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Posted by: In: Our Clients 25 Aug 2015 0 comments

Striped Rhino Website Development has just launched a new website for Polson Theatres, Inc., the Montana and Idaho based movie theater chain.  The company currently has eleven theater locations and will be expanding into more locations in the coming years.

After an initial conference with the client, it was clear that the client had two major goals for the new website:

  1. Easy of use
  2. Not “dealing with code” [html/css]

The new website is built on the WordPress CMS (content management system), and uses a highly customized theme that was built from scratch and allows for SUPER easy biweekly updates of movies and showtimes for all eleven movie theaters.

dashIn order to accommodate the clients needs, a Custom Post Type of “Movies” was set up.  This post type has custom fields for desired movie information such as title, run-time, rating, description, etc., as well as fields for showtimes at each theater location.  In order to add a new movie, all that the client has to do is fill in the fields with appropriate information. If the movie is scheduled for a particular theater, the custom field for the individual theaters get filled in with showtimes (for example Polson: 4:00 | 7:00 | 9:00 | Daily); that’s all there is to it – the database driven website does the rest of the work.  By filling out one field on the custom post, the movie is automatically displayed on the homepage, the individual theater page, as well as pages such as “At A Glance“, which shows all current and future showtimes that the client has set up.

Generally, new showtimes start on Friday morning and run through the following Thursday. Historically, this has meant that in order to keep the website accurate, listings needed to be added as close to midnight on Thursday night as possible. The new website, however, is set up to allow for publishing and expiring posts at a previously selected time. This will allow for the website to be updated whenever it is convenient for the client, without the need for late night updating. On Thursday night at 11:59 PM, new posts will populate the website, and old posts will be removed, automatically.

We sold the idea of this site to the client based on the fact that it will save them many working hours per week. A rough estimate was that the old website took anywhere from 5-10 hours to update each week. On the new website, the client should be able accomplish the same job in just 1 or 2 hours per week. Using low estimates, this will mean that the client will save about 200-250 hours per year – which directly converts into a savings of THOUSANDS of dollars in labor!

Furthermore, because the client no longer has to deal with complicated html/css, it is now also possible for them to hand the task of managing the website off to an employee. This will free up the management to handle other, more important tasks – tasks such as …running their business.

Maybe it is time that you upgraded your website…

PolsonTheatres.com

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 15 Feb 2014 4 comments

This rhino’s markings were so distinct, there was no mistaking it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. All I was thinking was, it’s a striped rhino!

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Striped Rhino spotted in the wild

It has been reported that the Striped Rhino (long thought extinct) has been spotted and photographed in the wild for the first time in nearly two decades! Several photos have surfaced on wildlife message boards showing the near-mythical animal grazing side-by-side with its distant cousin, the White Rhino. Experts have speculated for some time that the two would share the same geographic range, but the pair have never before been captured co-habitating wild land.

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Rare archive photo of mother and calf. Note the incomplete stripe structure on the calf. Full striped patterns do not develop until Striped Rhinos are at least 2 years old.

Because the genetic variation between the Striped Rhino and the White Rhino is so negligible, scientists fear that inter-breeding between the species could cause the final demise of the distinctly different Striped Rhino variation before the end of the decade. When genetic diversity, and ample population allows, the two species are able to coexist and the distinct coloration of the Striped Rhino is not at a threat of disappearing. However, with populations of the two species thought to be in the low hundreds worldwide, the scientific community is beginning to fear that the genetics of both rhinos will become diluted into the gene pool. This could spell the end as we know it for the magnificent Striped Rhino.

Says one scientist, “Now that we know that the Striped Rhino is not extinct, we have to act fast. If the two species are allowed to share the same feeding, and breeding ground it is likely that the two species of rhino will merge and the distinct striped pattern will disappear forever”

Legislation has been proposed to capture and relocate all White Rhinos to a region farther south.

Posted by: In: Our Clients, Tips and Tricks 20 Sep 2013 0 comments
The point that I would like to emphasis about this article is that an online store is a great way to augment your brick and mortar business. It gives your customers the ability to shop your merchandise 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. And it also broadens your customer base from the confines of your neighborhood to the entire world. I know the ins and outs of running an online business and would be happy to work with you in finding the same success for business!

The following article was written by Bryce Gray and published in the Lake County Leader.

521f8ef919066.imagePOLSON – Before last year, Polson resident Michael Brandt had never found a four-leaf clover. That all changed when an ordinary trip out into the yard took a fateful twist, and Brandt and his girlfriend, Ali Bronsdon, discovered one four-leaf specimen… and then another… and then another…

In what was either a stroke of fantastic fortune or a fluke of frontyard ecology, a half-hour search that day yielded a staggering haul of 180 four-leaf clovers. With some creativity and clever marketing (not to mention an ever-growing collection of clovers), Brandt was soon inspired to launch the website realfourleafclover.com and has been seeing green ever since.

Little more than a year later, Brandt’s start-up has helped him become a veritable kingpin of the “surprisingly lucrative” online clover business, netting over $2,000 in sales and attracting customers from all over the United States and Canada.

Brandt says that originally he had no intentions of climbing towards the top of the four-leaf clover industry. But after amassing a stash of clovers that would turn a leprechaun green with envy, Brandt says that his “entrepreneurial nature” quickly got the best of him.

“When I got 200 of them, I wanted to be competitive in the clover business. So I found who my competitors were and honed my search engine optimization,” says Brandt, who runs a website development company called Striped Rhino as his day job.

Soon, Brandt had ensured that realfourleafclover.com was one of the top Google search results for prospective customers before sitting back and watching the orders come pouring in.

