Clients benefit from our work on web development because we ardently follow and consistently rely on the cutting edge innovations in the field of custom CMS frameworks. Our content management systems offered as part of our development project for clients enable the publishing and modification of content to manage not only text but also pictures, audio, video, code, and our web development work provides clients with the capabilities for cataloging and indexing content, delivering content to specified online visitors in a specified manner, e.g. in a specified language. Thanks to the custom CMS we offer, clients can control not only HTML based content, but also different documents and other files, as well as web hosting plans. The custom functionality of CMS provides users with facility of operation of the content of their websites, without the need for complicated knowledge of web design or programming languages.
Another strength we offer to our clients as part of our development projects are open source solutions. They are another strong feature of innovative web development because they are developed in a collaborative manner. Open source solutions can be customized and are platform independent, and another feature they boast is the free use. The bundle of benefits thus comprises not only economies for clients using open source solutions but also all the advantages that come with customization, because custom web development means significantly fewer problems and enhanced functionality.
Companies and institutions can make a great difference to their business as they rely on our web development services and on our open source solutions, to reduce their costs and the time they spend to reach the market. Custom CMS are a key advantage in the modern world, as they help companies and institutions to gain unique online profiles that enable them to stand out compared to their competitors.
In web design and development, not only cutting edge innovations and open source solutions, but customized CMS frameworks are used to deliver the needed results. Frameworks in computers are typically layered structures which signal what type of programs should be developed and how they would interrelate afterwards. They can determine sets of functions and their interrelations, an operating system layers, the manner of standardization of communication at some network level, etc.
A content management framework, or CMF, is a system that has the function to facilitate the employment of customized software in order to manage website content. Such content management frameworks are combinations of the features of web application framework types and content management systems. The addition of a content management framework enables a content management system to be extended afterwards. There are the tools and the application programming interface, to facilitate extensions.
In content management systems, the programming code is written, and the user only has to input data for the website. In content management frameworks, the details involved can be likened to a system’s nuts and bolts. Using a framework, web developers write the code for the implementation of the specific code that is to be implemented on the specific website.
A content management system can be sufficient to deliver functionality. It is an already developed application which has a set of needed features. Most of these features are so coded that users can modify them and thus fit their needs. In other cases, when a lot of modifications have to be made to a CMS, in order to make it work in the desired manner, then websites are better developed on the basis of frameworks. A framework provides the classes, methods, events, which can be employed to create the targeted applications. Thus the structure is expanded into something useful.
Application development, or software development, targets the creation of new applications which enrich online visitors’ experiences in using websites. Contemporary applications which contribute to the successful implementation of online business and the achieving of profits comprise Facebook applications as well as mobile applications and graphic user interface (GUI).
Facebook applications are understandably in the limelight in application development. With the definite supremacy of Facebook as a favorite social media, Facebook applications are becoming a matter of course as indispensable facilities that people need to use and expect to find on business websites, developed specially to make their online tours seamless experiences. But successful Facebook applications are not just designed to show off products, they also target online visitors to persuade them to buy these products.
Mobile applications and graphic user interface are developed in conformity with everyone’s need to access websites via mobile devices: Android devices, iPhones, iPads, etc. Mobile application development is continuously evolving, to enable everyone to have the universe at their fingertips and the whole online space in their pockets or bags. Thanks to mobile applications, business people conduct a lot of business correspondence and contribute to the voluminous information traffic; entertainment is often factored in, which makes mobile applications all the more exciting and needed. Graphic user interface is the interface that enables the connection between people and computers: using windows, menus and icons, managing them by means of a keyboard and a mouse, people interact with computers and access websites to get informed and make their choices with respect to the products displayed there.
Nowadays application development is among the prime factors that keep online businesses going and growing, by facilitating online users with specially developed applications that they can use on their favorite social media, Facebook, and also everywhere they travel, via their mobile devices.
In modern website development, content management system solutions are indispensable. Systems such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, OSCommerce, Magento, etc. are household names with web designers. These systems enable the publishing and editing, as well as the subsequent modifying of content, and its maintenance via a central interface. The usefulness of systems for content management consists in their capabilities that help to manage the workflow within a collaborative environment. Their platforms provide auspicious conditions for the centralization of data editing and publishing, as well as their modification whenever that becomes necessary. Because CMS platforms are currently widely used as blog software, they also help the maintenance of blogs on websites as additional highlights containing topical and up to date content, a great prerequisite for soaring rankings.
