Category Archive for: Web Design Services

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.

Improving your visual design skills: Thoughts for beginners

Last summer, I set out to improve the visual polish of my client deliverables. Other UX team members’ work looked like it could have been from members of the visual design team, and it was time to up my game. I felt lost, however, in plotting concrete steps to accomplish this goal. While I knew what I need to do — build an understanding of typography and color, and strengthen existing skills around layout and visual hierarchy — I didn’t know what resources to trust, tools to use, or ways to practice. Fast forward a year, and my visual skills — while still budding — have grown. If you’d like to create more visually effective deliverables and improve your basic visual design skills, below are resources and tools to get you started, and some lessons that will help you succeed along the way. Books & Articles Here are a few…

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How to be evil (but please don’t!) – the modals & overlays edition

We’ve all been there. Landed on a website only to be slapped with a modal that looked something like the one below: Hello darkness, my old friend. For me that triggers a knee-jerk reaction: curse for giving them a pageview, close the tab, and never return. But there’s also that off case when we might actually try to get to the info behind that modal. So the next step in this situation is to bring up DevTools in order to delete the modal and overlay, and maybe some other useless things that clutter up the page while we’re at it. This is where that page starts to dabble in evil. We may not be able to get to the DevTools via “Inspect Element” because the context menu might be disabled. That one is easy, it only takes them one line of code: addEventListener(‘contextmenu’, e => e.preventDefault(), false); But hey, no…

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Drupal Developer (Remote/Part Time/Freelance) position is open

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Debugging Your Website with Chrome Developer Tools

If you’re using Chrome and want to debug your site’s design, this browser already comes with a great built-in feature called Developer Tools. In this tutorial we will show you how to start using Chrome Developer Tools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Drupal Web Developer – Near Lancaster, PA position is open SchwebDesign

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One Illustration, Three SVG outputs

Let’s say we draw the same vector graphic in different design applications and export each one as SVG for use on the web. Should we expect the same SVG file from each application? On the one hand, we might expect each file to be the same because of our past history with exporting images. Applications have typically been consistent at saving JPGs, PNGs, and GIFs with perhaps minor differences to the overall file size. On the other hand, SVG is different than our typical image file and our expectations might need to adapt to those differences. The output of SVG might be visual, but what we’re really talking about is math and code. That means an SVG file is a little more comparable to a CSS file that has been compiled from a preprocessor. Your results may vary based on the method used to compile the code. I decided to…

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What’s the Most Important Aspect of SEO? by @jennyhalasz

In this #AskAnSEO, Jenny Halasz talks about the most important aspect of SEO based on company size, industry, and location.The post What’s the Most Important Aspect of SEO? by @jennyhalasz appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

New Class: How to Use LESS

CSS stylesheets can become hard to manage on large projects. LESS is a solution that developers use to make their CSS much more efficient. As many designers know, stylesheets can become complex on big sites. It can become a headache to manage hundreds or thousands of styles.  LESS allows you to use plain CSS, but also add programming features such as variables, mixins, and functions. LESS is an extension to CSS, so it works perfectly with normal CSS, and the extra features it adds use existing CSS syntax. This makes learning LESS a very popular choice for coders, including those who build popular design frameworks, themes and templates. This week’s new class is called “How to Use LESS”. You’ll learn about all the key features available in LESS. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Drupal Architect in Boston position is open @thirdandgrove

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The OSTraining Podcast #5: Chris Wiegman

Chris Wiegman was an airline pilot in Hawaii, before developing iThemes Security – one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time. Chris is one of world’s leading WordPress security experts. Chris has always built his career on his terms, taking on challenges and making moves that kept him fresh and engaged with work. This episode touches on several issues we love to talk about: teaching, building businesses, and how to constantly re-invent and re-invigorate your career. Follow Chris on Twitter via @ChrisWiegman and visit him at Subscribe to the OSTraining podcast on iTunes, or use the podcast player below. We’re also on Stitcher, Overcast and other popular podcast apps. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Debugging Your Website with Firefox Dev Tools

In previous years, we often talked about using browser add-ons like Firebug to help bugshoot your websites. However, the major browsers now all include their own built-in inspect tools to debug websites. Firebug was retired at the end of 2016. If you’re using Firefox, Dev Tools is the tool that will help you to debug your site’s design. In this tutorial we will show you how to start using Firefox Dev Tools. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Simple Server Side Rendering, Routing, and Page Transitions with Nuxt.js

