How to prepare Shopify for Black Friday / Cyber Monday

People love deals, they love getting them, telling all their friends about them which means “free” marketing for your products. Do you have the tools and workflows implemented into your site to take advantage of online’s biggest shopping season?

Where to start? Well there’s 3 states:

  1. Where were you?
  2. Where are you?
  3. Where do you want to be?

Where were you?

Have a look at last year’s analytics around these dates (Friday, November 29 – December 2). All the important stuff like sales, conversions, abandoned carts, bounce rates etc… Shopify’s analytics are great but if you have google analytics with sales funnels, bonus!

Take note of all these goodies and on to the next step.

Where are you now?

Take a look at the same things and compare then and now. Better or worse? Figure out what changed, what worked and what didn’t.

If you did worse, you have some work to do. If you did better you still have some work to do, albeit less.

Where do you want to be?

Also knows as setting goals. Start with the obvious ones such as:

  • Anything that’s in the red, you want to get it into the green.
  • Where are people bouncing, fix that?
  • Abandoned carts, fix that.
  • Page load times slow? Fix that, very important!
  • Does your site simply suck? Ask me, I’ll give you my brutally honest opinion.

It’s best to set smaller incremental goals because if you’ve made 50k last year, 60k this year but you want that golden million next year, that’s not going to happen. But then again, depends on what you’re selling, what your budget is for marketing and branding.

Do you have returning customers? Thank them, give them candy. Wether that be discount, free swag or referral bonuses. There are many ways to show customers appreciation. Remember if people love your product, a little push will help them tell their friends and so on and so forth.

If you have a decent product, you’re passionate and 100% set to do this for the long haul I would love to help you with all these things, please get in touch.

Get in touch

WHITE TERRY

STORY

White Terry bedding is made with expert craftsmanship and the highest quality organic materials to ensure that our collection exceeds your expectations.

A big thank you to Maggie from Bluboho for the reference! <3

Details

Nicole and Jessica are always a pleasure to work with, very nice people. I’ve done many an update to their beautiful site. Helped them setup some pre-orders functionality so when inventory hits zero, they can purchase which automatically applies a discount code and tags them on Klaviyo as pre-order so they can email those customers with updates on re-stock and shipping.

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I can not recommend Steph from Reconfigure enough. His knowledge and expertise far surpassed any experience I’ve had with other Shopify professionals and he was able to meet our time constraints. He is a shopify EXPERT. Any time we ever had concerns, Steph responded quickly and knew exactly how to handle the problem immediately - if he didn't, he figured out how. Not only was he able to complete out specifications, but he also made suggestions for further improvement. We'd gladly work with him again. Steph was an absolute pleasure to work with and offered very quick turnaround times. I look forward to continuing to work with Steph on custom projects this year!

Nicole
whiteterry.com

BLUBOHO

STORY

bluboho is a Toronto based fine jewelry company started by the wonderful Maggie and Cheryl. They're known for their amazing work with ethically sourced raw and refined pieces.

Their attention to detail and ability to hire excellent designers and photographers makes this one of my favourite sites to work on. Seriously, the photography is killer and constantly updated. LOVE.

Details

They came to me a while back, they had a beautiful design that another company was trying to implement for over a year.

I took their designs and vision and transformed it into one of the most beautiful and unique Shopify sites out there.

The front page features custom sections that automatically align and reposition responsively so they can update the images without having to hassle with complex coding. Custom nav, quickview, wishlist, filters, product descriptions and so much more.

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Steph was an integral part of our website's successful relaunch. He swooped in to take over our website, after another developer had started but could no longer do the project for us. It was a huge undertaking and we were so grateful for his willingness. Any time we ever had concerns, Steph responded quickly and knew exactly how to handle the problem immediately - if he didn't, he figured out how. Not only was he able to complete out specifications, but he also made suggestions for further improvement. We'd gladly work with him again. Steph was an absolute pleasure to work with and offered very quick turnaround times. I look forward to continuing to work with Steph on custom projects this year!

