Category Archive for: Austin Web Designer

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.


Shipping system fonts to GitHub.com

System font stacks got hot about a year ago, no doubt influenced by Mark Otto’s work putting them live on GitHub. The why, to me, feels like (1) yay performance and (2) the site looks like the rest of the operating system. But to Mark: Helvetica was created in 1957 when the personal computer was a pipe dream. Arial was created in 1982 and is available on 95% of computers across the web. Millions, if not billions, of web pages currently use this severely dated font stack to serve much younger content to much younger browsers and devices. As display quality improves, so too must our use of those displays. System fonts like Apple’s San Francisco and Microsoft’s Segoe aim to do just that, taking advantage of retina screens, dynamic kerning, additional font-weights, and improved readability. If operating systems can take advantage of these changes, so too can our CSS.…

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CSS Basics: Fallback Font Stacks for More Robust Web Typography

In CSS, you might see a ruleset like this: html { font-family: Lato, “Lucida Grande”, Tahoma, Sans-Serif; } What the heck, right? Why don’t I just tell it what font I want to use and that’s that? The whole idea here is fallbacks. The browser will try to use the font you specified first (Lato, in this case), but if it doesn’t have that font available, it will keep going down that list. So to be really verbose here, what that rule is saying is: I’d like to use the Lato font here, please. If you don’t have that, try “Lucida Grande” next. If you don’t have that, try Tahoma. All else fails, use whatever you’ve got for the generic keyword Sans-Serif So in what situation would a browser not have the font you’re asking for? That’s pretty common. There are only a handful of fonts that are considered “web…

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My POSSE plan for evolving my site

In an effort to reclaim my blog as my thought space and take back control over my data, I want to share how I plan to evolve my website. Given the incredible feedback on my previous blog posts, I want to continue the conversation and ask for feedback. First, I need to find a way to combine longer blog posts and status updates on one site: Update my site navigation menu to include sections for “Blog” and “Notes”. The “Notes” section would resemble a Twitter or Facebook livestream that catalogs short status updates, replies, interesting links, photos and more. Instead of posting these on third-party social media sites, I want to post them on my site first (POSSE). The “Blog” section would continue to feature longer, more in-depth blog posts. The front page of my website will combine both blog posts and notes in one stream. Add support for Webmention,…

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Google Announces Two Major Changes to Image Search by @martinibuster

Google announces two disruptive changes to image search. Web publishers applaud the changes as helpful against content piracy. Impact may be widespread.The post Google Announces Two Major Changes to Image Search by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Your Sketch library is not a design system redux

I really like this post by Brad Frost about what is and isn’t a design system, particularly when he de-emphasizes the importance of tools when it comes to that sort of work : …components living inside static design tools like Sketch isn’t itself a design system. Pardon my clickbait. Perhaps a better title would have been “Your Sketch library is not a(n entire) design system.” No doubt tools like Sketch are super valuable, and having a set of reusable components inside them helps design teams establish thoughtful and consistent UIs. However, a Sketch library is just one piece of the design system puzzle. A design system also can include other puzzle pieces like: Design principles UX guidelines Development guidelines Coded UI components Component guidelines, usage, and details Page templates User flows Design tools Dev tooling Code repositories Voice and tone guidelines Implementation guides Contribution processes Team structure Resources (internal and…

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Web Content Coordinator position is open

Hallandale Beach, FL, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

Interactive/Drupal Programmer position is open Trone Brand Energy

High Point or Durham, NC, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

RFQ: Drupal 7 Website Redevelopment position is open

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

Assistant Web Developer position is open

01609, MA, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

CSS Basics: Styling Links Like a Boss

The web was founded on links. The idea that we can click/tap a link and navigate from one web page to another is how surfin’ the web become a household phrase. Links in HTML even look different from regular text without any CSS styling at all. See the Pen Default Link by CSS-Tricks (@css-tricks) on CodePen. They are blue (purple if visited). They are underlined. That’s a link in it’s purest form. But what if we want to change things up a bit? Perhaps blue doesn’t work with your website’s design. Maybe you have an aversion to underlines. Whatever the reason, CSS lets us style links just we can any other element. All we need to do is target the <a> element in our stylesheet. Want to use a different font, change the color, remove the underline and make it all uppercase? Sure, why not? a { color: red; text-decoration:…

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How to Handle Spam in WordPress without a Captcha

Spam is more than an irritation. It can reduce your productivity. Sometimes the spam prevention can be as bad as the spam itself, making your visitors spot similar images, do maths sums or answer questions to prove that they are human. This can put people off interacting with your website. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that can handle spam transparently, without creating irritation to either you or your visitors. In this blog post, you will take a look at two of them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Drupal Expert position is open

Portland, OR, United States Source: https://jobs.drupal.org/all-jobs/feed

The OSTraining Podcast #18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework

Nick Croft has just published the “Genesis Explained” book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress. Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins. Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The OSTraining Podcast #18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework

Nick Croft has just published the “Genesis Explained” book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress. Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins. Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The WooCommerce Explained Book Is Here

Today, I’m delighted to announce the official launch of “WooCommerce Explained”. This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach. We’ve partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers’ conference. WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it’s physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge. [[ 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 Regex for SEO & Website Data Extraction by @RedmontBham

Find out what regex is, how to start using it with web crawlers, and some interesting real-world use cases.The post How to Use Regex for SEO & Website Data Extraction by @RedmontBham appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

CSS Basics: The Second “S” in CSS

CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets. While most of the discussion about CSS on the web (or even here on CSS-Tricks) is centered around writing styles and how the cascade affects them, what we don’t talk a whole lot about is the sheet part of the language. So let’s give that lonely second “S” a little bit of the spotlight and understand what we mean when we say CSS is a style sheet. The Sheet Contains the Styles The cascade describes how styles interact with one another. The styles make up the actual code. Then there’s the sheet that contains that code. Like a sheet of paper that we write on, the “sheet” of CSS is the digital file where styles are coded. If we were to illustrate this, the relationship between the three sort of forms a cascade: The sheet holds the styles. There can be multiple…

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Senior Drupal Developer position is open @graphicacy_info

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

Reclaiming my blog as my thought space

Last week, I shared my frustration with using social media websites like Facebook or Twitter as my primary platform for sharing photos and status updates. As an advocate of the open web, this has bothered me for some time so I made a commitment to prioritize publishing photos, updates and more to my own site. I’m excited to share my plan for how I’d like to accomplish this, but before I do, I’d like to share two additional challenges I face on my blog. These struggles factor into some of the changes I’m considering implementing, so I feel compelled to share them with you. First, I’ve struggled to cover a wide variety of topics lately. I’ve been primarily writing about Drupal, Acquia and the Open Web. However, I’m also interested in sharing insights on startups, investing, travel, photography and life outside of work. I often feel inspired to write about…

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