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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

Consistency among corporate sites

Laura Bracken, May 9th, 2016

Today, I was reviewing a potential client’s sites, looking for ways to improve them.  Immediately, there were very noticeable issues to deal with: Read More

Writing content for visually-impaired users and ADA compliance

Brandon Perdue, April 22nd, 2016

So you just learned about the importance of using the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance guidelines on your website.  You learned that ADA compliant sites help visually-impaired users surf your site and that Google ranks ADA sites higher than non-compliant sites. Now, you are wondering (1) Is my website ADA compliant and (2) how do I ensure that blind or sight-impaired users can “see” my site? 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 wider variety of readers.  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

Facebook Page Post Strategy

Ally, February 19th, 2015

Facebook organic reach for business pages has been plummeting, it's true. In fact, probably a whole 3 percent of your Facebook followers are seeing your posts. Let's face it, in the swelling tide of Facebook content, all status posts' organic reach will be on the decline. What's a business Page to do?  Be solution oriented! 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

The Importance of Analyitics

Brandon Perdue, February 11th, 2015

Why are your website's analytics so important? The goal of any website is to attract visitors and then show them the information they are looking for and that you want them to see. They want access as quickly and easily as possible. In order to to do this, programmers and designers follow basic rules and guidelines to remove roadblocks and shepherd users through content in the best possible way. Read More

How to install Google Analytics On Your Website

Will Hall, February 4th, 2015

Setting Up Google Analytics On Your Website Tutorial Did you recently set up Google Analytics but don't know how to install it on your site?  All you really need is your website's FTP credentials, and an FTP program.  Read on to learn how to install Google Analytics yourself. Read More