Simplifying the art of Project Management

Simplifying the art of Project Management

Simplifying the art of Project Management

Time goes by so quickly. And everything is happening all the time. So many of us are juggling several balls in the air at any one time. For those of us who have been around for a while, we know that time is more than money. It’s something we never get back. It’s something we all want more off. Therefore, it is so important the we have the right tools to help us manage our time.

As your business, teams and projects grow it is important you review your current project management needs and requirements. You want to the right tools to foster and encourage team environments. Tools that bring fluency and creativity. After considerable research and discovery MRK Development made the change to Active Collab.

What is active collab?

Active Collab is a web-based project management tool which offers features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing all in one system. So what are some key points?

Team Collaboration

With so many different projects, tasks and key people involved, the team will know what they have to do, when it must be done and who needs to do it. Users get their own Dashboard listing what needs to be done and is broken down into list and tasks that can have its own files, discussions and content.  One of the best features is the ability to allow restricted access to clients. Clients can see what you want them to see, while your team can see everything.

Self Hosting

While Active Collab runs in the cloud like most browser apps today, you can also install it on your own server. If you want absolute control over your own data, or simply do not want to pay a monthly fee for storage and users, Active Collab’s self-hosted model maybe the perfect solution.

Add-Ons

SlackXeroStripe and Paypal are just a few of the extra features and addon’s available. Active Collab lets you track time for each task and define the hourly rates for each client. This provides you with the ability to create and issue the invoice from the billable time in Active Collab. Because they are always in sync paid invoices are reflected in both systems allowing you to work on the project and the accounts people to work on their accounts.

The Verdict

There are many more features and attributes that you should check out and see if this maybe the right solution for you. For us, it has brought together many tools that we have in the past used several tools for. Is it 100% perfect? No, but it doesn’t have to be. What it does need to do is provide for is a solution that connects the majority of our needs and brings transparency to our day to day business and clients. Moving forward out clients and partners will have access to input data inside Active Collab to better work with our users.

What do you think? Have you used or been using Active Collab? How have you managed to bring solutions your business project needs?

Divi 3.0 better than sliced bread?

Divi 3.0 better than sliced bread?

The day has arrived!

After an amazing 100-day countdown, today marks the day on which Elegant Themes proclaim, we will be the release of the most revolutionary version of Divi yet! Divi 3.0.

What’s the big change?

Divi 3.0 is being launched with a completely new visual-editing experience that will forever change the way you build websites. The mission was to deliver a product that releases you to create websites faster and easier. The new front-end ‘live editor’ will allow you to quickly make changes and see results instantly. This front-end engine is powered by React, and react you will when you see no page refreshes and little to no ajax loading bars. Just the instant manipulation of the page powered by React.

What about your website?

If you have a Managed WordPress Website with M R K, we have some great news for you. For every Managed WordPress Website with M R K, over the next two weeks, we will be updating your site to take advantage of the new front-end live editor. This means greater flexibility and workflow capability in crafting your site to exactly the way you want it. And this is exciting because it’s another feature that sets you and M R K Websites apart.

We are here to help you!

Our users will be able to jump right into the new builder with an almost zero learning curve. And as the helpful educators we are, we will be releasing a new training area to help our using and assist them in getting the most from the new features of Divi 3.0. Our mission is to deliver to you cutting edge technology that keeps you as a leader of the pack. Get ready as we continue to move forward, bringing to our clients the latest the web has to offer.

So what do you think?

Is it time to look at your website and see if it needs updating? If your site needs a face lift, then now may be the perfect time to do so. Talk to us now about how we can help you reposition your site or even make small adjusts to bring out the best in what you have to offer. If you don’t have a Managed WordPress Website with M R K, you can check it out here and contact us to find out how we can get you started today.

Understanding your Website Investment

Understanding your Website Investment

When we get enquiries for a website build we are often asked – how much will a website cost?

I found this a question that cannot be answered. Why? We need more information.

What does the website do?

What are you online goals?

Then – even with this information it seems like everyone expects a website to cost $500.00 – I need to tell you, that good websites do not cost $500.00, they are much more expensive than that but you need to remember why you get a good website.

This video will help to describe how we understand the actual worth of a website so you, as a client, can work towards reaching real goals.

Check it out on youtube and we will follow up with some tips on setting Goals inside Google Analytics to start to calculate the value of your website and what value it brings back into your business.

 

WordPress 4.6 Releases its latest hit “Pepper”

WordPress 4.6 Releases its latest hit “Pepper”

Welcome Pepper

WordPress.org has come on stage with its latest hit, WordPress 4.6, named “Pepper” in honour of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III. You can checkout its debut appearance in your WordPress dashboard or download the latest update here.

This is a major release and users can see some noticeable differences in the appearance, especially in their administration area. The theme of this new release is in allowing you to focus on your performance. A simpler workflow has been included, with many processes now handled on one screen as well as editor improvements making WordPress faster and smarter than ever. This release gets you going places, faster!

Shiny updates

A really neat feature is one that gives users the power to update and install plugins and themes without being redirected to the progress screen. This simplifies the  workflow saves you valuable administration time.

Native System Fonts

Now you can take advantage of the native system fonts on your local machine. This simply means that pages load faster than ever.

Content is King

With this release, if you lose Internet connection, your drafts are automatically saved locally so nothing is lost!

The broken link checker is right on song. When you add links inside of your content, WordPress will simply highlight any errors it finds. Giving you the freedom to produce and publish pitch perfect content.

Developers will be singing Pepper’s praises when they see what’s included for them inside the WordPress 4.6 core improvements. Items such as standardised metadata registration, New WP_Post_type Class, New WP_term_Query and HTTP API internal changes.

Release 4.6 comes with many other performance and stability improvements and you can check them out on the company’s official announcement post.

What are your thoughts on the latest WordPress Release?

Are you a fan? Will you be singing this song? Please let us know in the comments section below.

New nonprofits site from Facebook

New nonprofits site from Facebook

Facebook has created a specific site today to assist nonprofits in reaching supporters on facebook.

This is a great move from Facebook to help the nonprofit sector.

Below is a excerpt of the official announcement:

Today we are excited to announce that we’re adding a new feature to nonprofits.fb.com: a blog with in-depth articles on strategies and tools to help nonprofits and NGOs increase their impact on Facebook. We hope this blog will add more valuable resources for your organization, regardless of your size, focus or location.

New posts with tips and updates will be added regularly, and we hope they help you use Facebook to advance your nonprofit’s mission.

For all our nonprofit friends out there we hope you learn more about using facebook for your organisation.

Pin It on Pinterest