Maggie
bluboho.com

Terra20

STORY

Steve & Bill have created a different type of modern retail environment. One where people can easily find healthier, more sustainable home and body products under one roof. One where products are carefully selected from vendors big and small, based on a system of ethics developed to both guide our buying principles and help customers find brands that fit their values. One that has created a community that thrives on innovative products produced by brands, the customers that use them, and our commitment to making it easier to make healthier choices for both people and the planet.

Details

This site was challenging as we tackled many features that did not come with Shopify out of the box.

I helped integrate their brand into a custom theme featuring complex navigation, filters, mega menus, implementing their ethics icons and much more.

It was and still is a pleasure working with Nick Turenne
Marketing Manager over at Terra20. Great site, great story.

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Steph helped us with some custom elements including building a reductive nav for our 'ethics' icons, building a series of custom pages (see ecobar for examples) and building a brands menu. Steph was an absolute pleasure to work with and offered very quick turnaround times. I look forward to continuing to work with Steph on custom projects this year!

Nick
terra20.ca

Creating Shopify sections in other pages

Creating sections in sub pages in Shopify is possible, although there are some restrictions.

Each page needs it’s own template and you can’t have sections within sections or blocks within blocks.

The gist of it is you take your frontpage section template, save it as a snippet, move the schema into the section template and swap out section.settings.xxx to block.settings.xxx

Your layout looks as such:

/templates/page.custom.liquid  (this calls the sections)

/sections/page-builder.liquid (this calls snippets and contains your schema)

/snippets/copy-of-slideshow.liquid (this contains your liquid/html template)

 

Adding arrows to the Shopify Debut theme slider

For some reason the arrows are disabled, when enabled, they’re broken. Here’s how to fix them.

Find theme.js

Look for instances of

arrows: false,

change that to

arrows: true,

Now you

Now you need the actual arrows from slickslider

Look in style.scss.liquid

for .slick-prev:before, .slick-next:before

PURE DEAD BRILLIANT

Details

PDB is located in NYC and the UK and offers jewlery designed by Nora Logan with her own distinctive twist of a third-culture-kid background. pdb is about having fun with the pieces and making a statement.

STORY

Worked with Jimmy Raskin on his marvelous design and helped Nora build an outstanding Shopify masterpiece to surround her creative Jewelry.

DARYL K

Details

Daryl K (Kerrigan) is a fashion design rock star. Daryl K's aesthetic fuses minimal modernist design with comfort and style, her flattering fit and unique style has kept loyal customers spreading the word for over 25 years.

STORY

This Shopify project kindly comes to me from Jimmy Raskin, a New York based Art Director, Branding, Design and Interactive Strategist working with all sorts of trendsetting brands.

Ottawa Heart Institute

Details

Francoforme est un programme de l’institut de cardiologie a Ottawa pour vous aider à réduire votre risque de développer une maladie du cœur. Francoforme is a program at the Ottawa Heart Institute to help reduce the chance of heart disease.

STORY

Collaborated with Marc Laflamme, the Coordinator of the program over at the Institute on this project and is always a pleasure to work with.

TESTIMONIAL

Our team was looking to create a simple website that would be accessible to those living in rural areas still on dialup. Steph was able to quickly take the information we had, then propose a user-friendly navigation and layout. With a bit of tweaking, the site was up and running within a few weeks and Steph even provided us with WordPress access so that we can update the pages ourselves (with a bit of guidance, of course!). Thanks Steph! I have recommended Reconfigure to many of my colleagues.
- Marc Laflamme Ottawaheart.ca

SUPERSPARK

Details

Super Spark is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that brings a light-hearted approach to some of life’s most important lessons. Josée was very kind and gave my daughter a signed copy of the book which she we read to her every now and then before bedtime.

STORY

The Book has fantastic illustrators and a great morale. Josée needed help getting her whole Shopify setup to sell the book and I helped with most aspects including design, development, photography and some research for her needs.

TESTIMONIAL

Thank you, looks awesome! You did it! You captured the feel of the book. Would have never thought to use the copyright background but it is perfect! The text box colours look amazing, font is pefect. Love the fact that you took pictures of the book.
- Josee

SANDRA BLAIKIE

Details

Sandra Blaikie is an award-winning veteran of television news. Well known in Ottawa for anchoring ‘A News at Six with Sandra Blaikie’ – a program named by her peers as the best newscast in the country.

