Category Archive for: Amazon

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.

JAMstack Comments

JAMstack sites are often seen as being static. A more accurate mental model for them would be that they are sites which have the ability to be hosted statically. The difference might seem semantic, but thanks to the rise of many tools and services which simplify running a build and deploying to static hosting infrastructure, such sites can feel much fresher and dynamic than you might imagine, while still capable of being served from static hosting infrastructure, with all the benefits that brings. A feature often used as an example of why a site cannot be hosted statically is comments. A comments engine needs to handle submissions, allow for moderation, and is by its very nature, “dynamic”. Comment systems are generally thought of as quite dynamic content Thanks to the growing ecosystem of tools available for JAMstack sites, there are solutions to this. Let’s look at an example which you…

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Museum of Websites

The team at Kapwing has collected a lot of images from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and presented a history of how the homepage of popular websites like Google and the New York Times have changed over time. It’s super interesting. I particularly love how Amazon has evolved from a super high information dense webpage that sort of looks like a blog to basically a giant carousel that takes over the whole screen. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post Museum of Websites appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

BigCommerce Sponsored Post

Huge thanks to BigCommerce for sponsoring CSS-Tricks this week! Here’s the basics: BigCommerce is a hosted eCommerce platform. In just a few minutes, anybody can build their own online store. From a personal perspective, I’d suggest to any of my friends and family to go this route. CMS-powered websites are complicated enough, let alone feature-packed eCommerce websites. Please go with a solution that does it all for you so your site will look and work great and you can focus on your actual business. Feature-packed is a fair descriptor, I’d say, as your BigCommerce site isn’t just a way to post some products and take money for them. You can manage inventory if you like, manage all your shipping, and (I bet this is appealing to many of you): get those products over to other sales platforms like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Instagram. But I’m a developer! I’d like full…

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The “Basecamp MBA” Reading List

A few months ago, I met a new friend at a Creative Mornings talk. She is going to take some time off at the beginning of 2018 to work through the AltMBA reading list before diving into job searching. I thought this was a great idea and it got me wondering about the kind of reading material Basecamp would suggest for people who want to build a business like ours. Of course, there’s our previous books and the upcoming Calm Company. But with minds like the ones we have, I guessed we can could up with a really fantastic set of material that SvN readers would eat up. With that in mind, I asked my colleagues:Given your role at Basecamp, what one or two books/resources would you suggest to help someone prepare for the kind of work you do?Some of the books we recommend. IKEA side table not required.Before I share…

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​What do you think about headless CMS?

(This is a sponsored post.)Headless CMS is the new kid on the technology block. Some say it’s the only way forward, while others call it a fad without a future. So we decided to conduct a study to see what people think about headless CMS and why they want to use it. Has headless got a future? Share with us your opinion on the headless CMS and get a chance to win $50 Amazon gift card. Start the survey Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post ​What do you think about headless CMS? appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

Cooking with Alexa and Drupal

When I’m home, one of the devices I use most frequently is the Amazon Echo. I use it to play music, check the weather, set timers, check traffic, and more. It’s a gadget that is beginning to inform many of my daily habits. Discovering how organizations can use a device like the Amazon Echo is big part of my professional life too. For the past two years, Acquia Labs has been helping customers take advantage of conversational interfaces, beacons and augmented reality to remove friction from user experiences. One of the most exciting examples of this was the development of Ask GeorgiaGov, an Alexa skill that enables Georgia state residents to use an Amazon Echo to easily interact with government agencies. The demo video below shows another example. It features a shopper named Alex, who has just returned from Freshland Market (a fictional grocery store). After selecting a salmon recipe…

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The Channel Explosion: Off Screens and Out the Window

Perhaps the most fascinating single fact of the Cambrian explosion is that life on Earth diversified from largely unicellular organisms that occasionally bunched into colonies to multicellular organisms that came to represent much of the present-day animal kingdom — all at a single discernible moment 541 million years ago in the fossil record. As we approach the end of this decade, we’re experiencing a similar Cambrian explosion — not in life forms, but in form factors. Today, as our users and customers grapple with an expanding buffet of choices when it comes to their digital experiences, the question quickly turns to how best to build for a lengthening list of experiences that approach the ideal of content everywhere. But before diving into the details, it’s helpful to take stock of how far we’ve come and what exactly those ambitious digital experiences that we’re targeting look like. After all, we can…

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​Learn UI Design: The Complete Video Course

(This is a sponsored post.)If you’ve ever thought “Man, all my designs look like crap”, this may be the best ad you see all day. If you’ve desperately searched Dribbble or Behance for inspiration, yet found yourself completely unable to make something look nice, this one’s for you. And if you’ve ever had a sinking feeling that most design articles are worthless, and no matter how much you read about color theory, it’s not going to make your bad designs look good, well, let’s talk. Learn UI Design is an online video course to take you from design newbie to being able to confidently create beautiful designs for any site or app. From color to typography, icons to process, Learn UI Design covers every aspect of interface design. Enrollment is open for 2 weeks only. I should introduce myself. I’m Erik Kennedy. I’m an independent designer, I’ve traveled the globe…

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Respecting privacy at Basecamp

I spend a lot of time as a data scientist thinking about how to use data responsibly, particularly when it comes to privacy. There’s tremendous value to be found by analyzing data, but the only way the data science field will continue to have data to analyze is if we are responsible in how we use it.As a company, Basecamp strives to have the respect for user privacy that we’d like in every service we personally use.I could talk about the things that we do relating to privacy:We have a plain English privacy policy, and expect to be GDPR compliant by the deadline.We use encryption for all communications between Basecamp and your browser, and we encrypt our backend services as much as is practical.When you cancel, we delete your account and all your data.We purge log data and database backups after 30 days.But I think our privacy philosophy is better defined by the things…

