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My thoughts on Pokemon Go

My thoughts on Pokemon Go

If you have been living under a rock the last few weeks you may not have heard of Pokemon Go, it is a new mobile game/app licensed by Nintendo and developed by Niantic based off the ever popular Pokemon property. What Is It? The basic gameplay is easy to understand, the tech behind this game is not cutting edge but the way it is packaged is quite effective. The game is played on mobile phones, Android or iOS, and is free to download and play. There are in-app purchases but they are done proper in my opinion and don’t seem to be a pay-to-win model that many games fall into the trap of. In order to play the player must walk around in real life, the phones GPS shows the player where they are in the real world via a google maps overlay that defines roads, buildings, etc. When a Pokemon appears you have the option of using AR (augmented reality) to show the animal in the real world through the lens of your smartphone. The Pokestops and Pokegyms are real world places of interest, these places have been partly imported from a previous game Niantic developed called Ingress. tldr: this game is geocaching with virtual animals, in a way. complete with battles and a level up system. Who’s Playing I am 34 and have never played or watched any Pokemon anything, ever. This game has me hooked. It has MANY people hooked and for myriad reasons. Kids under 10 – These kids know of Pokemon from the cards or from TV. They probably don’t have smartphones so their parents have...
Doing E-Commerce right, with Magento CE

Doing E-Commerce right, with Magento CE

Magento is a full feature, purpose built E-Commerce platform. This year we have transitioned away from Virtuemart and to Magento, mainly because Virtuemart’s development has stagnaged and we’ve found Magento to be a much more solid system. Magento is purpose built to be a E-Commerce CMS and shopping cart solution with a massive development community that offers any type of add-on or extention that an online retailer could ever need. IT IS FREE! The Community Edition of Magento can be used for free by anyone anywhere. You are getting the world class usability and security of a Magento hosted packaged without the cost of the hosting and admin overhead. Magento does offer business and enterprise all in one solutions should a client want to use them. Reporting, order handling, shipping, can all be automated to allow you more time to work on your business and less time on printing, packing, and shipping orders. SEO is important to us all, and SEO is built right into Magento with friendly URL’s, dynamic page titles, meta meyword options, and much more. Contact ChaseWeb today to talk to us about how we can help you get online and sell with a successful E-Commerce...

Tracking your Website

We use Google Analytics to track all client websites, this free software gives us in-depth insight into exact who, what, where, when, and how people are getting to and using your website. There are 100’s of reports and statistics that are tracked seamlessly by this very powerful software. All SEO clients also get a monthly PDF report sent to them VIA email with an overview of how your site is doing so you can see that you are getting...

Working with WordPress

WordPress is a blogging type web script used to build many websites. It is free to use and open-source, two things I like 🙂 I build many websites using WordPress (including this one) because it is easy to work with for me, and easy for clients to use, it’s actually very user friendly all the way around. I could write a very long post about how to use WordPress but Siteground already has a few tutorials you can peak at here. For me, WordPress’s use of “plugins” makes it very easy to add features to any site. There are literally 1000’s of free and paid plugins available to choose from, they range in use from e-commerce to security, from contact forms to weather widgets. Another huge benefit of using WordPress is how SEO friendly it is. There are 100’s of SEO plugins that can supercharge your rankings but out of the box it is very good at following the SEO rules. If you want more info about WordPress or have questions please feel free to contact...