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5 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Website

25-07-2016 Rachel

webpal palomino - signs its time to update your website

When the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab surveyed 2,440 participants on how they evaluated the credibility of websites, 46.1% said that the number one criterion for discerning a business’ credibility was their website. Your website can be your most important marketing tool, so it is imperative that it stands out from your competitors. With so many different types of technologies and innovations in web design emerging, it’s more important than ever to keep your website up to date. Below are 5 signs that is time to update your website.

Your content and designs are outdated

One of the main signs that it is time to redesign your website is whether or not the content and designs are up to date. Web design is evolving quicker than ever, so your websites look and feel may no longer be modern. An outdated website can leave visitors wondering whether your organization is still in business. As a general rule of thumb, aim to update your website every 2-4 years, with clean designs and navigation items.

It’s not mobile friendly

In 2015, mobile website usage surpassed desktop browsing. If your website is still causing visitors to shrink and expand pages on their mobile devices, it is time to update your website to ensure it is responsive. In addition, Google has now enforced a ranking system based on whether or not your website is mobile friendly, so keeping your search engine optimization (SEO) in mind is worthy in itself. See our previous blog article for more reasons why responsive design is so important.

It’s using Flash

Flash is no longer supported on iPhone and iPads, and android devices on beyond 4.0 OS. Search engines do not recognize Flash, which results in lower search rankings and ultimately less traffic to your website. As an alternative, HTML5 is easier and is estimated to be 58% faster than Flash. HTML5 allows videos, images, and text to be viewed on the same page- no third party applications are required to download.

It’s not serving its purpose

Your analytics can provide a lot of insight on whether your website is serving its purpose. If your site speed is slow, traffic is down, bounce rates are up, and it does not comply with compatibility standards (AODA, W3C, etc.), it may be time for a website redesign.

You cannot manage your content and design

Content management systems (CMS) such as WebPal offer the tools you need to add, edit, and publish content to your website. A user friendly CMS will make updating your content easily accessible, secure, and flexible, and allow you to take complete control of your website. WebPal also offers extensive nodes and plugins, which provide additional website features with no custom development required.

 

If you are ready to redesign your website, contact us today to get started 1-866-360-0360, sales@webpal.net.

 



Exciting New Offer for diTHINK Conference 2016

25-05-2016 Rachel

Every year, our channel partner, ORION, organizes the diTHINK Conference to bring together leading minds in the Ontario Research & Education sector. As usual, the Palomino team will exhibit and sponsor the conference again this year, on Thursday, May 26th at the University of Toronto Chestnut Residences and Conference Centre.

Last year, we presented WebPal RDM, a free service, enabling researchers to store and share up to 10TB of data and files easily over the ORION network.

This year, we will up the ante.

We will be announcing the addition of a RDM web site management package for ORION researchers and educators, the ideal tool to fire up and manage a workshop, conference or research event web site.

To keep within the spirit, this new feature will also be free to ORION institutions.

Signups will be issued at the event, and full details will be disclosed during the Speed Workshopping session at 2:45pm tomorrow.

If you cannot attend the conference and are an ORION connected institution, visit webpal.net/rdm to sign up for your account today. If your organization is not connected to the ORION network, contact us directly to inquire about our solutions: 1-866-360-0360, sales@webpal.net.



New One-Time Play Video Feature Added to WebPal

24-03-2016 Rachel

During a recent update to the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) member portal, we introduced a new notable feature to the WebPal Cloud Server video node. The video player update now allows users to view videos, webinars, and workshops on a single view permission feature. This feature means that our clients can post a video for sale and only have their clients, members, or users watch it once per purchase. The one-time play feature is determined based on the percentage of the video that has been watched. The percentage can also be customized to the client’s preference.

 

CARA is the national voice for research administrators in Canada. With over 1000 members, the organization relies on the member’s only portal to share content to the community of Canadian research administrators from all sectors. The member’s only portal gives CARA members access to professional development opportunities including workshops and webinars, which is where the one-time video player is currently being utilized.

