4 Tips to Make The Most Out of Web Outsourcing

Filed under: Outsource Web Design — melkor185 @ 2:18 pm September 11, 2013

One of the biggest questions for small businesses looking to outsource is how to get results they want from their contractor.  Small business owners tend to be wary giving away some control but here are 4 tips so you can get what you want from your contractor and make the most out of it.

Give definite instructions.

● No matter how impressive or talented your hired expert may be, he or she isn’t a mind reader and won’t become one anytime soon.  With that being said…

You should know what you want and be concrete about it.

● No more of the “it needs more jolliness“.  Instead of using feelings or other abstract concepts, you can show other websites as examples.
● You can tell your designers to user a certain typeface or a color scheme that you feel best fits your company.

Keep the lines of communication open.

● Unlike in-house staff, the only time you’ll see your contractors is either thru the phone or perhaps a video conference online.
● Make yourself available to them or establish a schedule convenient for the both of you.
How do you expect to get the results that you want if you’re not around to answer questions they may have?

Give them creative freedom.

● You dived into outsourcing for a reason so let the experts dance to their music.
● There are times when you think you know what you want. Be open to suggestions even if it may be different from yours.
● Just remember, you still get to give the go signal or not.

 

 

Benefits of Hiring Outsourced Virtual Teams

Filed under: Outsource Web Design — Tags: , , , — melkor185 @ 6:52 pm September 5, 2013

Why Should Digital Companies Hire Virtual Teams?

Today’s workspace is constantly evolving and one of the biggest changes we’ve all seen in recent years is the shift towards virtual teams. Businesses of all sizes are going beyond the confines of a traditional office to try out the benefits that come with hiring virtual teams. We’ve summed up a few of them for you:

Greater productivity.

Virtual teams help support the in-house team that you now have. This is one of the biggest advantages of virtual teams. Because they don’t have to deal with commuting to your office, they have more time and energy for doing actual work. What’s more, if you have teams on different time zones, the work will continue even after your day ends. This means projects will get accomplished faster.

Access to a global talent pool.

If your business required bringing in people of different skill sets and experience, you’ll be able to get top talent no matter where they are. You will no longer have to compromise. If the experts you want on your team are in another country or even another hemisphere, their actual location is no longer going to be an issue and with today’s ever-improving communication technologies you can integrate them seamlessly into your organization.

Access to more markets.

When you have teams in different locations around the world, they can also serve as your people on the ground and provide you with a better understanding of their respective local markets.

Cost savings.

You’ll have minimal to nonexistent overhead, for one thing. This is especially true for offices with limited space.

Ready to go virtual?

Need tips on how to successfully manage and make the most of your virtual teams? Browse our website to see the different skill sets of the virtual teams you can work with and let us know how we can help.

 

Outsource Web Design

Filed under: Outsource Web Design — Tags: , , , — melkor185 @ 6:37 pm
As an outsource company, we help other digital agencies and SEO consultants. 

Risks in Outsourcing

Outsourcing involves handing over a business work to another company, some owners can understandably be hesitant to take the plunge. Benefits of outsource are too convincing to ignore, however. To help you make the decision, you should focus on the steps you can take to help minimize risk. Here are a few tips:

Define your company’s short-term and long-term goals.

This will make it easier for you to decide what process (such as digital production) you want to outsource, what service delivery model to go for and what project timescales to set.

Research

Get to know your prospective vendors well, find out if they really do have the know-how and experience you need, if they’re in good financial shape, what their other clients are saying, and so on.

Establish a clear set of expectations and work from there.

Make sure you and your vendor are on the same page on everything from delivery times to costs and process documentation. If you’re outsourcing a complex process, develop a solid transition plan and discuss this with the company you’re partnering with.

Hold regular performance reviews and keep the lines of communication open and active.

You’ll want to build a great relationship with your vendor and learn what you can from them as well.

Brazil employees work hard.

Not only are they talented but you get maximum ROI when you partner with a reliable designer or developer who won’t leave you hanging when it comes to producing quality output.

Affordable rates and office space rent.

