Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from WebWise Design & Marketing!

The WebWise Office will be closed November 24 through November 27, so we may give thanks and spend time with family and friends.

History: It’s 1997 and you want a website!

Since WebWise Design & Marketing was born in 1995 and added two employees in late 1996, and launched our first ecommerce website in February of 1997, we know what it was like to create websites in 1997.

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In rural, southwest Wisconsin, the first challenge was connecting to the Internet. There were no local ISPs, so it was a long distance call from Fennimore to Madison, Wisconsin to connect via modem

The three of us at WebWise Design & Marketing each had a modem, though they all connected to the same telephone line, so only one of us could be online at a time. In 1996, we were using 28,000 "baud" modems even though a 56k modem had been invented. By June of 1997, we were overjoyed to have one computer with a 56.K modem through which we did all our file uploads.

Using that high-speed connection, we launched of first ecommerce website which you may view on the WayBackMachine.

Enough of that! Here is an excellent post about building a website in 1997 by Jay Hoffman on his History of the Web website.

Enjoy!

Dakota Hillside Inn — New Website!

We at WebWise Design & Marketing recently had the privilege of meeting and working with Barb and Ron Redwing. They are owners of the Dakota Hillside Inn nestled in the hillside along Grant County Road N in southwest Wisconsin, between Cassville and Potosi, WI.

Dakota Hillside Inn

The word unique is often overused, but that is not so when it comes to the Dakota Hillside Inn—built and hand-crafted with love and dedication from reclaimed wood from barns, sheds, homes, and other buildings in the area. The craftsmanship, design, and thoughtfulness provide an experience you will not find in guest houses and rental cabins elsewhere.

The Redwings live here and invite guests to stay with them for a night or two to enjoy this scenic area of southwest Wisconsin. They rent two suites. Each has a private entrance, living/dining area, bedroom, bath, and deck. Guests also have access to and use of their Common Areas.

The Dakota Hillside Inn property is as unique and beautiful as the interior. Barb's flowers and plants are amazing.

And…the Mississippi River and McCartney Landing are only 400 yards from the Dakota Hillside Inn (They have kayaks to rent!)

Do yourself a favor and book a stay at the Dakota Hillside Inn!

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Wisconsin Cheese CompaniesWishing a Happy National Cheese Lovers Day to our cheesemaking clients that help customers throughout the nation enjoy Wisconsin Cheese every day! Did you know that the cheese industry reported $59.1 Billion in sales during 2020!

WebWise Design & Marketing is privileged to helping these Wisconsin companies put cheese on the table in Wisconsin and throughout the United Sates.

Carr Valley Cheese — Delicious, Unique, Award Winning Wisconsin Cheeses from Aged Cheddar to Cocoa Cardona.

Edelweiss Cheese Shop Authentic Wisconsin — Traditional Edelweiss Emmentaler Swiss cheese and much more.

Milkhaus Dairy — Wisconsin Cheeses made only from A 2 Protein Milk - Cheese everyone can enjoy.

Schurman's Wisconsin Cheese Country — Famous for Aged Cheddar Cheese.

Uplands Cheese — Their Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese is the most-awarded cheese in American history!

Wisconsin Cheese Shop — Cheese from Green County Award Winning  Cheesemakers

WebWise Towns & Villages Websites

WebWise Design & Marketing has been involved in economic development directly and indirectly since our earliest years. WebWise has worked continuously with the City of Fennimore, Wisconsin since 1995 and the City of Boscobel, WI since 1998, developing and maintaining their websites.

WebWise Towns & Villages Websites - logoWe have also worked continuously with Grant County Economic Development Corp. (GCEDC) since 1998 when we created the first grancounty.org website and recently launched the newest version.  We have regularly gone to nearly all of the GCEDC meetings and have had the opportunity to learn and appreciate how dedicated the people on Town Boards (and their staff) in Grant County are.

WebWise has taken what we learned through our working with GCEDC, attending their meetings, and developing and supporting municipalities of Fennimore and Boscobel, and developed ready-to-use websites for Towns & Villages.

  • Professionally Designed & Developed
  • Secure, permission-based Administrative area
  • Easily add/edit/delete Agendas, Minutes, Ordinances, Permits, Licenses, etc.
  • Mobile-Friendly and Device Responsive
  • User-friendly Navigation
  • Website Security via SSL and HTTPS
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is built in
  • ADA and WCAG Accessibility Compliance included with hosting account
  • Notification Bar – Display Emergency Notices When needed

We know what it takes to provide information, agendas, minutes, ordinances, forms, meeting schedules, and notices online making them readily accessible via download to all who request them.

We know saving money on printing & mailing documents is a good thing.

We understand that Town Clerks are busy, so the website administrative area makes it easy to add/edit/delete documents.

We know local government websites must address the issue of website accessibility compliance, so we use accessiBe to mitigate that issue.

If you are on a Town or Village Board or would like the Town or Village Board where you live to have a website that makes life a little better for them and you, ask them to call WebWise Design & Marketing at 608-822-3750 or check out webwisetowns.com.