Archive for: April, 2018

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.

Animating Progress

Jonathan Snook on the complexity of animating the <progress> element. If you’re unfamiliar, that’s the element that spits out a bar chart-like visual that indicates a position between two values: This example has custom styles, but you get the point. Jonathan’s post shows off a method for animating a change in progress value using CSS and a touch of JavaScript while making sure that it animates properly in every modern browser. The demo he made looks pretty neat. I’m sure this is going to be one of those posts I come back to again and again. We recently shared a post by Dave Rupert that takes an SVG approach. Jeremias Menichelli also has an alternative approach, creating a ring shape and converting it into a React component. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post Animating Progress appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

How to Unlearn What You Know

Since becoming a Creative Copywriter, one of the things I’m responsible for is quickly ramping up on new industries so I can write clear, compelling copy for our clients. This is actually one of the most challenging tasks we’re given, because we need to go from having a casual understanding of a given topic to knowing enough to write about it in a way that is: 1) accurate, 2) pleasing to the client, and 3) comprehensible to their audiences, which often range all the way from laypeople to experts. The problem of communicating effectively to a variety of audience groups is a frequent challenge for many clients. In some organizations, such as universities and nonprofits which are largely staffed with scientists and other specialists, the language they use to communicate tends towards the long, complicated, and academic. This type of content is often quite unintelligible to someone simply trying to…

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The Definitive Guide to Mastering Google’s New AdWords Life Events Targeting

Targeting on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and (now) LinkedIn is the bread and butter of interest and lifestyle targeting. You can target highly specialized niches, behaviors, and demographics that can make massive impacts on your campaign success. And thankfully, AdWords is starting to catch up. Just recently, AdWords announced that all advertisers have access to Read more Source:

Google Begins Sending Mobile-First Indexing Notifications by @MattGSouthern

Google has started sending emails to notify webmasters that their site has been migrated to mobile-first indexing.The post Google Begins Sending Mobile-First Indexing Notifications by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Quiet Desperation

I’ve been having more than my fair share of anxiety and depression lately and it’s been wearing me down considerably. As my wife and best friend has suggested… It’s been too hard for too long. That seems about right. Looking back on the last year (and then the last 3 years since moving out to SF) it hasn’t been peaches and cream… it’s been a struggle to find a place here. And by “place” I mean that in every sense of the word, from a physical spot to live (we’ve moved 5 times already in 3 years!) to my so-called career to finding a spiritual family to plug into as well as finding new friends. All of these things have been in flux, changing wildly every 6 months it seems and it’s just been a struggle since the very beginning. And the costs have begun to pile up and pile on.…

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Finger-friendly numerical inputs with `inputmode`

Forms are often a nightmare on mobile. We can make the process as pain-free as possible by reacting to context. Input fields that expect numerical values should have a numerical UI. Bringing up a number keyboard on small screens is easy on most platforms — just use a <input type=”number”>. This big button numeric keyboard is finger-friendly and will help prevent users bouncing from your form in frustration. However, type=”number” isn’t appropriate for all numbers. On (most) larger screens, number inputs come with an incrementer/decrementer button. It’s a useful piece of UI we get for free by default. It does, however, make this kind of input totally inappropriate for a credit card number, for example. The default UI for number inputs looks something like this in all desktop browsers The spec itself makes this clear. The type=number state is not appropriate for input that happens to only consist of numbers…

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3 Warning Signs You’re Optimizing for the Wrong Keywords by @casieg

Here are three warning signs to help you determine if you are optimizing for the wrong keywords.The post 3 Warning Signs You’re Optimizing for the Wrong Keywords by @casieg appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to Create a Foundation of Enterprise SEO by @5le

Here are eight essential components that can help an organization get started building and scaling enterprise SEO efforts.The post How to Create a Foundation of Enterprise SEO by @5le appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Mollom: The story of my first SaaS startup

