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Northern Hills Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Northern Hills Federal 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 the direct login widget, inside page related navigation, and scrolling Services section. This new website design improves member experience by providing a modern website that will work on any device! Check it out here: https://www.northernhillsfcu.org/

Responsive and Adaptive Web Design

What is Responsive Design?

When we hear the term “responsive” or hear someone mention that a website is “responsive”, we automatically think that it means the site is built for a mobile device. While that notion isn’t untrue, it is actually a little bigger than that. To have a responsive website means that your site’s content is accessible on any device — regardless of size.

Responsive design is fluid.

What is Adaptive Design?

Often you will hear responsive design and adaptive design interchangeably. However, these terms do not hold the same meaning. Adaptive design is the process of defining the breakpoints in your design to fit a specific screen size.

The adaptive design concept became relevant when mobile devices and tablets first hit the market. Initially, there were only a few different screen sizes to contend with and so adaptive design principles were put into place to solve the issue of trying to access the web from these devices. Instead of having a streamlined experience delivered to the end-user as with responsive design, adaptive design delivers different experiences based on the size of the screen.

Which is better? Responsive vs Adaptive

Google recommends responsive web design  over adaptive design as the html is exactly the same on the desktop version of the site as it is on the mobile version. This comes full circle with the earlier point about responsive design being accessible across any device, regardless of screen size.

What are some of the Primary Keys to Responsive Web Design?

  • Responsive design is fluid and the grid is based on relative sizing (ex: using percentages to define width instead of pixels)
  • Images & Video scale as width changes
  • Considers mobile visitors first. An example of this is by making sure to hide any unnecessary desktop design elements that might get in the way of the content
  • Content should adapt to screen size

 

Sentinel Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Sentinel Federal Credit Union on the launch of their new site design! The new design utilizes WordPress with Site Control and includes responsive support for mobile devices, membership application, site search, and a beautiful clean look. Check out the new site design today at http://www.sentinelfcu.org/

Network Maintenance 7/19

On Tuesday, July 19th starting at 12:00 AM, we will begin the monthly patch process for all the servers on the CU*Answers network. We will also be updating our Plesk Hosting Control Panel to version 12.5.

CU*Talk audio response and our phone system
It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking
CU*CheckViewer check images
eDOC applications
Hosted web/mail sites and cuanswers.com
AnswerBook
CU*Spy
RAS/VPN/remote access

Creative Commons: Where Free is Not Actually Free

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In today’s world it is not uncommon for photographers, graphic artists and folks in other fields to submit work to the community that can be freely used in other projects. I’m sure you’ve heard of sites like Wikimedia and Morguefile (just to name a couple) that have photos listed for use under the Creative Commons license.

A Creative Commons (CC) License is only one of the public copyright licenses that exist today. A CC license is one that enables free distribution of work submitted by an author who wants to give permission to the community to use the work they have created.

At first glance, a CC license seems to mean “free” as in, you can freely edit and distribute the work in any manner you wish. However, each author can set limits or stipulations on how their work can be used. For instance, some authors prohibit commercial use of their work. This means, people can not use the work to help them make money — by either including it in a product that will be sold or something that helps them sell their products. Other authors will give you mostly free domain to use their work. However, they want credit for it. So, if you do happen to use their photograph, graphic design element, etc. they want their name on it somewhere for credit.

Sometimes the stipulations that authors place on their work is very transparent and easy to follow. Sometimes, the stipulations are vague. In other instances, people can forget to look at the requirements or ignore them altogether. The lines can get blurred and that’s where the trouble can start. For instance, just recently Festival delle Resistenze 2016 in Italy was sued for using a photo found on Wikimedia of one of the people who presented at the festival. The photo was taken by a local photographer and shared on Wikimedia under the CC license with the stipulation that credit would need to be given to the photographer in exchange for use of the photo. The festival took the photo and used it in marketing materials to promote the presenter but did not credit the photographer. From that mistake a lawsuit was born.

Knowing how and when to use CC licensed work can be quite an ordeal!

Our clients have the ease-of-mind in knowing that when they ask us to create a banner ad or other graphic materials, we have access to a full stock photo library that we can use without stipulation. We are either the authors of the content we use or we pay a license fee for use. We take copyright very seriously for the safety of our clients.

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SiteControl Shortcode Documentation

Web Services provides hosted sites access to our SiteControl Platform which pulls data such as product rate information and configured Loan Application and Membership Application URLs from CU*Base and It’s Me 247 for use on your WordPress site with easy to use WordPress ShortCode style snippets.

There are Shortcodes for Rateboards/Ratetables, RateCards, Badge/Button Snippets, Links, It’s Me 247 Online Banking Login Button, and Calculators. Read More »