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Instructions for configuring DAMP in Umbraco Installs

Heather Alvis on Oct 24, 2012 in Umbraco

DAMP is an Umbraco Package that can be installed to greatly enhance admin- user experience, allowing your clients to upload photos of virtually any size and then cropping the original image for pre-determined sizes used throughout the website.  We didn't find any comprehensive instructions on how to go about configuring th…

The CSS Sticky Footer Fix

Janae Wiedmaier on Aug 9, 2012 in Tutorials

Sticky footers. Footer pushes. Those blasted-frustrating-won't-go-down-to-the-bottom-of-the-page footers. They all mean the same thing. For the longest time we had to do annoying javascript fixes for them. Calculate the length of the window and then adjust for the height of the footer and then make the content fill in the …

Setting Up Local IIS For Umbraco 5 (ASP.NET MVC)

Rusty Swayne on Apr 18, 2012 in Umbraco

Since we have scheduled ourselves to attend a couple of related trainings/conferences this year we thought to buy a new laptop to lug around.  Nothing grand mind you.  Just something practical.  We took a trip to Best Buy, picked an off the shelf HP Pavilion dv7 la la la – whatever and have been in the process …

WordPress vs. Umbraco - How Do You Choose?

Heather Alvis on Feb 13, 2012 in Umbraco

We've been asked several times to respond to questions about using or even for newly designed corporate websites. Surely these applications have the appeal of being free, quick and 'easy as 1-2-3", but choosing a platform for a new website goes quite a bit deeper than one might think. WordPress i…

Fonts Fonts Fonts!

Janae Wiedmaier on Jan 30, 2012 in Design

Fonts.  There, I've said it four times now.  There's a huge variety of them, categorized beautifully between Serif and Sans-Serif (pronounce it — I dare you. If you say it wrong like I do, your peers will laugh and laugh). Still, up until the past year or so, browser font support was low, low low. But with the addition of …

SOPA Resistance Day And You

Kyle Weems on Jan 18, 2012 in Free Speech

We here at Mindfly are creators. We earn our living from creating great websites, and like every creative our livelihood depends on our work and we agree that there needs to be some form of legislation that helps better protect us from online piracy. However, SOPA and PIPA, two pieces of legislation currently being conside…

HTML5

Maya Belka on Jan 11, 2012 in Web Design

HTML5. What? You don't know? HTML5 is the latest and greatest Web Standard. New and exciting things are happening. Quick! Jump on the bandwagon. You know you want to. Still not sure what HTML5 is all about? You can go the easy route and watch this quick and dirty What is HTML5? video.

Or you can do your own invest…

Gmail Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Erica Quessenberry on Jan 9, 2012 in

Gmail is the best mail client out there, in my opinion at least. If you're smart, you have at least one Gmail account that you use every day (I have 3). We use  at Mindfly and I love love love that we made the switch. I am all about shortcuts so what I love even more, are all the things you can do to save time…

Speaking Code

Maya Belka on Dec 21, 2011 in Randoms

It's a foreign language. Communication between a web designer and a web developer is like debating politics with a goldfish. It's hard to measure success. The Deathstar here at Mindfly is never a dull place. What I think would be a straightforward yes/no answer becomes an hour-long debate as to why this won't work or why i…

Using Code in Basecamp Writeboards

Erica Quessenberry on Nov 30, 2011 in Tutorials

Here at Mindfly we like to share the things we know and learn with each other and we tend to use 's Writeboards to do this. While I think it's fantastic we're trying to consolidate our knowledge, my biggest gripe with this is it's not super user friendly. It's not easy to make things bold or italic, insert a link…

4 Questions to Answer “Why Should Content Come First?”

Heather Alvis on Nov 9, 2011 in Design

You're ready to finally do it. You want to revamp your presence online once and for all. So you search around for a local, well-dressed web design company to get the ball rolling. How much is it going to cost? "Well, it depends..." and after days and weeks of vetting different bids, you get to that exciting time when you'v…

Creating the Smart Trips Web App

Janae Wiedmaier on Oct 10, 2011 in Mobile Design

I love designing mobile sites.  I love doing web design in general, but mobile sites are something that I always especially enjoy seeing come through my task list. As of now, when Mindfly has been asked to do a mobile website, or in the case of Smart Trips, a web app, the client has had a current site (usually previously d…

190 Free Web Fonts and Counting For Your Website

Erica Quessenberry on Aug 1, 2011 in Design

I remember hearing about when they first rolled out a while back, but didn't pay that much attention to them because they only had like 5 available and that so did not impress me. Whoa nelly, I should have been paying better attention because I stumbled across them again recently and they're now up to 19…

Umbraco Best Practice Properties

Rusty Swayne on Jul 28, 2011 in Umbraco

– Value set should be the node Id that you want your page to redirect to. – Allows you to change the Url of the node without renaming it. – Allows you to provide multiple Urls for a node.  (Should be entered without the .aspx extension, comma delineated).

LL Spool J's New Hit Single

Kyle Weems on Jun 24, 2011 in

If you're as much of a fan of as I am, then you don't need to be told that his newest single "That's What It's All About" has hit the proverbial streets. Do songs hit the streets anymore? I guess if you're playing a song on an iPod and you accidentally drop the device then the song is hitting the street. Which…

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Score A - On Usability

Heather Alvis on Jun 10, 2011 in Usability

On a recommendation from fellow co-worker, my husband and I decided to give a try.  We had just finished a hike with our less than 2-year old child at Lake Padden and were short on time already for a nap.  We bypassed the closer burger joint because we wanted to give this new place a chance, especi…

Moving From BlogEngine to WordPress - 301 Redirection Made Easy

Rusty Swayne on Jun 8, 2011 in Wordpress

Normally when you move from one platform to another, mapping the old pages to their new locations can be time consuming.  However, our migration from to was completed with a matter of clicks thanks to an awesome plugin, named from and a regular expression.  This little g…

Domain Names, Registrars and Errata

John Raasch on Apr 21, 2011 in Websites

One of the many things I get assigned to here at Mindfly’s Web Design Studio is to help our clients with domain registration.  So after Maya pointed out to me (with a smirk) that I had not been the prolific blog poster I should be, I hereby dedicate this blog post to those of you who may need some resources to help.

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