I believe that what others have to say about our services is far more important than what I might tell you myself. What follows are excerpts from some of the reference letters I have received concerning our services.
Gil Namur created for my business a remarkable website: a vibrant, integrated, adaptable internet connection to the world. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Dr. Phil Johnson, The FireStarter
We chose Synaptic Systems not just because the bid was competitive, but because all of Gil’s references talked about how accessible and easy to work with he is. He more than lived up to his reviews. He had great ideas about how to reorganize our site, tracked down art for us and responded quickly and informatively whenever we had a question or concern. Most of all, for a volunteer-run organization like ours, it was his availability that served us well. Whether we emailed or called him in the evening or on weekends, he got right back to us. Also, he’s great at training volunteers on how to navigate WordPress to do updates and make changes on our site. We highly recommend Gil, especially for organizations that need to get great value for their money.
Sometimes you just get lucky! Finding Gil when we were panicking, with no idea how to fix the mess we were in, was extremely lucky! Our site, built by an artist , not a technician, was beautiful to look at: when it was behaving. But structurally and technically it was doomed from the outset. The temporary ‘fixes’ we installed ultimately failed, leading to a major meltdown for our site (and us).
Gil to the rescue! Minutes after contacting him, he assured us he’d look at our site that day. He did. And by that night he gave us a clear overview, in language we could understand, of what needed to be done, the cost, and how long it would take. To say we’re happy with the results is an understatement—we are “over the moon” thrilled! Our beautiful site is now GORGEOUS (and not just on the outside—the structure is now completely sound). The SEO is greatly enhanced and Gil not only added excellent social media features, he improved every page substantially. All of this on time and within budget, entertaining us all the way with his endearing sense of humour. Look no further: Gil is the BEST! We would recommended him in a heartbeat!
Beverly Revin & Desiree White-Raagner
I needed extreme emergency assistance. I had hired a designer to redesign my corporate website using WordPress. While the design was what I had hoped for, the functionality wasn’t at par. The designer had limited technology experience thus had no “fix it” recommendations. I was stuck. I started asking around and was pointed to Gil of Synaptic Systems as a possible solution. What a breath of fresh air! Not only did Gil solve my website issues he also taught me how to manage future updates and how to navigate WordPress. Since that first happy experience, Gil has been instrumental in successfully launching my Artist website and I look forward to continuing to avail myself of his many talents.
If you are looking for a professional with deep expertise at a fair price then Gil is it!
Peter N. Van Giesen
Artist, Peter N. Giesen
I met Gil years ago at our karate dojo. He impressed me as a kind and intelligent person, who could always be counted on to help out and make somebody’s day better. I did not know what a gifted website designer he was. I needed a website for my book and being a total luddite, I turned to Gil for support. Gil is amazing!. He set up the site, obtained the domain, worked extremely fast and with very little guidance from me….. and gave me exactly what was needed and more. The whole process took a few days and my website was up and running. Gil’s work ethic and professionalism is exceptional. I highly recommend Gil at Synaptic Systems – he is the best!
Author, “No Labels”
A few words about Gil
Hi my name is Richard Peddie and I am writing this to let everyone know why Gil Namur is not only a fantastic website developer but also an outstanding person.
When I was starting my company and needed a website I had no idea how to do it myself and little knowledge of how to choose the right developer for me. I was very lucky to find Gil. The first thing that impressed me was the speed at which he made things happen. I would send him content/ideas for the site and he would update the site in no time. Not only did he get things done very quickly and efficiently he made my site look amazing. Before the site was even finished I was already blown away by its presentation. Every step of the way Gil was such a pleasure to deal with. He is professional, punctual, polite and has a great sense of humour.
I would recommend Gil to anyone who is looking for help with web media. Thank you so much Gil!
Owner – Redline Fitness
To whom it may concern.
I met Gil 40 years ago, while he was teaching guitar lessons and a few months ago a friend who knew I needed to get control of my web site asked me if I knew Gil.
