St Helens Concert Band recently won lottery funding in order to document, film and promote the history of the band, tracing back to its roots in 1874. Studiowide tendered for this project and we were delighted to be selected as the video production and marketing, chosen supplier.
The St Helens Concert Band project focuses on the history of the band since its formation and involves recorded and videoed interviews. These will be carried out with current and past members of the band as well as family members.
As part of the project we were commissioned to design and develop a new website, complete with a Content Management System. This would allow the band members to be able to update the website with images, stories and further videos. The band also took the opportunity to update their logo at the same time as re-doing their website. We also provided the new logo which they love.
The new website includes an integrated dynamic events calendar which allows the band manager to add upcoming events and information. Each band member can go online and check the schedule of the next performance. (View the new site here)
The website was produced using the open source WordPress Content Management System (CMS). There are many benefits of a CMS website, the main being YOU are in control. A CMS gives you direct control over the content on your web site.
Sites that change and update their content on a regular basis not only give their business or service the appearance of being alive and more active, but search engines give higher emphasis on fresh content.
Also, we find when reviewing websites with clients; once they have a content management system set up, they are more likely to add more content to the website because it's now so much easier. The result is a much more robust site with more pages than before.
The bottom line with a CMS website is that the client saves money. Plain and simple, in the long run our clients save money versus paying a 3rd party provider to make all changes and updates by hand. This is why all of the websites that we build are fully dynamic sites built using a variety of content management systems, depending on the complexity of the website.
The overall project has been finished in stages. The website is now complete and the next stage is the design and printing of brochures, whilst the documentary and filming process goes on in the background. The client is extremely pleased with the progress to date and is looking forward to the final DVD product.