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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.

The 25 most popular icebreaker questions based on four years of data

If you need a get-to-know-you question for team-building at work that isn’t trite and terrible, here are 25 to try out…If you winced at the word, “icebreaker,” I don’t blame you. Get-to-know-you questions and games tend to feel cheesy. We’ve all been victim to a terribly trite icebreaker with coworkers that made us roll our eyes. I know I have.However reluctantly, you may have realized that you need to break the ice at work. A new employee just joined your team, and you want to make sure they feel welcome. Or, you need to find a way to warm up a conference call between remote team members, and ask some get-to-know you questions for team-building.After all, it’s always hard to work well with folks you don’t have a rapport with (not to mention, it’s less fun). Trust is the oil of the machine in the team. The more you have of it,…

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“I Got Lucky as Fuck”

More of us would say the exact same about how we’ve not only succeeded but are still alive today. Sometimes I look at my own three kids and I wonder how they are still here… I appreciate Post Malone being honest about how all of these things “worked out” for him in the end. I have a lot of respect for folks who just admit that they would have been nothing if it weren’t for a combination of things that happen in their lives that were totally outside of their control. I can easily raise my own hand and just say it as loudly as possible: I got lucky as fuck. LOL. And even his name was created by a Rap Name Generator! I love that so much. So many of my own projects were completely random. I’m not throwing away the principle and value of hard work – that…

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The Rise of the Butt-less Website

It seems like all the cool kids have divided themselves into two cliques: the Headless CMS crowd on one side and the Static Site Generator crowd on the other. While I admit those are pretty cool team names, I found myself unable to pick a side. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” For my own simple blog (which is embarrassingly empty at the moment), a static site generator could be a great fit. Systems like Hugo and Jekyll have both been highly recommended by developers I love and trust and look great at first glance, but I hit stumbling blocks when I wanted to change my theme or set up more complex JavaScript and interactions across pages. There are ways to solve both these issues, but that’s not the kind of weekend I want to have. Besides…

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Google Adwords 101 – The Guide That Takes You From Zero to Hero

Google AdWords launched in 2000 (Y2K baby!) when Google was already handling 20+ million searches every day. Now they handle billions per day. And as of recent data, AdWords has millions of advertisers using their platform to reach new customers. Google AdWords is pretty simple: It’s online advertising on Google’s search network or sites connected to Read more Source:

My Life Now

My (professional) life in just a few pics: I’m working with my brother on a few things and we pair program while video chatting and the new kiddo in my arms. I’m kind of experienced at this at this point in my life… Life is pretty good. The evenings are super-tough and nothing can mentally prepare you for that difficult season. But, my wife is a true hero. I told her the other day that women get the short-end-of-the-stick when it comes to early parenting. They have to move from carrying a human being in their belly for 9 months and then the painful process of breast-feeding and little sleep. It’s such bullshit, to be honest. Men, on the other hand, just get a lot of the early upside… So, I’m going to be a bit out of commission for a while: The post My Life Now appeared first on…

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Blendid HTTP/2 Upgrade

After spending about a year experimenting and blogging about how HTTP/2 is going to improve performance and finding ways it can be applied to projects, we have added an HTTP/2 upgrade to Blendid so you can try for yourself. If you are unfamiliar with Blendid, Blendid is full-featured modern asset pipeline powered by Gulp that utilizes many helpful stand-alone tasks. At Viget, we use it for many front end builds for its ease of use and simple configurability. To use Blendid with the HTTP/2 upgrade, follow these steps: On a new project, run yarn init from your terminal in the project’s directory, which adds a package.json and yarn.lock file to your directoryThen run yarn add blendid to add the Blendid package to the projectAfter that, run yarn run blendid — init to ensure the Blendid directories are in placeFinally add in yarn run blendid — http2-upgrade and you are donezo…

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Lead PHP Developer – Delphic Digital – Philadelphia, PA

Delphic, a Hero Digital Company is looking for a Lead PHP Developer with deep Drupal expertise to lead our PHP practice….From Delphic Digital – Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:26:27 GMT – View all Philadelphia, PA jobs Source:

The average web page is 3MB. How much should we care?

Tammy Everts with a deep dive into the average page size, which seems to grow year in and year out. It’s a little perplexing that the average page size trends up each year as performance has become a growing concern on the forefront of our minds, but Tammy has keen insights that are worth reading because she suggests that user experience isn’t always about page size and that bloat is far from the only metric we should be concerned. Correlating page size with user experience is like presenting someone with an entire buffet dinner and assuming that it represents what they actually ate. To properly measure user experience, we need to focus on the content – such as the navbar or hero product image – that users actually want to consume. The best performance metric for measuring user experience is one that measures how long the user waits before seeing…

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Tech Community’s Very Own Domain Extension

Until 2012, the world only knew of .com, .net etc. Since then, 1200+ new domain extensions have been launched! Today, there are meaningful extensions for all kinds of communities including us, the tech folks! We now have a definitive domain extension that is relevant to us: .tech. Having a domain can be a great boost to your marketing. Even for your personal branding, it’s a good idea to set a redirect from to your LinkedIn / GitHub or create your portfolio! Here are some great use cases of .tech domains from the world over: (Startup) (SEO Tool / Global winner of WIX SEO Hero Challenge) (Event) (Hackathon) (Brand) (Tech Influencer) If you’re in tech, you deserve a .tech domain! Get one for only $4.99 for 1 year and $49.99 for 10 years. Use code CSS17 at checkout on Direct Link to…