In general, salaries and rent in the Brazilians are lower compared to other countries in the region (Southeast Asia). But this doesn’t mean you can’t reward the stellar work that your Brazilian team will surely give you!

Smart and dynamic talent.

It’s super easy working with Brazilian professionals and many expats and foreign nationals who work with them here can attest to this fact. The country has a high literacy rate as well as a youthful population and many opportunities for higher education. There’s no shortage of young, skilled workers here.

Easier communication.

English is used in an everyday setting and is one of the country’s official languages. Having been a colony of Spain for over 300 years and of the United States for more than 50, the Brazilians is very, very westernized in terms of culture.

Increasing political stability and a thriving economy.

Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s, and the Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd. (JCRA) recently gave the country an investment grade rating.

Have you had any experience with outsourcing to a company? How does this compare to outsourcing to a freelancer? Tell us about your experience!

 

Why Use Adobe Business Catalyst?

Filed under: Business Catalyst — melkor185 @ 8:27 pm December 28, 2011

Creative Development chooses to use Adobe Business Catalyst to create eCommerce Systems. Adobe Business Catalyst is an amazing all in one system from Adobe that can create a fully functioning eCommerce system that is always up to date, and does the job of 10 systems.

Here are some of the major benefits of Adobe Business Catalyst

  • Replace 10+ systems with 1Our fully integrated system gives you the power of multiple software suites, easily controlled from one central interface. Managing your business has never been so simple!
  • Save time, money and unnecessary stressUsing our all-in-one solution, you no longer have to waste your time remembering multiple logins, installing updates, or syncing disconnected systems. We give you everything you need, when and where you need it.
  • Easily manage your websiteControl your online business with our simple to use online interface. Edit web pages, manage blogs or set up community forums. It’s as easy as point and click!
  • Help grow your businessMake informed decisions, based on real-time reporting and analytics. Our system allows you to keep a finger on the pulse of your Online Business.
  • Manage your business anywhereWith our web-based interface, you can take care of business on-the-go, without the hassle of setting up servers or installing updates. From the other side of the world, all you need is an internet connection to grow your Online Business.
  • Secure & SupportedKeep peace of mind, knowing your important data is secure, hosted remotely in our data centers in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. In the rare case that you encounter a problem, a wealth of support resources are available right at your fingertips.

Why Use DotNetNuke?

Filed under: DNN — melkor185 @ 8:21 pm

10 Reasons to use DotNetNuke for new websites

 

As a web design consultant specializing in DotNetNuke, I often get asked the question “why use DotNetNuke?”.

Why not use Microsoft’s SharePoint, or Content Management Server or some other system? Why not build from a new website from scratch? Decision makers in an organization may not be aware of the pros and cons of the various choices – and they will need good information to make a choice.

Surprisingly, there is very few resources on the web with a list of reasons why to use DotNetNuke, so I have prepared the list below.

1. Have an instant website

Simply download and run the installer, and get an instant website with a huge list of features. This website can be used immediately, will look professional and can be put online straight away. This website will allow you to easily add your own content using the large variety of built in modules. There will be no need to know HTML or other coding languages. To do all this when building a website from scratch would take several months effort – why make this effort when DotNetNuke does so much for you?

2. Plug in module based architecture

Each separate piece of content on a DotNetNuke website is a module. This module based approach allows us to easily layout pages by selecting modules and placing them in the desired place on the page. Changed your mind about a modules location? Simply drag and drop it to where a new location. Try doing that with a website where the positions of items on the page are hard coded – it will require a rewrite just to move the items around. Need some functionality that is not provided by the built in modules? It is easy to write your own module in ASP.NET and plug it in with DotNetNuke’s module manager. Or buy a module from a third party module developer, there are many useful modules available at very low prices.

3. Plug in skin based layouts

DotNetNuke skins are a clip on cover for your website, just like the one for your cellphone or mp3 player. The obvious benefit of this is a consistent look and feel across an entire website. Skins are easy to operate, just choose the required skin from a list of skins and the whole website is updated to the new look. Try a different skin on a special occasion, like a christmas themed skin or a anniversary themed skin. Skins are easy to create too, and anyone who can create a html layout can create a skin. Skins even allow those who are not so skilled at design to create a good looking website.

