• Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

    Northern Virginia Association of Realtors


    The Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS Â® (NVAR)'s updated website with its new brand image and colors is now live. 

    Ursa Major Consulting was engaged to provide Joomla! expertise in supporting the transition.

    A usability study and brand design was done by WM Design Group. NVAR had experienced some lingering difficulties in the upgrade of the site from Joomla! 1.5.  We are happy to support NVAR. The site works hand-in-glove with the NVAR's store and membership management solution.

  • The Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian

    The Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian


    The Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian, a law firm specializing in sexual abuse cases, required a website that was responsive to quickly post breaking news of new settlements and media coverage. It was difficult to make changes to their previous site.

    We redeployed the website and added new capabilities, including embedded video and transcripts of press conferences, and improvements to search engine optimization (SEO).

    The site is built in WordPress with an image rotator and other plugins. We continue to support the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian with site updates and improvements.

  • Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC

    Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC


    The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC, a professional membership organization, required a website that provided members with up-to-date tourist site status on mobile devices, and online event registration and payment.

    The site allows Guild staff and other site users to manage a calendar and event registration, upload photos to the rotator, and maintain a directory of tour company affiliate members.  The public can request tour guides, who maintain their profiles including specialties and languages spoken. 

    We have received many kudos for the site, and continue to support the Guild! The site is in Joomla!.

  • JMA Solutions

    JMA Solutions


    JMA Solutions, an award-winning government contractor, wanted a site that highlighted their corporate capabilities and awards, advertised their job openings, and provided internal forms and documents for employees.

    Ursa Major provided quick turn-around on a conversion from a Cold Fusion-based website, trained the internal site administrators, and later upgraded the site from Joomla! 1.5 to 2.5.

    More recently, Ursa Major led an internal Website Refresh group at JMA Solutions to design and develop a new website using Joomla! 3, with fresh content and a more dynamic approach than was possible with the prior quick implementation.

  • Talltree South Condominium Association

    Talltree South Condominium Association


    Talltree South, an award-winning condo community association, provides its owners and tenants handbook, including rules and regulations,in searchable form via its website. Newsletters, e-mail and e-mail-to-text notices, and a window to its Google calendar are also provided to enhance communication with owners and tenants.

    Ursa Major constructed the site in Joomla! 1.5 and later upgraded it to 2.5.  Plans are to update its look in the coming year.

  • Alliance for Full Participation

    Alliance for Full Participation


    The Alliance for Full Participation, a nonprofit collabortion of disability organizations, required a website that provided a forum for collaboration among State Team leaders as well as individual members, including a directory of State Teams and their plans.

    The site was constructed in Joomla!, incorporating Kunena Forum, Community Builder, and Sobi directory. It also shares success stories of employment for people with disabilities.

    Unfortunately, the Alliance was disbanded in 2014 and so we have removed the website.

  • Delta Consulting Group

    Delta Consulting Group

    Delta Consulting Group, an international consulting firm, needed a new website that featured its professionals.

    Delta's experts provide consulting and expert witness services in delay, damage and defects analysis, forensic accounting, loss of productivity, and related services on multifaceted litigation and arbitration cases around the world. 

    Their professionals consult on project controls, construction audits, planning and scheduling, and budget analysis.

    Ursa Major developed the website using Joomla 3, using Zoo for the directory of professionals.  Their content is administered by an in-house staff, supported by Ursa Major as needed.


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Ursa Major's Websites

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Ursa Major Consulting has been involved in website development for many years, initially with hard-coded html and later using tools such as Dreamweaver and Cold Fusion. Typically, sites were built in conjunction with a given project, but some live on.

When WordPress became available, we began to use it. We watched Mambo's evolution, and loved Joomla! 1.0. Joomla! has come a very long way, now, and it has gotten better and better.

Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. It is free and open source. Its overall design enables great productivity. Owing to its scalable architecture its also a great base to build web applications. It is famously extensible, with thousands of add-on components available, and it is natively responsive. Today, it can even be administered via smartphone.

So while we still consider websites a supporting tool to achieve a broader objective, we also love to create them. Give us a call if we can help you.

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