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Zeek welcomes PHP/MySQL WordPress Developer Aaron Holbrook

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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. Aaron got our attention when we realized the talented developer several industry colleagues were raving about was also…

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Ultimate Media Ventures launches first of three websites

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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…

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Prudential Lighting launches redesigned website

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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. Redesign Prudential puts a great deal of thought and effort into the design of their products, and…

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WordPress 4.5 Preview

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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! Here are some enhancements that we found interesting: Responsive mode in Customizer When working in the WordPress Customizer, you can…

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Heisenberg is now on Foundation 6

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Last year, we open-sourced our internal WordPress starter theme, Heisenberg. It’s where we begin all of our WordPress custom theme projects and provides theme authors a starting point to build custom WordPress themes of their own. It’s based off of Automattic’s Underscores starter WordPress theme and ZURB’s Foundation for Sites. Recently, ZURB released Foundation for Sites 6, and naturally, we’ve…

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What do you mean when you say ___? A Glossary of Terms

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“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…

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Wireframing in the Browser With WordPress and Foundation

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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…

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Best of NJ launches new website

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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. Redesign Robert Nienhuis of Nien Studios created…

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Using the WooCommerce API in mobile development

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WordPress is (in my opinion) the best content management system to be used as a backend for developing mobile apps. Some app projects utilize Adobe’s PhoneGap, which is a technology that combines HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in a web browser view to connect a phone to the WordPress install. While this does the job, PhoneGap does not deliver a true native app. At Zeek,…

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Zeek celebrates 20 years

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Zeek Interactive launched on June 1, 1995 in Orange County as a the next great CD-ROM game company. And CD-ROM games died on June 2, 1995. (Google it. That’s the actual date. Not really.) We learned quickly to adapt with the times. We have been a Shockwave game company, a Flash developer, a kiosk developer, and a web developer. Now,…

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