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Category Archives: Web site Development
By Jake Neeley | Published: December 18, 2012
Oracle’s acquisition of Sun systems – and MySQL – in 2010, left many web developers wary of the MySQL path. At the time Sun had major concerns with their hardware sector, but the MySQL application was becoming ever more popular. Currently, MySQL is a significant tool in the management of website database information, and is [...]
By Jake Neeley | Published: November 29, 2012
Before building any product, designers first produce a prototype (or a wireframe, as some call it) of how the real thing will look. As a website designer, you should also build a prototype of your website before finalizing the code and releasing the actual site on WestHost servers. Check out these 5 wireframing tools for [...]
PayPal takes aim at television sets. Will your website shopping cart one day appear on Comcast Cable?
By Clint Reeves | Published: June 26, 2012
Well, it’s finally happening albeit in dribs and drabs: E-commerce is now not only swallowing up mobile devices — it’s about to spread to television sets! In the last few years, cloud computing and Smartphone adoption have been accelerating at dramatic rates, often fuelling each other in terms of both consumer and business requirements. Website [...]
By Clint Reeves | Published: November 23, 2011
What do Circuit City, Hollywood Video, and Borders have in common? All of them lost their market share to direct competitors that successfully employed an online storefront, or eCommerce: Best Buy, Blockbuster, and Barnes & Noble. Clearly, the capability to sell your product online is essential. It lowers your overhead costs and provides greater convenience [...]
By Jake Neeley | Published: December 24, 2009
Web site speed has now become a more important factor following Google’s recent announcement that page load speed will be introduced to their 200+ factor algorithm. In a video interview with WebProNews software engineer for Google, Matt Cutts, said “It should be a good experience, and so it’s sort of fair to say that if [...]
By Jake Neeley | Published: December 1, 2009
Online video is becoming more popular and fundamental to business success every day. YouTube.com is actually getting more search traffic than Yahoo!’s search engine. It is important that you feel comfortable producing your own media. Depending on your goals, you can produce a great video without spending a lot of money and without a professional [...]
By Cody Erekson | Published: September 24, 2009
One of the many site applications we offer is phpBB3, which claims to be “the most widely used open-source bulletin board system in the world.” Using phpBB3 you can create everything from large discussion forums to small game clan meeting rooms. It offers the tools necessary for moderation teams to maintain control of your site. [...]
By Nick Venturella | Published: June 9, 2009
Even to most Internet professionals, the Apache web server software can be as perplexing as it is ubiquitous. Although not as comprehensive as the official 685-page documentation, this post outlines two useful features you can enable in the httpd.conf file to improve the performance of your web server: persistent connections and gzip compression. Important note: [...]
By Kevin Griffiths | Published: May 19, 2009
In part one of customizing Zen Cart (found here) we covered changing the color scheme of your store to better fit your needs. In part two we will be discussing changing some of the main images that Zen Cart uses in the design.
By Kevin Griffiths | Published: May 14, 2009
One of our more recent Site Application additions has been Zen Cart. This e-commerce solution has many robust features and this article will give some detailed information, giving you the ability to modify the cart with your own look and feel.