It’s Live: MBS Mountainboards


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For the last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with MBS Mountainboards on a few board designs. During that time there had been numerous discussion about a website redesigns as it had been over 5 years since the their site had received a face lift. As we know technology change pretty fast these days and just to give you an idea where their site was in the technology timeline it was built when tables were a web standard.

After getting a base understanding of their existing platforms we decided MBS needed a platform that could be updated with ease, wouldn’t cost anything to upgrade, had CMS capabilities and lots of rich media. Along with the need for a CMS and rich media features we also needed a separate e-commerce site to give MBS the ability to sell all of it’s products seamlessly to consumers and retailers. Knowing we had a very lofty job in front of us we tackled this with two open source technologies, WordPress & Magento.

Here are a few screen shots of the new MBS Mountainboards site and a few of the custom features.

MBS Mountainboards - Homepage

MBS Mountainboards homepage includes featured article rotator, dynamic featured product and featured videos populating.

MBS Mountainboard - Team Profiles

MBS Mountainboard team profile is a major improvement from it's previous look now including photos and videos for every pro rider.

MBS Mountainboards - Find A Dealer

MBS Mountainboards Find A Dealer allows users to find a local retailer that carry MBS products. The Become A Dealer form creates a profile for dealers thier location is dynamically populated into the Find A Dealer map upon administators approval.

Live & Learn: WordPress & Memory Limits


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Over the past two years I’ve built a lot of sites in WordPress and time and time again I run into memory limit problems. Despite the active community around WordPress I am never able to get a clear and straight answer on how resolve this problem. You may run into other blog posts explaining how to add a few lines to your .htaccess file or changing a single line in your wp-settings.php file but none of these solutions will work.

So after hours of troubleshooting i’m happy to share a simple, clear and concise solution to WordPress Memory Limits, using a php.ini file.

NOTE: Before starting I suggest checking the current upload limits and memory limits on your site, you can do this by installing TCP! Memory Usage plugin, then go to the PHP tab.

  1. Create a new file in any text editor, Notepad, Textmate or even Text Edit.
  2. Determine how much memory you will need, all WordPress sites default at 32M, I typically bump mine to 64M
  3. In the new text file add the following lines:
    memory_limit = 64M
    upload_max_filesize = 64M
    post_max_size = 64M
  4. Now save your file as “php.ini”
  5. Lastly, this file MUST BE UPLOADED TO THE WP-ADMIN directory on your WordPress site.

That’s it, I hope this will be helpful to anyone struggling with WordPress Memory Limits or Upload Limits.

It’s Live: ARC USA


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After a month of design and development we have launched out latest WordPress site for the Australian Resource Conference. The Australian Resource Conference site uses Derek Pusalan’s Grid Focus at the core theme but has heavily customized. Among the clean design and rich corporate colors you will notice the dynamic content such as real time industry news feeds from The Australian and Twitter feeds.

Check out the live site here.

ARC has been a great client to work with and we hope to have the opportunity to work with them again soon!

The Concepts: ARC USA


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We recently took on the site redesign job for the Australian Resource Conference which will be host in Denver next year. The conference has been staged for the sole purpose of linking US based investors with Australian businesses. With that in mind we knew the site needed an edge but also needed some corporate undertones. The client needed the ability to make edits on there own once the site was launched and also have the ability to feed dynamic content such as Twitter posts. Based on those requirements we recommended WordPress as it’s built in CMS is easy to use and highly customizable. Below are a few high fidelity mock ups.

ARC USA Homepage Design

ARC USA Homepage Design

ARC USA Subpage Design

ARC USA Subpage Design