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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.

Mike Sullivan joins Acquia as CEO

Today, I am excited to announce that Michael Sullivan will be joining Acquia as its CEO. The search for a new CEO Last spring, Tom Erickson announced that he was stepping down as Acquia’s CEO. For over eight years, Tom and I have been working side-by-side to build and run Acquia. I’ve been lucky to have Tom as my partner as he is one of the most talented leaders I know. When Tom announced he’d be stepping down as Acquia’s CEO, finding a new CEO became my top priority for Acquia. For six months, the search consumed a good deal of my time. I was supported by a search committee drawn from Acquia’s board of directors, including Rich D’Amore, Tom Bogan, and Michael Skok. Together, we screened over 140 candidates and interviewed 10 in-depth. Finding the right candidate was hard work and time consuming, but we kept the bar high…

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What You Need To Know About Mozilla’s Project Common Voice

The rise in mobile use has paved the way for voice to become a necessary feature in online browsing and communication. As more people rely on mobile technology to browse pages and do a quick online search, the need for voice technology has increased dramatically. This is probably the reason why Mozilla has ventured into a breakthrough endeavor known as Project Common Voice. What is Project Common Voice? Mozilla’s new project aims to make voice technology an open-source resource. According to the Common Voice website, bulk of voice technology is controlled by private companies that don’t share their tech data with the rest of the world. Mozilla wants to remove the barriers to innovation, leading them to launch the Common Voice project. In a nutshell, Common Voice opens up the trending technology of voice to contributors and developers. The aim here is to promote the use of voice technology by…

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Introduction to Drupal 8 Administration #DrupalGTD 1/2 day training

Start:  2017-12-01 14:00 – 18:00 Australia/Brisbane Organizers:  VladimirAus Event type:  Training (free or commercial) Half day free training will take place on Fri, 01-Dec-2017 (2pm to 6pm) in Brisbane Square Library (Room 1.3, 266 George Street, Brisbane City).… Requirements: – Bring your own laptop Training will cover: – Building website with Drupal 8 content management system – Drupal 8 basic configuration – Drupal 8 data structures and content type – Drupal 8 data structures and content type – Drupal 8 introduction to extensions Training will NOT cover: – Drupal 8 installation – Drupal 8 theming Register here: Source:

Learn to build a Drupal 8 website in our hands-on class (Dec 1, 2017)

Start:  2017-12-01 13:00 – 16:30 America/Los_Angeles Organizers:  douglaschoffman rich.yumul Event type:  Training (free or commercial) INTRO TO DRUPAL 8 The Drupal open-source content management system (CMS) powers more than one million websites and more than twelve percent of the top 100,000 according to BuiltWith. Join us for an introduction to Drupal 8 websites. Hosted by Sagetree, a forward thinking digital agency, crafting compelling brands, using technology and creativity to help you grow. DETAILS: When: Friday December 1st, 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pmWhere: Regus @ Gateway Chula Vista, 333 H Street, Suite 5000, Chula Vista, California, 91910What to bring: Wi-Fi enabled laptop with a web browser to participate in the hands on labs This workshop will examine Drupal website architecture, design, site building, theming, module development and data visualization. DRUPAL CONCEPTS Users, roles and permissionsMenu systemContent typesTaxonomiesViews AGENDA 1:00pm – Introductions 1:15pm – Install Drupal 81:30pm – Build basic Drupal 8 site2:00pm – Define taxonomies2:30pm – Define content types3:00pm…

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Refresher training on Introduction to Drupal 8

Start:  2017-12-01 14:30 – 18:30 Africa/Kigali Organizers:  bikilde Event type:  Training (free or commercial) In last Global Drupal Trainings (Sept – Oct, 2017) we had series of training with so many participants. This training season, We are inviting those who participated in the last training for refresher training. Participates will get more time to do more practices on Drupal Builders skills, and will get answers to questions they may have. The venue will be communicated soon. More information will be provided before end of this week after updating the website. Regards. Source:

Which Video Hosting Website Is Best for SEO? by @jennyhalasz

What will help your SEO most: hosting your videos on YouTube, another platform, or your website? Find out here.The post Which Video Hosting Website Is Best for SEO? by @jennyhalasz appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to Connect to a Web Server Over SSH with Private/Public Keys Using PuTTY on Windows

Knowing how to connect to your website over SSH with Public/Private Key pairing is a great skill. Authenticating and working over SSH is more secure since your connection is encrypted. Also, with SSH you will be able to perform some cool tasks not available to you over a graphical interface. And you will do them much faster. That’s why some content management systems offer command line interface to their users. Like, for example, WP-CLI for WordPress or Drush for Drupal. In this tutorial, you will learn how to connect to your web server over SSH with the Public/Private Key pairing using Windows free SSH client PuTTY.  [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Copywriting Q&A: How to Draw Work Opportunities to You

Everyone knows someone for whom things just “work out.” Things go along swimmingly for them, and the things they want just seem to magically drop into their laps. Opportunities seem to appear out of nowhere. The truth is that you, too, can make opportunities appear. Here’s how… Today’s question is from Raquel Y., who asks, “I know other freelancers who haven’t been around that much longer than I have who just always have work. I mean, we’re not in the same industries and I get that make a difference, but it still seems like stuff is coming so much easier for them. What’s the deal?” People who seem to have opportunities just fall into their laps aren’t magical—they just know how to be opportunity-oriented. There are opportunities to find new clients around us all the time. There are two parts to being opportunity-oriented (and, thus, attracting opportunities to you). The…

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3 Things to Consider Before Switching Hosting

