Web Development

Market IQ specializes in website and blog development services using open source (OSS) content management systems (CMS) Joomla!, Drupal and Wordpress

Why should you care that Market IQ uses Joomla!, Drupal and Wordpress to develop client websites and blogs?

We use Joomla! to develop client websites because it is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.

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Market IQ uses Wordpress to develop client blogs because it is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

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What does Market IQ have against custom content management systems and static websites?

We have nothing against proprietary content management systems, static websites and developer-centric website management.

However, Market IQ develops websites and blogs with clients' long-term budget and management goals in mind.

Static websites built with desktop code editors and WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors look great and function great. However, most website updating and content management is performed by the development company and can cost upwards of $100 per hour. If a custom, proprietary CMS is offered, the client is shackled to the developer, making domain and hosting transfers difficult and arduous.

Joomla! on the other hand is a web-based CMS which lets the client manage their website through a graphical user interface (GUI) on the web. Updating by the client and website owner can be performed by logging into their website's backend control panel. New pages, images and fields can be placed.

No longer are business owners hamstrung by their developer's work schedule; frustrated by poor execution of content placement and update instructions; or left gasping for air when the website maintenance bill arrives.

As well, Joomla! and Wordpress are extensible via modules, components, and templates. They are also constructed with the search engines and cross-browser compatibility in mind.

Beautiful & Intuitive Design

Cascading Style Sheets mean all pages on Joomla! and Wordpress websites are consistent in appearance, featuring clean, organized user-focused design and intuitive navigation.

Intelligent Web Copy Writing by Market IQ

Search Engine Optimized copy and content construction is a Market IQ specialty. Working closely with clients, Market IQ writers produce interesting and powerful content, written in a clear, concise and original manner. The goal is to drive visitors through the site and convert them into clients and customers.

Rapid Development, Rapid Deployment

Depending on client availability and project complexity, most Joomla! and Wordpress websites and blogs can be built and launched within 14 days. Simply fill in Market IQ's online development quote form indicating you needs and wants and we will respond within 24 hours with a price quote. Market IQ's development team can meet all your design, copy writing, branding, hosting and email needs.
Ideally, sign up for a Market IQ Joomla! or Wordpress development and within 21 days begin receiving quote requests and client referrals in your email in-box.

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OSS Q&A

What is open source software?

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software for which the source code and certain other rights reside in the public domain. This allows users and developers to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified forms. Development, testing and reviews are conducted in a public, collaborative manner, resulting in robust, intuitive, popular software.

What are some of the more popular OSS titles?

Apache Server
Apache HTTP Server is a free software/open source HTTP web server for Unix-like systems (BSD, Linux, and UNIX systems), Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare and other platforms.

MySQL
MySQL is popular for web applications such as MediaWiki or PHP-Nuke and acts as the database component of the LAMP and WAMP platforms (Linux/Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP/Perl/Python). Its popularity as a web application is closely tied to the popularity of PHP, which is often combined with MySQL and nicknamed the Dynamic Duo.

Linux
Linux is a computer operating system. It is one of the most prominent examples of open source development and free software; unlike proprietary operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS, all of its underlying source code is available to the public for anyone to freely use, modify, and redistribute. Some of the most popular distributions are Ubuntu, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Suse.

Wiki
The wiki software is a type of website that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change all content very quickly and easily, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative writing.

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.- The Open Source Initiative

Market IQ is a website development, graphic design, publishing and marketing agency in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Market IQ is focused on delivering results for valued clients both online and in print. All images, text, software, documentation, electronic text and image files, audio and video files and clips, and other materials on this website are protected by copyright laws and may be covered by other restrictions as well.

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