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Web Design versus Web Development: Information Design

Web Design versus Web Development: Information Design

In previous posts, we covered the importance of choosing a developer versus a designer and whether to go with a custom built application versus a platform like Wordpress. This first decision between building a website or building a web application is vital. Here, we help make that decision a little easier, and we get you started in thinking about the information you will need to gather from your business processes to build the perfect application.

Anatomy 101: Bringing Your Content to Life (Redux)

Anatomy 101: Bringing Your Content to Life (Redux)

When we're working with clients on their applications, they often want to know more about marketing it. Needs vary depending on the purpose of the application we are commissioned to create. That marketing could be internal or external. Let me explain.

When Things Don’t Work Out: Firing Your Developer

When Things Don’t Work Out: Firing Your Developer

We’ve all heard it before: breaking up is hard to do. Whether it’s a personal or professional relationship, pulling the plug on an arrangement that’s no longer working for you can be pretty tough, especially when there’s something important hanging on the line. In the case of web projects, you can feel intimidated to end a relationship with your developer for various reasons. But there may come a point when you have to fire your developer and go in a different direction. How do you know when that time has come? Keep reading.

What Should Be Happening During a Web Project?

What Should Be Happening During a Web Project?

Planning your web project takes time and lots of research, but once you’re done, the real work begins. However, most people don’t really know what should be happening during their web projects. Most follow an intricate, yet fluid, construction and execution process. In this article, we’ll go over what you should expect.

Picking The Right Partner...When You Need a Developer, Not a Designer

Picking The Right Partner...When You Need a Developer, Not a Designer

Creating something that is accessible globally via the Internet is essential for almost every business in operation today. The type of project you need depends on the industry you are in and what your ideal target audience needs from your web application. Picking the right partner is something you have to consider very closely.

When It's Not Just a Web Site You Need

When It's Not Just a Web Site You Need

Over the last couple blogs, we’ve touched on the importance of selecting the right type of project for your web needs. The first step is to determine whether or not you need a website or a web application. Here’s a quick and simple way to do that.

Hmm, Should I Go WordPress or Custom-Build?

Hmm, Should I Go WordPress or Custom-Build?

In our last blog, I went over the importance of making goals with your web projects. However, before you can start making goals, you have to know exactly what type of project you’re going to be creating. With so many options available today, you have a choice to make: you can either go Wordpress or you can custom-build your project. But which is better? Well, that depends on a few different factors. Below are just a few things to consider when thinking about going WordPress or custom-build.

Before You Jump Into a Web Project Make Some Goals!

Before You Jump Into a Web Project Make Some Goals!

Making the decision to start a web project can seem overwhelming. There’s so much to know: audience, SEO, and catchy domain names are just a few. And unless you’re a web developer, it’s hard to sift through all the advice and add-ons to figure out exactly what you need. In this blog, we’re going to outline the four goals you need to set before you start your web project.

Accessibility Standards: Is Your Site Compliant?

Accessibility Standards: Is Your Site Compliant?

Recently, businesses and organizations in the Phoenix area were subjected to a series of frivolous lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These were frivolous in the sense that it someone simply drove around measuring signs or browsed the Internet looking for any minor item they could. No formal complaints were ever filed and no one was given the opportunity to remedy the situation, they were just given a dollar figure to settle with and they'd be left alone. Unfortunately, many businesses paid up. Thankfully, the Arizona Legislature stepped in and put a stop to this.

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 3)

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 3)

In the last of our three-part series on cyber-security, we're going to talk about how you can create a culture of security to prepare your employees to avoid the single biggest threat: human error.

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 2)

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 2)

Last week, we outlined some of the reasons cyber-security matters for small business. This week, we're going to provide you with some basic tools to help secure your Web site.

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 1)

Cyber-Security for Small Business Owners (Part 1)

Recently, I attended a Cyber-Security Summit organized by the Arizona Technology Council. After attending many of these events in the past few years and through conversations at the many events I’ve attended, it’s clear this is still an important topic of education for small businesses. I’ll try to cover, not just the reasons for concern (hopefully without scaring anyone into giving up their smart phone entirely), but also some tips on how to prepare your small business for the ever-changing cyber-security threats.