Archive for: May, 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.


Open a WordPress Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

Some websites make it really hard to contact them. The “Contact Us” page is hidden in the footer. The social media icons, if there any, lead to accounts where no-one ever replies. Why not make it as easy as possible to contact you?!? One good idea is to place a “Contact Us” in your menu. As soon as people click on it, they’ll get a pop-up box with a contact form. Your visitors don’t even need to visit a different page. That’s as easy as it gets. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Referral Traffic From Google Search Surpasses Facebook on Mobile Devices by @MattGSouthern

Google search has surpassed Facebook as a top source of mobile referral traffic, according to a new report from Chartbeat.The post Referral Traffic From Google Search Surpasses Facebook on Mobile Devices by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How Long it Takes for a Link to Affect Rankings by @martinibuster

Roger Montti answers the question of how long it takes for a link to take effect and make a difference in rankings.The post How Long it Takes for a Link to Affect Rankings by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Frustration

Jeremy Keith talks about a couple of recent frustrating moments in his life. One regarding a musical instrument, one involving a build process: That feeling of frustration I get from having wiring issues with a musical instrument is the same feeling I get whenever something goes awry with my web server. I know just enough about servers to be dangerous. When something goes wrong, I feel very out of my depth, and again, I have no idea how long it will take the fix the problem: minutes, hours, days, or weeks. I echo his later sentiment that moments like these become great writing opportunities. I’d say that it’s always OK to experience frustration. It doesn’t make you a lesser developer, at any level. But at the same time, the more experienced of a developer you become, less things will trigger that frustration, because of the resources you’ve built up to…

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Twitter Will Limit What Third-Party Apps Can Do, Starting August 16th by @MattGSouthern

Twitter is set to roll out policy changes on August 16th, limiting what third-party Twitter apps are capable of doing.The post Twitter Will Limit What Third-Party Apps Can Do, Starting August 16th by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Motivated by Money

There was only one time in my life where I made a career decision based on money and although I survived it I am still left with the scar tissue (and my wife making light of it every once in a while…). via Dilbert And even that decision felt strange as money hasn’t been a major or significant motivator. Ironic, now, that I’m building products and a business that sits squarely in the middle of financial world – money is, essentially, the very thing that my partner and I talk about the most. But, it’s not about lining our own pockets but rather what money does to individuals, organizations, governments, cultures, politics, and countries… and how it drives so many decisions and decision making in our lives – more than we may care to admit. It’s somewhat fitting that I now find myself in this position. I’ve wanted to care…

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Bing Ads Editor for Mac Adds Support for Labels by @MattGSouthern

Bing Ads Editor for Mac has added support for labels, allowing users to better organize ad campaigns and save time.The post Bing Ads Editor for Mac Adds Support for Labels by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Forms, Auth and Serverless Functions on Gatsby and Netlify

Abstracting infrastructure is in our DNA. Roads, schools, water supply networks—you get the idea. Web development is no exception: serverless architectures are a beautiful expression of that phenomenon. Static sites, in particular, are turning into dynamic, rich experiences. Handling static forms, authentication, and backend functions on statically-generated sites is now a thing. Especially with the JAMstack pioneer platform that is Netlify. Recently, they announced support of AWS Lambda functions on front-end-centric sites and apps. I’ve been meaning to dive into their “backend” features since. Today, I’m doing just that, using a static Gatsby site, Netlify’s Forms, Identity, and Functions features. This tutorial will show you how to: Add static forms to your site Add user authentication for password-protected content Create an AWS Lambda function Ready to supercharge a static site with serverless features? Consider checking out Netlify’s React-powered static CMS after this post! And here’s a tutorial on a whole…

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​Customize payment solutions with our enhanced platform

(This is a sponsored post.)We’ve upped our game by using developers’ feedback to improve the Authorize.Net payment platform. Check out our new, streamlined API, better sample code and SDKs, and use them to provide your merchants with a secure, scalable payment solution. You’ll see that it’s a seamless and efficient way to make sure you and your merchants get paid! Start playing Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post ​Customize payment solutions with our enhanced platform appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

