Archive for September, 2009

Aspect website launched using Drupal, Victoria, BC

Posted in Star Global News, Technology News on September 15th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

ASPECT is a not-for-profit advocacy group that provides membership benefits, leadership resources, event management, and workshops and products for purchase by the community-based employment and skills training sector.

ASPECT selected Star Global’s recommendation for a Drupal portal software to replace their old website. The old website was custom built, and lacked the editing and community features present in modern CMS software. The upgrade to a new software that supports multiple users and the ability to allow for comments features were a required module. ASPECT can build on the platform to include a membership directory and interactive features.

The self-editing features of Drupal were ideal for ASPECT. They can
add pages in-house, including adding links under hierarchical navigation
menus. Images and files can be uploaded through the web browser, and pages are edited in a word processor like WYSIWYG interface.

Four levels of user roles were created on top of the two usually included
with Drupal. These allow for protected access to areas only accessible by
the organization’s membership, and the board of directors. There are also two levels of access for ASPECT - the staff and administrators.

Daily news is posted by ASPECT, who pull web clipping from many news
sources. Web site software was configured to publish these headlines on the website homepage, the left side bar, and they are automatically “tweeted” to Twitter. The news is indexed under subcategories, each of which has its own syndicated RSS feed.

CiviCRM software, installed as a module for Drupal, provides the ability to
accept conference and event registrations online. Payments are processed using Paypal Website Payments Pro Canada services. CiviEvent - part of CiviCRM - allow complex event management features required by ASPECT; event registration can have multiple choices for event attendance and additional add-on fees.

Other features of the Drupal software for a portal and web Content Management System (CMS) provided the following functionality:

  • Allows members and customers to login for special services. This will be used to help implement a single sign-on functionality
  • Display a events calendar. This is managed using Drupal, or in the future can be managed using the Sage CRM software
  • Shopping cart module, for product sales
  • Event management module allows for the registration of conferences, including multiple activities to be selected
  • Includes a website search function
  • Best of all, the Drupal software can be customized and configured as needed, there are no license fees, and it is supported by a large developer community.

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  • Courses - Social Media for Business Success, Victoria BC

    Posted in School and Classes, Technology News on September 10th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

    Courses - Sector Learning Solutions - Sector Learning Solutions Inc.
    This innovative, 6 week learning program uses Social Media Tools to teach Social Media tools, concepts, and strategies. Social Media tools will help you increase your depth of client contact and expand the reach of your business.

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    Two Social Media business lectures/courses in Victoria, BC in September 2009

    Posted in School and Classes, Social Networking Media, Technology News on September 2nd, 2009 by admin – 1 Comment

    Here’s some great events you don’t want to miss by Sun Star Media (not Star Global), that’s SUN STAR. They are a local Victoria company, and they’re offering lectures and training for your organization. Whoop! Check out their website for more information:


    (1 1/2 hours)
    Blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook… the use of social media is exploding and it’s left many business owners wondering if its time to get on the bandwagon.

    Terri Davies, co-owner of Sunstar Media will attempt to answer this an many other related questions in this dynamic luncheon lecture:
    – What is social media?
    – How is are other companies using it successfully?
    – How does a small business benefit from social media?
    – Can you time-manage effectively using social media?

    Gourmet lunch will be provided by Ambrosia catering (includes vegan options)

    Date: Monday September 14th, 2009
    Time: 11:30-1pm
    Location: Ambrosia Conference and Events Centre
    Cost: $25 including tax (cash or cheque)
    RSVP required. This is a sell-out event.


    (3 1/2 hours)
    Social Media Funnel
    You already know there is power in social media marketing, but now you want to know how to tap into it effectively. Is blogging beneficial in your business, or would you be better served by LinkedIn or Facebook? Is Twitter a waste of time? This engaging 3 ½ hour seminar will take an in-depth look at ‘netiquette’ and give you tools to empower you in using social media.

    Gourmet breakfast, refreshments and snack break included.

    Date: Thursday September 24th, 2009
    Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
    Location: Ambrosia Conference and Events Centre
    Cost: $95 including tax (cash or cheque)
    RSVP required. This is a sell-out event.

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