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.

 

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.

 

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 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.