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Jenny Labaw

Jenny Labaw

We encountered 3 major challenges when building Jenny Labaw's umbraco website.

1. The twitter feed on the home page

Most of the time, twitter feeds are pretty easy to add. You slap in a few lines of javascript, adjust the settings and BAM you have a twitter feed. That just didn't cut it for this site though (plus it wouldn't show at all if javascript is disabled). So we built a custom feed with a new layout and gravitars for each post.

2. The calendar widget

While numerous calendars exist on the web, we needed a calendar that integrated well with the event system we built. So we built one from scratch ... in xslt. It's rather difficult to create content that repeats a set number of times in a language that doesn't support the for loop. We managed though and in the end we had a calendar that showcased events past and present.

3. The media page lightbox

Setting up a lightbox is simple. Setting up a lightbox that supports the swapping of video, images of any size and multiple lightbox groupings is a tad more difficult. The video transitions were tricky, but they too eventually fell to our persistent research.

Tahoe House

Tahoe House

This vacation home website has two sliders. The one on the home page is fairly common on the web. It has two arrows for navigation and uses a crossfade for the transition.

The one on the property pages is not nearly so common, for it uses a circular slider. It moves the images in chunks of five and loops seemlessly when the last image is reached. Plus each thumbnail can be clicked to load the full size version of the image into the main display.


Silverback Boards

Quick and dirty site done in HTML. No framework, no CMS. 


SloshPipe Wave

SloshPipe Wave was very much a "by the seat of your pants" umbraco development. We started with two comps, one for the home page and one for a generic page. This particular site had a shop page, which is anything but generic.

So we turned to tiny mce templates to allow the user more control over these generic pages. This allowed us to create pre-built pieces of content that the user might not know how to assemble themselves. They could then replace the placeholder content with their own.



This is an MVC site to promote the city of Seabrook in Washington. People register to take weekly quizzes, to garner points. The one with the most points at the end gets to rent a beach house for a whole year! We integrated social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so that people can post their results to get extra points. At the close of the content, there have been over 15,000 registered users.

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Body Transformation Centers

This is the only umbraco site we have worked on that uses a start up kit. While they can be useful for quick development, they unfortunately usually add a more than you really want, which leaves the back end in a bit of a mess. If it creates a large number of page templates for example, the user will be presented with a large number of template options when they go to create pages, which can cause some confusion. Also, since the parentage of doctype in umbraco v4 is set in stone, you have to delete and recreate the doctypes in order to change their inheritance (v5 fixed this).

Overall, I'd only recommend starter kits for people that aren't comfortable writing their own templates and css.

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Juanita Men's Soccer

This site was originally in straight-up HTML, but yearly changes to the roster, the coaches and administrators need a way to make changes to the site themselve. As a result, we migrated the site into Wordpress.


At half-past eight the door opened, the policeman appeared, and, requesting them to follow him, led the way to an adjoining hall. It was evidently a court-room, and a crowd of Europeans and natives already occupied the rear of the apartment.

At half-past eight the door opened, the policeman appeared, and, requesting them to follow him, led the way to an adjoining hall. It was evidently a court-room, and a crowd of Europeans. At half-past eight the door opened, the policeman appeared, and, requesting them to follow him, led the way to an adjoining hall. It was evidently a court-room, and a crowd.

The donations increased due to the impactful user journey.

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IBEW Local 46 has another organizing campaign event on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at the White River Amphitheater. We will have our booth at the Pain in the Grass Concert. If you would like to volunteer, meet some new electricians, talk with them about what the IBEW has to offer while enjoying some great bands, please email Deva Nelson at [email protected].

Puget Sound Electrical Workers Healthcare Trust invites you to this year's Coalition 2018 Health Fairs. Located in Kent at IBEW Local 46 on September 22 (8am-12pm) and Bothell at IUOE Local 302 on October 6 (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.).

STEWARDS CLASS: Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11 (must attend both days) 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. each night. Please Contact DISPATCH to Sign Up. 253-395-6530

JOHN HANCOCK 401k Plan Class. Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.  Please Contact DISPATCH to Sign Up. 253-395-6530

RETIREMENT EDUCATION CLASS: Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. IBEW Local 46 will be having the WPAS staff here at the Hall this Fall for a retirement education class. Please Contact DISPATCH to Sign Up. 253-395-6530

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB: Contact Mark Samuelsen at [email protected] or 253-395-6528 if you are interested in getting together to ride!