After months of planning, plotting, napkin sketching and computer magic, we’re delighted to say The Dory Shop has a brand-new website up and running.
Our former site served the boat shop very well for a long, long time but in recent years had become rather dated looking. It was also, frankly, too hard to find some of the information within the site (leading to emails where users asked ‘where do I find…? is it there?’). And ultimately, at some point, the website could not even be updated with new photos or text, leading to embarrassing issues like dory course dates that were years old (yikes!). It was also what prompted us to create this blog here on wordpress.com
It came as no surprise to us that building a website is quite a bit different than building a boat. We like to joke here that The Dory Shop specializes in ‘trailing edge technology.’ Sure, we like the convenience of email and connecting with friends and clients via Facebook can be fun – heck, we even let Jay have a few power tools! But for the most part, our operations are decidedly low tech and we kind of like it that way. So we needed a new website but we didn’t want anything too slick and snazzy, just something that would help you to see more of what we do here and most of all, would feature prominently the strong, sturdy, reliable, handsome boats that we build.
To accomplish this, we brought in the hired guns from Spectacle Group of Halifax. Their mission? To help us create a modern website for a decidedly heritage business that specializes in building timeless, traditional boats. We’re quite pleased with the results and hope you will be too.
From here on out, we’ll be able to post updates about our projects and the general goings-on of The Dory Shop directly to the News section of the website, with a selection of the three most recent posts provided on the home page. This blog will not be taken down — we consider the information it contains on various builds and boat types to be worth leaving up, at least until we have built up a comparable archive of our work.
We encourage you to have a look around the new site at http://www.doryshop.com and let us know what you think.