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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.


Google Analytics Introduces Cross Device Capabilities With ‘Google Signals’ by @MattGSouthern

Google Analytics has started beta testing a new feature called Google Signals, which offers cross device reporting and remarketing capabilities.The post Google Analytics Introduces Cross Device Capabilities With ‘Google Signals’ by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How to Give a Great Agile/Scrum Sprint Demo

Overview The Sprint Demo (often part of the Sprint Review ceremony in Agile/Scrum methodology) is a critical step in completing a sprint, an opportunity to excite stakeholders, and a chance for developers to show off their work. For presenters, however, the demo can be a stressful exercise due to a lack of confidence, structure, or practice. If you’re nervous about giving your first demo, haven’t enjoyed giving demos in the past, or you just want to get better at demoing, this post is for you! Note that I’m not going to spend much time describing what a demo is–there are plenty of other posts online about that. This post is specifically geared towards helping you give a great one. Okay, so you’ve been tapped / elected / volunteered to give a demo, what’s the first step? Start by gathering information and setting some boundary conditions for the demo. I like…

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Introducing This or That

The 2018 Viget intern class is proud to unveil an exciting new decision-making platform: This or That. Powered by seltzer alone, 6 young professionals took an idea from the ether to the Internet in just eight weeks. Here’s how we did it. Ideation It began, as all good products do, with an idea. In a brainstorming session, we popped ideas onto a board of virtual sticky notes. We added 21 distinct ideas and not one of them was This or That. Many ideas…not one of them This or That. As we came back for a second day of ideation, we distilled each idea to its warm gooey center. At the heart of several ideas was the concept of voting. We pivoted and began to flesh out what a voting platform might look like. Without realizing, we began referring to the idea as This or That. With a flashy name in…

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Ceci n’est pas une prototype.

Recently, I’ve been inundated with promotions for new design tools, all promising that they will bridge the gap between design and code. While that is a noble endeavor, I disagree with their premise. Colm Tuitte from Modulz sums up the supposed problem: “Even the most powerful UI design tools are just drawing tools that export disposable assets.” It’s a common critique. Even the most “advanced” digital design tools are based on workflows for drawing mere pictures of interfaces.— Daniel Eden (@_dte) July 28, 2017 These statements imply that UI design work that can’t be exported directly into code is a wasted effort. I think we’ve lost sight of what design tools are actually for. Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, which includes the statement “This is not a pipe,” reveals that this is a representation of a pipe, not the pipe itself. Similarly, current critique of design tools asserts that they are…

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How much fun can you have with $25 worth of ETH?

“I think there must be a MetaMask seed somewhere that I forgot to properly back up, all the ether in it lost forever.” – Me, upon realizing I don’t own any ether. Toshi and Status are two browsers I wrote about in Are These Browsers Going to the Moon?. To get the full experience of using them you need bit of ether (the Ethereum blockchain native token, also referred to as ETH.) Unfortunately, I had none. I had no choice but to head over to Coinbase and buy $25 worth of the stuff, for science. What follows is what I did with those $25 dollars while testing out Toshi and Status. 16 July, 2018 I bought $25 worth of ether at $481.37 per ETH minus Coinbase’s fee, a whopping $1.49. Right off the bat Coinbase took about 6% of my money, that was the first bit of fun I had…

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Using data in React with the Fetch API and axios

If you are new to React, and perhaps have only played with building to-do and counter apps, you may not yet have run across a need to pull in data for your app. There will likely come a time when you’ll need to do this, as React apps are most well suited for situations where you’re handling both data and state. The first set of data you may need to handle might be hard-coded into your React application, like we did for this demo from our Error Boundary tutorial: See the Pen error boundary 0 by Kingsley Silas Chijioke (@kinsomicrote) on CodePen. What if you want to handle data from an API? That’s the purpose of this tutorial. Specifically, we’ll make use of the Fetch API and axios as examples for how to request and use data. The Fetch API The Fetch API provides an interface for fetching resources. We’ll…

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Brizy Review: Visual Page Building Reinforced

Meta: This Brizy Page Builder review covers everything you need to know about the WordPress plugin, with focus on how it would potentially impact your business. Well, of course, we love WordPress for its usability, and most importantly, its wide array of third-party plugins optimized for pretty much everything to do with websites. Come to think of it, we could spend a fortnight comparing different plugin categories, debating about the most essential one. However, if you’re honest, you’d acknowledge that nothing comes close to web design plugins especially when it comes to ecommerce sites. Consider this. The first impression visitors have of your website is 94% related to its overall design. That’s according to a study conducted by Northumbria and Sheffield Universities. The University of Surrey, on the other hand, released a separate report revealing that users’ assessment of your business’ credibility is 75% based on the website design. And…

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Google: A/B Testing Can Delay a Site Migration by @MattGSouthern

Google’s John Mueller recently provided advice to site owners regarding A/B testing during a site migration.The post Google: A/B Testing Can Delay a Site Migration by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Create your own Serverless API

