What’s Happening at 4-mile
September 1, 2013
My wife, Cindy, graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Idaho and is moving on to graduate school. After reviewing all of her offers, we finally decided on the University of Southern California’s distance learning program. We nearly pulled the trigger on the University of Wisconsin and had the University of Washington high on our list. Although the thought of returning to the beautiful Seattle area was very tempting, we finally had to select the school that best met our educational and personal goals. USC offers an exceptional program while giving us the opportunity to stay in our beloved North Idaho region close to friends and family. We’ve moved from the U of I in Moscow, ID north a couple of hours to the beautiful tourist town of Coeur d’Alene, ID. As most of our clients know, we conduct the majority of our business via email/phone, so this transition should be transparent and we expect no interruption to our current work schedule.
Treehouse and YMCA Launch
April 7, 2013
This month we had two challenging projects go live. The Treehouse site, designed by Turnstyle, was a big undertaking both on the content side and the backend side. We came up with a great custom-post-type solution, which basically means, instead of your normal WordPress “posts” or “pages”, we created custom posts areas like, “bios”, “careers”, “stories” and “newsroom” to help the client navigate the WordPress admin in a much simpler and organized way. We created a fun tile system that translated to the backend with custom posts categories like “academic tiles” and “essential tiles“. We made the banner slideshows completely manageable for the client by creating a custom area in the admin where they can upload new images and edit/add text over the banners as they wish. The most challenging aspect was a Summer Camp searchable database that pulled data from the WordPress Admin to allow the client to easily manage all aspects of the return values. In the end, it was an enjoyable project to be a part of with all kinds of new solutions that we plan to apply to future builds.
The same can be said for the YMCA Annual Report project, but in an entirely different way. The challenge on this one was not the Parallax vertical scrolling site, as that’s quickly becoming a standard build here at 4-mile, but the HTML5/jQuery animated effects as the user scrolls down the page. Once triggered, we have elements slide in from different directions, others fade in and we even have the annual report numbers tally from zero to their final number as the bar graph expands. A fun site to build and a fun site for visitors.
Wordpress Theme Development
We team with our design partners in the web development phase of their projects. For over ten years we have worked with design firms throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We have maintained a reputation for our innovative web solutions, dedication to each project, and understanding that a project is not complete until everyone is fully satisfied with the end result.
We provide a service that meets the needs of the client by allowing the unique creativity of our design partners to come to life while keeping their original vision completely intact.
Our partners feel confident that when they deliver their creative design, we can take it through all stages of development, including the launch of the website. Our number one building tool for both Content Management and Blogging is Wordpress. If the end-client choses to not use Wordpress, we provide services for updating and maintaining existing sites by having the end-client work directly with us.
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