What a small world.
I contacted Gil and rediscovered the same friendly and brilliant person that I had previously had the pleasure of knowing. Without hesitation I hired Gil and he has now finished re-creating a new website for our Inn.
Gil is the best web-media person that I have ever worked with. Gil was receptive to all our ideas and went out of his way to incorporate and improve on all our suggestions.
The production of our new site involved working with other disciplines such as existing reservations and social media personnel and with Gil’s help everyone has a good working relationship.
I highly recommend Gil for anyone wishing to build or upgrade their web site.
Owner – Sidney Waterfront Inn & Suites
Gil was recommend to me by a friend, and am I ever glad we chose him to help us build the GROK Energy Services website. Gil made it all easy. He set up the whole back end and provided excellent training on adding content, formatting, architecture, and SEO. Yes, WordPress is template based, but there’s always tips and tricks you need to know, and Gil is an expert at all of it. His service, knowledge, and responsiveness has been invaluable to us.
And when I say responsive, I mean it. He’s always there to answer our questions and help us figure out the best way to do things, including doing some custom coding, if necessary. And his sense of humour and ability to articulate everything with clarity makes him a pleasure to work with. Hey, and he’s a musician, so we have that in common too. You rock, man!
I have already recommended Gil to two other clients, and will continue to do so. Want a fast, reliable, and cost-effective way to set up a website? Choose Gil at Synaptic Systems.
T. W. Tobin
Marketing Communications Consultant
Gil is every WordPress bloggers dream. It took a few minutes to realize that Gil knows his way around the platform like a Bugatti knows its way around the race track. Second to that is his patience for those of us who are still learning on the fly. I’m not sure if Gil has a fire alarm set to go off when he has incoming email because he seems to be able to respond (day or night) in nothing short of warp speed for which this blogger is forever grateful. Gil is generous with his knowledge and doesn’t hesitate to go outside the box with added suggestions and examples to refer to.
For all of these reasons, in addition to working with someone who’s easy to talk to and has a great sense of humour, I’d highly recommend Gil for any online project you’re contemplating.
Principal – Encore Communications
I’d tried building a Word Press blog on my own, and became increasingly frustrated at what I was lead to believe would be an easy task. I mentioned this to a friend, who immediately recommended Gil Namur, who’d helped him navigate a similar project earlier in the year with great success. From our first meeting, Gil has patiently helped make sense of all that confused me before, and in no time my site was up and running – and 1,000 times better looking than before!
I highly recommend Gil and his services for anyone who wants to create an impactful presence on the internet; they won’t be disappointed.
I highly recommend you work with Gil Namur at Synaptic Systems – especially if you are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of building your own website and lack the creative insight to make it look professional and the technical expertise to ‘make it happen’.
I never thought I would say this – especially after I read the ‘WordPress for Dummies’ manual (which put me in a state of absolute inertia) – but I thoroughly enjoyed working with Gil to build our website.
Gil is a consummate professional, immediately understands the direction you wish to take, is visually creative and a technical guru (a hard combination to find), and has an unbelievably quick turnaround time without sacrificing quality. I have no idea how he does this – and it scares me to think about it!
More importantly, Gil is a kind and patient teacher with a much required (in my case at least) sense of humour.
I have recommended Gil to professionals in my network – all of whom thanked me profusely for making the connection – and will continue to do so. I have no doubt Gil will exceed your expectations…as he continues to exceed mine.
Chief Administrative Officer
BC Anesthesiologists Society
Colwood City Councillor
Tartan Group has worked with Gil and Synaptic Systems on many projects. We keep coming back again and again. Why? Because Gil understands our clients’ need for cost effectiveness, training and a professional and engaging website that reflects their brand. His response to our questions is lightening fast and his training sessions are as fun as they are enlightening.
Owner – Tartan Group
Working with Gil Namur is a sweet experience.