4. Built in security and user management

DotNetNuke contains secure and well implemented built in role based security. Use the built in security administration pages to have full control over who can view and edit your web pages. Have a public area and one or more secured areas. This is very useful for creating websites that charge a subscription for premium content. use the role based security to give editing rights to selected users. Security settings apply to all of the website’s visitors including search engines – your restricted pages will not be indexed and will not be found on Google. How many websites have had sensitive documents found on a search engine – far too many! By having built in security from day one, this disaster can be avoided.

5. Built in event and error logging

Want to know if everything is running smoothly on your website? Simply check the built in Event Log page to see what has happened. All errors are caught and logged automatically. Find out immediately what is going on, when it went wrong and where it went wrong. This very useful for anyone developing their own DotNetNuke modules. Websites without built in error logging will not know even know if anything is going wrong – ignorance is bliss? Probably not.

6. Resources available

DotNetNuke has a very large developer community behind it. There are a wide variety of resources available, from free DotNetNuke skins, free DotNetNuke modules, low priced third party modules and skins. Use these resources to add value to your website.

7. Use for any type of web application

DotNetNuke was originally created as a Content Management System, but it was soon realised that it could actually be used as the base for any type of web application. A huge variety of different websites have been created with DotNetNuke.

8. Performance and scalability

DotNetNuke is designed for high performance, and includes built in support for web farms. DotNetNuke has been proven on several high visibility websites, like the Australian National Rugby League website www.nrl.com.au or even the DotNetNuke website www.dotnetnuke.com – with 3.7 million hits per month!

9. Large dotnetnuke community

With over four hundred thousand registered users, DotNetNuke is one of the most popular website development frameworks available. This means there is continuous advancement and improvement in DotNetNuke, modules, skins, support and services.

10. BSD license

DotNetNuke’s BSD license allows anyone to make a commercial product or service using DotNetNuke. There are no royalties. No strings, no tricks. Just download and go!

Reasons to use DotNetNuke

We have seen that there are a number of very good reasons for using DotNetNuke for your next website project. So why not download it and try it today?

 

Post info from: http://www.bestwebsites.co.nz/dotnetnuke/reasons-to-use-dotnetnuke/

Why Use WordPress?

Filed under: wordpress — melkor185 @ 8:11 pm

If you are new to WordPress and looking for reasons to use WordPress as a CMS (content management system) in your new website, let me give you some.

Open Source Software

WordPress is an Open Source software which allows it to be used free of cost. You can use it on any kind of personal or commercial website without have to pay a single dime for it. It is built on PHP/MySQL (which is again Open Source) and licensed under GPL.

User Friendly

You don’t really have to be experienced to use WordPress on your website. Nowadays most of the hosting companies provide the ability to install WordPress on your site at a single click of the mouse. The administration section is easy to navigate and its even easy to add articles/content to your website.

Themes Support

You will never run short of templates when using WordPress. If you don’t like the themes that come with the default installation of WordPress, you can hunt on the Internet and you will find thousands of free themes that you can download and use for your website. There are themes which can even make your website look like a regular site instead of a blog.

Plugins Extend Functionality

WordPress plugins allow you to do just about anything that you want and can be installed in a jiffy. For example, you want to paginate your blog posts, just look on Google and you can easily find the relevant plugin that will easily do the job for you.

Standards Compliant

WordPress is one software that follows all the Web Standards and keeps your blog or website compliant to all the rules that have to be followed when running a website.

SEO Friendly

Search Engines have to be definitely kept in mind when building a website. WordPress uses different functions which allow it to be search engine friendly. For example sending pings to other sites, making categories, tagging your posts, use of h1/h2 tags etc.

Large community Support

As per recent statistics, WordPress is used on more than 1% of the websites on the Internet in the world. There is a large user community backing the development of this software. So, whenever you face any problems, you can go through all the available WordPress forums and communities and find answers for all your questions.

