• 13 Jul 2012

    Introducing Light Speed Foot Print

    light speed foot printWe've been beavering away at Light Speed House on a new product range we're sure you're going to love: I'm pleased to introduce Light Speed Foot Print.

    A lot of businesses when they're just starting out or trying to figure out how to establish themselves on the Internet need some help. And that's exactly what Light Speed Foot Print is all about: giving businesses a low cost option to making their first foot print on the Web. There's a range of prices to suit every budget, whether it's a tentative first step or a more serious content-managed website where you have full control.

    And there's a range of designs to choose from too: whatever your needs there's a look and feel that's bound to appeal. Our designers will take your company logo and integrate it with the design to achieve the message you're aiming for. With the many years ...

    Category:
    • Web Development
  • 13 Jul 2012

    LightSwitch and autosave

    Sometimes there is a need to develop an area of functionality that a system has not initially been designed to handle. Recently I needed to add an auto save feature into a LightSwitch application, something that really isn’t an expected development area in that style of application. This was developed for a client so that if any of the workforce left their computers with unsaved data on screen (something that can easily happen during the working day) that data shouldn’t be completely lost.

    This feature is made trickier by having validation rules on most of the screens within the LightSwitch application in question, which will prohibit saving until those validation criteria are met.  Therefore some method of handling the aforementioned situations are required.  Primarily there are 3 possible solutions, firstly to remove the required nature from the fields in the underlying data structure (this of course could and most likely ...

    Category:
    • Light Switch
  • 11 Jul 2012

    Responsive Design with Sitefinity – Part 2

    In my previous post, I discussed some of the benefits and options to making your website responsive and mobile friendly. In this post I will be detailing my experience using Sitefinity’s Responsive and Mobile Design.

    One of the major hindrances with converting the Light Speed IT Solutions website was that it hadn’t been designed to be responsive. Therefore there was a lot of preparation required to make it more mobile friendly: removing fixed widths, allowing images to scale and generally just creating a more fluid layout.

    Once the site had been prepared, using Sitefinity I began to create a new responsive and mobile design rule. This enabled me to declare how the site would respond to different devices and sizes. I could also opt to “transform the layout”, “open a specially prepared site” or load a specific CSS file for transformations. I could also select how I wanted the ...

    Category:
    • Sitefinity
    • Web Development
    • Design
  • 04 Jul 2012

    Responsive Design with Sitefinity - Part 1

    As many are aware, web design has experienced a huge shift in the past couple of years from users browsing websites using their smartphones and tablets. With the ongoing rise of mobile surfers and the rumours that mobile is set to rule by 2015, it has become a huge benefit to ensure you have a presence on the mobile web.

    mobile-vs-desktop

    Managing the rising tide of mobile devices with Responsive Design by Jordan Angelov and Gabe Sumner

    However, accepting that your website still displays on a mobile device and scales down accordingly isn’t really enough, as scaling down usually results in content that is hard to read and buttons which are difficult to press meaning that the site becomes a pain to navigate. Unfortunately this poor user experience (UX) can cause mobile surfers to jump ship and go somewhere a little more mobile friendly.

    There are a variety of ways to ...

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  • 03 Jul 2012

    Sitefinity upgrade 4.1 to 5.0

    Steps for sitefinityRecently, I went through a Sitefinity upgrade from version 4.1 (SP2) to version 5.0. During the upgrade process I came across numerous hurdles which really spun my head around. It was quite a challenge to get this work done and it could take a beginner to a state of confusion where they really struggle to put all the pieces together.

    Today’s blog is the start of a series of blogs where I will try to put all the pieces together for those who are new to Sitefinity and I aim to give you some relief from the confusion.

    Following below are some of the main areas that should be taken care of before you proceed with an upgrade. Further information about some of the Sitefinity versions and their service packs can be found here.

    1. Get the version number of the project you are about to upgrade. This can be found ...
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    • Sitefinity

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