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Indiana Health Care Association hires TBH Creative

TBH Creative has recently engaged with the Indiana Health Care Association to manage their web site and online needs. The web site was transferred to TBH Creative today and uses our custom Content Management System. Over the next few months, we will be working with the team at IHCA to increase the site's effectiveness.

The Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA) is an information, education and advocacy resource to health care providers, consumers and lawmakers. The organization is recognized as the authority in the continuum of quality long-term care services in Indiana.

To learn more about how TBH Creative can help with your web site needs, contact us today. Check our portfolio for other samples of work. We specialize in web design, application development, and other online needs.

New blog design for Lydia's Uniforms

TBH Creative was hired by partner, Compendium Blogware, to redesign the blog site for Lydia's Uniforms. We created a design for Lydia's blog that was fun, matched company branding, and called attention to important company promotions. TBH stretched the limits of the Compendium's templated system using CSS to manipulate the typical blog design.
 

Compendium Blogware is a great company is your business has something to say and is looking to increase search engine optimization. Compendium is the only blogging software built specifically for business. Focused on SEO, blogging with Compendium means blogging for results. A Compendium blog enables your employees to create–with ease– relevant content to generate new customers and create demand for your product or service.

Lydia's Uniforms is dedicated to getting you the latest, in-style scrubs and medical uniforms at the best value. They have been selling medical uniforms for 40 years and three generations (all started by their Grandmother Lydia). They emphasize providing friendly customer service and taking care of customers one at a time.

If your company is looking to increase search engine optimization, contact TBH Creative to learn more about what can be done and determine if blogging is a good solution. Or if you already have a blog, we would be happy to assist with a redesign to make it more effective and professional.

Get rid of HTML tables for web formatting once in for all

Many web sites on the Internet today still use tables for lay out. It is time to educate web developers and companies about why using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is better. Tables were never intended for web page layout. Rather, the HTML table was designed for presenting tabular data. There are many insidious but huge problems with resorting to tables for web page design.

Quick summary of why CSS is better:
1. Your pages will load faster because of clean code (less HTML is needed to create the page and make it work = less bandwidth)

2. Edits, changes, and redesigns will be easier, less expensive and more efficient (because the design is separated from the content and controlled in a style sheet instead of each HTML page)

3. Better for search engine results (Google can read through your page quicker and will not read useless tags and meaningless spacer images)

4. Good for accessibility and usability amongst users on different Internet browser windows, phones, print views, and even without images.

A more technical explanation. Reasons to avoid tables for layout:
1. If you’re using tables for layout then you’re mixing presentation with content, so your bandwidth usage is higher than need be, as for every page your visitors view, they have to download the same presentational data again and again.

2. Redesigns are a lot harder than they need to be. Since tables can only be laid out on screen one way, if you want to change the layout of a table site, you have to change your tables in every single one of your pages. Not a nice job. With a full CSS site, all you need do is change that one CSS file.

3. Tables really don’t help accessibility for viewers with disabilities. Although your layout may look logical displayed on screen, the order in which it will be read by, say, screen reading software, may be very different. Many countries now have their own laws stating that websites must be accessible to all.

4. Likewise, people visiting your site using PDAs, mobile phones, and the like do not have the screen space that your big flashy table layout demands. A well written CSS site will generally scale far better to smaller and larger screens than a comparable table layout will.

5. Tables are complicated to look at in HTML. Before you even get to any content inside them you’re at three levels of indentation. Embedded tables are especially painful to edit.

6. Tables can hurt search engine ratings. If you’re using a “classic” left hand navigation table, your navigation will be placed before your content in your HTML file. Because Search Engines generally place more importance on the things nearer the beginning of a page, the chances are your content will be largely ignored.

7. Tables can take longer to display correctly than CSS. If you use Internet Explorer, you’ll have seen this many times when loading tabled sites. While everything on the page is downloading, the IE will keep re-rendering, bouncing the contents of the page back and forth until the download is complete and it knows where to place everything.

