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BetterSites Portfolio - Recent and Ongoing Projects

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Walk On waterfront retreat in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BCWaterfront Vacation Rental in the Comox Valley area on Vancouver Island, BC

This walk-on waterfront vacation rental has everything for a family getaway, a private retreat, or a base for exploring Vancouver Island. Just a 30-minute paddle to Sandy Island Marine Park, this property is ideal for paddlers of all ages. Resident wildlife are constantly going about their daily activities right in front. Watch Monty the Great Blue Heron catch his breakfast, listen to the purple martins with their distinctive cry, and always keep a watch out for orcas.

Jesse CartoonsJesseCartoons

Jesse and Marleen had a very good idea how they wanted their new website to look and behave. This Wordpress site incorporates their design. The website is fully replicated in Dutch as well as English, and it is possible to switch back and forth on any page of the site.

Nile Creek Enhancement SocietyNile Creek Enhancement Society - Bowser, BC

The Nile Creek Enhancement Society was burdened with a very old website that was increasingly difficult to use and edit. They are now on a Wordpress platform and are happy to be able to add and change content quickly and easily.

Comox Paddlers - Kayaking, Canoeing and Standup Paddling in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BCDenman Island Readers and Writers Festival

The Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival had a website developed on Wordpress, but everyone forgot the online registration system. On the front page, they had a very clunky slideshow that included the text to the left of the images. Whenever they had to make a change to the text, they had to recreate all the slides to reflect that change. We set them up with a better wordpress solution and then set up the online registration and payment. The organizers can now make changes to the website with ease.

Comox Paddlers - Kayaking, Canoeing and Standup Paddling in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BCComox Valley Paddlers: kayaking, canoeing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding in the Comox Valley area on Vancouver Island, BC

The Comox Valley Paddlers had an article coming out in the Friday newspaper and really needed a new look to their 90's-style website. We delivered, with an attractive, basic one-page redo, within about 36 hours. We then went ahead with setting up a more permanent, Wordpress-based solution for them.

Extreme Runners - Running shoes and fitness accessories in Courtenay, BCExtreme Runners: Fitting Runners on Active People in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, BC

It was time for Extreme Runners to get a new look. Bright and active is their style! Whatever your sport - running, walking, cross training, trail running - Lene Curts and her staff have the expertise to fit you with the right shoe. Extreme Runners sponsor local events and popular group runs, including their wildly popular running and walking event, Thursday Night Trails. Stop in and say hi, see what's new and maybe even buy a pair of shoes that really fit you. This Wordpress-based website allows Extreme Runners staff to update pages, add news items and featured products and continue in their very active role within the local Comox Valley running community.

Orca Sea Kayaking: Guided paddling trips in Johnstone StraitDiscovery Expeditions: Kayak with Killer Whales (Orca) in Johnstone Strait on Vancouver Island, BC

For the adventure of a lifetime, come explore the waters of Johnstone Strait and experience close up the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. From our established base camp complete with all amenities, you can safely paddle among orcas (killer whales) , sea lions, porpoises and dolphins, seals, eagles and other wildlfe. These guided kayaking tours are suitable for paddlers of all abilities. In fact, if a member of your group prefers to remain on the island, the orcas and other wildlife may even come to you.

Alpaca Spring Valley Farm: Alpacas and fibre for sale in Minerva, OhioAlpaca Spring Valley Farm: Alpacas for Sale in Ohio, USA

For this alpaca farm in the US, our website redo included setup in Wordpress so that farm managers and staff could log in and edit any page of their website. Included setting up some custom post types and a short tutorial. Alpaca Spring Valley Farm offers natural health products for alpacas as well as animal synergy essences, which you can purchase online. If you wish to invest in alpacas, board your alpaca, or breed your alpaca to our award-winning alpaca herdsires, then talk to Alicia at Alpaca Spring Valley Farm.

Telegraph Cove BC Kayak Rental and TransportTC Kayaks: Kayak Rental and Transport from Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island, BC

Owner/operator Larry Roy will help you gear up and plan your kayaking trip in Johnstone Strait, the Broughton Peninsula, Sophia Islands near Telegraph Cove, BC. TCKayaks also offer kayak rental and camping/safety equipment rental from Telegraph Cove. Have a paddling group with varied abilities? With his front-loading Landing Craft, Larry will effortlessly transport your kayaks, group and gear to your basecamp, from which you can make day trips to view Orcas, Eagles, Black Bear, Porpoises, Harbour Seals and many other species in their seashore habitat.

Mandatory Clinical Trials Registration in CanadaResearch with Respect - Support for Phase 1 Clinical Drug Trial Volunteers in Canada

The Research with Respect Care Program for Phase 1 Clinical Drug Trial Volunteers in Canada is a free service for terminally-ill people who have agreed to participate in a Phase 1 Clinical Trial. Information for prospective Clinical Trial Volunteers is presented, including Patient Self-Help Forms, Consent Form information and links to further Cancer Research resources. To ensure that every volunteer's donation furthers medical knowledge, Research with Respect is lobbying for mandatory registration of all Clinical Trials in Canada. This website has just been revamped and rebuilt on a Drupal framework by Agentic in Vancouver, BC.

