Based in London, Ontario, 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 Canada and across the United States. 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. We also offer mobile app development and custom data applications.

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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.

    Historical Remedies: global firm that manufactures and distributes homeopathic medicines world-wide. We designed and implemented an aggressive SEO campaign and are now in the process of revising the entire site layout and e-commerce design. 

    Institute for Healing of Memories: original design and custom Joomla templates for a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa. This was a pro bono project - at Concerto Designs, we have a policy of maintaining at least one pro bono project at all times.

    Salon Surreal: original design, custom Joomla template and SEO campaign for a beauty salon in Spartanburg, SC.

    Architectural Glass: original designs, custom Joomla template and SEO campaign for a residential services firm based in the Southeast (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida).

    The Powell Tribune: a local newspaper with a readership of about 12,000 based in Powell, Wyoming. They contacted us ion December when their Jommla 1.0 site had been hacked and they were unable to access the admin pages. We provided a custom design, hand-coded template and transfer of 5,000+ articles into a secure, Joomla 1.5 site with expanded functionality in 19 days. New features in this site include online classifieds and a custom business directory that is integrated into their CMS component.

    Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota: original design, custom, hand-coded Joomla template and integration with third party CRM programs for a major non-profit organization located in St. Paul, MN.

    In addition to these projects, we have a number of others in active development, most of which are scheduled to launch by June 1:

    A Joomla template and custom development built for an environmental school and private foundation in Carmel, CA.

    New site development and Joomla template for the Catholic Register, Toronto, Canada (the largest Catholic publication in Canada).

    Development of new Joomla marketing site with online, paid subscription access control,  email newsletter generation and management, live chat for their client support, and many other features for an alternative medicine clinic located in Minneapolis, MN.

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      Web Design @ London, Ontario

      There is tremendous opportunity for web design and development in London, Ontario and tremendous competition as well. Londonn has emerged not only as a technology hub but also as a home for web design firms of all types and sizes, from the very large to small (well - Concerto Designs, for one!), from enterprise solutions to WordPress sites and everything in between.

      Concerto Designs thrives 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 designing and developing 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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