In 2015, CARA came to Palomino for the redesign of their website. After a successful redesign launch last year, we have continued to add new website features, such as conference registration forms, workshop and webinar signups, as well as the CARA job board, all powered by WebPal Cloud Server.

For more information on the WebPal one-time play video feature, or if you are looking to rebuild your website, contact us today at 1-866-360-0360 to get started.



Announcing the Site Launch for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association

10-03-2016 Rachel

We are happy to announce the website redesign launch for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), powered by WebPal Cloud Server. CPIA is a member-driven, not for profit association that is dedicated to the growth and promotion of the plastics industry in Canada. The new CPIA website showcases the economic, social and environmental importance of plastics to all industry stakeholders and the public.

The new website features a sleek and easy to use look and feel, a responsive design, a members-only portal, as well as the option to view all content in both English and French. In addition, CPIA also offers an image bank for anyone from the public to register and download free graphic images. To access these images, you only need to register once, and can download as many images and log back in as you like.

As a long time client of ours, we are thrilled that CPIA continues to choose WebPal Cloud Server to manage their web content, and Palomino as their Managed Services Provider. “Thanks and congrats to your team,” said Darlene Gray, Marketing Communications Specialist, Canadian Plastics Industry Association. “As always, the Palomino team has provided excellent service, been highly responsive and have been a pleasure to work with!”

 

For a full list of the content offered to both the public and members, view the full news release from CPIA now. To learn more about Palomino’s web content management services, contact us today at 1-866-360-0360 and visit http://www.webpal.net/solutions.



WebPal Supported File Formats

07-01-2016 Rachel

We are often asked which file formats WebPal supports. Any file format can be uploaded to WebPal and will be downloadable and shareable as-is. Additionally, the following document formats will be rendered on the WebPal Server as viewable pages and can be read or viewed online in WebPal without downloading.

Text Documents

  • Microsoft Word 6.0/95/97/2000/XP (.doc and .dot)
  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML (.xml)
  • Microsoft Word 2007 XML (.docx, .docm, .dotx, .dotm)
  • Microsoft WinWord 5 (.doc)
  • WordPerfect Document (.wpd)
  • WPS 2000/Office 1.0 (.wps)
  • OpenDocument formats (.odt, .ott, .oth, and .odm)
  • OpenOffice (.sxw, .stw, and .sxg)
  • .rtf, .txt, and .csv
  • StarWriter formats (.sdw, .sgl, .vor)
  • HTML Documents (.htm, .html)
  • Adobe (.pdf)
  • DocBook (.xml)
  • Unified Office Format text (.uot, .uof)
  • Ichitaro 8/9/10/11 (.jtd and .jtt)
  • Hangul WP 97 (.hwp)
  • T602 Document (.602, .txt)
  • AportisDoc (Palm) (.pdb)
  • Pocket Word (.psw)

Spreadsheets

In addition to, Calc 3 can open the formats used by OOo 1.x (.sxc and .stc) and the following spreadsheet formats:

  • Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP (.xls, .xlw, and .xlt)
  • Microsoft Excel 4.x–5.0/95 (.xls, .xlw, and .xlt)
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 XML (.xml)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 XML (.xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 binary (.xlsb)
  • Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1, .wks, and .123)
  • OpenDocument formats (.ods and .ots)
  • OpenOffice 1.x (.sxc and .stc)
  • Data Interchange Format (.dif)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Text CSV (.csv and .txt)
  • StarCalc formats (.sdc and .vor)
  • dBASE (.dbf)
  • SYLK (.slk)
  • Unified Office Format spreadsheet (.uos, .uof)
  • .htm and .html files, including Web page queries
  • Pocket Excel (pxl)
  • Quattro Pro 6.0 (.wb2)

Presentations

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP (.ppt, .pps, and .pot)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm)
  • StarDraw and StarImpress (.sda, .sdd, .sdp, and .vor)
  • OpenDocument formats (.odp, .odg, and .otp)
  • OpenOffice (.sxi and .sti)
  • Unified Office Format presentation (.uop, .uof)
  • CGM – Computer Graphics Metafile (.cgm)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Graphic files

BMP JPEG, JPG PCX PSD SGV WMF
DXF MET PGM RAS SVM XBM
EMF PBM PLT SDA TGA XPM
EPS PCD PNG SDD TIF, TIFF
GIF PCT PPM SGF VOR

 

To learn more about WebPal Cloud Server, contact us today or view our solutions here.

