Website Programming

Google Sending Out Responsive Website Warnings

Is your website reponsive? Do you know what that means? As per wiki, it means “Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors […]

Faster Website results with Google PageSpeed Insights

The internet has grown exponentially from just a highly competitive sphere for promotion and commerce to an overcrowded marketplace where visibility is essential to success. Most competent web developers are already aware of the more traditional tools of higher internet visibility: keyword saturation, social networking promotion, and search engine optimization. But with more and more […]

Champion Iron Responsive WordPress website launched!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Champion Iron website (www.championiron.com). This was a large project and Darkstar Media worked with OMG (Onside Marketing Group). Darkstar Media handled the graphic design, website development, and data entry and OMG handled the project management. Some of the features of this website include: Four Languages (English, French, German, Chinese) […]

MailChimp Doesn’t Monkey Around

Creating an effective email marketing campaign can be time consuming and takes a bit of skill on the part of the business owner or marketing professional but it’s essential to any successful online business. Keeping track of all the different components of your marketing efforts is a job in and of itself but utilizing an […]

Website Builder Review: Dreamweaver CC

In today’s post, I’d like to to talk a little bit about Adobe’s Dreamweaver CC program for building websites. While Dreamweaver has a bit of a checkered past, leaving many designers still believing its the same clunky software that wrote dirty code ten years ago; I’ve found that it can be used to do a […]

Creating An Effective, Lead Generating Call To Action

There is a wealth of information and advertising happening on the internet. One only need do a simple Google search and they are bombarded with a barrage of goods and services offered by many, many businesses. As internet searches have become the primary way people locate goods or services they are looking for; it’s become […]

phpExcel: Adding accounting format and review

While working on a long-standing CMS (Content Management System) project I needed to find a way to export database results into a working Excel document. For years I have been creating functions which exported .CSV files which were then easily imported into Excel, but for this project a working Excel document was needed and I […]

Using .htaccess to 301 redirect WordPress URLs to the Root

I recently had to move a WordPress blog from a subfolder named “/blog/” to the root of the web server, the blog portion of the website used to be in its own folder and seperate from the main website. I rebuilt the entire website with a new WordPress install and imported all the posts. This […]

Case Study: Custom Extranet and CMS for a Unique Business

We have just completed a project for a long – standing client (Bluestein Export Import Inc. a.k.a. BEI) which involved the creation of a content management and accounting system for their business. This project was unique as this client is the only company in their narrow niche. Finding an out-of -the box CMS or accounting […]

Doctors of Thoracic Surgery WordPress Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Doctors of Thoracic Surgery (D.O.T.S.) WordPress website. Working with Blammo who handled the graphic design and project management, we built a custom WordPress theme for this fantastic life saving organization. One of the challenges of this WordPress theme was the many different levels of navigation including a […]