STORY

I met with Sandra over breakfast in a local diner to discuss her project and was surprised to hear she found me by searching Ottawa web designers deep within a Google search. It was even more surprising to hear a few weeks later that she would be choosing me out of all the top design firms in Ottawa she’d been in contact with to work on her website .

TESTIMONIAL

I can’t say enough about Steph and the excellent service he delivered. He took my basic ideas and transformed them into a slick, elegant website that really gets noticed. I’ve had many compliments and questions about the design of the site. If you need to design a quality website that looks fabulous and is easy to navigate … Steph can deliver — on time and on budget.

- Sandra Blaikie

The Girl and The Water

Details

The Girl and The Water is an online store featuring luxury swimwear, cover ups, and accessories from around the world. Our goal is to give the customer a carefully selected collection from unique designers who know what styles truly look great on women.

STORY

Melissa is a great client, clearly very passionate and enthusiastic about swimwear and the ocean which makes her shop so successful!

DANGERBIRD RECORDS

Details

Dangerbird Records is an independent record company located in Silverlake, CA.

STORY

I helped them make the move from Magento to Shopify by creating a Shopify version of their theme. Checkout some impressive artists they have signed over at the shop.

I hired Steph to handle customization for my Shopify store based on the recommendation of someone. It’s always a little scary hiring someone you’ve never worked with before, but my experience with Steph was EXCELLENT!!! He was incredibly fast, communicative, reasonable, and got the job done just as I had hoped for. Would absolutely hire him again, and would recommend him to anyone.”
Greg
Label Manager

JAMES HOUSTON DESIGN

Details

James Houston Design (JHD) has been created to share the interior vision, product line and inspirational insights and tools of world re-known photographer, director and activist James Houston.

STORY

James needed a custom theme built from scratch to sell his beautiful framed works. James is an amazing photographer, see his work below.

TAMAR MOGENDORFF

Details

Recognized for her original stitch creations, Tamar Mogendorff is an artist and designer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Tamar’s one-of-a-kind “soft sculptures” have inspired fantasy narratives for children and an aesthetic appreciation for adults.

STORY

This Shopify the was great to build as I love art and Tamar’s work is simply amazing.

MARK HOPPUS

STORY

www.himynameismark.com is a clothing brand created by Mark Hoppus. Great brand, great designs, great clothing.

Was a pleasure working with Dylan and of course for Mark and Skye on this awesome project of theirs.

Details

Need to thank David from //www.vannenwatches.com for the kind recommendation.

I helped Mark’s long time friend Dylan(Sven) setup their Shopify store with various tweaks to their existing theme.

RIGHTEOUS BABE RECORDS

Story

Righteous Babe Records is an American independent record label that was created by folk singer Ani DiFranco in 1990 to release her own songs in lieu of being beholden to a mainstream record company.

DiFranco and Fisher stress the importance of community in their business model such as working with local printers whenever possible, hiring friends and like minded people. Label founder Ani DiFranco once called Righteous Babe Records “a people-friendly, sub-corporate, woman-informed, queer-happy small business that puts music before rock stardom and ideology before profit,” and it’s hard to imagine a more accurate mission statement than that one.

Details

I worked closely with Ashley on the Righteous Babe site as well as Ani’s site to mesh them together in one big Shopify implementation.

I helped move everything over and tackled everything from design, development and system administration with the domain names.

I've helped them relaunch the site twice over the past decade. The crew I helped over there has always been extra awesome to work with.

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Steph made switching to Shopify easy. He is very familiar with the platform and if there is a feature you need that shopify doesn’t offer he will find a way to get it for you. He is quick to respond to any issues and questions and I would reccomend him to anyone looking for a quick and easy website experience.

Ash
Bridgehead.ca
www.righteousbabe.com

WEE SOCIETY

STORY

Wee Society is one of the coolest places for children on the internet. Beautiful characters and website designed by the insanely talented folks at visitoffice.com

Details

From time to time I will do little tweaks and edits to this Shopify masterpeice. Always a pleasure to help Emily out with the ongoing evolution of the Wee Society.

