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Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company. Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.
One Source Federal Credit Union Website Redesign

One Source Federal Credit Union Website Redesign

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  • New Website New Website
     
One Source Federal Credit Union was founded in 1937 and has locations in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico with the purpose of helping members meet their financial goals. They needed their old website refreshed to better represent their services and appeal to their member-owners. Stanton Street was able to bring their vision to life with vibrant images, colors and easy-to-find information.

Serving both Spanish and English speakers, the new website delivers relevant and timely information for all member-owners. Users can select their desired language by clicking the orange button at the top of the site to view content specifically geared to them. The site is also built to display on various screen sizes. This means users can view the site on their desktop or any mobile device – like a smartphone.

Specific services and other important information is highlighted through rotating banner images on the homepage. Each banner is clickable, taking the user to a sub-page for additional details. The homepage also contains logins for various services that help member-owners manage their accounts.

The homepage also features a top level navigation and a main navigation. The top level navigation contains links for career, corporate logins, ATM searches and locations with maps and a contact form. The Career page displays all open positions within OSFCU and gives users the opportunity to apply online. The ATM search provides a list and location for all ATMs located within a certain vicinity. Simply type in the zip code or address, city and state to find the one nearest you! Locating an OSFCU branch or main office is a cinch with the Location/Contact Us feature. Have a question for a specific branch or main office? Submit it through the contact us form within each location tab.

The main navigation is home to the various services OSFCU provides. Here, potential and current member-owners can learn more about OSFCU and what they offer in regards to Membership, Accounts, E-Services, and Loans & Credit. Users can also look up current Rates, check out the FAQ’s or view the Quick Links to get to where they want to go in one click.

Are you in need of a 21st century website revamp? Fill out our contact form and we’ll help you rebuild and rebrand yourself! You can also reach us at (915) 351-8440 to find out more information.

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Consultations for Hire!

Consultations for Hire!

Stanton StreetAt Stanton Street we believe your online presence is imperative to your business’ success. Whether your goals are selling in the online marketplace or simply tailoring your website content to reach new customers, we’re ready to assist you in making the most of your web presence by offering some of our services on a consulting basis.

Through consulting, we can:

  • Provide a comprehensive review of your current website’s content and functionality.
  • Review and report on user profiles, best practices and competitors.
  • Discuss marketing, search engine optimization, sitemaps or web designs and provide you with recommendations.
  • Investigate and recommend third-party applications that best suit your needs and budget.
  • Observe your social media interactions and brainstorm strategies to further connect with your audience.
  • Assist you with developing an online campaign with display ads and measurable goals.
  • Troubleshoot business services and recommend other approaches so you can work more efficiently.
  • Provide tips for social media, e-newsletters or other online communications/customer outreach.
  • Analyze and discuss web analytics data and strategies.
  • Host a training for various online topics such as website analytics, social media profile set up, web design and Internet marketing.
  • Provide guest speaker services regarding online topics such as web design, user experience, copywriting, campaign strategies, trends and social media interaction.

These are only a few examples of the wide range of topics we can help with. Our clients aren’t limited to what we’ve listed above. If you have an issue or concern, we’re here to help by bringing our expertise to the table. We understand how important your online efforts are to your success and we want to ensure every facet of your presence is not only functional and conveys the right message, but also uses the most current web technology and techniques.

Your success is ours! Call us at (915) 351-8440 to find out more about pricing for consulting packages.

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Stanton Street and Bath Group Engineer a Responsive Website

Stanton Street and Bath Group Engineer a Responsive Website

Bath Group Responsive WebsiteBath Group, Inc. provides engineering services to various government and corporate entities locally and internationally. They needed a design refresh built on a responsive platform that resized for viewing on desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The site’s homepage is colorful and vibrant presenting in a clean and easy-to-use format. Interactive image blocks provide quick links to the specialty areas, careers, services, portfolio items and a contact form found within the site. Users can also access these pages through the simple navigation displayed at the top of the homepage.

Once a user enters each section of the site, they are greeted with a wealth of information and images related to that specific topic. For those needing larger text, there is a font sizing tool utilized within the text frame of a page. A simple click of the “Español” navigation will display the entire site in Spanish.

The portfolio section highlights the range of industries and specifically, an overview of services provided for each featured business. The clients page will display a full list of Bath Group’s clientele. A click on a client will display a client summary that includes projects, testimonials and a general description of that particular business.

The contact us page allows users an opportunity to view and apply for job opportunities. Users can also view driving directions and contact information for each Bath Group office located in New Mexico and Texas.

Do you need your website re-engineered to be responsive? Fill out our contact form or give us a call at (915) 351-8440.

