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12 12, 2012

Newly Redesigned Site Launched for Tuggle Duggins Law Firm

By | 2017-08-11T16:29:10+00:00 December 12th, 2012|Categories: Beacon News|

Yesterday, December 6th, we launched the redesigned Tuggle Duggins” website. This is a Cascade site that features the following:

  • Rotating banner images on homepage
  • News and Publications are dynamically fed and visible on homepage
  • Ability to sign up to receive Legal Alerts
  • Attorney listing/detail pages allow the client to easily maintain extensive details about each attorney—including practice areas, education, licensure, admissions, professional organizations, community involvement, etc.
  • Updated Google Custom Search
  • Ability to find an attorney alphabetically or by practice area


Here”s a look at what the homepage looked like before the redesign:

Tuggle Duggins Old Site


Here is the new homepage:

Tuggle Duggins New Homepage

To see what the rest of the site looks like, visit

If you”re looking to redesign your website, make sure to or by calling (866) 488-3620.

20 06, 2012

Dale Pro Audio: AspDotNetStorefront Version Upgrade

By | 2016-10-12T15:30:16+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Categories: Beacon News|

Dale Pro Audio came to us and asked if we would be willing to upgrade their site from Version 8 to Version 9.2 for AspDotNetStorefront. Of course we said yes!

This upgrade was a unique one because the site is hosted at a remote location. So once we got all the access we needed we began work. Along with the upgrade, we added some new features including integrating a chat software, Vortx one page checkout, backoffice netsuite, and Nextopia Search.

John, Miral and Tiffany were the developers that worked on this site. Let’s give them a big round of applause! Good Job guys!

30 03, 2012

University of Hartford jQuery Update

By | 2016-11-21T18:09:27+00:00 March 30th, 2012|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: |

Just a quick shout out about a cool new feature that Beacon recently implemented on the University of Hartford site at Hartford has been a long time client and we do updates for them on a regular basis, but we wanted to spotlight this particular item.  It’s a randomized home page banner image (jQuery) that links to a YouTube video player on an interior page. Our client was very pleased, “Most people in my office are looking at the stories, and are saying very positive things. Really great work!”

We would like to say a special thank you to our team members, Tiffany and Annette, who worked on this project. Great job Girls!

15 02, 2012

eWBoard – The Electronic Whiteboard Site Launch

By | 2016-11-22T10:14:42+00:00 February 15th, 2012|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: , , , |

We launched another great site last month for eWboard at! This site is a highly effective promotional site for IBS’s newest patient tracking software, The Electronic Whiteboard. The Electronic Whiteboard, a sister company of CardioPulse, is a easy, interactive, unified, static, resource management tool that provides true interoperability.

The Electronic Whiteboard

Thanks to the project management and development team for turning around another wonderful website so quickly without issue!

5 01, 2012

Beacon’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

By | 2016-11-18T14:12:49+00:00 January 5th, 2012|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: , , |

The Beacon Staff wrote nearly 200 blog posts in 2011!  So we are highlighting our Top 10 and want your help to identify the “Beacon Blog Post of the Year”.  Please check them out and leave a comment telling us which one you enjoyed most and why.  Some of these were actually written in 2010, but received enough views in 2011 to make the Top 10 List.

Top 10 Posts by Views

1. Slick Pop-up Video Player using GreyBox & Flowplayer by Thomas Brinegar

2. Google Analytics Event Tracking in a Template File by Eric Westerman

3. Google AI – Artificial Intelligence is the future of Google Search by Jeff Pickle

4. Robots.txt “Disallow” and “No Index” Meta Tag: What ‘s the difference? by Andrea Cole

5. Best PPC Call to Action Keywords by Jeff Pickle

6. Instant Messaging in the Workplace by Annette Fowler

7. XSL for Formatting pubDate from RSS feed by Tiffany May

8. TOMS Designs More Than Cool Shoes by Rick Boccard

9. 100 Call to Action Keywords for ad campaigns by Jeff Pickle

10. Facebook Developer Tools – URL Linter by Tiffany May





19 12, 2011

Greensboro Housing Authority Site Launch

By | 2017-08-15T15:53:10+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re proud to announce the release of the Greensboro Housing Authority redesign!  As always, Beacon was right on-time with our deliverables, which is always our goal.  The client chose a soft launch date of December 1, 2011 because they wanted to show the new site to their Board of Directors at their annual meeting that day.

