Chris Lema has been a trusted friend and informal advisor to me and to Zeek for several years. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve made it official: Chris Lema has joined Zeek’s Board of Advisors.
The WordPress community already knows him through his vast library of blog posts, e-books, WordPress presentations, and even the occasional dinner. His reputation for being a kind but no-nonsense executive and coach is well-earned.
I founded Zeek more than 20 years ago. We’ve done a lot of amazing work that I’m very proud of, and we’ve built our agency around the WordPress community. No matter how far you’ve come, there’s always further you can go. We know Chris has the insight as well as foresight to help us “level up.”
Thanks for joining us, Chris. We’re proud of what we’ve done with your unofficial advice, and we can’t wait to see what we can do with your official leadership.
Zeek is proud to announce that Aaron Holbrook has joined the team as a PHP/MySQL WordPress web developer. In the past, the Zeek team has all been local to southern California. Aaron becomes the first to join us from his home in Chicago.
Ultimate Media Ventures is an eSports agency that works with some of the top brands in gaming, producing events and crafting brand identities. Ultimate contacted us to help them create three sites encompassing their lifestyle, culture, and community commitment to gaming: their corporate site, an e-commerce site, and a news outlet. We’re proud to have launched the Ultimate Media Ventures corporate site in time for their appearance at Pax East.
When your events feature highly detailed, impressive production, and your clients are the top brands in gaming with console-quality graphics and strong identities, your corporate identity has to match. We brought in Robert Nienhuis of Nien Studios to collaborate with the Ultimate team to create a modern, cutting edge design that reflects Ultimate’s highly relevant and on-trend work.
Prudential Lighting is one of the country’s most sought-after custom lighting companies, specializing in architectural fixtures. They contacted us to create a new website to feature their many products and serve as a central point of communication between them, their customers, and their sales agents.
Prudential puts a great deal of thought and effort into the design of their products, and they wanted their website to reflect their sleek, modern design principles. Robert Nienhuis of Nien Studios delivered a cutting edge user interface that allows their product photography to shine.
The company has a large product offering, so we paid special attention to presenting the information in a way that’s useful to the user, as well as supporting marketing messaging.
WordPress 4.5 is close to rolling out. It’s currently in beta and ready for you to download and test on your non-production WordPress sites. There are over 400 bug fixes and enhancements added to this version. Congrats to the core team!
“What do you mean when you say ___?” Speaking with developers and development agencies can sound like a different language. When I start working on a new project with a new partner, my first order of business is to establish a mutually understood vocabulary so we can communicate as effectively as possible. Some partners come to us with less of a technical background than others, and that’s more than okay – we are happy to help, and we don’t judge.
This article is a list of some terms we use and what they mean in plain language you can use, even if you don’t know your HTML from your MySQL.
Recently, we redesigned our Zeek Interactive site, giving it an updated look (thanks to Kiran Robertson at Lovejoy Design) using newer technology such as HTML5 and CSS3. One unique difference in our process was the wireframing component. Rather than using a wireframing software such as Balsamiq, InvisionApp or Photoshop, we decided to wireframe in the browser, which essentially means bypassing the wireframe software and instead using code to make a living, breathing visualization of the site. This makes having an Agile design workflow much easier for us to manage: a truly iterative process doesn’t have to wait for revised Photoshop files.
Best of NJ called us with a vision of turning their editorial feature and events listing site into a directory of everything happening in their home state of New Jersey. Phase 1 has just launched with their high quality features and events, with a Phase 2 launch of locations and directories coming very soon.
Robert Nienhuis of Nien Studios created a custom, full-width site design that makes Best of NJ’s wide breadth of content easy to navigate. His extremely modern user interface is visually stunning, making it appeal strongly to users, subscribers, and advertisers alike.
Anyone can list an event on bestofnj.com, but members get added perks like nicer page layouts designed by Nien Studios. We modified Events Manager to handle submissions of events from the general public and for members. Once logged in, the submission process determines the user’s membership tier and creates an event using the appropriate page template.
We selected WooCommerce as our eCommerce platform, as it has become the gold standard for WordPress storefronts. WooCommerce has a JSON API, but as we have discovered, it appears that it was designed primarily for administrative purposes. It has very little usable functionality to offer a customer-facing mobile app. I was brought in to help implement parts of the API that weren’t in the WordPress or WooCommerce JSON APIs.
WARNING: This post is about to get real. And by “real,” I mean “technical.”