Websites Within Reach

Screenshot Dumas Bay Centre
Project Management: Cipalla Communications
Graphic/Logo Design: van den Berg Design
Photography: Chris Huss Photography
CSS/XHTML Web Development: Scott Marlow

My second website for the City of Federal Way: a redesign for Dumas Bay Centre, a retreat center owned and operated by the City. The new site features rotating images of the event venue, panoramic views of the meeting rooms, downloadable catering menus, and an open source Content Management System.

Dumas Bay Centre, a former convent, is an affordable event venue for all types of groups — from business meetings and craft gatherings to memorials and weddings. The event center overlooks Dumas Bay from a 12-acre natural setting with a waterfront gazebo and historic garden. Three meeting rooms can accommodate up to 98 event attendees. And up to 90 guests can overnight in 67 guest rooms.

Our team created a full marketing plan including a new website, brand identity and marketing materials. The work included a comprehensive advertising plan with ads in Bravo,, the Federal Way Mirror, and other publications.

Kettle Crest Advocacy Fest

Sherman Peak

Jen and I just returned from a weekend mountain bike festival, the 2010 Kettle Crest Fest.

Friday, our trail work party cleared more trees than we could count from the Sherman Peak Loop trail (photo above, ~6,000 ft.). Then we enjoyed two days of some of Washington State’s finest singletrack – including a 2,000′ descent of the Jungle Hill Loop.

The annual advocacy event is hosted by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and coordinated by volunteer Tim Banning. Lucky for us, New Belgium Brewing was a sponsor!

Wacktastic Holiday Light Show

screenshot Wacktastic

WordPress CSS Theming: Scott Marlow

Greenwood/Phinney residents can now enter the 2009 Wacktastic Holiday Light Show Contest!

This is my second year sponsoring this North Seattle community event by providing website development. The new site is powered by WordPress, and features an embedded GoogleMap that accepts batch uploads of contest entries.

Don’t miss the December 20th Awards Party.

Graphic Design credits: Beegee Tolpa, Kelly Davis.

WordPress Boot Camp

What I learned at WordCamp:

  • For blogs, there is 1 theme for every 6,000 sites.
  • For self-hosted blogs, there is 1 theme for every 3,000 sites.
  • 31% of visitors post blog comments [source: Forrester Research]
  • 95% of WordPress blogs are hosted on Apache-Linux (vs. Windows IIS)
  • Include numerals in Permalinks (for PHP optimization)
  • Replace your default admin user (for security purposes)
  • Recommended plugins: Clean Archives Reload, Dashboard Scheduled Posts, Gallery2, Headspace, Maintenance Mode, NextGen Gallery, No Self Pings, Revelanssi, Twitter Tools, WP DB Manager, WP Open ID, WP Security Scans, WP Super Cache
  • Read How To Be a RockStar WordPress Designer by Rockable Press
  • Read Trust Agents by Chris Brogan
  • Read PHP Solutions by David Powers
  • Read Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel
  • Setup Feedburner (vs. RSS only)
  • Use Starkers Naked theme
  • Be Authentic
  • Blog

Thanks to Adobe for providing free space.

City Chickens – No Roosters Required

barred rock chicken
Yesterday, Jen and I completed our volunteer project for the Sustainable West Seattle Festival. After drumming up some sponsors for the event, we presented table information from 10:00-3:00 on raising ‘backyard’ chickens. Jen also presented a workshop at 10:30 for a few dozen Festival attendees (her picture even made the West Seattle Blog).

Stay tuned for a tour of West Seattle chicken coops this summer. Contact me if you are interested.