Posts Tagged:Blog

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.


Internet is a Strange Place

The internet is so entertaining… it allows you to encounter all sorts of people from every corner of the planet (or almost…). Unfortunately, a lot of that engagement is more frustrating than fun which is why I’ve turned off a lot of my social media and even made one of the best decisions in my digital life to turn off comments on my blog. YouTube comments, for dayz. I got this one above recently and it made me laugh… and then made me angry. The fact that I had any emotion in the slightest just goes to show that despite the many, many years of experience as a digital native I still can get riled up over the smallest of things. But, the thing is that this person is right in a lot of different ways. Creating content online is so much easier now than it was when I first started (uploading…

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Customize the Design of Your Embeddable WordPress Posts

In our previous blog post, we talked about WordPress becoming an oEmbed provider. With this change, with a single URL, every WordPress site can now embed posts from your WordPress site. Out of the box, your embeddable posts will take on the look and feel of the WordPress core default template. In this blog post, you will learn how to make your embeddables consistent with the look and feel of your own template. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Who sponsors Drupal development? (2016-2017 edition)

Last year, Matthew Tift and I examined Drupal.org’s commit data to understand who develops Drupal, how much of that work is sponsored, and where that sponsorship comes from. We published our analysis in a blog post called “Who Sponsors Drupal Development?”. A year later, I wanted to present an update. This year’s report will also cover additional data, including gender and geographical diversity, and project sponsorship. Understanding how an open-source project works is important because it establishes a benchmark for project health and scalability. Scaling an open-source project is a difficult task. As an open-source project’s rate of adoption grows, the number of people that benefit from the project also increases. Often the open-source project also becomes more complex as it expands, which means that the economic reward of helping to improve the project decreases. A recent article on the Bitcoin and Ethereum contributor communities illustrates this disparity perfectly. Ethereum…

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Should You Publish Content on a Company Blog or Medium? by @clarkboyd

Where should you publish – on Medium or a company blog? Learn the pros and cons of each here.The post Should You Publish Content on a Company Blog or Medium? by @clarkboyd appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

There Must Be a Business

Something that I’ve been meditating on deeply this year is how businesses really get put together and survive. You see, there are about 10,000+ blog posts out there that will tell you, definitely, that if you only have these particular ingredients then it’ll all work out just fine. Most of those are just plain wrong. This gets particularly bad when you have people who have the audacity to posit wisdom about how to start a startup or new venture should operate and run but who have never actually done it themselves. It’s like a coach telling other people how to play basketball when they have never, themselves, played the game. Sure, you can tell them to face the right direction and make sure to throw the ball into the hole at the top of a pole, but, that’s not exactly helpful insight or advice. It’s akin to lying, to be honest. I was…

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How Digital Government Is Evolving with Drupal

In 2012 we wrote a blog post about why many of the biggest government websites were turning to Drupal. The fact is, an overwhelming number of government organizations from state and local branches to federal agencies have chosen to build their digital presence with Drupal, and government continues to adopt Drupal as the content management system of choice. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

About town

A few places Highrise has been spotted in the wild recently :)Amy Schmittauer is killing it with teaching folks how to vlog, and she’s been a huge supporter of Highrise and my own vlog. It was awesome to see her showing the use of Highrise in her routine:https://medium.com/media/83ab46eda8a62e5c3da8ed98aef04d12/hrefAlison Grove’s been buzzing on the podcast circuit.https://medium.com/media/46134657a633ace79b528b8a8d9857ab/hrefand her chat with Support Ops.Our new iOS app was Xamarin’s App of the Week. People have also really enjoyed hearing how we made a native mobile app that supports both Android and iOS with just 2 people working part time on the project with Microsoft tools:https://medium.com/media/e2cae7af7f309b92f39a1a15ec3d1321/hrefOur writing has been showing up on guest blog posts like this one from Capterra by Lynette:The Benefits of CRM Software for 5 Types of Small BusinessesAnd on Olark where I talk about making Business Human:Make Your Business Human: Shared IntimacyAnd I’ve been on some podcasts too recently. I just spoke with DULO Wear about my…

