Brick House Pizza

Brick House Pizza Bread and Bagel is a favorite restaurant in the Brainerd Lakes area. The site definitely needed a facelift since we'd crafted the original over 10 years ago. We wanted something different for the website, since we already had a mobile website. The mobile website was built specifically for folks on the go, as is typical for this type of business. With their mobile traffic coming in at over 50% it was a necessity. The new design of the website features a long one page display, which I have historically avoided, but it does allow for some interesting gymnastics. Check it o...
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Brainerd’s Premier Stucco Contractor

John Franzen Stucco is a well known name around North Central Minnesota and especially the Brainer-Baxter lakes region. John Franzen has provided excellent drywall, stucco, plastering and related work for 30 years. He is highly respected by both residential homeowners and regional contractors. BAMsites was contact to "put him on the map" since there are relatives also in the business and it was causing confusion as to "who is who". We did two main internet related marketing directives to get John to stand out above all the others. First we built a responsive websites adding a lot of cla...
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Faststone Photo Resizer

The Easiest, Most Simple Photo Resizer - FREE! Anyone working with images on the web, often brings in large photo files that need to be reduced to work efficiently online. If you've ever opened up a webpage and noticed a photo taking a long time to load, you can see the issue. Most images off a camera or phone, by default, are upwards of 3K megapixels, way too large for web work. There are a ton of applications to resize images. Here's a free one I use all the time. It's called Photo Resizer from Faststone. It's very intuitive unlike most of image applications I've seen today. Here's a ...
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Prairie Peak Kennels

We had an in-ground dog fence installed by Jack Lelwica of Prairie Peak Kennels of Parker's Prairie, MN near Alexandria. Jack called me as they were having issues with the current web service. I offered to update the SEO on the site as well as add online Dog Adoption forms to line up potential buyers. They breed Small Munsterlanders, Britanny's, and Corgie's. What started as a simple assignment, turned into a complete rebuilding of the site. I think I understand why he was having issues with the previous web service. Jack was a very demanding client and I believe this contributed to the ...
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Waste Partners, Inc.

BAMsites Web Marketing welcomes Waste Partners to our family of website customers. Waste Partners is the premier trash - garbage collection business serving the Brainerd Lakes area and the communities of:Backus, Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosslake, East Gull Lake, Fifty Lakes, Hackensack, Jenkins, Lake Shore, Manhattan Beach, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pillager & Pine River. The original site (below) served them well for years, but updates were sorely needed. A key function is the ability for customers to pay online. This was a relatively simple matter of using the same lin...
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Ted’s Signs

Ted's Signs is one of the oldest and most trusted sign making companies in the Brainerd Lakes area. Owner Brandi Breitbach contacted us to take their website to the next level. She wanted to offer online "Do-It-Yourself" sign making, as well as connect an eCommerce engine to the website. Since the "Do-It-Yourself" application was very custom, we had to go with a platform allowing for such programming. We chose OSCommerce and programmer Todd Holforty with ProhostOne. I have used Todd extensively in the past. He's one of the best, most creative "programmer web guys" I've come across in ...
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Ice Trek Fish Houses

Aluminum Portable Skid Fish Houses BAMsites was asked to help a fledgling aluminum Ice Fishing House manufacturer. They wanted to kick-start their new line of skid ice fishing houses located in north central Minnesota. Ice Trek Fish Houses is a new company, building these super lightweight all-aluminum fish houses as the whole market of mobile RV-type fish houses explodes in the Midwest. Since we're all about ice, the background image is actual pond ice photographed not far from home a couple weeks ago. There are currently only a handful of competitors in this specific market - at th...
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Windows 10 vs Windows 7

Windows 10 better than Windows 7. Here is  a post from a trusted programmer friend of mine: Scott Jibben (Runspot) for those of you that are gun-shy after the Windows 8 debacle. For those of us that had to uninstall the disaster that was Windows 8 and replace with the trusty 7, you may have major reservations on jumping into Windows 10. There are a few  things you should know. 1. Windows Media Center is no longer supported or allowed on Windows 10.  This software is used to record/play TV (with a TV tuner card) and most people do not use it (I do...).  Most people will use Windows Media...
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Halverson Wood Products

Skid Steer Firewood Processor Attachment Halverson Wood Products makes an innovative skid steer mounted - firewood processing attachment that: picks up logs, cuts them, splits them, and can deposit split firewood into a truck bed or trailer! They came to BAMsites to get search engine marketing and a new look and feel to their relatively new business venture. You can see the old site wasn't too bad, but not what you'd want in today's market. Furthermore, there was no SEO implemented into the existing site so they were not being found. In short, their website was doing little ...
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BAMsites Welcomes the New Thexton!

We build this original site back in 2004. It was high time for a new look and feel. [caption id="attachment_1405" align="alignright" width="300"] New Site: Launched August 2015[/caption] This particular site is using the OSCommerce e-commerce engine and comes with all the bells and whistles. The old site served us well for many years, but as you know, it's always good to stay up with the times and update designs to reflect a more modern look. This one features a slider banner upper right as well as a mobile rendition making Google friendly and mobile friendly at the same time. [...
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