How to transition your Toronto business online

Hello! Without a doubt, the covid-19 pandemic has caused a massive disruption to the global economy including a fundamental shift to how small, medium and large enterprise businesses can conduct their day-to-day operations. The impact of social distancing and other quarantine strategies as dictated by the various health regulatory bodies have had a staggering impact on brick-and-mortar businesses without a doubt. This shift, albeit temporary or more longer term, has put an onus of importance on establishing or improving an online presence. Many grocery stores, butchers and other essential retail businesses have transitioned to an online e-commerce ordering system to accommodate the ability to delivery grocery and goods to their customers. Having an online business can be the deciding factor as to whether you can actually continue operating as a business. Your front doors to your showroom may be closed, but your customers still will be able to browse and […]

Some cute flat icons that we made

Hello There! Here is a collection of some of the most popular Social Media platform icons that we created using http://fontawesome.io/ You can download these icons and use them for whatever you please. They are .png files and each icon is 32px. These icons are using the colours from the Shift8 Web brand, but you can adjust the colours in Adobe Fireworks to whatever you wish. In this case the icons are images, but if you are interested in using Font Awesome icon set  on your wordpress website or blog, you can do this really easily using a really simple plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/font-awesome/ The plugin will allow you to use all 361 Font Awesome icons, there is a lot of documentation that you can read through on the plugin download page.  

Convert text to an image with Javascript and HTML5

Hello! Working with frameworks like Django and with CMS’ like Drupal and WordPress we come across a wide variety of requirements for manipulating, sanitizing and importing data from all different sources and formats. Recently we had the requirement to take a text field that was defined in a Django model and convert that text string to an image. There are many reasons for this type of requirement. You could argue that this requirement would be the first (of many) steps towards implementing your own custom captcha solution. Well we did some research and found some solutions out there and implemented it our self in Django and we thought we’d share here as well! I’ll go through each of the components necessary to implement this. This type of implementation can very easily be integrated into WordPress or Drupal through a custom module or custom plugin or function perhaps. Additionally you can […]

Why using Flash media on your site is bad

Hello! I realize that its 2013 and the flash media debate is pretty much a peripheral debate at this point. Being in the web design industry, it is still a common occurrence to be presented with a job or project that requires migrating a corporate website away from the dependance of static flash media. There’s a few things to consider when thinking about the negative impact flash can have on your site, all of which I would consider to be equally relevant : Audience In the last 10-15 years, the number of different devices that have connected to the internet has grown exponentially. One of the largest directions the mobile device and mobile operating system development has taken is to strip out any support for flash media on the mobile platform in general. This can be typically justified by the additional processing power that is required to render and interact […]

Frameworks or Traditional Content Management Systems?

Typically for each client we work with designing a website from the ground up, we find ourselves evaluating one of two options : using a web framework such as DJango or going with a Traditional content management system such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Although the needs and requirements of each client are typically unique, there are many commonalities as such depending on the size and scope of the project. One of the main advantages I usually see with implementing a framework is the flexibility and customization options that it provides. What it usually comes down to is the industry and type of website required, as well as the client budget and project timeline and expectation from start to finish. DJango opens many doors and allows for endless possibilities in terms of customization and providing a truly unique website. If the budget isn’t there, then one way to look at […]

Working With Toronto Real Estate Agents To Incorporate Toronoto MLS Listings Into Their Websites

We’ve been working with several Toronto Real Estate Agents on their websites to help incorporate a search page for potential buyers. We’ve connected with The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) using IDX http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Data_Exchange Here’s an example of how we utilized this technology for The Property Team in in Toronto, we worked very close with this group and they are happy with the final result of their Home Finder page which can be seen here: http://www.thepropertyteam.com/home-finder/