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Is Your Website Suitable For Mobile Devices?

Is Your Website Suitable For Mobile Devices?

Responsive video player adjusts to any size.

I’m going to open this post with a series of simple questions.

On what device are you reading this, right now?

If you’re reading it on a mobile device like a tablet or a smartphone, has the website changed to fit the screen? Of course, I know that it has. It’s a responsive website, which means it automatically adjusts its layout to suit whatever screen it is being displayed on.

Now, think about your own website. How old is it? More importantly, in its current state, does it predate tablets and smartphones? If it does, then it may not be responsive. It may be time for a refurbishment.

As the number of people … Read the rest

Posted on September 2nd, by Peter in News.

A website for 2bme – team building and much more

A website for 2bme – team building and much more

Halfslide Design was recently tasked with the creation of a website for2bme, a local startup here in Austin, Texas, whose aim is to provide ongoing, online leadership training and team building through type theory.  The site is 2bme.cc

The website offers each user the chance to create a personalized profile, which serves as a hub for them to facilitate their personal development. This process begins with a quick 4-question personality quiz to determine their type, which is key to how the site will interact with them later.

As 2bme’s system requires daily interaction with the site, it had to be both easy and enjoyable to use, and actually provide more than just the stated aim. Customizable soft colors and … Read the rest


PageMill Marketing

PageMill Marketing

Halfslide Design recently partnered with Chris Magdelain at MagDesign to build a new wordpress site for PageMill Marketing. PageMill Marketing is a marketing services and data analytics firm that specializes in helping B2B companies grow their market share. MagDesign completed the design of the site and passed it off to Halfslide Design for implementation. The site uses a custom wordpress theme that is responsive to mobile and tablet layouts. It also includes custom functionality to allow the client to fully control all aspects of the site.

Head over the PageMill and check out the site as well as their services.  We hope to partner with PageMill on future projects as well.… Read the rest


Review of Mediastar WordPress Portfolio Theme

Review of Mediastar WordPress Portfolio Theme

We recently wrapped up development with SETX Digital on a website for a custom furniture builder in Southeast Texas using the Mediastar Portfolio WordPress theme and wanted to give a quick review of the theme and how we liked working with it. The theme has a lot of great features that allowed us to customize it and get the site up and looking great pretty quickly. However, our takeaway from the entire project is that there is a lot of features that are missing that would make the theme really powerful.

Most of the things that we didn’t like about this theme are things that would have been “nice-to-have” and didn’t make the them hard to work with for the … Read the rest


Bizzio is now on Google Play

Bizzio is now on Google Play

We recently completed the mobile application for Bizzio and pushed it out to Google Play. The application allows mobile users to see their projects, download files, update their account, create and update tasks, and add/review comments. Future features planned currently are the ability to take pictures and upload files to your projects/deals.

The application was written using the Sencha Touch 2 library and was cross-compiled with Phonegap.  The application has been submitted to Apple and is currently pending review before they allow it to be distributed through the iTunes App Store.

You can snag the application for free from the following link: Bizzio Mobile on Google PlayRead the rest

Posted on April 19th, by Peter in News.


Review of Adobe Creative Cloud – It’s the Worst

Review of Adobe Creative Cloud – It’s the Worst

Recently I decided to signup for the adobe creative cloud monthly subscription plan available from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.  I have older versions (CS3) of Photoshop and Dreamweaver and wanted to try getting the latest copies of each on my system.  Also thought it was a nice deal as it would allow me to have a full version of Acrobat and I could play with Illustrator in case I ever had clients send me AI files that I needed to work with.

So in theory, it was a pretty good deal…$50 monthly for three/four solid adobe products, two of which I use on a daily basis.  In practice, it turned out to be a pretty bad deal due to the … Read the rest

Posted on September 27th, by Peter in News, Recommendations.

GoDaddy Dedicated Server Disaster Recovery, Part 2

GoDaddy Dedicated Server Disaster Recovery, Part 2

This is a follow up to this post from two years ago (http://www.halfslide.com//2010/03/14/review-godaddy-dedicated-server-disaster-recovery/). 

This past week, the same client who had her server crash at Godaddy in 2010 had it happen again.  The server went down and we only noticed it when all of the websites she was hosting went offline.  I was about to run to a meeting so I logged into godaddy and requested a hard reboot of the server through their server control panel.  About an hour later, we got an email that the server restart had been completed.  There was no mention that there was still an issue, but the server was still definitely dead.

My client called Godaddy directly to speak with someone in … Read the rest


Halfslide Design Launches Mobile Site

Halfslide Design Launches Mobile Site

Halfslide Design is happy to announce that we have completed our new mobile site at m.halfslide.com. If you are on a smart phone, you will now be automatically redirected to the mobile version of our site with scaled down pages including our list of services, contact information, portfolio of web design projects, and list of testimonials from happy clients.

Usability was the main motivation for creating the mobile site.  The site provides visitors with a better experience by serving them smaller images, less css and javascript, and formatting the navigation and text in such a way that they do not have to zoom or horizontally scroll.

The mobile site was designed to be compatible with all mobile browsers on smart … Read the rest

Posted on January 27th, by Peter in News, Projects.

Daily Deal Websites Continue to Gain Popularity

Daily Deal Websites Continue to Gain Popularity

An article in the Austin Business Journal today, Daily Deals for Austin Moms website in the works, talks about a new daily deal e-commerce website opening here in Austin. This article demonstrates what I’ve been telling my clients for years, daily deal sites are a great way to reach out to a broad customer base and keep them coming back. These types of sites continue to pop up on the web selling anything from baby products to custom jewelry.

The new trend seems to be targeting sites for geographic locations such as cities or social networks.  Sites such as Groupon sell coupons from retailers in cities such as Austin, Denver, Atlanta, and Baltimore.  While the audience is constricted more … Read the rest

Posted on July 28th, by Peter in News.