Presenting my latest website overhaul for Early Music Seattle, a nonprofit presenting classic concerts at venues around the city – including Benaroya Hall, Bastyr University Chapel, Federal Way Community Performing Arts Center, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and Town Hall.
This project involved converting a custom-built WordPress Theme and migrating content into a new performance-optimized Theme (_Underscores). The Block Editor was integrated for more robust layout and styling. Accessibility improvements included higher contrast colors, navigation skip links, keyboard accessible menus, and mobile-clickable phone numbers. A new branded event calendar was also integrated, with the ability for community organizations to submit third-party events. By reducing server requests 45% and reducing page size 85%, page load speed now ranks in the upper 10th percentile of sites.
WebPage Test Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388 In 2021, the average page size = ~2.4 Mb and median page size = ~2.1 Mb. Database-driven websites, like WordPress, are more performance optimized when server requests are < 40 – 60.
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, MyWedding.com, the Federal Way Mirror, and other publications.
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!
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.
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