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Customer Spotlight : Granco Clark

May 23, 2014, 2:41 pm

We recently launched a new custom-designed, content managed website for Granco Clark, an aluminum extrusion industry supplier located in Belding, MI. 

This project had us created two websites, one in English and one completely in Chinese. The Granco Clark China site will launch shortly! 

The Granco Clark staff were an absolute pleasure to work with especially our main contact, Scott Biggs. 

We love when we have satisfied customers and receive great feedback.

Granco Clark



Customer Spotlight : Villa Marine Bar & Grill

May 22, 2014, 11:47 am

The Villa Marine Bar & Grill has been a staple in Frankfort, MI since the 1940's and also a favorite destination for many Michiganders.

When we ran into owner, Jerry Hendrix at a company outing a few months ago, he expressed his interested in updating his website since most of the information on the website, including specials, hours and images were out of date. It was almost impossible for him to get ahold of his website administrator, so we set up a plan to come to the rescue! 

Villa Marine Bar & GrillWe were able to set the Villa Marine Bar & Grill up with a bytePages template website to keep costs down and incorporated the byteEditor Content Management System to give them the ability to control their own website content. This was massively important to them, seeing as customers often use the website as a guide to their menu, location and hours. 



Customer Spotlight : Taste Bud Branding

May 15, 2014, 4:20 pm

Taste Bud Branding - BudGot a sweet tooth for corporate branded goodies? There's a new business in town called Taste Bud Branding here to fill those cravings with deliciously tasteful gifts & giveaways. 

Taste Bud Branding can take your logo, photos or any image and create quality branded snacks from BBQ sauce to trail mix. These guys have the right connections to make a product you not only want to display, but also one you want to eat! 

Our friends at Idea Stream produced the web design and we built the website using our byteEditor Content Management System. We also integrated a custom ecommerce system, which has a lot of unique and fun features like the ability to search by category, price bestsellers and more. 



Heartbleed Defeated

April 14, 2014, 4:26 pm

HeartbleedBy now, you have most likely heard about the internet bug, Heartbleed, which has impacted a large number of companies on the web. Heartbleed affected the OpenSSL framework used by many online businesses to privately send data to and from internet servers. The attack could then leak information from the server’s memory, specifically the private key that is used for a website's secure certificate, and prevent your website from being secured.

We want to assure you that Byte Productions has taken the proactive actions to insure the integrity of our client's websites during this breach in security. Above and beyond the required upgrades to our servers, we are also reissuing secure certificates for our client's websites.  There is no charge associated with the reissue of the certificates, but it does involve an action on the client's part.  



The End of .TC Domains

March 24, 2014, 10:18 am

RIP .TCIf you live in Northern Michigan, you may have noticed the use of .TC for local domains. Many companies decided to purchase these domains and use them to reference an easy way to remember "Traverse City".  In reality, the .TC domain is the Internet country code for Turks and Caicos Islands. 

In 2013 a major dispute arose between AdamsNames, who used to run the .TC registry, and Meridian, the company who currently runs the registry. 

AdamsNames accused Meridian of attempting to hijack the registry, and is now warning the public against registering domain names with them. The dispute was documented on some domain name blogs in early 2013.



National Cherry Festival Gets Fresh Look for 2014

March 12, 2014, 10:06 am

Although the countdown to the Cherry Festival has been ticking since July of last year. It somehow seems  closer and more relevant as the snow begins to melt and the first signs of Spring have erupted. 

113 days left. 

In the office this morning, talks of tent beer (drinking beer in a tent) were brought up. How we miss the festivals and activities and most of all one of our favorite summer events, The National Cherry Festival. 

Luckily for us, we get a taste of summer and cherries, working with the festival all year long. Whether it's providing event registration for the Leapin' Leprechaun or working on the website throughout the off season. 



New Domain Ownership Rules

February 27, 2014, 2:50 pm

New rules for owning a domain name now require involvement from the domain owner.



Thaw of the Dead - Byte Gets Zombiefied

February 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

Thaw of the Dead Are you a zombie fan? Do you love movies? Have you run in the Traverse City Zombie Run?  If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then you need to get involved in the Thaw of the Dead project! 

Our friends at  The Treefort Collective are creating a short zombie film which a special Northern Michigan twist. You've never seen zombies like this before, frostbitten, freezing and sure to delight even the biggest zombie fan!  With a whole crew of special effects artists and local talent, Thaw of the Dead will be filmed entirely in the Grand Traverse  Region and even feature some of your favorite hang outs (Hint: The Cheese Shanty).



Customer Spotlight : Safety By Design

February 3, 2014, 3:20 pm

Safety By Design Logo

Safety by Design, LLC is consulting firm with an emphasis on providing Safety, Health and Environmental support to the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and General Industry both on land and offshore. Their main office is located in Kalkaska, MI and they recently opened a second location in Dover, OH. 

Safety By Design came to Byte looking for a custom-designed website that was consistent with their print and marketing materials. They gave us business cards, photos and pamphlets, which are very helpful for our designer to ensure consistent branding.  We also discussed important elements that should be featured on the homepage. As you can see, they requested a large image of their main location with an editable text box, contact form and homepage text. 



Change to DNS for Better Stability

January 30, 2014, 3:05 pm

A few of our customers were affected by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack on December 17th. The DoS attack was not directed against Byte Productions, but toward the domain name servers of the domain registrar that we use: Tucows/OpenSRS.

Domain name servers (DNS) are what points your domain name to a webserver as well as pointing your email routing records to the appropriate email servers. This attack, which lasted about 8 hours, effectively made entire websites unreachable.  Tucows/OpenSRS reports that they manage about 14 million domain names, so this had the potential to be a pretty large hit to the internet as a whole.

Domain name servers are something that have been targeted often with DoS attacks.  About a year ago we saw Godaddy, an even bigger DNS provider, go down for about 16 hours.   In our case, Tucows mitigated the problem in about 8. 



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