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Fun with Viewport Units

Viewport units have been around for several years now, with near-perfect support in the major browsers, but I keep finding new and exciting ways to use them. I thought it would be fun to review the basics, and then round-up some of my favorite use-cases. What are viewport units? Four new “viewport-relative” units appeared in the CSS specifications between 2011 and 2015, as part of the W3C’s CSS Values and Units Module Level 3. The new units – vw, vh, vmin, and vmax – work similarly to existing length units like px or em, but represent a percentage of the current browser viewport. Viewport Width (vw) – A percentage of the full viewport width. 10vw will resolve to 10% of the current viewport width, or 48px on a phone that is 480px wide. The difference between % and vw is most similar to the difference between em and rem. A…

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Bringing Research Home

Any designer who has created a personal portfolio site knows that your toughest client is always yourself. Recently, we have felt particularly sympathetic to the plight of designing for yourself because we have been taking an introspective look at our own site and messaging. We wanted to understand how potential clients perceive and evaluate Viget in their search for an agency partner and the role that our website plays in shaping that impression. We wanted to see our brand and our site through the lens of a potential client, a person getting a first introduction to Viget. To do that, we applied the same research methods we employ for client projects to our own questions. Creating a Setting for Direct Feedback Having conversations with prospective and current clients is something we do all the time. Typically though, those conversations are initiated by the business development team or account managers, people who are heavily involved in…

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Is It Time to Finally Kill Off the Homepage?

As with most things in web design, the homepage has been branded dead or dying many times over the years. They’ve been replaced by magazine-style front page designs, bypassed by landing pages and cut out entirely by social media. Except none of these things killed the homepage. Instead, they joined it as part of a more intricate set of interactions with visitors – each one playing an important role in a more complex web. Now, the latest person calling for the head of homepages is Optimizely’s Cara Harsham, who wrote for the Moz blog last week, claiming her company has “successfully killed THE homepage”. Well folks, looks like it’s time to get those funeral suits pressed again. Personalization killed the homepage The crux of Cara Harsham’s article is that brands need to show users customised content based on their needs and previous interactions, thereby making the generic homepage irrelevant. Her article makes a lot of…

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Should You Warn Clients Against Using Popups on Their Website?

So you’ve just signed off another project with your latest clients and it’s one of your finest pieces of work, even if you say so yourself. The client is ecstatic (why wouldn’t they be?) and you’ve got a new favourite portfolio piece to wow future clients with. That is until you pay said site a visit one day and you see your former clients has plastered popups all over the place. Before you’ve even scrolled past the hero section your screen your wonderful design is hidden by a full-screen popup – disaster. Your best piece of work has been turned into a UX nightmare, tarnishing your portfolio and annoying any number of visitors in the same process. The question is, should you warn your clients against using popups on their website (or any other UX concerns for that matter)? The endless debate over popups The popup debate has been going…

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Best HTML Email Design Dimensions: How Wide Should Your Email Template Be?

The template you are using for your HTML email marketing campaign can go a long way in converting your email recipients to customers. As such, you need to make sure that people who receive them can view your emails properly. The question is: What is the best width for your email marketing campaign? In this article, we will attempt to answer the question, as well as discuss important tips related to creating effective HTML email newsletters. A Brief Background on HTML Email Design Back in the day, Microsoft Outlook was considered as the primary email client during the time when the average width of the desktop monitor was 1,024 pixels. As a result, email marketers had to conform to the size to fulfill the constraints. From there, the 600-pixel width for HTML email came into being. However, times have changed since then, and screen resolutions have become bigger. In fact,…

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Plugins Loaded

There is this fella named John James Jacoby. He’s the lead behind some huge WordPress projects you may have heard of: BuddyPress and bbPress. We use bbPress right here on CSS-Tricks to power the forums. I had some trouble the other day, where editing posts in the forums started behaving weirdly. Not terribly surprising, as we have some custom code written for that to allow Markdown to be used by all forums users for Topics and Replies. I feel like supporting Markdown is pretty important on a site about coding, as it makes posting code wayyyyy easier. Just put inline code in single ` backticks and blocks of code in “code fences” which are triple “` backticks line separated by blank lines on either side. It scares me to death when problems like this happen, because they are well beyond my WordPress development chops. If Markdown just stopped working in…

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10 Crucial Elements of Facebook Ads Landing Pages

Facebook advertising is like selling artisanal coffee. First, you need to get people to come to your coffee shop. Next, you need to impress them with the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans to convince them to purchase something. Similarly, in Facebook advertising, getting people to come to your landing page is only half the challenge. As someone lands on your landing page, they still need to be convinced about your product’s amazing features, design, and benefits. If your ad campaign has the average click-through rate of 8% (which is pretty high), but only 12% of those people convert on your landing page, the real conversion rate of your campaign is 0.96%. Which leads us to the question: Is your landing page conversion rate too low? No worries. We gotcha! Up next, you’ll find ten Facebook Ads landing page elements along with the best practices. For those who lack patience,…

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