Brandt has been impressed not only by the sheer volume of orders, but also by the size of some of the orders received. Single clover-hungry shoppers have placed orders of $90 and $120, and, earlier this month, someone requested 200 clovers, which slightly exceeded the site’s current inventory.

While the money from his foray into the clover business has been a pleasant surprise, Brandt says that he has benefited from the side project in other ways.

“I’m a website developer and have clients with stores and I wanted to figure out how it works. With this business I’ve been able to figure out the nuances of running an online store. It just so happens that it turned out to be fairly profitable.”

Brandt has also crafted the website into a good corporate citizen, making a donation of 10 clovers and $100 to the charitable Wings for Wishes fundraiser held last weekend.

In addition to “naturally grown” four-leaf clovers, Brandt’s yard has even borne a number of rare five-leaf clovers, which are available on the site for a premium. However, Brandt says “there’s no market for them,” as they have not sold as well as their quaternary counterparts.

The meteoric rise of the start-up has not gone unnoticed by the industry’s power players. Brandt was recently approached by a “purchasing agent” from South Korea offering to become an offshore middleman for four-leaf clovers at a reasonable rate. Brandt turned down the supplier’s proposal, but not after receiving a free sample of “really high quality” Korean clovers in the mail.

With more than $600 in sales over the past month alone, business is booming as summer draws to a close, although leaner days loom in the company’s immediate future. Brandt says that the inevitable onslaught of winter will put an end to the harvest and temporarily deplete his inventory.

But come spring, the yard will be lush with a new generation of clovers waiting to be paired with another wave of customers.

Posted by: In: Tips and Tricks 21 Jun 2013 0 comments

The Ironman Coeur d’Alene is this weekend, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Spectators and racers can feel free to use this map in preparation and for cheering purposes. It was created based on low resolution maps on the official website, so I do not guarantee its accuracy, though it should be pretty close.


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Posted by: In: Cool Code, Tips and Tricks 12 Mar 2013 0 comments

What does it take to own, operate, and maintain a website? With a WordPress based website, maybe not as much as you think.

The latest version of WordPress, 3.5.1, is not only more secure, it also allows users to easily update pages, and add new blog posts, and maintain e-commerce products more easily than ever. This process is as easy as writing an email, or updating a word document. Simply select the item you want to edit, view the document in the visual mode, and edit away. There is no dealing with computer code, what you see is what you get! When you are finished with your updates publish the document and it is live for the world to see. Adding pictures and video to your pages for visual appeal is simple too.


Afraid of writing over and being unable to recover important information? WordPress has that all figured out as well with its built in Revisions Section. Any saved content is automatically added to the database. Revisions of old material can be restored from any point with the click of a mouse. No need to worry.

After the initial set up, and with a minimal amount out practice and instruction you can be running your own website without the hassle and expense of relying on a webmaster.

Posted by: In: Smart Phone 05 Mar 2013 0 comments

Looking to make a switch from Android to iPhone? Or are you just curious? Lifehacker has a great article with everything you need to know. The article covers everything from the basics (finding your way around the iOS) to finding alternative to the programs you have grown to love on Android.

Read the post here

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 05 Mar 2013 0 comments

The current value for 1 Bitcoin (the internet based currency) is $37.80. It has been a roller coaster of a ride, but we may be getting to a point now where wild swings in value are a thing of the past.

About a year ago the term Bitcoin first came into mainstream news. Each one was valued at about $10. But then public interest peaked and in just a few days their value shot up to just over $30. But then the bubble burst and the value quickly plummeted to just a few dollars per coin. It was a pretty humiliating entrance into the main stream for the currency. And at this point the critics and media discounted Bitcoin and turned their interest to other things.

I have been watching the value however. I have an app installed right on the home screen of my phone. Pretty much every time I turn my phone on I see the value. And guess what. Bitcoins are now trading at an all time high.

Big name companies are starting to adopt Bitcoins as currency. It has just been reported that the domain registrar Namecheap is now accepting payment via Bitcoin. Namecheap is definitely not the biggest registrar around, but its a step forward.

Please keep in mind, I am not gloating because I know that when I wake up tomorrow and turn on my phone that value on the screen could show that the currency has plummeted yet again.

Posted by: In: Space 05 Mar 2013 0 comments

For the third time the Dragon Capsule, product of private company SpaceX, has docked successfully with the International Space Station. The mission launched on Friday and was scheduled to dock with the ISS just a day later, but due to an anomaly with its engines, it did not make it to the rendezvous until Sunday.

With the dismantling of the Orbiter program, NASA is now turning to private companies for scheduled deliveries of payloads, and will continue to rely on them through at least the year 2020. Two other companies, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corp., have contracts for ferrying crews and supplies to the space station, however their vehicles are still in testing and certification stages.

Currently, the only way for a human to get to space is on the Russian Soyuz rocket.

Posted by: In: Cool Code 05 Mar 2013 0 comments

Sometimes a website is short, shorter than the height of your monitor. On pages like this the default is that a scroll bar is not display. However, if you then click to a page on the same website that happens to be taller than the available width on your monitor, a scroll bar will appear on the right side. This can cause the page to shift about 20 pixels to the left. It is just mildly unpleasant, but there is an easy fix. Simple apply the scroll bar to ALL pages, even the short ones. You wont notice that it is there when its not needed, and it solve the problem of the website jumping around.

html {
overflow-y: scroll;
}

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In order to correct the issue, and make the page static, give all pages a scroll bar, whether they need it or not.

Posted by: In: Smart Phone 04 Mar 2013 0 comments

Looking to make a switch from iPhone to Android? Or are you just curious? Lifehacker has a great article with everything you need to know. The article covers everything from the basics (finding your way around the Android OS) to finding alternative to the programs you have grown to love on the iPhone.

Read the post here