YourLibrarySite is a division of Direct Communities. We specialize in developing beautiful feature-rich websites for libraries.
You can play with our current development base at http://demo.DirectCommunities.com .
Our base package for a library website costs $14,500, with additional work by separate bid or performed on an hourly basis. An ongoing support plan is available at several different support levels.
Direct Communities aims at a development cycle lasting 16 weeks (covering design, production, approval, launch). When and if you decide to work with Direct Communities - We will put together a contract / project work statement outlining both the deliverables and process as they apply specifically to your project.
Our website development process includes the following steps:
1. Discovery -- we work with you to define the look and feel for your
site and create an outline of the pages needed.
2. Graphic Design -- Our graphic designer takes your input (from your
responses to our design questionnaire and any wireframes, design
comps or branding materials you provide)
3. Theme implementation -- We create themes from the approved designs
for use with the CMS.
4. Production -- We implement the site outline, develop any needed
custom functionality, and port content onto the development server.
5. Review -- we review the new website with you, address any issues
that arise, complete the training, and hand over the site.
The feature set for the base package includes:
1. A general graphical theme for the majority of pages
2. Separate graphical themes for two suites of pages (example: "Kids"
and "Teens" sections) with their own color palettes and appearance
that share the general user interface layout.
3. Templates for creation of the pages detailed in your site outline
* Landing page template -- includes the slide show and
horizontally positioned highlights for the creation of the
promos detailed in your wireframe.
* Simple page template.
* These templates can also be used by library staff to create
new content for the site
* Web forms for: "Contact Us" form, "Item Request" form
4. Role based access control. Examples
* Administrator -- can edit all content (Pages, promos, blog
posts, and events)
* Blogger -- can post blog entries
* Editor -- can edit pages and promos/highlights
* Event coordinator -- can add and remove events from calendars
5. Slideshow on landing pages (i.e. the homepage)
6. Blogs for Library news and events (up to 5 blogs included in this
7. Blog teasers can be integrated into pages constructed with either
the landing page template, or the simple page template.
8. Event calendars with calendar and list displays
9. Search box on each page permitting search of your library catalog
10. Support for posting of audio and video files.
11. Resource Manager allowing for the categorization and display of
either free or subscription based online resources.
12. Support for the embedding of third party "Mash-ups" (such as
Google map widgets, twitter badges, and Flickr image clouds)
within page specific Highlights
13. Support for the inclusion of external RSS feeds within page
14. The site will follow current best practice approaches for Search
15. Google Analytics integration
16. Staff Directory with staff profiles and departmental directories
17. Hours of Operation with support for default hours, scheduled
exceptions, and emergency notices.
18. Porting up to 20 pages of content from your existing site into the
19. Three hours online training on the maintenance and use of the
website's CMS and on the creation of additional content using the
20. Online website administration guide (non site-specific document)
covering many general tasks and best practices useful in the
administration of any website we build. Both Direct Communities
and your library will have access to change and update this guide
(allowing for customization into a more site specific
21. The cost to transfer the website from our development servers and
its setup on a new server can vary based on the configuration and
complexity of the installation environment. Our cost estimate
assumes provision by the library of a server environment with the
appropriate LAMP stack configuration and resources. If desired, we
can help with the selection of a third party hosting service that
will match your needs or communicate the server requirements to
your in-house IT staff.
Please let us know if you have further questions, or if you would like a walk through of the administrative interface for our development base.
Note: Our development base can be seen at http://demo.directcommunities.com . Contact us for a demonstration of the administrative interface.
(Features and costs for all development packages offered by Direct Communities are subject to change without notice. Contact us to learn about our latest feature additions, alliance partner specials, and current pricing information)