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BNR Branding Solutions is based in Huntersville, N.C., and is a full-service web development and digital marketing company.

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Brent Friar is the owner and chief web developer for BNR Branding Solutions. His development experience dates back to 1994 when he was a founding partner of Internextion Web Development in Orange County, CA.

Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:00

Touch Screen Usability

Smartphones and tablets are the fastest growing segment of internet capable devices. This introduces an interesting problem to most sites that have drop down menus. Just how do you mouse over on a touch screen??

The answer is really a lot easier than you might think, and most menu systems support it. Since there is no such thing as a mouse over on a touch screen, you have to give the users the ability to "click" on the parent menu item in order to activate the drop down. Since most sites link the parent menu to content, the user is never able to view the sub-menus.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011 00:00

It's finally here!

After what seems like forever - we did our 1.6 Alpha first look back in January 2009 - The official Joomla! 1.6 stable release is available for public download! The feature set has basically remained the same since the first look, but now everything works. Now this doesn't mean it's time to download and upgrade right now, quite the contrary. So let's talk about upgrading and when to do it.

Monday, 21 February 2011 18:00

Michigan Power Rodding

Michigan Power Rodding is the largest privately owned and operated drain cleaning and plumbing company in southern Michigan.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 18:00

Mane Image Hair Restoration

Mane Image Hair Replacement Center is a leading provider of hair restoration services in northern Indiana area.

Monday, 19 December 2011 23:36

Social Media Marketing Campaigns

Cost effective and highly targeted campaigns to reach your fans.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 18:33

Search Engine Optimization

Optimized using best practices to make your site easy to find.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 09:31

Content Management System

Customized content management utilizing the powerful Joomla! CMS.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 17:29

Responsive Website Development

Semantic code written to modern web standards with SEO in mind.

Friday, 24 December 2010 15:25

From China with Love

Back in November 2009 I wrote about hackers and the importance of having updated software. I had quoted a blogger that had taken the time to track down the guy that hacked his website to interview him. Apparently my wife did not read that post. She doesn’t have a website to protect but she could have learned the lesson that hackers do not attack individuals, they attack systems and vulnerabilities. Guess which one she fell victim to? Interestingly enough, she was the 4th person on my contact list to lose control of an email account in the last month.

Like many millions of internet users, my wife uses a cloud based email service, in her case she uses Gmail. A few weeks ago she called me in a panic because her “phone was blowing up with emails!” She went on to tell me that she was getting dozens of email bounces as well as a bunch of replies from people on her contact list asking her why she was sending out a spam link. Of course she wasn’t sending spam, but her account was. This wasn’t a typical email spoof, it was actually her account sending the email!

Friday, 22 October 2010 12:15

SEO - are you ready for it?

MarketingSherpa is a leader in online marketing research. Every year they publish the Search Marketing Benchmark Report - SEO Edition. It's over 200 pages of the latest research, resources, tools, metrics, and editorial content. The 2010 Edition included a survey of 2194 search marketers to determine which tactics and methods have been producing the best results. The top 10 results based on respondents answering that the tactic was "Very Effective" are -

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