small towns are our Big Clients

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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 2016
  • Events Calendar


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

      Click the link below for an example

      Town of Colrain, MA Assessor Maps


      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!


      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

      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