Hidden River Credit Union
Launch Date | January 30, 2019
Hidden River Federal Credit Union in Pennsylvania knows that visitors want a clean, friendly, easy-to-navigate site. Working with the lead developer on the project, a plan was developed to highlight the most important information and details. From joining to rates to applying for a loan, the site was built from the ground up with the member experience as the guiding principle of the design. The end result is a site that flows smoothly and uses a mixture of compelling imagery, iconography and text to guide the visitor to the information they’re there for.
- The rates quick reference guide on the homepage utilizes icons to showcase featured products and services.
- ¿Hablas español? Est-ce que tu parles français? The language translation tool on the site allow visitors to select from English, Spanish or French and translates all selectable text on the site.
- Eye-catching notification bars are easily changed to feature a special promotional rate, an event like the annual meeting or a holiday closing reminder.
MAKE IT MINIMAL
We’ve all heard the expression, “Less is more.”
“Enjoy more with less.”
“Do the most with what you have.”
“If you can create something with nothing, you can create anything.”
In the artistic and creative realm, this “trend” has become all the rage. Artists, designers, and developers alike have adapted minimalism and are pushing it to the limit.
As a web developer focused on mobile-first design, I enjoy implementing this trend in the work I create. Because sites have a tendency to be cluttered, I had to figure out a way to make them interesting. Thankfully, I have found three ways to do just that.
A minimal and memorable site can impact your business. My job, along with many other developers, is to get you there and make something to be proud of.
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation
Launch Date | August 15, 2019
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation site was a unique project because they already had a very strong brand and some print collateral pieces that they were very fond of. By utilizing the vibrant colors and strong design elements, we were able to bring those print pieces to life digitally for visitors.
- Quick links on every page to the Foundation’s scholarship application
- Donation page provide visitors opportunities to engage at a deeper level at every turn (or click!)
Engaging Website Users With Animated Features
In today’s entertainment industry, animation is becoming more prevalent and inviting us into a world outside our own. It allows us to live through the eyes of special characters and instills a sense of wonder and happiness. Most often we hear of its success in movies and television, but web development is beginning to recognize its potential as well. Color, typography, layout, and hierarchy are being implemented through motion, giving websites more dimension and interactive features.
When a user is brought to a specific page on a website, more than likely they are there to learn more about the company, find contact information or inquire about a particular service. Stumbling upon this information can be cut and dry, but more often than not it doesn’t have to be. Animation can take something of small importance on a website and turn it into something that the user remembers and takes away from the site. This can be as simple as giving a button the illusion of fading when hovered, allowing text the ability to “jump” when the page is scrolled, and even pausing the time an element takes to load onto the screen to slow the readers eye.
For WordPress developers, these interactive elements are easy with CSS3 animation and a multitude of plugins. Slider Revolution for example, gives a developer the ability to see something as simple as png and jpg images come to life with keyframes and transitions. Simple images are able to be transformed into stories, that help make a brand even more personal. Just as a small interactive segment can be created in Adobe Premiere, it can be created in WordPress in a matter of seconds.
Most recently, these techniques were put to use to refresh our brand new Uncommn site. Not only does it help tell our story, but it shows our clients and future business, that we enjoy what we do and have fun doing it. We are excited about learning more about these skills and using them to push the envelope in future projects.
Take a look at these techniques on our homepage!
We’ve Updated Our Terms
You’ve probably seen a lot of emails and website popups about changes to terms of service lately. It seems pretty much everyone has been asking you to review your settings and confirm your acceptance of their new standards. So, what gives?
Blame GDPR. The abbreviation stands for the General Data Protection Regulation. It’s actually a European law that deals with protection and privacy, specifically online and in email. While you may not live, work or do business in Europe, many sites including Facebook and Google, have decided to include the regulations across the board and around the world. As you can imagine, the reactions to the change have been numerous and, surprisingly, funny.
Read more here.
World Wide WordPress
Do you remember fifteen years ago? How about ten? Well, it was the start of something. Something that would one day control the web and the digital world, allowing companies and people alike to market and present themselves with a digital presence. Its name? WordPress.
WordPress has taken over the internet and has given developers a chance to customize their sites in a whole new way. Its Content Management System (CMS) and open source code offers unlimited functionality and opportunity for improvement. What once started as a platform for blogs, is now running 30% of the web. But how has it become as powerful as it is?
- Security – A team of developers that are dedicated to the secure CMS.
- Customization – Open source power with unlimited possibility.
- Speed – Creating fully functioning websites within a couple months.
As for the other 70% of the web, what does WordPress offer that could convince them to make the switch?
- Familiar, intuitive Content Management System. If you’ve been in the back end of a WordPress, you’ll see some familiar features. While coding knowledge is always helpful, the visual editor makes anyone familiar with Microsoft Word feel like they have some idea of how to edit the site. WordPress users operate with the belief that websites should be able to be created by anyone, easily and effectively. Non-believers are slow to accept this “accessible to everyone” idea.
- Personalized user experience. The open source nature of WordPress means experienced developers and virtual novices can all create custom sites. Through hand coding, pre-designed themes and thousands of plugins, sites can become as custom and unique as the people building them.
- Scalability. It may be difficult to persuade Fortune 500 companies that the platform is bigger than its blogger past but more and more large companies are looking to WordPress for their sites and the freedom it offers. The platform may have started as an easy-to-use tool for sharing thoughts, ideas and recipes but it has developed into a powerhouse for the web world.
At the rate WordPress is going, only time will tell how much further the successful platform can go and how much more of the world’s websites it can conquer!