3 Tips for New Sitecore Architects

As more web developers come into the Sitecore community, I have seen a conceptualization gap from a .NET developer who is not use to building websites within a CMS such as Sitecore. The realization that the web solution of a CMS is not the same as building an application from the ground up takes a couple of failed implementation to convince. Read More

Benjamin Vidal Benjamin Vidal
December 19, 2012
Sitecore , Web Development

Conducting Successful UAT as a team- Bridging the Last Mile in your project

In the Telecommunications industry, there's a saying, "the last mile is the longest mile."  It is used to denote the so-called Information "bottleneck" when data traveling over high-speed fiber for example hits the bandwidth limitations on the last link of the journey before reaching the customer. The phrase is evocative and from its original connotation in the world of bits and bytes and  fiber and copper  it is now used to describe a phenomena that can affect any human endeavor, from bridge building to film making to website design and development.

November 12, 2012
User Experience Design, Web Development, Web Strategy

Project Management

Controlling the Cost of a Web Project - Part 2: Discovery and the Importance of Documentation

In Part 1: It Starts with the RFP, we talked about the importance of your project’s RFP and how it sets the stage for the quality and relevancy of the proposals you receive and ultimately the success of the project. In this post, I’d like to focus on how you can control the cost of your web project once the project is underway. This first critical phase, Discovery, is all about setting expectations, getting stakeholder input and buy-in, and clearly and thoroughly documenting said expectations to ensure there are no surprises in the middle of the project or disappointment in the end result.

November 07, 2012
Web Strategy

Roundedcube Grows and Grows

This year at Roundedcube has been full of growth, both with the number of our team members as well as expanding our office space. In the last 12 months, our staff has nearly doubled and the size of our office has done so as well. We are excited to introduce you to our newest Cubers!

November 06, 2012
Company News

Kentico Certified Partner

Roundedcube Achieves Certified Partnership with Kentico

Roundedcube, a digital agency providing web strategy, design and development services, today announced it has entered a certified partnership with Kentico Software, the web content management system vendor, to provide customers with a flexible, all-in-one solution for both marketers and web developers.

September 26, 2012
Company News

Responsive Design

A Reality Check on Responsive Design

Over a year ago, we started discussing the concept of "responsive design." Our own Jeremy Pratte wrote in June 2011 about the concept with his post: There IS no mobile web: Making Web Designs More Responsive. Responsive Design has recently been a very popular topic and we see more and more companies inquiring about it, but many are doing it out of fear that if they don't implement it they are missing the boat somehow.

September 05, 2012
User Experience Design

Social Media

Should Your Brand Instagram?

I have been using Instagram since early 2011 to enhance and for lack of a better term, make my pictures look “cooler”. It wasn’t until about 3 months ago that I really began embracing the social media aspect of the app. I guess I am a late adopter - I admit I did not give the social side a chance until I noticed my friends and brands I follow on Twitter were utilizing the app more and more.

August 27, 2012
Digital Marketing

Project Management

Controlling the Cost of a Web Project - Part 1: It Starts with the RFP

The cost of a web project can vary widely. And in most cases the cost grows over the course of the project due to scope creep and change requests. I’d like to provide some tips on managing the cost of web projects - specifically redesign and development projects.

Over my 10+ years of managing projects from RFP to completion within an agency environment, I’ve seen a wide variety of projects and I’d like to point out some characteristics that will lead to fiscally successful projects.

August 07, 2012
Web Strategy

Sitecore Blog

Rendering Data Source Saved as Path Can Cause Trouble in Sitecore

As the number of Sitecore 6.5 implementations ramp up and we transition more users into the use of Page Editor, we've recently uncovered a problem with the default handling of how a data source is saved that can cause alot of problems for content authors if not addressed.

June 22, 2012
Sitecore, Web Development

Help Center for Sitecore

At Roundedcube, we're frequently asked to help other organizations with their existing Sitecore implementations to increase executive and content contributor "buy in" and also reduce reliance on the development staff for what should be content management. As a result, we've developed a new Sitecore app - Help Center for Sitecore.

June 18, 2012
Sitecore, Web Strategy

Web Development

Umbraco v5 Development is Now Dead

Watching Niel Hartvig's CodeGarden keynote speech:

-- Flawed!

-- Biz Layer... needs to go away... Ben laughs!!!

-- Too complicated...

-- Wow.