Thank you!

Emily was kind enough to give me access to their iPad apps which my daughter loves as well as a personalized print which looks amazing in her room. She does fishy lips everytime she sees it before bed!

TURNTABLE LAB

Details

Peter came to me with some pretty hefty Shopify customization needs in his mockups and wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off some of the stuff we did, but we did. Much thanks to my bro for the Shopify music player app and other more complicated js stuff.

STORY

Turntable Lab has shops in NYC and LA providing the latest and greatest DJ gear available. Read more about their setup at //turntablelab.com. It’s the best DJ website period in my opinion, however I can be biased since I helped build it.

TESTIMONIAL

Reconfigure is on the forefront of Shopify development. For my site, he created custom apps, implemented advanced CSS, and consulted on how to best navigate (and overcome) Shopify limitations.

He’s very thoughtful about his work and really wants to program the right way rather than the fast way. Highly recommended!

- Pete TTL

BRIDGEHEAD

STORY

Bridgehead makes absolutely amazing coffee. Their story isn’t just their story. It’s the story of hundreds of small-scale farmers who supply them with amazing coffees.

A company with an immense sense of caring and appreciation for all things from customers to staff to the environment and much more.

Details

This site was challenging as we tackled many features that did not come with Shopify out of the box. Gina and Sage from Bridgehead were and continue to be a pleasure to work with. Great company with great goals.
A special thank you to Harley @hfizzle Finkelstein over at Shopify for suggesting Reconfigure to help with this wonderful project!

sage

We had a great experience with Reconfigure – Steph was experienced, knowledgeable and hard working when developing a whole new website for us with Shopify.

Sage
Bridgehead.ca
gina

He always responded quickly and thoughtfully and worked with us to make our designs a reality!

Gina
Bridgehead.ca

Foko

Details

foko.co is a photo messaging app for retail teams built by some awesome folks over in Gatineau QC.

STORY

Need to thank Colin for the kind recommendation. His company and his beautiful app is gaining traction with some big names.

Shopify SEO Expert

I get many emails asking for SEO advice and while I integrate it with projects that involve design and development, I don’t necessarily provide SEO only services.

Why? Because you should be the expert in your field. You should know your market, your audience and your competition. If you don’t know that, it’s probably a bad idea to start a company.

If you’re selling shoes online and you hire a company to do SEO that knows nothing about selling shoes online, how will they know how to target your audience when they know nothing about them?

Save your money, you are the expert.

One of the first things they’ll do is run some tools.

//developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Perhaps this tool, which is also free.

//gtmetrix.com

This will generate some gobbledygook and they’ll pass that along and say, here you go, fix these things that make no sense to someone who isn’t a web developer.

Should I worry about these results?

The chances you need anyone to fix these is minimal, you should be able to rectify the red items yourself. Shopify and Shopify themes have a strong SEO codebase integrated by default.

Speed, keep it simple and minimal

Most of the time, speed is the red light instigator in your page insights. You need a fast loading site and again, Shopify and themes has speed optimized from the get go. If something is slowing the site down, time to clean up.

If you have too many things featured on the front page, remove whatever clutter that is not necessary. Think “What does my customer really need to see here?”

Images, squish em’!

Images can cause your site to load slowly. Shrink and crop them to the size recommended in the theme settings. If you don’t have photoshop, there are plenty of tools online that can help.

How to send mail with Mamp WordPress on a Mac

First off a big thank you to Matt Messmer for the fix.

Open your mail log

open /var/log/mail.log

Open the file /etc/postfix/main.cf in any text editor.

Add this to main.cf

myorigin = gmail.com
myhostname = smtp.gmail.com
relayhost = [smtp.gmail.com]:587
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_sasl_mechanism_filter = plain
inet_protocols = ipv4
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_tls_security_level=encrypt
tls_random_source=dev:/dev/urandom

I had to comment these out for mine to work

#mydomain_fallback = reconfigure.ca
#sender_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/sender_canonical
#recipient_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/recipient_canonical

Open /private/etc/postfix/master.cf

Uncomment this line (remove the #)

tlsmgr  unix -       -       n       -       1       tlsmgr

Create sasl_passwd

sudo nano /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

add this line to it

[smtp.gmail.com]:587 username@gmail.com:password

CMD-X to close

Y to save

NOTE: Change username and password to your google username and password

Run the following commands in terminal, one by one

sudo chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
sudo postmap /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
sudo launchctl stop org.postfix.master
sudo launchctl start org.postfix.master
sudo postfix upgrade-configuration

sudo postfix reload
sudo postfix flush

Testing

date | mail -s test username@gmail.com

Troubleshooting

Pay close attention to mail.log along the way, note the errors and fix them.

