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We’re Hiring Interns for our Austin, TX Office

Dec 10, 2013

Where California Meets Texas

Seeking Web Development/SEO and Digital Media Planning/Social Marketing Interns

THE HOOK

BigTuna Interactive, an interactive agency specializing in Drupal Development and SEO programs is teaming up with VernonMack, another interactive agency specializing in digital marketing and media. Both agencies recently opened an Austin, Texas office and are looking for bright and enthusiastic talent in the Austin area. An internship with this joint venture provides a unique opportunity to participate in various aspects of digital marketing, like website and app development, search engine marketing, social media marketing, online media planning and buying, project management and more – an experience rarely available at larger agencies.

THE BAIT

Dabble in nearly all aspects of interactive marketing in order to effectively determine what specialty is relevant to your interests and talents and begin developing your career path in interactive marketing.
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WordPress vs Drupal

Sep 10, 2012

Wordpress vs Drupal

When we first started developing sites in 2007, every site we built was with WordPress. At that time, these sites were smaller and WordPress was evolving from a blogging platform to a full fledged content management system (CMS). The sites that we were developing had very minimal content types and the general WordPress page content block was sufficient to give our clients a clean page admin experience. Note: we often refer to the “admin” as the password protected web portal where clients update their content.

The saying is very true “if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail”. Along the way, our client roster grew and we encountered needs for more content types, a richer admin experience, and a more Enterprise Level CMS. That is when we started developing sites with Drupal.

Compared to WordPress, Drupal is an absolute beast! Drupal’s taxonomies and core structure took us a while to get used to. However, after building numerous sites with Drupal, we slowly and surely came to love Drupal as the CMS of choice for Enterprise level websites and web applications. If you have a web app, or any type of web project that requires user permissions, Drupal’s functionality is hardier than WordPress. Drupal is also more flexible when it comes to API development and its default caching features are more robust out of the box. Continue reading

Top 5 WordPress 3.4 Features

Aug 25, 2012

Top 5 WordPress Green Features

WordPress differs from Drupal with their release candidates in that they release a new candidate every 3-4 months. WordPress “Green”, or version 3.4, was launched in June. Drupal, on the other hand, launches a new “release series” every 1.5 to 2 years. Right now, Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 are supported. We will talk about the different philosophies for each of those CMS’s in future articles and how they effect your web development efforts.

Each WordPress release has better security features. You should always keep your WordPress Updates current and make sure that you are using the latest release. Otherwise, you may need some WordPress Malware removal help. We recommend the team at Sucuri for their assistance.

Top 5 features for WordPress 3.4

5. Embed Tweets
Paste the permalink of the Tweet inside the post and it will automatically show up in your post. This can really help speed up article writing and can be a nice way to supplement your social media efforts.

4. Shorthand URLs for Login, Admin, and Dashboard
Instead of using /wp-login, /wp-admin, you can now use shorthands /login, and /admin. These links only work if you don’t have pages of posts with the same slug. This really just makes the login process a lot more client friendly.
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CSS Framework Battle Royale

Mar 13, 2010

I recently sat in on a CSS framework “Battle Royale” at the 2010 South by South West conference in Austin Texas. CSS frameworks really speed up the web design and development process.  We have designed sites with both the 960 grid system and blueprint before.  There are a lot of differences between the five main css frameworks, which I will discuss below. Continue reading