From huge performance improvements to a seismic shift in how software is built and maintained, 2014 has been a big year of changes and improvements for PHP as a web development platform. The widespread adoption of the package manager Composer signals the end of monolithic frameworks and vendor lock-in. It has kick-started an explosion of modular libraries, which can be used regardless of whether your website is built on Drupal, Wordpress, Symfony or any other platform. Today we take a look at what has changed and the opportunities these transitions present for your website in the coming year.
For Vermont’s Technology Month, we’re posting about VDW’s contributions to the creative economy and tech community. We start with our work with Symfony, open source software that provides the architecture on which we build custom applications and websites. VDW’s staff are part of a global community of developers who contribute to the tools, documents, and software that powers the Symfony framework.
In the summer of 2012 we wrote about our partnership with Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to create the Vermont Food System Atlas, which we’re proud to announce launched earlier last year! As you may remember, VSJF envisions the VT Food Atlas as essentially being the information hub for their Farm to Plate Initiative.
Four weeks into the new year, what can I predict that hasn’t already been predicted by someone else? Probably not much, but lets take a look at what some other SEOs expect to see in 2014 while I try to sprinkle in some of my own wisdom and play Miss Cleo along the way.
It’s hard to believe but it’s time once again for our SEO “year in review” where we turn the page on the calendar and take a look back on all of 2013′s important developments in online marketing that had a significant impacts on the way we work. From a complete 180 in how Google tells us to set up Adwords accounts to an Analytics overhaul and the loss of all organic keyword data, 2013 certainly kept us on our toes.
Early this year FlynnTix, long-time friends and clients of Vermont Design Works, approached us with a request for new website functionality – customer chosen seat selection. The “Select Your Own Seat” project arose out of a need to meet the demands of the modern web user who expects to choose airline seats, as well seats to concerts and major sporting events. In the end our designer and application developers created a solution that is visually appealing, easy to use and allows users to find the perfect seat without any hassle.
Today we’re excited to announce the recent launch of a beautiful and contemporary new website for Vermont’s largest beverage distributor and the only Anheuser-Busch distributor in the state – Farrell Distributing of South Burlington, VT. Opening up shop in 1933, Farrell was the first licensed distributor in the state after prohibition and decided it was finally time they had a website worth of their legacy and premier distributor status.
With a portfolio boasting such names as NECI, FlynnTix and Lake Champlain Ferries, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we often see our clients in the news, and that was never more true than last week. Today we take a look at just a handful of stories that caught our eye recently.
Are you a tech professional looking for a change of pace in your career? A recent graduate hoping to get your foot in the door at a local technology company? Just a tech/web-geek wanting to learn more about what the area’s top companies are currently up to? Then you should be at Tech Jam 2013 at Memorial Auditorium. Stop by our booth and say hi, especially if you’re a PHP programmer or you know someone who is! We’re currently looking for someone to join our team and help us develop some of the coolest and most useful apps for companies and organizations both in Vermont and beyond.
WEBSITE LAUNCH: Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) of Southern Vermont. HCRS provides mental health and substance abuse services to Vermont’s Windsor and Windham counties. Their programs include Adult Outpatient, Childrens Division, Community Rehabilitation and Treatment (CRT), Developmental Services (DS), Windham/Windsor Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP), CRASH.