SEO Q&A: Subdomain vs. subfolder?

I often get asked if Google* prefers a subdomain or a subfolder. The issue often arises when someone is hosting their main site on a hosted solution like Shopify (or similar) versus WordPress. They love the ease of use of the hosted service, but it’s hard to beat WordPress at blogging. They want the best of […]

Liberate Your FileMaker Data and Connect with the Web Using BrilliantSync!

FileMaker is the # 1 rapid application development tool and with it you can create amazing apps that track all the information you need to run your business. But often, an internal FileMaker database may have information locked up inside of it that you want to share with the world via the web. There are also cases where […] rebrands as LuminFire

The name was first officially used in 2003, but we’ve been building innovative software solutions for 30+ years under the guidance of our CEO and founder, Tim Cimbura. Since that time, we’ve significantly grown and expanded our capabilities which now include an amazing team of talented experts in WordPress, FileMaker, mobile, GIS, and Apple technology. […]

WordPress PHP CodeSniffer for your favorite editor

PHP Code Sniffer (PHPCS) is a code inspector that can help enforce coding standards by highlighting problems. We like it because using it is an easy way to make sure you’re using best practices while you’re editing, or before you commit your code. Because we work with WordPress, we use the the official WordPress coding standards […]

MSPWP User Group Meetup 2017-02-23

Marty Kokes, one of the web developers here at spoke at the Minneapolis/St. Paul WordPress User Group meeting last night about Gravity Flow. Since we’ve finally worked all the bugs out of our A/V and recording setup, we have a recording of this month’s talks! was the host, and BrilliantPlugins had cake and beverages to celebrate […]

WordPress Stats at a Glance Infographic

Building your website on the foundation of WordPress is a smart business decision. Here’s a run down of some helpful WordPress statistics and facts that show that is true. WordPress powers 27% of the web or over 60 million sites. WordPress is used worldwide and available in more than 56 languages and with 95 up-to-date […]

Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors Use FileMaker as One Key to Success

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic bifold doors in the world. Located near Hector, MN their custom doors are sold all over the world. Some notable installations include Red Bull Headquarters in California. SilverWing Airpark, Rocket Hangers in Cape Canaveral Florida, and Under Amour headquarters in Maryland. The super hi-tech King Stadium in California […]

A Little [FileMaker] Relationship Advice and Anchor Buoy

In this article we will discuss some of the under-the-hood technical details about how FileMaker databases are created and then explain why this is critical information for the business owner and beginning developer to know when building a FileMaker solution. Relationships are hard. No, I’m not talking about people. Unless those people are an entity […]

FileMaker DevCon 2017 (Developer Conference)

The FileMaker Developer Conference is coming up later this summer July 24-27, 2017 held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team of developers will be going to learn about the latest FileMaker and web development techniques and products. There will be several days with over 1,500 other developers from all around the world. We’ll […]

Renovation Counseling Increases Online Web Presence with Well Designed Website

Renovation Counseling believes in restoration. Sometimes that means standing with you in the smoke and scaffolding of a burning relationship. Sometimes it’s helping you find the right tools to fix a compromised marriage. Other times it might look like gathering your family around and laying out a blueprint for how to rebuild together. Their specialty is relationships: among couples, […]

FileMaker Stats at a Glance Infographic

FileMaker has been helping companies transform their business more than 30 years and developed quite the installed user base around the world. Here’s a run down of some FileMaker statistics and facts. The FileMaker platform consists of 6 separate products that work together to create custom application solutions: FileMaker client (desktop macOS/Windows), FileMaker Advanced (developers), FileMaker Go […]

I dropped my iPhone in the Pool (or toilet)-What should I do?

A colleague recently suffered an accident involving a submerged iPhone. This person had accidental damage coverage from the carrier and was wondering what steps to take upon initial submersion, and what the best options are for replacement. Put it in Rice? Rice is commonly recommended as the remedy for liquid-exposed electronics. The idea is that […]

fmSoundPlayer Sound Effects on the Fly with FileMaker

At, we do a daily stand-up SCRUM meeting with our developers. Since having fun while we do brilliant work is one of our company values, we thought it would lighten up the meeting if we added some interesting sound effects to help keep us on track. For example, a gong sound gathers us all […]

10th Anniversary of the iPhone Introduction and FileMaker Go

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld Expo. Here is that historic video… The first iPhone was released later that year on June 29, 2007. It was a masterful presentation. Jobs starts out by saying that this was a day he was looking forward to for over 2.5 years. Every so often a […]

Hormel Implements New Responsive Ingredients WordPress Website

Hormel is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of high-quality food and meat products for businesses and consumers around the world. Hormel not only offers a diverse portfolio of high quality foods to end users, but they also provide top-of-the-line ingredients to businesses in the food industry. Hormel was looking for a better way to get […]

Dealing with Tampered Containers in FileMaker Pro

Have you ever run into the following message in a container field? This “Tampered” error happens when an externally stored container image in FileMaker is altered by another application or operation outside out the FileMaker. For example, you might go into the directory and resize the image. It’s not entirely intuitive how you might get […]

Minnesota Grown Gets Custom Search Intelligence System with Enhanced WordPress Website

The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and over 1,200 producers of specialty crops and livestock within Minnesota. Their mission is to connect consumers directly with local producers of items from Christmas trees to honey to livestock, boosting Minnesota’s agricultural economy and promoting agriculture-related, family-friendly activities along the […]

Count Down to a Brilliant and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish our clients, colleagues, friends, and family a Happy New Year! As we embark upon the dawn of a new calendar year, we would like to thank you all for your part in making us who we are at today. To our Friends and Family: Your support makes our dreams possible. To our […]

Trust Expert David Horsager Sets the Stage at Grand Opening: Why Trust is So Important

The staff at welcomed a full house at the October Grand Opening Celebration of their new office location (5155 East River Road, Fridley, MN). They were honored with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Scott Lund, and keynotes from business growth expert Mark LeBlanc and business strategist and trust expert David Horsager, whose keynote is featured here, highlighting the importance of Trust in any […]

Summary of Recent FileMaker Statistics

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Global FileMaker Reps Join Minnesota’s only FileMaker Platinum Partner for Grand Opening Celebration

It was an evening to remember, October 18, 2016., Minnesota’s only FileMaker Platinum Partner, celebrated its Grand Opening in style, with a beautiful array of hors oeuvres and drinks, in a new space that allowed for comfortable mingling among guests, impromptu seating, and a cozy enough place to relax and enjoy presentations, live and […]

FileMaker Shares Their Product Roadmap

If you are a developer who has built a significant portion of your business on the FileMaker Platform, or if your business day to day operations rely on software built on the FileMaker Platform, it’s always nice to know that you backed the right horse. Having a glimpse into what is coming down the road gives you […]

Running a Language Translation/Interpreting Business with FileMaker

Betmar Languages, Inc. serves both the translation and on-site interpreter markets as well as converting audio/video to other languages. They must keep detailed records of their wide range of clients from manufacturers to law firms, state and local government agencies, marketing firms, ad agencies, and other type of businesses across most industries. In 1998 Betmar […]

Send Real Printed Mail from FileMaker with Integration

Dr. Egon Spengler pronounced the death of print in the 1984 hit comedy Ghostbusters, but he may have been a tad premature. We don’t send “snail mail” letters and postcards as often as we used to, but the paperless office is still science fiction for some. Receiving a physical piece of mail is a novelty, and can […]

New Spam Vectors for Apple Users: Calendar and Photos Invites

Update: Response from Apple According to iMore, Apple is aware of the issue and has issued an official statement: “We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.” I’m still hoping […]