What was the scope of their involvement?
NuCitrus Technologies found a Joomla! template for us to use and built the site. We supplied content and photos, but they did all of the layout. They installed all of the necessary widgets and adjusted the template to make it fit our brand and who we are, they also changed the colors and fonts.
They created the whole site. They created the menu structure, sliders, and video. We have the main menu at the top, but then we have a sub-menu that runs down the right side of our page. They set that up, as well as the footer and getting that designed so we could have a constant restoration for our partners. They were the all-in-one experts on getting our website up and running from a basic free WordPress site that was horrible.
They do all of our training for new staff on how to run the backend of our website, we send folks to their office. We do the bulk of the work on our own as far as updating content and changing out photos, while they do the more complex changes that we’d like. If we need to change something major in the template structure, they handle that for us. They manage our domain, do the renewal, and keep all of the important domain stuff that is too technical for me to even fathom. They help us with our SEO and meta tags.
We’re working with them currently to do an entire redesign of our website because we’re expanding. We’ve changed so much, our branding has changed. At this point, we’ve selected a new template, we’ve gone over functionality, and we’ve talked a lot about SEO. They’re starting to build the backend for us, as we’re merging. We’re going to be Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. NuCitrus is the manager for both the Delaware County website and ours. They’re doing all the redirects to our new site so we don’t lose ranking and they’re doing all the keyword stuff. They also purchased the domain name for us. We’re giving them content, but they’re sort of adjusting it with their expertise to know what’s going to suit best, again, so we don’t lose ranking.
We’re giving them photos, but they’re really focusing on layout. They’re also making some critical design suggestions based on three design styles that we’ve identified that we like. We’ve said we like Part A on this website, Part B on this one, and Part C on that one, and we want A, B, and C in hours. They’re going to be doing that design work to make the template fit what we’re going to need.
What is the team dynamic?
There are different folks involved along the way. For our new website, Louis, [CEO, NuCitrus Technologies] issued the contract that we had for the design. We met with a couple of their developers to get the scope really squared away. Then we had two folks that are specifically assigned to our project that will work with us and have been working with us around every detail of the new site.
How did you come to work with NuCitrus Technologies?
It was through the Habitat network for us. Louis is an alum of one of our major collegiate partners. Habitat has partners with universities and colleges around the country, and our affiliate had a connection with his university. We had actually worked with him while he was a student on some project work. Then when he started his company, we kept an eye on things. Once it was up and going, we jumped right in.
How much have you invested with them?
A couple thousand dollars on an annual basis and there was an initial startup at the frontend when they built our site of like $10,000. With the new design we are currently working on, we’re going to be investing an additional $15,000. I’d say we’re close to the $50,000 at this point.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in April 2009 and have been working together since.