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Are you fed up with your current host and now you’re looking for a different provider? Maybe you found a cheaper host or a faster one or a host that offers some sort of benefit like a website builder. These are all valid reasons to switch hosting companies, but it’s essential to consider a few things before making the big change. First of all, no matter how much the host tells you that they’ll do everything for you, some of the work is going to be completed by you. Most notably, your email address transfer. Some companies don’t have email addresses provided through their host, so those people won’t have to worry about anything. However, it takes some reading, understanding, and frustration to configure your Outlook or other inboxes with the new hosting credentials. So, start by understanding that moving hosts…

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How to Get More Links to Your Website with 7 Types of Content by @seo_travel

Here are seven types of content you should be creating if you want to attract more links to your website.The post How to Get More Links to Your Website with 7 Types of Content by @seo_travel appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to Make Search Data the Center of Your Universe [PODCAST]

DeepCrawl’s Jon Myers explains how you can harness data from various sources to get a comprehensive overview of your website.The post How to Make Search Data the Center of Your Universe [PODCAST] appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Acquia Engage 2017 keynote

This October, Acquia welcomed over 650 people to the fourth annual Acquia Engage conference. In my opening keynote, I talked about the evolution of Acquia’s product strategy and the move from building websites to creating customer journeys. You can watch a recording of my keynote (30 minutes) or download a copy of my slides (54 MB). I shared that a number of new technology trends have emerged, such as conversational interfaces, beacons, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and more. These trends give organizations the opportunity to re-imagine their customer experience. Existing customer experiences can be leapfrogged by taking advantage of more channels and more data (e.g. be more intelligent, be more personalized, and be more contextualized). I gave an example of this in a blog post last week, which showed how augmented reality can improve the shopping experience and help customers make better choices. It’s just one example of how these…

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The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Remarketing

Facebook remarketing is often seen as a “love it or hate it” tool. The thing is, you need Facebook remarketing. Only 2% of first-time site visits are going to convert on your website. That means that 98% of your traffic won’t buy from you.   Even if they add your products to their cart, nearly 70% Read more Source:

Copywriting Q&A: How Do You Get Your First Clients?

You can learn copywriting and practice as much as you want but without clients…well, you won’t get very far. So, when you’re absolutely brand new, where do you get your first clients? Read on… Today’s question is from Guy H., who asks, “I’m about to enroll in your Comprehensive Copywriting Academy, but I have a quick question before I do. How do I land my first clients? Who’s going to hire me before I have any experience?” So, first, let me say that all of this is covered in the Academy — along with the exact step-by-step way to land the clients. But for those readers who aren’t in the Academy, I’ll give a high-level answer here, too. The first step, as you know, is to get training. If you don’t know how to write copy, no one’s going to hire you to write it. (And there’s so much more…

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WordPress + PWAs

One of the sessions from the Chrome Dev Summit, hosted by Das Surma and Daniel Walmsley. It’s not so much about WordPress as it is about CMS powered sites that aren’t really “apps”, if there is such a thing, and the possibility of turning that site into a Progressive Web AppSite. I find the CMS + PWA combo interesting because: If you aren’t stoked about AMP, and let’s face it, a lot of people are not stoked about AMP, but do like the idea of a super fast website, a PWA is likely of high interest. Whereas AMP feels like you’re making an alternate version of your site, PWAs feel like you’re making the website you have much better. Some PWA work is generic and easy-ish (use HTTPS) and some PWA is bespoke and hard (make the site work offline). For lack of a better way to explain it, CMS’s…

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Helpful Business Advice From Friends Of Highrise

Photo by Toa HeftibaShould Small Companies Offer Online Classes and Demos?Alison Grove makes another appearance on the terrific podcast Support Ops talking about whether companies should offer online classes and demos.# 153 – Back to School with Classes10 Ways to Land High-Paying Gigs As A FreelancerAustin Church talks about how he turned a terrible thing of getting laid off into the opportunity of a freelance career and his tips into making that a success. Hint: use a CRM to keep you focused10 Ways to Land High-Paying Gigs As A FreelancerHow Can Companies Get Better At Personalization?Matthew Grant at Aberdeen Essentials asked me some interview questions on the state of personalization in marketing. I mentioned some mistakes people are making as well as some fantastic marketing campaigns we should be inspired by.How Can Companies Get Better at Personalization? – Aberdeen EssentialsThe Secret To More Deals? The Follow Up.Dee Greene of D&G Media Services started a vlog and…

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Most influential OOPSLA 2007 paper award

I was in for a nice surprise this week. Andy Georges, Lieven Eeckhout and I received an ACM SIGPLAN award for the most influential OOPSLA 2007 paper. Our paper was called “Statistically rigorous Java performance evaluation” and was published 10 years ago at the OOPSLA conference. It helped set a standard for benchmarking the performance of Java applications. A quick look on the ACM website shows that our paper has been cited 156 times. The award was totally unexpected, but much appreciated. As much as I love my current job, thinking back to some of my PhD research makes me miss my academic work. Congratulations Andy and Lieven! Source: Dries Buytaert

Heavy images slowing down your site?

(This is a sponsored post.)Speed is an important piece of a website’s user experience. Since images account for an average of 70% or more of a webpage’s weight, optimizing them is crucial to creating a faster website. That’s why we created Page Weight, a tool that will diagnose your site’s most problematic images and prescribe solutions on how to optimize them. Simply enter your URL into Page Weight and we will prepare a custom report of your images performance and what you can do to improve them. Test your site for free! Direct Link to Article — Permalink Heavy images slowing down your site? is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

How to Safeguard Your Website from Hacking & Manual Actions by @brentcsutoras

Eric Kuan, Webmaster Relations Specialist at Google, on how you can prevent your website from getting hacked or penalized.The post How to Safeguard Your Website from Hacking & Manual Actions by @brentcsutoras appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

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