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AJAX: Not Just Pixies and Fairy Dust

By on March 31, 2011 | Leave a comment

AJAX: Not Just Pixies and Fairy Dust

I need this page to have more pazazz, more pop, more wow!

Yes, you’ve probably heard someone say it at some point. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. In today’s Web 2.0 world, pages need to pop, especially if you’re marketing toward the younger generations. In fact, just the other day I was discussing design trends for Higher Education with a few colleagues over lunch at the BackYard Grill & Bar in Fond du Lac, WI. Someone mentioned showing two designs to a particular student. One design had a very old-looking interface, but worked completely. The other was new and flashy, yet didn’t have all the features the first one did. Immediately that student said he/she would prefer the flashy, new site and probably wouldn’t even spend enough time on the old-looking site to figure out what it did.

So you can see that eye-catching design can help retain visitors. And in the marketing world, web 2.0 is synonymous with flashy, eye-catching design. And flashy, eye-catching design is synonymous with AJAX (asynchronous javascript and XML.) So, naturally, if you want a web 2.0 site, it goes without saying that it should be laced in AJAX, right? Well that may not be only reason for AJAX.

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Amazon’s Product Advertising API

By on February 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

Amazon’s Product Advertising API

My fiance and I have a lot of movies. Well over 500. It costs so much to rent a movie for a night that it’s usually better to buy it for $5-$10 and keep it to watch again. So that’s what we do. And it’s left us with an awful lot of movies.

Recently, I decided that I needed to catalog all the movies. Not only because I often got the question, “do you have this movie I may borrow?” but more so in case of theft or natural disaster. A few years ago the apartment building I was living in at the time was struck by lightning. Bad enough that the fire department came out to use their fancy cameras to make sure there were no in-wall electrical fires. This electricity surge destroyed much of my audio/visual equipment. Luckily, I had renter’s insurance as was able to have everything replaced because I had kept receipts for everything. But I don’t keep receipts for small DVD/Blu-ray purchases. How would I get my precious movie collection back should it be stolen or destroyed?

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A little charity goes a long way…

By on February 14, 2011 | Leave a comment

A little charity goes a long way…

We are big supporters of community involvement, awesome events, and dogs so why not show some support with a few sweet posters! The second annual Copper Dog 150 (held in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) is here and they need volunteers! If you are interested in supporting a growing event that brings together people, pooches, and fun then I encourage you to sign-up as a volunteer at copperdog150.com or at the very least enjoy the posters.

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Website Hosting with Jelyco

By on January 12, 2011 | Leave a comment

Website Hosting with Jelyco

There’s more than just a computer involved in hosting your website. You can’t just toss a few files on a computer in someones’ basement and expect to have a top-performing website for all your customers to visit. It takes a knowledge of server infrastructure, DNS, Load Balancing, and more! When you choose to have Jelyco maintain and host your site, we’ll make it simple for you. We’ll take care of:

  • Domain registration, renewal, and/or transfer
  • NameServer configuration
  • Email server configuration (with Google Apps)
  • Providing a seamless go-live for your new site

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5 Reasons Why You Need a New Website

By on November 16, 2010 | Leave a comment

5 Reasons Why You Need a New Website

Sometimes we become our own case study. In the time of instant communication, mobile applications, and the constantly changing age of digital information; two years between website revamps seems like an eternity.

Organizations of all shapes and sizes should consider reviewing their website on a yearly basis. Look at your homepage and ask, “What would I think if this was my first visit? or Would I be interested in this product or service?”

We asked ourselves those questions and didn’t like the answers. So, without further adieu..

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ShoeBuy marketing, 1 year later.

By on November 15, 2010 | Leave a comment

fergie pumps

Shoes for my Fiance!

I like shoes. I like them a lot. Maybe a lot is a bit of an understatement. In fact, my fiancé and I have been told we have a shoe problem. Good thing we both have the problem or our marriage may not work out in the end; we’ll just need a big closet devoted to only shoes. Good thing we’re handy enough to build our own should our house prove insufficient.

Enough about my shoe problem. Ok, not really. With any good shoe problem, I buy a fair amount of my shoes online. Especially with today’s online shoe retailers offering free, two-way shipping, I can buy without fearing enormous shipping charges should they not fit. It’s just a simple exchange and I continue my way to footwear bliss.

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Welcome St. Cloud Wedding Expo

By on September 29, 2009 | Leave a comment

Jelyco is pleased to announce that the masterminds behind the St. Cloud Wedding Expo have asked us to work with them on brand development and a new website.
With updated functionality including social networking, consumer interaction, and an interactive map for reservations; we’ll be adding many features as well as a few bells and whistles.
The new site will be public in time for the January wedding expo so stay tuned and to Michael and the gang, welcome aboard!

ZumoDrive, A Ninja in the Internet

By on July 28, 2009 | Leave a comment

One of the things that we run into most is file sharing, with Lynn living in the frozen north in Michigan and me living in the sweltering south in South Carolina. Files can get upwards of 30-50 megabytes with revisions and almost impossible to email each other for reviewing, not that we haven’t tried doing it. It sure wasn’t fun. Especially on a slower U.P. connections and a somewhat less than patient coworker.
We took it upon ourselves to come up with a better way. Since I had recently purchased an iPhone, I looked for some online storage that had a pretty sweet iPhone app. In came Zumo Drive. It solved all our platform problems having working apps for iPhone, Windows, and Mac OS X. Things were looking good. So we installed it and started using it. Perhaps, it was too soon…

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Where have we been?

By on July 1, 2009 | Leave a comment

So it has been awhile but I imagine you’ve been busy, and so have we. For instance, Jeff bought a road bike, and I bought kayak. Both good uses of summertime, I assure you.
In addition to our sport activities, we’ve been developing logos, working on websites, and updating past projects….

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Sweet Potato Souffle

By on April 13, 2009 | Leave a comment

With Easter gone by, I figured I’d share one recipe that seems to get a lot of positive feedback, albeit late. I feel that it goes over well for two reasons, 1) adults like that it has sweet potatoes which they relate to being a healthy food, 2) it’s filled with so much sugar that if you can get a kid to try it, they will assuredly be willing to try sweet potatoes again 🙂

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