So, you see the benefits of using WordPress now? And, you can add to this list by providing your feedback in the comments.

post taken from: http://www.blogohblog.com/why-use-wordpress/

Build My Mobile Site

Filed under: Mobile — melkor185 @ 8:03 pm

Over the past few years, mobile web usage has considerably increased to the point that web developers and designers can no longer afford to ignore it. In wealthy countries, the shift is being fueled by faster mobile broadband connections and cheaper data service. However, a large increase has also been seen in developing nations where people have skipped over buying PCs and gone straight to mobile.

Unfortunately, the mobile arena introduces a layer of complexity that can be difficult for developers to accommodate. Mobile development is more than cross-browser, it should be cross-platform. The vast number of mobile devices makes thorough testing a practical impossibility, leaving developers nostalgic for the days when they only had to support legacy browsers.

In addition to supporting different platforms, each device may use any number of mobile web browsers. For instance, an Android user could access your site using the native Android browser, or could have also installed Opera Mini or Firefox Mobile. It’s fine as long as the smartphone uses a progressive web browser (and it’s safe to say that most browsers are progressive nowadays), but it doesn’t have to.
Source: Nielsen Study, Image credit

The mobile web reintroduces several issues that have been largely ignored in recent years. First, even with 4G networks, bandwidth becomes a serious issue for mobile consumers. Additionally, mobile devices have a significantly reduced screen size, which presents screen real estate issues that have not existed since the days of projection monitors. Combine these issues with cross-platform compatibility problems, and it isn’t hard to see how mobile development is a lot like ‘stepping backwards in time’. So let’s tackle these issues one at a time and create a road map for mobile web development:

[Editor's note: Have you already got your copy of the Smashing Book #2? The book shares valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding. Have a look at the contents.]

Posted content take from: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/03/how-to-build-a-mobile-website/

What is WordPress?

Filed under: wordpress — Tags: , — melkor185 @ 7:18 pm August 3, 2011

WordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. It’s often customized into a Content Management System (CMS).[4] It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14% of Alexa Internet‘s “top 1 million” websites.[5]

It was first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg[1] as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of February 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 32.5 million times.[6] WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet.[7]

WordPress has a web template system using a template processor. Users can re-arrange widgets without editing PHP or HTML code; they can also install and switch between themes. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations. WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters are also included, providing standardized formatting and styling of text in articles (for example, converting regular quotes to smart quotes). WordPress also supports the Trackback and Pingback standards for displaying links to other sites that have themselves linked to a post or article. Finally, WordPress has a rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its functionality beyond the features that come as part of the base install.

Native applications exist for Android,[8] iPhone/iPod Touch,[9] iPad,[10] Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry[11] which provide access to some of the features in the WordPress Admin panel and work with WordPress.com and many WordPress.org blogs.

Awards

In 2007 WordPress won a Packt Open Source CMS Award.[18]

In 2009 WordPress won the best Open Source CMS Award.[19]

In 2010 WordPress won the Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards.[20]

In 2011 WordPress won the Open Source Web App of the Year Award at The Critters.[21][22]

What is Business Catalyst?

Filed under: Business Catalyst — Tags: , — melkor185 @ 9:14 pm July 27, 2011

BC is a hosted application for building and managing online businesses. Using our unified platform and without back-end coding, you can build everything from amazing websites to powerful online stores, beautiful brochure-ware sites to lead generation mini-sites.

Save Time with Templates, Pages, and Modules

Save time, preserve consistency and avoid duplication with templates. Our template system is simple – put the page elements you want to reuse in the template, and wrap your pages in templates. Simple, yet powerful. When you’re ready to add extra functionality, you simply layer your modules with a point and click approach.

Creative Freedom

You don’t need to learn anything special to design websites on BC. Instead you simply design your HTML, then layer our modules into your design. At its core, BC works like web hosting – in fact if you wanted to design a whole website without using our modules and then FTP it up to our servers – it’d work just fine. And that just means you’ve got all the creative freedom you need.

