Confluent Forms LLC, located in Easthampton MA, is a boutique branding, graphic design, web design, web development, Blogger development, and PHP/MySQL application development firm providing services to customers from the Fortune 100 to local non-profit organizations and academic institutions. Serving Western Massachusetts and beyond.

Confluent Forms Creates Online Training Site for Emergency Service community

VFIS Online Training Center website enables Saint Joseph's University and VFIS to provide online distance learning and certification

Northampton, MA - September 25, 2008 - Confluent Forms LLC has developed a new website for Saint Joseph's University, the Early Responders Distance Learning Center, and VFIS to provide an online distance learning platform to the Emergency Service community.

The purpose of the website, the VFIS Online Training Center, is to provide VFIS, the largest provider of insurance, education and consulting services to Emergency Service Organizations, with an online platform that allows them to deliver online training and certification programs to Emergency Service providers such as firemen, policemen, ambulatory providers and other first responders. Under the auspices of Saint Joseph's University and the Early Responders Distance Learning Center (ERDLC) which is hosting the final site, Confluent Forms LLC created a platform that quickly and efficiently delivers these courses, a survey and testing mechanism, and a final certificate of completion.

The site, located at, was built using standards compliant XHTML, CSS and AJAX, along with the open source technologies of PHP, MySQL and Apache, along with utilizing's secure payment gateway for e-commerce processing. The site was also built using the proprietary architecture and extensive code libraries of Confluent Forms LLC.

In addition to providing distance learning courses, testing, and certification, the website includes a comprehensive Content Management System (CMS) that enables the website's administrators to manage all aspects of the site.

About Confluent Forms LLC:

Confluent Forms LLC is a boutique branding, graphic design, web design and custom software development firm based in Northampton, MA. Incorporated in January of 2002, Confluent Forms has provided technology consulting, branding, graphic design, web design, PHP and MySQL development, Web 2.0 software development, application development and hosting services to customers from the Fortune 100 to local non-profit organizations, startup businesses and academic institutions.

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David Kutcher
Confluent Forms LLC

9 contract tips to save your project from imploding

Contracts have a funny way of bringing enthusiastic and optimistic partners in a project quickly back to earth and miring them in angry back-and-forth that can soil the project before it even starts.

The following article is based on our experience issuing contracts for +Confluent Forms LLC as well as reviewing contracts on behalf of clients when performing technology advising services.

How to select a web design and web development firm

As a web design and web development firm, Confluent Forms LLC has responded to quite a few Requests for Proposals (RFP), seen hundreds as they've passed through the RFP Database, helped organizations such as the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Social Jane through their RFP process in selecting a web development firm and technology decisions, and thrown out more RFPs than we can count.

Having been on all sides of the process we'd like to pass along a bit of the knowledge we've gained in how you should select your web design and web development partner.

Our website is only one page

Responses to our website have ranged from "could you not afford more than 1 page?" to "it's so cool you just put one page up there, I wish my web-dev firm would do that."

So what does it all mean?