Plain City Auction, 6 Years of Partnership

Plain City Auction WebsiteproVanceTek Owner, Robert Vance, has been working with the owners, Dave and Rhoda Helmuth, of Plain City Auction since 2005. His relationship with the owners of the auction house began while he was attending Ohio University and beginning a business with a former high school friend of his. He continued providing support for their website and other various projects at the auction house, along with various support needs at the Helmuth household. When he left the business in 2008 to create proVanceTek, Plain City Auction decided to bring their business to the Robert’s new company.

Recently, after a much deserved retirement of Dave and Rhoda, ownership of the auction house has been transferred to John and Maureen Coffey. proVanceTek, however, continues to host the Plain City Auction website and provide them with general IT support for their computers, servers, and network; support of their security system; and other various technical projects that they need help with.

The website was initially developed with some custom scripts that took Word documents provided by Plain City Auction and generated HTML pages for their website. It was later ported over to the Drupal content management system and has continued to run in that installation for the past half-dozen years. We hope to soon be able to share with you that there will be a new online face of the auction house. We’re working with John and Maureen on developing a more modern and interactive auction website. Stay tuned!

New Website for the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

New Website for the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street FairOld Hilliardfest is a street fair that takes place in downtown Hilliard, Ohio on Main Street each fall on the second Saturday of September. Old Hilliardfest includes a selection of food vendors, various organizations and small businesses with information booths, a number of artisans with merchandise for sale, and several venues with live music. The festival lasts throughout the day. Old Hilliardfest is a non-profit organization with 501(C)(4) tax status. The organization consists entirely of volunteers.

The Old Hilliardfest website was built with Drupal, a free and open-source content management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk. It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration.

Sometimes we use WordPress, another free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Similar to Drupal, WordPress features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites. While a great blogging platform, Drupal was more suited for some of the complicated web application integrations that the Old Hilliardfest organization sees adding to their website in the near future.

Kaela’s Creation’s Website

Kaela's Creations WebsiteproVanceTek finished setting up the new Kaela’s Creations website, to replace the former Jewelry by Kaela website. Kaela first started out making handmade jewelry, but she has since expanded her crafts to various other items. Her products can be found at the Simply Vague shop at Tuttle Mall in Dublin, Ohio.

Kaela wanted the website to automatically update her products based on what she had posted on the Kaela’s Creations Facebook Page. We designed the website so that it pulled the product information and photos of her products so that she could update her inventory from one, easy place – Facebook. Additionally, she wanted people to be able to purchase her items online and use PayPal to complete their payments. So her website is interfaced with her PayPal account so that her products can be purchased online.