Our goal is to make you a good website that is affordable and easy to use for both you and your customers. We need to balance that with expectations and our costs. We accomplish this foremost with our lack of overhead. We are two people, Elizabeth and Max. We're not an agency. We work from home and are working on other projects for other clients as well. When we build an average ski resort website there's a process. RFP, proposal, contracts, schedules, mantanance, etc... Very, very little of that will happen with ski small. We're keeping this simple, for all of us.
The base of every website is the hosting. Hosting is a server that your domain name (skiarea.com) points to. This server handles email, databases, secure certificates and other things. We are using Dreamhost.com for hosting. They are affordable, free for 501(c)(3) non profits, green and most importantly, a known company that we can use easily and efficiently. The basic hosting cost with Dreamhost is included for the first two years.
The next part up is the back-end or content management system (CMS). You don't want to have to call Elizabeth or Max every time you need to change a word or picture on your website. We don't want that either. Max built a simple, custom CMS for the ski resorts he's worked for over the years that makes things like Drupal and WordPress seem like rocket science. It includes a simple set of administration pieces for things like trails, lifts, snow reports, events and a "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) interface for everything else. If you can use Word, you can probably use this to update the website.
The top parts are some automation tools. If you use Snocountry.com, Resorts Interactive or any form of mtn.xml, we can pull in that information so you don't have to enter it more than once. If you use Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, etc.. we can pull in that information too. We can also pull in weather data from NOAA, weather widgets and web cams from external feeds.
That's everything that we would expect and that would be included in a ski small site. If you need more, things like simple storefront integration, a custom design, email templates, newsletters, forms, etc... we are here and happy to help, but that will come at an additional cost. We can and have done a lot more with things like analytics, content strategy, SEO, branding, email campaigns and more. We'll try to be reasonable with the cost if you're reasonable with your requests and expectations. Deal?
Take a look around this site, LostValleySki.com and drop us a line with your questions and to get started on your new website.