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More than coffee and copies

When I was entering the spring semester of my sophomore year, I had no idea what I wanted to be doing. I had just changed my major to Computer Science based on nothing more than an 100 level Computer Science class that I had enjoyed. I hadn’t even considered what I was going to do with that degree…

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Trust me. I’m a doctor.

Why Google professional web development, when Terrostar is here to help? In a world where we think we can diagnose anything with a click of a button, there are some things that you should leave to the pros.

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A Love Story…Sort Of.

The spotlight on your website has never been brighter. From color to content, your website is likely a consumer’s first introduction to your business. Is it love at first sight?

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Client Spotlight: CHMIowa.org

Long time client, The Congregation of the Humility of Mary, has just launched a new responsive site.  The staff and sister’s of CHM are getting to enjoy new site features like their integrated blog and Sister Stories, along with a Content Management System that far surpasses their old system.

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(well dressed) Content is King

What you say is important but how you present what you have to say is of equal importance.  Don’t miss these commonly overlooked guidelines when presenting your content.

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Every Garden Needs Tending

Successful websites require your continued attention to be a fruitful tool for your business.  What have you done to your site lately to keep it relevant for your clients?  Are you stuck with little options for change and growth within your site?  Let Terrostar help you keep your website blooming!

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5 Dumb Questions It’s OK to Ask a Web Developer

It can be intimidating to embark on a project you can’t fully wrap your head around. I bet all of us have been embarrassed to ask a question, kept quiet, and regretted it later. In our world that can translate to a delayed project and a blown budget. So, here are my top five dumb questions to get you started.

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A Day in the Life of an Information Architect

Simply put, an “Information Architect” is defined as an individual who creates the method by which your site will portray your company. In the past I’ve been called a “Webmaster”, “Web Developer”, or even a “Web Guru”, which are often applicable monikers for what I do; over time, however, my role within Terrostar has evolved from a straight web developer to something far more complex.

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Revealing the Magic and Mystery in Design

What do you typically look for in a design process? How do you approach working with your designer? If you are seeking some guidance in choosing your next designer/agency, you may find some cues in what to seek out below.

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What is Responsive Web Design?

The term Responsive Web Design (RWD) has been around since 2010. It describes the method of constructing a website that gives the visiting user an optimal experience on any device they choose. This essentially eliminates the need to pinch/zoom in order to read important content or having to tap a link with precision in the fear of tapping the wrong link. Looking for an example? The Terrostar website you’re reading this blog post on is responsive. With a desktop browser, re-size your browser from wide to skinny. Notice the change in layout? At certain stages, the layout adjusts itself to fit comfortably in your browser.

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Designing for Success; Time to Clean House

It’s Spring which typically means rain, flowers, and Spring cleaning. Web design is complicated on the back end and often left to the real computer geeks, but on the front end, simplicity can really go a long way. While it is good to stand out by offering your unique value proposition, you do not want to detract from that message with a busy, overdone website. As you clean house, we offer some things to keep in mind. And, whether your goal is a call, a sale, an email inquiry, or a Facebook like, you must always keep it in mind throughout each aspect of your website design.

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Tips From Speech Comm. 101: Turn Website Visitors into Customers

I paid my way through graduate school by working as a teaching assistant in the Communications Department. As part of my TA duties, I taught Speech Comm. 101 - a general education course about public speaking and listening skills. The techniques I taught (and learned) during my time as a grad student have been some of the most valuable, useful tools I have in my professional arsenal. Web content writing is no exception. Below are a few content tips pulled straight from Speech Comm. 101 that will help you focus your website’s text and turn visitors into customers.

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