Neighbourhood website volunteer project
Neighbourhood website volunteer project

Gerrard Pizza

This web design project was a community volunteer effort. Gerrard Pizza, an Italian restaurant on the Danforth in Toronto, won a makeover contest that was organized by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA). The local business, which has been around for decades, received a new design of its premises, inside and out, and a new website, courtesy of yours truly.

The old website sat idle for a few years and wasn’t relevant anymore.

I gave the owners three different ideas and they settled on one that is quite common in current WordPress responsive themes – a layout that has the logo and social media at the top of the page, below that a slider, and below that three widget areas sitting side by side.

A professional photographer, a stylist and a graphic designer who created new branding also volunteered their services, which made a world of difference to the finished product. A very capable project manager made sure everything went as smoothly as possible.

I used CSS and a little HTML to modify the free WordPress theme to match the new branding. There were a few revisions but the project went very smoothly.

I created the site on my test site and when it was done, moved it over to the Gerrard Pizza server. I arranged for domain name servers to point at their server.

I will give the restaurant owners a few WordPress lessons so they can update the site with new text and images as they like. And we may add an SEO plugin to improve search results.

I really enjoyed contributing to this neighbourhood website volunteer project. Creating or improving websites for small businesses is very rewarding because the proprietors are usually very grateful. For this DECA project, I feel I’ve done something good for the community where I live, utilizing many of my website design skills.

Neighbourhood website volunteer project