Last month, Acquia discontinued service and support for Mollom, the spam service I started more than ten years ago. As a goodbye, I want to share the untold story of how I founded Mollom. In 2007, I read Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Work Week, and was hooked. The book provides a blueprint for how entrepreneurs can structure and build a business to fund the lifestyle of their dreams. It’s based on Ferriss’ own experience; he streamlined his business, automated systems and outsourced tasks until it was not only more profitable, but also took less of his time to operate. The process of automation and outsourcing was so efficient, Ferriss only spent four hours a week to run his business; this gave him time and freedom to take “mini-retirements”, travel the world, and write a book. When I first read Ferriss’ book, I was inspired by the idea of simultaneously…

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Top 7 Ways to Become a Better Digital Marketer by @SEOBrock

Up your digital marketing game. These seven tips will help you be a better digital marketer.The post Top 7 Ways to Become a Better Digital Marketer by @SEOBrock appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Lies, All The Same

None of these were true: I’m only doing it for my family My spouse “understands” All I need is one startup to “hit” and then I can slow down or retire I’ll make it up by spending “quality time” with my wife/kids via Four Big Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves… I have encountered these multiple times in my career as a builder… and I still tell myself most of them, often. I’m not happy about that but my own, personal, “reality distortion field” is quite strong. It’s part of why I can even build my own stuff in the first place. They aren’t always white lies either… I mean, they are lies, all the same.     The post Lies, All The Same appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

How to Build Links via Non-Traditional Email Outreach by @annaleacrowe

Email outreach helps you develop a personal connection with an influencer or brand to grow a long-term relationship.The post How to Build Links via Non-Traditional Email Outreach by @annaleacrowe appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

HTML Into Bitcoin

Whenever fundamentally new technology comes onto the scene it is always misunderstood and the misunderstandings take a long time to work themselves out. This is just the natural cycle of things in culture and our adoption of new ideas and ways of living and doing life. This progression of individual and corporate revelation is important on both sides. While the individual may believe much earlier in the prospects and value of a new technology she still has to internally struggle with the possibility that they may, in fact, be wrong. I think it’s important to be honest with oneself about these types of things. We must be willing to be wrong at all times: Strong opinions, weakly held. It’s a virtue to know when you’re wrong as everyone changes, evolves, and begins to think differently as their lives necessarily change. The post HTML Into Bitcoin appeared first on John Saddington. Source:…

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Senior Drupal Developer position is open @kanopi_studios


Practical Jokes in the Browser

I know April Fool’s Day is at the beginning of this month, but hey, now you’ve got a year to prepare. Not to mention a gool ol’ practical joke can be done anytime. Fair warning on this stuff… you gotta be tasteful. Putting someone’s stapler in the jello is pretty hilarious unless it’s somehow a family heirloom, or it’s someone who’s been the target of a little too much office prankery to the point it isn’t funny anymore. Do good. Have fun. setTimeout(function() { var text = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(“LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL”); speechSynthesis.speak(text); }, 600000); Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post Practical Jokes in the Browser appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

Drupal Surf Camp

Start:  2018-06-30 10:00 – 2018-07-01 20:00 Europe/Stockholm Organizers:  rteijeiro idevit Event type:  Drupalcamp or Regional Summit Drupal Surf Camp will take place the weekend before Drupal Developer Days in Lisbon. We are thinking on the weekend of Saturday 30th of June and Sunday 1st of July, just before the conference. Come to the (maybe) first Drupal Surf Camp ever and learn surfing while you hang out with other Drupal folks that are attending Drupal Developer Days as well. Source:

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How to Remove the Footer Links from Magento 2

“Go home Magento, you’re drunk!” That was my first thought after wrestling with Magento 2’s footer. Great software development can turn difficult problems into easy tasks. But sometimes, the opposite happens and apparently easy problems become difficult tasks. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Weaponized Optimism

This is really the only panacea, the only strategy for working in startups. You must remain hopeful when others will not. You must trust in the impossible when others have already moved on. You must believe in yourself (and your founding team) and you must believe that what you’re doing matters, not just to you but to the world… the world just doesn’t know it yet. You must continue to put one foot in front of the other. This isn’t necessarily courage (although it sometimes is); it’s optimism as a tool. It’s weaponized and ready to be used efficiently and effectively for folks who do not know that they have a problem and that you have a solution that they desperately need. Press on. The post Weaponized Optimism appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

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