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Some Things I Recommend

Howdy. I’m taking this week’s “Sponsored Post” to give a shout out to some apps, courses, and services that I personally like. These things also have affiliate programs, meaning if you buy the thing, we earn a portion of that sale, which supports this site. That money goes to pay people to write the things we publish. That said, everything on this list is something that I’m happy going on the record endorsing. PixelSnap: A macOS Toolbar app for getting pixel dimensions from anywhere on the screen. Way handier than trying to use ⌘-⇧-4 for that. An Introduction to Gutenberg by Joe Casabona: We just had a ShopTalk episode about how Gutenburg (a new editor) is coming to WordPress. There is certainly stuff to learn, and this is a course you can take to do that learning. React for Beginners: Speaking of learning, this Wes Bos course will get you…

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The WordPress Explained Book is Here

Do you need to build a WordPress site?  If you, we have the book you need. The “WordPress Explained” book is available today. 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 available in ebook for OSTraining Book Club members and also on Amazon. WordPress is an amazingly powerful system, but many newcomers can find it overwhelming. We wrote this book to make WordPress as simple and straight-forward as possible.  [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

How to Use Amazon Hidden Keywords to Boost Discoverability by @ebkendo

Here’s how to find and use Amazon’s Hidden Keyword feature to make your products more visible in their search results.The post How to Use Amazon Hidden Keywords to Boost Discoverability by @ebkendo appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

The Best UX is No User Interface at All

I have been obsessed with User Interfaces (UI) for as long as I can remember. I remember marveling at the beauty that was Compaq TabWorks while I played “The Incredible Machine” and listened to “Tears For Fears—Greatest Hits” on the family computer. Don’t judge me—I was listening to “Mad World” way before Donny Darko and that creepy rabbit. If none of those references landed with you, it’s probably because I’m super old. In the words of George Castanza, “It’s not you, it’s me.” That’s another super old reference you might not get. You know what—forget all that, let’s move on. I really got into UI when I bought my own computer. I had joined the Coast Guard and saved a bunch of money during boot camp (when you can’t go shopping—you know—because of push-ups and stuff). I wanted to buy a Chevy Cavalier (sadly, that’s not a joke), but my…

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Set Up AWS CLI and Download Your S3 Files From the Command Line

The other day I needed to download the contents of a large S3 folder. That is a tedious task in the browser: log into the AWS console, find the right bucket, find the right folder, open the first file, click download, maybe click download a few more times until something happens, go back, open the next file, over and over. Happily, Amazon provides <span <the=”” other=”” day=”” i=”” needed=”” to=”” download=”” the=”” contents=”” of=”” a=”” large=”” s3=”” folder.=”” that=”” is=”” tedious=”” task=”” in=”” browser:=”” log=”” into=”” aws=”” console,=”” find=”” right=”” bucket,=”” folder,=”” open=”” first=”” file,=”” click=”” download,=”” maybe=”” few=”” more=”” times=”” until=”” something=”” happens,=”” go=”” back,=”” next=”” over=”” and=”” over.=”” happily,=”” amazon=”” provides=”” AWS CLI, a command line tool for interacting with AWS. With AWS CLI, that entire process took less than three seconds: $ aws s3 sync s3://<bucket>/<path> </local/path> Getting set up with AWS CLI is simple, but the documentation…

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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase Announce Healthcare Company: What’s It Mean For The Industry?

A bank, a holding company, and an online retailer walk into an industry… At first blush, the idea of JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway, and Amazon teaming up to tackle healthcare sounds, at the very least, like a bad joke. But this is no laughing matter. Source:

4 Books to Read for Inspiration and Insight

Every few months, I like to put together a list of books that I’ve read recently and that I think will help you in your pursuit of your copywriting and general life goals. With that said, here’s today’s list! Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future by Ayse Birsel Recently, I took a solo weekend retreat to clear my head and come up with some new ideas and new possibilities. Often, I’ll bring along questions to ponder throughout the weekend. This time, instead, I brought along an entire book. Design the Life You Love was written by an industrial engineer and suggest using design thinking to deconstruct and then reconstruct your life. (Not to be confused with the other design thinking book, Design Your Life, which was also pretty good.) Through a series of exercises, Ayse Birsel coaches you to view aspects of your…

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Tools for Thinking and Tools for Systems

I’ve been obsessed with design tools the past two years, with apps like as Sketch, Figma and Photoshop perhaps being the most prolific of the bunch. We use these tools to make high fidelity mockups and ensure high quality user experiences. These tools (and others) are awesome and are generally upping our game as designers and developers, but I believe that the way they’ve changed the way we produce work and define UX will soon produce yet another new wave of tools. In the future, I predict two separate categories of design applications: tools for thinking and tools for systems. Let me explain. Tools for Thinking A short while ago Oliver Reichenstein described why we like distractions and how, in order to make great things, we need dedicated moments of focus, discipline, and concentration: Starting and finishing need courage. There is no app or tool that will give you courage.…

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Third-Party Scripts

Trent Walton: My latest realization is that delivering a performant, accessible, responsive, scalable website isn’t enough: I also need to consider the impact of third-party scripts. No matter how solid I think my prototype is, it doesn’t absolve me from paying attention to what happens during implementation, specifically when it comes to the addition of these third-party scripts. I recently had a conversation with a friend working on quite a high profile e-commerce site. They were hired to develop the site, but particularly with performance in mind. They were going the PWA route, but were immediately hamstrung by third-party scripts. One of them, apparently unavoidably, couldn’t be HTTPS, meaning the site was immediately disqualified from being a PWA. They could still do a good job in many other areas, but right and left their great performance work was slaughtered by third-party scripts. I don’t envy being in that position. It’s…

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