Bekant sit / stand desk in Canada

The Canadian website makes it hard and rather impossible to order this desk online or make it clear that it exists for Canadian purchase. Well I can confirm that is does exist. If you’re like me you’ve scoured the site after seeing the gizmodo article trying to find this cost effective sit/stand desk. The competition is selling their desks above the $1k mark. Took me a visit for some kids bedding to spot one on display at the Ottawa location so I asked if they had any and indeed they did but the clerk mentioned they sell fast.

TABLE TOP $99

There’s 3 top types and various colors you can choose from. I can’t say for sure which sku is the other top models but the one I got was Article # 602.532.35

BASE $500

I can’t find the article # on the site but it’s #502.632.25 and the description on the receipt is: Update, they have some in stock!BEKANT sit/stand undrfrm/tbl top 160×80 white NA For now, on the website it seems they only have the corner base. Anyhow, visiting or calling Ikea may be your only option for now if you want the regular desk. They had a few left at the Ottawa location as of Jan 18 2015. Happy standing!

 

TTL Launched!

Turntable Lab has shops in NYC and LA providing the latest and greatest DJ gear available. My latest Shopify project featuring tons of Shopify customizations. Have a look at //turntablelab.com

Congrats to Peter and the gang at TTL on the launch, love this site!

Customer Accounts with Shopify

Shopify now has customer accounts for shops. You need to make some changes to your shop to enable them. In the next few weeks I will be adding these to my Shopify themes elegant and stoked. If I’ve helped or created your shop, please contact me directly to have me enable this for your shop.

More information at //wiki.shopify.com/Help:CustomerAccounts

Elephant Surf

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Elephant Surf is a surfing company in San Diego that makes these things called the Trunks. The Trunks are a lower body rash guard and compression short for surfing.

Worked with Marty on some ideas for his Shopify shop. Probably one of the coolest, easy going individual I’ve worked with. He apparently plays professional hockey overseas. Hockey playing surfers are rare, surely helps the cool factor.

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Our Ottawa

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Our Ottawa is a group of community volunteers looking to focus this year’s election on important issues, and want to help elect councilors with a productive vision.

Worked with Rick on this site for a quick design and turnaround. As always, Rick was a pleasure to work with. Rick help bring the Alex Munter project to me when Alex ran for Mayor and nowadays works for Jack Layton helping his efforts.

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Elegant Shopify Theme Help

Since the launch of my theme over at the app store, I’ve been getting some frequently asked questions so I thought I’d compile them along with some general help. If you have suggestions, comments and questions about the theme please feel free to post on the Elegant page and I will be glad to help.

Elegant Theme Help

Shiny Metal Hosting

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Shiny Metal has 9 years experience in deploying and maintaining large-scale web applications, hosting environments, and custom servers.

Worked with the infamous @pdo on this clean one pager for his company. As you can see from the screen-shot and the live site, he opted not to use vulgarity on the live site.

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Jacques Bedard Broker

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Jacques is a Real Estate Broker servicing the Ottawa area since 1979. Not only does he hire me to do a web page, he helped us buy our house and coaches my wife’s hockey team!

This was a simple and clean site design built on the wonderful WordPress platform. I would have rather seen his listings be within the WordPress site but the MLS site which automatically update the feed unfortunately did not have an API to work with. Jacques as always, a pleasure to work with.

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I found Steph very helpful in advising me on what I should put on my site.

Most important, I was able to focus on my buisness and not on my new site, as Steph was able to develop my site as I wanted with only 2 meetings.

Would highly recommended him anytime.

