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Sawyer Sewing

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Sawyer Sewing Centre has been providing Victoria, BC with sewing equipment and repairs since 1953. They have the largest showroom, and largest selection of sewing machines, notions, and accessories on Vancouver Island.

Sawyer Sewing Centre came to us after their previous web developer (a sole operator) passed away, leaving them unable to make any changes to their website or even gain control of their domain. This can be concerning for a business because if the domain expires, they not only would lose their website but would also lose their email.

The first step we took was building them a brand new website, as their old website was outdated and they needed a fresh modern website. When designing the new website we used subtle thread and fabric graphic elements to tie in with their industry. We created a fully responsive website with our Pyramid CMS, so they can easily keep their product inventory and class schedule up-to-date. Their new dynamic home page features content that updates information on new arrivals and classes.

When the website was ready to launch, we worked together to gain control of their domain. With control of the domain, we were able to update their website to the newly built one and have no risk of losing their email accounts.

Interesting Features

  • Responsive website design
  • Custom website design
  • Customized product inventory
  • Full content management system
  • Image hosting and management
  • Document hosting and management
  • Custom jQuery
  • Customizable meta tags
  • SEO site content tailoring
  • Social network integration
  • Google+ Local Listing
  • New page creation
  • News item management


Jarret Sawyer, Sawyer Sewing

I’m very happy. My biggest challenge before hiring Radar Hill was not having any control over my website. Nothing against my web guy, it’s just the way that it was years ago. The old site got stale because it was too hard to change it often and I couldn’t have it set up the way I wanted to. But now having a CMS [Content Management System] means it is so easy to control everything, I don’t have to worry about phoning every time I want something changed, or that it will take a few times to get it right. I can do it myself, and honestly, I am addicted to it. It’s so easy and quick to update the site. There’s always things that I want to tweak, so I’m on there daily changing things, adding things. The CMS is a must and it’s been the best tool for me, definitely one of the best things I’ve done in years.

Having a website with Radar Hill has been awesome. It is a bit of an expense to get it all up and running, but well worth the money as the results have been great. People say they come into the store because they saw an ad or product on the website, and I never had that before. I also have people calling weekly saying that they are on my website, and asking about classes or clearance items.

Working with Radar Hill has been so easy and very casual. I probably bug Dan too much, but one thing I like is always dealing with a person. I never feel like an inconvenience, and I like that my ideas are listened to. Getting a new site is one of those things that I should have done years ago. There was no stress whatsoever. I brag about Radar Hill all the time, and we’ve been getting compliments about the website, that’s been wonderful. I’m very happy.

Tags: content management system, custom website design, product websites, responsive web design

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