Comox Valley Couples Counselling, Campbell River Addictions Counselling, with Mary Ann RolfeMary Ann Rolfe: Comox Valley and Campbell River Counselling

Mary Ann Rolfe is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, serving the Comox Valley and Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC. She specializes in Couples Counselling, can help with Depression and Anxiety, and Grief and Loss.

Are you a little apprehensive? Mary Ann's web site explains what to expect from your first counselling session. Do you need Addictions Counselling or are you an adult child of alcoholic parents? Critical Incident Stress Debriefing? Contact Mary Ann Rolfe today.

Comox Valley Marine - Boat repair, marine sales & service in courtenay, bcCV Marine - Comox Valley Boat Service, Sales and Repair in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, BC

Ed Broughton and Wayne Wyant proudly announce the opening of CV Marine, the newest complete marine sales and service center in the Comox Valley. Formerly Willemar Marine at 2497 Cousins Ave in Courtenay.

Comox Valley physiotherapist: Dan Belcher - Vancouver Island, BCCourtenay Physiotherapy: Physiotherapist Dan Belcher in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC

Dan Belcher is a well-known and respected physiotherapist in Courtenay, BC. Along with Gord McIlroy, Marilyn Atkinson and Susan Bloxsome, they offer exercise therapy, post-surgery rehabilitation, Sports Physiotherapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, as well as Sports Taping and light bracing. Having no previous web presence, they knew it was time to establish a website. There you will find information on available physiotherapy services, fees, contact and address information, and even each physiotherapist's weekly schedule. April, 2010

Comox Valley Gym: Fitness Excellence in Courtenay, on Vancouver Island, BCComox Valley Gym - Fitness Excellence on Vancouver Island, BC

This friendly, clean gym in Courtenay, BC offers weights and fitness equipment, training and fun fitness classes for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Spin classes are free for members - on state of the art spin bikes. Looking or a fun way to get fit? How about Zumba classes in Courtenay? If a fitness boot camp is the only thing for you, they have that too. There is truly something for everyone at Fitness Excellence, including an infrared sauna. Come on in and check them out - your first visit to this Comox Valley gym is free.We pulled it apart, dusted off the bits that were still usable, and put this website back together without drastically changing the look but with new, more up-to-date code. The end result is much more informative, functional, fast-loading--and it's search engine friendly to boot. Fitness Excellence has been around for 13 years; however, the website never showed up in a google search for Comox Valley Gym. It took just a few months to move them from 0 to number 1 . February, 2010.

Custom Cabinetry, furniture and woodwork on Vancouver Island, BCCustom Woodwork, cabinetry and furniture: Doc Wildwoods in Campbell River, on Vancouver Island, BC

Whether you are looking for custom kitchen cabinets, hand-crafted entrance doors, or one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and more - DOC Wildwoods offers years of experience in fine woodworking on Vancouver Island. Doc will design and build your custom woodworking project according to your needs and tastes. You are even welcome to visit his Campbell River woodworking shop on Vancouver Island, BC.

Heir tracing, heir search company - VS Probate: Vancouver BC, CanadaVS Probate Assistance & World Search Co: Find missing heirs and locate beneficiaries in Canada, the US and Europe

This Probate Assistance company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has a very high success rate. They specialize in genealogical research to find missing beneficiaries and heirs, from Canada and the U.S to Europe. VS Probate's team of Professional Genealogists and Genealogy Research Assistants can perform intestate searches as well as overseas searches for heirs in the Ukraine, Poland as well as other European countries. VS Probate Assistance and World Search Co. can prepare an Affidavit of Due Diligence as well as testify in court as a Forensic Genealogist.

Denman Island Ciottage for rent near the beach - click to view siteDenman Island Cottage Retreat

The Blue Owl Cottage is a cozy, private cottage suited for one to three adults. Located near the beach and also near Graham Lake on Denman Island, BC. The luxurious bathroom boasts an Infrared Sauna and old fashioned slipper soaking tub with a view of the forest.

Comox Valley Funeral Services and Campbell River Funeral ServicesComox Valley and Campbell River Funeral Services

Kent and Rosemarie Roduck offer funeral and cremation services at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, as well as Campbell River Funeral Services with their Island Funeral Services, Elk Falls Cremation & Reception Centre in Cambell River. They are a Canadian independent, locally owned company, with no chain affiliation.

As an independent funeral provider, Kent & Marie Roduck provide you with the highest level of professional services. You can talk directly with the owners at any time.

Quarter Horses for Sale: Breeders, Trainers, Champion Show Horses - click to view siteQuarter Horses for Sale in Black Creek, BC: Border Quarters Ltd.

This new site features champion quarter horses by Border Quarters Inc. Cory, a dentist in Campbell River, and Candice, a veterinarian in Courtenay, breed, train & show some of the top quarter horses in the North West. They have had success at the highest levels of Competition including an NSBA World Champion and a Reserve Congress Champion. They are located in beautiful Black Creek, BC, on Vancouver Island. This site includes links to YouTube videos of quarter horses for sale.

