A Custom Back End Made with Ease

We recently developed a back-end for Industrial Pipe and Welding using a combination of SquareHook’s Intranet tool, Knack, and good ole’ JavaScript, HTML, & CSS. Here’s a bit more about our work for them.

What did they need?

IPW went with us for their front end website and chose us to handle their back end as well.
Like many businesses we deal with, IPW relies heavily on efficiently and accurately handled data. They were relying on Excel and traditional office workflows to handle their data and decided they wanted something better. IPW needed a back end that could handle all their data needs. Basically, an interactive web application that can handle things like compliance tracking, employee time sheets, and job summaries for billing.

We made it Easy

The traditional approach to custom back ends involves hiring a team of developers to build something out. They’ll need to set up web server, set up a database, set up a website framework and then work for hours and hours to make it work. We decided to make it easy. We used the SquareHook tool to easily build the website and put it on the web. No laborious server configuration. We used Knack for our database. Everything was set up for us. No tedious database configuration. Since we were able to set up all our framework in under a day, we had more time to spend developing the features and functionality that IPW actually cared about!

Custom Database App

Knack makes database apps easy. We can build things out quickly by using common software development patterns. We don’t need to waste time coding tables. Knack handles that for us. We don’t spend hours writing code for forms. Knack lets us set them up in minutes.

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Interested in a Custom Back End?

We’ve got you covered. SquareHook Intranet. Contact us if you’re interested in getting something going!

Article written by one of our rad programming pros, Hayden Shelton, who also built out this sweet custom back end.

Our Client Just Started Using Their Custom SquareHook Intranet

Our fantastic clients, Great Basin Industrial just launched their great new Intranet for their employees. 

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Great Basin has lots of important information (like insurance, 401K, payroll access, etc) that they wanted accessible to their entire staff, across several states.  How did they plan on making it available to all?  With their new Intranet, Great Basin Nation, that’s how!

We worked with their team to create a completely custom intranet that featured many cool things-employee photo galleries, major employee documents and forms, videos to stream, blogs with the latest happenings at the company, and more.

On all the pages, they wanted pertinent forms and videos on the right side. Their team can go into the SquareHook editor whenever they want, to update documents, videos, and content-as their company grows and evolves.

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We used out Portfolio tool, to integrate all of their employee photos.  As their events happen throughout the year, they can add those into new categories to the GB Nation photo gallery.

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Using our blogging tool, we were able to show them how to add events on specific pages, like Upcoming Events.  They created several blogs, relating to several topics-like events, safety tips, etc.

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If you’re looking to integrate a custom intranet for your company, we’d love to be your intranet creator choice!  Contact us at 801-386-9828.

We’re Taking a Look Back at SquareHook Over 2014

2014 has been our best year yet, here at SquareHook!  As we have grown and expanded, so has our reputation and product offering.

We have been working away, you may say comparable to Santa’s Workshop elves.  We have been GOING!  We have added tons of incredible features to the tool this year.  We can’t even believe how much we’ve improved the SquareHook CMS in just one year.

We wanted to share with you some of our product highlights, and features that have grown and expanded over this year!

eCommerce

Our team has been hard at work testing, developing, and testing some more to get our eCommerce piece out there to the masses this year. We’ve seen many incredible SquareHook stores’ traffic explode as shoppers flock to their online stores already.  What does the creation of our new eCommerce mean to you, our SquareHook clients?

  • You can easily add an unlimited number of products with different variations, depending on what you’re store is offering.
  • Our website builder has it all—do it yourself capabilities, along with the eCommerce functionality.
  • Your site visitors have an even easier shopping experience-both on desktop, and more importantly, on mobile!
  • You will save money on payment processing, by avoiding some expensive processing companies out there.  We have a number of different payment processing options for you to choose from!

HELP Book and New HELP Videos

As we are constantly updating our feature list on our website, we have a lot of new secrets to making your site the best it can be!
 
Our team has put together an all inclusive help book to assist you in your website creation journey.  In it, you can learn everything there is to know about adding images, content, hyperlinks, duplicating pages, adding videos, embedding or creating a blog from scratch!  It is a great supplemental tool to assist anyone when they may be stuck.
 
And, as always, our help website is here as a supplemental tool for you as well.    We’ve also had to remake our How-To videos to make it easier for our clients to follow along while they build their website.

Intranet

We just recently built this into our tool, for larger businesses that really need it for their company and employees. With our Intranet, you can customize a page, as to whether or not a certain role can access it or not. You can assign users (employees for example) to a role, like HR, Admin, or Employee. 

What’s different from using SquareHook for an Intranet vs using a home grown internet?  Our tool is ready to go.  You can create your companies intranet and be up and running now.  You can control access and build your intranet with all the power of a content management system.  You can also customize and adjust information, charts, table and communication without a programmer.  

In addition to an company intranet, you can have a customer intranet.  With our e-commerce engine you can even create a unique shopping experience for customers.  You can provide a platform for discounts easily. 

SEO

Earlier this year we added SEO customization under Page Settings in the Editor.  Clients can easily add Focus Keywords, SEO Titles, and meta descriptions for EVERY page within your website.  We added a new Alt Tag functionality you can add to your images….all of it improve your SEO search!  You’re welcome.

We wish you all a very Happy New Year!  We are excited to see what 2015 has in store!!

Does Your Website Have Intranet?

Everyone has access to the Internet, right?  But what about Intranet?  Wait….there’s a difference?  We can all agree that the names should have been slightly different, as to not confuse the masses, but what are you gonna do?

Let’s explain first, what an Intranet is.  It is a network belonging specifically to an organization or company, that is only accessible by it’s internal employees, members, or other administration.  It can look just like any ol’ website, but it has a security surrounding it, protecting others from accessing it.  So let’s say, your company has a website, but there is a special area you can log into, where you can access your pay stubs, company policies, etc–that is an INTRANET. 

Intranets are great because you’re able to share information amongst a certain group (like a company).  Oh, and it is more secure. That’s always nice.

We just recently built this into our tool, for larger businesses that really need it for their company and employees.

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You can customize a page, as to whether or not a certain role can access it or not. You can assign users (employees for example) to a role, like HR, Admin, or Employee.

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What’s different from using SquareHook for an Intranet vs using a home grown internet?  Our tool is ready to go.  You can create your companies intranet and be up and running now.  You can control access and build your intranet with all the power of a content management system.  You can also customize and adjust information, charts, table and communication without a programmer.  

In addition to an company intranet, you can have a customer intranet.  With our e-commerce engine you can even create a unique shopping experience for customers.  You can provide a platform for discounts easily.  

Basically, we’re saying if you’re looking for a functionality custom to your company/work, we have a fabulous solution for you!  Contact us if you’d like to learn more about customizing your website!