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Webbright transforms website from atrocious to gorgeous

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Feb 19, 2013 9:27:00 AM

Webbright, a leading Wild Apricot partner and developer, designs and develops a new website for an American Translators Association chapter.

"Thank you so much Lamees for such a pleasant experience.  Working with you and your team has been a treat. Thanks for all the support and the patience. We are truly happy." -Christina Green, MATI President

Webbright designed and developed a new membership website for the Midwest Association for Translators and Interpreters (MATI). MATI wanted to redesign their existing website because it was "atrocious in too many ways to count," said Susie Schweigert, a MATIi Board Member.

They decided to go with the Wild Apricot platform because of the functionality and flexibility it offers for membership organizations. They also wanted to take control of their website management, which Wild Apricot supports. But, they knew they needed help with the website design and development and looked for a Wild Apricot partner to work with. Webbright was their first pick because of its impressive portfolio of high-quality, professional websites.

"While they [Webbright] are not the cheapest, they looked the most professional," said Christina Green, MATI President. Green has been rebranding MATI since she took over the organization a few years ago. The website was a major marketing piece that needed a lot of attention. Webbright has the team, experience, and processes for making Wild Apricot customization an easy and pleasant experience. "We don't want a "home-made" design,"Green said.

The new, and much improved, MATI website was launched after six weeks of a smooth process of design and development. In addition to the design, Webbright re-created a member directory where site visitors can search for translators and interpreters in the Midwest. The directory provides a major value for MATI members as it gives them more visibility through the organization and an online presence to showcase their qualifications.

New features were added to the website including a new blog, a member forum, a calendar, an online membership application with integrated credit card payment, and an email communication system. "The blog will feature articles by local experts in translation and interpretation, and subject matter will include issues pertaining to the field in the form of explorations into language, methodology and technology, book reviews, biographies, notes on presenters and meeting summaries," said Alaina Sylla with MATI. The new website should add more value to members, which should translate into more members for MATI.

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About Webbright

Webbright specializes in website design and development for membership organizations on the Wild Apricot platform. Since 2007, we’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing organizations all over the world, and build exceptional relationships with brilliant individuals. For more information on our membership website services, go to

About the Midwest Assocaition for Translators and Interpretors (MATI)

MATI, a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA), was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization for translators and interpreters in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, to promote the recognition and advancement of translation and interpretation as professions. For more information on MATI, go to

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