How to Explode Traffic with the Right Content by @seo_travel

Stop churning out content for the sake of it. Here’s how to create content that can increase your website traffic.The post How to Explode Traffic with the Right Content by @seo_travel appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

18-32 Web Developer position is open https://twitter.com/uscbo

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

Augmented Reality Marketing: Moving From Gimmick to Strategy by @jes_scholz

The definitive guide to augmented reality marketing, including AR campaign case studies from companies who did it right.The post Augmented Reality Marketing: Moving From Gimmick to Strategy by @jes_scholz appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Issue 341

Issue 341 – May, 31st 2018 Source: http://theweeklydrop.com/

3 Years in SF

3 years ago, today, I landed in SF and it’s been quite an interesting ride, to say the least. I shared a little bit about why we decided to head out west (from Atlanta) in a blog post (of course) but I didn’t really do it justice. Really, what I believed is that life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage and I wanted to exercise a bit of courage by moving to the center of the technology universe and see if my hand was good enough to play. Or, at least, that’s what I thought at the time. The last 3 years have been the hardest of my life, full of sadness and disappointment, resentment, bitterness, and a lot of anger. If there was joy it was quickly overridden by another personal or professional letdown or simply snuffed out of me entirely. I shared a few of these thoughts in…

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How to Use Google Webfonts in Your Drupal 8 Site

Although Drupal has reputation for being a developers’ platform, lots of user rely on Drupal’s admin area for key tasks. For typography in Drupal sites, the best way to change your site’s fonts via the admin is a module called @font-your-face The @font-your-face module allows you to work with webfonts like Google Fonts or Font Squirrel. It also provides the ability to work with paid font services like Typekit or fonts.com. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to configure and use this module in Drupal 8. Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Transmit Droplets

Ethan Marcotte documented his workflow for storing GIFs in a web directory. Sometimes just SFTPing files into a folder is as fancy a workflow as you need, and in fact, modern workflows don’t have anything on it! I’ve also used Transmit’s fancy features for this kind of thing. I prefer saving the connection as a Droplet, which is basically a little application you can drop a file onto and have it upload to exactly where you want it…say a GIF in a specific server directory. There are two things that make this even more useful. One, you can have it copy the URL after uploading: Two, you can set rules for file types so that they have the right permissions as soon as they are uploaded. I find this particularly useful for S3 where by default they aren’t “world readable” and need to be changed manually. This rule prevents that…

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How to Use Google Webfonts in Your Drupal 8 Site

Although Drupal has reputation for being a developers’ platform, lots of user rely on Drupal’s admin area for key tasks. For typography in Drupal sites, the best way to change your site’s fonts via the admin is a module called @font-your-face The @font-your-face module allows you to work with webfonts like Google Fonts or Font Squirrel. It also provides the ability to work with paid font services like Typekit or fonts.com. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to configure and use this module in Drupal 8. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

How to Use Google Webfonts in Your Drupal 8 Site

Although Drupal has reputation for being a developers’ platform, lots of user rely on Drupal’s admin area for key tasks. For typography in Drupal sites, the best way to change your site’s fonts via the admin is a module called @font-your-face The @font-your-face module allows you to work with webfonts like Google Fonts or Font Squirrel. It also provides the ability to work with paid font services like Typekit or fonts.com. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to configure and use this module in Drupal 8. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

New Class: Build a Shopify Site in 1 Hour

If you want to set up an online store, then Shopify is a great solution. It’s one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world and has everything your store needs from products and variations to payments and shipping. In this week’s video release, Rod Martin shows you how to build a Shopify site in 1 hour. This 15 video class will help you get up-and-running with Shopify in just minutes. This class adds to the eCommerce pathway, which now features classes on Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, Easy Digital Downloads, Ecwid, Hikashop and more.  [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

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