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Planning Your Project’s Success with Requirements

Planning you Project's Success with Requirements -- Avantia Inc. It’s finally here – Vacation!  Your time off has been approved, you’ve saved up, the bags are packed and you are ready to go. You walk out the front door, luggage in hand and you are on your way!  But where exactly are you going?  You have no map, no plan and no true destination in mind other than just a week of fun in the sun. If you wouldn’t leave for a vacation you’ve looked forward to without planning the details, then why start a project without doing the same? Often times project stakeholders may know what they want out of a project in a general sense and the date they want it done, but not know how to go about making it happen.  Figuring it out along the way is risky and can result in budget overruns, misappropriated resources and unforeseen delays in your schedule.  Starting your project off on the wrong foot may put you on an undesired path from which your project may never recover. Planning for your project by defining detailed requirements is time well spent, serves as the blueprint for its success, and will benefit your project in every phase. During discovery, requirement definition allows your team and s

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An Introduction to Redirects

An Introduction to Redirects -- Avantia Inc.   Redirects can be a powerful tool to accompany your website or Content Management Syste (CMS) application.  However, getting started can be tricky and confusing.   By giving a basic overview of the terms and providing examples, I hope to clear some of that confusion up.  This post will cover redirects, alias’, reasons for using them, how they can effect SEO and the difference between apache and CMS redirects. Website Redirect A URL redirect is a webserver function that sends a user from one URL to another. Redirects commonly take the form of an automated redirect that uses one of a series of status codes defined within the HTTP protocol. EX: The domains example.com, example.net, and example.org have all been registered by a company whose website is example.com. Users who enter example.org or example.net in their Web browser will see the URL change to example.com as they reach the destination, example.com. Website Alias A website alias is a way to link one domain name to another. A website alias is a nickname for a website, while a website redirect is a signpost from one URL to another.  EX: The domains example.net and example.com have b

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Responsive Web Design is Here to Stay

Responsive Web Design by Avantia, Inc. Responsive design has been a term buzzing around the web design community for the past couple years, but it is not just a buzz word. It is a concept that has solved the critical issue of adapting web content to the expanding array of device screens. The idea is that the content of the web page has flexible dimensions defined in relative units to adjust to different sized screens. Websites that don’t use responsive design are easily spotted. Ever open a website on your phone’s browser and have to zoom in and squint just to read it? This is because mobile browsers normally deal with websites designed for a large screen by simply scaling them down pixel for pixel. The remedy to this issue is to essentially “trim the fat”. There is limited space on a phone’s screen, so it is best to only deliver essential content to the user. This means removing unnecessary content like images and banners. Another issue is the navigation menu. Everyone has seen the “hamburger” icon that has become the universal symbol for the navigation menu. Click this icon and the menu slides into view. This is the most common solution to the most common obstacle. The next thing

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Content Management Case Studies by Avantia Inc.

Content Management Case Studies by Avantia Inc. Early Internet-delivered content development primarily consisted of moving your product and service brochure to the company website. Brought to life via custom code, any change or update required the services of a developer and/or Ad Agency. Light-weight User Interface services soon evolved giving the end-user some control over content placement, updates and attachments. The real leap happened when Content Management Systems (CMS) came into fashion. CMS enabled easier customization and the ability to leverage powerful search engine environments. Stronger User Interface tool-kits emerged providing “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSISYG) and on-the-fly development without the need for developers and agency personnel. Today, the ability to manage all types of content including video, sound, images, and narrative (copy) are surrounded by template-based, highly functional digital presence CMS tools. The Application Programming Interface (API) gives non-programmers access to content from databases and other repositories in and outside the organization, and creates website uniformity across your international website presence. The value of

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