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  • Optimizing client websites for responsive mobile support

    Recently we got quite a few requests from various clients to optimize their websites for mobile and tablet support.

    Since different mobile and tablet devices have different screen resolutions we have implemented a HTML technique called Liquid Design where website design automatically expands to the available screen size providing best accessibility to all devices.

    Responsive website viewed on a mobile device

    We would like to present two of our best recent works. IMS Mortgages large content driven website and complex Unique Mallorca real estate where we have implemented custom mobile friendly dropdown selectors, visual price range selectors, restricted area and much more. Please visit our mobile optimization page by clicking on the link below and try the sites on your mobile device.

    Friday, 12 Aug 2016 by Smooth Step

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  • Advanced real estate website design & development

    A large real estate website project we have been developing during the recent months for an agency in Mallorca to replace their old website. The website is built using our Wordpress based SEO friendly Real Estate software.

    In this project we have implemented our latest technologies in both visual interface and server programming. Highly optimized, the website handles over 3000 properties in 3 languages each with many high definition photos. The properties are daily updated from their internal real estate manager using our XML feed importer.

    Real estate website design and development based on our latest property manager

    Website has many advanced features such as free registration for visitors that unlock their personal real estate shortlist, online support, dynamic visitor graphs for each property, PDF integration, AJAX based features such as contact form validation, visitor graphs, chat and shortlist management.

    Visual interface has been enhanced using Javascript to overcome many limitations of standard HTML interface. We have implemented semi transparent search bar with range slider selectors, advanced search with beautifully designed multiple selectors, full screen slideshow and photo previews, interactive map to select an area in Mallorca, automated Google maps, high quality non standard fonts and many others.

    Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 by SmoothStep

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  • BunnikTours PDF Software, Australia

    Our company has developed state of the art web software for an australian BunnikTours travel agency. The application is based on dynamic windows that opens on top of their main site. The software is based on JSON technology which means that the software is actually loaded from our server allowing cost efficient development since the client doesn’t have to buy our framework and libraries.

    PDF rendering software we have design for Bunniktours

    The software features a secure login, client management, client profile with high definition logo upload and real time PDF rendering capabilities merging BunnikTours PDF brochures with client logo and contact details written in corporate TrueType font used by the company.

    Friday, 21 Mar 2014 by SmoothStep

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  • Say goodbye to spam from website forms

    This web application has been specifically designed by our team to combat spam that arrives from website forms. The plugin is compatible with Smooth Step CMS and Wordpress content managers.

    Antispam captcha plugin to protect website forms

    The system has been designed thinking about website visitors since we have received suggestions from several clients that they have a hard time reading and entering the code on other sites where such technology is implemented. These seem to have too many letters and the letters are too mangled. Having this in mind we have created a simple 4 letter code that can be read easily.

    Friday, 14 Feb 2014 by SmoothStep

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  • Aloha College - Educational site design

    This huge educational website has been developed on Wordpress content manager using our custom plugins. Large part of website content has been imported from the old website; we had to develop the importers. This generates over 3000 unique pages for search engines.

    Website designed and developed for and international college based in Marbella

    Apart of clean and fresh design we have implemented various innovative techniques, slideshows and special effects based on Jquery and Javascript in general avoiding Adobe Flash on client request. As soon as the website has been released visits from Google search have doubled, mainly due to our SEO friendly static page production that was not implemented on the old website.

    Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 by SmoothStep

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  • Fast Motors Finland

    Fast Motors, a company based in Finland, had stolen our client www.prestigecartransfers.com website design, HTML and CSS source code and used it on their own www.fastmotors.fi site. Fast Motors claim to be a large website, we don't understand it how can they use a stolen design to represent their business.

    Fast Motors stolen website design

    This is a print screen from the header of Fast Motors website that looks just as the Prestige Car Transfers website. Not just the design has been copied, also the html as well as the scripts for slideshow presentation. Background photos, colors, font type, everything is an exact copy of our design.

    Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 by SmoothStep

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  • Prestige Car Transfers

    Smooth Step content manager is no match to Wordpress or other open source solutions where complex content layout is involved. This high quality transportation website has been produced using content in mixed columns, a feature that is easily handled with our manager.

    The website is very successful generating many airport transfer requests due to our elegant design and SEO services.

    Web design and development for a car transfer company in Marbella

    Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 by SmoothStep

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  • Innovative real estate website design & development based on our new administration software

    This elegant real estate website has been designed having functionality in mind. For quick access to property listings the search is clearly visible on the home page. To ease the search a range selector has been implemented to select a price range without the need of entering the numbers manually/ Real estate listing pages are equipped with a horizontal version of the search panel that can be readjusted to perform further searches without having to click back button on the browser.

