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28Oct
Management vs. Leadership, can you tell the difference?
28Oct

Author :

Categories : Web Site Development

In some companies there are project managers and in others project leaders, but have you ever wondered if there was really a difference between the two? 

 

 


30Jul
The Future of Drupal: Review of Drupal Camp Ottawa 2015
30Jul

Author : Kyle Serebour

Categories : Web Site Development

Drupal Camp Ottawa 2015 served as a great initiation to these wonderful meet-ups filled with thrilling content and interesting conferences by the community’s experts.


21May
How are my mobile search engine rankings affected by Google?
21May

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Mobile websites

On April 21st 2015, Google gave companies and organizations another reason to have a mobile-friendly website - a new update to their search algorithm will now penalize mobile search engine rankings for websites that are not optimized for view on mobile devices.


27Mar
Information Technology (IT) vs. Web Development – What’s the Difference?
27Mar

Author : Kyle Serebour

Categories : Web Site Development

Often times, a technical person within a company is automatically labelled as someone responsible for IT services. This sometimes holds true for companies that are not completely Web oriented.


12Mar
5 tips on managing client expectations
12Mar

Author :

Categories : Web Site Development

In project management, there are many facets to the job that go beyond managing tasks; you have to manage expectations as well.


20Nov
Wordpress VS Drupal: Which is the best CMS for you?
20Nov

Author : Kyle Serebour

Content Management Systems (CMS) have been a booming trend over the years. While websites as a whole have become necessities for businesses, CMS’s are on the way to becoming essential for a long-lasting, secure and sustained website. 


30Oct
How much time should I plan to invest in my website? - Part 3 of 3: time invested after the launch
30Oct

Author : Brad Muncs

This series of articles aims to help mentally prepare anyone who is planning to redesign their existing website or create a new online presence.


10Sep
How much time should i plan to invest in my website? - part 2 of 3: time invested during the project
10Sep

Author : Brad Muncs

This series of articles aims to help mentally prepare anyone who is planning to redesign their existing website or create a new online presence.


1May
How to differentiate important issues from urgent ones?
1May

Author :

Categories : Web Site Development

Everyone has surely gotten requests from clients, suppliers or even colleagues that have been flagged as an emergency.  Have you ever given any thought to what really constitutes an emergency?


12Dec
How much time should I plan to invest in my website? - PART 1 of 3
12Dec

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Web Site Development

This series of articles aims to help mentally prepare anyone who is planning to redesign their existing website or create a new online presence.


14Nov
3 tips to build a user guide efficiently
14Nov

Author :

Here at Symetris, we don’t just build websites; we help clients build business tools.  Part of the process is guiding the client through all the stages so that in the end, they can manage their new website efficiently.


11Sep
My website's been hacked - now what?
11Sep

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Web Site Development

No one is 100% safe from having their website hacked (even the FBI's website is hacked). Here is a quick overview of what hacking is, how to fix hacks, and how to prevent future security breaches.


10Jul
What is a Node?  And other Web development terms demystified
10Jul

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Being a project manager for a web development company doesn’t necessarily mean you are well versed in all those technical, development terms. I’m here to demystify these terms for you so that next time you hear them, you’ll change that blank stare into an understanding nod.


27Jun
What is responsive design, exactly? Beyond the buzzword.
27Jun

Author : Brad Muncs

Responsive design is a technique that allows the same website's design and layout to adapt to the size of the screen used to view it. The goal is to provide an optimal viewing experience (no zooming, panning, or scrolling) for a wide range of devices.


20Jun
Why should you invest in a Content Management system for your business website?
20Jun

Today, more and more companies are using a Content Management System to build their website. They have learned that their site can become a highly effective business tool and in turn are able to unlock their Web potential.


9May
5 essential steps for good project management
9May

Author :

Categories : Web Site Development


Project management is about so much more than simply overseeing a project from A to Z.  It’s about planning, executing, controlling, communicating, etc.  It’s almost like playing Tetris where you need to fit all sorts of different elements together.


19Apr
Top 5 Web Apps for Productivity
19Apr

Author : Brad Muncs

Web apps are just as useful as native software (often more, I find). Be it for browsing emails, organizing the day's to-do list, creating diagrams or brainstorming, free or subscription-based "web-apps" have replaced Microsoft Office and other similar productivity software we regularly use.


21Mar
Checklists and user stories and wireframes, oh my!
21Mar

Author :

Categories : Web Site Development

Many people don’t think of using checklists because they think that they’ll remember everything. While that may work well for some, it’s not a fool proof method, and leaves much room for error.


20Feb
A look back at 2012
20Feb

Author : Brad Muncs

As 2013 starts off, it’s nice to look back at what was accomplished in the past year. And what a year 2012 was for Symetris! Here are the highlights for those of you who haven’t been taking notes ;)

11Sep
WordCamp Montreal 2012 Highlights - Part 3 - Theming and Project Management
For my last article about WordCamp Montreal 2012, I'll adress some talks from Sunday, which focused mostly on theming and project management for WordPress websites.

7Sep
WordCamp Montreal 2012 Highlights - Part 2: SEO and Social Media for WordPress
There was a blitz of WordPress SEO (search engine optimization) and marketing conferences at WordCamp Montreal 2012. Here are the highlights. Article 2 of 3.

3Sep
WordCamp Montreal 2012 Highlights - Part 1
Regular attendees of WordCamp Montreal, Symetris sponsored the 2012 WordPress conference. As usual, it was a great event with lots of speakers, and we'll recap the weekend in 3 articles.

22Jul
WordCamp Montreal 2011 – highlights
22Jul

Author : Brad Muncs

This past July 9th and 10th, WordCamp Montreal 2011, a conference about WordPress (the world’s most popular blogging software), was held at UQÀM’s “Centre des sciences”.

2Jun
How much does a website cost?
2Jun

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Web Site Development

Estimating the cost of web projects is an important part of the process. However, one doesn't necessarily know all of the details of a project in advance...

25Feb
Managing Expectations – Knowing my client’s client
25Feb

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Web Site Development

We regularly work with communications agencies and freelance designers as their web partners for their clients. This means we have to deal with two different parties whose goals are sometimes aligned, other times not.

14Jan
The Kindle 3rd generation
14Jan

Categories : Intranet and Extranet

I recently got my hands on a Kindle 3, the e-book reader from Amazon, and I love it.

10Dec
Validating Social Networking Buttons
We found that the social networking buttons we had originally implemented did not validate. I did some research and some implementations and here is what we concluded.

15Nov
DrupalCamp Montreal review
15Nov

Author : Brad Muncs

DrupalCamp Montreal was an interesting and technical two-day conference about Drupal, a popular content management system (CMS) software.

8Oct
4.5 ways to present content on mobile devices
8Oct

Author : Brad Muncs

Categories : Mobile websites

Viewing information from the internet on your iPhone or Blackberry (or any other smarphone) can create a bit of confusion about expectations, especially since mobile websites are a relatively "new" concept.

4Oct
Web Fonts for All with WOFF
4Oct

Categories : Web Site Development

In a not too distant future, we will all be able to enjoy the internet with any font imaginable without impeding on the accessibility of the content.

7Sep
WordCamp Montreal - Feedback
7Sep
Second edition of WordCamp Montreal and my first time at this event.

26Aug
Blogs and social media - measure ROI (return on investment)
In the early days of the web, everyone just wanted to set up their own email account. Then it was a rush to build a company website.