Website Case Study: Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Written by | 01 January 2012 | Published in 2012 January
VMEC’s primary mission is to improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global presence of the state’s smaller manufacturers. The goal is to help Vermont manufacturers achieve profitable growth through innovation, increase their productivity, improve manufacturing and business processes and reduce costs, while creating and retaining good paying jobs.
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Basic Overview

Company Name: Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
Developer URL:
Development Time: Four months
Category: Nonprofit

Developer Bio

Since 1995, Power Shift in Stowe, Vermont has continued to provide Internet and web services. Over the past few years, we have focused on deploying cost-effective web solutions using Joomla! Content Management System. We believe in “Shifting Power to our clients,” by educating and training clients to make changes to their websites through the CMS.

Development Team

Breanna LaRow, Graphic Designer / Project Manager, provided the graphical design and managed the project through completion.
Nick LaRow, Senior Web Developer, developed the custom template and integrated and styled the various extensions used.
Larissa Kepchar, Web Designer, created content and assisted with client communications.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

Redesign the site’s original navigation structure and content to create a more user-friendly website.

How did you solve it?

We developed a design combining several menus into what can now be viewed as their current menu. We simplified the site’s navigation, making it much more user friendly. We were also able to highlight their core products on the homepage.

Joomla! Extensions used

Menu: SW Menu Pro
Forms: Chrono Forms
Event Registration: DT Register
Event Management: JEvents
Glossary: Glossary
Editor: JCE with plugins
Error Pages: Error 404
Site Map: Xmap

Final Thoughts

When VMEC first approached us, they were experiencing many technical issues with their current Content Management System. Joomla! and other extensions effectively enabled us to provide VMEC with a cost-effective way to increase their website’s functionality without making core modifications to the CMS or extensions.

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