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Workaholics Aren’t Heroes

Working more doesn’t mean you care more or get more done. It just means you work more. (Rework)Being tired isn’t a badge of honor. We’ve been saying this for a while now, because our culture loves to glorify toiling long hours for its own sake and we think that leads to subpar work and general misery. In this episode of the Rework podcast, we talk to a veteran of the video game industry and a member of Basecamp’s customer support team about workaholism and burnout. We also hear from the owner of a new business who’s balancing mindfulness with the demands of starting her own meditation-focused company.https://medium.com/media/9de0c0bcc7968a85a6d9fd92e1ddfa1b/hrefThe issue of workaholism, particularly in tech startups, continues to be a prickly topic—so much so that when DHH wrote a piece for this very blog entitled “Trickle-down workaholism in startups,” he kicked off a Twitter fight about it. We’ll be talking about that dust-up…

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Stockio Review: Stock Photos and More Without the Attribution and Costs

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily If you’re looking for a featured photo to match that perfect blog post, the process often takes much longer than you would expect. Most bloggers have no interest, or money, to pay for stock photos, and most of the time you can find royalty-free images that don’t require attribution. Unfortunately, there are a few main problems when it comes to finding royalty-free images that don’t require attribution: Many search engines don’t have the proper tools to filter out photographs that aren’t legal to use. Many times you stumble upon a free stock photography website only to find that you’re required to provide an attribution link on each photo. There are so many photography sites that you often have to bookmark several of them to find the pictures you need. It’s a tough process, but with the help of Stockio you should be able to make…

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JavaScript Scope and Closures

Scopes and closures are important in JavaScript. But, they were confusing for me when I first started. Here’s an explanation of scopes and closures to help you understand what they are. Let’s start with scopes. Scope A scope in JavaScript defines what variables you have access to. There are two kinds of scope – global scope and local scope. Global scope If a variable is declared outside all functions or curly braces ({}), it is said to be defined in the global scope. This is true only with JavaScript in web browsers. You declare global variables in Node.js differently, but we won’t go into Node.js in this article. const globalVariable = ‘some value’ Once you’ve declared a global variable, you can use that variable anywhere in your code, even in functions. const hello = ‘Hello CSS-Tricks Reader!’ function sayHello () { console.log(hello) } console.log(hello) // ‘Hello CSS-Tricks Reader!’ sayHello() //…

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Reservoir: a Simple Way to Decouple Drupal

Cross-posted from Dries’ blog Decoupled Drupal seems to be taking the world by storm. I’m currently in Sydney, and everyone I talked to so far, including the attendees at the Sydney Drupal User Group, is looking into decoupled Drupal. Digital agencies are experimenting with it on more projects, and there is even a new Decoupled Dev Days conference dedicated to the topic. Roughly eight months ago, we asked ourselves in Acquia’s Office of the CTO whether we could create a “headless” version of Drupal, optimized for integration with a variety of applications, channels and touchpoints. Such a version could help us build bridges with other developer communities working with different frameworks and programming languages, and the JavaScript community in particular. I’ve been too busy with the transition at Acquia to blog about it in real time, but a few months ago, we released Reservoir. It’s a Drupal-based content repository with…

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8 things remote CEOs do differently

If you’re thinking of going remote, here’s what successful remote leaders do…Earlier this month, I spoke with a CEO who’s looking to transition her company to become remote in the upcoming year. I could tell she was hesitant — perhaps even nervous about it. She’d never run a remote company before.She asked me:“Claire, what do CEOs of remote companies have to do differently?”“Do I need to shift some of my attitudes or behaviors?” she elaborated. “What do I need to do as a remote leader to make sure we’re as successful as when we were co-located?”I had to pause and think about her questions for a minute.Even though I’ve been a CEO of a remote company for the past almost four years, I’d never explicitly thought about the difference between what a remote CEO requires vs. what a co-located CEO requires. But when posed the question, I realized there are certain things I deliberately focus on…

