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(This article is a recap of a lightning talk I recently delivered at the Business of Software conference.) As the Chief Creative Officer here at Crowd Favorite, I spend pretty much all day obsessing about how to improve user experiences. I’ve observed a number of recurring software design problems over the years, and I thought I’d share a…

Background iSigner is a JavaScript project for a subscription-based service which embeds an American Sign Language interpreter into a page, and allows the creator of that page to direct the plugin to sign page content, including image attributes (alt/title), video, and text. In order to provide the greatest amount of accessibility and flexibility that is…

We are proud to announce the release of the new and improved open-source Annotum WordPress theme. The new Annotum is compatible with WordPress 3.8+, and more completely supports valid scholarly article authoring. To class it up, we introduced a number of other improvements. Annotum is a product of Solvitor with heavy lifting by Crowd Favorite, in collaboration with…

One of the many things I have in common with our incoming CTO, Chris Lema, is we’ve both been serving Enterprise clients for over 20 years. While my focus has been primarily on the services side, Chris’ expertise comes from a products background.  As we have spent the last year or more collaborating, discussing and…

Our CTO Alex King was interviewed by Richard Banfield for Fresh Tilled Soil’s Digital Design Leadership series. In this 20 minute interview, Alex provides background on the evolution of Crowd Favorite and the shaping of our inspired culture. He also shares a sneak peak into his vision for the future of Crowd Favorite.

Companies offering enterprise WordPress hosting have focused too much on technology and not enough on the missing element in enterprise hosting…

*This article was originally published on Forty.co. Forty is now Crowd Favorite.   I approach design the same way I approach life: success lies in balancing a given set of goals or requirements. In almost all cases, “perfection” does not define success—rather, the best outcome lies at the intersection of desirability, feasibility, and viability. In…

Hiring well into a small, focused team like Crowd Favorite is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Over the last few months we’ve had openings for a front-end developer and a web application designer. We put a lot of effort into the job listings, our “we’re hiring” page and trying to project our…

VeloMedia and Crowd Favorite have successfully closed the deal, joining the two companies. For those of you behind the times, in October of 2013, Karim Marucchi (Founder, VeloMedia) and Alex King (Founder, Crowd Favorite) started a discussion: What if we took the skill sets and reach of both our companies, and combined them? That simple…

*This article was originally published on Forty.co. Forty is now Crowd Favorite.   We recently redesigned our own website (on which you’re probably reading this article right now), and thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the technology elements running the background that help shape the overall user experience. Ultra advanced front-end…

I am pleased to announce that Crowd Favorite’s hosting business, CloudMoxie, has been acquired by our friends at WP Engine. We were the majority partner in CloudMoxie, a boutique web hosting business from 2010-2013. We are no longer offering web hosting services so that we can better focus on our client services and product offerings….

Crowd Favorite founder Alex King has been interviewed by Troy Dean on WP Elevation. He talks about his history with WordPress, his approach to building the team here, the merger with VeloMedia and more in the 70 minute conversation. Prefer just the audio? You can also download the MP3.

*This article was originally published on Forty.co. Forty is now Crowd Favorite.   This is the story of what Agile is really all about, why it’s so dang hard to implement well, and why (with a little soul-searching) it works beautifully for design.   The birth of Agile In February of 2001, seventeen software developers…

Yesterday we enjoyed our team cookie exchange. Yum! We try do do this every year, and this year we put a different spin on it – a cookie bracket! Think March Madness without the trash talking (and everyone being a winner because they are taking home a few dozen yummy cookies). It’s a great opportunity…

I’m very excited to announce that Crowd Favorite is joining forces with our good friends at VeloMedia! Karim (VeloMedia) with Jon, Jonel and Alex (Crowd Favorite) at WordCamp Denver 2013. When I started building the team at Crowd Favorite I did so with the intention of creating a sustainable business where I’d want to work….