He knows how to turn dreams and ideas and densely foggy notions into sharp, clear, online platforms. Pronto.
And just when you’re feeling bogged down or anxious about a design decision, Gil injects some humour and perspective to re-energize you.
Gil magically manages to get things done, and to get sites working the way you need them working to achieve your personal, group or business goals. He’s a gem.
Managing Partner, Rethink Urban
Gil Namur is what happens when you add art, heart and technology to professionalism, accountability and dedication. Add in a dash of good humor, positive attitude and generosity of spirit. Mix with a willingness to go the extra mile should a technological problem occur. Blend with communication skills to teach, meet and mentor you at your individual level of understanding.
Now sit back and enjoy your web success. That’s what you can expect with Gil on your Team.
The Inspired Caregiver
As a complete technophobe, my spirit quailed when I was asked to develop a new website for our association. I searched the Internet for information and was utterly at a loss – yes there were thousands of websites, but none of them appeared to be written in a language I could fathom.
Luckily, I was referred to Gil Namur at Synaptic Systems. In a matter of minutes, Gil guided me through the process of establishing a secure web host and choosing a design. In a series of phone calls he helped me select visuals and develop content, which he then uploaded to the beta version of the website so I could share it with other board members and receive comments. Gil then conducted a Skype tutorial and showed me how to update content, add pages, edit text and respond to comments. With his expertise, our association now has a website that is generating high praise for its visual appeal and ease of use.
Gil Namur is not only a technological guru, he is a gifted teacher – calm, patient, understanding, encouraging. He explains things in a manner that even a neophyte can grasp easily. Our association is thrilled with our website. And me? I am very, very grateful to Gil.
Carolyn Stout, Director
North Saanich PROW Association
Both my clients and myself have benefited tremendously from Gil’s insight and expertise in developing the right website for the respective service or product. The many options and add-ons available to anyone wishing to put a website together are mind-boggling! It’s Gil’s understanding and ability to translate what one seeks in a website that results in the best match to what is required by the business. I continue to enjoy working with Gil to find the solutions to client internet challenges as well as the on-going growth and development of the TIDES website. He is a rich resource for finding the right answers!
After working as a psychologist for a variety of different organizations over the past 20 years, I recently decided to start my own private practice. My first order of business was to create a website explaining who I was and what I had to offer prospective clients. While I had a general concept of what I wanted in a website (i.e., clear, concise, informative, simple to navigate), I had absolutely no idea where to begin.
I learned about Gil Namur from Colleen Buker, an Interior Designer. After viewing the extremely professional and visual appealing website the Gil created for Colleen (www.cbdesign.ca), I decided to look no further.
Gil responded immediately to my initial email contact. After just a couple of Skype meetings, he was able to take my general concept and turn it into a full-fledged website that was up in running in less than two weeks. It is no exaggeration to say that the end product that Gil created far exceeded my wildest expectations.
Throughout our work together, I found Gil to be a consummate professional. He was prompt in his responses to my emails. He was always available for Skype appointments. He never failed to answer my (seemingly endless) questions in an easy to understand manner. He was able to provide helpful suggestions on how to enhance my website and my profile on Internet search engines such as Google. Moreover, his services were affordable to someone like me who was just starting a new business. I would highly recommend Gil’s services to others.
Many thanks, Gil.
Betty Reiter, PhD., Registered Psychologist
Dr. Betty Reiter Psychological Services, Calgary, AB
As a small business owner and community volunteer, I needed someone who could develop and train me to operate multiple websites in a timely fashion and with ease. Gil has the ability to quickly gather ideas from you and create what you are looking for.
His knowledge is deep and his ability to simplify and communicate is truly remarkable.
Gil was recommended to us through our web server after a string of problems including being hacked twice. We were immediately impressed with Gil as he basically took over, he not only fixed our problems he improved our security and our SEO all the while answering our questions and keeping us informed in a timely manner.
