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  • Christopher Gerber 1:12 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    February Web Projects Update 

    Websites

    Goodbye, Oxcyon!

    Just squeaking by in 2014, the last of the company websites hosted on Oxcyon were moved over to WordPress. All of the sites moved over the past year were created and are being housed on the EhlertMedia.com multisite (Information about WordPress Multisite can be found here).

    Now that all of the sites have been moved over, we’ll be taking time to go back and tighten up parts of the site that may have been ignored or patched poorly while trying to get the sites switched. A training session on WordPress is also planned for the coming weeks.

    Please continue to send me any requests as well as submit issues or questions to epgmediallc.com/web-request.

    Enewsletters

    More newsletters are being moved to an automated deployment system based on RSS feeds. RSS-based newsletters will make it easier and less laborious to rapidly deploy newsletters.

    Keep this fact in mind as you plan redesigns.

     
  • Christopher Gerber 1:01 am on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Project Updates – November ’14 

    Green Group Websites

    New websites have launched for several of the websites in the Green Media group: SportsTurfOnline.com, OutdoorPowerEquipment.com and LandscapeIrrigation.com. Arbor Age is scheduled to get a new website sometime next week.

    The new websites are a part of the EPG M& SI WordPress multisite, which makes it easier for editors to manage multiple related websites. The multisite also makes it easier to add additional micro-sites and manage updates. Look forward to more information on that in 2015.

    Cheers Website

    Cheers also launched a redesign of their website: CheersOnline.com. Jeremy Nedelka put in some great work getting the site set up, making it easier to get content transferred and the the site launched.

    Remaining Oxcyon Sites

    There are 4 sites remaining to be transferred to WordPress. Here is a tentative timeline for launch:

    • Arbor Age – 11/21
    • Fuel Oil News – 12/4
    • StateWays – 12/11
    • Information & Insights – December ’14

     

     
  • Christopher Gerber 10:39 am on August 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Current Projects – August 2014 

    Production

    From Ben Ramsden

    InDesign & InCopy

    The InCopy movement is picking up steam. The Adobe Creative Cloud App is the little sister to InDesign, and it enables editors to write, edit within designed documents. Rider has been working inCopy for the last six months, while Powersports Business and Snow Goer have begun working with it this month after a day of training. Meanwhile, Dodi Vessels is on board with the Cheers title. With Dodi working with InCopy, the next title will be Boating Industry.

    The goal is to have all titles on InCopy by the end of the year.

    Digital

    From Chris Gerber

    Website Redesigns

    There are redesigns in the works for all of our company’s website’s, both Oxcyon and WordPress sites.

    The first step is transitioning our websites from Oxcyon into new WordPress sites. Beverage Dynamics has been converted to WordPress, and now the Green Media sites are being moved over with Sports Turf being the first to launch within WordPress (Check out work being done at sportsturf.ehlertmedia.com). Keep an eye out for a launch in the coming weeks, with more from the Green Group following quickly after.

    The Thunder Press Calendar is also being redeveloped. The current calendar has been a pain for the staff to work with, and never matched the expectations of what the Thunder Press team wanted. The new calendar will solve the issues on the back-end for the staff and also make it easier for users to manage and upload their events.

    Plans are also in the works for moving the current Powersports (consumer and trade) group sites over to a new responsive template. Initial work to make the Powersports sites responsive was stopped because of the time investment needed to fix the current theme. It was decided that the amount of time it would take to fix the current sites would be better spent completely redesigning them. I (Chris) will be working with the online teams for those brands to get a lot of the early work done to convert the sites to a new theme.

    With your help, the redesigns and conversions will be done before the end of the year.

    Audience Development

    From Joanne Juda

    Mobile Apps

    It may have been a cool summer, but the Audience Development Department is on FIRE!

    Techie News – EPG and SIM are on the move, with our brand new APPS!  Audience Development has been working hard to launch our new digital issue application and taking magazine to a whole new level.  Beginning early in the fourth quarter our magazines will be available in the iTunes store as well as Google Play, Kindle Fire and all android devices.  Subscribers will be able to enjoy their magazine wherever they’d like.  Any platform – any device.

    Our initial offering was the frequently seen ‘enhanced print replica’ which was very successful, targeting affluent digital readers and increasing readership circulation around the world. We wanted to amplify our digital success by launching iPad edition, removing the zooming and panning of PDF replicas and adding extras such as video front covers, 360 degree image shots, video and gallery content. The sky is the limit, we are only limited by our imagination.

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    Stay tuned for additional details, we will surely take your breath away.

    Trades shows hit a whole new level, keeping with the techie trends.  We now have the ability to accept digital payments at any tradeshows, while at the same time showing off our digital issues on tablets and iPads, check out the pic below at the recent BMW Rally, Tim Morgan and Geoff Christ along with other team members launched the application with successful results.  While still offering the traditional cash payments and paper forms, subscribers can also pay online and submit full subscriber details with the click a button on one of our tablets.   Next time you’re heading out to a show, be sure to contact us for the techie tips and tricks, as this is not limited to subscriptions but any items that require payment.

    Notice the tablets on the stands in the pic below, showing off our digital issues and allowing subscribers to subscribe online and use their credit card

    Notice the tablets on the stands in the pic below, showing off our digital issues and allowing subscribers to subscribe online and use their credit card

     
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