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Southwest University Park: The Home for Baseball, Private Events and a New Website

Southwest University Park: The Home for Baseball, Private Events and a New Website

It’s off-season for the El Paso Chihuahuas, but Southwest University Park is available and ready to help you plan your next event or company outing! They offer a variety of venues for a multitude of events from board meetings, graduations and community events. Our latest website was built to showcase their rental options and let the public know that it’s more than just a ballpark.

     

The homepage features simple navigation that gets right to the point: venue details, event planning, a calendar and a contact form. There’s also ticketing information, because Southwest University Park is still the home of the Chihuahuas! Rotating banners feature the flexibility and usability of the ballpark with eye-popping high quality imagery. Here you can also keep up with the latest news and announcements or click on the ballpark map to determine where your next event will be.

The Area & Venue section houses all of the specifications, parking information and photo tours of the ballpark itself. Clicking through each subpage will display associated maps, images and downloads where applicable.

Need to see what’s available? Visit the Plan Your Event section to view cost, capacity and capabilities for each rental space within the ballpark. Clicking each image will take you on a photo tour of that specific space. If you’d like to see upcoming events or visualize how others have used the space, click on the Event Calendar. Each event has related details along with a photo album if available.

Once you determine which ballpark venue suits your needs, simply click on the Contact Us button to send over your vision for the event! Or, get tickets for next season by visiting the Ticket Info page.

Like what you see? Let us know! Fill out our contact form and we’ll get started on your very own website. You can also give us a call at (915) 351-8440 to find out more.

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Copyright Infringement and Your Online Content

Copyright Infringement and Your Online Content

copyright infringementEarlier this year we posted a link to an article that stirred up quite a bit of attention. In summary, a band grabbed an image from a photographer’s website, edited it and uploaded to their Facebook page without getting permission from the photographer or giving him credit. To make things worse, photographer confronted the band and the band blasted the photographer online. In the end, the photographer was vindicated with a check and a swift apology ‘cause the law won.

Risky Business
Pulling content off the Internet and using it for your own purposes comes with major risks. This is especially true when you have a blog or website where images sit waiting to be tagged for copyright infringement lawsuits. Several content creators meticulously scour the Internet for violations through software programs or add tracking tags to their content. So it’s not a matter of “if they find you,” it’s more like “when.”

Your Responsibilities As A Website Owner
If you’re building a website through a third-party, it is your responsibility and right to know where your images and content originated from. Reputable web design companies should also provide you with an invoice or contact sheet with details about your images. In regards to the text on your site, be sure not to copy it from somewhere else – online or print. Yes, copyright law covers all forms of media.

Once your website is handed off to you for maintenance and updating, we highly recommend that whoever is updating your content knows enough about copyright and image use to prevent you from being sued. For peace of mind assume any images, logos, videos, text, symbols, and printed materials are copyrighted. If you need content for your website or blog post, here are a few suggestions:

1. Create Your Own ContentThe best approach is to create your own content. Hire a professional photographer, copywriter or purchase your own fancy digital camera. Trust me, the investment you make here is minimal compared being sued for copyright infringement which can run into thousands of dollars.

2. Purchase Stock ContentYou can also purchase affordable, high-quality images or other media from a stock site. Be sure you are purchasing the right license that covers how you will be using the content. Most standard licenses cover online use only. If you are using content for a marketing campaign, you will more than likely need to purchase an extended license. One of the downsides is that your images will not be unique and can be used by anyone else – including your competitors.

In summary, copyright infringement is a costly mistake that can be avoided. The law doesn’t care if you plead ignorance or think you didn’t do anything wrong. A majority of the time the website owner will be held accountable. Don’t set yourself up for a hefty fine. To find out more about copyright infringement or ask questions about your online efforts, fill out our contact form or give us a call at (915) 351-8440.

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Read More about Copyright Infringement:
Ars Technica: ISPs sent 1.3M copyright infringement notices to US customers last year
Bloomberg Businessweek: Since It Can’t Sue Us All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos
United States Copyright Office: Copyright Basics

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Internet Gullibility: Don’t Spread the Dumb!

Internet Gullibility: Don’t Spread the Dumb!

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Alexander Gardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Being in the biz, I’m on social media sites a lot. I mean A LOT. As a result, I see the whole gamut of hoaxes, scams, “like” bait… you name it. The Internet has given tricksters and scam artists the power to reach millions of people though one click. Unfortunately these posts are being shared by too many – which leads me to the main reason for writing this. I’d like to make an appeal for everyone to stop being gullible and spreading this garbage. Just stop.

