Archive for: November, 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.


Two Old Business Cards

It’s interesting to think that at one point in my life I thought that I needed these types of things. How times have changed. This one was actually kind of fun: Too clever for my own good. The post Two Old Business Cards appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

The Front-End Checklist is just a tool… everything depends on you.

One month ago, I launched the Front-End Checklist on GitHub. In less than 2 weeks, more than 10,000 people around the world starred the repository. That was completely unexpected and incredible! I’ve been working as a front-end developer since 2011, but I started to build websites in 2000. Since then, like us all, I’ve been trying to improve the quality of my code and deliver websites faster. Along the way, I’ve been managing developers from two different countries. That has helped me to produce a checklist a little different than what I’ve found on around the web over the years. While I was creating the checklist, I continuously had the book “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right” by Atul Gawade in mind. That book has helped me build checklists for my work and personal life, and simplify things that sometimes seem too complex. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “csstricks-20”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode =…

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​7 Days of Free Stock Images

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Why Marketing & IT Should Invest in Automated Testing

Marketers are constantly working with IT to produce new websites, microsites, and digital platforms for their target audiences. Typically countless hours are spent testing these digital experiences for quality assurance before they go live. Many organizations still rely completely on manual testing, which is time-consuming for IT, frustrating for marketers, and expensive for organizations. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

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The Beta Version of WordPress Explained is Here

Do you need to build a WordPress site?  The “WordPress Explained” book is coming to your rescue. Today, a beta version of this book is available to OSTraining members This book teaches you everything you need to know to make a WordPress site. And, it does it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach. WordPress Explained is initially available to OSTraining Book Club members. We’ll also have copies available at WordCamp US in Nashville this weekend! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The Updated Guide to Branded Content – 2017 Edition

Life moves pretty fast. What was once shiny and new quickly turns well worn and beaten, and there are few places where this is truer than in the world of advertising. When Facebook first launched its own branded content tool last year, we gave the blow by blows of why it was a blast from Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Safe or Risky SEO: How Dangerous Is It REALLY to Change Your Article Dates? by @ab80

Here are three ways to safely update your old articles for SEO and keep your content fresh for readers.The post Safe or Risky SEO: How Dangerous Is It REALLY to Change Your Article Dates? by @ab80 appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

14 Technical SEO Tips to Make Your E-commerce Site Successful in 2018 by @overthetopseo

Here are 14 technical SEO tips for e-commerce sites that you can use to improve your site this year.The post 14 Technical SEO Tips to Make Your E-commerce Site Successful in 2018 by @overthetopseo appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Triggering Individual Animations on a Timeline with Lottie-web

In our recent collaboration with the Ad Council and AARP, we created a chatbot experience to walk users through a set of questions and serve them personalized action items to prepare for retirement. The tricky thing about retirement is that few people are truly prepared for it. To address this issue, we created an animated character that felt alive, showed empathy, and helped users stay engaged with the conversation. It’s name? Avo! Below is a set of emotions we needed to animate and bring into our web experience. Enter Lottie-web. Lottie-web is an After Effects plugin that exports animation data and translates it into Javascript. Lottie-web is exceptional when animating complex vector-based animations, especially with all the parts of Avo’s face. Because we had to convey many emotions, we needed a way to link them all together without distracting the user. Our approach was to have every animation return to…

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Triggering Individual Animations on a Timeline with Bodymovin.js

In our recent collaboration with the Ad Council and AARP, we created a chatbot experience to walk users through a set of questions and serve them personalized action items to prepare for retirement. The tricky thing about retirement is that few people are truly prepared for it. To address this issue, we created an animated character that felt alive, showed empathy, and helped users stay engaged with the conversation. It’s name? Avo! Below is a set of emotions we needed to animate and bring into our web experience. Enter Bodymovin.js. Bodymovin is an After Effects plugin that exports animation data and translates it into Javascript. Bodymovin is exceptional when animating complex vector-based animations, especially with all the parts of Avo’s face. Because we had to convey many emotions, we needed a way to link them all together without distracting the user. Our approach was to have every animation return to…

