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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 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/

Seven Ways To Become A Facebook Ads Expert For Next To No Money

Facebook recently hit the two billion monthly active users mark, and is now one of the largest online advertising platforms with over six million advertisers spending $10 billion every quarter between them. To support this large ad spend, the Facebook Ads manager platform has evolved into an incredibly powerful tool. Along with this, however, comes Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/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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3 Steps to Getting the Most Value from Your Digital Experience Platform (Part One)

From healthcare to high tech, organizations have named the customer experience as their top strategic performance measure. Proven to increase customer loyalty, drive revenue and boost customer lifetime value, customer experience has become the competitive battleground for business and is predicted to overtake price and product by the year 2020. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

3 Steps to Getting the Most Value from Your Digital Experience Platform

From healthcare to high tech, organizations have named the customer experience as their top strategic performance measure. Proven to increase customer loyalty, drive revenue and boost customer lifetime value, customer experience has become the competitive battleground for business and is predicted to overtake price and product by the year 2020. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

To PESOS or to POSSE?

Yesterday I shared that I uninstalled the Facebook application from my phone. My friend Simon Surtees was quick to text me: “I for one am pleased you have left Facebook. Less Cayman Island pictures!”. Not too fast Simon. I never said that I left Facebook or that I’d stop posting on Facebook. Plus, I’ll have more Cayman Islands pictures to share soon. 🙂 As a majority of my friends and family communicate on Facebook and Twitter, I still want to share updates on social media. However, I believe I can do it in a more thoughtful manner that allows me to take back control over my own data. There are a couple of ways I could go about that: I could share my status updates and photos on a service like Facebook or Twitter and then automatically download and publish them to my website. I could publish my status updates…

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Taking control of my data and social media

© Andrei Lacatusu Earlier this month, I set a resolution to blog more and use social media less. While I still need to work on blogging more, I’m certainly spending less time on Facebook. I’m halfway there. So far, only my mom has complained about me spending less time on Facebook. This morning when my alarm woke me up at 4:45am, I took it a step further. Most mornings, I spend ten minutes checking Facebook on my phone. Today, however, I deleted the Facebook application from my phone, rolled out of bed and started my workday. Great! As an advocate for the open web, I’ve written a lot about the problems that Facebook and other walled gardens pose. While I have helped raise awareness and have contributed time and money to winning back the open web, I haven’t fully embraced the philosophy on my own site. For over 12 years,…

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5 Top WordPress Project Management Plugins

WordPress is the key technology tool for many companies. They use it for marketing, e-commerce, CRM and 1,001 other tasks. So, it’s not surprising that a lot of WordPress users also rely on it for project management. After all, if you allow customers to pay you on your WordPress site, or raise a support ticket there, why not also collaborate on projects using the same platform. In this overview, we’ll introduce you to 5 of the best WordPress project management plugins. All 5 have free versions available on WordPress.org. You can download them, test them, and see if they’re a good fit for you and your projects. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Using Conic Gradients and CSS Variables to Create a Doughnut Chart Output for a Range Input

I recently came across this Pen and my first thought was that it could all be done with just three elements: a wrapper, a range input and an output. On the CSS side, this involves using a conic-gradient() with a stop set to a CSS variable. The result we want to reproduce. In mid 2015, Lea Verou unveiled a polyfill for conic-gradient() during a conference talk where she demoed how they can be used for creating pie charts. This polyfill is great for getting started to play with conic-gradient(), as it allows us to use them to build stuff that works across the board. Sadly, it doesn’t work with CSS variables and CSS variables have become a key component of writing efficient code these days. The good news is that things have moved a bit over the past two years and a half. Chrome and, in general, browsers using Blink…

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4 Ways to Skyrocket Organic Reach and Site Traffic using Facebook

Facebook is one of the best places for your business to be. The platform has more than two billion monthly active users, 1.2 billion on Messenger, and 700 million on Instagram, which Facebook also owns. This makes it easier than ever to reach your target market. But that also comes with a big downside: complications Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Boilerform: A Follow-Up

