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Sandvox User Profile: Diane McWilliams & Helen Ramani

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Location: North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

What kind of websites were you planning to build?

The purpose of our website is to promote the appreciation of chamber and classical music on the Saanich Peninsula, on the south end of Vancouver Island; to recruit new singers; to direct our audiences to find information about our concerts. The public side provides information about joining the choir, our upcoming concerts, how to make a donation, introduces our director, Nicholas Fairbank, and how to contact us. The member side has tools for practicing, contacting fellow choristers, updating themselves on choir activities, policies, guidelines, etc.

How did you hear about Sandvox?

A google search provided me with the best software for developing on a Mac computer at a reasonable price.

What made you decide to get Sandvox?

I had been developing our site using strict HTML. Diane, our treasurer thought it would be a good idea to find a development application to make it easier and more professional looking. As the developer, I find Sandvox is much easier than strict HTML, and the results are much more satisfying, and I spend less time developing it. I am pleased that I have the HTML experience, as it helps me to get the results I need when using Sandvox too.

Now that you have Sandvox, what do you like about it?

I was particularly happy to discover that we could modify the looks with banner (or logo) at the top of the site. I find the technology easy because of the ability to drag and drop attachments. I like being able to link to other parts of the site using the red target ball attached to a string. Another nice feature is the ability to change our banner at intervals to give the site a new look. I like the fact that we can change templates if we get tired of the current one, or if we want to advertise our next concert with a concert-specific banner.

What would be a good way to search for a program like Sandvox?

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