Web content management system solutions enable the creation and management, as well as the storage of content on web pages. Text content together with embedded graphics, pictures, audio, video, form the web content that is presented to online users and enables them to interact with websites. The vast capabilities of web CMSs afford the cataloging and indexing of content, its selection, assembling during runtime, and also delivering of content to individual online visitors in specific ways, e.g. in specific languages. These systems enable clients to control HTML based content, as well as different files and documents, and in addition web hosting plans that are based on system depth and on the specific niche served by a CM system.
Content management system types vary from simple to more complicated and powerful ones. Most CMSs provide conditions for web based publishing, indexing, searching, and retrieval. Furthermore, a content management system can serve as the repository for documents, pictures, video clips, scientific data, etc. The information stored can be controlled and revised, and additional documentation can be published.
In today’s online world, web design opens the door to prominence; one of its components, search engine optimization, is the necessary prerequisite for successfully featuring websites which attract visitors and enable companies maintaining such websites to make larger profits. The employment of the state of the art web innovations in web design, together with open source solutions and customized content management systems (CMS) frameworks, contributes to the enhanced findability of business websites on the online market.
The design of websites is usually referred to in connection with the front end design of websites, i.e. the side visible to online clients. But there are more components involved, as well as demands that have to be adhered to. Nowadays new web browsers reign on the online arena, and most of them are open source ones. That means such browsers develop faster than traditional browsers, and they are better at supporting new standards. Such new options become popular with the online audience, and because the way of accessing the web are changing for that audience, modern web design is changing too. Website design needs to take these developments into consideration, so web designers are continuously honing their knowledge and skills to be able to meet the challenges. Nowadays designers of websites must have a vaster awareness of usability, and they have to be on a par with modern web accessibility guidelines.
As for front end web design, i.e. the aspect visible for online audiences, user friendliness is combined with a plethora of features that help to guide online visitors through their exploration of company websites. Users experience depends on website layout, clearly formulated instructions and labeling. Interactive web design enables online visitors to see site usefulness, which is important for their decision to stay and return to websites that impress them with interactive capabilities.
How well do you think you know your customers? Your market?…Even your exact area of expertise?
Doesn’t metter how well you know it… it can surprise you all the time even if you think you are prepared for it.
We are learing every day… if we are not we must be doing something wrong. Today I learned one of the oldest lessons ever – patients! My humble advice is as soon as something critical is happening whatever your first intentions and urges are just ignore them. It is all the same if your business is developing and designing websites or selling cars. You need to be patient and humble. Then within hours things will get resolved the best way possible if you didn’t screw them up by acting emotionally and fighting for what is just and right.
Another very, very rare thing within our society is the honest men. The one that you could trust when doing business. But all that goes beyond business… It is about who you are as a person and what you wouldn’t do for money.
Stay true to yourself…damn… even if you are a mean SOB!
When negotiating a new outsourcing agreement, clients face the challenge of determining the service levels that are most meaningful to the business. The intent of a service level agreement (SLA) is to measure the provider’s overall performance by virtue of concise, unambiguous metrics with targeted levels of performance that are easily understandable by the client community and are simple to validate from a client’s perspective. As the outsourcing industry has matured, providers have developed a multitude of service level measures they can propose to their clients. Some are more relevant to the client’s business than others. Without the proper alignment of IT service levels to the needs of the clients’ business, companies can fall into the trap of “seeing green but feeling red,” meaning the service level measures are exceeding their targeted performance levels yet there are still IT delivery issues. Fortunately, there are several common service levels within the outsourcing marketplace that align nicely to the perception of lines of business and end users. The following four metrics serve as a guideline for defining your service level requirements.
Service Desk – In many companies the service desk is the primary touch point into IT, and therefore measuring its performance aligns nicely to the business perception of IT. For example:
First call resolution – Directly ties to the user base experience of how well the service desk is equipped to solve their problems during the initial call.
Abandonment rate – A low abandonment rate indicates users are not getting frustrated waiting for a live agent.
End-user satisfaction surveys – Collects direct user feedback on their satisfaction with help desk services.
Install/move/add/change/delete (IMAC-D) requests – Measures how well the IT organization provisions requests from the business community.
Other service desk measures, while important to the IT group, may not be as relevant from a business perspective.
