Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New websites developed using DNN portal solutions

New family of websites powered by DNN 6

AutoCrafting Solutions in Rochester, New York

The website redesign for AutoCrafting.com was recently completed. We took three existing html based websites and migrated them into a single installation of DNN 6 as "child portals".

DNN (formerly DotNetNuke) is evolving rapidly. DNN has been my "go to" web CMS platform for a few years, and it's getting better with every update.

Here are a few takeaways.

DNN Strengths:
  • Portals allow you to host and manage multiple websites under one CMS installation
  • MS Office style editor seems to be more intuitive for corporate clients
  • Vast library of add-on modules (plugins)
  • Scalability for enterprise level websites

DNN Weaknesses:
  • Native blogging engine is not as feature rich as Wordpress
  • No single-click updates
  • Hosting is a bit more pricey ($20/mo versus $8/mo)
  • Skins a.k.a. themes tend to be more "corporate" versus "creative"...but this is slowly changing

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy advisor.

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Google Sites for Stowe Law

Stowe Law Firm website overhauled using Google Sites CMS

New Google Sites website designed and deployed for local law firm
The Brief:
  • Internet showcase for local legal services
  • Reach new customers via Web search
  • Solidify Online brand ID

The Method:
  • Design: Custom graphics designed in Adobe Fireworks CS3
  • Google Apps: Google Sites framework with Google Docs and Google Maps
  • Search Engine Optimization: Author unique page titles/descriptions, XML sitemap, Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics
  • Social Media: Integrate Google+, Facebook, and micro-blogging gadget

The Result:
  • Marketing tool will reach local audience and attract new business
  • Site style is clean and professional which parallels the client's existing brand
  • Content maintenance is accomplished via Google Sites browser-based Web CMS

Visit The Stowe Law Firm website

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy advisor.

Monday, August 5, 2013

ICON Creations Custom Google Sites Deployed



The Brief:
  • Online showcase for new bridal line of wedding rings and custom jewelry services
  • Site needs to attract new wholesale customers as well as a motivated sales team

The Method:
  • UI Design: Custom graphics developed in Adobe Fireworks CS3
  • Google Apps: Google Sites framework with Google Docs and Google Drive
  • Photo Gallery: Implement SimpleViewer Flash/mobile HTML5 gallery linked to multiple Flickr sets
  • SEO: Author unique page titles/descriptions, XML sitemap, Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics.

The Result:
  • Website features custom UI which ties into the client's cutting edge jewelry theme
  • Site updates are facilitated via linked Google Docs, Google Drive and Flickr XML feed
  • Marketing tool will reach national audience and help recruit top level sales force

Visit the ICON Creations Custom website: http://www.iconcreationscustom.com

Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy advisor.

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