Posts Tagged:redesign

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.

The Eleventh Fourth

Holy heck it feels like the last year has flown by! Longtime readers will remember that the fourth of July is CSS-Tricks birthday and we blog it each year. We turned 10 last year, and now we welcome our first palindromic number birthday. Huge thank you First, as ever, thank you for being part of CSS-Tricks. However you end up here, we hope that we’re useful to you, know that we’re always trying to be even more useful to you, and know that you make the site possible. Can we ask you some questions? The whole point of this survey is to understand you better and use that understanding to make choices that serve you better. That’s it! It’s super helpful to us and totally anonymous. Take the CSS-Tricks Reader Survey A new design is coming Hate to be a tease, as there is nothing to show you yet and…

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Google Analytics & Tag Manager Website Redesign Best Practices by @jennyhalasz

When launching a redesign of a website, how do you ensure a seamless Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager transition?The post Google Analytics & Tag Manager Website Redesign Best Practices by @jennyhalasz appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Ecommerce Website Redesign: A Technical SEO Checklist by @Manish_Analyst

This checklist will help you avoid the most common SEO pitfalls during an ecommerce website redesign.The post Ecommerce Website Redesign: A Technical SEO Checklist by @Manish_Analyst appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

10 Ways to Improve Your Joomla Contact Form

One question we frequently get is about the Joomla contact form. Some people think its too plain and want to redesign it or add features. Some people get too much spam. This week we’ll walk you through how to improve your Joomla contact form. If you want to use the Joomla core, check out this guide: how to create Joomla contact forms. But there are some serious limitations to the Joomla core. For example, you can’t even store messages that are sent to you. So we highly recommend the Shack Forms extension for better Joomal contact forms. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Google News Removes Several Features, Tags, and Schema Guidelines by @MattGSouthern

Google’s revamped version of Google News added new features, and a redesign, but it removed a number of things also.The post Google News Removes Several Features, Tags, and Schema Guidelines by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

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Microsites for Case Studies

A lot of y’all have personal sites. Personal sites with portfolios. Or you work for or own an agency where showing off the work you do is arguably even more important. Often the portfolio area of a site is the most fretted and hard to pull off. Do you link to the live projects? Screenshots? How many? How much do you say? How much of the process do people care about? I’m afraid I don’t have all the answers for you. I don’t really do much freelance, work for an agency, or have a need to present work I’ve done in this way. But! I tweeted this the other day: Idea. Build your case studies as microsites. Then they can just live alone and don’t have to be a drag when redesigning your site. If the microsite gets old and stogy, the project you’re talking about probably has too. —…

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Snapchat is Moving Back to a Chronological Feed (For Some) by @MattGSouthern

Reports suggest Snapchat is in the process of bringing back its chronological feed following a polarizing redesign earlier this year.The post Snapchat is Moving Back to a Chronological Feed (For Some) by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Launch: A brand new way to work with clients in Basecamp 3

When we launched Basecamp 3, we introduced a new way for client services firms to work with their clients. We called it the Clientside. It was an entirely separate part of a Basecamp project where all client-facing communications lived. Essentially, it was a mini project within a project — a distinct space with separate tools and a different interface.Conceptually it made sense, but practically it was inflexible and not collaborative enough. It worked well for some people, but it missed the mark for far more. We fell short of what we hoped we’d be able to create.So we put our heads together and spent a couple months working on a complete revamp. Today we’re introducing something better.Introducing Clients in Basecamp!Starting today, not only can you send messages to clients, but now you can work with clients using all the same tools you already use with your team. That means you can assign clients…

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The Best Ways to Quickly Publish a Blog or Website

Every business needs an online presence. A blog or a website is necessary, and it is preferable to have both at once. Social media is optional, although some would have you think otherwise. The principle purpose of your social media, if you have it, should be to help boost the profile of your blog or website. The opposite is not true. The importance of having a website or blog is so determinative in terms of reaching the full potential your business can achieve that it’s really not something you should delay implementing for too long. Before you can sell or persuade, people need to be able to find you. The easiest way to get found is to have a website telling people who you are, where you are, what you have, and why they should do business with you. You need that online presence established now. So what’s the best…

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How to Avoid SEO Disaster During a Website Redesign by @coreydmorris

Take these steps when redesigning your website to mitigate risk and avoid SEO disaster.The post How to Avoid SEO Disaster During a Website Redesign by @coreydmorris appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Design Systems: Where to Begin

In our last article, we explored reasons you might need a Design System and how they can help. If you’re interested in the promises a Design System can offer, you might be wondering if you need help and where to start. This article is written with that in mind. Why hire an agency? Why not DIY? It’s true that many large companies are beginning to address the need for Design Systems from within their organization. So, why work with an agency when you can start working on this yourself? Here are a few important reasons: Scale We can scale according to your needs—either by doing everything for you or by supplementing your in-house team. An agency has, by design, a diversity of roles—everything from UX, design, copywriting, and development. We have specialists who can consult on your work who you wouldn’t otherwise hire. Maybe you have developers but zero to…

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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching

Hey there! It’s Lara, author of the infamous”Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions” from a couple years back. If you haven’t read that original article, I recommend skimming it to give you some context for this one, but I think you’ll still find value here even if you don’t. A lot has happened since I wrote that article in 2015, and this follow-up has been in the works for a good six months. I ended up, not with a solution for the job titles conundrum or a manifesto about the importance of HTML and CSS, rather a simple, honest story about my roller coaster ride. Okay, enough dilly-dally. Let’s go! <story> In the aftermath of the FizzBuzz drama in 2015, I doubled down on my freelance business and did really well. I got a great contract gig with startup in New York…

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Deliberate Practice?

