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New Team Member Joins Street Level Studio

The Street Level Studio team is excited to welcome another member! Brian Fuller recently joined us as our new Digital Services Director, and he’s already been busy meeting the crew, jumping into meetings, and sharing new ideas.

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For a While in Peru… Kent’s Short Sightseeing and Architectural Tour

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

By Kent Brubaker, Web and Interactive Developer at Street Level Studio
All photos credited to Kent Brubaker, Michelle Mason, and Lourdes Masis

Since I have lived in the extremely flat, abundantly corn-filled environment of Illinois my entire life, visiting Peru with my wife and friends was truly astounding. In our trip from Lima to Cusco, through the Sacred Valley, and on to Machu Picchu, we were allowed to spend time seeing wonders we had never seen before. For a short time, we stepped into another world.

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James and Kent vs. the Marketo Certification Exam

Recently, two of our team members, James Hansen and Kent Brubaker, took the certification exam to become Marketo Certified Experts. What is Marketo, you ask? In layman's terms, it's a fantastic marketing tool that helps us create and manage client email marketing campaigns. Marketo is much more robust than your average email marketing software; it gives us the control to be highly accurate in our deployment of email, and it gives us tons of information on its effectiveness. In short, it helps make sure our campaigns are reaching their goals. Marketo certification is awarded after proving you have extensive knowledge of all the ins and outs of this powerful tool. The certification also gives our clients a high level of confidence that we know what we're doing.

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WordPress or Drupal: Which one is the right fit for my company?

WordPress and Drupal are two of the big players in the open source content management system (CMS) world—although WordPress is currently the “big one” when it comes to market share. According to recent statistics on W3Techs, WordPress runs on 60.3% of CMS-driven websites, while Drupal runs on 5.2%. But popularity should not be the only criteria used when selecting a CMS system for your website. To help you choose the CMS that is right for your project, here are a few comparisons for you to consider if you are deciding whether to use Drupal or WordPress for your next website.

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Don't Try This at Home

More than eight years ago, Joe Davis, founder of Street Level Studio, noticed that after two decades of abandonment, an old former motel building in Highwood was being taken down to make room for a new condo building. He particularly noticed that the beautiful, vintage “MOTEL” sign from the 1940s was still intact.

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