June 13, 2012
Web Development

Sitecore Blog

St. Louis-based Digital Agency, Roundedcube, Reinforces Leadership in Web Content Management

Roundedcube, a digital agency providing web strategy, design and development services to both mid-sized and large companies across the US, has recently been awarded significant specialization credentials and certifications that reinforce the company’s global leadership position in the fast-growing niche market of Sitecore Content Management System (CMS) implementation.

June 11, 2012
Sitecore, Company News

Responsive Design

Web Design Predictions and Lessons from the Past Revisited

Since 2006 I have attended many conferences on the subject of web design and development (of course I’ve also learned a lot on the job). I thought it’d be a good idea to revisit some of the predictions, tips, tricks, and best practices of the past to see how they have panned out.

June 06, 2012
User Experience Design

Quality Assurance is a Crucial Step in the Web Development Process

There are a number of factors to consider during a web project. We frequently discuss user experience, manageability, marketing and web content management systems, but what about quality assurance?

May 31, 2012
Web Strategy, Web Development

Social Media

Sometimes You Have to Unfollow on Twitter

When I first joined Twitter in August of 2008, I was enamored with the social media channel. Chatting with actual friends and internet friends about sports, life and news was fun, however, I was really interested in how brands would use Twitter.

May 23, 2012
Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

Applying Advanced Sitecore DMS Capabilities: Engagement Automation

Wouldn't it be great if your e-commerce website had the intelligence baked into it so that you could engage with prospective customers at the right time, in the right channel, with the right message... for each unique visitor? That digital marketer's utopia is actually within reach. If you are familiar with Sitecore's Digital Marketing System (DMS), you may already be aware of some of the advantages it affords marketers. Individually, they are unique and valuable. Collectively, they offer powerful competitive advantage. But in most cases, as the DMS is still in the "early adoptor" stage, most marketers or even Sitecore implementors don't fully understand nor leverage one particularly powerful feature that pulls all of DMS' capabilties together - that is Engagement Automation.

May 14, 2012
Sitecore, Digital Marketing, Web Strategy

Roundedcube Adds Six New Cubers to the Mix

Roundedcube continues to grow and are excited to announce the following six new team members.

April 23, 2012
Company News

Roundedcube Company News

Roundedcube Builds Our365 an Interactive Multi-Media Website with Sitecore CMS

Roundedcube, a digital agency specializing in web content management, recently completed a website development overhaul for Our365. Our365 is one of the largest professional photographers of prenatal, newborn, family & milestones and special events in the United States.

April 09, 2012
Company News

Sitecore Blog

Roundedcube Recognized as Sitecore’s North American Site of the Year Category Winner for Best Manufacturing Site

Roundedcube, a digital agency specializing in web content management, announced today that it has been named the North American Sitecore Site of the Year category winner for Best Manufacturing Site. Selected from several partners, Roundedcube is being recognized for its use of Sitecore’s Web Content Management (CMS) and digital marketing technology to develop more effective business processes and advance Web strategies for Aegion Corporation.

March 13, 2012
Sitecore, Company News

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore Expertise of Roundedcube Further Bolstered by Additional Developer and Marketer Certifications

Roundedcube, a digital agency specializing in web content management, recently hosted Sitecore CMS Developer Foundations, Sitecore CMS Website .NET Developer, and Sitecore DMS Fundamentals for Marketers training courses in the Roundedcube headquarters. Fifteen Roundedcube employees attended the training courses and the agency now holds 20 Sitecore certifications including Sitecore Certified Administrators, Marketers, Developers and HTML Developers.

March 07, 2012
Sitecore, Company News

Roundedcube Company News

Nidec Motor Corporation Emerges With New Website from Roundedcube

Roundedcube, a digital agency specializing in web content management, has finished Phase I of a two phase web project for Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC). St. Louis-based NMC, formerly Emerson Motor Company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nidec Corporation.

February 27, 2012
Company News

Celebrating 10 Years of Shaping the Web

This year, Roundedcube is celebrating its 10th anniversary! It’s hard to wrap my mind around that fact… it doesn’t seem that long ago we were a team of two in a 600 sq ft office suite. But here we are now, a full service digital agency collaborating with Fortune 500 clients around the country ...

February 09, 2012
Company News

Sitecore Blog

Salvaging Sitecore CMS Implementation Projects

With the tremendous success and growth of the Sitecore product, a very common problem has been the lack of agencies with appropriate expertise to architect and implement the platform correctly. Unfortunately for many companies that have invested in the system, they have seen results less than ideal. Frequently, Roundedcube gets called in by agencies to salvage an implementation project that is in a tailspin.

January 23, 2012
Sitecore, Web Strategy