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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

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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. Appointments - Robin Sherman Ashfield House
      3. Minutes
      4. Signatures - Commitments, Warrants, Monthly Lists
      5. Buckland/Ashfield Town Line
      6. Annual Report
      7. Budget
      8. ATB   Luce vs. Ashfield Decision
      9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      10. Upcoming Meetings
      11. Adjourn the Meeting

      Executive Session- Abatements and Exemptions

      Board of Assessors Meeting
      Mon, Feb 2 06:00 pm
    2. Agenda

      Select Board & Finance Committee FY16 Budget Meeting

      1. Open the Meeting (Chairs)
      2. Budget overview; Division of Local Services (DLS) Town of Ashfield Review of Financial Operations Report; Budgets for Historical Commission, Animal Control, Conservation Commission, Emergency Management Director, Police, Library
      3. Select Board only: Sign CDBG-DR revised Duplication of Benefits Certification
      4. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair(s) 48 hours in advance of the meeting
      5. Next Select Board & Finance Committee budget meeting: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:00 pm
      6. Close
      Select Board & Finance Committee Meeting
      Mon, Feb 2 07:00 pm
    3. Agenda
        1. Open the Meeting (Chair)
        2. Review and approval of minutes from previous meetings
        3. Review Mail
        4. Discussion of associate member bylaw
        5. Discussion of changes to telecommunications bylaw
        6. Discussion on Senior Housing Draft Bylaw
        7. Possible Update and discussion on wind power
        8. Check on status open space plan.
        9. Items not reasonably anticipated by the chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
        10. Upcoming Meetings
        11. Adjourn the Meeting

       

       

       

      Planning Board Meeting
      Wed, Feb 4 07:30 pm
    4. Agenda

       

       

      Responsive

      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

      Dialup

      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
    CPanel
    Digital Ocean SSD VPS
    Google Apps calendar
    JQuery
    Joomla CMS - Open Source Matters
    Microsoft Word and Excel
    Knownhost Managed VPS
    Linode VPS
    Nicon Cameras - D7100
    PHP scripting and Mysql database