The Lighthouse Blog

Cloud Adoption Rises as IT Security Concerns Dwindle

It seems no one wants to be in the hardware business. According to Intel Security, over half of upcoming enterprise IT spending will go toward cloud resources. They call it “a tipping point in IT.” Approximately 1,200 IT professionals...
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Six Things to Discuss Before Meeting Your Developer

Web developers are here to make your website and application dreams come true, but that doesn’t mean you get a free ride. Even before that first meeting, there’s some light, but important, prep work to be done. It’s always good to thoroughly...
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Happy Holidays from Urban Lighthouse!

Happy holidays everyone! We had a fantastic 2015 at the Lighthouse. We were challenged. We learned. We grew as a team. Thanks to our clients who invited us to work on projects that pushed our boundaries, kept us sharp and helped us develop new skills....
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Explainer: Big Data

“Big data” is trendy in tech circles these days. And I’m not talking about the band, although they’re pretty popular too. When it comes to Google searches, “big data” has been steadily rising in popularity since 2011. It’s another one of...
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Using Rapid Prototyping to Define Requirements and Build Consensus

Software development is a notoriously slow process, which is why so many people in this industry are obsessed with being quick. They get certified in Agile Methodology and engage in development sprints. They don’t even sit down for their meetings anymore,...
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Four Tips for Turning Customers Into Advocates

It might sound hackneyed, but Urban Lighthouse owes its success and survival to customer service. Since day one, back in 2003, our primary goal has been to establish long-term client relationships. But when it comes to marketing, we’re pretty lazy....
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Weighing Off-The-Shelf vs. Custom Development

When it comes to software, there are times when custom development is the only way to go: You need a system that mirrors your organization’s precise business processes, or you have an idea for an innovative application that fills a gap in the market....
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The eCommerce Recipe: Accepting Payments Online

Setting up a website is one thing; equipping it to handle transactions is quite another. In this post, we’ll explain the basic ingredients your site needs in order to start selling stuff. 1. SSL Certificate SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates...
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Expert Advice: Three Audiences to Consider When Designing Oil and Gas Websites

Websites of smaller oil and gas companies are not known for being slick or modern. The question is, does it even matter? Is it worth it for junior and intermediate producers to update their web presence? To get a better idea of what’s important in oil...
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Explainer: Choosing a Web Host

There are lists upon lists out there, ranking the “best” web hosting services, chock-full of promising statements like “unlimited,” “guaranteed” and “100% uptime.” Owners of basic websites can often get away with picking a top-rated,...
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