Posts Tagged:Internet

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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Pick A Fight (on Twitter)

body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}Hey @paulg, has Thiel now invested more in a Trump presidency than YC companies? https://t.co/1vdY8BdGDB — @dhhfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize) {donkey.resize(height); resized = true;}if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var obj = {iframe: window.frameElement, height: height}; parent._resizeIframe(obj); resized = true;}if (window.location && window.location.hash === “#amp=1” && window.parent && window.parent.postMessage) {window.parent.postMessage({sentinel: “amp”, type: “embed-size”, height: height}, “*”);}if (window.webkit && window.webkit.messageHandlers && window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize) {window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize.postMessage(height); resized = true;}return resized;}twttr.events.bind(‘rendered’, function (event) {notifyResize();}); twttr.events.bind(‘resize’, function (event) {notifyResize();});if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var maxWidth = parseInt(window.frameElement.getAttribute(“width”)); if ( 500 < maxWidth) {window.frameElement.setAttribute(“width”, “500”);}}Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson is known for many things, including creating Ruby on Rails and writing business books. He also has strong opinions and likes to share them on the Internet! And sometimes DHH’s Twitter posts spark some lively debate, and by lively debate, we mean grown-ups yelling at…

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6 Reasons Why Web Design Is Not A Dying Profession

In recent years, there have been many concerns about web design as a profession. People are worried that the major advancements in technology, especially artificial intelligence, are a threat to this field. However, a group of people still argues that there’s still hope. So, we’ll be taking a look at reasons why web design is not a dying profession.   Why Is It Seen As A Dying Profession? Before we get started on the reasons why web design isn’t a dying profession, let’s see why people think it is. In this article, the term web design will be used to refer to both design and front end development. This involves the process of designing the website and coding the design. If you’ve been using the internet, then you’ve definitely noticed numerous adverts for both free and paid website builders. These types of websites allow users to create fully functional websites…

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How to be interesting

A couple months ago a video made its viral way around the internet as some videos do. It was a mashup of the Sesame Street movie Follow that Bird and the Beastie Boys’ song Sabotage.Mashups aren’t uncommon. Afterall, that’s a huge lesson most of us already know about creativity. Great ideas are often the collision of a couple different disciplines, technologies, inventions, etc.But is that all there is to it? Or is there something a bit deeper about that video and why it became so viral.Why was it so interesting?Murray Davis was a professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. In 1971, he published an interesting paper. Literally. It’s called “That’s Interesting!”Davis investigated why some researchers and their theories get people’s attention and others don’t. He found that ideas don’t become interesting because they are simply true:All of the interesting propositions I examined were easily translatable into the form: ‘What seems to…

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Where Do New Jobs Come From?

Each position has its own origin story. Some roles existed when Viget first came to be, but many broke off from other positions as the internet industry evolved and specialization increased — like Front-End Developers and UX Designers (whose responsibilities were, long ago, rolled up into the Designer role). Just recently, we started recruiting for the new-to-us Digital Content Producer position, not in response to the industry evolving as much as Viget evolving. I thought I’d share the background and context out of which this new role came to be. The position arose from conversations about wanting to do more with our abundant treasure chest of awesome client work, admirable company traditions, beautiful office spaces, and talented employees. We have great content and fertile ground for more great content, but we needed to address some gaps and answer some questions. Here are some of the conversations we were having: For…

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Movavi Screen Capture Studio Review: Recording Online Videos is a Breeze

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily You wake up for work. The first item on your to-do list is to open up that social media webinar you’ve been looking forward to. You’re fifteen minutes early and ready to learn about how you can turn your small business into a presence on Facebook. But then, the phone rings. Your kid got sick at school and now you need to come and pick him up. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick way to record that webinar for future viewing? Quite a few versions of screen capture software exist. Some cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. Others come as browser extensions or default software installed into your operating system. These tend to work for limited use, but you often run into problems like the amount of time you can capture, resolution difficulties and watered-down features in general. The…

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Fantastic Techniques In Designing 404 Error Pages

Chances are, you’ve probably encountered a lot of 404 error pages at least once in your online browsing experience. These pages are signals that reveal something wrong in the website, resulting in browsing interruptions. While it can be pretty disappointing to get stuck in these error pages, website owners can actually use them to entertain their visitors or provide important bits of information. Design Ideas For Your 404 Error Pages Here are some design techniques to turn your otherwise a discouraging 404 error into an entertaining – and lead-generating – page on your site: 1. Choose a catchy line from a popular song http://studiogewoon.nl/404 If there is one thing that will keep your visitors entertained even when they stumble upon your site’s 404 error page, that’s a memorable line from famous songs. This is a clever way to make your visitors stay, because it is likely that they will enjoy…

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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/

What Google’s Perspective API Might Mean for Search Marketing

Google released a new API that’s sending shock waves through the internet. Here’s how ‘Perspective’ can affect the search marketing.The post What Google’s Perspective API Might Mean for Search Marketing appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Spread the word

Photo by lee Scott on UnsplashRecently a young actress had an audition for an important role. Problem was, she was up against ‘a far better actress’ competing for the part.Most of us find ourselves in that position. We want a chance. There’s just someone better.Back in early 2013 when I was still testing early versions of my writing software, Draft, a user emailed to tell me he lost his writing.Ugh. My system for auto-saving your writing still had a lot of trouble in non-perfect situations: older browsers, flakey internet connections, computer sleep, etc. He wasn’t happy, but was understanding as I helped rescue what I could.Today, through a lot of work and code, Draft’s autosave system is (knock on wood) much more bullet proof.But there have been many similar examples of that situation I was in. I had created writing software. It wasn’t the best writing software. But I was getting people to use it.How?I had realized…

