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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

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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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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Wolverine State Credit Union Launches Brand New Site


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Congratulations to Wolverine State Credit Union on the launch of their brand new site!

The new site showcases a clean and modern design that displays a large rotating banner that is perfect to call attention to the latest marketing campaigns, a sticky navigation so that users never get lost, convenient Direct Login Widget, an alert feature that allows them to alert members to important information. Additionally, the front page has sections to display featured rates and partners, as well as Shared Branches and ATM search!

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First General Credit Union Launches New Website


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Congratulations to First General Credit Union 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, a quick loan application link, Branch locations with a map, 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://1stgeneral.com/

Ways We Set Our Clients Up for WordPress Success

Speckboy Web Design Magazine released an interesting article entitled “Ways to Set Yourself Up for a WordPress Disaster”.

We love WordPress. We believe in supporting open source software and the WordPress platform has proven to be a worthy tool for rapid website development. Its content management system base allows for our clients to be able to take control of their site without needing to become developers themselves. With that said, as seasoned WordPress developers and WordPress host, we have a good understanding of the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Here’s how we set your website up for WordPress success:

We Use Plugins Sparingly

We know that WordPress has the advantage in that it has an active developer community. So, there are many plugins to choose from that will extend the functionality of a website as needed. However, sometimes, those plugins present security holes if they aren’t updated frequently. Sometimes, the plugin code conflicts with the theme or other plugins and therefore the site breaks.

Our solution is to build the site with everything our client needs to effectively manage their content. Plugins are great for adding very complex functionality but for simple features, adding a plugin is overkill.

We Don’t use Stock Themes

Stock themes or premium themes are typically built with a wide array of target audiences in mind. We custom build our themes specific to the client we are building for. We build your site specific to your vision and your needs.

We Backup Often

For the client sites that we also host, we have a strict backup and maintenance schedule. We do not take chances with our clients’ websites.

We Take Every Security Precaution

If your site is hosted by CU*Answers Web Services, then you can rest easy. We have several layers of security protection from your website all the way up to the server and network.

We’re Proactive

We have our clients on a weekly maintenance schedule, where the WordPress core, along with plugins and themes are updated. We also stay alert to any critical security updates that may fall outside our weekly maintenance schedule, so that we can get everyone up to date.

Tri-Cities Credit Union Launches Brand New Site

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Congratulations to Tri-Cities Credit Union on the launch of their brand new site!

The new site showcases a clean and modern design that displays a large rotating banner that is perfect to call attention to the latest marketing campaigns, a sticky navigation so that users never get lost, convenient Direct Login Widget, an alert feature that allows them to alert members to important information. Additionally, the front page has a section to display most important products and the inner pages include a feature where they can post a banner image with marketing message for further member outreach.

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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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