Each and every year we learn something new about web design, development, marketing, and security. As new projects come along, we apply these new techniques, standards, and practices to make sure all of our sites are as current as possible. These upgrades include new and innovative styles along with exciting new technology breakthroughs and the latest versions of software offering exciting new features. If time and cost permitted we would update every site we maintain as often as possible, but to conserve both of those valuable resources we revisit a website every three years or so. There are few things we enjoy more than updating and restyling a site we created for a client, much like renovating a home or detailing a car. When it comes down to it, newer is better.
So when it comes to our website, we are no exception. Our website contains many of the same features and all of the same quality as the websites we create for our clients. We believe in practicing what we preach, so we revisit our website from time to time and rebuild it with new features, content, and a brand new design. It is also an excellent way to show our client's examples of website styles and features we use ourselves, that they may, in turn, apply them to their projects. If a function or design is good enough for our clients, it is certainly good enough for us.
That being said, this new website includes a dynamic video background feature, a newly updated and categorized portfolio, a current and recently updated list of comprehensive website services, updated blog article section, and integrated support. All of this content is packaged into a new responsive design with easy access to all available content. We are proud to bring all of this to our new and existing clients and hopefully inspire them to renew their site in this new year.
To learn more, browse your way through our new site and find out what we have in store for 2017!
The Cavalcade of Homes is a unique home tour held every year in Naperville, IL by the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association (NIHBA). The goal of this website project was to convey multiple forms for information on the featured homes, the builders, their sponsors, various special events, and more while providing an eCommerce solution for buying tickets online. All through the process, Anttix worked one-on-one with the NIHBA to help them with any technology needs they might have. Overall we are proud to have helped this event for our first year working with the Cavalcade of Homes and look forward to helping and improving each year after that.
Anttix developed this website for the automotive parts industry with dynamic content such as interactive maps, contact forms, and cut sheet information. This site is designed to bridge the user's needs with I-55's extensive inventory of automotive parts. Anttix is also proud to work directly with I-55 for additional service needs to provide on-site, one-on-one service for our client's modern technology needs.
Vette2Vette is a full-service e-commerce internet portal, connecting Corvette owners around the globe with classic automobiles, hard-to-find parts, and custom-built vehicles and components. Anttix hand-crafted extraordinarily sophisticated search functions, allowing customers in this high-end niche market to locate merchandise to fill their needs with precision.
Trinity Christian School has been providing outstanding education for a variety of students since 1993. Communicating with a wide spectrum of parents and students is no easy task but Anttix was happy to develop the website they needed to do just that.
SkillBott provides the every growing task of online education targeted at the workforce. Valuable skills are trained every day through a complex online learning management system. Anttix worked directly with SkillBott every step of the way developing a complex system that is not so complex for their users. This custom online application was the product of ample time, effort, and one-on-one service with SkillBott's team. The end-result is something we are all proud of. We only hope the skilled students SkillBott provides its services for have the same sense of pride.
First Assembly of God in Joliet, Illinois is a diverse, multi-generational church. The church was started over 30 years ago on the east side of Joliet and is of the largest churches in the Joliet area. To capture the vibrant energy and large congregation the church serves, Anttix created custom slideshows and page headers to capture the visitor on each and every page. With custom areas and deep-rooted structure throughout the site, the JFA.church website brings its strong sense of faith and worship to those that visit them online, as well as the services at the church.
When we build websites for our clients, we openly and proudly explain that we build all of our websites on the Drupal platform. For some of those clients, this has little to no meaning. There is no fault for this, as this can be a technical aspect that mostly matters to developers but it never hurts to understand what is powering your website and why. More importantly, it can be good to comprehend why Anttix chooses Drupal over other platforms and how it might benefit you.
Drupal is an open source CMS, or Content Management System, for website design and development. Open source means no one person or entity owns the code; it is open to a vast community of developers to improve and secure. Content Management systems take a lot of the heavy lifting programming out of the picture and control the content using a database where it writes and recalls the content of your site as needed. With a content management system comes a myriad of features and benefits to deliver that content in the best way possible. All of which can be wrapped in any design the website owner prefers, whether it be a template or custom.
Many other web design CMS platforms exist for the same purpose, such as WordPress and Joomla. However, both serve a very specific and sometimes limited purpose. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS for delivering straightforward, essential content such as blog websites. The reason Anttix chooses to be a "Drupal House" is because of the sheer flexibility of the platform. Any type of content can be custom created such as image galleries, staff directories, product listings, events, and even specialized for-sale services. There are even powerful plug-in options for integrating shopping cards and learning management systems. The bottom line is that Drupal is a widely supported and nearly unlimited resource for building the exact kind of website our client's needs.
The next important piece to understand about a CMS website design with Drupal is that it can be in a constant state of improvement, whether it be new features or critical security updates. If any version of Drupal is compromised by hackers, you can be sure a secured version may already be available. At Anttix we pay particular attention to these updates and try to both protect and inform our clients when necessary or preferred updates occur. The advantage to this is your website doesn't have to be rebuilt from the ground up when it is time for that important update, it can simply be improved and ready to go. With the newest version of Drupal, Drupal 8, you can even bridge the gap between a website and powerful online applications. The Drupal Community can and will continue to grow more and more every day.
For more information on a Drupal website and available features gives Anttix a call today at 877-426-8849 or click here to contact us.