The "Sisters" Community Websites
Following the success of The Athlone Website, BMSC-Online realised that there are large communities withing Cape Town who would also reap great benefits from a community-based website for their area. BMSC-Online's "Sister Sites" Project was launched to accomplish precisely this. By making use of php and MySQL technology, BMSC-Online created these websites with a "search engine" look and feel. The sites are quick to open and offer access to large amounts of information with great ease. For advertisors, there is a business directory and a property section (with uploadable pictures) that are available for free use. A robust Content Management System was essential in the development of these sites as it is predicted that maintenance them could potentially be a great concern. Each of the sister sites are thus built with quality-content, ease-of-maintenance and widescale-accessibility in mind.
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The Athlone Website is a community-based website that contains information about the History, heritage, culture, business environment and society in the suburb of Athlone in Cape Town, South Africa. The website serves a relatively large community and, as at February 2006, the website traffic statistics show that this is our most-visited website with some 530 visitors for that month. Planning was an important issue for this website as long term solutions show that this sites average expected traffic is a factor of ten larger than the February 2006 figure. Update: As at September 2007, the site receives approximately 6000 visits per month, and is highly ranked in its category on all major search engines.. MySQL and php were used to make this site easily maintainable and expandable while still retaining its attractive graphical appearance and usability to the visitors.
Jazz Rendezvous is the only South African Website of its kind. It is an online community website that strives to be the place where "Jazz Lovers of Africa and the World Meet". It gives full reviews on CD Releases, provides news, displays a Gig guide and gives profiles of Local South African and also International Jazz Musicians. BMSC's Content Management System, the use of php and MySQL was crucial in the successful launch of this website. The site remains up to date, providing fresh content to an ever increasing website audience. The distinct online prescence combined with prominent Radio exposure make this site a sure winner.
Compu-Solve Online is an all-round IT specialist that provides services ranging from hardware sourcing; network setup, installation and maintenance; through to software integration and management. This client, who is actively involved in cutting edge IT infrastructure needed a way to be contacted through a website interface. His website provides easy and reliable access to his clients and potential clients allowing him effective control through email communication.
African Gill-Can-Do-Tours provided us with a unique opportunity to integrate our Project Management experise with our technical website design skills. The website design provides facilities for an easy-to-update News section as well as a section to store up pertinent information to the industry. This was all done while subtly showcasing the beauty of South Africa through some clever electronic graphic design.
The result was a website that mirrors the company image: clean and professional, with a colourful but not overpowering vibe.
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