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iRentPhoto

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iRentPhoto is an online photography-gear rental business based in Duluth, Minnesota, and owned and operated by working nature photographers.

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Ryan’s talent and interest in photography made me more than happy to assist with his new online lens rental and photoblog needs.

As always, creative people are great to work with/for and as tricky as this project was, it was a pleasure.

If you’re into photography and want to rent some lenses, head on over to //irentphoto.com/ and tell him I sent ya. 🙂

Also, have a look at this project of his, awesome.

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Seattle Milk Fund

Seattle Milk Fund is a non-profit organization that provides temporary emergency assistance, educational aid and child care grants in the Seattle area. smf-s

Krista Kenner from Kenner Lodis Creative managed the project and was a pleasure to work with. Once again, she did a great job creating and assembling content and imagery for the site. Note: This site has since been revamped and no longer reflects my work

Note: This site no longer reflects Reconfigure’s work, please refer to screen-caps above.

Chainsawr

Chainsawr has the world’s largest inventory of used chainsaw parts.

Scott was very down to earth, easy going and a pleasure to work with on his Shopify site. He was very pleased with the work I did for him and his site is doing quite well.

Dr. Charles Peterson II, MD

Charles Peterson II, MD provides orthopedic and sports medicine care to a diverse population of patients in the Seattle Washington area.

Krista Kenner from Kenner Lodis Creative managed the project and as always was a pleasure to work with. She did a great job creating and assembling content and imagery for the site. I believed all parties where quite pleased with the result.

Hewley

Hewley is a New York based personal care company dedicated to unique products which combine findings from cutting edge scientific journals and studies with pure, powerful ingredients introduces the L-Carnitine Hair Re-Growth System.

Dan was a pleasure to work with on this Shopify store.

Note: The live work no longer reflects the design I integrated, please refer to the screenshots.

Reconfigure turns 3!

3 years ago I was given the bad, but great news that I was being laid off. Starting my own business and going solo was something that was in the back of my mind for many years. Throughout all the jobs I’ve had one thing rang true. Clients loved me and my work ethic.

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Douglas Fisher 1919-2009

It is always my pleasure to work with and for great people. A sad but hopeful recent site I worked on was for the Fisher family. All the sons and family members pooled together funds, articles, pictures and life stories for a biography website featuring Mr. Douglas Fisher’s life.

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Recent Projects

Being booked year round leaves little time to update the projects sections of the site. Here’s a quick post to demonstrate what been worked on over the past few months. It’s been a great busy year and appreciate and thank all the folks who bring their business my way.
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How to make pretty archives in WordPress

If you have a wordpress blog, you will notice that the default archives for a large amount of posts is not very pretty. As with most open source applications, there’s usually a plugin or addon that someone has kindly created. Continue reading

Ottawa geek BBQ photos

Ottawa geek bbq was a gathering of area freelancers and entrepreneurs graciously hosted by Chris Schmitt of TeamCamp.ca.
His place was quite amazing and many thanks go to him for hosting and Jamie from idealienstudios.com for setting the whole thing up.

We all had fun chillin, eating, disc golfing and previewing the impressive theatre room. Would surely participate again. I snapped a few shots and they can be viewed over at my flickr set.

Visible Measures featured on techcrunch

One of my good friends and former co-workers is a key code monkey for Visible Measures and certain he is glad to see their company being talked about on Tech Crunch.

They seemed to have closed a $10 million series C round of funding, led by Northgate Capital which hopefully means more work will be coming my way. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. All kidding aside, it’s no surprise to me as their product is quite amazing and know @1G33K and his team work very long hours and are extremely dedicated to their app.

Congrats!

mobtown

Mobtown Analytics is a fire-and-forget solution for native mobile applications. To get a healthy view of all standard statistics, drop our library into your build, and it “just works”. To track anything else, just insert a one-line function call at the appropriate place in your code.

Worked with Romy on this site design. He wanted pink, he got pink. Cool little tool to let app developers track stats about what people do with their app.

David Rishor

David is a third generation realtor working in Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes cottage country region.

//davidrishor.com was build on the wonderful WordPress platform where David can update and feature his latest listings.

Comments on Shopify blogs – New feature!

