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All together and going mobile

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in July, 2012

Each year, I spend a few days in Chicago at the CMS Expo. CMS stands for Content Management System and there are many out there to choose from. Several years ago, we made Joomla our CMS of choice.

Joomla is a free, open-source software that anyone can download and work with. The word Joomla is from a Swahili word, jumla which means ‘all together’ and that accurately describes the Joomla community, with programmers, developers and front-end users all sharing information and ideas.

Do you need a mobile app or a new website?

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in September

Do you need a mobile app or a new website?
Lately there’s been a lot of discussion around the Red Sage Global Headquarters (ok, it’s just 2nd Avenue in Decatur – but when Hoops & Yoyo include you in their video tribute to coffee – you’re global!) about the best way to make the sites we build mobile friendly. Currently we have a couple of options, building the customer’s website and including an application that makes it mobile friendly or having an actual mobile app built for the customer.

Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys, A Red Sage Primer

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in November, 2012

Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys, A Red Sage Primer

Red Sage started blogging this year, and some of us are less than thrilled about it. I won't point any fingers, because when I point one at Kelli there'd be three pointed back at me, and that would be fairly accurate. The way this blogging thing works is each week one of the Red Sagers writes a post about his or her area of expertise. This is the last time my name comes in rotation before the new year. And for that reason, I'm taking a few liberties with this post. As I'm writing this, Dragon Lady doesn't even know what it's about.

Upgrades and Versions and Migrations - Oh My!

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in 2013, January

Upgrades and Versions and Migrations - Oh My!

It's a new year and while we're all reevaluating different aspects of our lives, jobs, homes, etc. it's a good time to reevaluate your website as well. If you're reading this blog it means you're using a computer. If you're using a computer, you've no doubt seen those fun little messages from Windows, Java, Adobe, etc that alert you when there's an update to their product. The updates are meant to make the product function better, but sometimes include security patches that help keep your machine safe from hackers (I have my own personal nickname for them - but this blog has to be G rated, so I'll let you use your imagination).

Communication is the Problem to the Answer…

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in June, 2013

Communication is the Problem to the Answer…

If you’re as old as me you might remember that the title of this blog is also a song lyric from ‘The Things We Do For Love’ by 10cc back in the late 70s. Yes. I’m that old – but even THAT’S not old enough for the senior discount at Kroger (that’s another story for another blog post). The lyric came to mind today when thinking through blog post options and seems to fit.

Pimp my Site

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in July, 2013

Pimp my Site

Remember the MTV show, Pimp My Ride – where they take an old, tired looking car and customize it with everything under the sun? Have you ever purchased something and knew you would be making improvements to it down the road? Could be a house or a car – for me it's Lita. Lita is my Mustang convertible – I've wanted a Mustang convertible since I was in elementary school and after battling the beast that is cancer last year I decided it was time to get the bucket list car.

Responsive Web Design

Written by Teresa Smith What's that mean? Posted in 2014, February

Responsive Web Design

We build websites – we built a lot of websites, and technology and the way those websites work changes all the time.  In September of 2012, I wrote a blog article on the differences between a mobile-friendly website and a mobile app. For most sites today we look for ways to make the site responsive.

Spring Fever!

Written by Teresa Smith "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"" — Robin Williams Posted in April

Spring Fever!

It's officially Spring – Finally! Flowers are blooming! Birds are singing (Mark and I have a bird that visits our window sill regularly, we've named him Herman)! Trees are turning green (and their pollen is turning my blue car green!) Butterflies are showing off their colors! There's spring cleaning!

WAIT! What? Who snuck that housework-y one in?

Plan B

Written by Teresa Smith Do you have a Plan B? Posted in 2014, June

Plan B

"If Plan A doesn't work – stay calm, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet!"

Around here a backup plan can mean lots of things – we keep backups of all our websites, we keep backups of our design files and other documents, both onsite and offsite. This is to insure that should there be a blip of any kind we have a starting place for restoration.

The One Thing That Never Changes is... Change!

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in October, 2014

The One Thing That Never Changes is... Change!

There's a well-known quote by Charles Darwin that says:

"It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.”

Now, I'm sure you're wondering what this has to do with building a website. Well, when it comes to building a website that functions well, looks good, and has a shelf life of more than a couple of years, it's pretty darn accurate.

How We Can Help You Be Just Like the Foo Fighters

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in 2015, March

How We Can Help You Be Just Like the Foo Fighters

I love rock music and attend all the concerts I can possibly squeeze into a summer (why do they ALL have to tour during the same 4 - 6 month period??!??!). My son, Tucker, and I already have tickets to see Tesla, Styx, and Def Leppard this summer. Just waiting for some AC/DC tour dates in our area, and they’ll be on the list, too. I’ve raised Tucker to love music as well, and it’s been something we’ve shared as he’s grown up.

How to Kick Your Site into Overdrive

Written by Teresa Smith Posted in 2015, April

How to Kick Your Site into Overdrive

Ever hear folks talking about websites and they use a bunch of letters that sound like they belong with cars: GT, SS, GTO, SEO, SEF, URL? Okay, so maybe I’ve mixed them up a little bit. But just like the right tires can make a difference in the ride and performance of your car, there are things you can do to improve the performance of your website.

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