Author Archives: Will Hall

Advanced search forms with Bolt CMS

Will Hall, November 9th, 2016

While developing a site with Bolt, it's possible you'll run into a situation where Bolt's built-in search functions don't go far enough. For example: product search or other multi-faceted searches. Read More

Adding a customizable shopping cart to Bolt CMS

Will Hall, October 28th, 2016

One of the best things about the Bolt CMS for PHP is that it enables you to use MVC patterns to add custom functionality to your sites. In this guide, I'll show you how to use Bolt's "local extension" system to create your own customized cart. Read More

Why choose Bolt CMS? A developer’s perspective

Will Hall, July 10th, 2016

We’d had our eyes on Bolt for quite a while. In a world of Drupal and Wordpress, Bolt stood out as a well-architected PHP application built with a modern software development outlook.  It uses YAML for configuration files, Composer for extensions, Twig for templates, and Silex for routing. Read More

Formatting web content for readability

Will Hall, April 19th, 2016

Summary: Web users scan pages for actionable content.  Actionable content gets people involved in the website and, hopefully, excites them to go out and try a new tool, product, or method.  To accomplish this, use the list below to format your content. Read More

Using a screen reader to test your website’s accessibility

Will Hall, March 25th, 2016

As your website reaches a larger audience, you should become more interested in ensuring that your site meets the needs of a diverse audience.  Some of your audience will rely on tools like screen readers to be able to consume your content and activate your site's features. Read More

Implementing a fully-featured website and CMS with Bolt

Will Hall, October 15th, 2015

Bolt is a PHP-based open-source content management system.  It sets itself apart with its modern design philosophy and use of standard PHP libraries. We recently launched a new site for Vera Water and Power, and we built it with Bolt. I am so happy with how the site turned out, from a UI, content, and design perspective. In this post, I'll explain why we chose Bolt, how it helped the site succeed, and why it was so fun to work with. Read More

A Responsive Retrofit Or New Responsive Site? (w/video)

Will Hall, February 17th, 2015

When a customer comes to us requiring  a mobile-friendly version of their site, we provide them with two options: Retrofit their existing site with a responsive addition Create a new site with responsive built-in from the beginning Let's look at the differences and how each might be the right choice for your site. Read More