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By Brian Beaupied | Originally published at c2experience.com

In October 2020, the Online Accessibility Act was introduced to Congress to extend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to include consumer-facing websites and mobile applications. For years, momentum has been building to see the ADA expand and provide guidance to businesses as the proliferation of technology in society (amplified by a global pandemic) has made websites and applications de facto places of public accommodation.

Over the last several years, complaints and lawsuits around web and online accessibility have only continued to increase. Among the most popular targets have been the retail and food industries. Education, financial services, municipalities, and government organizations are also regularly put under a microscope as business models continue to adopt browser-based technologies. …


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By David Korff & David Fewless | Originally published on c2experience.com

Episerver’s continuous release cycle provides new features and bug fixes on a bi-weekly cadence. Every other month, C2 will aggregate and highlight some of the bigger updates to Epi software. To learn more, or if you have specific questions, you can contact The C2 Group, an Episerver Gold Partner, here.

Commerce Updates

Extended functionality of the Order Management module for CSR app

Fixed in: EPiServer.Commerce 13.26.0 [ID: COM-11747]

Episerver has added the ability to add placeholders of custom code within the Order Management module. …


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By Evan Prout | Originally published at c2experience.com

While the progression towards a high-tech world is promising, people crave more high-touch experiences.

That’s where personalization comes in.

To implement personalization successfully, it requires harmony between content, technology and, most importantly, design to deliver those flexible, personalized experiences. Teams can’t just slap personalization over outdated technology or design, they must understand that successful personalization requires design that is flexible and anticipates dynamic content.

Enter component-based design.‍

What is component-based design?

Component-based design — commonly referred to as ‘ atomic design’, a ‘ design system ‘, or ‘material design’ — is a best practice and organized system for building a website, application, or any digital product in pieces. The pieces are page elements like a header, search form, text blocks, buttons, etc. When structured correctly, you get a library of components, like shown below, designed to handle and structure different types, variations, and combinations of content. …


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By Brian Beaupied | Originally published at c2experience.com

In order to stay competitive in today’s disrupted business climate, companies — regardless of size or industry — must constantly be on the lookout for ways to control costs, increase efficiency, and deliver value to customers. The pressure has been turned up as we look at the impact that COVID-19 has had around the world.

For many organizations, this impact has meant budget and staff reductions, postponement of planned strategic initiatives, and adjustments to support remote work. Despite shrinking budgets, demand for new digital services and experiences are growing, tasking marketing and IT leaders to find creative solutions to get more done with fewer resources. …


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By Brian Beaupied | Originally published at c2experience.com

The C2 Group, in partnership with Diversified Medical Staffing, has announced the launch of Portico, a wellness screening and safe entry solution that supports return to work programs and a healthy West Michigan.

Keeping employees and customers safe is a serious and shared responsibility. In order for businesses to return to work safely, state requirements mandate employers implement self-screening protocols to reduce the risk of an outbreak or face potential fines. Business continuity for manufacturers and elder care facilities can be particularly vulnerable to highly transmissible viruses.

Portico is a web-based application designed to help identify potentially symptomatic employees, vendors, and facility visitors and mitigate the risk of community spread. The product leverages the software design and development capabilities of The C2 Group, a Grand Rapids-based design and development agency, and the field expertise of Diversified Medical Staffing, which provides onsite staffing for companies to assist in employee wellness screening. …


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by Hannah Svendor | Originally published at c2experience.com

Challenges arising from the spread of the coronavirus(COVID-19) have rapidly accelerated the use of new and existing technologies. While it’s been a catalyst for consumer technology adoption, rippling effects on businesses have taken shape in the form of tighter budgets and reduced staff.As consumers continue to lockdown and rely on digital connectivity, it is vital that businesses make the most of revenue-generating activities online by optimizing the digital tools they have.

What is Optimization?

Optimization is the process of making incremental and targeted changes based on different strategies and experiments to improve the performance of your website or internal tools. Optimizations are meant to below impact efforts that will drive high impact results, not time-consuming or lengthy projects. …


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By Brian Beaupied | Originally published at c2experience.com

From the Midwest to one of the nation’s best.

After four consecutive years of being recognized as one of West Michigan’s top employers, The C2 Group was recently recognized as a National Best and Brightest company. Of more than 1,700 nominations, C2 is one of just 183 winners from across the country.

The Best and Brightest programs identify, recognize, and celebrate the organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.

“This award represents C2’s dedication to creating a company culture that puts people first,” C2 Support Services Director Katie Herrick said. “We believe that everything we do as a company, all that we do to support our clients, it all starts with creating an environment where our talented teammates can thrive.” …


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By The C2 Group | Originally published on c2experience.com

In recent months, businesses have been challenged with finding new ways to balance workloads with reduced resources while also being expected to deliver results. With uncertainty still high, organizations have leaned more on digital partners as a means of differentiating and competing in their respective industries.

At C2, ongoing support agreements offer an all-access pass to expertise across C2’s team — UX and design, front- and back-end development, CMS, and more — to support a wide range of both regular and ad hoc needs. …


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By David Korff & David Fewless | Originally published at c2experience.com

Episerver’s continuous release cycle provides new features and bug fixes on a bi-weekly cadence. Each month, C2 will aggregate and highlight some of the bigger updates to Epi software. To learn more, or if you have specific questions, you can contact The C2 Group, an Episerver Gold Partner, here.

Support on-page edit of content areas

Fixed in: EPiServer.CMS.UI 11.27.0 [ID: CMS-16043]

Previously, you could not edit blocks directly from the on-page edit screen. With this update, developers can now render blocks inside content areas using guid based identifiers instead of the traditional integer-based identifiers. …


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By The C2 Group | Originally published at c2experience.com

As businesses increase their reliance on digital channels, partners must be ready to provide solutions that align with each organization’s unique business needs. Each organization contends with its own host of unique requirements, processes, priorities, challenges, staff sizes, and more. Simply put, there is never a one-size-fits-all solution to a given problem.

This is why The C2 Group is pleased to announce it is now supporting both Kentico and Orchard Core in addition to our longstanding Episerver practice.

After careful review, Kentico and Orchard Core were selected because of their .NET architecture, ability to customize and integrate with other best-of-breed systems, and sustainability and ease of use for non-technical end users. …

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