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Issue 302

Issue 302 – August, 10th 2017 This week’s newsletter is a bit abbreviated due to my camping trip to Big Sur this week. Three glorious days without Internet access was refreshing, not to mention the beautiful scenery. Source: http://theweeklydrop.com/

7 Tips for the Aspiring UX Designer

This time last year, I had never heard of UX. Coming from a family of doctors, the only job-related acronym I knew was MD. But this changed during my summer in Silicon Valley, where I worked as a media intern with a startup accelerator and venture capital firm. Over the course of just three weeks, four colleagues told me that I should look into UX. I really think you would like this. You’d be so good at it! Thinking it was some sort of sign, I decided to give UX a try. It was love at first sight. From that point on, I spent my free time immersed in UX books, articles, and blogs. I had never felt so passionate about a field before.  I used my Christmas break to take an online UX course. I filled my schedule with phone calls with every UXer in my LinkedIn network. I…

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Browser Compatibility for CSS Grid Layouts with Simple Sass Mixins

According to an article from A List Apart about CSS Grid, a “new era in digital design is dawning right now.” With Flexbox and Grid, we have the ability to create layouts that used to be extremely difficult to implement, if not impossible. There’s an entirely new system available for creating layouts, especially with Grid. However, as with most web technologies, browser support is always something of an issue. Let’s look at how we can make the fundamental aspects of Grid work across the browsers that support it, including older versions of Internet Explorer that supported an older and slightly different version of Grid. The Sales Pitch If you visit caniuse.com, you’ll see that CSS Grid is supported in current versions of all major browsers except Opera Mini. So why not start using it? Rachel Andrew wrote extensively on the subject of if it’s “safe to use” or not. It…

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Aziz Ansari

This is some of the smartest stuff that Aziz has ever said (or at least the stuff that I’ve heard him speak about): He’s off social media. He deleted the Internet browser from his phone and laptop. No e-mail, either. Technologically speaking, he’s living in, like, 1999. Really…? As the writer ponders, did he unplug or “unplug”? Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. So, he has removed them. Entirely. He continues: What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don’t care anymore. When I…

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Our final episode of The Distance

Stay tuned for our new podcast!Illustration by Nate OttoLily Liu was 16 years old when a talent scout approached her at a department store. She started her career as a model, but found her true calling behind the scenes, first representing her three daughters and then opening her own talent agency. For Lily, who’s spent her career working for opportunities for Asian and Asian-American talent, the issue of representation has taken on a special resonance.https://medium.com/media/046887f1d2bd33fd70f727bd057907c5/hrefThis is our final episode of The Distance! Thank you for following along and sharing our stories these last few years. The episodes will remain online if you’d like to revisit them or share them with a friend who didn’t catch the show’s original run. We also hope you follow us to our new show: The Rework Podcast. Check out the teaser below and make sure to subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or your favorite podcatcher…

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Net Neutraility

I’m linking up a “call to action” style site here as it’s nicely done and explain the situation fairly well. Right now, there are rules (in the United States) against internet providers prioritizing speed and access on a site-by-site basis. If they could, they probably would, and that’s straight up bad for the internet. In other “good for the internet” news… does my site need HTTPS? Direct Link to Article — Permalink Net Neutraility is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

(Now More Than Ever) You Might Not Need jQuery

The DOM and native browser API’s have improved by leaps and bounds since jQuery’s release all the way back in 2006. People have been writing “You Might Not Need jQuery” articles since 2013 (see this classic site and this classic repo). I don’t want to rehash old territory, but a good bit has changed in browser land since the last You Might Not Need jQuery article you might have stumbled upon. Browsers continue to implement new APIs that take the pain away from library-free development, many of them directly copied from jQuery. Let’s go through some new vanilla alternatives to jQuery methods. Remove an element from the page Remember the maddeningly roundabout way you had to remove an element from the page with vanilla DOM? el.parentNode.removeChild(el);? Here’s a comparison of the jQuery way and the new improved vanilla way. jQuery: var $elem = $(“.someClass”) //select the element $elem.remove(); //remove the…

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The reason why Acquia supports Net Neutrality

If you visit Acquia’s homepage today, you will be greeted by this banner: We’ve published this banner in solidarity with the hundreds of companies who are voicing their support of net neutrality. Net neutrality regulations ensure that web users are free to enjoy whatever sites they choose without interference from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These protections establish an open web where people can explore and express their ideas. Under the current administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commision favors less-strict regulation of net neutrality, which could drastically alter the way that people experience and access the web. Today, Acquia is joining the ranks of companies like Amazon, Atlassian, Netflix and Vimeo to advocate for strong net neutrality regulations. Why the FCC wants to soften net neutrality regulations In 2015, the United States implemented strong protections favoring net neutrality after ISPs were classified as common carriers under Title II of the Communications…

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The reason why Acquia supports Net Neutrality

If you visit Acquia’s homepage today, you will be greeted by this banner: We’ve published this banner in solidarity with the hundreds of companies who are voicing their support of net neutrality. Net neutrality regulations ensure that web users are free to enjoy whatever sites they choose without interference from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These protections establish an open web where people can explore and express their ideas. Under the current administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commision favors less-strict regulation of net neutrality, which could drastically alter the way that people experience and access the web. Today, Acquia is joining the ranks of companies like Amazon, Atlassian, Netflix and Vimeo to advocate for strong net neutrality regulations. Why the FCC wants to soften net neutrality regulations In 2015, the United States implemented strong protections favoring net neutrality after ISPs were classified as common carriers under Title II of the Communications…

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