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4Web creates highly customized websites using Joomla! and WordPress. We use open source software to meet our clients' online business goals and marketing objectives. Experience, honesty and ingenuity are the foundation of our approach for creating engaging, responsive and strategic online business solutions. We take being part of the Web community seriously so we make sure to take the time to share some our findings here.

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Massachusetts Attorney Gets New WordPress Website

Bob Allison is a personal injury attorney with over 25 years experience helping people with personal injury claims. He wasn’t satisfied with the traffic or inquiries being generated by his previous website and knew he needed professional assistance. Not only did he need a website that would yield better initial contacts from injury victims, but he needed WordPress web developers willing to take the time to understand his needs. As always it was important that we find ways to keep costs down for Bob while we improved his website.

Joomla 3

Joomla 3.4.5 Important Security Patch

Today an important security release will become available for Joomla 3. If you have a Joomla 3 website it is important to ensure this patch gets applied as soon as possible. BEFORE applying any update, 4Web recommends backing up your website, validating that your backup worked correctly, and storing that backup off the server where your website is hosted. Actually we recommend you do this on a regular basis depending on how often you update your website.

Case Study

Website Re-Design Ally: A Case Study

“We were completely lost. 4Web guided us through the process and understood what we needed,” says Howayda Abu Affan, Assistant Director of the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. “Working with 4Web put into perspective what was really important for our website.”

The museum’s primary need was for a website that could be updated easily to reflect the current exhibits and provide the interaction that modern visitors expect. Howayda explains, “Our original site was designed in 2008 on a platform that was supposed to be updated and maintained by the designer. Every time we added a photo or a bit of text ourselves, entire pages would shift.”

American Precision’s new Responsive website.

American Precision Museum is Mobile-Friendly

We’re very excited to launch American Precision’s new Responsive website. In 2011 they came to us with an outdated Joomla 1.5 site. They were looking for help organizing their site and updating the “look and feel”. At that time we upgraded them to Joomla 1.7 to ensure their site would be ready for Joomla 2.5 upgrade down the road. Just last week we launched their upgraded Joomla 3 website and it’s fully responsive! They’re very happy with the new functionality of their responsive website, and comfortable knowing their site is ready for mobile viewers. After all, 80% of internet users own a smart phone and you can be sure they’re searching websites using their devices.

If your website still needs to be Mobile-Friendly, don’t hesitate to give us a shout, we would be happy to help.

4Web Joins the New England Web and Tech Collaborative

We had just about finished unpacking at our Summer Street office when the phone rang; it was Zach Luse from Paragon Digital. He had just entered into a new partnership with the Hannah Grimes Entrepreneur Center–named the ‘New England Web and Tech Collaborative‘ (NEWT)–and asked if we wanted to be a part of it.

Let’s see: A chance to co-work with the great people at Paragon Digital and other professionals providing services for the Web, and working in a newly-renovated section of the Hannah Grimes building

Sponsoring WordCamp Boston 2015

Heading to WordCamp Boston

We are heading to WordCamp Boston on July 18, 2015 at Boston University and we can’t wait! Meet, share and learn are our goals when attending any event. It’s great to connect with WordPress developers and designers to learn new information or just something we didn’t know. 4Web is also an event sponsor. There is a LOT that goes into putting on one of these events. So it’s important to give to the greater good of all open source projects, however you can (attend, time, money, support). We hope to see you @WordCampBoston!


Managing Microdata in Joomla with JCE

Content is the most important aspect of a website; if you don’t have good content people won’t want to stay. But how do people even find your website? Through search engines, of course, and Microdata (or Structured Data) is one of the new ways that you can help people find your quality content through search engines.