Posts Tagged:building a website

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.

Building a Website Performance Monitor

A couple of months ago I wrote about using WebPageTest, and more specifically its RESTful API, to monitor the performance of a website. Unarguably, the data it provides can translate to precious information for engineers to tweak various parts of a system to make it perform better. But how exactly does this tool sit within your development workflow? When should you run tests and what exactly do you do with the results? How do you visualise them? Now that we have the ability to obtain performance metrics programmatically through the RESTful API, we should be looking into ways of persisting that data and tracking its progress over time. This means being able to see how the load time of a particular page is affected by new features, assets or infrastructural changes. I set out to create a tool that allowed me to compile and visualise all this information, and I…

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A Guide to Usability: Your Friendly Neighborhood Grocery Store

“It’s a fact: People won’t use your website if they can’t find their way around it.” –Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach To Web Usability Navigation: It’s everywhere in our lives. We have it in our cars, phones, malls, grocery stores, street signs and our own homes. After all, if you didn’t know how to navigate anything, it would be impossible to get anywhere. The same is true for websites.

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