access2learn.com

Access2Learn is a separate website I maintain for students that I teach. The website was originally intended to be just for my students, however, I noticed that more and more people were visiting to get access to the notes. So in Jan of 2013, I went through a major redesign, and built the site on top of WordPress. Now I have better organization, a built in search feature, and downloads that I can track. The layout was based off of the Genesis Theme, however, a child theme was developed to … [Read more...]

Service Desk Website

This internal help desk web application was built to replace several off the shelf applications that were not meeting the needs of the organization, and were costing the organization too much money. The Service Desk web application is built on top of Microsoft's Dynamics CRM product. A .Net web application, built using C#, was used to provide a custom front end. jQuery and jQueryUI were used to enhance the user experience, and proper use of CSS was used to provide a fast and consistent … [Read more...]

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks is an internal training newsletter that provides information about training opportunities, tips, and information about community involvement. Originally this letter was being put together in MS Publisher, and emailed to employees as a PDF. This, however, meant that it could not be easily searched and that people often did not read it. The newsletter would go out every two to three months, and took nearly a week to assemble. In 2009, I reviewed some of the previous … [Read more...]

Optimizing Your Internal Websites to Boost Productivity

A lot of people will talk about how important it is for your website to be fast, especially for websites that face your customers.  But what about internal websites for your employees. Could a faster website boost productivity? Their productivity is a cost that you may want to optimize. Now several studies have shown that even a few tenths of a second affect the user's perspective on a website, and how likely they are to want to use it. But I've heard several owners say how they are not as … [Read more...]