Plain City Auction, 6 Years of Partnership

Plain City Auction WebsiteproVanceTek Owner, Robert Vance, has been working with the owners, Dave and Rhoda Helmuth, of Plain City Auction since 2005. His relationship with the owners of the auction house began while he was attending Ohio University and beginning a business with a former high school friend of his. He continued providing support for their website and other various projects at the auction house, along with various support needs at the Helmuth household. When he left the business in 2008 to create proVanceTek, Plain City Auction decided to bring their business to the Robert’s new company.

Recently, after a much deserved retirement of Dave and Rhoda, ownership of the auction house has been transferred to John and Maureen Coffey. proVanceTek, however, continues to host the Plain City Auction website and provide them with general IT support for their computers, servers, and network; support of their security system; and other various technical projects that they need help with.

The website was initially developed with some custom scripts that took Word documents provided by Plain City Auction and generated HTML pages for their website. It was later ported over to the Drupal content management system and has continued to run in that installation for the past half-dozen years. We hope to soon be able to share with you that there will be a new online face of the auction house. We’re working with John and Maureen on developing a more modern and interactive auction website. Stay tuned!

New Website, Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

Old_Hilliardfest_Art_&_Street_Fair_-_2014-03-21_21.41.04We have been working with the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair since 2012.

Old Hilliardfest is a street fair that takes place in downtown Hilliard, Ohio on Main Street each fall on the second Saturday of September. Old Hilliardfest includes a selection of food vendors, various organizations and small businesses with information booths, a number of artisans with merchandise for sale, and several venues with live music. The festival lasts throughout the day. Old Hilliardfest is a non-profit organization with 501(C)(4) tax status. The organization consists entirely of volunteers.

In 2012 we quickly threw together a Drupal website in time for the 2013 festival. Drupal is a free and open-source content management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk. It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration.

In preparation for this year’s festival, we wanted to help Old Hilliardfest spruce up the website and make it a little more esthetically “cool looking”. We developed a WordPress site for themand it’s now live. WordPress is another free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Similar to Drupal, WordPress features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

Some of the features of the new website include a rather typical blog, a page with testimonials, a section of the website for frequently asked questions, a page with a Google Map and contact form, tons of photos, etc.

proVanceTek offers website design, web development, domain registration, and website hosting. If you’re in the market for a website update or redesign, get in touch with us!

PC to Mac Migrations Made Simple by proVanceTek

MacMigrationMaking the switch from Windows to OS X can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you’ve grown up using one system for your entire life. But migrating across to OS X doesn’t have to be difficult. Given the range of Mac programs now available and the better compatibility with existing Windows peripherals, such as mice and keyboards, it is a lot easier to do than it used to be, especially since the switch over to Intel-based systems.

There are plenty of rumours flitting around that may swing you towards not switching over to a Mac. Of course, opinions are strongly divided between Windows and OS X users, but I can tell you now that most of these rumours are wrong, so don’t let yourself be swayed by them.

One of the main reasons people hold back on switching to OS X is the lack of compatibility with Windows, however this is mostly untrue. Most common Windows programs have a separate Mac version and a lot of external peripherals (such as mice, keyboards, external hard drives and monitors) are fully compatible with OS X.

We recently worked with a client to migrate two of their Windows machines over to Mac, one a Dell laptop to a MacBook Pro and the other a Dell desktop to a MacMini. The process is fairly simple and, generally, can be completed by the even the most novice user. Our client, however, typically ask us to complete these type of projects for them because it’s less hassle for them and because, on the off chance there’s any issues, we can resolve any problems that arise during the migration process.

 

We’re Happy To Help Support Local Organizations

We're Happy To Help Support Local OrganizationsYou know that special feeling you get inside when you help someone else out? We really like that feeling here at proVanceTek. We’re not just talking about helping out our customers by providing timely, quality, and friendly service. We do that because that’s what our customers pay us for. We’re talking about helping out charities.

We have a community oriented focus because we’re a local business and rely on the community to bring their business to us. But our community focus is also because it makes us feel good to know we’re helping other local organizations and because it’s the right thing to do.

Over the years we have provided donations to local school groups and community groups. But we’ve also made an effort to offset our carbon footprint by donating to several reforestation projects.

