5 Star Contractors Referral Service News
Website Updates: Now We're Responsive! Tags: responsive website design social media integration mobile website

We've made some significant updates to the layout of our website over the last week that bring us up with current standards.

Most importantly, we have updated our website layout to support "responsive" design. The previous version of our site only showed in one format. This worked fine on computer screens, but left mobile visitors looking at the same layout on a tiny screen. Our new design is mobile friendly and automatically adjusts to the size of your device.  The viewing experience on smartphones and tablets is much improved.  

In addition, we've simplified the layout, moving to a single sidebar on the right side. This is partially to improve the mobile viewing experience, which moves all the sidebar information to the bottom of the page, but also makes the full-sized version of the site cleaner and easier to read.

We have also added a new social sharing tool, provided by Shareaholic, that floats a toolbar on the right side of every page featuring links to common social media platforms. If you want to share any of our pages or blogs to social media, simply click on the appropriate social button on the toolbar.

We still have a few interface improvements to make, but these new functional improvements should make the Five Star site much easier to use, particularly for mobile visitors.

If you have any suggestions for further improvements, please contact Russ Alman at Digital Media Northwest at russ@digitalmedianorthwest.com

Oly 5 Star partners with Rebuilding Together Tags: Rebuilding Together volunteer community outreach

Oly 5 Star is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Rebuilding Together of Thurston County to help people in our community.  A single mom with two girls is in need of repairs and maintenance to their home.  Oly 5 Star members are donating their time, money and resources to make their home livable for the upcoming winter months.  October 20th is the big work day.  Projects include insulation, windows, drywall repair, painting and electrical.  We are pleased to be a part of Rebuilding Together.  

Five Star Logo, Website, Updated with Clean, Modern Look Tags: website facebook website design marketing logo


Five Star Contractors Referral Service is pleased to announce its new logo and updated website design.

Five Star's marketing committee, consisting of Thayne Bryenton of RelyLocal, Erik Barrett of RSVP Olympia, and Russ Alman of Alternative Marketing Connections, conceived of the new logo to bring a more modern, professional image to the organization.  

Once the preliminary design was developed, a draft was brought to the general membership for feedback.  Thanks to this feedback, plus additional input from John Ketola of Ketola Targus Painting and Diane Gassman of Interior Dimensions LLC, Alman was able to develop a color scheme matching the organization's desire for a modern, eco-friendly look.

To complement the new logo, Alman redesigned the oly5star.com website using earthtones and a "green" look, including a grass pattern in the background.  The updated website is easier to read and slightly wider to better utilize the screen space of larger monitors.

Alman has also updated the Five Star Facebook fan page to comply with the new Timeline format guidelines and match the colors and logo of the new updated website.  The result is a consistent, clean image for Five Star Contractor Referrals.

What do you think of our new logo and colors?  We'd love to hear your feedback!


New Five Star Members
Matt Purcell
Joined: Feb 17th
Jeremy Annillo
Joined: Oct 14th 2014
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Interested in Joining Five Star Referrals?

Are you a contractor who specializes in an area not filled or not listed above?  Are you looking to grow your business through reliable referrals from other professionals?  Contact Five Star Contractors Referral Service or one of our members.  We'll verify your references, and if you are a good fit for our growing organization, we'll invite you to one of our functions.  We'll even pay for your lunch just for checking us out.

We are seeking new member candidates in professional categories that are not held by our existing members.

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