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Category Archives: Pyramid Content Management

Information and updates about the Pyramid Website Content Management System offered and maintained by Radar Hill.

New Pyramid Features

One of the many advantages of working with Radar Hill is that we create a completely custom website to suit your business. We know how important it is to be able to easily manage your website’s content, which is why our Content Management System (CMS), called Pyramid, is an added feature available to our clients. Pyramid enables the user to edit content themselves, which means that there is no waiting to get that latest announcement or picture added onto a website – simply login to the backend and make the desired changes.

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New VREB Plugin

Over the last few months the team at Radar Hill have been working on a new plugin for the Victoria Real Estate Board. They began by evaluating what already existed, which was a plugin that Radar Hill created in 2013. It was great when it was built, however technology changes at such a pace that it became necessary not just to update the plugin, but to create a whole new one.

To build the new plugin, Roger, Ken, and Mike proceeded to create a mock-up of the end goal, which allowed them to easily rearrange items and preview the functionality of it before completely building it.

It is not just the look on the outside that changes, but all the behind-the-scenes coding that requires development. The technical details will not be elaborated on in this post, but if you would like more information, feel free to ask Roger. Suffice to say, this new plugin is awesome!

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3D Aerial Video For Real Estate

To use a cliché saying, “location, location, location.” With more and more activity and business happening online it is only expected that the home buying process is hugely digital. People want to know everything about a house before going to view it, and location is a vital aspect of choosing a home. It’s all very well to say that a property is “overlooking spectacular ocean views” or “nestled at the end of a quiet street,” it is another to be able to show that via aerial video. But luckily that’s exactly what you can do now, courtesy of Google Earth and CorkScrew Visuals Inc.

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Winter Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

Welcome to 2016 and another exciting year here on Vancouver Island. With the holiday festivities behind us, it is time for this season’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest. Don’t let the title of this newsletter mislead you. The tips don’t relate to winter, snow, heavy rain or gloom, but hopefully they are of interest to local businesses and our clients. Continue reading

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Autumn Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

leavesThe Halloween festivities are over, ghosts, goblins and ghoulish ghouls are creeping and crawling back into their crates, and it is time for this season’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.
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Mobile Websites Are Still Dead

ClosedApril 2012 I wrote about a blog post “Mobile is Dead” detailing the death of mobile only websites. These are the websites that replicate the desktop version of a website for display on a phone. This type of website is SO dead now I cannot believe they are still being sold.

Don’t Waste Your Money

A mobile “friendly” website is not what you want to buy. The reasoning is obvious – it’s only meant to display professionally on a phone! Responsive web design (RWD) is where you want to make your investment – a responsive website is capable of SO much more and is the only product professional web developments companies should sell you. Check out the good reasons to invest in RWD: Continue reading

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April Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

A woman's hands holding up an iPad showing the Google homepageSpring is in the air, although our winter has been unusually mild. Time for this month’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.

Password Tip

What makes a good password? How do you choose a good password? If you are now using any of the password wallet or password lockers we mentioned last month, these can create passwords that are harder to break because they are composed of numbers, and UPPER and lower case letters. An example is rnuw7DuaGAhZ. Some have the option of including other characters such as $%&#!*. An example is C$qrw5k9x9K&. Note that not all programs you log into will accept special characters. Continue reading

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March Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

As we prepare for tomorrow’s Google workshop, here is this month’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.

Things that make you go ‘Hmmm’

One Google AdWord we did for a local plumber was ‘disapproved’ by Google. The ad (modified to protect the innocent):

24/7 Drain Rooter Service
[website]
Professional Drain Scopes & Repair.
Call Now And Receive $25 Off!

The reason Google gave for disapproving it? Their Guns & parts category. It seems the Scopes part triggered their anti-weapons filter.

Hmmm…

Password Tip

It is a good idea, a really good idea, not to use the same password for everything. Do not use an identifiable password, either. You have dozens of accounts requiring passwords, and probably think it is convenient to use as few passwords as possible. If a hacker gets into one of your accounts, that hacker can get into the others, and then you are doomed. Continue reading

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REALTOR® Website Upgrade: Sooke Homes

Bruce and Linda MacMillan are a fabulous husband and wife real estate team located in beautiful Sooke, BC. This website upgrade began when the MacMillans needed new listing feeds added to their website. To access these new reciprocity listing feeds, we needed to upgrade their site to our new VREB Listings Administration which is part of our Pyramid CMS. Now when visitors come to their website, they can easily view all homes listed for sale in Sooke or Metchosin.

With the new VREB Listings Administration, Bruce and Linda are easily able to make edits and changes to all of their listings. Every listing is automatically updated when it is uploaded to Matrix. The listings administration allows the MacMillans make changes to listing information on their personal website.

Pyramid CMS - Listings Administration

Pyramid CMS – Listings Administration

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Website Upgrade: Cherish Community Living

The website for Cherish Living may not look much different, but the back end sure does! We’ve done a major website upgrade for CherishVictoria.ca to our fabulous Pyramid CMS. Previously Cherish had to send all change requests into us as there was no CMS (Content Management System) in place from the previous designer. Now they can make changes to all their page content themselves, making updates quick and easy!

Website Upgrade: Cherish Living CMS

Cherish Living CMS

On top of the content management we also built a document repository for investors. The investors section allows those interested in investing to sign up and be granted access to special documents. Cherish has full control over who is granted access and what documents each user access to. Continue reading

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New VREB Listing Administration for Real Estate

We have been working hard to improve the VREB Listing administration for our Real Estate clients. Our previous system LIMO (Listing Inventory Management Online) has become old and outdated so it was time to make some changes!

Our new listings administration is no longer LIMO, it is now built in with our Pyramid CMS (Content Management System) which means when you login to make edits to your website content you don’t have to go anywhere else to make changes to your listings! We refer to the new listings administration as the VREB Listings Plug-in and it is being used on all new Real Estate websites and we are offering upgrades for all our Real Estate clients that are using LIMO.

The new VREB Listings is great for agents, agencies and groups of agents working together! It allows you to make updates and changes to your listings and your website content all in one convenient place. Though you won’t have to make changes often on your listings if you’re updating them in Matrix as the data is automatically grabbed from Matrix frequently. This is in place so that if you add a new listing to Matrix, it will appear on your website and if you make changes to a listing in Matrix, it will appear on your website. Continue reading

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Workshop Invitation: Getting the most out of Radar Hill’s Pyramid Content Management System; and Hiring

Workshop Invitation: Getting the most out of Radar Hill’s Pyramid Content Management System; We are Hiring. Newsletter Volume #3, Issue #6: November 26, 2012.

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