These days, websites are complex and massive undertakings. Even the most seasoned web developers need to have a big toolbox of applications to get the job done right. While there’s no definitive list, we’ve gathered some of our team’s favorite tools for the many tasks developers are faced with when it comes to building websites and applications.
As a UX Designer– officially an Information Architect– here at The Web Development Group, I focus on the Information Architecture and content strategy with our clients. Oftentimes, our clients come to us unaware of exactly what Information Architecture is and how it relates to a successful experience for their website users.
The Web Development Group (WDG) has been ranked one of the best Drupal Web Design companies by 10 Best Design. Located just outside of Washington, DC in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, WDG is the only Mid-Atlantic firm to have received the Drupal Web Design Company awarded by 10 Best Design.
The scenario: It’s time to dive in and begin work with your recently contracted web designers. You’re excited to get your new website launched and want to have a great experience in the process. What should you be doing to ensure a successful project with your web designers?
Communication is the key.
WDG Builds Website For GWU School of Public Health Leading to Highest Donation in Private University History
The recently re-branded and newly launched School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University has been renamed the Milken Institute School of Public Health in recognition of record-breaking contributions from several sources, including the Milken Family Foundation.
Long recognized as an industry leader in the public health field, the former GWU School of Public Health launched its new website this past summer aiming to better its digital experience for students and alumni, alike.
This past Friday, I was invited to speak to students about S.T.E.M. and how it related to my field as a web developer.
The S.T.E.M. program is a blended approach to problem solving, including but not limited to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. S.T.E.M based initiatives have been gaining notoriety to pique interest in and provide an introduction to these disciplines earlier in the academic journey.
Utilizing websites and blogs is a smart and easy way to engage your business’ targeted audiences. As content becomes more key in digital engagement, the value of creating awesome, relevant content often draws in much of a marketer’s focus, leaving little attention to other website-related decisions. Important decisions, such as choosing the right web host, end up on the back burner.
Mere hours after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about more Facebook apps coming in 2014, the company announced this morning the imminent launch of their new iPhone app, Paper.
First things, first. As a recent dumper of the iPhone (Android all the way!), I am saddened that I won’t be able to test out the first app to come out of Facebook Creative Labs.
We love Zendesk as a ticketing service for our support clients, but when we found out you cannot export Zendesk tickets without purchasing a larger plan, we were disappointed. As web developers, we pride ourselves on finding a way if one exists, utilizing the latest tools and methods to build solutions to our client’s problems.
In today’s world, having a strong brand presence is key to succeeding in a competitive, growing online market. You have to find a great web design company to help you successfully deliver your message. You may think that getting to that point of needing an agency is difficult, but finding the right agency is, by far, more of a challenge.
There was a great discussion between Matt Thomas and the WordPress Core crowd in November having to do with the use of Google Webfonts vs bundling font files in the new admin section for the use of Open Sans. The theory went that there were some huge advantages to using Google Webfonts, especially when it comes to ensuring compatibility in all circumstances.
Google released another tool, the Google Publisher WordPress plugin, in their push to further their reach as an ad-serving giant. Google Publisher is a toe hold in a content-driven WordPress ecosystem that will only grow as more people discover just how easy it is to publish online using WordPress’s content management system.
Without question, the most exciting part about a student’s design education is the opportunity to prove their skills in real-world situations. Internships are exciting opportunities for students, allowing them to get an edge on their peers in an industry of increasingly stiff, experienced competition. However, despite the good intentions of the employer and intern, not all internships are created equal.
The development team at WDG loves nothing more than to mold the power of Drupal into a custom digital solution that betters our clients’ reach online. When working with nonprofit organizations in particular, we understand that their focus should be on promoting their cause. Our goal with them is to deliver a strong digital experience that:
- provides an intuitive experience for the user that will instill a sense of trust in the nonprofit’s digital presence while decreasing bounce rates,
- allows for the nonprofit to easily manage their own website content with a strong, user-friendly content management system.
It’s a busy week for WDG! If you’re in DC on Thursday and Friday, stop by one of our events!
This Thursday, 11/21, WDG is hosting a party at Canvas Co/Work in DC to benefit Movember and its mission to battle men’s cancer. The party starts at 7pm and prizes will be awarded to the most stylish ‘staches.
The students from American University’s Master of Marketing program came to visit the WDG studio last week and chatted with our design team about our processes and expertise with user experience (UX) in design. UX is an incredibly important topic nowadays, especially as more businesses are focusing on their users, making UX such a hot buzzword in the web industry.
Our Movember-inspired event, A Gathering of The ‘Stache is just 2 short days away and we’re looking forward to seeing you there! Haven’t reserved your free ticket yet? What are you waiting for? Join WDG, Viget and Threespot as we enjoy an evening at Canvas Co/Work benefitting Movember and its great mission to battle men’s cancers.
As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder (why is it below freezing already??), we bask in the warmth of our upper lip fuzz here at WDG:
As our Movember team forges through the first half of this chilly month, we are enjoying the growth of some serious facial hair to help raise donations for the research & health programs supporting prostate & testicular cancer.
It’s November 1st and that means one thing at the WDG Shop: It’s time to start with a fresh face and grow some awesome mustaches for…
The WDG Team has supported the Movember Foundation over the last several years. This included 2012′s fundraising efforts, which had some WDG folks looking awfully questionable by month’s end.
Our Mustaches are … barely there.
It’s only the first few days of Movember and things are already interesting in the WDG shop. The men of our typically bearded team are clean-shaven and baby faced. Loved ones have been taken aback by what’s been hiding underneath the last 12 months’ worth of facial hair.
With Drupal 8 in active development, there are many features that our WDG developers are excited about seeing. The biggest change with Drupal 8 is the adoption of Symfony. The core of Drupal has been re-written on top of the Symfony framework, meaning that many of the hooks available in Drupal’s API are being dumped.
GiveBack DC was a great event. If you were there you know. If you missed it, you’ll have to come next year.
Since we live in the digital age and everything was broadcast over social media we decided to use Storify to collect all those awesome tweets and put them together into a recap of the night.
We’re Excited To Announce Our First Publicly Released Plugin For WordPress, Jarvis.
The Web Development Group recently released Jarvis publicly, receiving positive feedback from Jarvis users and the development community. Learn more about what makes using this plugin to move about WordPress admin more effortless.
What is Jarvis?
Jarvis is a WordPress plugin for users to quickly maneuver around the admin side of WordPress to get to content quickly.
With GiveBack DC well underway, I spent some time chatting with and getting to know the awesome folks at Mentors, Inc., one our hosted nonprofits. Mentors, Inc. is a passionate small nonprofit in downtown DC who pour their hearts into mentoring and helping today’s DC students towards high school graduation and college entry.