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Oct 6, 2014

Twenty Years and Counting

Five Technology works with organizations and businesses on the planning, implementation, and maintenance of common to complex cloud/web based application development. We do so with the intent to win and maintain your business relationship for years to come. On March 1st, 2015 Five Technology will be celebrating its 20th Year in Business. I can’t help but reflect on how it all came to be, the changes we have seen, and what will keep us on track or ...

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Jun 13, 2014

5 Do’s for Dynamic Website Development

Experts in website design and development understand the importance of uniqueness, innovation and practical ideas for generating websites for clients. It’s no lie that marketing and advertising methods have taken an entirely new direction with the invention and progression of the Internet. One of the basic reasons behind this change is that not a large percentage of businesses have been shifted to online. Christian Smith, editorial writer for ...

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Mar 17, 2014

Custom Website Development Enhances Real Estate Listing Management

Lately, we have done a lot of work with ranch real estate firms out west and in Texas. All of these clients have had slightly different needs, but all have had one thing in common. All of these real estate brokers needed an easy way to update their property listings on their website. Now these were specifically ranch real estate firms, but this issue would relate to any type of real estate focused business. As a real estate firm, it is important to have the ...

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Dec 16, 2013

Custom eCommerce for a Minneapolis Company

Most eCommerce websites are pretty straight forward. You have a company that sells a product and its customers can buy the products online and have it shipped straight to their door. But what happens when you have a company that has hundreds of products, sells only to businesses, and each customer has slightly different pricing based order amount and frequency? The solution would be a custom eCommerce website that you adapt to fit your client’s needs. ...

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Aug 17, 2012

City Government Web Design: Things to Look for in Professional City Website Design

Have you ever tried to design a website for your city internally with a limited staff? If so, you will know that it is difficult because of minimal programming knowledge, lack of time and resources, and small budgets that lead to limited functionality. Your staff struggles to manage and edit essential community content, and you are left without a useful operations tool you had hoped would streamline less efficient tasks. So what do you do? Many ...

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Mar 22, 2012

City Website Design for Delano, MN – Online Agenda & Meeting Minutes

With the first quarter coming to end soon, I wanted to shed some light on a city website redesign that was sent live back in February. The web development project, of course, being the official city of Delano’s government site .  While this online marketing project included web design, custom web development, content management, etc., I want to give some attention the online Agendas and Meeting Minutes application . Custom Programming for ...

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May 11, 2010

Web Design Project: 4 Quarters Design & Build

Five’s most recent web design project was for Minneapolis deck builder and home remodeler 4 Quarters Design & Build.  This project was a great example of making a good website great. Making A Good Website Great 4 Quarters was already ahead of other deck builders when owner Brian Jacobson came to Five Technology. He had a custom web design, decent content and had educated himself on search engine optimization best practices.  But ...

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Feb 12, 2010

You Need An SEO Friendly CMS For Your Website

What good is the ability to manage content on your website, if that controls limits your search engine optimization success? Not much. Denver based SEO firm seOverflow recently posted their presentation slides on 7 Characteristics of an SEO Friendly CMS and I’ve embedded it below. 7 Characteristics of an SEO Friendly CMS View more presentations from seOverflow . Lets look at each of the 7 SEO items and how they factor ...

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Dec 3, 2009

Web Design Project: Ranchline Network

Sometimes you have to go bigger, the Ranchline Network web design project is an example of that.  The Ranchline brand has 4 other websites on our web platform and I have worked with them for years, including on their logo design. Ranchline Network is a national real estate listing website, focusing on high-end land and ranches for sale . The website features hundreds of listings from brokers and agents all across the US and even Internationally. ...

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Oct 1, 2009

Get More Features, Control & SEO Friendly With A CMS Conversion

Not every project for Five involves creating a new web design.  Sometimes a company will come to us satisfied with their design, but in need of better technology to run it.  We can convert an existing website to our content management system (CMS) and improve numerous areas. Streeter Companies, a Maple Grove, MN Commercial Property firm came to us with this situation.  They were satisfied with their current web design, but wanted to be able to change ...

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Jun 15, 2009

Web Design Recap: Rosen Properties Gets A New Home

Today’s real estate market has a lot of sellers asking real estate professionals “can you sell my home fast ?”.  Rosen Properties is a Minnesota real estate service that provides home buying, selling and renting services in the Twin Cities area. An Improved Website Across The Board Rosen Properties had been using a real estate website solution for some time that lacked in many areas.  While it did provide Rosen a presence ...

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Jun 2, 2009

Change Your Content Approach & Improve Your Website

While many companies and organizations rush to redesign their website to improve it’s performance, they overlook a simple change in approach that might make the biggest impact. A shift is taking place on the web for small business.  Websites and web content are moving to reality, far away from marketing hype.  If a company can change their approach and find ways to bring valuable content to users , then they can improve traffic and ultimately leads. ...

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Feb 18, 2009

5 Reasons Our Content Management System Is The Right CMS For Your Business

Let’s face it, you don’t dare build a website for your business without a content management system at the core of it these days. With many choices out there, what flavor is right for you to manage your website? We obviously like the features and benefits of our CMS , the Site Management Console , so we thought we’d give you 5 good reasons to work with our web platform. ONE: User Friendly Interface – The SMC interface ...

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Dec 2, 2008

Content Management: Adding Basic Content Strategy, Not Just The Content Tool

The importance of having a content management system (CMS) integrated within your website has never been more important. The value of an “alive” website with fresh content, SEO value and a scalable platform are just some of the many reasons an organization seeks out a CMS they can utilize to manage and grow their website. Content Strategy & Web Usability Sharpen The Tool The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently was the focus of a ...

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Oct 1, 2008

Web Design Process: A Focus On Wireframes & Layout

Over the last 2 years I have become more of a supporter of layout then design.  Yes, layout is an element of design, but in the web design process they have their own areas and purposes.  This post takes a peak at the use of wireframes to help determine a websites layout and also the factors we consider in a web design layout.  It’s a great step for the web designer, production team and the client. Web Design Layout ...

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Sep 23, 2008

5 Content Ideas For Your Website To Stay Fresh

While many businesses are interested in the benefits a content management solution (CMS) or a blog can bring to their web presence, many are confused on the types of content to publish and use.  Fresh web content is a component of search engine optimization so it is important to brainstorm, plan and execute production of new web content to your site. Here are just 5 ideas to add fresh content to your website with a CMS or blog: 1.   Write a short ...

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Jul 14, 2008

Writing Trusted Web Content For Your Service Business

If you are a service based business you need your website to create, build or maintain a high level of trust. Whether you are a service for consumers (lawn care, electrician, chiropractor, mechanic) or a service for businesses (consultant, accountant, web designer, bank), you are after the user’s trust. Building Trust With Your Website Content When you meet with someone in person, there are factors that earn their trust. Some of the trust ...

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Jun 23, 2008

E-commerce Web Design Project for little dreamers

Colorado monogrammed gifts retailer, little dreamers, has big ideas for their new e-commerce website that went LIVE last week. Business owners Nicole and Paula sought a better web design to brand their unique monogrammed baby gifts and more and they needed it powered by an easy to use content management system and e-commerce solution. Five’s custom web design coupled with the SMC was just the right solution. Some of the project ...

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Apr 18, 2008

Converting Your Website To A Content Management System (CMS)

You need a change, you need control of your website. Maybe you have depended on a webmaster or an internal employee with some web skills to make updates to your website, but it no longer is the right method. You want things to happen quicker, you want to enhance your content and functionality and you’ve heard it can be done without knowing all that HTML stuff. You want a content management system and you’ve heard right, it can be easy. ...

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