Looks like the Shopify folk are pumping out many great features lately! Another marvelous feature and often requested is having the ability to let guests comment on Shopify blog posts! For the longest time, people needed to keep their blog separated because this was important to them and maintaining two sites is less then ideal.
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Shopify now supports spaces in tags!

The Shopify folk recently announced a new this feature will help organize online Shopify stores in a much cleaner fashion. I avoided tags in Shopify in the past because having something like Long-Sleeved-Shirt for navigation wasn’t very appealing or grammatically correct. Now I’ll be able to use Collections for main navigation and Tags for sub navigation in a much cleaner manner.

Horray Shopify team!

Riogems

Rio Gems is a family-owned and operated gemstone and jewelry company.

Riogems is another project for Adam Altam, others being Peridot Lovers, Diopside Lovers and Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle. Adam is always a pleasure to work with and hope Rio Gems becomes as successful as Peridot Lovers.

Riogems entailed taking the thousands of products from a yahoo cart over to a new Shopify site. We brought all the products over, created pages, navigation and a newly designed Shopify theme for the Shop which will be launching this fall.

Tomoye

Tomoye is was a software company who specialized in Communities of Practice.

I worked several years with Tomoye on every type of project you can think of. Some of which include:

  • Corporate branding materials such as business cards, stationary, software packaging and brochures
  • Website Design, Intranet design, client portal design and maintenance
  • Software GUI design for both software suites Tomoye Simplify and Tomoye Ecco
  • Custom templates and themes for Tomoye’s Clientele

Their latest redesign was contracted to Reconfigure which continues our relationship from me being an employee to a service prodider.

NOTE: Tomoye was recently bought out by Newsgator and none of my work is reflected on their homepage or within the product, please refer to screen-shots.

Peridot Lovers

Peridot Lovers is the web’s largest collection of fine Peridot gemstones. I worked with Adam to start a network of “Gem Lovers” online stores to sell various specific types of gems for his company Rio Gems. Peridot Lovers was the first, there are more to come.

I helped Adam by working with him in creating a design he loved as well as creating his custom template for his Shopify store. Shopify is the greatest option for easily creating an online store to sell your products.

Frontex Reporting

FRONTEX reporting features quite an amazing web app built for financial advisors to analyze and review client portfolios using compelling and rich graphics.

I helped Mr. Paul Vaillant redesign and build their new website into a content management system that would enable them to easily manage and update their content.

Events in India

Events in India is self explanatory, displaying just that, Events in India.

EII is built on a type of CMS web app developped by Neeraj Kumar of Flexaxis. He contacted me needing an updated design for his project which I think he’s done an excellent job building with Rails.

Neeraj was, and continues to be a pleasure to work as he contacts me every now and then for frequent updates to EII.

Chick Advisor

Chick Advisor is a site for women to give advise to women.

Alex of Chick Advisor approached me with needing mockups for some User Interface design for special advertisors and development pages for chickadvisor.com. Note, this work is not public but diplayed on the screencaps above and the main chickadvisor website does not currently contain these additions.

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle is an experienced orthopedic physician group that delivers highly specialized care in a small, personalized environment. oss-s

This project comes to me thanks to the previous work I did for Mr. Adam Altman and Krista Kenner.

Krista Kenner, as always was a pleasure to work with. She did a great job creating and assembling content and imagery for the site. I believed all parties where quite pleased with the result.

Note: This project is outdated (2007) and no longer represents my original work.

Valdonica

Valdonica is a winery in Toscana, Italia owned by Dr. Martin Kerres, MBA.

Bill Hudak from Ztail.com approached me with a design by Jina Choi needing a Shopify template created. Bill, Jina and Dr. Martin Kerres were all a pleasure to work with. Dr. Kerres even invited me to visit the vineyard which one day I may take up as it looks amazingly beautiful.

Youth Opportunities Strategy

Youth Opportunities Strategy work to connect youth, between the ages of 12 and 21, to the services they need.

Chris from the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa contacted me with hopes of creating a site for kids that would connect them to various programs and events they setup for underpriveleged children in the area. He had a minimal budget and timeline, I decided to this on because it was for a good cause and helped kids in the area. Chris was a pleasure to work with and signing off he stated “Thanks again for all your work. The site looks great and will be easy for us to keep it up-to-date.”

