Web Development

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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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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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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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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