A bit of a wordy title, huh? What is server side rendering? What does it have to do with routing and page transitions? What the heck is Nuxt.js? Funnily enough, even though it sounds complex, working with Nuxt.js and exploring the benefits of isn’t too difficult. Let’s get started! Server side rendering You might have heard people talking about server side rendering as of late. We looked at one method to do that with React recently. One particularly compelling aspect is the performance benefits. When we render our HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the server, we often have less JavaScript to parse both initially and on subsequent updates. This article does really well going into more depth on the subject. My favorite takeaway is: By rendering on the server, you can cache the final shape of your data. Instead of grabbing JSON or other information from the server, parsing it,…

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The Reason You Need a Personal Mission

It’s just a simple fact: Most mergers and acquisitions fail. 70-90% based on studies from Harvard and if they don’t outright fail there’s still a 60%+ chance that the M&A will actually hurt shareholder value and possibly threaten the acquiring company’s very existence. Yikes. But, let’s go back to this incredible number and figure for a moment, shall we? 9 out of 10 acquisitions will outright fail. That’s a seriously difficult number to swallow. Yet despite this crazy figure people and organizations still try it and they believe that they will be different, that they will be the 1 out of 10. Why? Because if you can pull it off then the result can be quite astounding… astronomical, really. But again, 1 out of 10 folks… 1 out of freakin’ 10… I recently got to experience this statistic when I was told of the news that my previous startup venture would…

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Why No Brand is Too Big for SEO by @@joshuacmccoy

SEO isn’t just for new brands trying to increase traffic and visibility. Big brands need SEO, too. Here’s why.The post Why No Brand is Too Big for SEO by @@joshuacmccoy appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to Use Social Media to Increase Brand Loyalty by @jess12davis

These six things will make your social media marketing more effective and build an active, engaged, and loyal following.The post How to Use Social Media to Increase Brand Loyalty by @jess12davis appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Why Putting Up a Website for Your Business Isn’t Enough Anymore

While putting up a website has always been considered a good marketing strategy, companies should know that maintaining a website is not enough to make a mark. Remember that a website is just an extension of your company site or office, and it is where your clients may know what products or services your company offers. Each company will opt to do the same — create a website and maintain it to ease transactions and to post updates about your company. The thing is, if every company does the same, how can you make your company stand out in a sea of competitors? Here are things you can do aside from putting up a website: Make use of social media Marketing strategies extend to social media because this is where a lot of people are. Aside from the fact that your company may be able to reach a wider population,…

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Freelance Web Developer – SC Design Studio – Remote

Searching for a freelance web developer with Drupal experience capable of implementing new features and functionality…. $40 – $50 an hourFrom Indeed – Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:25:30 GMT – View all Remote jobs Source:

Not meeting your goals

I gave up daily vlogging recently. On January 1, 2017, I announced I’d start uploading a video every single day. There was no end in mind. Some people have taken on this challenge and lasted days. Some people have lasted years. I lasted a little over 3 months.The breaking point was a company meetup at Highrise, a simple CRM company I took over from Basecamp in 2014. Our meetup was just a handful of days. But those days were optimized to spend every minute possible together since we’re all working remotely the rest of the year.There was a lot of great footage from the meetup, but I didn’t have any time to edit fun stories together. Or think about pacing. Add music.I shot YouTube live videos to at least get something out and keep my commitment to the daily vlog, but my YouTube stats started to tank.So, I decided to focus on creating better…

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See what’s new in Drupal Commerce 2.0-rc1

Eight months ago we launched the first beta version of Commerce 2.x for Drupal 8. Since then we’ve made 304 code commits by 58 contributors, and we’ve seen dozens of attractive, high-performing sites go live. We entered the release candidate phase this month with the packaging of Commerce 2.0-rc1 (release notes), the final part of our long and fruitful journey to a full 2.0. Introducing a new Promotions UI: Some of the most exciting updates this Summer center around our promotions system. This work represents a huge leap forward from Commerce 1.x, as we’ve made promotions first class citizens in core. They power a variety of discount types and coupons, and now that they are in core we can ensure the systems are designed to look and work well on both the front end and back end. Read on to learn more about what’s new in promotions, payment, taxes, and…

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