development

Development

HTML, CSS, PHP, Ajax, Content, Search Engines, web browsers, mobile devices...web development is a complex process.

One stop for all your web development and hosting needs.

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hosting

Hosting

Web hosting requires a lot of trust. Trust with your files, messages, and information. You already trust us with your priceless member data; trust us with your web data as well. Our hosting is rock solid, with state-of-the-art servers and around the clock monitoring.

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website updates

Professional Services

Web Services Professionals will manage your web site updates. You simply provide the content and we'll optimize it, test it and publish it. Avoid the hassle of managing HTML and browser compatibility. Let our professionals do it for you.

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Your Guide to Website Design

Smashing Magazine just released an article called A Comprehensive Guide to Web Design.  This article does a great job of walking through a website design project from start to finish! There is a lot of focus on user-interaction and accessibility considerations as well as decent discussion on responsive design and A/B-Testing.

Website Accessibility Sections:

If you are looking for a comprehensive guide on website design, this is a worthy read!

Key Points for Website Accessibility

With all of the news going around regarding website compliance, we can assume that you may be concerned about your website being able to pass an accessibility scan. In Web Services, we have been taking all client requests to validate at WCAG 2.0 (AA) and (AAA) levels for existing sites and ensuring current accessibility guidelines are satisfactory on all new custom WordPress theme redesigns.

But, as those who have spoke with us on the subject most likely have heard “ADA Compliance will be a journey, not a destination that we can visit once or twice”.
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Hosted WordPress Updated To 4.9.1

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Hosted WordPress sites have been updated to the latest greatest 4.9.1 security and maintenance release. For full details, visit https://wordpress.org/news/2017/11/wordpress-4-9-1-security-and-maintenance-release/

RVA Financial Launches New Website

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Congratulations to RVA Financial on the launch of their new website! The new website is based on our WordPress with SiteControl platform. The new design is responsive and has many great features such as featured rates, quick loan/member application links, services section, and integrated site search. This new website greatly improves member experience by providing a modern website that will work on any device! Check it out here: https://www.rvafinancial.com/

New Member of the Web Services & Marketing Team

Join us in giving a warm welcome to the newest member of the Web Services & Marketing Team, Megan Tenbusch. Megan is working as a marketing administrator, spinning up masterful marketing pieces with Pete. She is a great addition to our team!

Welcome, Megan! 🙂

Copyright and the Internet

The basic rule

The basic rule of copyright is if you create it, the copyright is by default, yours. When you post something on the internet, this rule generally still applies. So, if someone were to steal your work and pass it off as something they did or if they try to make money from something you created and then posted, you can take steps to claim your work and make them take it down – broadly speaking.

What is Fair Use?

Fair use is when you take copyrighted material and comment on it or make a parody of it. This kind of use is permitted without having to acquire permission from the copyright holder/creator. For example, quoting or summarizing books, music, articles, referencing medical journals, etc, are all examples of fair use. Simply put -Fair use is borrowing bits and pieces from the original material or making a parody out of the original material but not copying it entirely.

Posting Photos and Videos on Social Media

Did you know that if you post a photo, a poem, a video to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., while you still own the original copyright, you have also granted the social media outlets a license to reuse the photos, the poems, the videos to use for their own purposes?

This does not mean that people can take these things from Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use it for their own purposes. You still own the copyright and so you can take legal action against anyone who tries to do this. However, you should always be aware that when you add these things to social media, you have also then granted them the right to reuse it.

Google Image Search

Google image search is a great tool that you can use for visualizing what it is you are searching for. However, those images are under copyright by the original creator. This means, as tempting as it might be to copy and paste that perfect image you found into your own newsletter or use it for a promotional piece, you will want to think twice. Google image search is not a repository of public domain images or copyright-free, therefore, you will want to assume that any image you come across is protected by copyright.

Copyright Tips and Best Practices

  1. Only use images, text or other copyrighted material that have a Creative Commons (CC) license. You will also want to make sure to read the terms of service as not all Creative Commons licenses are the same and may come with additional terms.
  2. Purchase your images from stock photo sites.
  3. If you found the perfect image and it’s not available on a stock photo site for you to purchase, you can always find the original owner and get permission for use.