Projects – Project work performed by IT is usually the work most aligned and most visible to the business. There are many types of project-related metrics, and the following is a good subset to use to communicate project performance to the business:
On-time milestone completion – The project manager, working closely with his/her business counterparts, should develop a set of key milestones as part of the overall project plan. Measuring the on-time completion of these milestones communicates the progress being made and the maturity of the project management discipline being used.
Estimating accuracy – Measuring the accuracy of estimates that are provided to the business, especially when you can show sustained improvement over time, is a great way to build credibility with the business. The estimations could be in terms of schedule, cost and/or resource utilization.
Percent of budget/cost spent on strategic projects – This is an excellent measure to communicate how IT is driving down the “lights on” costs and reallocating to work that adds tangible business value.
There may be other metrics that better reflect your environment and what’s important to your business partners. The important point is to somehow showcase the value that IT is providing towards the execution of projects that are adding business value.
Change Management – Measuring and reporting the volume and success of changes to the environment is a good way to showcase the volume of work being done by IT “behind the curtain” and to illustrate how much goes right. This can provide good “air cover” whenever a delivery issue does occur that causes pain to the business. For example:
First time successful changes – Measures the percentage of changes that are correctly implemented the first time.
Percentage of non-emergency changes – Measures overall system stability and the maturity of the organization’s change management processes.
On-time change implementation – Measures how well IT activities are planned in advance.
Change management SLAs are effective in measuring change management effectiveness and efficiency.
General – Several other measures are closely aligned with business perception. Among these are:
On-time reporting – Many business units rely on the on-time delivery of accurate reports. This can be measured by identifying the list of critical reports and defining the time at which they must be completed (and in some cases, delivered).
Problem resolution – Ironically some providers will initially balk at this, stating that there is too much out of their control to commit to targeted resolution timeframes. However many will eventually agree to resolving a certain percentage of problems within a defined time frame. This is obviously one of the most visible signs of IT performance, and is important to demonstrate that even though problems are bound to occur, they can be quickly resolved due to the resources, tools and architecture in place.
Application availability – Most providers will supply a standard service level called application availability, so the important thing is to ensure that it is a true end-to-end availability measurement that reflects the users’ experience. In other words, the metric should comprehend any IT issue that results in the application not being available to use as planned. This includes not only issues with the application itself but also the entire underlying infrastructure including the servers, databases, network and devices used to deliver the applications to the desktop.
There are literally hundreds of “typical” IT metrics that can be reported on. While true that some IT-specific metrics should be in place (especially to ensure that issues are identified and resolved prior to affecting the business community), most should have a focus squarely on measuring the delivery of services to the end users. This list, although basic in nature, provides a good framework to evaluate the service levels you are currently using or are developing as part of a negotiation.
I believe that marketing materials will never go out of style (at least not in our live span). There’s something to be said when you have something really cool to give to someone else that characterizes you and your business.
I’m not talking about one of those stress reliever balls or a pen with your business name on it—I’m talking about clever marketing materials.
My coworker was at a recent business expo and came across a guy at a booth with cans and cans of corn. Corn? Yes, Del Monte corn. But these were no ordinary cans of corn—they were a business card.
Chris Quimby, owner of NachoTree, a print and digital design company, had created a very special label for these cans of corn.
“I bought a can of Del Monte corn, removed and scanned the label, then modified it in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator,” Quimby says. The label on his can of corn was sharing information about a small local humor paper his company creates. Quimby, who also spends his time working as “Maine’s Funniest Clean Christian Comedian” thought the “corny” business card would get some attention. It certainly caught mine.
My coworker brought a can back to the office, and could not wait to show it to me. It certainly caught his attention! But is it edible?
“My wife took a few cans of it for a recipe a couple of weeks ago,” Quimby says. “I was not pleased, because they were supposed to be used as marketing materials. Now we will have to buy more corn. The story ended well, though, as my wife cooked a delicious meal. I just don’t remember what it was.”
Being funny is part of Quimby’s business, and part of his persona. And his can of corn business card definitely shows off his humor, and his willingness to think outside of the box. It’s hard to show people funny—but I think Quimby’s can of corn does the trick.
A photographer friend of mine also used some neat marketing materials to showcase her work.
Anne Schmidt of Anne Schmidt Photography has created a photo book the size of a business card to give out to potential clients. It’s still small and compact, like a business card, but instead of showcasing just one of her photos, the mini book shows off several, which, for a photographer, is key.