SEO & BC – We’re More Than Just Friends

Search Engine Optimization is essential for any online business, but good SEO starts with a system that supports good SEO practices. With BC, we’ve got the right features “baked in” – 301 redirects; SEO friendly URLs in our blogs, shopping cart, modules; customizable meta-tags; integration with Google’s webmaster tools… it’s all there.

Works With Familiar Tools in Familiar Ways

BC supports FTP to download and upload web pages, images, JavaScript, CSS, Flash and more. Dreamweaver users also get to use our fantastic Dreamweaver extension which plugs right into your workspace and puts the power of BC at your fingertips. Less time learning means more time doing.

Fool Proof Editing for Your Clients

Not that your clients are fools, but let’s face it – HTML is not normally your clients’ specialty. That’s why BC provides a simple and powerful in-context editing tool. Your clients see their website just as their customers do through a web browser, then they click the bits they want to edit. Easy.

Did you know?

Our Premium Partners can modify and customize our Online Editor to suit every individual client. Find out more.

Get Social with Blogs, Comments, Forums & RSS

Successful websites are easy to update and easy to engage with. With BC, your client can maintain multiple blogs; collect comments on posts, pages and products (and more); start up a forum and syndicate pretty much anything using RSS.

Content Holders

Sometimes when you design a site, you have some common elements that you want to re-use – but not all the time, so you can’t put them in a template. BC’s Content Holders take care of this by providing you with a way to centralize those common elements and re-use them on a page-by-page or template-by-template basis.

Secure Zones and Paid Memberships

Sometimes the best things in life aren’t always free. In fact, your client’s valuable content might only be for members that pay for the privilege to view it! BC’s secure zone’s modules, coupled with our recurring billing technology and web forms, allow you to build a “pay-wall” to protect your clients content and help them build recurring revenue streams.

The DotNetNuke

Filed under: DNN — Tags: , — melkor185 @ 7:58 pm May 25, 2011

DotNetNuke is the leading Web Content Management Platform (or CMS) for Microsoft ASP.NET, powering over 700,000 production web sites worldwide. The flexible DotNetNuke open source CMS platform also functions as a web application development framework. Depending on your role within your organization, DotNetNuke provides powerful benefits to support your Web initiatives.

DotNetNuke for End Users

DotNetNuke is easy to use. End users can learn to post content to your web site in minutes. The simple yet powerful page editing tools let end users modify content without IT support.

The granular security model allows system administrators to precisely define web site access for end users at the site, page or module level. Users can access the right content for their contributions yet have no access to modify the rest of your web site. This provides end users with considerable freedom to modify content yet limited access to your overall web site.

The Content Approval Workflow feature available in the DotNetNuke Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition empowers your organization to take web content control one step further. Your web site can be configured with custom approval workflows so changes to your site must be reviewed and approved by whomever you define before the changes can go live on your site.

DotNetNuke for Business Decision Makers

DotNetNuke is a flexible Web Content Management Platform which provides organizations with low start-up costs and rapid deployment times. The platform allows organizations to rapidly implement winning Web strategies by installing DotNetNuke apps to easily change and control the appearance and functionality of your web site.

The DotNetNuke Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition are highly affordable options that ensure you have technical support if you need it as well as additional product features which provide even greater control over the appearance and functionality of your web site. The Community Edition is available as a free download. The Microsoft SharePoint Connector available in the Enterprise Edition allows your organization to keep your files safe behind your firewall in SharePoint yet publish them cost effectively and securely to your DotNetNuke public web site, extranet or intranet.

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"...Creative, punctual, and a first class expert in web development, design and architecture. It doesn't matter where you are in the world..."
Shawn Hunter - Executive Producer
Portland, Maine Area -USA
"...No ordinary professional here. Top notch creative thinker and proactive professional. Two thumbs up!..."
Aderson Oliveira - Founder at DNNhero.com - Toronto - Canada Area
"...He is reliable and provides great designs in a timely fashion. He is always willing help and suggests alternatives when he sees a better way..." Carole Martin - Partner at LeFey Hosting - Toronto - Canada Area

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