Mount Washington Real Estate - Comox Valley Real Estate - click to view siteMount Washington Real Estate - Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC

This collaborative project was to develop an easy to use Content Management System for a busy Realtor to update on his own. Tying in previous contact management database and building project listings, now Rick can add, edit and delete listings, make them hidden or visible, upload photos, etc.

Tsolum River Restoration Society - click to view siteTsolum River Restoration Society - Content Management System: GreenCMS

A mine abandoned 40 years ago ruined the Tsolum River. The Tsolum River Restoration Society (TRRS) are working to restore the Tsolum River to historical levels of health and productivity. As successive volunteers worked on their website, it became clunky and outdated. The TRRS were looking for a website that they could easily update themselves without any technical knowledge. GreenCMS fit that bill. GreenCMS is an easy to use Content Management System developed by Comox Valley web developers who have experience working with streamkeeper organizations. The software includes all of the functionality that might be required, and comes "out of the box," ready for non-technical people to add, edit and delete content, documents, maps, pictures, etc, on their website.

Database and Graphical Website Redesign - Joe Ruhstein's Wildlife Gallery Wildlife Gallery Database and Website Redesign

This photography website previously built in 2004, needed an overhaul. With now over 2500 wildlife photographs, well over the "few hundred" the site had originally been designed for, there was a need to reorganize and recategorize photos in a more logical manner. I redesigned the MySql database from the ground up to reflect the new requirements. Graphical "frames" are now added to each photograph "on the fly" as the image is being displayed. A new, cleaner sitewide header was created. Usability was improved: Now, simply clicking on a large image automatically takes you to the next one. Gallery navigation was updated from buttons to text. The sitewide navigation was moved to the top of the page from its previous position on the left side, to allow for more room for the large individual photographs. This site is now more search engine friendly, the photographs are much better organized, and overall the look is cleaner. One of the more challenging aspects of this redesign project was simple communication: trying to explain some of the technical aspects of the project, in English, to someone who speaks mostly German was... very difficult and time consuming. While this project was a success and the site owner is very happy with the result, we now ensure first that any barriers to communication are identified and addressed in the early stages of a project.


Mount Washington BC - Skiing, Snowboarding, Accommodation, News and Real Estate - click to visit siteMount Washington , BC -

Produced by Rick Gibson of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley, this Mount Washington BC News site includes articles, information, a live Mountain Cam complete with weather station, as well as on-mountain dining, accommodation and real estate information. A news archive database full of interesting stories of Mount Washington and the Alpine Resort goes back several years. It was fun to read all the old articles as I added them to the database along with pictures. The Mountain Cam was particularly interesting to set up--during a blizzard-- and gives a dazzling long shot to the summit of Mount Washington when the sun pours out onto the mountain. This dynamic site runs on PHP/MySql. October-November, 2006


CVRR Online Discussion Forum - click to visit site

This online discussion forum is a place for Comox Valley Road Runners to discuss all things running-related . The forum is based on PHP and a MySql database. It is currently viewable to the public but requires CVRR membership and forum registration to participate. This online meeting place is popular with CVRR members. PHPBB setup and customization by Better Sites. March, 2006

Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Relay - Click to visit new siteRoyal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Online Registration

Online Registration for relay teams, a "teams entered" page that is dynamically generated from the database to show "paid" teams, a login for team captains to update their team information, an extensive back-end "admin" area - All this adds up to a more streamlined registration process for teams and administrators. Reminders are automatically sent to teams who have not paid their registration fee, and the administrators can view and sort teams by a number of criteria. Broadcast emails to team captains can be sent and team information can be edited by the administrator. There is even an "admin lite" login so that other chairpersons can monitor the registrations without the possibility of accidentally changing information.

Comox Valley Shoreline Orthodontics  Tri-K Triathlon - click to visit

This website, redesigned to suit a tight budget, was given a new, less cluttered look. There is handy access to all the necessary information for participants in this event, including a multi-step online registration system .

Mount Washington Accommodation - click to visit

This site offers a comprehensive database of lodgings and vacation rentals at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island. The original version of this site (shown below, not clickable) offered rental unit information in static HTML pages converted from huge MS Excel spreadsheets. The data for each rental property was delivered in a giant "grid," difficult to use and too big to print. Photos were not visible, and there was no way to see if a rental was available at any particular time. Updates were difficult and infrequent, and had to be performed by the webmaster. Because of the static nature of the web site, discrepancies occurred in the information, as the original Excel spreadsheet was updated on the owner's desktop computer but not the web site. old Mount Washington Accommodation siteA database-driven website that the site owners as well as the property managers can update themselves was the natural solution in this case. This PHP/MySql site offers several regular search options (such as number of bedrooms) as well as a search for lodgings by location (using an image map) and search for rental accommodations by dates available using a dynamic availability calendar that the property managers can update themselves as the vacation property is reserved. Search results display lists of matching rentals. Individual vacation lodging unit pages display exterior and interior photos, information, rates, and the availability calendar showing dates booked/not booked. An extensive dual admin system was also implemented: contacts for the rental units may change information, upload photos, etc, for their respective units, while site administrators can view stats and make additions or changes to any unit, building, or contact.

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