The Lighthouse Blog

A Confession and 3 Words to Consider Before Outsourcing Abroad

There are many reasons to outsource web development projects to countries like India, the Philippines, Mexico and China. They have large technical and professional talent pools, you can get work done quickly and online collaboration has never been easier....
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Explainer: The Internet of Things

The software development industry sure does love its buzzwords. The ‘Internet of Things‘ is one of most popular these days. It refers to the connection of software to physical objects over a network. The software, usually in the form of a...
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Three Kinds of Web Developers: How to Choose the Right One

Many companies that develop websites and applications claim to be “full service,” meaning they possess a complete range of programming, design and marketing expertise in-house. In reality — good intentions aside — that’s probably not the case....
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Stop Paying for Web Maintenance: The Straight Goods on CMSs

A content management system (CMS) gives those of us who aren’t programmers the power to create and publish website content. This front-end application translates complex code through an interactive, easy-to-understand interface. CMSs have become more...
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A Beginner’s Guide Choosing a WordPress Template

WordPress is all the rage nowadays. Over 74 million sites are powered by WordPress, and with good reason. The base platform is free, and developing your website by customizing a WordPress template is much easier (and way cheaper) than building...
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Making Websites That Stand the Test of Time

Due to the rise and fall of web design trends, the average site has a shelf life of two-to-five years. To prove this point, let’s take a look at what was fashionable in 2008: retro themes, grungy details, wood grain backgrounds and 3D-looking sticky...
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3 Things Your Website Absolutely Needs

For every new web technology that is released, tested by the masses, digested and accepted, the bar for the ‘modern-day website’ inches up a little bit more. Sometimes, this new tool or design trend becomes something more than a mere badge of honour;...
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Team Favourite: Trello

The gang at Urban Lighthouse has been using Trello as our primary project collaboration tool for a few years now, for zero dollars. But that’s just one of the reasons we love it. So, if you’re not yet familiar with Trello, let me have the pleasure...
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How a Web App Can Transform Your Business

Let’s say your business is used fork sales. You buy second-hand forks, test them, refurbish them as needed, and sell them online. Seems like a manageable process, doesn’t it? But, wait. The second-hand utensil market is heating up and, by golly,...
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Project Spotlight: Add in, the Campaign for Calgary’s Library

Client: The Calgary Public Library Foundation Project type: WordPress development When the Calgary Public Library Foundation approached Urban Lighthouse in late 2014, they had a vision of creating an online hub that would highlight the foundation’s...
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