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Dec 12, 2012
Posted by Justin

Latest website tune-up

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GlowView was asked to refresh the Morse Measurements website with a fresh new design, CMS capabilities, and improved SEO. Morse Measurements’ old website did not allow anyone in the company to maintain the site on their own or make their own updates. Worse still, the URL structure was severely lacking for SEO – all pages on the site were some variation of ‘/store.asp?id=xxx&catid=xxx’. That’s just plain awful… not only were those URLs ugly and hard to remember, they did not contain any keywords. GlowView created a contemporary new design and built the new website on the WordPress platform with a custom built WordPress theme. URLs were fixed to be search engine friendly, and 301 permanent redirects were established for all the old ugly URLs. This keeps search engines up-to-date with your new content and ensures old bookmarks and links to your website will continue to work after launch of your new website. Morse Measurements’ search engine ranking is on the rise, they have a great new look, and they have ability to keep the website fresh and up-to-date on their own with new content.

Some key website features include:

  • Image sliders
  • Constant Contact integration
  • Dynamic text sizing
  • Upcoming Events custom post type, with “sticky” functionality
  • Password secured client area

Training and 30 days of support are provided on all GlowView website development projects.

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Apr 19, 2012
Posted by GlowView

GlowView causing Havoc!

Uber funny political blog, Havoc on the Hill teamed up with GlowView for their website refresh. Havoc had begun to outgrow their WordPress.com hosted blog. GlowView jettisoned Havoc from their limited WordPress.com blog and moved them to their own custom WordPress(.org) installation. A custom theme and plugins were developed and implemented and all of Havoc’s old data was exported and imported to their new WordPress 3.3.1 site.

Moving off WordPress.com opens up the ability to design custom themes (not cookie cutter), install/create/customize any plugins, and generally do whatever you can dream up as long as you have a capable developer at your side, *cough* GlowView. ;)

Some new neato features that couldn’t have been accomplished on WordPress.com:

  • Featured post area
  • Custom Twitter feed widget
  • Recent posts widget
  • Facebook commenting system

Check out the new HavocOnTheHill.com –  The Word’s Best Website in the World.

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Dec 7, 2011
Posted by GlowView

WordPress website launch

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the newly re-designed ExecVision website. ExecVision serves CEOs, business owners and business leaders in the Charlotte NC area, by providing leadership and business coaching. Their old website was static PHP and most content updates needed to be completed by a web developer. Their new site is built on the Open Source WordPress 3.2.1 CMS (Content Management System), which allows them to have full control of website content, images, etc. A couple of new features include weekly newsletters and a sign-up form with MailChimp mailing list integration. The main goals for the new site design were to make it bigger, brighter, more colorful. We think we achieved those goals and the client agrees!

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Nov 11, 2011
Posted by Justin

The 7 Day Website

We’re in start-up mode here at GlowView. Obviously, one of the most important informational and marketing tools for any business, is your business website. This is especially true for a web development agency. Knowing this, we knew we needed to get our new website out the door fast. Super fast.

We set out to launch a completely new website built on WordPress with an all new design, content, copy and blog in ONE week. This is a pretty agressive timeline for any project. But from experience, we knew that it’s easy to get caught in a trap when working on internal endeavors. Client work is always the highest priority, so internal projects can often bottom-out on the priority list. We’ve seen this time and time again, where sparkling new websites will sit for months going stale, waiting on a few key pieces of content to be produced. The best way to avoid this? Go full bore until it’s done, launched, and out there, then iterate afterwards. This involves sacrifices, sure. But you can be strategic and prioritize. Everyone would prefer to have all the bells and whistles at launch day, but if that sets your timeline back weeks or months, is it really worth it?

We started with a design concept last Friday (11/4) and here we are launching our new site on Friday (11/11). Our portfolio needs some more work, we’ve got some more icons to add to the homepage, we’d like to add some interactivity, etc. But all of that will come later and now we’ve got our new site out in the wild, bringing in business in the meantime. Success!

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Nov 11, 2011
Posted by Justin

The evolution of GlowView

It’s always interesting to look back at the design evolution of websites that have had a few iterations over the years. Luckily for us, I’d say each version improved over the previous. Let us know what you think. Ignore the broken images in some of the screenshots, the WayBackMachine has some loose gears.

 

2002

The very first GlowView design. I was on a circular kick around this time, since it was something you didn’t see very often. My personal website at the time also featured a circular container with the content in a small rectangular iframe inside. Apparently, I was testing out a cornucopia of Photoshop filters on the photo as well.

GlowView circa 2002

2004

Went with a more blog-like look in the next design, although it did not utilize a blogging platform. The main design feature was actually a photo of the ceiling at my folks’ house back in New York. I used an underwater filter and some other effects on it to make it look very abstract. This was the first GlowView site that was W3C Compliant.

GlowView circa 2004

 

2009

The current GlowView design up until November 2011. Started playing with some fancy jQuery effects and tons of transparencies. This site was IE6 compatible and still used mostly transparent GIF’s rather than PNG’s. Just the blog was built in WordPress 2.x, the rest was custom PHP.

GlowView circa 2009

 

2011

The current site. Built completely on WordPress 3.x this time around. Appropriately, this version has a more business-like feel to it. We love it, what do you think?

GlowView circa 2011

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