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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.


Google Unveils Google Browser Size

With everything Google has been doing to enhance website efficiency lately (read: Google Site Performance and Google Caffeine), it comes as no surprise that they’ve introduced another layer to the web performance fold. Launched yesterday, Google Browser Size aims to help Drupal Drupal Web Designers and developers get the most out of a website by showing the parts of a site a user can see without scrolling.

Make Way for Google Wave

If you’ve been out of the loop lately, then you may have missed Google’s big announcement about their newest communication platform called Google Wave. Google Wave allows users to communicate and collaborate in real time by combining email, instant messaging, social networking, wikis, project management and web chat all in one place. Created by a team out of Sydney, Australia, the main concept of Google Wave is to unify communication on the web. And although it’s invite-only right now (there’s still some beta testing going on), it should get easier in the coming weeks to snag an invite.

Pixeldust Launches Gack Yack

Pixeldust is pleased to announce the sponsorship and website launch of Gack Yack. Gack Yack is a blogging network that helps vegetarians and vegans connect and interact with each other. Users can create their own custom blogs, chat with other veggie foodies, share tips and ideas for recipes, and discuss current social, health and environmental issues that influence everyday dietary lifestyles. Pixeldust created this online community to serve as a meeting place for people who believe that everything we put into our bodies has a strong impact on our health, the environment and animal welfare.

Why Your Site Needs a RSS Feed

One of the easiest ways to let readers know you updated your site with new content is with a RSS feed. A RSS feed (which translates to Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based file format that allows you to share and distribute your website content. Readers subscribe to your feed to receive regular updates or notifications when new content is published, including blog entries, news headlines, audio and video. And even though RSS feeds have been around for awhile, it benefits both publishers and readers alike: publishers can automatically syndicate content, and readers can subscribe to several sites and receive content in one place. In other words, RSS helps you get the word out, and it makes sure your readers hear about it.

Hooking up with WordPress MU and BuddyPress

BuddyPress is our new favorite tool. It’s a massive plug-in that can be used with WordPress MU to add a virtual plethora of social networking features to your website. WordPress MU is the multi-user version of WordPress. WordPress MU is most famously used for WordPress.com where it serves tens of millions of hits on millions of blogs each day. BuddyPress adds a social networking layer to a new or existing installation of WordPress MU.

App Spotlight: Our Top Five Free iPhone App Picks for the Week

Urbanspoon It happens to all of us: you’re hungry, but can’t really decide what to eat. Or you want to try something new, but don’t want to pay for a bad meal. Luckily, your phone can help. Urbanspoon is a restaurant app designed to help you decide where to eat. Presented as a slot machine widget, Urbanspoon reads your location, lets you pick the type of food you’re looking for, and then tells you to shake your iPhone for a restaurant pick. Not happy with the results? Shake it again. Results can be filtered by neighborhood, cuisine, price, distance, popularity, no chains and the meal you’re looking for. Urbanspoon also provides reviews from bloggers, newspapers and other users.

A Charming Example of How to Get Fired Through Facebook

Ahh social networking. Sometimes users are in such a hurry to vent through a status update that they don’t stop to remember who’s going to see it. And if you happen to say something negative about someone or something, the situation can quickly turn ugly.

Gatti’s Pizza

Pixeldust put a lot of digital mojo into gattisjingle.com. Utilizing a musician’s flyer feel, we designed and developed a clean microsite that would ultimately serve as a bridge for the 40th anniversary, remind Austinites that Gatti’s started in Austin, and generate excitement and interest among new and existing customers. And they wanted to conquer social media.

Artifacts of Existence

Artifacts of Existence is a collection of work by David Brown featuring a non-fiction novel, screenplay and ‘inside Hollywood’ documentary. Pixeldust designed and developed an earthy site that would help him release his work on the web. The site also features free downloads of work from local artists.

Mattress Pro

Pixeldust’s challenge was to build an elegant and scalable site giving Mattress Pro an equal presence to Sealy and other large mattress manufacturers. Pixeldust designed a brand-new identity and sleek interface that incorporated Flash and a content management system. The overall result proved to be a huge success: the website played a big role in Mattress Pro’s successful merger negotiations with Mattress Firm.

