Category Archive for: labels

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.

Shopping with augmented reality

Last spring, Acquia Labs built a chatbot prototype that helps customers choose recipes and plan shopping lists with dietary restrictions and preferences in mind. The ability to interact with a chatbot assistant rather than having to research and plan everything on your own can make grocery shopping much easier. We wanted to take this a step further and explore how augmented reality could also improve the shopping experience. The demo video above features how a shopper named Alex can interact with an augmented reality application to remove friction from her shopping experience at Freshland Market (a fictional grocery store). The Freshland Market mobile application not only guides Alex through her shopping list but also helps her to make more informed shopping decisions through augmented reality overlays. It superimposes useful information such as price, user ratings and recommended recipes, over shopping items detected by a smartphone camera. The application can personalize…

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Message on a Bottle

The famous Dr. Bronner’s labelDr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which bills itself as the top-selling natural soapmaker in North America, wasn’t founded to sell soap. The company was started to promote a religious philosophy developed by Dr. Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation German Jewish soapmaker, who printed his message on the labels of his potent peppermint liquid soap. Successive generations of the Bronner family have used the label’s message of a united humanity to guide the company, which spends much of its profits on charitable causes and is outspoken on issues like wage equality and fair trade. Today, even as the idea of a united humanity seems more distant than ever, Dr. Bronner’s continues to spread its soap and message worldwide.This episode sounds a lot different than the previous ones we’ve released. Instead of a traditional interview, we’re letting company President Michael Bronner and his grandfather, Emanuel, tell the story of how…

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Building an Open Source Photo Gallery with Face and Object Recognition (Part 2)

In part one of this two-part series, I explained why my Hackathon team wanted to build an open source photo gallery in Drupal 8, and integrate it with Amazon S3, Rekognition, and Lambda for face and object recognition. In this post, I’ll detail how we built it, then how you can set it up, too! tl;dr: Check out the open source Drupal Photo Gallery project on GitHub, and read through its README for setup instructions so you can build an intelligent photo gallery powered by Drupal and AWS Rekognition. Storing images on a Amazon S3 with the S3FS module Once we had a basic Drupal 8 site running on Acquia Cloud with a ‘Gallery’ content type and an ‘Image’ Media type, we switched the Image’s Media entity image field to store images in Amazon S3 instead of Drupal’s public files directory. The S3 File System module makes this easy. We…

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Bing Ads Introduces Color-Coded Labels by @MattGSouthern

In an effort to assist with campaign management, Bing Ads is slowly rolling out color-coded labels to all accounts worldwide.The post Bing Ads Introduces Color-Coded Labels by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Craft Color Swatches Plugin

The control that Craft can provide a user is what makes it stand out as a content management system. But sometimes we want to limit what a user can choose from. Craft has a built-in Color field which allows a user to select any color from a color picker. There are times when we only want a user to choose from a select number of colors though. Previously we have done this by using a dropdown with a list of colors, but I decided to build a plugin to allow a user to select from an admin-defined set of colors. To configure, an admin just needs to define a list of labels and colors in the field settings. Then, when a user is adding or editing an entry, they are presented with color swatches to choose a color instead of entire color picker. On the template side, you can access…

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Floating Labels are Problematic

I feel like all these issues are handleable, but the damning issue is #3: they need space to move into. Labels can’t go away and need to be readable at all times, so a floating label pattern doesn’t actually save any space. You could have just put the labels where they float to to begin with. It’s still a neat effect, but it doesn’t buy you anything and may just cost you something. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Floating Labels are Problematic is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

How to Master Google Shopping & Product Listing Ads by @cchaitanya

How to master feed optimization and bidding, structure your account, and use custom labels in Google Shopping.The post How to Master Google Shopping & Product Listing Ads by @cchaitanya appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How To Make Guides (Collections of Content) in WordPress

A blog post can be anything you want. You could easily write one that links up a bunch of articles on your site. Titles, summaries, links… all hand-crafted HTML. A “guide”, as it were. It will likely be appreciated by your readers, I find, especially when you’re linking up old evergreen content that is still relevant and useful today. But let’s say you want to programmatically create these “guides”. That might make them faster to create, easier to maintain, and give you a nice level of control over them. Let’s look at a way to do that. Guides on CSS-Tricks I’m writing about this because guides are something we’ve just started to do here on CSS-Tricks. For example, I wanted to make a guide of our content that is well suited for folks just starting out, so I made Our Guide To Just Starting Out with CSS & HTML. That…

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Just starting out? Ditch the “full stack developer” label

The words you use to represent yourself matter — and those words mean nothing.The only time “full stack” means something. 😍The vagueness and confusion around the phrase “full stack developer” has been lingering for years. Google it and you’ll find plenty of discussion about why it’s such a loaded term.Given that long-standing vagueness, labelling yourself as “full stack” might be doing you more harm than good, especially if you’re just starting out.🥞 Are you being honest?“Full stack” basically implies that you can do it all — that you can build front to back effectively and ship.But can you really do all of that well?Anyone with some programming experience can learn the basics of something new and cobble a solution together. But that certainly doesn’t make it good software — a goal every good, experienced programmer strives for.When someone with a few years experience labels themselves as a “full stack developer”, I’m pretty skeptical. Is there really enough experience there to be good at…

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Regular or 360°? Both! Our Top 29 Amazing Facebook Video Ads

