When Ning.com announced they would be going to a premium model, this forced many Ning Network Owners to look for a low cost solution to run their blogs and social networks. BuddyPress, a fork of the popular Wordpress CMS, is becoming the defacto social networking software that people are turning to to migrate from Ning to BuddyPress. Digital Strategy Works is working with the both the Ning Exporter, provided by Ning to back-up all of your network content, as well as the Ning to BuddPress importer, developed by Boone Gorges, a Wordpress/BuddyPress developer in New York City. Read more about the issues related to these tools and how to overcome some of the limitations.
Tony Zeoli of Digital Strategy Works organized WordPress Westchester to bring WordPress training and support to those interested in the popular CMS to the north and East of New York City. Presentations are generally filmed live or filmed and then archived at https://www.livestream.com/wordpress. We can host your WordPress presentation on Livestream under the “livestream.com/wordpress” URL. Just shoot us an email at [email protected] or [email protected]
On Sunday, May 23rd, Western Connecticut State University (wcsu.edu) commemorated its new $97 million School of Music and Visual Arts with a commencement address by Grammy Award-winning recording artist and humanitarian, Wyclef Jean. WestConn, one of the four campuses operated by Connecticut State University, has carved a niche for itself by fostering its commitment for music and arts and was searching for a commencement speaker who had notable contributions in the field of arts and humanity. On behalf of the University, DSW secured Wyclef, who was selected to receive an honorary doctorate for his contributions in music and his humanitarian efforts benefiting Haiti through his Yelé Haiti foundation, an organization that is contributing to rebuilding Haiti after the devastating earthquake struck the country earlier this year.
The crew at the National Museum of Hip Hop faced a dilemna with their web site. A web development company had donated design and development to the non-profit, but a key employee driving the project left the company and the site went unfinished. NMoH turned to DSW to complete the site. We found that the underlying code was based on tables and not standards compliant CSS. Not only could this affect page load times, but it would also take a toll on SEO, and it created issues with the layout of the blog, which was severely broken.
DSW loves learning and loves kids. When Love Of Learning Montessori school in Long Island needed to redevelop their site navigation and information structure, DSW drew up a new plan to ensure the parent's could access important information like directions, contact information, and even the daily lunch menu. We created new imagery to refresh the look and feel, without having to rebuilt from scratch. We also added plug-ins for video, photo galleries, analytics, SEO and more. The site is now infinitely more easy to navigate. Parents love it, kids love it, and we love it too!
Client: Fiona Bloom
Music marketing and artist management agency, The Bloom Effect needed professional support for the organization’s WordPress-enabled, Bloom Blog. Digital Strategy Works provided WordPress training and CMS configuration, including plug-in installation and custom theme development to fix legacy issues, install Google Adsense scripts and perform SEO optimization.
When the Bloom Blog was targeted by a hacker resulting in the site identified by Google as hosting malicious programs, Digital Strategy Works performed a WordPress security sweep, upgraded the system to the latest version and removed all unknown registered users. DSW installed recommended plug-ins to perform regular security scans, database backup operations and other important functions. DSW then directed The Bloom Effect on how to register the site with Google’s Webmaster Tools and request to remove the site from its blacklist.
Solutions: WordPress maintenance and security enhancements; search engine optimization; Google Adsense installation; advising/consulting and ongoing maintenance.
Client: Netmix.com, Inc.
In November 1995, DSW founder, Tony Zeoli, launched Netmix.com, launching the world’s first Urban/Electronic streaming music mix-show DJ culture web site.
In June 2000, Netmix.com was purchased for cash and stock in New York based, Polyverse, Inc., becoming one of only two DJ culture websites in the USA to be acquired pre-dotcom crash. In October 2000, Polyverse Inc., ceased operations and severed its relationship with Netmix.com. At it’s peak, Netmix.com reached ver 1 Million unique visitors from over 100 countries per year. DJs featured “in the mix” included the first ever online sets by Paul Oakenfold, Armand Van Helden, John Digweed, Eric Morillo, Frankie Bones, Terry Lee Brown Jr., Grooverider, Seb Fontaine, and Paul van Dyk.
Client: Cablevision Systems Corp./MetroTV
As founder of Netmix.com, I collaborated Cablevision to build an all-Flash experience, Supamix, which housed licensed Netmix proprietary music programming.
Client: Cablevision Systems Corp. / MetroTV
As Senior Music Producer at MetroTV, DSW founder, Tony Zeoli, provided high level user experience and strategic content recommendations, as well as insights into the user experience of online music products in the development of Cablevision’s first-to-market VOD music channel.
Client: Cablevision Systems Corp/MetroTV
Developed site maps, wire frames and spec documentation for this companion site to MetroTV’s daily music television program, The Daily Beat.