    Innovative real estate website designed having elegance and usability in mind

    Website header has a full screen slideshow that readjusts itself depending on the screen size. The slideshow appears wider on the home page and thinner on all other pages for better access to the content. Website home page comes with featured property slideshow that displays selected featured properties with their photos, features and descriptions. Each property page also features photo slideshow designed to display full size images adjusted to client screen size.

    The site has been developed on Wordpress content manager connected with our new Real Estate Management Software. The tool provides cutting edge tools for an easy property listing. Property photos can be uploaded in any size, the system will resize them to the required sizes automatically. Multiple photos can be selected for upload, once uploaded they can be rearranged visually by dragging the thumbnails to the desired position. The system also allows quickly choosing property features from the ones used on other properties as well as adding a new feature on the fly.

    Friday, 28 Jan 2011 by SmoothStep

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  • Artistic video and photography

    Working with photo retouch, video editing and post production for various projects we have developed various custom artistic image filtering techniques.

    After reviewing large amount of saved filters and recorded footage our team has decided to release Sky Jazz artistic video and a new site focused on photo retouch, filming and post production.

    Friday, 10 Dec 2010 by Smooth Step

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  • Dynamic websites

    Dynamic web development opens possibilities to build highly automated websites that can be easily managed using content and product management software while static ones are simply a bunch of HTML documents on the server.

    Without any administration static sites give little benefit to site owner as websites that provide interactivity and fresh content tend to rank better.

    Difference between static and dynamic sites

    Article comments main benefits that can be achieved using dynamic development approach.

    Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 by Smooth Step

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  • Complete website renewal

    Web designers are never happy with their own website… New ideas and techniques are appearing every day incrementing urge for renewal…

    We have been looking at our old site for a long time writing a list of what could be made better. After a while the list got so long that we have decided to go for complete redesign. Several new things have been implemented these include: tag cloud with results ordered by relevancy, product section, dynamic slideshows and others.

    Friday, 18 Sep 2009 by SmoothStep

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  • Platform monitoring

    Here we will try to present first steps one should take to analyze web application performance. This is very important as it is a basic foundation on which other actions are based.

    Server and web application monitoring

    We will stress here on monitoring the behavior of web application as it is vital to understand how it works.

    Sunday, 15 June 2008 by Martin, SmoothStep

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  • Server side website caching

    Chapter comments how to improve web application and overal website performance using server side caching.

    Here we talk about several caching models with their pros and cons and examples, also where they have been used on Smooth Step CMS.

    Friday, 2 May 2008 by SmoothStep

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  • Choosing website page names

    Static URLs are very important to achieve best possible search engine positioning and to increase web site performance.

    Static and dynamic URLs

    Article comments main difference between static and dynamic page names (URLs) and how to convert them using URL rewriting technology.

    Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 by SmoothStep

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  • Popular web browsers

    Free major web browsers to choose; their advantages, security and supported operating systems.

    Make sure that you are using latest version of your web browser installed, especially if you are still using Internet Explorer 6 as it has serious security and rendering flaws.

    Major web browser logos

    Friday, 25 Jan 2008 by SmoothStep

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  • Antivirus

    Computer viruses tend to slow down computer's performance and damage file system. In this chapter you will find free antivirus software to protect your computer.

    Monday, 12 Nov 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • Email security

    Email service is often abused because of its democratic nature. When user publishes email address as text on the website it takes only a few days for pharmaceutical, scam or other type of email spam to arrive.

    Friday, 5 Oct 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • Internet security

    This chapter is about security on the internet - Fraudulent software and vulnerable web browsing applications.

    Protect your digital identity

    You will also find information about free antivirus and antispyware software, firewalls and useful protection tips for safer internet usage.

    Monday, 1 Oct 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • Main browser features

    It is important to know how web browsers work to use website information and services effectively.

    Here we have commented several basic web browser features for those who are not yet familiar.

    Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • E-mail software

    Email software is a computer program designed to manage electronic mail.

    Unlike web mail service, email software is capable of handling multiple email accounts; what can be very useful for business internet users.

    Email software

    Friday, 10 Aug 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • Web mail

    Web based e-mail service is very helpful for those who need free email account that is easily accessible from the internet by using web browser.

    Here you will find major free email providers, also their pros and cons compared to business email service.

    Sunday, 15 July 2007 by SmoothStep

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  • Welcome

    Here you will find our frequently updated topics. Take your time to share your thoughts by posting a comment on a topic you find interesting.

    If you have a high quality article related to one of our topics, contact us and we will consider to place it on this blog.

    Monday, 4 June 2007 by SmoothStep

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