• 02 Jul 2012

    Responsive Design Over a Cooked Breakfast

    This week was the first time I went out by myself and talked to a group of business owners and directors about the latest trend in website design and development.  I am going to give you a bit more information about this and what I went through on the day in my post.

    Coming from a non-technical background I worked in sales & marketing before the digital age, learning how to use a computer when 60 members of staff had to pre-book it for an hour at a time, it all seems a very long way from where we are today.  Now I work for a Software Development company who build web based database applications and design and develop CMS websites.  It is in the website arena that I am going to talk about today.

    responsive devicesThe demand for a website to look pretty and be functional on any mobile or ...

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    • Web Development
  • 29 Jun 2012

    Online Wireframing Tools

    I have been trying out some online wireframing tools. These tools are useful for fast access to simple wireframing tools that are easy to use, and can be a useful resource for those creating their own site. Here's just a few of the online wireframing tools I tried out, with some advantages and disadvantages.

    mockingbird-screenshotMockingbird provides a variety of widgets for wireframing of websites and has a good setup except for the lack of some widgets. The interface for searching for the right widget is also neglected with the drop down menu provided making the process slower than it needs to be along with a search function that can add confusion as the number of widgets do not really meet the need for an individual search and using this can slow down the process even further these mixed can end up with you settling for a widget that fits but ...

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    • Web Development
  • 21 Jun 2012

    Light Speed IT Solutions are Sitefinity's Partner of the Month!

    sitefinity-partner-of-the-month We love building superb looking websites packed with functionality, delivering exactly what our clients are after. So it's great to see our efforts being recognised by Telerik: in June they have selected us to be their partner of the month!

    We gained Gold partner status in January 2011, and have quickly scaled to the top of their partner lists for our commitment to making superb Sitefinity-driven sites. We've been consolidating our skills, attending conferences and exploring the new features of Sitefinity as they are released. The team have been showcasing what they've learned so an accolade like this is a great reward!

    We handle site design, site builds, migrations and upgrades for all versions of Sitefinity. If you're looking for exceptional design and quality-tested code for your next website project then get in touch.

    Check out our Sitefinity partner profile.

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    • Sitefinity
  • 08 Jun 2012

    Essex Business Award 2012

    Since we were one of the proud sponsors, Judges and finalists of Essex Business Award 2012, 18th May, 2012 was very special for the Light Speed Team. Light Speed IT Solutions was Judging the category ‘Small Business of the Year 2012’. The Judges (Ruth Smith and Tim Titchmarsh) were really impressed by the finalists but they had to choose only three winners, which were Astonish Cleaning, My Buggy Buddy and Funky Medical Accessories Ltd.

    tim and ruth with my buggy buddy

    Our Managing Director Tim Titchmarsh was also one of the Finalists for the category Business Man of the Year which was perfect to acknowledge the significant success he has achieved in his business over the past 12 years. It was lovely to see all the known faces and to meet new businesses. The arrangement was superb and as the event was better, bigger and of course merrier than last year’s. Credit goes to Ann Quinn and team ...

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  • 08 Jun 2012

    Thoughts about Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    windows-8-logo

    Well, as a tester I cannot say that I didn’t find bugs on the new Windows 8, but this was to be expected as it is just a Consumer Preview, but what I wasn’t expecting was the User Interface versus the User Experience.

    Installation

    But let’s start from the beginning: the installation, well, that was quick and didn’t require any special knowledge, which was great. Once installed I had my first user experience on the Metro interface. It was different, somehow I was expecting something more similar with the iOS mobile interface, but it wasn’t. I’d never used a Windows phone before, maybe because of this it was so different for me.

    Interface

    The User Interface looks good, very appealing to the eyes and very colourful as well - not always a good thing - but it looked good.

    If you are used with the usual Windows way to do things, ...

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    • Web Development

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