Their Web site was designed and constructed in-house several years ago, which meant that it was time for a completely new look.  The site also had content that was very out-of-date, so the client took it upon themselves to do a complete rewrite of the content, and restructure the site to be more intuitive.  Also, they wanted to get away from having to update the site by-hand using HTML, and wanted it in a content management system.  Finally, they wanted a new Web hosting partner.

Enter Beacon:

  • We provided them with a brand-new graphical design;
  • Developed it to display perfectly in multiple browsers;
  • Implemented the new site into Cascade Server (content management system) to allow multiple users to update the content with an easy-to-use solution;
  • Incorporated a new search feature;
  • Imported approximately 60 pages of content, including 20 fact sheets about each of their properties;
  • Transferred their Web site to a shared hosting package here at Beacon.

Several Beacon staff members made this project a success:

  • Wendy:  Without much direction from the client, Wendy put together a design that they liked on the first try, which is phenomenal.
  • Stephanie:  She was instrumental in getting the project off the ground, attending the initial meetings and providing meeting notes, the business requirements, and proposed site hierarchy.
  • Zed:  He was thrown into the fire, as this was his first development project here.  He developed the front-end HTML/CSS/jQuery, and implemented the site into Cascade Server (which he picked up on very quickly), and entered most of the content.
  • Tiffany:  Provided assistance and training to Zed.
  • Justin:  Project Management and Cascade Server documentation & training.
  • Beacon’s Technical Support Group (TSG):  And finally, no site hosting transfer is complete without the efforts of TSG, specifically Caleb and William, for setting up the hosting and troubleshooting some DNS issues over a weekend.

This is another high-quality design to add to our portfolio, and another non-profit site we can be proud of.   Thanks to everyone involved!



28 11, 2011

TPG Seminars Site Launch

By | 2016-11-22T10:56:48+00:00 November 28th, 2011|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: , , |

We launched a new ecommerce site yesterday at This site uses the newest version of AspDotNetStorefront . This site is slightly different in that its products are actually continuing education classes that required by the state of New York for tax preparers and accountants.

The site features the following:

  • Multiple static content (topic) pages that can be updated by the client via Admin site
  • Dynamic filtering on Live Conference landing page (by date, location, and topic)
  • Opt-in mailing list that can be downloaded by client via Admin

Thanks to Tiffany May and John Wallwork who did the primary development on the site and to Wayne Van Zandt and Caleb Pruitt for assisting with launch yesterday.  Also, thanks to John Scaramuzzo for client support.

25 04, 2011

Beacon to Participate in 2011 SBTDC MBA Summer Consulting Program

By | 2016-11-18T14:12:52+00:00 April 25th, 2011|Categories: Beacon News|Tags: , , |

The SBTDC announced that Beacon Technologies has been selected to participate in the 2011 MBA Summer Consulting Program. Since the program commenced in 2001, over 90 interns have provided over 36,000 hours of service to firms that are in the process of commercializing their technologies. Beacon will be working the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


30 12, 2010

NCTA Partnership

By | 2017-02-21T11:24:58+00:00 December 30th, 2010|Categories: Web Development|Tags: , , , |

Beacon Technologies inks partnership with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) to provide full scale web marketing for the association, including search engine optimization (SEO), blog development, social media marketing management, email management consulting and deep Google Analytics setup & consulting.  The objective of this agreement is to support NCTA in becoming the primary destination website for technology-related information in North Carolina.  Beacon will also become an Annual Investor and Sponsor for all the 2010 NCTA Events and the Emerging Technology and Trends Series across North Carolina (RTP, Triad and Charlotte).  Beacon will also sponsor NCTA’s weekly email campaigns.  “This is the first time in Beacon’s 12 year history that we plan to market our services more across North Carolina, primarily focusing on the 3 major business areas of the state,” says Mark Dirks, Beacon’s CEO.  “We are very excited about the relationship with NCTA.  They work very hard to help the technology sector of our state and sometimes they go unnoticed.  Our job is to bring them visibility, more members and more communication through their website – and ultimately, bring the organization and its members closer together.”

30 12, 2010

Beacon CFO Honored

By | 2017-02-23T16:55:11+00:00 December 30th, 2010|Categories: Web Development|Tags: |

Rob Darst was honored last night as one of the top CFO’s in the Triad. He was a finalist for the Small Business category and was presented an award at the CFO of the Year Banquet last night at Starmount Country Club. Rob is, and has been, an important leader for Beacon since the beginning. We are certainly lucky to have him as part of the Beacon Team. Below is the article on him that was in today’s Business Journal. Click to view full size.

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