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Manage your business from one single place

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Servage
There are many business management, collaboration, communication and CRM apps out there, with more or less functionality. But what really makes a good one stand out from the crowd? It's depending a lot on your needs, but certainly Skylight is a very interesting player in the field. It offers a wide range of functionality to improve the work processes in your organization. Projects and milestones is your project management tool, which lets you and your team stay on top of current tasks, overall progress and workload. Core functions are: Project activity feed keeps you up to date on everything that’s ...

Manage your web development more efficiently

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Servage
Web development goes though many stages. It all starts with a great idea or vision that turns into a real concept, the base for your application and business. Often multiple persons are involved in the project, it takes a team effort to be successful. And being successful is what it's all about, since no one can feed himself from great ideas alone. So how do you ensure success from the beginning? You can't! But what you definitely can do, is improve the odds. You can surround yourself and your project with skilled and ten-oriented people, you can use professional management tools, and much more. Another thing that you definitely can do, is to use a great tool to organize your collaborative effort, to streamline development and make sure everyone is pulling in the same direction.

Shift scheduling made easy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Servage
Are you ever working according to a schedule? Or maybe in charge of creating such schedules? Then you know about all the problems arising from shift planning. Getting the schedule done in the first place can be very tiresome. But afterwards, challenges arise as well. Very commonly is the management of people staying home sick, shift swaps between employees, holiday planning etc. Scheduling quickly becomes a very complex task, and simply managing it with an Excel sheet can be very inefficient. Thankfully there are many tools available out there, to make the task easier. What you really want is help creating the schedule based on predetermined parameters, like employee availability, holidays ...

Promote your offers regularly

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by Servage
Every business-owner knows how hard it is to get customers to buy something. It counts for retailers as well as online stores. Offline as well as online service providers. No matter the product, you are likely to find yourself in a highly competitive market, where other businesses are looming around like sharks, trying to get their share of the customers. Plenty of marketing methods evolve around spam, where businesses somehow send out information in bulk, to any recipient they believe could somehow remotely be interested. This is valid for email, flyer, posters, magazine or newspaper advertisement. Smart people have learned to optimize this process, using demographics and other user-derived information, so ...

Efficient web-based project management

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Servage
You probably know the hazzles of project management. Always trying to maintain the big picture, understanding the milestones and goals for the project, collecting information aboutproblems, solutions and progress. Some people keep all this stuff in their head, and the edge of explosion, some people use notes, some use Excel, some use apps. Some use great apps that really make your project management easier. There quite a few project management apps out there. Some free, some commercial. I've choosen two that I would like to present, because I think they can help you with your project management in an efficient way. One paid, and one free alternative. Basecamp 37Signals's Basecamp is ...

Lightweight CMS for your websites

Monday, May 7th, 2018 by Servage
PulseCMS is a lightweight content management system for small websites that just need basic features - which are most of the sites out there! Core features PulseCMS is easy to install. It only requires a PHP webhost like Servage. No database is required because the CMS works with files alone. This improves performance. Rebranding and localization are possible, so you can even let your customers work directly on their own websites. Good for international users or if you are a web agency Content editing works with editable blocks defined in the HTML templates. It includes a simple WYSIWYG (What your see is what you get) editor for content manipulation. There is a function ...

Beautiful color selection made easy

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Servage
Have you ever been trying to figure out how to get the colors for your web project design to match each other? Or have you ever been stuck trying to find suitable colors for a website that should match an existing logo to integrate in the corporate identity? Color selection can be easy if you know exactly what you want, but mostly you are starting from scratch, maybe with an idea or preset main color. However, how do you define proper fitting colors to go along with the main color, to both fit the intended design and be aesthetic at the same time? Maybe you have heard of complementary colors? Being ...

Create nice documentation for your PHP code

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Servage
It's a common problem amongh developers that insufficiently or no documentation of code causes problems, delays, misunderstandings. Even code you wrote yourself could look really strange after a while, when you no longer remember what's exactly going on. At this point a good documentation could help you save time and nerves. PhpDocumentor is a good script that generates documentation for your code based on inline comments in your script files. It can generate various output formats, has different themes, and is very customizable. It only requires that you actually commend your code. You can read how to comment your code easily in the PhpDocumentor manual. There are a ...

Auto-install popular scripts. It’s magic!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by Servage
Hey, have you ever wondered why so many free scripts are complicated to setup? Why don't they always work out of the box? Exactly! It's annoying! Many Servage users think that way, and I can only agree with you. And it doesn't have to be like that. With the Autoinstaller tool in your Servage account, you can install many of the most common open source scripts within seconds. It's as simple as pressing the mouse button. The need for an Autoinstaller Most open source scripts require somewhere in the area of a few to a lot of things to setup and customize, depending on your hosting account, before it works. This is often because the developers have made ...

Validation of EU VAT numbers

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Servage
eu_flagCompanies that reside in the EU are obligated to check the validity of business customers' VAT numbers before engaging in intra-community tax-exempt transactions. For example if you are a British company providing an online service to a German company, you would need to validate the German company's VAT number in order to legally skip the VAT on the invoicing. Obvisouly it would make sense to du this programatically during your order process, which is why the European VAT Number Validation API is ideal. The API allows you to validate any given EU VAT number directly from your code by using the following GET request URL - for example in PHP ...