Switchbox Visits Ronald McDonald House

•March 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Joel and Steve had the privilege of visiting the Ronald McDonald House to meet with the Community Relations and Marketing Director, Ryan Wilkins. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio is located on the campus of Nationwide Children’s hospital and serves families and hospitalized children by providing a home-away-from-home. This space provides a place to rest, prepare meals, do laundry, etc., while keeping families close to the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House is exceptional in that they do not turn anyone away regardless of financial donation.

Joel and Steve received a tour of the facility as well as a more knowledgeable understanding of the Ronald McDonald’s vision and overall operation. This was such an exciting opportunity for Switchbox as we believe this organization to be a great attribute to our Columbus community. We are very much looking forward to working with them in the future.

Center of Vocational Alternatives Launch!

•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

For the past year, Switchbox has working on a portal website for the Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA).  COVA, a program of Southeast Healthcare Services, provides services which assist and support individuals in overcoming emotional and other challenges to a productive life, focusing on employment, economic stability and life skills. Their belief that all people have the capacity to grow and change ignited the RecoveryWorks program as a support system for empowering those needing support in their life’s journey.

Switchbox worked closely with Peebles Creative Group and COVA to create myrecoveryworks.com, a client support portal for Wellness Members. RecoveryWorks offers a way for COVA Recovery Guides to interact with Wellness Members who can also enlist others to support them by inviting and interacting with them within the site.

Some of the technical features Switchbox implemented were member and supporter registrations, a live chat and messaging feature, event listings and registrations and the ability to suggest and favorite specific entries that might be of interest to Wellness Members.  Although COVA is not a medical provider, the site required HIPPA compliance in order to support a secure “file cabinet” feature that allows Wellness Members to upload and store files with access from any Internet supported device.  COVA’s goal is to work with community organizations such as the library to extend access to the RecoveryWorks website.

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Image Optimization for Site Performance

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
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Recently we had a unique challenge of launching a site with multiple high resolution images on several of their pages.  While the site looked good it was taking several seconds to load on mobile devices with slower internet connections.  We used a few simple tools to help analyze the problem and then to ultimately provide a site that loaded faster without sacrificing the quality of the images. In addition to the optimizing we applied in house, we gave the client some suggestions to help compress images to help maintain the site’s performance because large or high resolution images will have an effect on continued performance.
 
The current tool of choice for image compression from our developers is kraken.io (https://kraken.io/pro/uploader). Here are a few helpful tips tips for using this compression tool. To start try “Lossy” compression first – this will compress the images more. There is a chance quality might be affected here, but if it looks good, use this because it will be the best for performance. If the quality is not good enough with the above compression, the next option is “Lossless” compression. This will improve quality, but not as optimal for performance. Keep in mind the more the compression= smaller files = faster load speed. Also, this compression tool supports multiple file upload, so you are able to batch multiple images to compress which will save a great deal of time!​

Gardner Launch!

•February 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Switchbox is excited to announce the launch of Gardner’s new robust website.  Gardner is one of the largest family-owned Lawn & Garden and Outdoor Power Equipment distributors in the nation with distribution centers in  Columbus, Ohio, Franklin, Massachusetts, and Jacksonville, Florida.

The newly designed site, over a year in development, introduces a fresh more intuitive layout with new services and solution interfaces for Dealers, Manufacturers, OEMs and Consumers.  Once logged in, Dealers can locate and review parts, place orders, view special promotions and find detailed information about their accounts.  The site also features a Brands & Categories section which is designed to introduce users to the extensive brand catalog that Gardner offers.

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Switchbox Gives Back to The Worthington Resource Pantry!

•January 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This year, in an effort to give back to our community, our team decided to hold a food drive. We split our team into three groups and began collecting canned goods and toiletries, to see who could bring in more items. After several weeks of competition, our Administrative Team crushed the challenge.

While deciding which organization to donate to, we wanted to try to stay close to our community and we were looking for a pantry that we could make a big impact on. Ultimately we decided on The Worthington Resource Pantry. The Worthington Pantry’s mission is to educate, feed and comfort people who need a helping hand during rough times. They remain committed to building a healthy, engaging community that continues to provide opportunities. For more information and ways to donate, check them out www.worthingtonresourcepantry.org

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Switchbox Launches Wilmington College!

•January 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Wilmington College unveiled their new website, designed to showcase its new brand and tell the story of their “Hands-On” tagline.  In collaboration with Ologie, Switchbox helped construct a site that was designed to be more visually appealing, easier to navigate and responsive for mobile devices.  The site defines easy entry points for students, parents, faculty and staff as well as alumni and donors.  Campus programs and locations are now delineated to steer students in the campus that’s right for them.  The new design with its streamlined content creates a purpose driven site and encourages repeated use by Wilmington College consumers. wilmington.edu

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Are You Human or a Bot?

•December 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever been frustrated trying to prove you are human by deciphering and typing into squiggled words or trying to distinguish letters or numbers within an image? Well, Google’s looking to simplify the experience with their NoCaptcha ReCaptcha. Their new system examines human behavior on a site and allows you to check a box that simply says “I’m not a robot.” For mobile devices, the process will be a selection from a collection of images.

http://youtu.be/jwslDn3ImM0

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