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, Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

Old_Hilliardfest_Art_&_Street_Fair_-_2014-03-21_21.41.04We have been working with the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair since 2012.

Old 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.

In 2012 we quickly threw together a Drupal website in time for the 2013 festival. Drupal is 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.

In preparation for this year’s festival, we wanted to help Old Hilliardfest spruce up the website and make it a little more esthetically “cool looking”. We developed a WordPress site for themand it’s now live. WordPress is 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.

Some of the features of the new website include a rather typical blog, a page with testimonials, a section of the website for frequently asked questions, a page with a Google Map and contact form, tons of photos, etc.

proVanceTek offers website design, web development, domain registration, and website hosting. If you’re in the market for a website update or redesign, get in touch with us!

New Website, Columbus Wedding Videography

New Website, Columbus Wedding VideographyColumbus Wedding Videography is a Columbus, Ohio based company that also has customers located throughout the Mid-West and have a combined 20+ years of video production experience. They primarily provide Wedding Videography services to their clients and have made it their focus to provide the utmost excellence in customer service. They offer a wide variety of Wedding Video Production services, including: Engagement Films, Pre-Wedding Day Interview Films, Wedding Ceremony Films, Wedding Reception Filming, Same-Day-Edit Films, 8mm or 16mm Wedding Films, and Other Customized Services. They understand that each bride and groom have a different vision for their wedding day; and though they produce wedding videos, their real job is to accurately capture that vision on video for family and friends to share for lifetimes to come.

The Columbus Wedding Videography website was built on the WordPress platform. WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. 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.

For this particular web development project we chose WordPress because it is suited best for blog-style websites. However, for more complex projects, we often use a more configurable CMS, known as Drupal, which is another open-source CMS. 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.

New ARTS Production Services Website

New ARTS Production Services WebsiteproVanceTek created a new website for ARTS Production Services, a small production company in Central Ohio. They’re located in Hilliard, but serve customers throughout the state, with a philosophy to keep cost low and deliver a quality product to our customers. The company started up with friends from high school, post college, and off working in various fields of the industry, who decided that we wanted to work together, instead of scattered all over the country working for other companies. Ergo, the creation of ARTS Production Services. ARTS specialize in audio, lighting, and video production for local live events.

The new website was built on the WordPress content management platform. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

proVanceTek also uses the Drupal content management system for various web development projects. Drupal is much more configurable and designed to be used for web development projects in a much larger scale. For this one, however, there was nothing too complicated involved that wasn’t achievable using WordPress. For blog-style websites, WordPress is perfect.

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.

Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, Drupal Website

Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, Drupal WebsiteDr. Siddhartha Mitra is a professor at East Carolina University. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, a master’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a PHD from Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary.

We connected with Dr. Mitra while attempting to grow our business out of Ohio. He contacted us about designing him a content management based website that he could upload content to on his own. We went with the Drupal Content Management System because of its flexibility at the time.

Dr. Mitra has remained a valued proVanceTek client for seven years now. We look forward to many more years of working with Dr. Mitra and whitnessing some of the cool research he’s doing at ECU. Even if we don’t understand all of it.

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.