Our favorite charity, however, has always been St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital provides life saving research and treatment for children. Their daily budget is nearly 1.5 million dollars and nearly 85% of the budget goes to patient care and research.

If you have a local organization that is looking for sponsorship or would be able to utilize an in-kind donation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Small Business Office Technology

Small Business Office TechnologyproVanceTek offers high quality, cost-effective small business office solutions for businesses just like yours. If you just need your data migrated from one computer to another, a virus removed from your desktop, or need a complete small business office structured media installation, we have the solutions for you.

We offer a wide variety of telecommunications and technology services to our clients. We have experience from professional audio and visual installations to telephony and data networking. Our professional installations are efficient, reliable, good-looking, and inexpensive.

Our motto for structured cabling is to be well wired. We’ve made service calls to countless homeowners residences and small business owners place of work and we find that the original structured media vendor cut corners. Too often this includes to major deficiencies: 1) the client does not have enough wiring to support the technology in a given room, and 2) the client is unable to easily add wiring to the deficient room.

 

Welcome To Our New Website!

Welcome to our new company website!

We’re a Columbus, Ohio based company that also has customers located throughout the Mid-West. We primarily provide web design and hosting services to our clients. We have made it our focus to provide the utmost excellence in customer service.

So, we created a new website to showcase our products and services.

New Website, Columbus Wedding Videography

New Website, Columbus Wedding VideographyColumbus Wedding Videography is a Columbus, Ohio based company that also has customers located throughout the Mid-West and have a combined 20+ years of video production experience. They primarily provide Wedding Videography services to their clients and have made it their focus to provide the utmost excellence in customer service. They offer a wide variety of Wedding Video Production services, including: Engagement Films, Pre-Wedding Day Interview Films, Wedding Ceremony Films, Wedding Reception Filming, Same-Day-Edit Films, 8mm or 16mm Wedding Films, and Other Customized Services. They understand that each bride and groom have a different vision for their wedding day; and though they produce wedding videos, their real job is to accurately capture that vision on video for family and friends to share for lifetimes to come.

The Columbus Wedding Videography website was built on the WordPress platform. WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.

For this particular web development project we chose WordPress because it is suited best for blog-style websites. However, for more complex projects, we often use a more configurable CMS, known as Drupal, which is another open-source CMS. It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk.

New ARTS Production Services Website

New ARTS Production Services WebsiteproVanceTek created a new website for ARTS Production Services, a small production company in Central Ohio. They’re located in Hilliard, but serve customers throughout the state, with a philosophy to keep cost low and deliver a quality product to our customers. The company started up with friends from high school, post college, and off working in various fields of the industry, who decided that we wanted to work together, instead of scattered all over the country working for other companies. Ergo, the creation of ARTS Production Services. ARTS specialize in audio, lighting, and video production for local live events.

The new website was built on the WordPress content management platform. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.

proVanceTek also uses the Drupal content management system for various web development projects. Drupal is much more configurable and designed to be used for web development projects in a much larger scale. For this one, however, there was nothing too complicated involved that wasn’t achievable using WordPress. For blog-style websites, WordPress is perfect.

Working With Client To Address Security Concerns

Working With Client To Address Security Concerns

Client’s security camera monitor before we worked with them to address concerns and develop a strategy for improving their system.

We visited a client recently who had some concerns about their existing security system – Are our cameras focused well, should we add more cameras, does our DVR need upgraded. We were happy to help them out and provide our expert knowledge on the subject.

proVanceTek works with their clients to evaluate their concerns, discuss their options, and develop a plan for resolving any disparities. Often times, people install their own security system or hire a company who doesn’t seem to have much knowledge in security systems. Let’s face it, ATT is a great alarm phone and internet provider, Time Warner is a great cable and internet provider, but neither really know anything about CCTV systems. You need to feel assured that you’re relaxed and safe in your home home and business. Let ATT and Time Warner help you relax, let us help make sure you’re safe.

Security camera systems don’t just help keep your home and business safe by discouraging criminals from taking advantage of your vulnerabilities, they are also there to catch brazen criminals in the act, but also are there for liability purposes. Forget about the criminals, what about a customer who trips over their own feet and then tries to sue you for tripping over a crack in the ground. Security cameras can capture those moments and prove such individuals are trying to cheat the system.

