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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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Already more than a month into 2017 and there are lots of new and ongoing projects to share.

Ongoing projects include circadian.com and circadianlight.com (see galleries below), developed for Circadian Inc. based in the Boston, MA area. Circadian first contacted me with a serious security issue on their Joomla 2.5  site. After running a secuirty audit and restoring codebase integrity, I then upgraded their site to Joom;a 3.6 and developed a Bootstrap 3 template to replace their outdated commercial template that was not optimized for mobile. I also developed landing pages for a Google Ads campaign along with Marketo forms (integrated with Salesforce) and a custom Marketo form template.

The next project was a design/development of a brand new site, circadianlight.com. In collaboration with other designers and content strategists, I developed the home page as a 'web app' style layout with a single column and full width horizontal sections. I also implemented lightbox popups for video and various contact forms.

At the start of another busy year, I am finally taking a moment to look back and catch up on latest developments. Recent projects here include the design and launch of veterinaryha.org, a new Joomla 3.4.x web site for the Veterinary Hospitals Association, a non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN. The original web site was built in WordPress, and the initial plan was to optimize the site for mobile with a responsive WordPress theme. After the first meeting, it became clear that the functionality requirements would be difficult to manage in WordPress, so I converted the site content to the Joomla platform, developed a new design, and implemented quite complex access levels for the many types of membership that the VHA offers. As a note of explanation, I actually appreciate and enjoy working with WordPress (I have several clients using the platform), but for more complex feature sets, I prefer to use Joomla or Drupal. The alternative would be to install a lot of plugins, which, as any experienced WordPress developer will tell you, can be quite problematic.

 

The launch of the new elmwoodproperties.com website design was followed by the development of a custom, multi-step lease renter application that integrates renter data directly into the company Access database. I had the very good fortune of working with Andy Oaks, at Oaks Consulting. Andy is knowledgeable about almost every aspect of Access, which is to say, a subject of which I am completely ignorant. My job was to transition a series of pdf forms with many fields into a streamlined web app. New renters can log into the site, edit their profile, choose their preferred apartments., and apply for a lease online. The new process saves a lot of time and money AND (like all my new projects), works perfectly on mobile devices.

 

In other news, I am in the middle of large Drupal project that involves upgrading a Drupal 6 site to Drupal 7 and then optimizing the site for mobile. Working with Drupal makes me appreciate how easy it is to run mundane and routine tasks in WordPress and Joomla. On the other hand, the ability to map csv values onto fields is very cool and is also the main feature of this new project. More news to follow on that!

 

Demand for our web design, Joomla development, and SEO services continues to grow in 2015. In the first quarter of 2015, we have designed, built and launched a number of projects for clients across, including:

Mobile App for Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association:

This app (Android and iOS) provides search windows for users to look for and navigate to gas stations across Minnesota that provide bio-fuels (E15, E30, E85 and blends). The app integrates with the native Google Maps and Apple Maps mobile functions so that users have turn-by-turn itineraries and voice dirextion options.

Web Design and Joomla 3.x development site for Elmwood Properties

This project includes design of a new rotating image slider with animated layers of indexable content, conversion of large, complex PDF forms to digital, integration of Google maps with property listings and SEO of the entire site in a very competitive niche.

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Demand for our web design, Joomla development, and SEO services continues to grow in  2011. In the first half of 2011, we have designed, built and launched a number of projects for clients around the globe, including:

Armanino McKenna LLP: original design and custom Joomla templates for the largest CPA firm in California (ranked #37 nationally). Site integrates K2, JCal Pro, Docman, and many other Joomla extensions. Most of the prior content (300+ pages) had to be entered manually (we imported some pages with the K2 import component). One major project goal was to implement a robust SEO campaign - this meant an initial intense phase of wire-framing as well as ongoing client education.

2011 has started with a number of exciting projects at Concerto Designs! We signed on new clients, began work on exciting web design and Joomla development projects, and laid the ground for a robust year.

Probably our biggest new is that we now have clients around the world, including South Africa and Canada.

We have been contracted to design and build a new Joomla web site for the Institute for the Healing of Memories, headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. The Institute's Director, Fr. Michael Lapsley, travles around the world conducting workshops that bring reparation, reconciliation and healing to regions of conflict, persecution, and genocide around the world. This is a huge honor and responsibility for us, and we are grateful for the generous help of the Institute staff and especially their print designer, Joan Baker, who has provided real inspiration and a fantastic palette to work with.

The Upstate region of South Carolina (Greenville-Spartanburg) is a vibrant region with extraordinary natural resources, a rich history and a powerful economy. After the slower pace of development for the past 18 months, we have seen renewed growth this fall.

2010 has been a great year for reaching out and broadening our client base in the greater Minneapolis area. In between ongoing converations with current and prospoective clients, we also like to keep an eye on what's happening with other web design firms in town. Some of these firms produce really impressive work - others do not always live up to their own marketing rhetoric. You can find an ongoing exploration of sample web designs in our 'Design @ Minneapolis' blog.

  • 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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