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A nationally-based company with offices in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN) and Boston, MA, Concerto Designs offers affordable website design and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) services for small- to medium-sized businesses, churches, and other non-profit organizations in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Iowa, New York, Toronto, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, and California. We specialize in Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) and e-commerce platforms such as Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, Silverstripe, CMS Made Simple, Magento, X-Cart, and others.

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STT Sealers

Surface Treatment Technologies is a manufacturing and distribution company that specializes in unique, patented formulas for stone care products. They have developed a new line of eco-friendly products that provide anti-microbial protection for granite and marble countertops and other stone surfaces. Their distribuor network covers the entire United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

When they contacted Concerto Designs last fall, their website was a static collection of pages with almost no indexable content. Using an example of their logo printed on a business envelope, we not only created an original design, but also developed an entire series of graphics for their print materials and digital marketing. We also developed several pages of new content for the site that integrated product data sheets into consumer-friendly, keyword-rich content for SEO. We hand-coded a Joomla template with custom features, including an e-commerce component for online sales. This component does not have the deep functionality of a dedicated e-commerce platform like Magento or X-Cart, it integrates perfectly in the CMS platform, provides excellent tracking of orders, is easy to set up and use, and costs less than 1/10 of the set-up price a full-blown e-commerce site.

We initially used the standard Joomla content component to display products and manage product information. This past spring, we switched to the K2 CCK (Content Creation Kit), which adds a lot of really cool features and extends the functionality in very useful ways. The client can now upload images and pdf attachments (product data sheets) directly from his computer to each product item. He can instantly change the format and layout of the product catalog by resetting the proudct categories.

In addition to the e-commerce feature, we also created a custom, secure form for distributors to submit warranty information for their customers. All of the information in the many fields (type of application, product used, etc.) is stored in the site database. We then installed a component that allows STT Sealers to access this data and export it as a spreadsheet, a feature that has been extremely helpful in identifying any issues or questions regarding the warranty.

Additional Info

  • Client location: Taylors, SC
  • Client Service Area: USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean
  • Website Platform: CMS - Joomla
  • Additional Features: E-commerce for selling products online; custom form for registering warranty; database management directly from the back-end; K2 CCK content management
  • Web Design @ Minneapolis

    There is tremendous opportunity for web design and development in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul) - and tremendous competition as well. The Twin Cities are amajor hub for web design firms of all types and sizes, from the very large (Digital River) to medium (August Ash) to small (well - Concerto Designs, for one!), from enterprise solutions to heavy Flash development (e.g. Sierra Bravo) and everything in between.

    Concerto Designs has thrived in this environment because we offer a focused, efficient approach to providing a unique product model.

    Let's start with our product: although we have experience building web sites in a wide range of platforms, ( Drupal, Wordpress, Magento, X-Cart, DNN, and others), we focus above all on providing complete, turnkey solutions using our optimized configurations of the Joomla CMS platform. By turnkey solutions, we mean everything necessary for a well-functioning, optimized, beautifully designed, hand-coded and content-rich web site. We stress content because we know that content is the most valuable - and challenging - asset in developing an effective digital presence.

    We also offer flexible development plans that streamline production and costs.

    For some businesses, this means a website that features daily specials, product updates, or e-commerce, for others it might involve downloadable brochures, email campaigns with newsletters, blogs, bulletin boards to handle FAQs, or other dynamic content options. However you put your website to work, Joomla CMS allows you complete flexibility and control so that your website and your business grow together. By providing the web solutions that make the most sense for your company, we keep your costs down and your marketing focused. And with Joomla, you can always add new components later.

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  • Content to Marketing: Joomla Helps You to Connect the Dots

    Your web design gives your business a face – your content gives your business a voice.

    And the best platform for shaping and broadcasting that voice is Joomla.

    Well-written content that is crafted and published with Joomla's outstanding editorial tools lets your business and organizational goals come in loud and clear through search engines and social media. Our Joomla’s CMS (Content Management System) web sites provide multiple tools to manage all aspects of content development, publication, and optimization.

    After years of developing Joomla sites for clients in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN), South Carolina, and across the country, we have selected an array of extensions and tools that give your site the competitive edge it needs, including:

    1. The JCE (Joomla Content Editor) lets you style content, spell-check, insert images, add links, embed pdfs and other attachments, add captions, and much more. No knowledge of html or coding is required at all. The full-featured editor panel lets you perform all editorial tasks easily and efficiently. Images can added directly into content from your desktop or laptop computer.

    2. The K2 Content Creation Kit (CCK) brings in the best features of other platforms like Wordpress and Drupal into Joomla, including full-featured blogging capabilities, layout options that can be changed on the fly or varied from page to page, tagging, and extra fields that allow you to add customized maps, contact info, spreadsheet data, and much more.

    3. Joomla’s flexible system of modules (typically used in side columns, dialogue boxes, text boxes, header, footers) provide visually rich, flexible snippets that broaden the scope of your messaging.

    4. Joomla's built-in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) features allow you to manage search engine-friendly urls, page titles, metadata, and other structural elements critical to short- and long-term SEO campaigns. By responding quickly and efficiently to shifting visitor traffic and keyword patterns, you can propel your site's page ranking without having to pay expensive SEO consultants.

    5. Frequently updated content scores better with search engines - and with repeat visitors. Joomla makes updating and adding content as easy as editing a word document. You choose how often to update modules, add new pages, blogs, specials, or news items. That’s good for search engine visibility, good for visitors and good for business.

    Joomla makes managing content simple. With these tools you shape access and create trigger points for visitors to find your site’s most important information.

    Before your site launches, we make sure you understand and can use all these Joomla tools.

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