Partnerships: Web Developer meets Graphic Designer

3 years ago we set out to grow our business and find a niche set of partnerships that would develop for us in the long-term. Jim (the boss) identified that Graphic Designers often needed a software developer to satisfy the needs of the clients, who are increasingly wanting more than a simple flat brochure website. As websites have evolved over time the complexity on the back end and on the UI has grown.

We started off in a simple old fashioned way, identifying local graphic design agencies and calling them to offer our services. In return we would often require theirs too, as UI design is not part of our skillset.

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Do I need a mobile responsive website for my business?

By: Fiona Blake

Do I need a mobile responsive website for my business?

First of all let’s start by asking if you have ever visited a website on your phone/tablet and couldn’t see the website properly. You probably had to zoom in to see pictures and/or scroll from one side to the other to read the text. On a scale of 1-10 I bet the experience was no better than 6. I visit websites all the time on both my phone and my tablet at home and it’s very frustrating when companies haven’t put any thought/time/care/attention into their end users or customer experience.

What is a mobile website (as opposed to a mobile responsive website)?

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What’s the best project management tool for software developers?

We have spent the past month evaluating a number of project management products and we are pleased to announce that Performance Web has selected Jira by Atlassian as our Development and Support issue tracking solution.

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Performance Web were looking for a system to manage development tasks and track support tickets. We were looking for a system that would meet the needs of managers, developers, testers, project managers and clients. Working in a variety of environments, a flexible and dynamic solution was needed and Jira was the best solution for our needs.

 

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Setting up MediaWiki on Heroku

We wanted to be able to set up a small wiki for a project and decided to go with MediaWiki as it is a well established technology that I have used it many times. I have been playing around with Heroku recently and really like the simplicity. I wondered if it was possible to host a MediaWiki site on Heroku, for free, as a proof of concept. The official documentation does not include support for PHP but I know others out there have managed it. After some trial and error here is what I came up with:Read More »