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The Raziehs’ Family Visits Web-Op

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Web-Op CEO David Bailey With (in order) Gina Monibi, Tavia and Mandy Aguirre of Raziehs – Catching a quick Cubs’ Spring Training game after the meeting.

The Raziehs’ family visited the Web-Op office earlier this week to discuss the Razieh brand and company.  The faces and operators of the Raziehs’ brand includes three generations:  Gina Monibi (the Grandmother), Mandy Aguirre (the Daughter), and Tavia Aguirre (the Granddaughter). Continue reading

Web-Op, Inc. Partners with Registration Elite to Help Improve the Camp Registration Process

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Web-Op, Inc., an internet marketing firm, has announced its partnership with Registration Elite, to help improve programs camp registrations. Web-Op will be responsible for enhancing site functionality for both camp registrants and administrators.

Web-Op’s CEO David Bailey explains: “Registration Elite is well connected in the sports camp community and by partnering with Web-Op, we feel we can change the way camp registrations are done, providing an efficient, streamlined experience for both campers and coaches, unlike anything else out there.”

Web-Op has partnered with Registration Elite to help take the company to new heights. One opportunity for improvement that has been targeted is the coaches admin area for camp registrations. By implementing a custom admin for the coaches they are better able to track registrations, financials, camp itinerary, and makes sure they are in compliance with governing bodies.

About Registration Elite

RegistrationElite.com is the premier camp registration platform that allows programs to offer a customized, streamlined registration experience for both campers and coaches.

About Web-Op, Inc.

Web-Op provides internet marketing and web development services for businesses of all sizes. Web-Op specializes in conversion driven design, development, and marketing. Each of these items are supported by data tracking and analytics, ensuring unsuccessful campaigns are discontinued quickly and successful campaigns continue to grow.

Citizen Dish Visits the Web-Op Office

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*Web-Op’s CEO David Bailey pictured with Citizen Dish leaders Damon Shorter and Mike Baghoomian

Citizen Dish leaders Damon Shorter and Mike Baghoomian visited the Web-Op office Monday, November 24 to impart more knowledge about their successful marketing management tool program to the Web-Op staff.

Citizen Dish provides businesses the opportunity to quickly create customizable marketing content and design that can delivered via email, txt, and social media platforms to develop new leads.  Web-Op is being consulted for strategies on building a more efficient application and marketing pitch to their program.

During their meeting, the Web-Op staff learned more than just the details of Citizen Dish’s current status as a successful marketing application, they learned about the history and passion that delineates them from from any other in their industry.

Web-Op thanks Damon Shorter and Mike Baghoomian for stopping by and are looking forward to their own successful business relationship.

Connect Share Visits Web-Op

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*Web-Op’s CEO David Bailey pictured with Connectshare leaders Brent Crabtree and Jon Bailey

Connectshare leaders Brent Crabtree and Jon Bailey visited the Web-Op office Monday, November 17 to impart more knowledge about their successful networking organization to the Web-Op staff.

Connectshare has gathered some of the biggest “decision makers” i.e. business leaders, CEO’s, presidents, and owners in the Salt Lake, Idaho Falls and Boise regions.  This community makes up a powerful networking circle, attracting new members every month.  Connectshare has come to Web-Op to elevate their status as a networking firm by developing more sophisticated design and functionality within their website and management systems.

During their meeting, the Web-Op staff learned more than just the details of Connectshare’s current status as leaders in the networking industry, they learned about the culture and passion that delineates them from from any other networking circle in the nation.  It is the idea that the most successful business relationships are built by a “giving” mentality.  This “give” culture has lead many of their members to very profitable relationships between powerful businesses.

Web-Op thanks Brent Crabtree and Jon Bailey for stopping by and are looking forward to their own successful business relationship.

Why You Should Care About Project Management, and Why the Success of Your Project Depends on it

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In so many areas of our lives, we use project management without even realizing we are. Whether it’s executing a daily routine, having the family over for thanksgiving, or building a spaceship, project management is used every day, at every level. Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling and closing out every project is what a project manager does. Project managers get things done.

Hope is not a strategy. Project management provides a framework to help reach goals.  Every project is different, but all share their beginnings in an idea of what can be and a potential for a good outcome if that idea is guided into reality.

Alas, with experience comes the realization our role as design and build agencies must be sustainable for the long term. If a project requires the development team to work heavy hours, we always review and ask ourselves, was it worth it? If when a site is delivered we look at an hours analysis and learn that our time would have been more profitably spent working at the Dollar General in Apache Junction, what can we take away to make sure this doesn’t happen again? It starts with a clear, appropriately quoted contract and effective project management.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons why project management matters besides budget. I’ve never seen a single project succeed without a schedule. I’ve also yet to come across a project for which it wasn’t critically important to communicate often, clearly understand the scope of what the team was building, or to have an individual on the team focused on the quality of the product.

