5 Things to Ask When Hiring a MODX Developer

5 Things to Ask When Hiring a MODX Developer

Over the years we have been hired many times by companies who had hired a MODX “developer” (and I use the word MODX “developers” lightly b/c it was apparent they didn’t know MODX at all when coding) to build their site. We get the phone call from a potential client that typically goes like this:

“We hired Company X to build our website in MODX. But when we login it is a mess and no one on our team understands how to use it.”

Or we get the phone call from a potential MODX client that goes something like this:

“No one in our office has ever built a website nor knows HTML. Is MODX going to be easy for us to use?”

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6 Reasons to Simplify Subscription Forms

6 Reasons to Simplify Subscription Forms

There really aren’t any reasons not to simplify subscription forms; heaven knows, no one’s crying for a more complicated and involved version. And yet, there are websites that seem to demand that subscribers volunteer their detailed information. This is no doubt so that the business can categorize the subscribers by demographic, gender, age, interests, education, browser, blood type, favorite restaurant, body mass index, and preferred reality show star. It’s all about really direct marketing. But we think you can do this with a simple subscription form, too.

The real reason to offer subscription forms is to generate piping hot leads. It doesn’t necessarily matter if the person filling out the form enters his or her entire mailing address; if that person orders your product or buys your service, that data will be forthcoming. Here are a few reasons you might want to try shorter and simpler subscription forms.

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Which Comes First Content or Design

Which Comes First Content or Design

When you design any kind of housing body and internal components, which do you design first? Do you design the shell and then the materials that the shell is meant to house, or do you design the contents and then structure the shell to suit the contents’ dimensions? Would anyone design a product package before designing the product? Maybe, but someone also approved the filming of “The Lone Ranger,” so there is really no accounting for people’s judgment.

Although we are web guys by trade, even we have to admit that we don’t really want to visit websites for any reason other than to gather information. We don’t particularly care for cuteness; we don’t want our minds blown by Flash intros. If your website was conceived for the look and not to suit the content you propose then your website is serving neither you nor your public.

When it comes to web design, the nature and the type of content really must be determined before any concrete decisions should be made about web design. Having a supafly website without any regard for the information it is meant to house is just a waste of fancy graphics and futuristic interface. After all, no one who isn’t a web designer visits a website just to enjoy the unusually composed menu bar.

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7 Signs Your Website Needs a Serious Spring Cleaning

7 Signs Your Website Needs a Serious Spring Cleaning

We all have busy lives. Our careers, families, hobbies and other obligations might have overwhelmed us and we simply have not had the time to update our websites the way that we should. Oh, sure — the internet is constantly evolving. Not six months can go by without some kind of major digital innovation, so maybe jumping up and refreshing your website every two seconds is only time wasted, since it will probably look dated in a month anyway.

But wait, your website is “best viewed on Internet Explorer 5.0!” Hoo, boy.

Alright, maybe it’s time for you to take stock of your website and finally enter the 21st century, a mere 14 years late. Now, we don’t want to fix what isn’t broken, but if your website still boasts one (or all) of the following seven features, we’d like to strongly suggest that your site isn’t earning you the kind of money, traffic or attention it could.

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4 Questions that Need Answering Before Designing Your Site

4 Questions that Need Answering Before Designing Your Site

Have you ever visited a website for, oh, anything, and found that the only information that you gleaned from the site was that the website designers had absolutely no idea what they were doing? Did you ever suspect that some websites secretly wanted to see how many seizures their graphics can induce?

Web design isn’t easy. Anyone who thinks so has likely either never designed a website, or possibly designed something strongly resembling this. Even the organizations that seem as though they have every design resource imaginable will occasionally come up with a website so poorly conceived that it flummoxes the customers it’s supposed to seduce and winds up on horrible web design top ten lists.

It isn’t enough to just have a website – the website has to invite users to stay on it and actually read it in order to serve its purpose. If users click off almost immediately, you might as well not have had a website at all. If you’re designing your own site and are new to the world of the interwebs, here are four questions you should ask before committing to a brand spanking new website.

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