 



Canadian Career Colleges Powered by Cloud Solutions

08-10-2015 Rachel

When the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) came to Palomino for managed hosting services, it was soon after that NACC’s existing online examination system, NOEL, was not operating as efficiently and smoothly as they had hoped. Knowing WebPal Cloud Server offers a framework for custom education applications, WebPal was a clear fit for the rebuild of NOEL v.2.0.

Deployment was a breeze – NOEL is extremely stable and career colleges from across Canada are now using it with ease. “On behalf of NACC, I would like to extend our thanks and congratulations for the launch of Noel v.2.0 this month.  We at NACC are happy with the time and care you took with each of the staff involved, making sure that all of the needs of the updated exam system would meet with not only our but our members’ expectations,” says Debbie Archer, Director, Finance and Administration, NACC.

“The feedback from our member colleges has been nothing but positive.  The ease of use and the time saved is a big bonus to the day-to-day users of the program.  It looks great! It is very exciting to see how the development of each of the upgrade components was put in place and how each revision helped reach the goals that we were hoping to accomplish.”

We will be showcasing our education and learning platforms at the BC Career College Association (BCCCA) Annual Conference from October 7th-9th at the Marriott Downtown Vancouver. Be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about WebPal Cloud Servers managed solutions. If you are unable to attend and want to learn more about WebPal, contact sales@webpal.net, 1-866-360-0360 or visit www.webpal.net.



How Bus Transportation to meet Pope Francis is Made Possible

23-09-2015 Rachel

The World Meeting of Families 2015 is officially underway, with Pope Francis currently in Washington DC, and making his way to Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26th through Sunday, September 27th. The WMOF will bring together hundreds of thousands of families, and over 150 nations represented. With the Congress taking place now, and closing events including the Festival of Families on September 26th, and the Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27th, it is anticipated that 1.5 million people will attend the Sunday Mass alone.

 

Palomino is working with GO GROUND, the official transportation management partner of the WMOF, to develop a web portal for the transportation logistics for all private and commercial charter buses for the Papal visit this weekend. After months of development, the portal allows trip organizers, passengers and bus operators to register, book seats, locate event locations, parking spots, and routes, track GPS coordinates of bus drivers, issue parking credentials and permits, all using the WebPal Cloud Server platform.

We are not doing this all alone. The GO GROUND portal has been integrated with Stripe and Acceptiva for payment processing, Glympse to track the GPS coordinates of drivers, as well as Twilio for SMS text messaging and real time updates.

To date, there have been over 100,000 passengers registered via the WebPal GO GROUND portal, planning over 2,500 bus movements from hundreds of Parishes.

Overall, the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia is projected to be the single largest bus transportation event in the history of North America. The Palomino team is very proud to be the technology provider for this event and welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia!

For more information on the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, visit http://www.worldmeeting2015.org and see the Palomino GO GROUND press release here.



The Silver Lining in Every Cloud… Migration

12-02-2013

If you’ve been following along in our blog so far, you will have learned that there are a lot of advantages behind moving your content into the cloud:

1. Increased security
2. Business continuity
3. Mobile document management
4. Saving time and resources in your IT department
5. Saving time and increasing efficiency for everybody using your systems.

The process of migrating your servers to the cloud can have amazing advantages in and of itself.

There's a silver lining in every cloud... migration

Finding the Skeletons in the Closet

One of the first steps you take as part of migrating your servers to the cloud is initiating an assessment of what you have and what you need. Often our servers grow over time, with newer parts being added to older systems. This leads to a jumble of systems that can be a challenge to support and that can hide all sorts of problems and inefficiencies. There are no dark corners on your network when you use cloud servers, so all the issues will come to light.

