Zdra-stvu-eetee to the Moscow Country Club!
Last week we welcomed Pavel Eogorov, Senior Sales & E-Commerce Manager from the Moscow Country Club, to the WebCanada offices. I know I speak for everyone when I say that we are looking forward to a long partnership with Pavel and the MCC. At present, we are redesigning and building out the property's web site on our Live CMS platform so naturally, we were excited to introduce Pavel to the WebCanada team.
But that’s not all we introduced him to…
What started as a seemingly narrow-focused social media platform for artsy folks and the interior design-inclined has now bourgeoned into a dynamic curatorial board for all things crucially relevant – Pinterest is perhaps the truest encapsulation of the term “must-see” and a perfect way to capture real-time consumer sentiment... if you’re active enough.
There’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path. Wise words first uttered by the Waschowski brothers and later echoed by Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, in his book, Delivering Happiness. The quote brings up a great point when seen in the context of corporate culture and client-facing branding, two often misaligned forces.
Type your company name into Google: where does your company show up in the results? Is it the first result? Is it halfway down the third page?
No matter your business plan or industry, a top result on a search engine can lend your company credibility and prestige. Your customers will treat top results as the best matches available, regardless of whether that is actually the case.
SEO is a gargantuan factor to consider when choosing a CMS platform. After all, you want your site to be number one in results and attract customers, potential employees and investors.
We're really excited to be launching the latest version of our online portal for residential building staff and communities: Concierge Plus. While we're beta testing the platform, we'd like to invite you to take a sneak peek at our new marketing site (designed by our design agency, Front60, and built on the Live CMS platform of course)!
What is Concierge Plus?
CP is a website for your property or community, designed to help you manage a property's day-to-day administrative tasks while connecting its tenants, owners, association members, board members and management.
Concierge Plus has tons of amazing features like maintenance tracking systems, announcements and permission-based administration form a timesaving hub for your entire building. It's easy to set up and use, no matter whether you're a novice computer user or a tech-savvy dynamo.
You want your website to look as competent and professional as your company is, your company's carefully crafted brand shining forth on every page. When choosing between an open source and custom CMS, there are definite differences in terms of front-end site design.
As we mentioned in Part 1 of Choosing a CMS, there are numerous user-generated add-ons readily available with open source CMS.
Every kind of CMS is customizable, though all are customizable to a different extent.
Open Source CMS are typically completely customizable, provided you're willing to roll up your sleeves and code it yourself. If you're not up to the challenge of coding from scratch, there are also a number of pre-existing plugins that you can slot in when and where you need them. You'll again be climbing into the back-end and configuring and troubleshooting on your own - and after all the work you put in, the plugins may not actually do what you want them to do!
The two most important considerations to make when choosing a CMS are the complexity of your website and the extent of your technical knowledge. Do you have a small website with a few pages or an extensive site with many pages showcasing a variety of media and functions?
Welcome to the first post in our series on choosing and evaluating a CMS. Since you're here, we're guessing you're still scouting for information about the differences between open source and proprietary systems.
To help, we've put together what we think are top considerations and differences between the two:
Choosing a content management system (CMS) can be a difficult undertaking when you're diving in for the first time. There are so many options available, it's hard to know what the best solution is. What you do know is that you don't have time to update back-end coding each time you want to alter a page on your website.
You need a better way to manage and organize online content. You need a CMS!
As an office of computer scientists, project managers and creatives, we're inspired by the engineer-turned-visionary Arvind Gupta. In the video below, Arvind explains how he creates learning toys out of trash to teach children the principles of science and geometry.
Video after the read more link.
YouTube and Google have created a fun little web app that lets you create a "search story video" just by choosing a few keywords and some music. The app is based on Google's popular search stories ad campaign that even saw one of their spots make it to last year's Super Bowl. Check out our own search story video and create your own.
WebCanada is hiring! Demand for our world-class websites, awesome CMS platform, and cutting edge web applications are through the roof.
We're looking for talented web developers to work in our cool new loft space office in the east end of downtown Toronto. We're not saying it's an easy job, but you'll love coming to work; if you're ready to embrace challenges and have your mind put to the test daily, we'll make sure your hard work is rewarded.
It's a really exciting time for writing PHP in Toronto and you must share the same passion for the craft as we do. For all of your hard work you'll be rewarded with:
• a competitive salary
• a health and dental benefits package
• a monthly metropass
• a catered lunch every Friday
• and did we mention an ergonomic Herman Miller chair
Maybe, The New York Times recently reported a story about an online glasses and contact lens merchant who purportedly garnered top search engine rankings because of negative reviews left by dissatisfied customers around the web. The online retailer bragged to his customers: "I just wanted to let you guys know that the more replies you people post, the more business and the more hits and sales I get. My goal is NEGATIVE advertisement."
His operation worked like this: somebody would order glasses or contact lenses from his site, he would then place an order for cheaper versions of glasses or contact lenses and have the package forwarded to the customer's shipping address. But when people complained about receiving suspiciously cheap eyewear, the owner and his henchmen fought back with alarming intimidation and threats.
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