It’s no secret that Facebook’s video ads are a powerful marketing tool. Forbes reported in November of 2015 that video had the most reach out of any post on the network, and Fortune reported that Facebook users watch about four billion video streams a day. 360° video came right on the heels of this regular video boom. From comparisons to virtual reality to early adoption by big brands, 360° emerged as a challenger to the supremacy of video ads. But luckily, you don’t have to choose between regular or 360° video ads — you can harness the power of both. With Facebook advertising bigger than ever on mobile, and more time spent consuming video than ever before, here are 30 amazing video ads to inspire you to kick off with one, the other, or both. 1. LG G5 Phone release To launch their flagship smartphone, LG made a short video…

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Alternatives to Placeholder Text

Andrew Coyle on when to use <input placeholder>: Don’t use them as a label Don’t use them as a secondary label Don’t use them as example input Don’t use them as helper text Which amounts to pretty much: “Don’t use them”. Notice there are no examples of good use cases, and even the examples in the “Do” graphics just say “Placeholder Text”, which isn’t exactly demonstrative of usefulness. I wonder if placeholder text will fall completely out of favor. It reminds me of float labels. Float labels were a fun little fling, but they aren’t actually useful. The reason you’d reach for them is when you’re so space-limited that you can’t show a regular label beside the input. But you can’t actually ever remove the label, just move it. So if the label is still there and readable, why not just leave it there the whole time? Direct Link to…

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Composting at the Office

Composting has been gaining popularity in the US over the past few years and in the past year, we’ve worked to make it a part of office life at all three of Viget’s offices. Composting has all sorts of benefits including reducing waste in our landfills and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. All around, composting contributes to living more green and reducing your office’s carbon footprint. Here are some tips on setting up a successful composting program in your office. Making it happen: Composting Logistics Depending on where your office is located, composting may be required and already a part of the regular trash removal infrastructure, or you may need to hire a separate company to manage your compost removal. In June 2015, Boulder, Colorado (home of our third office), passed an ordinance that all businesses must separate recycling and compost from the rest of trash. So in accordance…

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Clothes Call

Illustration by Nate OttoHere’s a story for all you Cubs fans out there, or anyone who’s ever wondered: Who makes the championship t-shirts you see players wearing in the locker room right after they win the game?Marathon Sportswear in Blue Island, Illinois is one of those businesses. The t-shirt screen printing company is located in White Sox territory, but its president, Jim Piko Jr., roots for the Cubs. And when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, he wasn’t just thrilled as a longtime fan of the team. Marathon, which Jim’s father started in the family garage in 1980, began printing tens of thousands of officially licensed Cubs t-shirts as soon as the team won the championship. It was the equivalent of a farmer’s bumper crop for Jim. Being prepared for that moment took weeks of advance preparation — and years of slowly building a business, one t-shirt at a time. WONG: Jim Piko Jr.…

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I absolutely love this idea from Thoughtbot. Just like automated tools that check your HTML for syntax, formatting, validity, or whatever else, FormLinter checks your <form> HTML for best practices. Things like every input having a label, using correct input types, required fields, and more. Ben Orenstein: Doing all these things right is worth the effort: improvements like these improve accessibility and increase conversions. However, checking this sort of thing by hand is tedious and error-prone. We were testing some forms in the ol’ CSS-Tricks team chat and it was doing what it said on the box. On Geoff’s personal site, it gave his contact form a “B” for not having matching labels for inputs and not having any fields required (seems like a fairly high grade?). The form was output from the mega-popular “Contact Form 7” for WordPress, also a bit surprising. Many of the forms we tested bombed…

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A Handmade SVG Bar Chart (featuring some SVG positioning gotchas)

Let’s take a look at some things I learned about positioning elements within SVG that I discovered whilst making a (seemingly) simple bar chart earlier this week. You don’t have much choice but to position things in SVG. SVG is a declarative graphics format, and what are graphics but positioned drawing instructions? There are plenty of gotchas and potentially frustrating situations though, so let’s get down to it. This is the bar chart we’re wanting to build: We could make this in our graphics editor of choice and dump it into our markup as an <img> tag (even as an `.svg`), but where would the fun in that be? I also wanted to make this SVG chart by hand because I knew I would learn more about the syntax than if I were to just export a Sketch or Illustrator file. To get things moving, let’s make an <svg> that…

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25 Best Minimal Shopify Themes

Setting up an online store takes a lot of work and but by using a redesigned Shopify theme you can save yourself a ton of time, money and hassle. It is crucial that you get the design, navigation, search functionality, customer management, shipping and payment integration right if you want to maximise your revenues when selling online.  Shopify has years of design and coding experience within the ecommerce niche so rather than pay a web designer to code a new site from scratch you should check out these designs. They have all been chosen for their minimal and clean styles. We also have a longer list of 70 great shopify themes here which vary in style. If you are still not sure about using Shopify for your online store you may also want to check out Shopify’s biggest competitor Magento or using WordPress with WooCommerce.   Jumpstart Open Sesame is a versatile…

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8 Mistakes To Avoid When Promoting Your Small Business Facebook Page

You put your business’s Facebook page in front of 1.13 billion people every day. The way that this huge audience of users reacts to your page can either be deal-making or detrimental. Though people want to know the secret recipe for a perfect Facebook page, the truth is there’s no one trick that will lead to instant success. The more important thing is knowing what not to do — what fatal mistakes to watch for and when to re-think your strategy. In practice, this is the best way to create the page that works best for you. 1. Casting a generic net Broadcasting your business on Facebook is one of the biggest no-nos. But the sad reality is that instead of focusing on fans and being part of a community, too many small businesses blast away about their products and services. Facebook is all about authenticity, so if a business…

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