I would not hesitate to recommend Gil, he remains our go to guy for all problems internet!
Paul de Goutiere
de Goutiere Jewellers
2542 Estevan Ave, Victoria, B.C.
Gil has been amazing to work with! I tried to create my own website twice before I finally realized I just couldn’t do what I wanted myself. A friend recommended Gil. I am so glad I followed her advice! Here are the best things about working with Gil:
- Gil responds to questions almost immediately. He never, ever misses answering an e-mail. He is so responsive to his clients’ needs.
- Gil really knows how to put a website together and give you exactly what you want.
- Gil actually teaches you how to maintain your own website and takes the time to really explain everything. For someone who is a little bit technically challenged, like I am, this is extremely helpful.
I had a problem with my hosting company. (I had used them even before I found Gil.) Of course, the hosting company said it wasn’t them. Gil spent hours trying to figure out a solution — and came up with a successful one.
Finally, Gil is fun to work with. He has a great sense of humor and is a great website teacher!
Arlene Miller, M.A.
Author of The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! and Correct Me If I’m Wrong
Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all your hard work and ongoing support of our new website. To say we’re impressed with the results would be a huge understatement. The website got done on time, on budget and all under a very large time constraint. Gil even organized getting some unexpectedly required code written in the same time frame! We are very pleased with the look, operation and quality of our new farm website and will wholeheartedly recommend Gil and Synaptic Systems to anyone looking for a professionally designed, reasonably priced site.
Thanks again, and please feel free to use us as a reference at any time.
Scott and Dana Armour
Gil Namur is an absolutely fabulous person to work with! Not only is he a skilled professional, he is creative, enthusiastic and goes “above and beyond” in terms of support.
I have worked with Gil on two separate websites. They were not easy projects because we had a limited budget and, in one case, a ridiculously tight timeline. Gil was always positive and encouraging and made me feel much smarter than I really am.
Working with Gil has been one of the most positive experiences I have ever had with a web professional and I hope to work with him again in the future. I trust him absolutely!
Executive Director, Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
P.S. He has been extremely patient and unfailingly responsive.
Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and blogging has turned out to be an adventuresome highway for me to explore the bumps and curves that unfold in my life. When my course began to take me to uncharted destinations in my craft, I realized that the WordPress template I had been using no longer fit the landscape of my words.
I first met Gil Namur through my work as an author for Life As A Human. He was my first and only choice of web designers to reposition my blog into the inspiring, gorgeous, contemplative path it has become. Gil was inclusive and positive through the entire brainstorming and design portion of the project, and came up with inventive and cohesive elements for the site that melded with the contents of my posts. The work was completed quickly, flawlessly and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.
I highly recommend Gil Namur and Synaptic Systems for any web development. Working with him was nirvana.
Author, Editor, Blogger
“Beam In” “Noodle” “Skype” – what do these words mean to you?
If you haven’t yet had the chance to work with Gil Namur of Synaptic Systems helping you create your Word Press website, then they may mean a Star Trek Transporter, the basis to an Asian food dish, and free phone time!
But after you commit to his world, it will mean Gil has taken you on a journey to give you the tools to control how you can optimize your position in the digital universe! He “beams in” to do the tech work, “noodles” your work, and “Skype” meets with you so it can be your mouse clicks that learn to navigate the site. And if you find yourself out in Jupiter’s moons wondering how you got there? Gil will guide you back to earth, but you might have to contribute some of your own brain fuel to get there. Guaranteed though he will “nudge” you back home….
Gil’s mantra is he loves to work with you, but he is like “Baba” helping you gain confidence; from your initial baby steps to successfully walking on your own. And all the while making sure you’re getting the best experience possible!
Gilru, Gilman, Gazoo, Gilbo, and my favorite too, Gilamahanza Yogananda Paramoochie, the magnificent…
Gileeeeeeeee, in the words of another ‘C’ I know….You Rock!!!
