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.
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.
By Scott Stasio, Special Projects Officer at Praescient Analytics
The days of basic HTML websites hosted on GeoCites are long behind us (although some relics still do exist online). It is easy to forget how basic the web browsing experience was only a few years ago; streaming video was unthinkable, social media was just getting started, and waiting several minutes for a page to load was commonplace.
We are big fans of the little details that make a user experience beautiful. When Praescient Analytics, a local veteran-owned small business, came to us with an open mind for a website redesign, we knew we were going to have some fun honing in on those details.
With a new WordPress-powered website planned for public launch in mid August, we’re excited for Praescient to reach a new level of engagement.
We’ve recently been getting a lot of calls asking about the plethora of open-source content management systems (CMS) available nowadays. We’re going to take a look at two of the most popular systems (and ones we like a lot), specifically WordPress vs Drupal. When we’re talking to the typical non-savvy website owner we’ve been getting the same question repeatedly:
What’s the difference between WordPress and Drupal?
SLA teamed up with The Web Development Group (WDG) to modernize its online aesthetics, streamline the website user experience and simplify content management by moving to a WordPress content management system (CMS).
It’s Thursday and the WDG team is currently in Columbia, South Carolina to Converge SE. Why am I not there, you ask? Well, I waited too long to buy a ticket. But you know what, life’s looking up now that I get to write the Weekly Wrap Up!
I learn something new every week here at WDG … if you aren’t learning something new on a weekly basis, then you’re most likely not living life right.
The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) approached The Web Development Group looking to have www.soyfoodsmonth.org refreshed. The purpose of this site is to make the general population more aware of soyfoods month. WDG’s WordPress development team worked closely with SANA to ensure that the changes made reflected the organization’s goals.
At The Web Development Group, we specialize in building custom designed and developed WordPress sites. We have found that one of the best ways to develop a site is through open communication and collaboration. This allows everyone to participate and share their expertise. We have started sharing our favorite WordPress plugins and have decided to shoot some out to you!
At The Web Development Group, we specialize in building custom WordPress and Drupal websites that are guaranteed to please visitors. There is a lot that goes in to each website we launch. From the beginning research phase where we meet with clients and discuss the goals of the new site to content management where we help build a site that is not only SEO friendly but pushes out appropriate content to the audience.
Just a few days ago we discussed the WordPress media gallery. Since that time, WordPress has released a new update and in it a new media gallery. Below is a quick discussion:
The holidays are right around the corner, and WDG got everything it could ever ask for in the newest update of WordPress 3.5!
Are you taking full advantage of your WordPress media library? There are multiple options available for admins who upload different graphics and videos on to their pages and posts. Technically, media refers to images, video, recordings, and files, so basically “media” encompasses everything that you upload on to your blog or website.
Many people assume WordPress is for bloggers or smaller websites. This is not always the case, though. We work for large companies, organizations, universities, and more to build our clients professional, modern, sleek and often large websites on Drupal and WordPress. Some of our largest clients (most recently, Shenandoah University) request to have their site built on WordPress.
The design and development team at The Web Development Group is happy to announce yet another successful WordPress site launch! Shenandoah University is one of the largest sites we have built thus far. The site itself is custom designed and developed by the web wizards here at WDG. Keep reading to learn more about the custom features we built specifically for the new Shenandoah University website.
After The Web Development Group finished their rebranding we were eager to receive feedback from our different audience members. Previous and current clients raved about the new site, and a few offered some constructive criticism. Of course, this is the audience group we care most about pleasing. If our site is appealing and easy to navigate for current and past clients then chances are it will be just as helpful to future and prospective clients.
Last Friday was a great day at WDG, and not just because it was Friday, but because we successfully launched ARSA.org. When the Aeronautical Repair Station Association approached us looking for a new website, they were on Drupal. We custom designed and developed a website on WordPress that met all of their specific needs.
At The Web Development Group, we build websites for all types of brands and businesses. Sometimes we work with large organizations, like universities, sometimes we work with smaller companies or local nonprofits. Web development for nonprofits will have a large influence on an organizations success. Recently we hosted GiveBack DC, a 72-hour design and development sprint where we worked with some of the best local talent as well as our own team of designers and developers to build a new web presence for three local nonprofits.
We made the decision to build our website on WordPress because we know that this particular CMS will fulfill all of our needs while maintaining a simple backend so anyone on the team can add and edit content. Of course, we created a completely custom WordPress site that shows off our personality.
There are a lot of decisions that go into building a new website. One of the decisions you will have to make early on is deciding which content management system you want to work with. There are quite a few options to choose from. At The Web Development Group, we focus on building custom-made Drupal and WordPress sites.
How are we expected to give our clients the best rebrand possible if we don’t know what it is like to do a complete make-over ourselves? We decided it was time to take our website to the next level and in doing so, we experienced first hand what our clients go through on a regular basis.
GiveBack DC 2012 was a huge success! Our three teams worked late into the night finalizing the development aspects of the websites. The Web Development Group is excited to announce each of the nonprofits’ websites were successfully launched, much to the excitement of GiveBack DC volunteers, sponsors and the nonprofits themselves!
GiveBack DC has been a huge success, thanks to all of the awesome volunteers who dedicated their time and talents over the weekend of September 7th. With their skills, MacBooks, and almost 30 hours of dedicated effort, GiveBack DC proudly launched awesome, new websites for some very deserving local non-profits. Check out the new looks for Borromeo Housing, DC Diaper Bank, and Phoenix Bikes, all powered by the awesomeness of WordPress.With these new web sites, the non-profits will have better opportunities to reach out to more people, raise donations, and continue their efforts in bettering our local community.
Sometimes your company or organization needs a complete revamping. Maybe you haven’t updated your marketing material in a while, your logo looks outdated, or your website lacks modern features. Either way, you don’t just need a new website, you need a new web presence! Although a fun and exciting time for your company, it can also be stressful, full of concern, and all around unnerving.
A few days ago we announced which organizations had been chosen to participate in GiveBack DC. What we haven’t talked about yet, is our decision to build all three sites on WordPress. Aside from the fact that WordPress is the official sponsor of GiveBack DC, we are really happy to be able to offer this content management system to the nonprofits.