Bethesda, MD, October 19, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Bethesda Design Web, a full-service web design firm serving small businesses and nonprofits in the Bethesda,MD area., today announced that it has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the Interactive Media Awards™ for its work on their nonprofit kids book site, KidsReadingCircle.com. The honor recognizes that the project met and surpassed the basic standards of excellence that comprise the web’s most professional work. The site was honored specifically for excellence in Kids.
The judging consisted of various criteria, including design, usability, innovation in technical features, standards compliance and content. In order to win this award level, the site had to meet strict guidelines in each area — an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each quarter.
Deborah Dine, founder of Bethesda Design Web, said, "We are thrilled with this award. We know our kids reading site is strong, but we're pleased to know top minds in the industry think so, too." The winning site, KidsReadingCircle.com, is an extensive book-review and book-list resource launched last year by Dine whose hobby, fueled by the interests of her children, is modern K-12 children's literature. Area schools, libraries and PTAs are linking to it.
The reading site, which gets 14,000 visitors a day, is graphically intense and includes dozens of in depth book reviews of current books and classics, as well as printable incentive certificates and an elaborate winner's tree for contests. The site is completely nonprofit. Dine, a former business journalist with Capital Cities and Crain Communications, launched her design firm last year with a mission in mind. "I wanted to help nonprofits and small business in the area capitalize on the low-cost and no-cost marketing advantages the Internet offers them," said Dine. "Too many business owners are skittish of owning a web site, and they are missing a great opportunity for free advertising and a vibrant, professional image."
In addition to building web sites, Dine helps businesses keep web project costs low by training their employees to do their own cursory updates. "It's an unusual service we offer, but most people today are web savvy enough to learn a little code, and web maintenance costs can rack up, so sometimes this option is the convincing factor."
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