Archive for: July, 2017

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Google Home Service Ads to Launch Soon in Chicago by @1SEOcom

Google is finishing its vetting process for Home Service Ads in Greater Chicago, which means the feature will soon launch.The post Google Home Service Ads to Launch Soon in Chicago by @1SEOcom appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

What New Features May Arrive in Drupal 8.4?

Every six months, the Drupal team get to release new features. This is a major change in Drupal 8. Whereas Drupal 7 never had any new features, Drupal 8 has had three significant updates, with Drupal 8.1, Drupal 8.2 and Drupal 8.3. We’re now starting to get a clear view of what we can expect in Drupal 8.4. This week, we’ll get the first Alpha version of 8.4. The final release is due on October 4. So what new features will we see in 8.4? Here’s our early overview of what might be included. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Designers Tooling Around: Zeplin

We’re always looking for ways to improve collaboration between designers and front-end developers at Viget. Shiny new tools are coming out every day and we like to experiment with them in an effort to separate the worthwhile ones from the wastes of time. Zeplin is one of those fancy new tools we’ve been experimenting with. We just finished using it on a full, large-scale project so I thought I’d share some of our feelings about Zeplin. What even is Zeplin? Zeplin takes Sketch or Photoshop files and surfaces a design’s colors, fonts, dimensions, and assets into something a developer can quickly review and work with. Think Chrome Inspector for Photoshop. There are several basic, but tedious tasks it improves immensely: Generating basic CSS styles. Displaying measurements and font specifics. Making content easy to copy. Exporting image and SVG assets automatically. It also streamlines collaboration. You can quickly put together typography…

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Drupal Developer position is open @Evolverinc

Washington, D.C., DC, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

Google Attempts to Make Torrent Sites Less Visible in Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Google has removed the carousel of pirate sites that once appeared when “best torrent sites” was searched for.The post Google Attempts to Make Torrent Sites Less Visible in Search Results by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Controlled / Uncontrolled React Components

Some Background If you’re new to React application development, you might be asking yourself, “What are controlled and uncontrolled components, anyway?” I suggest taking a look at the docs linked above for a little extra context. The need for controlled and uncontrolled components in React apps arises from the behavior of certain DOM elements such as <input>, <textarea>, and <select> that by default maintain state (user input) within the DOM layer. Controlled components instead keep that state inside of React either in the component rendering the input, a parent component somewhere in the tree, or a flux store. However this pattern can be extended to cover certain use cases that are unrelated to DOM state. For example, in a recent application I needed to create a nest-able Collapsible component that supported two modes of operation: in some cases it needed to be controlled externally (expanded through user interaction with other…

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Senior Drupal Developer/Ottawa position is open

Ottawa, ON, Canada Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

Assistant Director of Digital Communication – Web Administration position is open @NCAA

Indianapolis, IN, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

New Class: The Drupal Paragraphs Module

Over the last few months we’ve worked with more and more Drupal 8 sites. Those projects all had one thing in common … they used the Paragraphs module. Paragraphs is a very popular module for handling content in Drupal 8. Paragraphs works in a similar way to content fields, but also provides a wide range of options for the design, layout and grouping of your content.  Instead of putting all their content in one WYSIWYG body field, end-users can choose on-the-fly between pre-defined Paragraph Types independent from one another. Paragraph Types can be anything from a simple text block or image to a complex and configurable slideshow. If you use Paragraphs, you can give your site’s content creators a tremendous amount of power and flexibility to create the layouts that they want. This week’s new class is called “How to Use the Drupal Paragraphs Module”. You’ll learn about all the…

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Niagara Falls by night

I had a chance to visit the Niagara Falls last week on a family trip. If you like nature, it’s a must see — both during the day and at night when they lit up the falls. I love this photo but it still doesn’t capture the majesty and beauty of the Niagara Falls. Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Niagara Falls by night

I had a chance to visit the Niagara Falls last week on a family trip. If you like nature, it’s a must see — both during the day and at night when they lit up the falls. I love this photo but it still doesn’t capture the majesty and beauty of the Niagara Falls. Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Your Indexed Pages Are Going Down – 5 Possible Reasons Why by @benjarriola

Have you noticed a decrease in your number of indexed pages? Learn how to diagnose and fix the issue.The post Your Indexed Pages Are Going Down – 5 Possible Reasons Why by @benjarriola appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Senior PHP Developer – Nitka Technologies – United States

Is looking for a strong PHP developer. You will use PHP, Symfony, Drupal, Backbone and other tools. Experience with Symfony2 or Backbone.js or Drupal is a plus….From Nitka Technologies – Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:01:26 GMT – View all United States jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

A Personal Journey to Fix a Grunt File Permissions issue

I was working on a personal project this past week and got a weird error when I tried to compile my Sass files. Unfortunately, I did not screenshot the exact error, but was something along the lines of this: Failed to write to location cssmin: style.css EACCES That EACCES code threw me for a loop but I was able to deduce that it was a file permissions issue, based on the error description saying it was unable to write the file and from some quick StackOverflow searching. I couldn’t find a lot of answers for how to fix this, so I made an attempt to fix it myself. Many of the forum threads I found suggested it could a permissions issue with Node, so I went through the painful exercise of reinstalling it and only made things worse because then Terminal could not even find the npm or grunt tasks.…

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Designing Between Ranges

CSS is written slowly, line by line, and with each passing moment, we limit the space of what’s possible for our design system. Take this example: body { font-family: ‘Proxima-Nova’, sans-serif; color: #333; } With just a couple of lines of CSS we’ve set the defaults for our entire codebase. Most elements (like paragraphs, lists and plain ol’ divs) will inherit these instructions. But what we rarely think about when we write CSS is that from here on out we’ll have to continuously override these rules if we want another typeface or color. And it’s those overrides that cause a lot of issues in terms of maintenance and scalability. And it’s those issues that cost us heartbreak, time and money. In the example above that’s probably not an issue but I think in general we don’t recognize the true strength and dangers of the cascade and what it means to our…

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5 Easy Content Optimization Tactics to Boost Your Traction & ROI by @JuliaEMcCoy

These five content optimization tactics can seriously boost your online authority, engagement, and traction.The post 5 Easy Content Optimization Tactics to Boost Your Traction & ROI by @JuliaEMcCoy appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Copywriting Q&A: Should I Pay to Advertise My Business?

If you ever, and I mean ever, look at Facebook or Google, you encounter a ton of ads for a ton of different products and services. After a while, it’s hard not to wonder, “If it’s working for them, wouldn’t it work for me?” Here’s what you need to know about paying to advertise your copywriting services. Today’s question comes from Ava G., who asks, “What are your thoughts about paid advertising? I’m not getting a lot of people who come to my portfolio site and ads seem like a good way to increase that number.” Paid advertising—running ads on Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, or other places online—can be a great place to way to get a lot of traffic. But it can also be a great way to lose a lot of money. Remember that paid advertising constitutes some people’s entire careers. I’m not saying that it’s something that you…

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The Top 5 Career Regrets (and How I’ve Experienced All of Them Already)

Here are the top five career regrets via a Harvard Business Review study and how I’ve experienced all five in my short career already: I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money. I wish I had quit earlier. I wish I had the confidence to start my own business. I wish I had used my time at school more productively. I wish I had acted on my career hunches. I can empathize with every single one of these. And, I wonder what numbers 6-10 were (and some of the other hits on the list). Regret can be a powerful motivator [PDF Study] and a helpful emotion to have, if used wisely. But otherwise, it can be a total waste of time. In many ways I feel like I’m too young to have experienced all of these already but I have. I’m not sure that’s a good or bad thing, but, the…

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