“The Maine Environmental News website, with its thorough coverage of breaking environmental stories and its excellent archive, has been an extremely useful resource to me and to my Bowdoin College students. Students in my environmental economics and policy course have been able to access up-to-the-minute news on several course topics, ranging from the forestry referendum to sustainable forestry certification, implementation of the Maine Toxics Use Reduction Act, the Wyman Power Station’s compliance with NOx reduction standards, and the Holtrachem plant shutdown.
I check the site nearly every day and have found dozens of relevant articles from newspapers that I do not read regularly. These have kept me up to date on an array of issues that relate both to my research on nature tourism and to my work as a Natural Resources Council of Maine board member and an Eco-Eco Civic Forum steering committee member.”
“Planet Maine provided excellent support and guidance throughout our website development project. The staff at Planet Maine have extensive experience working with and understanding non-profit organizations. This was a big help to our process as we had many evolving ideas and changes of deadlines, and we needed to ensure that members of our diverse coalition were happy with the final product. Formatting and posting some of the content, like our featured report entitled Body of Evidence, was quite complicated and involved.
Planet Maine presented all of the content in an attractive, legible and professional manner, projecting an image perfectly aligned with our campaign themes. The functionality and layout of the site is just right for our coalition of partners. Our constituents and the media also find it very easy to navigate and use, and we really like being able to change content whenever we want to. This project came together on budget and in time for the release of our big report. Planet Maine continues to monitor our website and provide detailed statistical analysis of visitorship. I really enjoy collaborating with the folks at Planet Maine.”
“Managing over 70 apartment units and twice as many tenants can be a real challenge. Planet Maine created an awesome website for us that makes our lives much easier and better organized! They even came up with ideas we had not even thought of to help manage our information flow, like an email form to request a showing, and another for reporting maintenance issues. These go to the right person quickly and cut down on the phone ringing! Another idea they implemented was having a ‘staff only’ section for each building and unit in order to track tenant information and maintenance history.
Another important goal for the site was that it bring in new business and help fill up our units. Planet Maine has taught even us non-progammers how to easily update our content. We can put up a new unit the day it becomes available, or take one down as soon as it is full. They also showed us how to present the units in an appealing way. We are very pleased with their work, and they continue to help us with everything from new features to marketing and Google adwords.”
“Planet Maine worked with Maine Initiatives from the bottom up to create a great-looking site and to teach us the ins and outs of editing it, creating pages, and keeping content up-to-date.
After terrible experiences with other web designers, who promised the moon and delivered green cheese, it was a relief and a pleasure to find someone who cared as much about the success of our website as I did.”
“Our town needed a website that provided a lot of information but could also be updated easily – daily at times! – by our own staff. Will worked with us to develop a user friendly framework for our citizens, and taught the clerk not only how to update pages with text and photos, but also how to create new pages when necessary. Not only was it a great deal financially for the town, but it allowed us to keep our citizens better informed.
Will is great to work with! He listened to what we wanted for our farm image, and helped design an attractive site. He encouraged me to manage the page content myself, but took care of the more complicated features quickly and capably. I feel empowered to update our site myself, and confident knowing that Will is there to help if I ever get stuck. I would recommend Planet Maine to anyone, but especially those who want to update their site themselves.”
“Using Planet Maine was our small non-profit’s first effort to upgrade our website to a more professional look but one that was also affordable. What attracted us was the ability to easily control and change website content and have professional consultation services standing by to help.
Having only a part-time employee with marginal computer skills made this arrangement essential. I was very happy with the ease of navigating the website and the support was great. This was a big help in our effort to build organizational stability and
membership outreach and support.”
“Planet Maine designed a website for our family foundation that is both visually appealing and very user friendly. When we began working with Planet Maine, Will Sugg gave us various websites to explore for ideas, made design suggestions, and then worked closely with us on the visual elements of the site. In addition to the design he provided technical support on several occasions therefore simplifying the grant application process for the applicants and the review of materials by board members.
With his background in non-profit work, Will offered many recommendations that went above and beyond web site development that have helped us tremendously as we continue to improve the efficiency of our application process. Because of Planet Maine’s web design and continued support, we are able to manage e-mail lists and data in an organized manner. We continually add new photographs to our site, and we have added a concept letter submission form and evaluation process that has been incredibly beneficial. The website design and technical assistance all happened on time and even came in under budget!”
“Planet Maine helped MOFGA create a website that is dynamic, visually interesting, and always-changing. With their help we’ve been able to add e-commerce, to refine our ability to mail to members and supporters, and to make information more accessible. We are consistently getting twice as many web visits each day as we did a year ago.
The web site is generating memberships, purchases, and most importantly, real interaction from visitors who want information that connects them more deeply to our organization.”