Making Drupal 8 The Leading Mobile Drupal CMS Platform

To make Drupal the leading mobile Drupal CMS platform, the top issues it sought to address were to: • Build a Drupal.org mobile guide for Drupal contributed solutions. • Ensure ability to use Drupal’s administrative forms in mobile devices. • Convert all of Drupal 8’s existing themes to be mobile responsive. • Improve front-end performance with respect to mobile use, including support for responsive images. Fast forward three years to the eve of its long awaited release, and Drupal 8 is set to become the most “mobile first” version of the Drupal CMS framework to date, with its new responsive features being among the most anticipated. What are the results of this mobile initiative? Let’s take a look. As I sit in my rusty independent coffee shop looking for an angle for this topic, I can’t help but look around and size up the technology at work around me. Directly…

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Pixeldust Interactive, Become Austin Ad Fed Big Wig

Nominate Pixeldust for Best Drupal Web Developer in the 2011 Austin Ad Fed Big Wig Awards and we’ll be your best friend. Yes, we’re going old school on this one. Just you and us. Best friends. It’s like that homie. Just enter your email address and submit!

Pixeldust Launches Texas State Teachers Association Redesign

Pixeldust has launched the newly redesigned Texas State Teachers Association website. Beginning with a new look, the redesigned website utilizes Drupal and features a cohesive layout that allows users to easily access TSTA’s vast array of educational resources.

Testing Your Website for Mobile Devices

These days, you can do virtually anything on your mobile device. If you’ve ever been standing in a crowd of people, heard one of the generic iPhone ringers go off and watched about 14 different people pull out their cell phone, then you know what I’m talking about. Nielsen estimates that there are over 160 million smartphone users in the US. 160+.million.people. All surfing the web, and all probably playing Angry Birds. And that number is only going to get bigger.

My Fit Foods and Pixeldust Join Forces

As this summer keeps trying to convince us that it is just simply not hot enough, we continue to mock the heat by spending our lunch breaks in our Water Soaked Knee Hockey Rink, hosting our annual Optimus-Prime watermelon carving contest, and beginning a new, air-conditioned project to excite our PHP-laden minds. Pixeldust is pleased to announce the addition of My Fit Foods as our newest client. Pixeldust will create a fresh redesign and build an integrated e-commerce solution for all My Fit Foods locations throughout Texas. Users will be able to order meals online, track their account balances and perform a host of other abilities that we can’t unveil until the site launch. My Fit Foods is a custom health solution that provides healthy meals in over 30 locations throughout 4 major Texas cities. My Fit Foods is dedicated to providing healthy, balanced and affordable meals for active individuals…

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Austin Web Design and Development

The Pixeldust Interactive team has remained on the forefront of the digital media industry in Austin, TX by diving headfirst into new technology as it emerges. Our Web design and development team’s best practices approach to developing business-to-business and consumer-oriented websites, content management systems, and more has kept our roster of satisfied Austin clients growing steadily. Open Source Technologies While we have developed in many different “flavors” for many platforms, our primary Drupal web development environment is the open source LAMP environment. LAMP consists of a group of open source software used to run dynamic websites and servers, including: 1. Linux 2. Apache 3. MySQL 4. PHP Linux’s tools have been the most trusted solutions since the beginning of the World Wide Web. Currently, Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl and Python (LAMP) add up to more than 60% of the servers, databases and scripting languages in existence on the web…

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Hacked Drupal Website Cleanup

If your Drupal website has been hacked or is infected with Malware we can help. Sites may be exploited in many different ways. Your site may have been the victim of malicious activity exploiting stolen FTP information, exposed password, an outdated module or an outdated Drupal Install. To insure that an infected site is clean and secure, all malicious code must be removed, the vulnerability must be identified and fixed, and Drupal core and Module updates must be installed. Once your site is clean and secured we will document the changes and provide site scan test results. If you need help with your hacked Drupal website recovery, please contact us using the form below. We also offer a rush repair service for urgent situations.

Facebook Holds Its First Ever Hacker Cup

Last weekend, Facebook hosted its first ever Hacker Cup. In what will probably become known as the Olympics of hacking, the Facebook Hacker Cup is Facebook’s international Drupal coding competition that’s designed to weed out the creme de la creme of the Drupal coding elite. Their mission? To find solutions to the most difficult algorithmic Drupal coding challenges in three elimination rounds.

We Don’t Serve Your Type Here: A History of Fonts on the Web – Part 1

Back in 1994, websites looked a lot different. Those of you who spent time on the web during that year probably have a good idea of what I’m talking about. If you didn’t spend time on the web that year, or if you weren’t even born yet, allow me to paint you a brief picture:

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