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In July we went launched a new WordPress website for Michigan State University.  The website was designed for one of MSU’s long-term research projects, the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site, which is part of the LTER Network established by the National Science Foundation.  My team and I were thrilled at the opportunity to work with a big ten university.  We were also extremely excited to be able spread our love of WordPress and open source technology. The Integration of WordPress and Ruby on Rails MSU was a unique web design project for us. It was our first collegiate project and our first integration to Ruby on Rails.  I’ll admit I was a little scared about the whole ROR integration.  But my fears were unjustified as MSU’s resident technical wizard, Sven, was able to pull it all together.  My senior coder, Chris, wrote a custom plu... (more)

When is Your Small Business Ready for an ERP System?

A common question small business owners ask themselves is when their business is ready to implement an ERP software application that will replace their existing small business software. Fortunately for the small business owner, there are a number of small business ERP software solutions on the market today that serve as a viable replacement for QuickBooks, Peachtree, and other small business accounting software packages. In my experience, there are three telling signs of when a small business is ready to migrate from its existing small business software to a more sophisticated ER... (more)

I Owe Bing a Big Fat Apology

Bing I owe you an apology. As of this weekend, I’ve realized I owe you one big fat public apology. For years I’ve dismissed Microsoft and I was a loyal fan of Google. This weekend you made me see a new you. A new, improved and pretty cool Bing. On Saturday morning I was drinking my coffee, surfing the web, and reading blog posts. Yes I am an SEO (aka nerd) and this is what we do on a Saturday morning. As I explored the web I happen to run across a blog post on Bing’s Webmaster Center blog. I’ll be honest, I don’t even know how I got there but I did and I was happy I did. I start... (more)

Good Times at WordCamp Detroit 2011

Another year, another WordCamp here in Detroit.  I was excited for it to arrive and I’m definitely sad to see it go.  I love WordCamp almost as much as I love WordPress.  It brings together my favorite things: WordPress and my fellow like-minded geeks.  This year I was able to bring along my possy, which included my assistant Jen (and long time BFF), my fellow internet marketer Rachel, and our collective friend Megan who is completely new to WordPress.  Good times. This year’s WordCamp was hosted at the Detroit RenCen building.  Yes from the image below, you can see the building... (more)

Six Ways to Quickly Kill Your Website Design Project

If you’re considering embarking on a website design project, you’re most likely venturing into unchartered territory. Or, at the very least, headed down a path you only travel down every five or so years. Because of this “path not taken”, the road is many times bumpy and it is easy to get side tracked or completely lost along the way. Each week I receive a lot of incoming requests for web design quotes and proposals. I ultimately work with a lot of different small business and personality types. Regardless of the industry, business age, or business owner, many entrepreneurs and ... (more)