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Our company website is used to help people locate drs and hospitals close to them. We are a PPO, a small specialized PPO. The big guys (blue cross/blue shield,etc.) have wonderful search functions on their websites to list doctors by city, zip....approximate distance from desired location. Does anyone have any insight on how this is done?

The data in our system is in relational databases, so it is pretty straightforward. Our software is written in foxpro. We have a website now, but it is lacking (for a better word) and our contracted guys who update it are not real dependable as far as getting things done in a timely manner.

What we would really like is for someone to design it where we could just import the new info into the appropriate tables and update our site from our office. Not a "live" update, but something we could do when we needed to.

Could someone explain how this is done and who you might suggest that could do such a project for a reasonable cost. The last quote we got for recreating our site was over $20,000 in programming and $3000 a month maintenance.

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I have done a few in ASP and the development costs were not quite that steep. I am assuming you went to a large company with a lot of overhead if they were charging that kind of money. I suppose the complexity of the current site would also factor in to the cost. Look for smaller development companies or possible even a CMS (Content Management System) that will give you the freedom to update how and when you like. If you are not tied to the look of your site and are more concened with functionality and ease of updating a CMS system may be what you are looking for.
 
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