We utilize the latest in professional, quality, high-definition security camera hardware, not some webcam that’s taped to your wall. Our systems can store video for months, not days. We can integrate your security camera system in with your existing alarm system. Our security systems can be remotely viewed while you’re on the go, anywhere. We offer complete, quality, cost-effective security camera systems.

Auditorium Audiovisual Installation

Auditorium Audiovisual InstallationWe offer a wide variety of telecommunications and technology services to our clients. We have experience from professional audiovisual installations to telephony and data networking. Our professional installations are efficient, reliable, good-looking, and inexpensive. We provide expert, cutting-edge structured media design and installation services. Our specialties include cable television, broadband internet, wireless internet, and telephone. We also provide professional overhead paging, in-store marketing, professional sound system, camera surveillance system, audio and video distribution system, and sound masking services. We work with clients to determine what’s just right for their needs. We design and install the infrastructure that fit the customer’s technology requirements and budget.

Recently, we worked with a local high school to outfit their auditorium with the latest in structured media technology. The system included video switcher with preview monitor, auto audio mixer with reference monitor, a DVD player, audio and video inputs for laptops, data connecting to the building computer network, microphone and auxiliary audio inputs, and remote control integration for the projector, projection screen, and architectural lighting.

We offer structured media solutions for both home and business applications and use only the highest quality hardware for our projects, including: Crest, Crown, JBL, EV, Shure, Rane, ETC, Leviton, Extron, Crestron, Epson, and more.

Working With Client With Virus Issues

Working With Client With Virus IssuesA computer virus is a type of malware that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without the user’s consent. Virus writers use social engineering and exploit detailed knowledge of security vulnerabilities to gain access to their hosts’ computing resources. The vast majority of viruses (over 99%) target systems running Microsoft Windows, employing a variety of mechanisms to infect new hosts, and often using complex anti-detection/stealth strategies to evade antivirus software.

But enough about what a virus is. You care about how to get it off your computer. The answer is not simple, but the solution is, call us. You see, often times, virus software does not do the job. Which is why you find yourself in an endless cycle of quarantining files, then having additional issues, so you run the virus software again, which quarantines more files, and you’re good for a bit, but then you start to have issues again. It’s endless. Why? Because virus software, in our experience, seldomly remove a virus completely. This is because viruses often corrupt necessary system files that cannot be quarantined or bury themselves deep in files that the particular virus software you’re running overlooks.

The tried and true method we’ve used to successfully rid most of our clients from viruses is to 1) backup the clients hard drive completely, 2) take the backup, mount it on another machine, and then run several different virus softwares to clean up the drive, 3) reinstall a clean copy of Windows  on their computer, then 4) migrate their data back to the clean version of Windows we just installed on their machine. It may seem like a bit overkill, but it’s usually the end game anyway, which is why it’s just simpler to give us a call to begin with.

New Website for the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

New Website for the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street FairOld Hilliardfest is a street fair that takes place in downtown Hilliard, Ohio on Main Street each fall on the second Saturday of September. Old Hilliardfest includes a selection of food vendors, various organizations and small businesses with information booths, a number of artisans with merchandise for sale, and several venues with live music. The festival lasts throughout the day. Old Hilliardfest is a non-profit organization with 501(C)(4) tax status. The organization consists entirely of volunteers.

The Old Hilliardfest website was built with Drupal, a free and open-source content management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.It is used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide, ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk. It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration.

Sometimes we use WordPress, another free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Similar to Drupal, WordPress features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites. While a great blogging platform, Drupal was more suited for some of the complicated web application integrations that the Old Hilliardfest organization sees adding to their website in the near future.

Hilliardfest High Volume Printing

proVanceTek Hilliardfest High Volume Printing in Columbus, OhioproVanceTek is a proud partner of the Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair. Each year, Hilliardfest distributes 10,000 sunflower coloring sheets to all of the Hilliard City School District elementary school students. On one side is the coloring sheet and on the other side is the official 2013 Old Hilliardfest flyer. The flyer can then be brought to the festival and exchanged for two free tickets to play games in the kids game area. proVanceTek provided the materials, printing, and distribution of this year’s coloring sheets.

