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Annette Fowler

AspDotNetStorefront 9.5 – Exploring the new release

I recently had the opportunity to set up a brand new eCommerce store with AspDotNetStorefront Version 9.5 (released in January 2015) and have the following review. Please note that some of these features may have been available in versions before 9.5, but they were new to me. Stuff that I like (love?) Admin site user interface- Just WOW! [...] read more »

Logan Ray

3 Ways Personas Help Build a Better User Experience

Redesigning a website isn’t easy, cheap, or fast- so don’t rush into it and build out your new site without fully understanding your primary user base. Google Analytics and heat maps can give you a lot of information about how people are currently (and historically) engaging with your website, but these tools don’t reveal too much about [...] read more »

Rick Boccard

2014 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development

The new Jacksonville State University website launched almost a year ago, but the accolades continue to roll in.  Beacon and the awesome team at JSU partnered up last spring on the redesign and development of a new responsive design of the primary .EDU and news websites.  These sites turned out great.  The design team worked [...] read more »

John Vine

Building a paginated listing with only HTML and CSS for Responsive Design

Most paginated listings on the web are managed either with server side logic, javascript, or a combination of both. With the first option, the user’s browser wait on network traffic back to the server and back down again. Even if the data is as succinct as possible, a bad connection or crowded wi-fi can make [...] read more »

Josh Combs

What Color is the Dress? The Power of Perception

  If you’ve been on any sort of social media in the last 18 hours, it’s simply exploded going viral with everyone being split over the colors and their perception on this picture of a dress. A friend of mine sent it to me last night in a text and I showed my wife thinking it [...] read more »

Jordan Burleson

How To Create A Custom Google Map With MyMaps

Often Forgotten, Google MyMaps Makes It Easy To Create & Share Maps Online We all know the power behind Google Maps. We know that it is crucial in helping new businesses get found, getting everyday directions to home or work and places in-between. Google Maps can even be leveraged to find your way around a [...] read more »

Ashley Agee

Mobile Usability Fix for WordPress Sites

Have you gotten the dreaded message in Webmaster Tools that you need to fix the mobile usability issues affecting your site? You have blah blah pages with errors. You know, this one..   Yea, me too. Since we all know Google cares if our sites are mobile friendly (i.e look good and easy to use on [...] read more »

Annette Fowler

Cascade Server Help and Training Resources

Those that have worked with Beacon Technologies on Cascade Server projects know that our experienced staff is available for “as needed” content management help through our Preferred Client Services department as well as for customized training sessions and user manuals specific to the site designed for your organization. However, did you know that Hannon Hill, [...] read more »

Annette Fowler

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Higher Ed Website Redesign

After recent experience with several higher education website redesigns, I’ve come up with a list of the top ten ways that you, as a higher education client, can prepare for an upcoming website redesign project.  Though these items aren’t technically required right at the beginning of a redesign project, they are all eventually needed and the [...] read more »

Ashley Agee

How to Check Goal Conversions are Set Up Correctly in GA

I absolutely love that Google Analytics has the Real-Time Reporting section that allows you to see many different options in “real time.” Now, when you are testing out new goals you’ve set up, to make sure they show up correctly in GA, you don’t have to wait a few hours to see the data. It [...] read more »