Annette Fowler

Annette Fowler
Annette Fowler is a project manager and business analyst at Beacon that specializes in ecommerce. She joined the team in 2007 and has nearly twenty years of IT experience. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and is a black belt in tae kwon do. Connect with Annette on Google+

AspDotNetStorefront 9.5 – Exploring the new release

I recently had the opportunity to set up a brand new eCommerce store with AspDotNetStorefront Version 9.5 (released in January 2015) and have the following review. Please note that some of these features may have been available in versions before 9.5, but they were new to me. Stuff that I like (love?) Admin site user interface- Just WOW! [...] read more »

Cascade Server Help and Training Resources

Those that have worked with Beacon Technologies on Cascade Server projects know that our experienced staff is available for “as needed” content management help through our Preferred Client Services department as well as for customized training sessions and user manuals specific to the site designed for your organization. However, did you know that Hannon Hill, [...] read more »

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Higher Ed Website Redesign

After recent experience with several higher education website redesigns, I’ve come up with a list of the top ten ways that you, as a higher education client, can prepare for an upcoming website redesign project.  Though these items aren’t technically required right at the beginning of a redesign project, they are all eventually needed and the [...] read more »

Caribbean Green Technology Center microsite launched!

Beacon launched another University of the Virgin Islands microsite yesterday at Like the previously two launched UVI microsites, this site has the main UVI site branding, with its own color scheme and special features like: Developed and maintained in Hannon Hill’s Cascade Server content management system Fully responsive design optimized for desktop, tablet and [...] read more »

University of Hartford launches two new communication sites

Beacon recently assisted longtime partner, the University of Hartford, with the development and launch of two new Cascade “sub-sites” that will serve as communication portals for the University. Unotes Daily shares campus announcements on a daily basis with the campus community and allows external visitors to submit announcements of their own for publication. Unotes Extra is [...] read more »

A Calendar for Your Website

When planning for a calendar on your website, there are a number of factors to take into account.  Each of the bullets below contains examples of calendar projects with which Beacon Technologies has had direct involvement in analysis and design and/or development and integration. Mobile-friendliness– Check your website analytics to determine the frequency in which [...] read more »

Holyoke Gas & Electric Redesign Launched!

Beacon Technologies is very proud to announce the launch of the new Cascade site for Holyoke Gas & Electric at! This site is visually a dramatic improvement over the old. BEFORE AFTER It also incorporates the following fantastic functionally: Responsive Design– The new site is a lovely, colorful responsive design, that looks great in [...] read more »

Display different product prices in AspDotNetStorefront

Recently one of our AspDotNetStorefront clients asked me to come up with a way to modify the display of his products that vary by price.  One of the things I really like about AspDotNetStorefront is that there are often “hidden gems” or functionality that you might not use one day, but come up with a way [...] read more »

Email Without A Computer

Though not my typical type of blog post (as a project manager for the software development group at Beacon), I needed to do some research on this topic for my grandmother and I thought it might be useful info to followers of our blog as well, especially those with elderly family members that are proficient in [...] read more »

GIF wins Oxford’s ‘Word of the Year’

I really was looking for some nice serious techie news to blog about today, but this article was just too irresistible to ignore: GIF wins Oxford’s ‘Word of the Year’.  Despite the hilarious sub-title “JPG and PNG decline to comment“, I really did learn a lot  in the guts of the article.  For example, I didn’t realize that our [...] read more »