When was the last time you took a detailed look at what skeletons might be hiding in the dark corners of your network? A recent event in in the media has prompted many to ask this question. The New York Times recently cleaned their technical house to resolve an issue they were having with hackers. They admitted that hackers had access to many of their systems for up to four months. Standardized cloud systems offer greater transparency and thus a security advantage worth looking into.

As Stephen Schmidt, chief security officer at Amazon’s web services told the BBC in this article, “The very act of shifting from an in-house data centre to an on-demand service can start a powerful discovery process.”

What will you discover when you look into your network?



CASCON 2012 and BIN AGM Review

15-11-2012 Markus

by: Markus Latzel, CEO Palomino Inc.

Last week, we were again present on IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies anual CASCON Conference, followed immediately by the co-located annual general meeting of NSERC’s Business Intelligence Research Network.

Aside from meeting old friends and enjoying face-to-face time with our research partners are University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, we used the time to learn about progress in various fields of interest to us:

  • Visual Analytics
  • Business Process Management
  • Health Care Work Flows

Visual Analytics is high on IBM’s agenda, in a search for “consumable analytics” that allow stakeholders quick, easy to attain glances of corporate performance indicators and market data. Social data mining of course is a large area of interest, but also the “hard” data contained in corporate data bases and document repositories are still largely untapped in terms of extracting knowledge with decision-generating power. To fuel research in this area, IBM has announced the creation of the IBM Center for Advanced Visualization, a new visualization engine that they wish to open and standardize, and are looking for research partners and opportunities.

In a discussion with Stephan Jou, Sr. Architect at IBM’s Business Analytics CTO office, consumable analytics are driven largely by visualization research. How to display complex data in a meaningful way, reducing its complexity to understandable visualizations without losing information and context, is still a large, unsolved problem.

The Dalhousie team had a strong presence on both CASCON and BIN AGM – the team of four researchers garnered a total of three awards:

  • Interactive Clustering of Semi-Structured Documents (Axel Soto, #1 Technology Showcase, Best Presentation)
  • Document Clustering with Dual Supervision (Yeming Hu)
  • Adaptable Feature Selection and Clustering for Text Streams (Yael Kollet)
  • Smarter Text Similarity using Google n-grams (Aminul Islam, Best Presentation)
Healthcare Technology no doubt can benefit from deep data analytics as well – however here we feel that primarily the data acquisition is still a large concern of the industry, in particular the CIOs and IT vendors working on solutions for health care. Data analysis can only be as good as the raw data itself. Of course, health care providers are dealing with large amounts of unstructured information, and this problem will have to be solved before any meaningfull deep data analysis can be carried out.

All in all, this year was once again a showcase of powerful, applied research, and we are glad to be part of it.

Looking forward to CASCON/BIN 2013!

Visual Analytics by Palomino

Visual Analytics powered by WebPal

Mobile Patient Health Record powered by WebPal Cloud Server

Mobile Patient Health Record on a WebPal Cloud Server

 



I need a cloud content management system, STAT

20-09-2012

The cloud computing and content management industries are gaining steam, and one industry that stands to benefit in a major way is healthcare. WebPal is engaged in various healthcare-oriented projects, as are many other cloud content management systems. The healthcare industry involves extensive paper work and document management is crucial to maintain accurate and reliable patient records, hospital records, insurance records and more. Using a cloud content management system would help automate many administrative functions within hospitals and enable easier access to records by patients and doctors alike.

Platforms like WellFX is launching a social-engagement platform that will be hosted by Amazon on the cloud. Patients will use the platform to form communities to discuss conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. There will also be staff-only community groups to allow healthcare providers  discuss best practices of care.

One of the biggest dilemma’s facing healthcare is early detection of disease and symptoms. Many healthcare providers are hoping that developing mobile apps and cloud-based systems will encourage patients to monitor their health more closely. The FDA recently approved a censor that will be used by patients experiencing non-life-threatening irregular heartbeats and will send information to a doctor’s iPad or laptop for real-time monitoring. Hopefully, more technologies like this will emerge in the years to come and the cloud will become an integral aspect of healthcare for future generations.