I am very excited to announce the launch of a major website redesign: Fremont, the Center of the Universe.
Fremont is a quirky little neighborhood next door to us. The site is maintained by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, with the delightful Jessica Vets as executive director. Their old site looked really nifty, but was totally impossible to navigate and was starting to show its age. So it was time for a new site, and I thought WordPress would be an ideal solution for them: we could make the site in WordPress for a smaller budget than anything else, and Jessica will be able to maintain the site herself.
I had a lot of fun working on the site: Jessica recruited Michele Savelle, a graphic designer in Fremont, to do the design, and the three of us worked really well together. Our meetings were not only productive, but lots of fun.
The site is fully responsive: it should look good on any screen of any size.
Most of the site’s functionality is fairly standard, except for the business directory. This was the most challenging part of the site, mostly because I had trouble finding a plugin that could do what I wanted. Jessica maintains a business directory in Filemaker Pro, and she needed to be able to import data from that directory into WordPress. I finally found a plugin that pretty much does what I want, although it does have some bugs: the DigitalQuill Data Import Plugin. This plugin allows Jessica to export her Filemaker Pro database as a CSV, and then import it into WordPress. Now all of the businesses in Fremont appear on the website, nicely arranged in categories.
Thanks to Jessica and Michele for being awesome to work with!