Interior Designer, Victoria BC
Tartan Group does media shows each year to pitch our clients to writers from all over the world. We decided to move from a printed client pitch document to a website where we could tell our stories based on the theme the writer works on rather than a linear perspective that a printed brochure would give us.
We knew we wanted to make the site highly graphical and also be able to use a touchscreen so we could jump between story themes on the fly.
I am pretty good on wordpress but didn’t want to take this on myself as I knew we needed a more complex theme with multiple plugins and widgets. Gil helped us choose a theme, and helped us choose a layout using a combinations of themes that matched our vision of what we need to do.
More importantly though, he trained us on populating the site with our content and images. Brian and I were both so happy to have a patient voice on the end of the phone who can walk us through making changes in a manner that we can understand. He made us feel confident.
We are thrilled with our media shows site. It is doing its job and we can update it quickly with new client stories and themes. Thanks, Gileeeeee!
Terry Rachwalski | MBA, CMC
Tartan Group, Victoria, BC
One of Gil Namur’s clients, Heather Hess, who runs an on-line travel site for Canadians traveling to Mexico, recommended Gil’s services. I own a home in Mexico, which I advertise on the web, which is how Heather found me. My web site was quite static and lacked any sort of SEO. It was a website badly in need of a makeover.
Heather and I got to talking on Skype, and she told me about Gil, in the most positive terms, so I contacted Gil and signed on for his ‘On Line Soon‘ special.
Within three weeks, Gil and I had constructed a completely new WordPress-based site, working principally via Skype. In essence, Gil conducted a Skype-based WordPress tutorial, guiding me through the pitfalls (and pratfalls) of WordPress, at which he is an absolute master.
In many instances, when the workings of WordPress were beyond my abilities, Gil made the necessary changes, additions, tweaks, etc., while I provided the content. Sometimes Gil would take a raw concept and “noodle it” (Gil’s term) for a day or so, usually with great outcomes.
Lots of people can master an application, but not everyone can teach others. Gil is a superb teacher: always patient, often quite humorous, and always punctual. He understood my desires for design details even when I had trouble articulating them to him. He assigned homework I was capable of doing, based on my nascent WordPress skills, (which are still rudimentary).
I think Gil is undercharging for his skills and experience: what I got was worth his un-discounted starting price and an absolute bargain at the special he was running at the time. I recommend Gil without reservation.
I was on a tight schedule in the final editing and publishing phase of my first novel with a serious website crisis on my hands when Gil came to the rescue. I had hired someone else not suitable to the task, was in a panic, and past my deadline. Gil quite literally designed the site in front of my eyes making live changes while on Skype with me as we refined the details. He is an absolute joy to work with, very efficient, and completely reliable. He will also make sure you are fully SEO aware and trained on how to put up your content quickly.
But be careful what you ask for. When testing out the contact form in the “How can I help” field, I entered that I wanted an elf and Gil sent me a picture of Will Ferrell in green tights and a pom-pom. LOL. Not quite what I had in mind but just the laugh I needed to get me through the hectic day.
Thanks Gil. You’re a gem in an overcrowded field of web designers.
Science fiction author of “Nemecene: The Epoch of Redress”
I was at my wit’s end when I found Gil. I had hired 3 techs from India and 1 from Mexico. None of them made much progress – probably because they hardly ever showed up on Skype for our appointments. I headed to the beach feeling let down, disillusioned, frustrated and discouraged. The constant motion of the ocean gave me a sudden brainwave – Used Victoria and Craigslist! I rushed home and frantically searched for help! I dialed Gil’s phone number and couldn’t believe my luck. I had found a web developer in the same time zone & same town who spoke the same language as me – all very positive attributes! Gil immediately understood my frustration and within hours had my site up and running.
To quote Gil: “All you have to do from now on is add content – may I repeat that – content!” That statement is music to my ears! Gil is capable, concise, intuitive, artistic, patient and on top of it all he takes pride in his work and has a great sense of humor. He helps me with everything my website needs and things I don’t even know it needs – really fast! Without Gil I’d still be trying to get my gallery working.
