The Connotations

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The Connotations is one of Northampton's premiere community a cappella groups, performing at venues, benefit concerts, and community events all over the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. Their co-ed arrangements cover a wide array of songs, from the silky sounds of Feist to familiar favorites by the Jackson 5.

Our website needed to meet several criteria:

  • Communicate the fun nature of our group, through pictures, videos, etc.
  • Help introduce new visitors to our music (or help fans find new material)
  • Enable visitors to contact us for a variety of purposes (mailing list subscription, audition sign-up, etc.)
  • Require next-to-no skill or effort to update and maintain

After trying a basic site with WordPress, I selected Concrete5 because of its simpler, more user-friendly administration & content creation interface. As a web designer, who was doing this work pro-bono, I also found it very convenient to add functionality using the Concrete5 marketplace & the two-click "Add Functionality" administration panel.

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