The purpose of this article is to educate our clients and other developers about the difference between the two common methods of building web pages. More web sites should be built with proper semantic markup.

Think basics: paragraphs will be inside P (paragraph) tags, lists are in UL (unordered list) and OL (ordered list) tags, etc. For bits that your want to move around the page for your actual layout, use DIV tags.

Check out this great article too. The author takes the microsoft.com web page which used tables and spacer gifs abundantly, then removes all of the tables and implements CSS design and reduces the original file size of 62%! "If multiplied out by an average of 38.7 million page views per day, that 25 KB savings per page could add up to about 924 GB in bandwidth savings per day, or 329 terabytes per year."

(Sources: Go Table Free, Why Tables are Stupid, A Fight to the Death, Why use CSS, and plain old experience from building web sites in both ways for many years!)

Contact TBH Creative today for more information about CSS vs. Table layout. We can evaluate your web site and offer solutions. We can re-code your site using proper CSS and validated HTML, as well as provide a full evaluation of your current site.

New web site for Morales Group

TBH Creative was hired by the Morales Group, Inc. to seamlessly integrate third party software for a robust Job Center to their current web site. TBH Creative assisted with many additional tasks throughout the project to help the company with their online presence including: re-coding the pages to remove the table based code with clean, CSS-driven HTML; reorganizing the navigation structure to allow for second level navigation and one-click pages; and optimizing/compressing the graphics for proper optimization. The new web site launched today -- check out the updated site and new functionality via WorldLink Staff Suite at http://www.moralesgroup.net/.

About The Morales Group, Inc A dedicated team of placement specialists, client service representatives and sales professionals from the U.S. and Latin America who understand the highly productive Latino workforce. This allows their team to better integrate, support and place workers ensuring to meet customer’s temporary and permanent staffing needs. Services include:
  • Aprisa Workforce - Contingent labor for light industrial manufacturing and warehouse jobs.
  • Prima Staffing Solutions - Temporary to permanent labor for light industrial jobs.
  • Solosource - Assembly, packaging, and warehouse services.
  • Aprisa Time - Web-based Time and Labor Management system.
TBH Creative can help your organization integrate a robust third party software application. There are many options available for pre-developed solutions, but the integration is important to keep professionalism and seamless experience for end-users as they navigation pages of your web site. Contact TBH Creative to discuss your online project needs.

New Song Mission launches new site

TBH Creative is excited for the launch of a newly redesigned web site for New Song Mission. Located in Brown County, Indiana, New Song Mission works to rebuild the lives of children so that they will become joyful followers of Christ Jesus who are full of wisdom, character, and love. TBH Creative was hired to redesign the site for more appeal and to emphasize important information, assist with site architecture, and implement a Content Management System. The revised web site launched today and you can visit the new web site at http://www.newsongmission.org/.

About the Charitable Organization In response to Christ’s calling, New Song Mission offers loving, lifelong homes and a private education for young children whose prospects are severely threatened by dysfunctional family situations. The New Song approach represents a proven alternative to Indiana’s financially hamstrung child care system, and fantastic news for children who deserve a second chance at childhood.

What You May Not Have Known Last year, 23,000 ordinary children in Indiana were abused and neglected by their parents. That’s 442 kids each week or 63 every day who suffer at the hands of a violent batterer or who have been exploited or neglected by parents who disregard their kids’ basic human needs.
In 2003, more than 10,000 children were removed from their homes by the state and placed temporarily in foster homes and facilities; most, from poorer families.

Each year in Indiana:
  • 7,000 children and teens live in temporary foster homes;
  • 3,000 children live in shelters and other state-funded facilities;
  • 200 legal orphans whose parents’ rights have been terminated remain unadopted in state care.
TBH Creative can help your organization build an effective web site. Many organizations need to update pages often, and we offer a custom-developed Content Management System to serve this need. If your organization needs web design assistance, call TBH Creative today to start increasing your online effectiveness.

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