I understand you’re overjoyed at Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 being “found” or saddened by the latest celeb demise. I know you really want to help that kid with (insert disease here) with all your “likes” or get free money from Microsoft (yes this is still going around). But really, please take two seconds to double check the facts before you spread the dumb. Most of the time, you can simply review the URL and determine if the story is legitimate. Please know that a site with WordPress or GoDaddy in their URL most likely won’t be dispelling factual or official information.

“Like” Farming
“Like” Farms are scams solely built for Facebook. What happens is someone creates a fake page and starts posting bait (things to get you to interact with posts). When you like something on Facebook, it shows up on your friends’ news feeds. The more likes, the more visible the item is on the platform. Once that page administrator has reached thousands, even millions of likes, they begin to sell ad space or put the page up for sale to the highest bidder.

This scam also includes those silly contests supposedly from Southwest Airlines, Disney Cruises or some other corporation. First, companies are not allowed to host contests on the Facebook platform. Second, if a company chooses to violate Facebook policy, their page will be deleted. Third, it’s easy to duplicate a brand on a social site for personal gain – logo and all. And finally, if these contests link off to a separate page they are possibly exposing your computer to malware and THAT, my friends, is a whole technical can of worms. So no, don’t trust or “like” those links either.

Recently Facebook has been cracking down on “Like” Farms and is discouraging users from sharing the same post repeatedly and ask for “likes,” comments or shares. These are typical behaviors of “Like” Farms and I applaud them for attempting to clean it up.

Fake Stories
Nothing irks me more than fake stories spreading false hope or instilling alertist fears. This includes the so-called “Big Hospital Finally telling the truth about cancer, Johns Hopkins” story and the fear-generating radiation from Japan reaching the U.S. There are heartless individuals out there who play on emotions in order to get visits to their blog. The more visits, the more traffic. This means more ads they can sell and more money they can make at the expense of your well-being. Shaking your head yet?

What Do I Do If I Share The Dumb?
Did you share the dumb? Not sure what to do? Plain and simple: apologize. Then vow to look for a credible source next time, not to believe all memes or posts begging for shares and deny all requests for personal information. Remember, when in doubt – check it out! Here are a few resources to help you weed out the baloney:

Google – Simply search for the story title to see what else pops up to see if it’s legit.
Snopes – Cut and paste the title of the article in the search bar and click GO!
Facecrooks.com – Notifies you of scams, schemes and tricks on your favorite social site.
Urban Legends/About.com – Keep up-to-date with this handy list of the latest phony baloneys.

Phew. Glad I got that out. Now I’m off to kick the lid off more Internet fallacies. Wish me luck!

Have more questions about the dumb? Fill out our contact form and we’ll do our best to give you more tips and resources. You can also give us a call at (915) 351-8440.

Read More:
Social media stole my daughter’s identity
How to Not Publish Baloney
The Only Post You Need To Share When You’ve Fallen For A Facebook Hoax
Facebook Like-Farms Scams Are A Thing
Storyful’s Verification Tech Could Stop Fake News From Spreading on Facebook

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Intrade Consultants Imports A New, Responsive Website!

Intrade Consultants Imports A New, Responsive Website!

Intrade Responsive Website

Intrade Consultants is a customs house brokerage facilitating imports and exports, warehousing, cross-border logistics and much more. They needed a site that would be easy to navigate and accessible on the go. We developed a responsive site with a clean design and simple navigation with a responsive backbone for viewing on desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The site opens up with great imagery highlighting their facility and clickable text for easy access to additional information about their services. Clients also have a quick jump off point to access their password-protected inventory report.

Small clickable icons on the bottom of the page deliver a brief description for each service Intrade provides. One click and the user can venture deeper into service details for each category. A small intro and news populate the bottom of the page giving users a quick peek into the company’s background and media coverage.

The About Us section highlights the company’s experience, company history, qualifications & certifications and affiliated companies. To get more details about what Intrade can do for you, visit the Our Services section of the site. Here, you’ll find an overview of each service along with a contact form to quickly submit questions pertaining to that service. For media coverage on Intrade and other related topics, click over to the Latest News section to view stories.

Customer Registration Forms, NAFTA Certificates and Power of Attorney documents can be found in the Resources portion of the site where you can begin the process of becoming a client of Intrade. Simply fill out the documentation then call the number in the footer or Contact Us page to set up an appointment.

Thinking of importing your own sparkly new website? Fill out our contact form or give us a call at (915) 351-8440.

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

The Heartbleed Bug and Your Stanton Street Website

The Heartbleed Bug and Your Stanton Street Website

Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug has consumed most of our newsfeeds in the past few weeks. If you have a website with Stanton Street, rest assured that your Stanton Street hosted website is NOT affected. Our websites do not utilize Open SSL so we were not vulnerable to this security hole. Your usernames and passwords for email, content management systems and our HelpDesk are all secure.

