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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.

Code is Poetry

Demystifying WordPress Code with GenerateWP

What happens when you need something added to WordPress, but your theme doesn’t support it and there aren’t any plugins that really do the job? Then it’s time to dig in and get coding. The documentation in the WordPress Codex is an excellent place to get started, but even once you know what you’re doing, sometimes it just isn’t worth it to code everything completely by hand. That’s where the very useful GenerateWP comes in.

Responsive Design

4Web Presenting at NEAUG

Giving back to your community is an important business philosophy. On Tuesday June 2, 2015 4Web will be participating in the New England Adobe User Group’s Lightning Talks program. Heidi Stanclift will outline how we use BugHerd as part of our test and refine process with any new development. Gwen Ames will talk about how we code templates to meet our responsive design strategy and how it makes our clients’ sites mobile-friendly. Hope to see many local businesses there!

Choosing and Installing WordPress Themes

Choosing and Installing WordPress Themes

WordPress Themes do more than just determine how a website looks; they are also responsible for providing additional display options and functionality, as well as controlling the types of content that are displayed. Using one of the built-in themes (each named for a year, like twenty-fifteen) is a great way to get your WordPress site up and running, but it can leave something to be desired in terms of design. That’s where choosing and installing a new theme becomes important.

True Cost of a Hacked Website

The True Cost of a Hacked Website

Have you ever uttered the words “my website got hacked” and then didn’t know what to do? Did you assume that if your website was hacked your host would be able to provide a backup that you could restore to? Guess again! Just like keeping your website up to date, disaster recovery planning for your website can be simple and painless but you really must take the steps to ensure you have what you need to restore your hacked site.

Meeting Waters website

Meeting Waters YMCA Website

Four years ago Steve and Sue Fortier from the Meeting Waters YMCA approached us to update their Joomla 1.5 site, built by 4Web years earlier. The national organization had recently revamped the Y’s branding with exciting new color palettes and new logos and we needed to incorporate those changes into an entirely new design. We definitely enjoyed working with the bright colors while building them a custom-designed template for the new Joomla 2.5 site. Fast forward to April 2015, and they now need to ensure that their site is mobile-friendly so they can support their mobile viewers.

Don't Leave the Door Open for Hackers

Don’t Leave the Door Open for Hackers

Open Source CMS (Content Management System) software revolutionized the Web world by making it possible for small business and non-profit organizations to create affordable websites. Popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open source. Open source means you have access to the code that drives your website. You can modify the code however you’d like; you cannot do that with Microsoft software! But thinking this through a bit further, this also means anyone and everyone has access to the code that make up these CMS platforms. This means that hackers can see the code and develop ways to compromise many websites at once.

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Flash… Huh! What is it good for?

Some would say absolutely nothing. Others may believe it is the savior of the universe. In more relevant terms, we’re referring to Adobe Flash (previously known as Macromedia Flash or Shockwave Flash). It is an animation platform that was extremely popular with websites in the early 2000s, capable of providing wonderful, fully animated visual experiences, or downright awful ones (your tax dollars at work!). As you can see, neither would be very enjoyable to view on a small screen. That’s just one of the many reasons you will most likely not see Flash on modern websites.

Enhancing Wordpress with essential plugins.

Enhancing WordPress With Essential Plugins

Creating a WordPress site is a fast way to get your content online; sign up for an account on this post by WPTavern and plug away. In no time at all your ideas and content can be online for everyone to see. But there are limits to this free service, and one such limit is that you cannot add plugins to a site hosted on WordPress.com.

WordPress Plugins provide a great way to add features or change functionality on your site without modifying the theme. So if your site needs some of that additional functionality, sign up with a host, install WordPress, and then you can add these powerful tools to your site. Here’s how!