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The role of the CMS at Force 5

Force 5’s arsenal of tools that we use to plan, build and measure websites expands daily. It’s the nature of the industry - growing and adapting to the industry as needed. One such tool is growing to be an essential part of our web offering; the CMS or Content Management System. We have implemented numerous CMS sites on the web within the last year and in doing so, learned to appreciate some of the benefits that using a CMS framework has to offer. Our top reasons are not only help our clients, but help our development efficiency as well.

Lazy and Forgetful is the New Normal

A recent poll by the Domain Name Association shows that when people are looking to go to a specific company’s website, 43% of them will type the company’s name or relevant term into a search engine while only 31% of people will type the domain name (www.domainname.com) into the browser address bar.

Signs You Need a New Website: It Doesn’t Work on Mobile Devices / Small Screens

One sign that you might need a new website is that it doesn't look good on mobile devices.  According to a recent study, mobile device usage is significantly higher than desktop usage, with people viewing 51% of the content on mobile versus only 42% on desktop/laptop.   (Five years ago, it was 12.5% mobile vs. 75% desktop/laptop). 

Do I Need a New Website?

Force 5 Web Design

Do you need a new website?  I surveyed the team here at Force 5, asking them each for 2 or 3 signs that someone might need to update their web presence. Some of their responses are based on functionality, some on user experience, and some on overall look-and-feel, but here are their answers:

Is Your Website Mobile-friendly?

According to a recent study, mobile device usage is significantly higher than desktop usage, with people viewing 51% of the content on mobile versus only 42% on desktop/laptop.   (Five years ago, it was 12.5% mobile vs. 75% desktop/laptop).

The Worst Passwords of 2014

SplashData.com has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the "Worst Passwords" that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, "123456"and "password" continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011. Other passwords in the top 10 include "qwerty," "dragon," and "football."

Adventures in Travel?

I love to travel and I love the Internet. The Internet has opened up the world and made it easier to travel. Has it made it too easy? Has it taken some of the mystery and joy out it?

The Ecommerce Secret Sauce

Getting the most out of your online store is paramount. There’s a good chance your online store exists to actually make money. The trick is to get the most from your visitors by knowing what it takes to get your visitors to return. One essential ingredient in creating a “sticky” online store: Engagement.

Benefits of Skeuomorphism in Interface Design

Recently the design community has been debating the trend of skeuomorphism in design - specifically UI design. While the debate itself has blurred to the point of debating about what was being debated about, the core question remained: "When does Skeuomorphism make sense in UI design?"

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