The site is a pilot project and still in the works therefore their contents may not be up to date quite yet.

Vanillasoft

VanillaSoft makes simple software for sales force automation, lead generation, appointment setting, surveys and sales by phone.

Working closely with David, I helped create a new design for the VanillaSoft web site. David wanted a new look built on a content management system that would help improve search engine rankings and ease of updating and managing content. We decided to build the web site on a content management system.

When creating the designs for the web site, I took some extra time to update some of VanillaSoft’s software screenshots. David liked them so much he decided to have me review the look and feel of his software and provide screenshots of how we can improve the design of the app.

Tomoye gets a brand new site

Reconfigure has recently finished a total redesign of Tomoye’s website which can be viewed at //www.tomoye.com/. Congratulations to them and my old colleagues on the development team on their recent launch of Tomoye Ecco 2.0. Tomoye Ecco is a community software package built for large scale enterprise organizations.

Visible Measures demo on demo.com

The public finally gets to see this fantastic app in progress after last night’s demo on demo.com. I think they did fantastic job demonstrating the app’s behavior and potential. VM’s app captures internet video audience behavior and provides very rich graphs and details about what happens when someone watches a particular video.

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Visible Measures launches new site and Internet Video Industry’s First Audience Behavior Measurement Suite

What that means is layman’s terms is video statistics. They’ve made this app that captures what people do when watching a video, such as pause, rewind, mute, turn the volume up, etc… and convert that data into something usable. Very cool stuff. I’m currently working with a good friend of mine who is a programmer over at Visible Measures on the UI for their application. Unfortunately, I still am not able to post screen caps but I can assure you, this app rocks.

Checkout their press release over here.

Email campaign tips

I have done my fair share of email campaigning for various clients and this knowledge mixed with some tips from the pros can surely help you get started.

Whether you want to do a campaign, subscription newsletter or you just want to email a bunch of potential clients you should do a little reading.
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My top 5 best looking, usable, inspiring applications

Usability and Design being what Reconfigure strives to achieve, I thought I’d share my opinions as to what applications out there inspire and lead my area of expertise. Let’s face it, there’s allot of mediocrity out there but every now and then you try something, and you get that sense of, “Wow, this is awesome”. And everytime you use it, or see it, that feeling doesn’t fade. Well, here’s a few apps that gives me that vibe every time I see it or use it.

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Vangool Design Shopify store in the works

Janine is the mastermind behind Uppercase, a Calgary art gallery and purveyor of fine books and paper goods. Her design practice, Vangool Design & Typography, focuses on arts and culture clients and book design. I’ll be working on getting her Shopify store up and running in the coming weeks which will contain works of art, books and other miscellaneous goodies.

Some works of particular greatness at Vangool Design seems to be the Shatner Show which I would have loved to go checkout. I’d like the Shatner lego head please!

Hug a developer today

Funny yet sad video demonstrating the hardships of developers and their out of whack project management. My old boss Craig from Devshop put this together and must say he did a great job. Check out my little homie Dylan doing a great acting job.

Peridot Lovers Shopify Site

Been receiving allot of praise for the theme created for Adam over at //www.peridotlovers.com/. Always nice to hear! I will hopefully be working with Adam on some other projects which are in the talks. Thanks to Adam and all who have gave compliments the site. Don’t forget to head over there to get your peridots. If you sign up to his newsletter, you have a chance to win one for free. He gives one away per month!

Vanillasoft.com launched

David and the crew over at //www.vanillasoft.com/ have finalized their content and officially launched the brand spanking new website we’ve been working on over the past few months. David and his team were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them on our next project which will be updating the look of their lead management web application. Congrats to them on their new site.

New reconfigure site launched.

In the wee hours of the morning I’ve managed to find some time here and there to put together a slightly more appealing site then the last to showcase some of my works. There where many projects to choose from so if your site did not make it to the showcase, send me an email and I’ll put it up when time permits.

The new site’s built on the beautiful content management system of WordPress which will make updating the site a delight. A few more projects are launching soon and will update sometime this month.