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After6 Now Provides WordPress Services

After6 Services is pleased to announce that we are now providing services on the WordPress web publishing platform. Our focus in choosing components for new WordPress sites will be:

  • usability for non-technical users,
  • security,
  • scalability, and
  • maintainability.

Balancing these goals on a complex platform like WordPress is a challenge.  But, after an entire summer of research, we rebuilt and relaunched the After6 Services website on WordPress.  We’re using a well-supported theme called Make from The Theme Foundry.  We’ve built three sites with Make and its companion WordPress plugin called Make Plus.

The Make / Make Plus combination provides great usability for WordPress users that don’t code, and really amazing page design speed.  We spent all summer on research, but completely migrated our site to WordPress and modernized its look and feel in less than 48 hours.

After6 Now Provides WordPress Services
After6 Now Provides WordPress Services

The reason we chose to build our website our Make Plus is because it lets us do templated page design without code.  This means that we can assemble predefined objects like sliders, banners, galleries, and post lists into pages, and publish them quickly.  This sort of design productivity has been difficult to impossible to achieve with Movable Type over the years.

Lack of these features on our website has been holding After6 back in terms of getting its message out to both new and existing customers. When we work with customers, we want to give these features to them as well.

The things that After6 has done well in the past, possessing a deep knowledge of the publishing stack, providing outstanding technical advice and operations know-how, and fully committing to customer success has already been brought over to our WordPress practice.  We look forward to recommending WordPress themes and plugins to you that are well supported and easy-to-use, to make website building and customer communications fun again.

If you’d like to work with us on a new website, a website relaunch, or a new campaign based on well-designed landing pages and Salesforce integrations, please contact us at customer.service [at] after6services.com.

After6 Announces Cloud Services Integrations, Featuring Salesforce and MailChimp

After6 Services is pleased to announce that it has begun building integrations between the WordPress and Movable Type publishing systems and the Salesforce.com Sales Cloud.  After6 is also creating integrations between the WordPress and Movable Type publishing systems and the MailChimp and Constant Contact Email Marketing Platforms.

Salesforce Integration

The simplest form of Salesforce integration is the construction of a Web-to-Lead Form.  Web-to-Lead forms help prospective customers visiting your website to register their interest in your company’s services, so that a salesperson can contact them later.

After6 also creates Web-to-Case Forms, for those companies who Salesforce workflows include cases.

MailChimp Integration

After6 works with customers to integrate their MailChimp mailing list Signup Forms into their websites.  There are many ways to do this, so much of what we do is needs analysis and user experience analysis of the parts of our customers’ websites where mailing list signup forms are being added.

Complex Integrations, Involving More Than One Cloud Service

After6 also builds and maintains complex integrations, including the participation of multiple cloud services in one, such as forms that simultaneously enter a prospective customer into the Salesforce Sales Cloud as a lead, and into MailChimp as a subscriber to one of our customers’ mailing lists.

Contact us at customer.service [at] after6services.com for more information about how we can get started.

Movable Type Upgrade to Version 6.1.2 or 5.2.13 Strongly Recommended

Earlier today, Six Apart announced the release of Movable Type 6.1.2. This new version of Movable Type supercedes Movable Type 6.1.1, which was found to have quality assurance problems.

After6 Services strongly recommends upgrading to Movable Type 6.1.2 when possible. The Movable Type 6.1 upgrade contained Version 2.0 of the Movable Type Data API, which adds important new functionality for customers who run applications that interact with Movable Type through JavaScript.

If you want After6 to perform a Movable Type upgrade for you, please visit the Movable Type Upgrade Service page on our website.

If you are still using a version of Movable Type prior to 6.1, read on for our recommendations. Read more