Port goes for new, locally-made website

  • Jun. 5, 2013 8:00 a.m.

Port Clements has decided to go local when it comes to website design. Council members voted Monday night (June 3) to hire Misty Cedar Services to build a new website for the village, for a cost of up to $4,800. The Port Clements website, which had information aimed at both tourists and residents, had to be shut down last month after it was hacked and damaged, said administrator Kim Mushynsky. Ms Mushynsky obtained quotes from Smithers-based Spark Design and local company Misty Cedar Services to rebuild the website. Both companies said they could do the rebuild in seven to eight weeks. Misty Cedar estimated its cost at $4,350, while Spark estimated a cost of $4,914. The main difference between the two, Ms Mushynsky said, is that Spark uses resale software while Misty Cedar uses open source software. Council members voted to hire the local company. Misty Cedar owner Ryan Brown attended the meeting and answered several questions following the decision including one from Mayor Wally Cheer, who said he did not want the village website to get hacked again. Mr. Brown responded that he will take steps to make sure the site is secure, adding that proper maintenance is key.