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2013 has been a big year of transition for web developers. HTML5 is becoming standardized, responsive web designs are picking up steam, WordPress 3.8 is here, and the Metro Theme has become dominating.

Don't Forgot to Update your Copyright to 2014!

Don't let your site look out of date! Make sure to contact us about updating your copyright date to 2014. Most of the new websites we build have the copyright year automatically updated by the server clock, but make sure to double check your site to make sure the copyright year is fresh. You don't want potential customers to think that you are out of date! In most cases, updating a copyright is a simple change that takes only five minutes or less, and we often won't even bill you for updating your copyright!

What is HTML 5?

HTML 5 is the new standard of HTML, the language used to code and lay out web pages. HTML 5 builds many new features into the native web coding and removes the need for many plugins. It was designed to be cross-platform compliant, so that it displays effectively on large desktop monitors, smaller laptop screens, tablets, and smartbooks. Although HTML5 is still a work in progress, with certain elements not fully supported on some browsers, it is fast becoming the new coding standard for new websites with the gaps filling in. Starting this year, we are transitioning the coding of all new websites to HTML5.

What is Responsive Web Design?

Responsive Web Design (RWD), is a relatively new approach that is used to design websites with smooth controls over a variety of screen sizes and device types. The responsive design aims at auto-sizing and laying out pages to optimally meet the viewing experience across a wide range of devices with different screen sizes and resolutions. Many website designs are too difficult to encode with RWD, but we are transitioning to this format wherever possible.

What is WordPress 3.8

WordPress is an open source, powerful blogging tool that has evolved in becoming one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) to manage dynamic websites. Version 3.8 was released on December 12, 2013, and was a significant update to the WordPress architecture, providing new back-end design with the "Metro theme" and responsive interfaces, among many other updates. Wordpress is quickly becoming a gold standard for CMS systems, running the backbone of many of the top websites. This new version only solidifies and expands its growing position.

What is the Metro Theme?

One of the major overhauls of Windows 8 was an entirely redesigned theme called the "Metro" theme. The point of Microsoft introducing the Metro theme is to provide a more "hip" and trendy version of Windows and to give a new and fresh feel to the operating system. Highlights of the metro theme include solid saturated (though slightly dark-toned) colors, a rectangular boxy feel, rounded yet thin sans-serif fonts, and large texts and buttons. While Windows 8 has been a disaster (see our recent blog post on this), the Metro Theme has picked up in popularity. The theme can be found in new website designs, desktop applications, and even other operating systems such as a new Android OS version. Since many web designers are accepting the Metro theme in their design for new websites, this has become the growing trend. Time will only tell how long it will stick around, but for now it is here, and needs to be given the proper consideration.


Featured Website:

Cheer Gemach


Cheer Gemach is a free-loan organization that loans chairs and tables to those in need for special events and celebrations. We created a custom-coded calendar system that allows people to reserve chairs and tables using an automated calendar, with a complex CMS that manages the users and orders for this unique website.

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