Strong project management discipline says a lot about the experience of an design and development firm. Scope, schedule, budget, and communication all factor into the success or failure of a project. This is with or without experienced project management. Failure to proactively address these factors always places an unfair burden on those members of the team who should be focused on strategy, user experience, design, development, and engineering. Both Web-Op and it’s clients have benefited from effective project management, and will continue to do so in the future.

 

RWD2014 || Year of the Mobile

Responsive web design is extremely critical in today’s world; it is necessary for survival among the fittest. No doubt mobile browsing has blown up and continues to grow exponentially. There are times where no matter how good a company’s web site looks on the monitor, if it is not “mobile friendly” and the user gets a poor experience, well, the site might as well be deemed no good at all. On a personal level, I can relate to the importance of mobile browsing. For example, after giving someone my business card usually one of the first things they do is pull out there iPhone, and look at my portfolio. If my personal site was not built with a responsiveness to adapt to different media devices and viewports such as the iPhone; and the viewer looking at my work does not have a good experience, this could jeopardize the integrity of my work and in turn, possibly be loosing future customers and contacts. I would like to quote Andy Clarke, web designer, author and founder of Stuff and Nonesense. Andy says, “Anything that’s fixed and unresponsive isn’t web design anymore, it’s something else. if you don’t embrace the inherent fluidity of the web, you are not a web designer, you’re something else. Web design is responsive design. Responsive Web Design is web design, done right”…

Q&A with a UI/UX Designer

For this weeks blog I decided to interview a friend of mine and professional graphic/web designer. 

 Ryan Canfield is UI/UX designer & front end developer at Synapse Studios specializing in web-based javascript applications.


What do you think is one the most important thing as a web designer?   Thinking past static design & layout to consider the web at all screen sizes.

What about the creative process?   We use a repeatable, successful pattern. It starts with sketching, wire framing, mock ups, rapid prototyping and then development .

 How important is the creative process to you?   Very! Synapse didn’t have designers a few years back, it was developers doing front end. Having designers makes a huge difference in the usability of web applications.  Being classically trained as a graphic designer helps me daily in web design. I use the principles of design, like color theory, rhythm, balance etc. these fundamentals are paramount!

What is your outlook on simplicity?   Simplicity depends on necessity. That is one thing designers forget with the web design and graphic design in general. They feel like they need to fill all the space like it is some “hole to fill” esp. junior designers. Question the necessity of everything you include in the design and then question whether is it presented in the best way possible.

What about the the placement of things like “call to actions?”   You want to make sure your main call to action is available and accessible almost anywhere.  If you’re delivering information you want it at the end of that information. It should be the most prominent path for a user to take.

What do you think about traditional web placement i.e. headers etc. and switching the placement of them up, in non traditional ways?   It really depends on the users of the site or app. Sites that have the same user base are better candidates than sites that have mostly unique visitors. Additionally, younger, more techie users are going to figure out the placement of things and are less likely to get frustrated. With users that struggle you probably want a more conservative layout. You have to determine purpose of the site and the target audience. A marketing site is going to be selling products/services, reference website will be delivering information etc.

Any input for junior web designer?   Mobile first approach, responsive design and write clean code!   

 

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A web sites web banner is by far one of the most important area of a site. It is what people see first,  this is where the viewer makes initial visual contact and gets an overall feel and vibe of the site, and ultimately decides if they want to continue on or not. I can not tell you how many web sites I have left due to the  fact they had a weak header. Even though it is the content that matters in todays world people judge books by there covers, and the web banner is the cover. I like this piece of information I found online, it is from a graphic designer and multiple business owner named Dawn Papandrea-Khan. She states, “usually when we visit a website or blog, we can get a feel for what the site represents in only a few seconds. This is the reason why it is even more important to focus on making the right first impression through a custom header graphic.”

As a designer, there are a few key aspects and bits of information I think the header should contain. The company, the product etc. Which brings me to my next point I found in an online blog talking about this exact topic. This is from boostability.com the importance of a header. 

1. Who are you? (You would be amazed how many websites make their visitors dig around to find out the name of the company!)

2. What do you do? (Again, the number of visitors who are forced to assume your site sells a product rather than just talks about it is ridiculous. Be clear!)

3. Why should I buy from you, not the other guy?

The web is littered with garbage, visual noise and a bunch of sites that house web banners that all look the same. It is up to me as the designer to produce clean, visually interesting web banners that represents the sites overall demeanor and entice people to stay on the site and explore further. It is also up to me to find new and exciting ways to display the content  so we can separate ourselves from the crowd.   Also, I feel like in design I have to take risks. I have to try new and “edgy” things and think outside the normal design box that I often get tunnel visioned in. I would also like to explore maybe trying a banner with out the traditional rectangle box, maybe another shape  or placement? That is something definitely for the sketchbook and some thought.