May 16, 2014
If you’re not using a front end framework and preprocessing your CSS, your just not keeping up!
The results are in and I can tell you definitively that they are great and they really help. I started using Bootstrap about 2 years ago when Bootstrap 2 hit the web. Then updated to using Bootstrap 3 about 8 months ago and I’ve never looked back.
Front End Frameworks
Bootstrap is the most popular front-end framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Bootstrap makes it possible to develop responsive websites. Responsive websites, if you haven’t heard, allow for a single website design to look and work fantastically on all screen sizes: Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and Desktops.
Smartphones and Tablets now outnumber laptops and desktops on the web. You have to build your site for these new formats or you will lose visitors, lots of them!
Preprocessors are a technical innovation that saves time and makes providing the above more cost effective for clients.
HTML is the structure of a webpage, the guts, the elements that hold the content so that they can be defined in detail and targeted for customization by styling. Some are structural and invisible to a site viewer, others are the actual content.
CSS is the language used to define the styles, the look and feel, colors, spacing, fonts, font size, etc. of the HTML elements.
Preprocessors are available for all of the above, but the ones that help you build better CSS are the ones I’ve adopted. I build all my style sheets using the LESS language which is then compiled or converted to pure CSS. There are other pre processed styling languages like SASS and SCSS. But I use LESS which was the language used to build Bootstrap’s CSS. Which allows me to customize my Bootstrap framework for every site I build.
The very simple act of being able to define your colors in human readable forms like @RED or @BLUE instead of hexadecimal code which looks like this #ffffff or #0000ff, saves innumerable amounts of time and improves your color accuracy immensely. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s just the use of variables in your styling.
You can add logic to your LESS files too…….which adds conditional statements to your styling. The possibilities are endless.
If you’ve hired a web developer/designer that doesn’t use these techniques, you really haven’t found a good developer/designer. You’ve hired a newbie, a beginner, or a lazy coder that doesn’t truly understand our craft and has no interest in improving themselves and passing those improvements on to their clients.
January 10, 2014
December 13, 2013
WordPress 3.8 is here:
Brand New Admin interface, with many great new features. Learn more here.
WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!
The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.
The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.
We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.
December 13, 2013
Design & Development Process
Research and Information Gathering — A successful website is built through a series of steps that involve both designer and client. The first step is getting to know each other so I can better understand your business, your customers, and your goals for the website. I’ll spend some time researching your industry and probably asking you a bunch of questions.
Information Architecture — Once I’ve gathered the information I need I’ll begin working out how to organize your content. I’ll help you determine what needs to be on the site and figure out how to best organize and present that information. During this time I’ll sketch out possible solutions for structure and layout of your site.
Style and Aesthetics — Based on our conversations I’ll generate some ideas for how your site will look. I’ll put together ideas on what typeface(s) and color scheme could be used. I’ll create a mood board that will offer ideas for how your site will look and feel once complete. At the end of this phase I’ll send you several design images for the major sections and pages of your site. All the while you’ll be offering feedback and through our collaboration we’ll fine tune the design of your site.
Prototype — An image can only tell you so much about how a web page will work and react to user interaction. As soon as possible I’ll build several representation pages of the site based on the design images I’ve sent. With further feedback I’ll continue to adjust and fine tune the design.
Develop a live site — Once we’re happy with the prototype pages I’ll begin to build the real site. I mainly work with WordPress as I’ve found it to be capable of powering most any site as well as being easy for you to use. I’ll develop the theme that will become your site and then build out the pages. Again I’ll ask for your feedback to further refine the finished site.
Site Management and Consulting
A website is never truly finished. Successful sites are those that continue to improve. They add new content. They interact with an audience. They take advantage of new technologies when appropriate. A successful website is one that lives and breathes. It grows with the business. After your site is launched I’m available for ongoing site maintenance and consulting.
December 7, 2013
Your here, so it goes without saying that I’ve gotten the new BTC launched. Takes time to rebuild your site, your wishlist is BIG, your time is small. We haven’t done much but build it using our latest technologies. Interested? Specs are HERE!
November 24, 2013
October 26, 2013
Just completed phase 1 of a great project for a legendary arabian horse breeding farm in Texas. Famous in the Arabian horse world for breeding an amazing number of champion horses.
I was assisted by my talented and lovely colleague, Phillippa Ewing, whose amazing writing abilities made the project a great success.
August 28, 2013
Just launched the new website for Ellenville Regional Hospital. Ellenville Regional Hospital is located in Ellenville, NY. They are a great success story in rural healthcare delivery.
