KefiWeb websites : the story behind each site
Luis Pool Mastichari
The Luis Pool Mastichari site is on its third iteration. Each has evolved as the owners came across web sites they had seen elsewhere and wished to have emulated for their own business.
One key feature throughout has been the need to provide a separate version of the site to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) – which is subject to third-party EU review. KefiWeb is proud to say that when the owners submitted new versions of the site(s) that the endorsement was immediately forthcoming on each occasion.
Another feature required by the owners was to have versions of the site in the languages their principle clients – English, Italian, Greek and German.
Throughout this long standing relationship KefiWeb as provided hosting, site design and email routing.
Perhaps the most challenging time was the transition made in spring 2018. As the web site had evolved, so had its presences on Facebook, Google+ and Google maps. For business-related reasons it was necessary to develop and test the new site discretely and for all the changes to be implemented overnight when the owners “gave the green light”. All the changes went as planned and the world awoke one morning (in European time zones) to the new online entity : “Luis Pool Mastichari”.
Kassaras Pastry Shop
KefiWeb has been a customer of Kassaras Pastry Shop over the years. Not only for the pastries and cakes but also for the coffees sold at their premises. Through chatting with Stefanos we got to now that he was minded to have a web site to complement his Facebook presence.
Research revealed that the eponymous “dot com” domain name was available to register. So rather than just leave it as a matter to mention on our next visit to the shop – we registered the domain name and set up a single page which, when visited, triggered a “pop-up” bar containing a link to the Kassaras Facebook page.
We then immediately let Stefanos know what we had done. That led to discussions about possible ways forward.
Stefanos had a clear vision of what he wanted and, perhaps more importantly, what he did not want. He had been approached by large web providers over the years, was aware in broad terms of what was available commercially….mostly standard “out of the box” solutions. None offered the time to understand either the person, the business, its environment, hopes, aspirations and plans for the future.
This latter part is where a small time local web presence provider such as KefiWeb has an advantage over “the big boys”.
The rest is, as the popular expression goes, is history.
We continue to enjoy Kassaras’s cakes, coffees and other goodies. Together we are looking at possibilities that video can offer to further business and personal goals.
The owners of the Palatiano Restaurant~Cafe had been let down by a holidaymaker who had promised to provide them with a web site. We were on holiday ourselves some four weeks after their departure and no contact had been made – not even an email to say “Sorry, we can’t do it”. So we offered a plan of action, approximate costs and timescales by which certain things would be delivered.
Within two weeks of the end of our holiday the domain name had been registered, hosting and email set-up and the first iteration of the web site was uploaded.
That was back in 2005.
The restaurant was then called the “Tasty Palace”.
KefiWeb was actively involved with the owners’ discussions during 2009 when a name and brand change was being discussed. Domain name availability and search engine ranking being key considerations for the online side of the business.
In 2010 KefiWeb registered palatiano.com and created a new one-page site, created Facebook pages and later the Facebook Group. Email was transitioned to the new domain and has remained there to this day.
KefiWeb’s research showed that there was at least one other accommodation with the name “Panorama” on Kos. Thus advising the domain name “mastihari-panorama” and to use the “.com” suffix in preference to the “.gr” extension on account of search engine and the first port of call for most users being “dot com”.
KefiWeb registered the domain name, arranged hosting*, set-up and designed the web site using pictures taken by KefiWeb, some by guests and the family – and routed email according to the way the business operated.
* the hosting and email shared with that of the Palatiano Restaurant~Cafe to save money.
Monika and her husband already had several social media accounts set up for their business and were actively using them. They demonstrated these on the laptop they had brought with them. They were seeking a helping hand with the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes on in setting-up a web site. This was a one-off exercise and they wanted to run the site themselves once it was set up.
Their research up to that point suggested they would need to spend between €150 and €500 a year for a site. Mindful that this was an entirely new venture this represented a considerable upfront (and ongoing) expense.
Several frappes and a couple of hours later with KefiWeb………… they had (i) signed-up with a domain registrar (ii) registered the domain name (iii) bought some web hosting (iv) set up their email routing.
All for the right side of €50 (plus frappes).
Over the following two days KefiWeb set up a vanilla Wordpess installation with a flexible theme, put together some “how to” instructions on adding text and images. Over the following week Monika added content.
The agreement was that they could call on KefiWeb for ad hoc support. After an initial bit of “hand-holding” this amounts to the very occasional email checking on such things as notifications they receive about SSL Certificate renewals, the obligatory ICAAN notices (about verifying the details associated with domain registrant details) and…………seeking views about some of those pesky unsolicited emails that are not overtly spam.
Tea ~ 4 ~ Two
T42 is an abbreviation of “Tea 4 Two”.
It is an English Cafe~Bar in Kefalos (on the Greek island of Kos) run by Gayle and David.
Gayle leads on the kitchen and food side of things. David leads on the bar and coffees.
By their own admission they do not know the first thing about “all this web site stuff” but knew they wanted a non-nonsense site with no frills or gimmicks.
They left it to KefiWeb to come up with something – on the understanding that if they did not like it they were under no obligation to run with it and could go elsewhere for their site.
Steven Barker UAS Services
Steven was recommended by a mutual friend.
With no obligation on either party we explored what KefiWeb might be able to do help Steven with his new Unmanned Aerial Systems business.
Entirely through email and messaging we got to know each other and our respective strengths.
Long-story-short… Steven is a technically proficient chap. For him , learning about web sites would essentially be a one-off exercise and would be a distraction. He needed to concentrate on building his business.
KefiWeb provided Steven with a package that is easy to use and could be readily tweaked to reflect his changing business needs. Most importantly – one for which there is plenty of guidance readily available on the web.
If you visit Steven’s web site you will see is how he has taken the initial package and updated it to reflect his business. (By mutual agreement he retains a link to KefiWeb on the footer of his pages).
fotosfromsky is a drone related site set up for a friend – who runs it himself after help with domain name registration, hosting and initial installation tasks.
The name came about after some online chat between the two of us about a suitable domain name.
We had worked on a range of online projects over a period of about 15 years – so had a ready established rapport.
Drone Flyers GB and Beyond
Using the basic knowledge and experience gained from working with KefiWeb in setting up fotosfromsky.com – Drone Flyers GB and Beyond was set up, initially, independently by the same chap.
He had established an eponymous Facebook Group in 2017 and started posting some links from there to his own images on the web site. During 2018 images from other contributors from the Group were added to the site. In 2019 the “Drone Flyers GB and Beyond” brand had grown. The web site expanded to reflect this.
In a matter of a couple of months the web site had morphed from a hobby and had become a viable digital asset.
Recognising the web site’s focus and future direction had changed, KefiWeb was invited to have a look at the how the “behind the scenes” had been configured. KefiWeb made recommendations for improving site performance, enhancing its security, and offered advice on best practices for gaining visibility in search engines. KefiWeb was (i) invited to implement some changes directly (done early March 2019) and (ii) asked to remain available to provide ad-hoc support when the other recommendations were implemented.
Aplo BeachBar is a “pet project” rather than a commission.
The bar is a long established business in Mastihari on the Greek island of Kos. The domain name registration expired around the time when there was a lot of speculative mass purchasing of expired domain names. Speculators then tie-up the name for a year (or more usually two years) with a view to reselling or leasing it for profit. It is, for the most part, perfectly legal to do this. It is just a bit annoying to see it happen when it can be forestalled.
Whilst KefiWeb has registered the domain name and uses it to showcase some of its services, this was only after messaging the Aplo owners.
A “disclaimer” on the site describes how, should the business owners so wish, it will be willingly transferred to the owners at cost.