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How to Minimize Your Risk When Hiring a Web Development TeamHow to Minimize Your Risk When Hiring a Web Development Team

How to Minimize Your Risk When Hiring a Web Development Team

PeteJune 23, 2017

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The web development industry is a weird and confusing space to be a consumer. Unlike other contractor/customer relationships, our work is often not tangible. When you hire a contractor to rebuild your roof or your kitchen, you can see and know exactly what is going...

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FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?

FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?

JessicaJune 21, 2017

The nature of what we do as a custom development agency means we talk to a lot of different people from a wide range of industries who are all trying to figure out what software is going to make their website or application a success. All too often, when we bring up the idea of building a custom CMS to fulfil their...

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Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?

Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?

PeteJune 16, 2017

Being a custom development shop—or at least a shop that completes the majority of our projects with custom solutions—we often find ourselves debating the merits of off-the-shelf CMSs versus custom software. In fact, I wrote a rather lengthy article about this particular debate just a few weeks ago. One of...

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Hidden Costs: Predicting Budgets & Preparing for Ongoing Website MaintenanceHidden Costs: Predicting Budgets & Preparing for Ongoing Website Maintenance

Hidden Costs: Predicting Budgets & Preparing for Ongoing Website Maintenance

PeteJune 9, 2017

One of the biggest blunders many clients make when procuring web design and development services is underestimating the ongoing commitment that their website or web application will require from a maintenance perspective. Much like any other virtual or physical property, a website is a living, breathing ecosystem that...

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Off-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical DebtOff-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical Debt

Off-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical Debt

PeteJune 1, 2017

A few years ago,  SensioLabs  performed an analysis of PHP-driven projects and their levels of accrued technical debt. The results were shocking, to say the least. But first, let's take a step back and define what technical debt means. For many marketers and executives this term is likely something they are not...

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Why the CMS Industry is Due for DisruptionWhy the CMS Industry is Due for Disruption

Why the CMS Industry is Due for Disruption

PeteMay 26, 2017

I’ve been pontificating on the state of the CMS industry for quite some time now. It’s a complicated and convoluted space, with the term “CMS” meaning different things to different people. The industry’s biggest players and open-source projects haven’t done a good job describing what...

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