Posts made in December, 2014

Happy 15-Year Y2K Anniversary!

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

It has officially been fifteen years since the turn of the millennium. Most of us vividly remember the Y2K bug scare, but for those who need a bit of a refresher, here is a brief overview of the whole situation.   For many, the Y2K bug was going to be what set off an apocalyptic-type situation. This is interesting, because in 1999, the nation was not nearly as dependent on computers and digital connectivity as we are now. Theories of what devastating things would happen ranged from all power going dark to the far-fetched notion of spontaneous zombies or other monsters. To the public, Y2K was mysterious and frightening, and without the same general societal knowledge of computers as we have in the present day, there was no logical explanation for what was actually going to happen.   As we now know, the real results were much more mundane. Midnight passed without any planet explosions, sudden hotbeds of walking dead activity, or devastating weather events. Instead, the clocks all ticked over to January 1, 2000, as though it was just another regular year.   Y2K was actually just a software problem, and mostly only affected businesses instead of individuals. Companies were concerned with the rollover from 99 to 00,...

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Don’t Make These Website Design Flubs!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

What does Div Creative do to ensure that your website design is the best it can be? We’ve collected some basic design tidbits that will expand your mind a bit.   Rules of Web Design!   1. Make sure your site is not stuck in the pre-2000s. We’ve all seen those sites that never seem to get updated or changed at all. Online design intentions have changed in the last decade or so, and will continue to change. Making sure your business site is keeping up with the times (without being innovative in a negative way) will ensure that your business itself will keep up with the times as well.   2. Don’t give your site too much or too little ambition—a site that does not fit the scope of your business will not appeal to or make sense to potential users. For example, if you have an online shopping site, confining it unnecessarily will probably result in confused or frustrated customers. For sites which offer a service rather than a product or products, often simpler and straightforward is better. There’s no sense in having a bloated site where half of the content could be condensed.   3. If a bunch of your customers are mobile users, but your...

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Your Website’s Interior

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014

What kind of work goes into deciding how to build a website? What type of code to use? What sort of language? The final decision depends upon the customer’s wants and needs, and there are several ways to customize these wants and needs from the ground up.   The three most common methods used to build sites are WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. All of these methods are used for publishing web content and they each vary in complexity and purpose. WordPress is generally for simpler sites that have less specific needs, Drupal is for more complicated, fully-customizable sites, and Joomla is a generally flexible platform with a pretty comprehensive user interface. At Div Creative, we tend to prefer WordPress and Drupal the most.   One misconception about WordPress is that it is only a blog website. While its history may be based in that idea, designing and implementing sites using WordPress can get very technical. The average WordPress user may just download a template and use it without changing it at all, but website design firms start from the ground up, essentially creating specialized sites from scratch.   What is great about WordPress is that business owners who want to be hands-on when it comes to updating their website...

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