Do you really need a website?

As an X-Gener i.e. when living prior to the internet, we relied on visible/physical advertising or word of mouth.

Slowly came email, the internet, then the dot-com bust…. alas, the internet is here to stay.

The newer generations tend to navigate to the Social platforms.

Unfortunately, social platforms sometimes dictate content. 

It is easy top hop onto Facebook, free hosting services, etc… but these platforms continually change or “Free” becomes paid.

Make your site yours : Me@MySite.tld

With MySite.tld, you get:

  • Complete Control over your domain
  • Multiple Email Addresses @MySite.tld
  • Email Redirects such as TextMe@MySite.tld forwarded to multiple email addresses or even a cell phone service.
  • Your own content and/or sub-content such as Summer.MySite.tld, Winter.MySite.tld or BLOG.MySite.tld, eCommerce.MySite.tld.
  • No need to email everyone that your email address has changed.
  • … and so on….
  • This is the perfect way to Brand Yourself and/or your interests.

Long overdue update

The Skinny…

Norgo has been on many platforms and various functions that have changed over the years.

From DOS Basic, to dBase, to Clipper, ….

Onto Visual Basic, ASP.net….

PHP CMS Drupal 6,7,8

and now Norgo is on WordPress 5; more details to come, but the skinny…. there is too much readily available on WordPress to get a site up and going quickly and efficiently, not to mention having an intuitive interface for editing content and allowing others to collaborate.

This update was long overdue!

Juan

WordPress Framework

WordPress is an open source blogging tool and a content management  system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.

WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web.

WordPress began as a blogging tool, however, has evolved into a full-fledged CMS powering some big names.

WordPress has the easiest interface (as compared to most other CMSs). Furthermore, it also has many plugins and themes that can help you customize your website even if you are not comfortable with code and Web development. In fact, WordPress has the shallowest learning curve of all the three CMSs under review. Plus, the official documentation is so well https://norgo.com/frameworks/contact-management-system-cms/supplemented by several community blogs all across the Internet that if you ever run into any trouble, you can be sure that help is at hand.

WordPress is in active development, and fixes/patches are released frequently. On the downside, these patches seem even more necessary for WordPress because it appears to be more vulnerable in matters of security compared to Drupal or Joomla!

There are + and – to all frameworks.

With weighing all the + and – on a regular basis, we find WordPress is the best choice, however, for safety, we prefer to be very picky with the plugins (addons) in any WordPress website.

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Frameworks

While we still support ASP.net and have active businesses running on sites written, our focus changed during the recession as it did for many.

 We now focus on WordPress and Drupal frameworks which are the leading CMS (Content Management Systems) running on PHP. 

Some customers prefer to have a simple html solution which as it simple as setting aside a folder, setting up a method to copy and paste html files (via a FTP account – File Transfer Protocol) for that customer, and done!

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Website Launch

  • Search Engine readiness; all search engines tested; meta tags titles, headings, link text page body text
  • Browser compatibility testing
  • Missing or misdirected links, forms and files tested and fixed prior to site launch
  • Website files and scripts copied to your domain.
  • Test of Live site
  • Search engine submission: live and hand submissions occur after launch.
  • Adjustments and minor changes

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Theme and Graphic Design

These steps usually are the longest steps. Essentially, looking for the perfect match for your logo, colour desire, general layout, etc… Your personal ‘look and feel’ (THEME) you want to call your own…

With the frameworks we use, such as with the WordPress or Drupal Frameworks, there are many themes to choose from, most of which are free and with the ability to modify to suit your needs.

Some of the Key Components to this step are:

  • Graphic style
  • Colours
  • Fonts
  • Layout
  • Logos
  • Navigation

NOTE: In most cases, selecting a desirable theme facilitates this key step.

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Drupal Framework

Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU (General Public License). It is used as a back-end system ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites.

The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features common to CMSs. These include user account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS-feeds, page layout customization, and system administration. The Drupal core installation can be used as a brochureware website, a single- or multi-user blog, an Internet forum, or a community website providing for user-generated content.

A vast number of contributed addons from fellow drupal supporters, known as contrib modules, are available to alter and extend Drupal’s core capabilities and add new features or customize Drupal’s behaviour and appearance. Because of this plug-in extensibility and modular design, Drupal is sometimes described as a content management framework. Drupal is also described as a web application framework, as it meets the generally accepted feature requirements for such frameworks.

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Project Overview

  • Identify site’s purpose, scope, features and budget. Free consultation offered.
  • Preliminary Quote: Usually formulated as a range of what the project will cost to develop. Factors, such as your technical ability to provide content (text, images, desired insight, data importing, etc…) is why it is preferred to offer a From-To quote.
    A concrete quote will be determined along the the project’s progression,
  • Website Development Contract: Specifies project details, timeline, projected price and terms. New customers and/or large contracts may require an initial deposit.
  • Upon receiving a signed contract,  a schedule and delivery commitments will be formulated.
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