Posts Tagged:RFP

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.


6 Secrets to Project Success When Working With a Digital Agency

Regardless of what kind of technology solution you are looking to implement or the level of digital transformation you are trying to achieve, there is one very important constant that must be addressed in order to achieve success and maximum impact – and that is a thorough understanding of your problem and your goals. And not only do you need to have a clear understanding of them, your digital agency needs to understand your problems before they can design a proper solution. Conversely, if you are ever handed a proposal that offers a technology solution from a vendor who hasn’t  asked for — and been given — a proper download of the WHY and HOW of your project needs, run for the hills. The technology is the tool used to solve your problems and achieve your goals – and it should always come last. So how does your digital agency…

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Are you Missing a Crucial Question In Your Healthcare CMS RFP?

The basics of writing an RFP for a new content management system usually include the following: An outline of the project scope A list of desired features A list of systems to integrate with But when it comes to writing an RFP for a new hospital or health system CMS, this basic formula overlooks a crucial element – the ability to maintain pace with the rapidly evolving digital healthcare landscape. As is the case with many industries, digital disruption is rapidly transforming healthcare. But where, say, the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) or QSR (quick service restaurants) industries have in recent years invested heavily in personalization, omnichannel and digital marketing strategies, hospitals and health systems are playing catch up. This means that a patient’s frictionless and connected digital experiences in the world outside of healthcare often don’t carry over to their experience once they arrive at a hospital website. But patients…

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Pixeldust Launches Austin Humane Society Redesign

Pixeldust and Door Number 3 have launched the newly redesigned Austin Humane Society website. Built on the Drupal platform, the website features a sporty new look and a stronger focus on making the connection between users and the animals awaiting adoption. Pixeldust implemented an interactive pet grid where future adopters can view and sort pets by color, size, age, breed and several other features. The database is populated by a national Humane Society pet database.

Consumer Profiling Via Twitter

Yesterday, social media and marketing researcher and scientist Dan Zarrella debuted a new way to see into the minds of Twitter users with TweetPsych. Using two linguistic analysis methods, TweetPsych analyzes the content of a user’s last 1,000 tweets and builds a psychological profile based on the content.

Austin Humane Society

With over 3,000 pets placed a year, it’s safe to say that the Austin Humane Society’s dog-and-cat operation has given thousands of new best friends over the years. They receive an astonishing 32,000 visitors each year while more than 600 volunteers work tirelessly to find good pet homes, educate the community and raise money for the organization. But austinhumanesociety.org did not reflect the shelter’s whimsical tenants or provide the high-level functionality needed to engage users and establish a digital presence. And while AHS excelled at animal placement and man power, they lacked the interactive stature to reach adopters online.

Google Unveils Google Browser Size

With everything Google has been doing to enhance website efficiency lately (read: Google Site Performance and Google Caffeine), it comes as no surprise that they’ve introduced another layer to the web performance fold. Launched yesterday, Google Browser Size aims to help Drupal Drupal Web Designers and developers get the most out of a website by showing the parts of a site a user can see without scrolling.

Make Way for Google Wave

If you’ve been out of the loop lately, then you may have missed Google’s big announcement about their newest communication platform called Google Wave. Google Wave allows users to communicate and collaborate in real time by combining email, instant messaging, social networking, wikis, project management and web chat all in one place. Created by a team out of Sydney, Australia, the main concept of Google Wave is to unify communication on the web. And although it’s invite-only right now (there’s still some beta testing going on), it should get easier in the coming weeks to snag an invite.

Pixeldust Launches Gack Yack

Pixeldust is pleased to announce the sponsorship and website launch of Gack Yack. Gack Yack is a blogging network that helps vegetarians and vegans connect and interact with each other. Users can create their own custom blogs, chat with other veggie foodies, share tips and ideas for recipes, and discuss current social, health and environmental issues that influence everyday dietary lifestyles. Pixeldust created this online community to serve as a meeting place for people who believe that everything we put into our bodies has a strong impact on our health, the environment and animal welfare.

Why Your Site Needs a RSS Feed

One of the easiest ways to let readers know you updated your site with new content is with a RSS feed. A RSS feed (which translates to Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based file format that allows you to share and distribute your website content. Readers subscribe to your feed to receive regular updates or notifications when new content is published, including blog entries, news headlines, audio and video. And even though RSS feeds have been around for awhile, it benefits both publishers and readers alike: publishers can automatically syndicate content, and readers can subscribe to several sites and receive content in one place. In other words, RSS helps you get the word out, and it makes sure your readers hear about it.

Hooking up with WordPress MU and BuddyPress

BuddyPress is our new favorite tool. It’s a massive plug-in that can be used with WordPress MU to add a virtual plethora of social networking features to your website. WordPress MU is the multi-user version of WordPress. WordPress MU is most famously used for WordPress.com where it serves tens of millions of hits on millions of blogs each day. BuddyPress adds a social networking layer to a new or existing installation of WordPress MU.

Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) with Drupal

COPE has been becoming increasingly popular in the web content management industry for the last several  years. That said, create once, publish everywhere (COPE) is really just taking the idea of a Drupal CMS to its logical conclusion. With COPE, you  can get maximum value from your content with minimal effort. Also keep in mind that Drupal development and COPE go hand in hand. Drupal’s inherent modularity makes it ideal for creating mobile-friendly, all in one COPE content distribution systems. More on COPE COPE is a content management philosophy that permits content creators to produce content one time and re-use it in various forms and locations. For example, a sports writer pens an article and uploads it to a central content repository. In a COPE system, different parts/versions of the content can then be used in different media: online on a website, print, mobile web app and so forth. COPE…

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Drupal SEO Tips

Strong SEO is easy if you build your website with Drupal.  Unlike most other content management systems, Drupal is designed from the ground up for search engine optimization. Given that Drupal is the preferred platform of Drupal web developers for building search-friendly websites, and because of Drupal’s large community of developers, there are many high-quality plug-ins available that make strong SEO simple. Of course, the fundamentals of SEO for Drupal are the same as for any other Drupal CMS: make sure to use descriptive titles, include your top search keywords in your page URLs, and keep your content fresh and focused. Read on for a few Drupal SEO tips to boost your search engine rankings and bring traffic to your website. Three top Drupal modules for SEO Pathauto module The pathauto module is very useful for SEO. Pathauto automatically creates custom URLs based on title, taxonomy, content type, and username.…

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Drupal Tips for Boosting Your Search Engine Rankings

Strong SEO is easy if you build your website with Drupal.  Unlike most other content management systems, Drupal is designed from the ground up for search engine optimization. Given that Drupal is the preferred platform of Drupal web developers for building search-friendly websites, and because of Drupal’s large community of developers, there are many high-quality plug-ins available that make strong SEO simple. Of course, the fundamentals of SEO for Drupal are the same as for any other Drupal CMS: make sure to use descriptive titles, include your top search keywords in your page URLs, and keep your content fresh and focused. Read on for a few Drupal SEO tips to boost your search engine rankings and bring traffic to your website. Three top Drupal modules for SEO Pathauto module The pathauto module is very useful for SEO. Pathauto automatically creates custom URLs based on title, taxonomy, content type, and username.…

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Double Americano and Mobile First Drupal 8

As I sit in my rusty independent coffee shop looking for an angle for this topic, I can’t help but look around and size up the technology at work around me. Directly across from me is a young, college aged woman using an iPhone while reading an old growth book, she has a closed laptop before her. Seated next to her, another young woman sporting a “Be The Best Sorority” T bangs away on her Dell laptop, taking short text breaks here and there on a bedazzled iPhone. Across the cafe, near a window, sits a middle-aged Jimmy Buffet lookalike reading a laptop while listening to…best guess, “Margaritaville”. No phone at work there. Two other people in my immediate area are in the course of random tasks on their laptops with no other noticeable devices in use. It appears that recent mobile vs desktop statistics don’t hold up in my…

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Pixeldust Saves the Day With “On Demand” Drupal Support in Austin

Pop quiz hotshot! You just learned that your wadget just went viral because Justin Bieber got arrested while using it in a school zone and your site URL is now burning across every social media outlet in the Matrix. You check the load time, just for peace of mind, and get the dreaded Drupal white screen of death. What do you do? What do you do?!? Okay, maybe the Keanu Reeves movie references were a little forced, but you get the picture. Sometimes, things fall apart when you are least prepared. Not everyone has a Drupal team on standby waiting for the next great disaster, but fear not, Pixeldust is here to save the day. Pixeldust Offers Full Service Drupal Support The keys to our Drupal support are to provide 24/7 availability, quick response times, seamless integration into existing development workflows. Try to eliminate any division between your team and…

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Pixeldust and Pantheon Partner for Practically Perfect Drupal

Pixeldust is a pleased to announce that we are now Pantheon Drupal Development Partner! We’ve been using Pantheon Hosting for almost a year now, and we are excited to sing their praises. Drupaltastic Hosting Site hosting is an often-underrated, but integral piece of every website. Hosting has a huge impact on site performance, and hosting can either cripple or empower your developers in doing their job. Some development issues are at the level of your site code, but when they’re at the hosting level, a good hosting development toolset and good support can save you time and money bugfixing. There are plenty of hosts offering one-click Drupal installs and Drupal web development tools, but Pantheon’s Drupal Hosting is above-and-beyond the best Drupal solution we’ve used. Tailored to the specific needs of Drupal development, Pantheon provides an array of savvy features that’ll make your developers salivate. Multiple Environments One of the…

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Drupal Commerce 2.X

I recently wrote a post about the exciting new changes and features which are being addressed in the upcoming Drupal 8 release. Another exciting development is the release of Drupal Commerce 2.x which is expected to coincide with the Drupal 8 release. These two packages will change the world of Drupal-based commerce. Drupal Commerce 2 at DrupalCamp Austin, TX Ryan Szrama recently spoke about Drupal Commerce 2.x at DrupalCamp Austin, TX. It is set for release in late 2014. Ryan started his career at Ebay and went on to create Ubercart. If you know anything about Drupal, you already know that for a long time Ubercart was the only commerce module to use with Drupal. In the past few years Ryan moved on from Ubercart and began working with Commerce Guys to become a primary developer of Drupal Commerce. Here are a few high points from his presentation. The first thing…

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Drupal 7 Helps Scott & White Get Ready for the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Pixeldust Interactive is proud to announce the launch of the fully ACA-compliant Scott & White Health Plan website (SWHP.org). This nine-month website development project  was designed to provide Scott & White, a major Texas-based health insurance provider, with a user-friendly, multi-function website to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act mandating access to the newly-created health insurance marketplace. [] The new Scott & White Health Plan site includes a main website and 10 sub-websites on a single Drupal 7 installation. Visitors to the site can browse through the various information and education pages provided by Scott & White, and then choose among Scott & White plans and the plans available on the health insurance marketplace (also called the health insurance exchange). The Scott & White Health Plan website is a professional, easy-to-use  resource for comparing health insurance options, as well as a one-stop health insurance portal for SWHP…

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