In this post I want to take some time to tell you about our new event calendar module. It allows our clients to post events on a calendar for information purposes or for online registration and payment. It makes it very easy for our clients to control what they need to capture the important information when allowing for online registration.
With this module you can create categories such as One Day Getaways or Multi Day Tours as seen in the Maxey example above. It also allows for event to be part of a series. The module shares features from the location module allowing a map to show where the event takes place automatically. Like our eCommerce module we have a promo code tool built in. This allows for various discounts to be applied when registering and paying for an event. There is also the ability to allow for meal choices if you event needs those options. You can create any choices you want for each event such as specific meal choices or generic such as vegetarian or none vegetarian.
This module has been popular as we are already rolling it out on a number of sites we are currently working on.
If you are looking for more information about this module or for any questions about website design or development please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-884-4111 x 111.
Our design team recently dropped a mobile design on my desk to implement for an existing customer. Now, some people may think that designing for the mobile space is simple and just requires a header and some basic links, but at REM, we strive to convey our customer's vision on all of their destination platforms. With the following site, I believe our design team hit the mark.
When Crosby Auto Group contacted us to build a mobile version of their site that makes it quick and easy for their own customers to find information about Crosby. Our design team treated the project like any other website project, putting their honest efforts into creating a clean, intuitive design that keeps the most important information front and center.
As the developer on the project, I took that mobile template and coupled it with our strong content management and integration pipelines. Crosby Auto Group can now manage their mobile content in the same manner they manage their full website content. They simply log in to their WebWiz@rd portal and tweak their site content as they see fit.
Here's an example of this clean and clear design, coupled with a very handy mobile Google Maps integration that aids customers with directions to Crosby Auto Group's facility.
It's inevitable, as you get older (and especially once you have kids) Christmas and birthdays become less about what you want and more about making your kids/family happy (Christmas) and trying to forget you're getting old (birthdays).
Well, this year for a change, there was something I really wanted for Christmas. I gave the subtle hint here and there and my wife was listening (much appreciated) and got me a new watch for Christmas. It's not just a watch, its a "smart" watch called a Pebble.
I love and depend on my iPhone so anything that integrates with it (including my car multimedia system, home entertainment system - I'll discuss this more in a future post, etc.) excites me. Not only that but I love watches, can't stand wearing jewellery but I always loved cool watches so the Pebble is a home run for me in many aspects.
So, why am I so enthralled by this device? Here are a few reasons:
- It looks nice and the watch faces are customizable/swappable.
- As mentioned, it integrates with my phone, alerts of texts, emails and phone calls including a brief summary of those items.
- There are some cool apps for it. Everything from fitness apps (7-minute workout), Cool watch faces, and integrated multifunction apps that allow you to view the weather, gps coordinates, control your phone's camera and music, calendar, and my favorite - Find My Phone! When activated, it commands your phone to shout a sonar type noise quite loudly.
This day and age all of us here at REM have the opportunity to work from home. When it comes to our 9 to 5 most of us can start up our computers at home and do exactly what we can accomplish in the office. Maybe there is a snow storm, or you woke up late. Working from home can seem like a dream come true to almost anyone. But is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Some think I am able to sleep in and work in my pajamas. But this isn't really the case. I wake up and get ready the same way I would if I was commuting to the office. Personally, I am able to get a lot more work done at home. I am able to zero in and get in a design groove a lot easier when the temptations of fooseball and going out for lunch are not there.
Although it’s easier for me to work from home I wouldn’t like to do it Monday – Friday. It’s nice to switch it up now and then. Being home all the time would maybe start to feel like a jail and I guess it’s always nice to see my coworkers!
It's that time of year again. We can all relate to the awful stuffiness, nausea, light-headedness, and the general "blah" feeling of being sick.
Here are some great tips from WebMD on how you can prevent sickness in the workplace:
1. Call in sick whenever you can. Because the cold and flu can be spread so easily within the workplace, it is a good idea to monitor your symptoms. If you notice any of the following symptoms it is advised to stay home and get rest:
Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
2. If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze - cover your mouth! Try using your elbow to cover your mouth to help prevent the spread of germs from touching things with your hands.
3. Wash your hands! Washing your hands often can help kill bacteria and viruses. If soap and water are not available to you, try carrying around a small bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer.
4. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands. Germs spread easily from these areas. If you must touch your mouth, nose or eyes make sure to wash or disinfect your hands after.
5. Use disinfectant wipes (ex. Lysol) to wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, etc. Disinfecting these areas will help minimize the spread of germs.
This module is a great feature for all users to keep track of their bandwidth and disk space usages. Everyone hates paying overage fees, whether it's for your cell phone or your website. This module makes it clear what space is being used and it's also a great way to monitor the activity on your site.
My favourite thing about this module:
I really like that it lists your disk space usage by folders so you can see what is taking up a lot of space. It is also convenient to view your bandwidth usage by month so that you can compare.
New Affinity Partnership with Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
We are pleased to announce that REM Web Solutions is now an official Affinity Partner for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. REM will be offering all Cambridge Chamber members a 10% discount* on new projects.
Please contact us at 519-884-4111 x 3 or email email@example.com for more information and to schedule your free demonstration.
A couple of years ago my Mom made me one of the most meaningful ornaments for our Christmas tree. It was a felt cut-out of my daughters hand sewn onto a felt backing. At the tip of each finger was a random button and on one of the fingers there was a pretty "one-of-a-kind" button. My daughter was only 5 years old when it was made so it is always so nice to see her little hand each year when we decorate the tree.
About a month before Christmas I decided that I wanted to invite some of our neighbours children (and of course my daughter) over to our house to create the same ornament, however the girls would do all of the cutting and sewing themselves. Their ages ranged from 7 to 10 so I knew that this project would be possible!
My daughter has sewn a number of times using a thread and needle and she is also quite confident (sewing straight lines) using the sewing machine. One of the other girls had only sewn once before, so this concept was new to all of my daughter's friends. That made me happy. I was excited to know that I would be teaching them something new.
After they picked out their felt, I traced their hand and they set to work.
The ornaments were completed within a period of about five and a half hours, spread out over 3 evenings.
I am thrilled that the girls enjoyed this project so much. I am really proud of them. They all tried their best and it is evident. You can tell that children did the cutting and the sewing. Some lines are crooked and the stitching is uneven on many levels, but that is what makes it all the more special and beautiful. They were very excited to give this Christmas surprise to their parents. My daughter gave hers to my Mom on Christmas day.