Old Hilliardfest is a street fair that takes place in downtown Hilliard, Ohio on Main Street each fall in September. Old Hilliardfest will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The main festival will take place from 10am-5pm, and the After Hours food and music portion of the festival will last into the evening until 11pm. Come join us!

Performing Arts Center A/V Upgrades

proVanceTek Performing Arts Center A/V Upgrades in Columbus, OhioWe recently made some upgrades to an existing to an auditorium’s existing A/V system. The upgrades included modifying the facility’s lectern to accommodate for a three foot tall A/V rack. The rack contains a switchable power strip, video switcher, an eight channel auto mixer, DVD player, audio and video inputs for a laptop computer, microphone inputs, a video preview monitor, drawer to store miscellaneous cables and microphones, and remote controls for auditorium projector, motorized projection screen, architectural lighting.

Our services included the design of the system upgrades; the construction of a custom solid oak rack better blend in with the wood of the podium; and the assembly and installation of the hardware; the integration of the rack with the existing audio / visual systems and equipment.

Bose Home Theatre Installation

proVanceTek Bose Home Theatre Installation in Columbus, OhioWe just completed a Bose home theatre installation. The home theatre system features seven Bose 100 speakers and one Bose Acoustimass 3 Series III subwoofer. Yes, that means the system is capable of producing Dolby Surround 7.1 audio. After some equalization for the room of installation, the system sounds amazing.

We love Bose. Their equipment is attractive, reliable, and sounds great. Bose speakers are really unmatched when it comes to the quality of the audio they produce. Well, that should be enough of a Bose pitch for the day. Contact us today for a home theatre estimate.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Giving Thanks

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Giving ThanksproVanceTek has always been a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We’ve hosted the East Carolina University Up ’til Dawn website for free. We also created graphic print materials and provided printing services for the organization for free during that time. Additionally, each year since, proVanceTek has provided a financial contribution to St. Jude and will again do so this year.

proVanceTek’s owner, Robert Vance, had the opportunity to visit the hospital in Memphis, TN several years ago and was able to see the amount of good they do. The hospital’s daily operating budget is nearly two million dollars. No family of St. Jude is ever asked to pay for anything, regardless of their ability to pay. Their yearly budget is based nearly entirely from donations from private businesses, organizations, and individuals. Over eighty percent of every dollar donated goes directly to patient care. The work that St. Jude does and the discoveries they make affect us all.

Please consider donating to St. Jude directly or by shopping at any affiliated store displaying this green magnifying glass. Make saving children’s lives part of your holiday tradition and “give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”

Leviton Luma-Net Project

Leviton Luma-Net Project in Columbus, OhioWe’re working on a project that involves a Leviton Colortran theatrical lighting system with integrated Leviton Luma-Net architectural controllers in a local venue.

The end goal is to for users to be able to turn on circuits using the Luma-Net stations, but for the circuits to turn off automagically when the room is no longer occupied.

To accomplish this, we are planning to use an occupancy sensor, Luma-Net relay, and integrate them with the existing Leviton Network Protocol Converter.

Telex Headset System

Telex Headset System Repair in Columbus, OhioYes, proVanceTek does provides troubleshooting for existing theatrical audio and lighting systems. We service a number of manufacturer’s systems, including Leviton Colortran, ETC, JBL, EV, Shure, etc.

We just visited a venue that has an in-house Telex intercom system that was having issues. After some troubleshooting, we identified the issue that was causing the problems and was able to resolve the symptoms they were experiencing.

Additionally, while we were on-site, we performed some routine maintenance on their various intercom components; headsets, intercom boxes, cables, etc.

Kaela’s Creation’s Website

Kaela's Creations WebsiteproVanceTek finished setting up the new Kaela’s Creations website, to replace the former Jewelry by Kaela website. Kaela first started out making handmade jewelry, but she has since expanded her crafts to various other items. Her products can be found at the Simply Vague shop at Tuttle Mall in Dublin, Ohio.

Kaela wanted the website to automatically update her products based on what she had posted on the Kaela’s Creations Facebook Page. We designed the website so that it pulled the product information and photos of her products so that she could update her inventory from one, easy place – Facebook. Additionally, she wanted people to be able to purchase her items online and use PayPal to complete their payments. So her website is interfaced with her PayPal account so that her products can be purchased online.