It’s been a while since our last post. ‘Why?‘ you may ask? We’ve been a little busy!
In the last month or so, JB Systems has launched five new and/or redesigned websites. These sites are using some of our newest technologies for the web including an advanced property search for real estate, dynamic customer testimonial systems, and user-friendly photo galleries. Take a look at these new sites and see what a database-powered website can do!
Special thanks to our clients listed below for all of their hard work on these sites, too!
Brunkow Builders is a full service general contractor specializing in residential custom new home construction, additions and remodel work in the Eau Claire area.
Lake Hallie Cabinets
Lake Hallie Cabinets is a family-owned business located just north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our services range from full custom cabinetry design and installation to millwork to complete interior design services.
Maug Cleaning Service
Maug Cleaning Service is a residential and commercial cleaning company located in Osseo, WI. They are a family-owned company with over 25 years of experience. In addition to general household and commercial cleaning, Maug also offers professional carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning.
Premium Lawn Service
Premium Lawn Service of Eau Claire, Wisconsin offers a very broad range of lawn care services to make lawn care and landscaping easy.
Coldwell Banker-Brenizer Realtors
Real Estate in Wisconsin, whether buying or selling, can be a daunting task. Coldwell Banker Brenizer, Realtors® offers the collective experience of over 80 agents in five convenient locations to help buy or sell your next home.
To see more of our work, check out the JB Systems portfolio.
Written by Meghan Bauer, Art Director
The world wide web has developed into an ever-expanding electronic canvas for creativity and design. At JB Systems, we take design seriously – and offer the most custom approach. We’re proud to announce one of our newest website, CETA TOURS, and we’re incredibly pleased with how it turned out – both functionally and visually.
The goal was simple (or so we thought) – to create a website for three separate audiences – Student Tours, Teachers, and Adults looking to join a tour. We needed to organize all of that information and then visually convince website visitors that they want to travel – that they need to travel. The result … a breathtaking website featuring a custom design that incorporates “travel elements” such as luggage tags and baggage, as well as breath-taking views from all over the world, from France to Egypt, and from Germany to Spain.
Combine this level of design – with JB Systems’ advanced website technology – and you have a great looking website that never looks outdated. Don’t believe me? Try hitting the “Refresh” button. Banners throughout the entire site change, automatically, keeping the pages fresh and constantly delivering important and relevant information to visitors. Add a little jQuery and you have a nicely animated drop down menu for navigation – that is still SEO-Friendly and looks fantastic.
We hope you enjoy our new CETA Tours website – and welcome your comments below (yup, down there, below here)!!
Around 5:10PM today (May 26th) a couple of our dedicated servers experienced issues today resulting in approximately 2 hours of down time. We apologize for any inconveniences this outage has caused.
Engineers at our data facility today were notified of a down router this afternoon and around 7:10PM had the issue resolved. JB Systems responded to the issue within moments of it happening we’re happy to report a limited outage of only 2 hours.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of our clients, and we’ll continue to respond to issues like this in the most expedient of ways.
Is Flash Going To Survive?
Written By Gerald Bauer, owner and founder
There’s a tremendous amount of debate happening in the tech world over Adobe Flash, its role in website design, and its future as a leading technology.
Adobe Flash was a great way to bring sexiness and interactivity to the web. Animations, cross-fades, “motion tweens” and a bit of music brought a new level of entertainment to the web – and even brought on its own industry of “Flash Banner Ads” that accompanied thousands of websites across the globe.
So where is Flash today? From our perspective at JB Systems, Flash has a very limited role for the web. Current industry analysts and trade journals we subscribe to are telling us that the in the next decade, more mobile devices (such as iPhones, Droids, Blackberries, iPads, NetBooks, etc) will be on the web than actual personal computers. Apple has taken a progressive stance against Flash, and does not support it in their mobile devices (iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch).
Now, we don’t necessarily take every decision “Apple” makes as true testament to our calling, however it’s a pretty gutsy move to make. But taking the time to look over WHY Apple has made that decision brings some interesting points to mind that most companies should consider. I’ve summarized some important notes below:
Performance Issues and Battery Life
Using the new HTML5 Standards, H.264 encoded videos play faster and consume 50% LESS BATTERY than viewing a video using the standard Flash Video Player. This has to do with technicalities in the encoding / decoding process of the video, but the simple fact is that Flash requires more processing power to decode videos and therefore more juice (battery power) to do so.
Reliability and Security
According to Apple, Symantec recently announced that Flash had one of the worst security records in 2009. Instead of progressing, Flash’s security models and cross-domain models make it more cumbersome and difficult to handle security.
To quote a recent documented written by Steve Jobs, “…Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it.” As more and more users begin to their daily website surfing on mobile devices, any Flash-based content you have (all of which no doubt contain important messages about your business) will not be seen, seen well, or even supported.
So, where does JB Systems stand?
Steve Jobs’ article can be read HERE.
“Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.” – Steve Jobs.
Until next time … thanks for reading! Post any comments below – we want to hear from you!!
Gerald Bauer (JB Systems) and James Chumas (The Chumas Agency)
Written by Gerald Bauer, owner and founder
Well everyone, 2010 marked the first year of JB Systems’ support of children’s cancer research through St. Baldricks, a national organization that promotes “shaving the way” to fighting kids cancer. It also marks the first time I have been seen without hair!
Giving back is something JB Systems takes seriously, and helping out with children’s cancer is a cause we feel is important. Feel free to visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/ for more information about the organization, their cause, and how to get involved.
Thousands of kids per year are diagnosed with cancer, and all have to learn to put their self-consciousness aside and deal with hair loss. So, to pay them tribute, so did I. And in true JB-fashion, lets throw conformity out the window, let vanity take its course elsewhere, and lets make a difference in this world. Let’s set the new standard!
Gerald Bauer (JB Systems) and Aaron Brunette (Coldwell Banker)
In the past, JB Systems has contributed to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Helping American Vietnam Veterans, as well as Eau Claire’s Feed My People Food Bank and Eau Claire’s Hope Gospel Mission.
Giving back to the community is a huge factor of our business model, be it monetary donations or time given to help out with projects, or even cooking for the needy. JB Systems plans on continuing our commitment to these organizations in the future – and we look forward to meeting you there.