Photo by Steven LelhamThere’s an endless list of books about how the greatest become the greatest — deliberate practice. They don’t just show up time after time. They also set short measurable goals and keep stretching them.Time your runs. Swim a bit faster. Get yourself over that pull up bar just one more time.That’s great for performance sports. The goals are easily measurable.But I’m not looking to be, for example, a fast editor. I’d like to be a better, more creative, editor. I want to build bigger audiences. And get more subscribers this week.So how do you deliberately practice in the creative field where success is often external, unpredictable, and uncontrollable?Here’s four ways I’ve found over the years to deliberately practice being more creative.RepetitionHow many times have you redone something? Probably not more than 18. Monet painted at least 18 haystacks that we’re aware of. He destroyed a bunch too.Work on the same thing over and…

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A Round-Up of 2017 Round-Ups

This week marked the beginning of a new year and with it came a slew of excellent write-ups from folks in our industry reflecting on the year past. We thought it would be nice to compile them together for easy reference. If you know of any others that should be on everyone’s radar, please leave it in the comments. Now on to the round-up of round-ups! Rachel Andrew Having been wandering the globe talking about CSS Grid for almost five years, Grid finally shipped in browsers in 2017. This was good, as I didn’t really want to be some kind of CSS vapourware lady. I knew Grid was important the first time I read the initial spec. I had no idea how my championing of the specification would change my life, and allow me to get to work with so many interesting people. Read More Geri Coady One of my…

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Improving the Accessibility of 24 ways

I’ve been thinking recently about the nature of my work and which aspects of it I enjoy the most. In a role that will often straddle the realms of design and development, whether editing copy, evaluating the design of an interface or refactoring code, I’ve come to realize that my interests lie in the act of review and refinement. My work on 24 ways is a case in point. Since Drew McLellan asked me to redesign the site in 2013, I’ve stayed on as part of the team, helping to review, edit and format articles. But I’ve also been able to fulfil the desire I expressed upon launching the redesign: I’m a big believer in iteration and not treating a website as ever being finished. I hope what’s been released this year can act as a foundation, and that the design will evolve in the years to come. In the…

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Previewing the Basecamp 3 refresh

We’re close to finishing up a refresh of the Basecamp 3 interface on web and desktop. We’re planning on launching it in the next few weeks, so we wanted to give you a thorough preview before it shows up in a browser near you.First, why?A combination of reasons, really. One, we have some new ideas that we didn’t have when we launched Basecamp 3 a few years ago. Now feels like a good time to modernize. Two, we have some cleaning up to do. We’ve updated the product hundreds of times over the last few years, and we’ve introduced some inconsistencies and rough edges. Time to pause, clean it up, and set the stage for the next few years. And three, we think this new design makes Basecamp more enjoyable to use, and far more approachable for new customers. It was a heck of a lot of fun to do, too!Further, we’ve…

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At Acquia, our mission is to deliver “the universal platform for the greatest digital experiences” and we want to lead by example. This year, Acquia’s marketing team has been working hard to redesign We launched the new last week. The new site is not only intuitive and engaging, but “practices what we preach”, so to speak. Over the course of our first decade, Acquia’s website has seen a few iterations: The new site places a greater emphasis on taking advantage of our own products. We wanted to show (not tell) the power of the Acquia Platform. For example, Acquia Lift delivers visitors personalized content throughout the site. It was also important to take advantage of Acquia’s own resources and partner ecosystem. We worked in partnership with digital agency, HUGE, to create the new design and navigation. In the spirit of sharing, the marketing team documented their challenges and…

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The Pings menu is back!

A couple days ago we launched Phase I of a Basecamp 3 refresh/redesign. One of the more significant changes was a redesigned nav bar at the top that consolidated the Pings, Hey, and Campfire menus into a single, unified Hey! inbox menu.Sometimes when you push for a big change, you overstep. We overstepped, plain and simple. Our customers let us know loud and clear that Pings are a separate category of notification that continues to deserve its own special place in the nav bar. They’re right — when someone’s trying to get ahold of you directly, it’s important to elevate that above notifications that inform a whole group.We’re sorry we let some of you down.So today we’re bringing back the Pings menu as its own menu (Campfires are still consolidated into the new Hey menu). Over time we’ll continue to explore ways to improve notifications, but as of now, Pings live alone! We also may…

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