The site was built by an awesome team:
- Rick Whelan of Ditto Design – Website Design & Print Design Services
- Phillippa Ewing of Phillippa Ewing Marketing – Marketing Strategy & Copywriting Services
- Fred Shequine of Business Technology Consulting – WordPress website Development
- Home slideshow
- Event System
- News System
- Human Resources Job System
- Accept Donations Online
- And Much Much More!
July 8, 2013
Just Launched the new VII Photo Agency website for De.MO Design of Milllbrook, NY
April 23, 2013
December 18, 2012
BTC has been chosen to perform web development for the rebranding project of Ellenville Regional Hospital in Ellenville, NY. The project is a very broad rebranding project and BTC will perform all web development efforts.
October 18, 2012
Many design studios and startup businesses feature a token pet as the office mascot…we wouldn’t want to dissapoint…
September 18, 2012
Business Technology Consulting is proud to now offer Rackspace Cloud Sites hosting to all our web development clients.
Cloud Sites Hosting: $120 per year ($10 per month)
Technical Support: $120 per year
Cloud Sites Hosting: $240 per year
Technical Support: $120 per year
February 11, 2012
August 21, 2011
I recently attended WordCamp SF 2011, 3 days of great presentations by some great people, and some of them were even quite funny!
WordPress is fast becoming a great CMS ( Content Management System) and has been for some time one of the most intuitive backend interfaces I’ve worked with.
It’s not just blogging software any more….
New and Notable:
BuddyPress – Your own private social network built on WordPress.
WebFonts – Websafe only fonts are fast becoming history with new ways to implement any font anywhere on the web without resorting to graphic fonts.
UppSite – Deploy your website or web application in multiple mobile app systems quickly and easily without coding.
Process – New ways to manage customers, clients, designers & developers that ensure projects run smoothly.
Responsive Web Design – New techniques for designing websites that recognize, respond and adapt to differing devices and screen resolutions.
Premium Themes – New professionally developed WordPress themes that allow for WYSIWYG and Drag n Drop layout and design with the ability to quickly create child themes for fast turnaround projects on a budget that look great.
BTC will be looking for ways to incorporate some of these great new features, concepts and ideas into new sites and services. Stay tuned for more or feel free to contact us, we love to talk about projects!
July 15, 2011
BTC Will be attending Wordcamp SF 2011 following the designer and developer track. Stay tuned we’ll be bringing great new ideas back from the conference.
WordCamp San Francisco is the official annual conference of the WordPress open source project. This year there will be 3 days of brilliant content bringing together hundreds of amazing WordPress bloggers, developers, designers, and professionals for a weekend of indulging their WordPress geekery.
March 17, 2010
Google Apps is a wonderful Email, Calendar, Contact & Document Collaboration System for businesses of any size, and Google has just made it easier to make the move. Read on to see the new features that have been added… (more…)
February 13, 2010
If you drop your iPhone in the toilet……Call Apple Immediately they will replace your phone immediately for $200-$230 as an out of warranty repair. Better yet take it immediately to an Apple store and you might get it replaced for free! Yes, Free! (more…)
October 15, 2009
The New York Times recently published an article titled “To Do More With Less, Governments Go Digital.” (more…)
March 18, 2009
Business Technology Consulting is pleased to announce that we will be providing Google Apps implementation services for businesses.
Want to learn more about Google Apps Click here
Feel free to call us today and we’ll help you decide which version is right for you and provide an estimate for Implementation Services & Training.
March 15, 2009
Business Technology Consulting got a mention in the Poughkeepsie Journal this Sunday. An article about local government websites was published after the Journal completed a study of Town and Village websites throughout Dutchess County. You can read the article here.
October 18, 2006
BTC was selected to develop a website for a very large real estate sales project located in the Quebec province of Canada.
BTC will provide complete website development services including map and property plan development. The project includes working with a vast number of photographs to properly deliver this high end real estate web site.
BTC will collaborate with Phillippa Ewing, a marketing consultant; Kathleen Corby, a graphic designer; Bill Boxer and a number of other photographers; and Sean Thompson who will develop the maps and property plan.
Though still in development, when complete, the site can be viewed here.
April 27, 2006
January 9, 2006
BTC has been selected to re-design the Apollo HVLP web site. This manufacturer of specialty sprayers for the high quality hobbyist industry wishes to improve their on-line presence and add features to their existing web site. BTC will work closely with the manufacturer to design a site that is user centric and improves the effectiveness of their web presence, including a new product catalog, new visual design, a mailing list feature, a user registration function, premium content for registered users, and a news area with discussion function.
May 25, 2005
Its easy to use WYSIWYG html editors to quickly develop web pages, so why should you learn to develop properly…what does proper development and coding get you ? The answer is quite simple; Web pages that work correctly across all the odd and crazy browsers that people use to interface with the internet.