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My Favorite Web App of 2012 (so far)

Written by Sam Bishop | June 21st, 2012 | Business, Clients, Products, Web Design, Web Development | Comments

The app that has easily proved most useful in 2012 (so far) has been  It makes screen-sharing, and sharing control of said screen, dirt simple.  There are countless times that I need to discuss things that I am building or testing on screen and instead of trying to explain what I am looking at or doing, I can easily copy/paste a link and I am sharing my screen in seconds.  No software for them to download, it just works.

To share your screen, you do have to download the software, but for a free product it’s more than worth the time it takes to install.  It’s by no means bloatware or resource heavy.

One of the great features is that it allows you to easily share control of your screen with your viewers.  This is something that I do not believe Skype offers.  While Skype makes it easy …


Why You Need a Personal Email Address

Written by Sam Bishop | April 8th, 2012 | Business, Clients | Comments

So this isn’t a directly relevant web design post by any means but more of a general web education post.  Too often I see communications with  friends that are not business related but come from business accounts because they do not have personal email accounts.  I’m also seeing a ton of or or  I understand that if there is business involved that it should come from a business account but what about for the communication outside of work?

There are some things that people seem to overlook.

  • What happens if you leave the business (or change ISPs)?  How does someone email you?  
  • What if your current employer catches you emailing other companies looking to change jobs?
  • If you are in a people business, how do you keep your contacts if you need them at a new place of work?

It’s not difficult to go and set up …


CWS to Sponsor Comedy Show!

Written by Sam Bishop | January 12th, 2012 | Clients | Comments

I have known “Soul” Joel Richardson for probably 20 years and he’s been a big supporter of CWS since day 1.  He co-founded Soul Joel Productions (SJP) in 2007 and let CWS build a site for one of his big events, The Staten Island Comedy Festival.  SJP has been hustling ever since doing comedy shows all over New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. CWS is proud to be sponsoring his upcoming event in PA.

SJP, Misspel Komedy, & Connected Web Solutions Present
Comedy Night at Holiday Inn New Cumberland

Headlined by Maddog Mattern

Featuring SOUL Joel & Pete Westwood

Hosted by Matt Scarpelli

Tickets ONLY $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Includes the show & 2 drinks!!!

Reservations: Call 908.296.6278

Purchase Tickets in Advance:




The Intangibles of a Web Designer

Written by Sam Bishop | December 21st, 2011 | Business, Clients, Tech | Comments

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Sometimes it is the things that come along with hiring a web designer, outside of the actual web design, that end up helping clients the most.  Since I started CWS 5 years ago we have learned a few tricks that have saved us time and money.  This could be anything from a couple of hours of time to  hundreds of dollars a month.  These little tips have been passed to our clients and their businesses.

Aviary Phoenix logoPhotoshop Alternatives One simple example was providing a few alternatives to Photoshop for a client.  The client was under the impression that they needed Photoshop to resize and crop images to use in their CMS.  After pointing them along to Picnik, Aviary, and Gimp (if they wanted a stand-alone application), they were able to save a quick few hundred dollars.  This was not the first, nor the last, free service that we found …


Responsive Design Roundup

Written by Sam Bishop | December 1st, 2011 | Web Design, Web Development | Comments

You have all probably seen responsive web design and not even realized it.  Responsive web designs are coded in a way that scales the content to the size of the web browser.  An easy way to see if a website is responsive is to grab the browser window and drag to make it larger/smaller.  As you hit certain widths, styles will change based on media queries in the CSS.  This is a very simple way to create mobile/tablet versions of your website without needing to create a separate mobile site.  These media queries are often used to hide or rearrange content for best consumption depending on the size of the device.

Take a look at the following list for some inspiration.  Look at them on your machine or mobile device and try different browser widths or switch between portrait and landscape to see differences.

Examples of Responsive Websites

CSS Tricks