approach easily turns into a plan and a clear website timeline. Having designed and built hundreds of enterprise-level website, we know that this process works and builds a platform for success.

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