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Back-End Web Dev – Quardev, Inc. – Spokane, WA

Are you a Web Developer with exceptional experience developing and using APIs Do you enjoy working with PHP and content management systems – Drupal, WordPress,…From Quardev, Inc. – Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:35:29 GMT – View all Spokane, WA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Issue 317

Issue 317 – November, 30th 2017 Source: http://theweeklydrop.com/

A Complete Guide to the Google Penguin Algorithm Update by @TaylorDanRW

Here’s a complete history of Google’s Penguin algorithm update, which targeted web spam and manipulative link building tactics.The post A Complete Guide to the Google Penguin Algorithm Update by @TaylorDanRW appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Localisation and Translation on the Web

The other day Chris wrote about how the CodePen team added lang=’en’ to the html element in all pens for accessibility reasons and I thought it was pretty interesting but I suddenly wanted to learn more about that attribute because I’ve never designed a website in any other language besides English and it might be useful for the future. As if by magic Ire Aderinokun published this piece on Localisation and Translation on the Web just a couple of days later and thankfully it answers all those questions I had: Coming from the English-speaking world, it can be easy to maintain the bubble that is the English-speaking World Wide Web. But in fact, more than half of web pages are written in languages other than English. Since starting work at eyeo, I’ve had to think a lot more about localisation and translations because most of our websites are translated into…

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Fontastic Web Performance

In this talk Monica Dinculescu takes a deep dive into webfonts and how the font-display CSS property lets us control the way those fonts are rendered. She argues that there’s all sorts of huge performance gains to be had if we just spend a little bit of time thinking about the total number of fonts we load and how they’re loaded. Also, Monica made a handy demo that gives an even more detailed series of examples of how the font-display property works: This depends a lot on how you are using your webfont, and whether rendering the text in a fallback font makes sense. For example, if you’re rendering the main body text on a site, you should use font-display:optional. On browsers that implement it, like Chrome, the experience will be much nicer: your users will get fast content, and if the web font download takes too long, they won’t…

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PROGRAM OPERATIONS SPECIALIST – University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Experience using content management systems such as Drupal. Make recommendations for system improvements/corrections to supervisor, project management teams and…From University of Washington – Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:21:22 GMT – View all Seattle, WA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

WordPress + React

I posted just 2 months ago about Foxhound and how I found it pretty cool, but also curious that it was one of very few themes around that combine the WordPress JSON API and React, even though they seem like a perfect natural fit. Like a headless CMS, almost. Since then, a few more things have crossed my desk of people doing more with this idea and combination. Maxime Laboissonniere wrote Strapping React.js on a WordPress Backend: WP REST API Example: I’ll use WordPress as a backend, and WordPress REST API to feed data into a simple React e-commerce SPA: Creating products with the WP Advanced Custom Fields plugin Mapping custom fields to JSON payload Consuming the JSON REST API with React Rendering products in our store Perhaps more directly usable, Postlight have put out a Starter Kit. Gina Trapani: People who publish on the web love WordPress. Engineers love…

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Managers, screw the Golden Rule

Don’t treat employees the way you want to be treated. Here’s why.“Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.”This is The Golden Rule we all learned growing up. As a manager or CEO in a company, you’d think it would make sense to follow it too. Managers should treat their employees the way they’d like to be treated, right?Not quite.In a recent interview I did with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), the Creator of the popular web framework Ruby on Rails and Chief Technology Officer at Basecamp, he shared this insight: You shouldn’t treat other people the way you want to be treated because the other person isn’t you.The other person has different preferences (beliefs, ideas, and experiences) and is going to react to a situation differently than you. You might think something is reasonable or fair, but that’s you thinking that, not the other person. You cannot assume that the way she…

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