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Its not Rocket Science

Small towns need as much help with their websites as bigger towns.

Small towns can't afford to pay as much as bigger towns.

Town Websites offers more, for less.

It's elementary

Town Websites believes in its mission: providing all of the services that a small town needs to build and maintain a website as good as larger municipalities are capable of, with a predictable budget appropriate to the financial resources of a town.

There's nothing like first-hand evidence.
Sherlock Holmes


Municipal Focus

Efficient tools adaptable to work the way your departments prefer to work to gather and present municipal information.

Documents Demonstration

  • Special Permit Application FormApplication for Special Permit, Variance, or other Zoning Relief as adopted Dec 6, 2012
  • Special Permit or Variance OverviewInstructions and overview for Special Permit, Variance, and Zoning relief, as adopted Dec 6 2012
  • Rules and RegulationsZoning Board of Appeals Procedural Rules and Regulations
  • Shelburne Zoning BylawsTown of Shelburne Zoning Bylaws as updated May 7, 2013
  • Events Calendar

    1. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      3. MBI: Pole survey, participation agreement, last mile policy and RFP
      4. Representative to MBI Advisory Committee
      5. Website
      6. IT updates
      7. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      8. Adjourn the Meeting
      Technology Committee Meeting
      Mon, Oct 24 09:30 am
    2. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. A discussion with Clark Rowell of Unibank about the feasibility of private citizens of Ashfield investing in some form of debt instrument designed to save the town money as it undertakes the funding of a town-wide FTTH broadband system.  Members of the Select Board, Technology Committee, and Finance Committee may be present, but only in the capacity of individuals learning about what form(s) of financing might fulfill this objective.  No formal decisions would be made about such financing.  If such financing were to be undertaken, it would have to be subsequently and formally recommended and approved at a subsequent, publicly noticed meetings of the Finance Committee and Select Board.
      3. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      4. Upcoming Meetings
      5. Adjourn the Meeting
      Finance Committee Meeting
      Tue, Oct 25 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      4. Continuation of Mountain Stream, LLC RDA Meeting
      5. Peter Curtis Solar array on Murray Road
      6. Jack Shea RDA for raising his sugarhouse foundation
      7. On-line building permits
      8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      9. Upcoming Meetings
      10. Adjourn the Meeting
      Conservation Commission Meeting
      Wed, Oct 26 06:45 pm
    4. Agenda
      1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
      2. Appointments, if any
      3. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
      4. Review Treasurer job description and prepare recommendations for Select Board
      5. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      6. Upcoming Meetings -  dates and topics
      7. Adjourn the Meeting
      Personnel Board Meeting
      Thu, Oct 27 07:00 pm


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    Erwin SchrödingerCan't Touch This Cat
    Niels BohrAtomic Diagram Expert
    Richard FeynmanChief Lecturer
    Chief PhysicistAlbert Einstein
    HoursTuesdays 10am-4pm
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    Example coming soon
    Example coming soon

    Click the link below for an example

    Town of Colrain, MA Assessor Maps


    Responsive design is a buzzword for websites that adapt to different devices ranging from cell phones to tablets to laptops to large screen desktops.

    For most of our small town clients, where cell phone service is limited and broadband may be even more limited, it is more important for a website to have pages that load quickly on dialup service than it is to provide content specially formatted for mobile devices. Please check the Dialup section below to see why.

    Typical content management systems that do 'responsive' do it with bloated frameworks and templates that are not dialup friendly. As this website demonstrates, Townwebsites can give you all the buzz you want, and can generally do it in a truly 'responsive' way - dialup responsive, but we usually recommend simple solutions, common sense, and paying most of your attention on getting the content right rather than thinking too much about how to use the latest gadgets to present the content.

    Phone Cow
    Tablet Cow
    Desktop Cow


    Below are videos of two small-town municipal websites that demonstrate why dialup performance matters. One is from Town Websites, and displays a basic page layout within 5 seconds and complete graphics in 36 seconds. The other takes more than two minutes to reach a stable display. Click play on the two videos to see the results for yourself.

    Not a Town Websites website

    Is a Town Websites website

    You can duplicate dialup performance yourself using the Web Page Test website.

    The Town of Stockbridge has a very attractive website - it won the Massachusetts Municipal Association's website award for the 'best website - town under 2000 population' this year. I hope everyone in Stockbridge who wants to visit the website has broadband!

    Some Tools and Services we use

    Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat PDF
    Akeeba Backup and Admintools Pro
    Amazon Web Services
    Centos 6
    Digital Ocean SSD VPS
    Google Apps calendar
    Joomla CMS - Open Source Matters
    Microsoft Word and Excel
    Knownhost Managed VPS
    Linode VPS
    Nicon Cameras - D7100
    PHP scripting and Mysql database