When Chris wrote his idea for a Boilerform, I had already been thinking about starting a new project. I’d just decided to put my front-end boilerplate to bed, and wanted something new to think about. Chris’ idea struck a chord with me immediately, so I got enthusiastically involved in the comments like an excitable puppy. That excitement led me to go ahead and build out the initial version of Boilerform, which you can check out here. The reason for my initial excitement was that I have a guilty pleasure for forms. In various jobs, I’ve worked with forms at a pretty intense level and have learned a lot about them. This has ranged from building dynamic form builders to high-level spam protection for a Harley-Davidson® website platform. Each different project has given me a look at the front-end and back-end of the process. Each of these projects has also picked…

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Decoupled Drupal: A Guide for Marketers

If you are considering a move to Drupal 8, or upgrading your current Drupal platform, it’s likely that you’ve come across the term “decoupled Drupal”, aka “headless Drupal”. But do you know what it means and what the implications of decoupled Drupal are for marketers? In this guide we will define decoupled Drupal and share three reasons why marketers should consider a decoupled architecture as they evolve their digital experience platforms. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

HuffPo Kills Contributor Program: What’s the Future of Guest Blogging? by @_kevinrowe

Is the death of HuffPost’s contributors platform the dawning of a new era of guest blogging and content strategy?The post HuffPo Kills Contributor Program: What’s the Future of Guest Blogging? by @_kevinrowe appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

5 Ways to Set-and-Forget Your AdWords Campaigns to Automatically Generate New Business

Google AdWords generates a high return due to its intent-based platform. But generating a high return often involves hours of work daily. From combing through thousands of negative keywords to adjusting bids on each campaign to meet fluctuating costs per click and acquisition.   And don’t get me started on tagging each ad’s final URL Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Design Systems: Problems & Solutions

Why do you need a Design System? In a previous article, we shared our thoughts on why Design Systems may be on the rise. Now, let’s further explore why you might need one. What are some of the common problems organizations face without a Design System, and how can one help? Common Problems Here are a few warning signs that might indicate you need to think about implementing a Design System: Process bottlenecks Through agile development methodologies, rapid release cycles have improved the ability for organizations to make timely and recurring updates. This means that individuals in organizations have had to do things more quickly than they used to. The benefits of speed often come at a cost. Usually, that cost is a compromise in quality. How will you ensure quality without introducing bottlenecks to your release cycles? Design inconsistencies Because your design needs have had to keep up with…

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The latest ways to deal with the cascade, inheritance and specificity

The cascade is such an intrinsic part of CSS that they put it right there in the name. If you’ve ever needed to use !important to affect specificity in the cascade, you’ll know that it can be a tricky thing to deal with. In the early days of CSS, it was common to see highly specific selectors like this: #sidebar ul li {} We’re all much better at managing specificity nowadays. It’s a widely accepted best practice to keep specificity low and flat—to shun ID selectors, to make liberal use of classes, and to avoid unnecessary nesting. But there are still plenty of situations where a more specific selector will be useful. With the introduction of a newly proposed pseudo-class, more support of the shadow DOM, and the use of the all property, we will soon be able to handle inheritance and specificity in new and exciting ways. The :is…

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The latest ways to deal with the cascade, inheritance and specificity

The cascade is such an intrinsic part of CSS that they put it right there in the name. If you’ve ever needed to use !important to affect specificity in the cascade, you’ll know that it can be a tricky thing to deal with. In the early days of CSS, it was common to see highly specific selectors like this: #sidebar ul li {} We’re all much better at managing specificity nowadays. It’s a widely accepted best practice to keep specificity low and flat—to shun ID selectors, to make liberal use of classes, and to avoid unnecessary nesting. But there are still plenty of situations where a more specific selector will be useful. With the introduction of a newly proposed pseudo-class, more support of the shadow DOM, and the use of the all property, we will soon be able to handle inheritance and specificity in new and exciting ways. The :is…

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