Sanmita Welcomes Wheaton College

Sanmita is pleased to welcome Wheaton College as our newest client. The college, located in Norton, Mass., joins Sanmita’s growing roster of higher education clients. Through our new partnership, Sanmita will collaborate with Wheaton’s IT and web teams to evaluate their current systems and processes, and recommend strategies to build a more robust and scalable web platform.

Sanmita will also assist Wheaton with its mobile strategy, including developing mobile apps and responsive websites.

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The College of Saint Rose Mobile Site Goes Live

The College of Saint Rose is sporting a new look these days — at least on handheld devices. On February 16, the college’s mobile site went live, transforming its website into a responsive design that adapts to any screen size.  Sanmita and College of Saint Rose collaborated on the site’s features, and Sanmita developed the responsive design and mobile site. The end result is a functional, streamlined and attractive mobile experience.Picture 3

What’s particularly exciting for us is that the College of Saint Rose’s mobile site uses Sanmita’s Smart Filter plugin. Our plugin can virtually take any website and convert it to a responsive site.  Our Smart Filter plugin works with any content management system (CMS) and can make a website responsive in about one-third the time that it would take to create an entirely new mobile website.  If a client desires, Sanmita can implement the tool and also provide plugin hosting.

Sanmita has already helped major universities like Tulane University, Texas Wesleyan University, and the University of North Texas, Dallas with their mobile web strategies. Want to see how your school’s site would look on a smartphone, tablet and desktop computer? Try our complimentary responsive design testing tool.

For the College of Saint Rose project, Sanmita worked with the school’s existing website and CMS. Although we were unfamiliar with the school’s CMS, we successfully navigated the system with help from the college’s web team to build the new site. Our vast experience with higher education websites means we are up for challenges like this one.

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Improving Web Accessibility

When you tackle a website project — a new site or a redesign — web accessibility must be a top priority.  By federal law, websites must be usable  and accessible by people with disabilities. In reality,  it can be challenging to ensure a website is compliant, but advancements in design and planning are making this process easier.

At Sanmita, we are committed to accessible design and our work complies with all mandates. Our exclusive AcademicsWeb content management system (CMS) is Section 508 (ADA) compliant and web standards compliant.

Increasingly, accessible design is regarded as high-quality design because it emphasizes a clean look and usable, thoughtful navigation. Responsive design, which allows websites to adjust to any screen size and any type of device, helps with accessibility as well. (That’s just one of the many reasons we advocate for responsive design.)

But achieving accessibility can be challenging, particularly for sites with many levels of content and features. So what can you do to see if your website complies? Here are some ideas:

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Now Available: Our Responsive Design Tool

Just how ubiquitous are mobile devices?  Take a look around on the bus, a plane or a restaurant, and you’ll see most people using a device. Smart phones and tablets users are untethered and free to browse, shop and share from anywhere. For marketers, this creates opportunities to reach potential clients no matter where they are.

But, when mobile users go to your website, what do they see? Does your website look like a shrunken version of its desktop iteration, with tiny print, crammed navigation and miniscule photos? Or does it adjust, preserving key information and images at a usable size?  If it is responsive to any device, you’re in a great position.

A responsive website automatically adjusts to any screen size and any device. This creates a positive user experience and helps your institution or business improve reach.

Want to check if a website is responsive? Sanmita can help. We’re so committed to responsive design, we’ve developed a complimentary tool to check if any website is responsive. With our tool, you can see how a site looks on a tablet, smartphone and desktop.

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Texas Wesleyan, Sanmita Partnership Grows

At Sanmita, a key indicator of our success is when clients return to us with new projects. That’s why we are thrilled to be working with Texas Wesleyan University on a third collaboration. This time, Texas Wesleyan tapped Sanmita to implement a responsive design solution for their main website, www.txwes.edu.

Sanmita will implement the responsive filter on Texas Wesleyan’s existing content management system.  Sanmita already created a responsive design solution for Texas Wesleyan’s main site through our smart filter technology, so the implementation will be a smooth transition.  Responsive design is critical to making sure your website is a positive experience for the largest possible audience   — particularly users viewing on mobile devices.

With our innovative smart filter responsive tool, Sanmita can make a website responsive in just 4 weeks and at 1/3 the cost of creating an entirely new website.

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Cornell DrupalCamp 2013 Preview

Cornell DrupalCamp 2013 is just one week away and this is one you don’t want to miss. The university’s first-ever Drupal event is loaded with informative sessions whether you’re just starting out or a Drupal expert.

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For a quick refresher: Drupal is a free, open-source content framework that is used to power about 2% of websites worldwide, including many higher education websites. Sanmita builds Drupal-based content management systems (CMS) for many of our higher education clients. Drupal works well for dynamic websites rich with multimedia and data, and multiple users. Sanmita is also a partner with Acquia, the for-profit company that provides Drupal consulting and support.

Sanmita is thrilled to be a Gold Sponsor for the Cornell DrupalCamp2013. With just a week until the event, here are some Cornell DrupalCamp sessions you don’t want to miss:

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We’ll Say it Again: Think Mobile

Mobile is on our minds daily at Sanmita. We know the majority of mobile consumers have smartphones and a growing number own tablets. That means they’re connected  wherever they go. We want our clients to be ready, either with responsive websites or mobile applications. We determined to maximize your marketing reach with social media and mobile marketing, including text and email campaigns. And we also can help measure your conversion, and evaluate what’s cutting through the clutter.

Next year, we want to push mobile even further. 2014 is expected to be a watershed in mobile web usage and social media. And means boundless new opportunities for digital marketing.

Just how big is mobile getting? The latest figures are striking.

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As Tablets Explode, Are You Ready?

When you look around, does it seem like everyone has a tablet computer?It isn’t your imagination. Tablet penetration is exploding and the robust growth is expected to continue into next year.

Worldwide, shipments of tablets climbed 54% from 2012 to 2013, with 184, 431 units shipping this year, up from 120,203 last year.

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Making the Right Mobile Choices

Here at Sanmita, we’ve been thinking a lot about mobile solutions. Mobile offers opportunities to reach users anytime — as long as they have a smartphone or tablet with them (which most people do these days). And we know they want straightforward design and easy navigation. They want all the features of a desktop site, but tailored for smaller screens.

Ever tried to view a desktop site on your mobile device? It is incredibly frustrating. The content is difficult to read and navigation. Users constantly need to zoom.  But responsive websites make this seamless, adjusting the content to any size screen.

To provide a glimpse of just how important mobile-friendly sites are, Sanmita is building a free tool where you can see how a website looks on a smartphone, tablet and desktop.

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Sanmita Welcomes College of Saint Rose

Sanmita is pleased to welcome the College of Saint Rose as its newest client. The college, located in Albany, NY, has selected Sanmita to make its website responsive on mobile devices, which will improve the presentation and user experience.

Sanmita will use its exclusive Smart Filter tool to adapt the College of Saint Rose’s website for mobile. The responsive site is expected to launch in late December. Read more

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