Gil is a rare find! I just hope he doesn’t get too popular because I have plans for a couple more websites!
I was so fortunate to be introduced to Gil Namur, web designer. My friends recommended him highly. Gil designed a website that I always wanted. He has an artistic sense, as well as the knowledge and background to design a website that is simple for me to use, yet has the exact features that I needed to make my website professional and inviting.
Gil was able to design my website in a timely fashion that was economically appealing. He is a delight to work with, his work shows great integrity as a person and his quality of work is exceptional.
Janet Vanderhoof / Fine Artist
I was referred to Gil and Synaptic Systems by a friend who had him bring together a number of blogs and web sites into one uniform site. The new web site is great and was up in what seemed to be no time at all… I asked who this person was that was helping her and she went off on how wonderful he is, that he listened closely to what she wanted, made knowledgeable suggestions how to approach the issues, and was easy, quick and fun to work with!
I was introduced to Gil in early February and by the end of March I was live with two web sites tailored to my needs! It probably would have been faster yet if I hadn’t needed to change ISP’s in the middle of the process but I was thrilled with the speed and ease my sites were up and running. Once up, I wanted to manage my sites myself and Gil’s instruction was great! I know that if I get into trouble he will be there to help but I feel in control of my web presence.
Everything that my friend said was her experience with Gil was exactly what I experienced! In addition to his being a great resource of all things web I am pleased to call him a friend as well.
So here, 4 months later not only am I enjoying a sense of pride in my on-line presence and am tracking more business derived from the sites than ever, I have added to my life another friend – or would that be mate for you Canadians?
Thank you Gil!!!
“Gil Namur is a miracle worker. Presented with a meager budget and a very short time frame, he was able to deliver a WordPress site that appeals to youth, load it with images and stay within budget. From the first exploratory email to project completion, only two weeks elapsed. Not only did he meet every requirement I had, he also exceeded my expectations by mentoring youth involved in the project to ensure its longevity.
Gil is professional, organized and accommodating. He sees the positive in everything and makes processes stress-free. I would most definitely hire him again for any future projects.”
Operations Manager at International Institute for Child Rights and Development
I am so grateful that Gil Namur was the first person I called when I was ready to take my web site to the next level. Gil has a wonderful combination of technical expertise, creativity, insight, and a can-do spirit that makes working with him a delight.
Gil is also a patient and kind teacher, who has given me the resources to develop my own expertise. No matter where you want to take your web site or blog, Gil can take you there and you’ll have fun along the way!
Artist, Author, Television Host, Producer, and Songwriter
When we wanted a multi-user WordPress blog, we found ourselves so overwhelmed by technology we kept delaying our project. In one week, Gil Namur took our designs, built our blog and made it so simple to use, it seems like magic. NewJane.com highly recommends Gil. He makes technology seem friendly and is the perfect professional to take users of all levels into the exciting world of blogging.
2010, Kerry Slavens
A lot of us have ideas, but few of us know how to execute on our ideas or where to turn to for help. When I met Gil and turned to Synaptic Systems for help, a number of very interesting things happened; I was listened to, I received great feedback, I was provided with suggestions, and most importantly, I was supported and empowered to make my ideas happen.
Gil enabled the kind of collaboration that resulted in the best possible outcome, all infused with care and fun.
2010, Greg Martin
Where The Head Goes…Leadership Systems
It is my pleasure to provide a reference for Gil Namur. I had the good sense to contract Gil for assistance on my blog. He went way above and beyond what I asked for. He is creative, thoughtful and always manages to work in a way that makes you feel you are contributing to useful, workable ideas that meet your needs. He is the cerebral and technical talent that brought my blog to life. He brought focus to ideas, artistry from blandness and initiative to exploring.
It is an honour to recommend Gil to all as a consummate and dedicated creative professional.