If you don’t already know of it, Todd Motto has this great list of public APIs. It’s awesome if you’re trying out a new framework or new layout pattern and want to hit the ground running without fussing with the content. But what if you want or need to make your own API? Serverless can help create a nice one for data you’d like to expose for use. Serverless really shines for this use case, and hopefully this post makes it clear why. In a non-serverless paradigm, we have to pick something like express, we have to set up endpoints, we have to give your web server secured access to your database server, you have to deploy it, etc. In contrast, here we’ll be able to create an API in a few button clicks, with minor modifications. Here’s the inspiration for this tutorial: I’ve been building a finder to search…

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Presenting Your Design

I’m halfway through my internship at Viget and have become more familiar with what a UX designer does (information modeling, usability testing, and so on). But what has stood out the most to me, is that a UX designer needs to know how to present and defend their choices. It may be common sense, but this is an essential skill when creating products because the process is highly collaborative and iterative. In many professional settings, one should expect to discuss their choices with other designers, different kinds of team members (developers, project managers, etc.), and clients. Here are a few brief lessons that I’ve learned from my own experience and observations: 1. Be confident If you don’t confidently believe what you say, it’s going to be difficult to convince other people to do so. Self-assured body language and tone are important aspects of presentation in general and are the foundation of being…

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Learn Data Science: My Favorite Resources

When I started learning about data science, I was overwhelmed by the ocean of resources available online. Thankfully, a few practicing data scientists and professors guided me in the right direction. Below is a list of resources that I found most useful — hopefully they will kickstart your data science fascination, as they did for me. Python If you are completely new to programming, learning the basics of Python on Codecademy is your most-logical first step. You don’t need to be a software developer to practice data science, but you should work to become proficient at programming. As you grow your data science career, expect your programming skills to also grow. Data Camp is a great introduction to applying Python for data science. They have many courses that will help you nail down the basics of data science. Data Camp is not free, but its pricing is approachable at $30…

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Better Learning

This is very, very true: The first step toward better learning is to simply change your study environment from time to time. I love that. Even as an adult I feel as if I have to constantly change my environment to maximize throughput and productivity. This is partly why my “home office” isn’t much to look at as I don’t want to necessarily stay there the entire time that I’m working. “The brain wants variation,” Mr. Carey says. “It wants to move, it wants to take periodic breaks.” Yup. Yup. Playing a quick game on my iPhone or reading another chapter of a book or just taking a walk or working out allows my brain to process information that’s in queue. I literally feel the tension release in my skull as the breaks take effect. Knowing these things, I feel as if I need to do a better job of creating…

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Vue + TypeScript: A Match Made in Your Code Editor

Vue is so hot right now and I’ve been thinking of doing a serious project with it since quite a while, so when the opportunity popped up, I hopped in. But there was a little problem — one of the requirements of the project was to write it in TypeScript. At first, I was super stressed about how I was going to ever get started on this combo, but vue-cli made it so easy. I’d be lying if I said this ride was super smooth. There were frustrations, hours of staring at the screen and some fistbumps with my table but after working with Vue + TypeScript for over a month now, I can say it was worth it — and if I had to code another app with Vue, I wouldn’t do it without TypeScript. Prerequisites This article is about pairing Vue and TypeScript and assumes some basic knowledge…

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SEO & Quality Assurance: Getting Serious About SEO QA Testing by @therealseoradar

Here’s how you can use SEORadar to automate the process of SEO QA testing.The post SEO & Quality Assurance: Getting Serious About SEO QA Testing by @therealseoradar appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Instagram Tests Ability to Limit Story Views to Specific Friends by @MattGSouthern

Instagram is testing a feature called “Friend List Stickers,” which lets users publish stories that are visible to specific friends.The post Instagram Tests Ability to Limit Story Views to Specific Friends by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Using Custom Fonts With SVG in an Image Tag

When we produce a PNG image, we use an <img> tag or a CSS background, and that’s about it. It is dead simple and guaranteed to work. PNG is way simpler to use in HTML than SVG Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for SVG, despite its many advantages. Although you’re spoiled for choices when using SVG in HTML, it really boils down to inline, <object> and <img>, all with serious gotchas and trade-offs. Problems with inline SVG If you’re inlining SVG, you lose the ability to use browser cache, Gzip compression between servers and browsers, and search engine image indexing (inline SVG is not considered as an image). Even though your image may not have changed one bit, they are always reloaded and this causes slower loading times for your website, a trade-off that most are not willing to tolerate. In addition, inlining SVG also causes complex dependency problems…

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Facebook is Testing Recurring Donations for Nonprofit Organizations by @MattGSouthern

Facebook is testing the ability for users to give recurring donations to fundraisers on a daily, monthly, or annual basis.The post Facebook is Testing Recurring Donations for Nonprofit Organizations by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Facebook is Testing Recurring Donations for Nonprofit Organizations by @MattGSouthern

Facebook is testing the ability for users to give recurring donations to fundraisers on a daily, monthly, or annual basis.The post Facebook is Testing Recurring Donations for Nonprofit Organizations by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Google to Launch Head-to-Head Testing Tool for YouTube Videos by @MattGSouthern

Google introduced a new set of tools that will let content creators test and measure the impact of YouTube videos.The post Google to Launch Head-to-Head Testing Tool for YouTube Videos by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

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