However, please be aware that if your website utilizes third-party hosted services integrated into your site, those may be affected. Since we have several sites to review, we will need your assistance to confirm that your third-party provider has not been affected. This will help expedite the process.

If your third-party provider has Open SSL, they will need to install a new SSL certificate and instruct all users to change their passwords.

Another important thing to mention is if you manage your own social media such as Facebook or Twitter, you will more than likely need to change your personal password. This also applies to anyone who has admin rights to your company’s profile.

For the latest lists of sites that are affected, visit:

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Heartbleed Bug: Check which sites have been patched

To check if your site is affected, you can type your URL into an automatic checker:

McAfee Heartbleed Checker (all sites)

LastPass Heartbleed Checker (secure https websites)

Your peace of mind is important to us. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Heartbleed, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (915) 351-8440.

 

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Featured Service: Responsive Design & Development

Featured Service: Responsive Design & Development

Simply put, responsive design is a technique used to make a website look great on any size of screen. This means that users on a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet would be able to view and experience the website in almost the same way. Since a majority of the population consumes online content via various screen sizes, it only makes sense to continue a seamless user experience in every iteration of a website.

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By Muhammad Rafizeldi (MRafizeldi) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
How Does It Work?

In order for responsive design to work correctly, the site must be broken down in a grid format. Grids help designers visualize how the site will look in various dimensions. These grid foundations also provide the structure for code, telling the site where stopping points are and what size of image or what content formatting to display,

Why Responsive?

Not only does a responsive site give your users a seamless transition from screen to screen, it also saves you money. The standard practice for web developers was to build a full site then a mobile-friendly version. This used to take longer to develop, not to mention the two separate sets of data updates for full and mobile. Now, the industry has embraced the responsive approach. Even Google has stated responsive web design is the best industry practice for search engine optimization, giving the search engine one index to crawl instead of duplicates.

Benefits of Responsive

  • User Experience – A responsive site will automatically resize to fit most screens. This means users won’t get frustrated when their experience with your site won’t change when they view it on a different device.
  • Reach New Audiences – Increase your reach by serving up content that smartphone and tablet users can easily view and interact with.
  • Return on Investment – Businesses save money when only one site would need to be build instead of multiple ones to fit each device.
  • Save Time – Instead of building or managing multiple versions of a site, there would only be one to worry about.
  • Search Engine Optimization – SEO is improved as there is only one instance of a website instead of multiple versions.

Need a “responsive revamp” of your website? Call us know or fill out our contact form to find out more about what Stanton Street can do for you!

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

User Experience Required!

User Experience Required!

User ExperienceSince we’re on the topic of responsive web design this month, let’s talk a little more about the concept of “user experience” and what that actually means when it pertains to your online presence. I’m sure you’ve been in a position, like I have, where a website just isn’t doing it for you. Either it’s hard to get to where you want to go, things are broken or it simply takes forever to load. Regardless of the situation, you vowed to never visit that site again. I know it sounds harsh, but that’s reality.

As web developers our goal is to build sites that are engaging, that make your customers, associates and peers want to visit again and again. This requires a careful balance of design and technology. There are several components and stages involved in developing a successful user experience, so I’ll try to capture it all in a digestible one-pager.

Know Your Audience

You probably hear this all the time when marketing your product, but do you hear it enough from your web developer? If not, I’ll say it again: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Finding out who is seeking out your services or products and identifying what they like, don’t like and how they use technology could make a huge difference in the site build. You can have all the fancy animations, crazy functionality and images that you like; but if your users don’t care to interact with your site then there’s no point.

Develop an Outline

Once the audience is identified and documented, then a plan should be put into place. We do this through wireframes or sitemaps. For basic sites, we use sitemaps that show the way the site will flow and where pages will lie within the design. If the site is more complex, like an e-commerce site, we develop wireframes. Wireframes identify interaction points and general layout of generic items on the website.

 Design with Purpose

There’s a whole slew of rules and standards that come with designing a website that will determine most of the aesthetics such as layout, font and color selections. The rest of the design is determined by the branding of the company, the audience and the site’s purpose.

In summary, each element of the site must complement another creating a fluid, solid experience. If your current web designer or applications developer never brings up the idea of user experience, our advice is to run far, far away from them. Then call us. 😉

Need to improve your website’s user experience or not sure what you need to make it better? Fill out our contact form and we’ll get you started on a user-friendly website. You can also give us a call at (915) 351-8440 to find out more.

Read more about user experience:

UX Magazine – Is UX Your Achilles?

Bad UI/UX Design

4 Ways Bad UX is Hurting your SEO

Killed at Launch: A complete disregard for user experience leads to drastic action

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.