• User Stories - And Why You Really Need To Write Them!

    We’re often approached by potential clients asking how much their app idea would cost to build, except they don’t have wireframes or anything for that matter besides the ideas in their heads. Approaching a developer asking how long and how much for the idea in my head to become a reality, without any real due diligence or architecting, is like approaching a contractor and asking how much the dream house I have in my head is going to cost me and how long is it going to take to build. It’s very difficult to take questions like these seriously. At Alkami we totally empathize with the soon-to-be tech entrepreneur. Two of the best ways to mock-up something a developer could understand are wireframing and user stories. We’ve covered wireframing in an earlier post, it’s great and really gets across what you want. Wireframing could be a little time consuming, and potentially costly if you want to pay someone else to do it, depending on the scope of your app. User stories are super fast and easy to create, and they really help you as a founder solidify how your clients are going to be using your app.

  • Rails vs WordPress

    At Alkami we specialize in Ruby On Rails and believe that for most of our target clients this is a great, cost effective solution for getting their MVP up and running within a reasonable timeframe. We are sometimes asked what the difference is between building Rails vs Wordpress apps. Without fully understand what type of app they want, clients often assume Wordpress would be a simple solution.

  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

    A core component of Lean Startup methodology, developed by Eric Ries, is the build-measure-learn feedback loop. The first step is figuring out the problem that needs to be solved and then developing a minimum viable product (MVP) to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible.

  • Is it a web site? A web app? Or a native app?

    Many people are still confused about the difference between common types of applications(apps). Everyone seems to understand what a web site is, but when you say things like not all web sites are web apps or most web apps are also web sites, eye’s tend to glaze over. Let’s break things down.

  • Search Engine Optimization Part 3

    What’s the point of having a website if no one can find it? In part-2 of this wicked gnarly series we covered anchor tags, images, heading tags, robots.txt file, and re=’no-follow’. This is our final part and will focus on mobile.

  • Search Engine Optimization Part 2

    What’s the point of having a website if no one can find it? In part 1 we discussed creating accurate page titles, making use of the description meta tag, improving structure of your URL’s, making your site easier to navigate, preparing a sitemap and offering quality content and services. Let’s continue our dive into the mysterious world of SEO.

  • Search Engine Optimization Part 1

    What’s the point of having a website if no one can find it? following the best practices outlined by Google, I’ve decided to summarize the basics in a 3 part series. If you follow the pointers in this series, it will make it easier for search engines to crawl, index and understand the content on your site. Over time this should lead to more visitors and better search rankings.

  • Creating A WireFrame For Your Site

    Every entrepreneur that’s considering starting a web based business needs to understand the fundamentals of wireframing.

  • The Universe Of Static Site Generators

    Let’s talk about the differences between static and dynamic sites.

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