Web Basics – Updated Content

Having up to date content on your website is potentially one of the most important things you can do as a small business or municipality. Think about it, why do you have a website? If you’re a business you want your website to be informative and act as an instrumental marketing tool. You want your website to tell a story about your business and bring in customers. As a municipality you want to provide as much relevant information as possible about your local government. You want to make sure that your residents, tourists, prospective residents, and businesses looking to invest in your area are able to find what they need easily. So what content should you put on your site?… Read More

Web Basics – ADA Accessibility

Happy Wednesday everyone.   Today in Web Basics we’re going to talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it pertains to your website.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that was enacted in 1990 to prohibit any discrimination on the basis of disability.  Discrimination includes affirmative acts of discrimination (adverse treatment compared to the non-disabled) and failure to provide equal opportunity.  Although the letter of the law does not specifically mention websites, interpretations of the law are overwhelmingly supporting that websites must be accessible to people with disabilities.

So to understand how we can make our sites more accessible to the disabled we first need to understand how a disability might affect one’s ability to … Read More

Web Basics – Security

Hi everyone. Welcome to our second post in the Web Basics series. Today we’ll be talking about website security; why it’s important and how to improve it. Let’s dive in.

If you’ve picked up a newspaper in the last 5 years you’re probably aware of the fact that digital security is a real hot-button issue right now. From local and federal governments to businesses and some of our most trusted institutions, no one is totally immune to breaches in digital security. As more and more of our personal and organizational information becomes digitally available, it becomes more susceptible to falling into the wrong hands. If your website is hacked, customer and company data may be stolen, payments can be redirected … Read More

Web Basics – Mobile Friendly Design

Hi all, and welcome to the first post in our Web Basics series. Today we’re going to be talking about mobile friendly design – what it is and why it’s super important for your organization! Let’s get into it.

Have any of you ever gone to a website on your phone and had to zoom in to read the sentence, then scroll over to finish it, then zoom out to click a button, then pull your hair out and just quit? Me too. Those sites aren’t mobile friendly and tend not to be very easy to use. So what does it mean for a site to be mobile friendly? Well, there are two ends of the spectrum. First there’s adaptive … Read More

MTA On The Road Conference 2017

October was a busy month for the Shumaker Technology Group. We were pleased to attend every “MTA On The Road” event presented by the Michigan Townships Association during the month of October. We traveled all around the state of Michigan exhibiting at a total of 9 different areas: Grand Rapids, Ludington, Traverse City, Chelsea, Kalamazoo, West Branch, Petoskey, Alpena and Mt. Pleasant.

STG was accompanied by hundreds of municipal officials including clerks, supervisors, treasurers, and trustees. We met plenty of new people in many different areas that we had never been to before. It was great to experience the different demographic areas and help educate the locals about the importance of technology.

We started our adventure on October 10thRead More