Blog

Off-Site Services is an award-winning web development and consulting firm providing strategic services to our partners

[Few] shades of outsourcing or how to spot fraud before it ruins your day

Jun 6th, 2017 by Max Tokman

Same as anyone remotely involved with IT, I get bombarded with unending streams of daily emails, calls, and feeds promising superior offshoring, nearshoring and all other kinds of remote technical help for fraction of what it should cost.  Being a polite person, I occasionally respond to these sales pitches and over the years have come to gauge fairly well the background of these companies just from the way their sales pitch is crafted.

Read more >

Google algorithm update on April 21, 2015 will rank mobile-friendly websites WAY higher than all those other websites

Mar 31st, 2015 by Max Tokman

’Tis the time to be excited as Google plans to role out a major algorithm update on April 21, 2015 that will improve rank of mobile-friendly websites and mercilessly punish desktop-only detractors. How will it impact the world around us?
Read more >

Website design is dead. To a degree.

Feb 22nd, 2015 by Max Tokman

A colleague recently brought to my attention an article which stated in rather axiomatic fashion that website design is dead, period.  As this would obviously concern many a practicing web designer with existentialist questions - if website design has indeed expired, well then, have I? Are my current projects being shaped by forces beyond the grave? - I figured it might be beneficial to explore the question in depth and offer constructive criticism instead of outright dismissal (spoiler alert: you’re not dead).

Read more >

Why would Apple release iOS 8.01 that makes your phone not work like a phone?

Sep 25th, 2014 by Max Tokman

We all know the recent news - a software and electronics giant Apple, Inc. released an updated version of its new operating system only to receive severe backlash from users installing it on their phones, which often stopped performing their primary function of making phone calls. Apple quickly recalled the update but the question remains - why would a preeminent software company engage in such embarrassment in the first place?

Read more >

Wix the free web site building service

Sep 16th, 2014 by Max Tokman

Wix is a new tool for DIY crowd not content with building their websites using only website building tools from Yahoo, Network Solutions, GoDaddy and thousands of other hosting companies - now we have Wix and it is being heavily promoted as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Read more >

Where is that “any key” on my keyboard?

Aug 12th, 2014 by Max Tokman

True story from some years back: we were transferring project documentation to a client and have hit a wall, their point person taking the project over was not able to get through the very first screen of the application.  Time went by, and we just could not figure out their issue, as everything was working fine on our end.  Finally, a conference call with multiple participants ensued, and the client spoke:

- Well, it says here to “hit any key to continue”, but I do not have a key labeled “any key” on my keyboard.

Read more >

Case study: PDF is not always the best way to get approval on creative

Jul 14th, 2014 by Max Tokman

Some time ago, we completed a beta version of responsive site and turned it over to agency’s client for review.  The client came back with a number of issues, all centered around font and image sizes that were apparently not to spec for one of responsive states.  Naturally, we were concerned as this indicated a significant lapse in our QA process.  Upon closer look there was nothing to resolve, as our work was a pixel-match to Photoshop files provided by the agency; the mystery deepened, as there were clearly issues on the client’s side which we were not seeing.

Read more >

Custom typography on the web

Jun 2nd, 2014 by Max Tokman

Online presence is always a part of the overall branding strategy and as such, follows the same typography guidelines.  As we all know by now, web typography presents a unique set of challenges; fortunately, for every challenge there’s a solution.  The technical solution is driven by larger decisions - generic free fonts vs. custom licensed typography, open source usage vs. one time license vs. ongoing license fees.  

Read more >

Posting to Facebook and LinkedIn from your site

May 29th, 2014 by Max Tokman

Having the best site on the web is no guarantee it will be found and appreciated.  You have to actively promote it and one of the best ways to increase the site’s visibility is to drive traffic through major social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.  However, that calls for increased marketing efforts, even if it is simply coping and pasting same content across different sites.

Read more >

Correct screen dimensions when designing for iPad

Jul 19th, 2013 by Max Tokman

Photoshop templates from Off-Site Services, which you can use to prepare their projects, to be precise fit on the screen IPad.
Read more >
wordpressSEOweb designDrupalWeb DevelopmentADAHTML5productionresponsive designcompliancesecurityCSSPhotoshopdesignTestingFlashtoolsproduction tipsgoogletypographyGoogle Analyticsmarketingbeta testingautomationharness-bbrowserSSLE-commerceiOSweb standardsplug-infirefoxQAwebsite buildingapp developmentweb preflighttechnologiesJavaScriptthemesintegrationsAdobe MuseAPImobile websiteAppleweb imagesite speedfontsquality controlMicrosoftmodulesOpenSSLserver securityIE8Long TailabletWebOSAndroidtabletsmobile devicesclientcommunicationimage size cloudtechnologyPDFresponsive statebreakpointimage compressionInteraction Metricsinstant video playback solutionvideo sizeInternet Explorer 83rd partyAdobe Edge ReflowawardsoftwarehostBacklinksAdvertisingapp lifespanmobile app challengeweb colorsgammacodecvideo playbackJSONRGBWindows XP LinkedInParfaitvertical layoutiPad screen templatehorizontal layoutcustom fontsweb-fontsnon-Flash animationHTML5 animationEdge ReflowAdobe Edgeoptimizeddevelopmentresponsive buildAdobeCMS for FlashHTML4interactive banner adsWordpress pluginsconvertingfailseleniumW3Cmicrosoft’s project natalsony playstationnintendo wiiaugmented reality3D views of modelsDetroit Diesel CorporationMercedes-BenziTunesfragmented technology landscapeUDIDInDesign to Photoshop conversionExporting from InDesign to Photoshophtmlweb design softwareweb compatibilitynDesignRIAsAdobe AiroutsourcingFacebookdudInDesignformatvideowireframeCMSwebsiteiPhonebrochurewareweb development awardmp4web awardweb developerssidney garberhigh fidelityupdatevulnerabilityCKEditorCVE-2014-0224integrationprogramming awardrevolutionary softwarewebmonline subscriptionInDesign to HTMLFoundationBootstrapICANNgTLDscustom domain suffixesPhotoshop Layer compsdesign best practicesogvHeartbeatcollaborateconceptOSSrelationship marketingCSS3Ps. and CSS HatProject ParfaitAppleScriptecommerceVideos and animations