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Implementing Push Notifications: The Back End

In the first part of this series we set up the front end with a Service Worker, a `manifest.json` file, and initialized Firebase. Now we need to create our database and watcher functions. Article Series: Setting Up & Firebase The Back End (You are here) Creating a Database Log into Firebase and click on Database in the navigation. Under Data you can manually add database references and see changes happen in real-time. Make sure to adjust the rule set under Rules so you don’t have to fiddle with authentication during testing. { “rules”: { “.read”: true, “.write”: true } } Watching Database Changes with Cloud Functions Remember the purpose of all this is to send a push notification whenever you publish a new blog post. So we need a way to watch for database changes in those data branches where the posts are being saved to. With Firebase Cloud Functions…

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Reservoir, a simple way to decouple Drupal

Decoupled Drupal seems to be taking the world by storm. I’m currently in Sydney, and everyone I talked to so far, including the attendees at the Sydney Drupal User Group, is looking into decoupled Drupal. Digital agencies are experimenting with it on more projects, and there is even a new Decoupled Dev Days conference dedicated to the topic. Roughly eight months ago, we asked ourselves in Acquia’s Office of the CTO whether we could create a “headless” version of Drupal, optimized for integration with a variety of applications, channels and touchpoints. Such a version could help us build bridges with other developer communities working with different frameworks and programming languages, and the JavaScript community in particular. I’ve been too busy with the transition at Acquia to blog about it in real time, but a few months ago, we released Reservoir. It’s a Drupal-based content repository with all the necessary web…

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Killing Caffeine

I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time but I’m finally at a place where I think I can go for it. And now that I’ve made a commitment to make my final day of coffee and caffeine this Friday, August 25th, I’ve started to wonder why it’s been such a hard decision in the first place. A blog post that I read recently really helped me crystallize a number of personal issues that I’ve had with the idea of removing caffeine from my life and also reminded me of the very real benefits if I’m able to do it. Specifically, the idea of having a consistent energy level without the need of a stimulant and drug is very appealing. My body hasn’t ever responded well to drugs in the past but to keep putting this one in my body daily for decades never really crossed my mind as the same…

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Conversation Partners

A few thoughts on the importance of having long-standing conversation partners: I suppose you could say even more simply that it’s just important that you and I have real and deeply authentic relationships that last a lot longer than just one season of our lives. These people have historical context about who you are, what you’ve done, where you’ve been, and they’ve seen you succeed and fail and they are happy to be part of that journey with you. Consequently, they have experience, knowledge, wisdom, and insight that can’t be purchased and when they challenge us it has a weight and a level of import that no blog post or podcast or wise saying could possibly have. The few folks that I have are invaluable to me. I think one of the things that I mentioned but didn’t completely capture on my vlog was the idea of adding more of these…

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Creating More Context for Your Kids

One of the never-ending battles that parents have to face is making sure that their children fundamentally know that they are loved, unconditionally. This necessarily requires that we build inroads and avenues for conversation and dialogue and that those onramps change as the child changes, grows, adapts, and matures. What I’ve come to understand is that, first, these tactics must change as the child change; what once worked to create assurance and confidence in the relationship no longer has the positive return as it once did. For instance, reading a specific book used to elicit squeals of delight and hugs and kisses galore. Now, as they are older, this is the very last book that they want to read with me. Now this example may sound obvious and trivial but it’s not as it’s a model of what we try to do in more “complex” systems as well. The point…

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7 Unbelievable Tricks to Increase Social Shares on Your Blog Posts

One of the biggest challenges with content marketing is getting it to actually take off. Even a masterpiece of a blog post does you no good if no one finds it or shares it. Since the internet is completely oversaturated with too much content, getting those social shares can be a big challenge. There are, Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

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