I’ve been to my fair share of bridal shows throughout New England, and photographers do an amazing job in their booth space to showcase their work. Some of them even have sets that they assemble at each show, creating a little sitting nook with comfy chairs and large canvasses hanging on their “wall.” But if you don’t give them something creative to take away, your photography work could very well get lost in the shuffle of the hundred or so other vendors.
Having a mini book, like Schmidt’s, gives people something to come back to over and over again. And it’s small enough to carry in your purse or pocket and share with others.
As the editor of a regional monthly magazine, I get all sorts of marketing materials in the mail. Most of them I throw away. One of the things I really like, though, are postcards. Because I work with a fair number of photographers, I get a lot of postcards featuring their work. Some of them use the postcard to thank me for publishing their work, while some use them to spread the word about an upcoming art show. Regardless, a gorgeous postcard will get pinned or taped to to the walls around my desk.
When you work in a creative field, creating marketing materials that speak to your clients is key. Schmidt and Quimby regularly attend business expos where they want to attract customers in person and leave them with something memorable. Their clever marketing materials are helping them to brand themselves, and, in some cases, providing a side dish at the next family meal.
yes, yes… this page doesn’t have much to do with web design and development, or any cool and complex frameworks or new technologies! But it is intended for our personal interests (other than web design & development)
I am sure there are fans of the amazing TV series “Spartacus” out there!? If you just finished watching the last episode of season 3 (vengeance) “Wrath of the Gods” you may wanna keep up the mood by listening and staring at this:
“Two Steps from Hell – Protectors of the Earth”. I assure you you will love it if you are a fan of epic battles and music.
And to honor Andy Whitfield who was stunning and somehow right on place in his role of Spartacus you must see:
Although at first the framework looks a bit like PHP framework, Ruby on Rails provides much cleanerand well designed code structure so the developer is never lost in long boring and ugly code to driftupon just to find a simple mistake. Although it lacks the Django ability to generate its own admin panel, it has some beautiful features which make’s it much easier for the developer to create one:
• Ruby on Rails is RESTful – which means it doesn’t only use the GET and POST parameters when
sending data to the server, but also PUT and DELETE which makes it easier to determine
whether we need to read, update, create or delete an item (given a blog post, gallery image or
• Simple routing – the framework handles most of the RESTful links by itself so the developer
writes only short functions to manipulate the data without worrying for complicated file
naming, long functions, etc.
• Scaffolding – the ability to generate pages that manipulate database data (although it lacks the
ability to update by itself when changing the database schema, that way the programmer can
easily generate pages for the admin panel and then to wrap around the custom functions and
the logging system)
• The Ruby language – despite the fact that there cannot be written many words for the
language (as we did with Python above), the Ruby language is very powerful and gives us the
opportunity to write less code in a beautiful manner compared to PHP (sometimes even
smaller than Python code). The main beauty of the language can only be felt by a developer
when he switches from PHP to Ruby, it is really hard to describe it in just a few words in a
presentational document. Also all of the mentioned benefits for the Python language above
apply here as well.
Why using Django/Ruby on Rails
There are several reasons to switch from PHP frameworks/content management systems to Python or Ruby:
• It’s much easier for new developers to continue a project written by past developers
• All the PHP frameworks are either clones of Ruby on Rails or Django but lack their simplicity and powerfulness
• No more SQL Injection hacking – the developer doesn’t have to worry about the security side most of the time, the framework/language does it for him
• If the client wants new feature, sometimes it’s much faster to add it to an existing Django/Ruby on Rails application than PHP. Even when a PHP system like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal is used, if the system lacks the feature, the coder is put in situation where he needs to find a module that does that feature and if there isn’t any, he has to spend a few days to play with the system API to build it, because most of the PHP CMS systems are very restricting when comes to custom solutions
• The speed is much faster than using a PHP framework/CMS This list can go on and on forever. Let’s just mention some of companies that use Ruby or Python instead of PHP:
• Google uses python for some of their projects
• http://www.djangosites.org/ is a site written entirely in Django with list of sites that have confirmed using Django as a development framework
• Twitter is written in Ruby on Rails for his frontend
• YellowPages.com uses Ruby on Rails
• GitHub.com uses Ruby on Rails
It doesn’t matter whether you’ll use Django or Ruby on Rails for your applications as both are very powerful frameworks and have some very unique features. On one hand you have Django where you have an admin panel on the fly for any custom project, or on the other you have the simple and powerful Ruby language where everything is organized.