Web Development

Annette Fowler

Beacon launches UVI microsites

Beacon is proud to announce the launch of two “microsites” for the University of the Virgin Islands today.  The new Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center (http://cell.uvi.edu) and Safety in Paradise (http://safety.uvi.edu) websites boast the lovely tropical design of the main University of the Virgin Islands website, with customized color schemes and functionality to [...] read more »

Beacon Buddy

Holiday Gifts for Web Developers

Season’s greetings from Beacon! Today I’ve got a couple handy gifts that can help solve some tricky web development problems. First lets unwrap how you can calculate line height on a client’s machine. This can be helpful when trying to truncate a block of text to not be more than say 3 lines tall. In [...] read more »

Annette Fowler

Terms you need to know for your website redesign (updated)

A couple of years ago, I posted my first “Website Redesign Terms You Need to Know“, but it could use some updating based on new technologies. Please enjoy! Accordion– Specialized content area that opens to display information in expand/contractible rows. Bucket– Specialized content area to display information in boxes with headings and specifically sized photos. [...] read more »

Garrett O

Is Flat Design For You?

As technology and the familiarity with it grows, designers and developers are now more than ever trying to enhance the website design world. Inevitably, this leads to countless passing trends that come and go much like any design industry. Which leaves us begging the question, how do we know what is more than just a [...] read more »


An Event Apart 2013, Austin, TX Recap

Beacon has just returned from An Event Apart 2013 in Austin, TX, and to say that we are excited about the future of mobile web design and development would be an understatement. We all know that the web is a constantly changing place and it is important to stay at the forefront. Over the past [...] read more »

Keana Lynch

Progressive Enhancement

I had the privilege of attending “An Event Apart” in Austin, TX this week and feel like I have come home with an abundance of knowledge about leading practices in web development. This conference is an educational session for those passionate about standards-based web design and this year focused heavily on best practices for our [...] read more »

Annette Fowler

Preparing for your responsive design project

Beacon recently released a good number of very nice responsive websites (University of the Virgin Islands, University of Scranton, Whitman School of Management, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Beacon Technologies), and I thought I’d jot down some things that I learned as a part of these projects that might be useful for others as they prepare [...] read more »

John Vine

3rd Party Plugins, A Cautionary Tale

One of the many questions you’ll have to answer when developing your website will be whether to use custom built in house solutions or easy to integrate 3rd party systems. It’s certainly easy enough to say that the cost of most 3rd party solutions will be lower than custom built software, but lets explore what [...] read more »


How to Override the Max Width of Twitters Embeddable Timeline Widget

According to twitters instructions the embeddable timeline widget has a maximum width of 520px. If you need your widget to be wider than 520px you will not be able to use the width attribute. Instead you will need to override it using custom CSS.

Annette Fowler

Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimization in AspDotNetStorefront

Aspdotnetstorefront offers lots of great search engine optimization opportunities (including the ability to pretty quickly add Google Analytics tracking to the entire site) which is one of the primary reasons that Beacon selected it as our go-to eCommerce platform many years ago. However, the resources to set up these items are scattered about a bit, so I [...] read more »