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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.

On Being Ruthlessly Open-Minded

I shared this link via a newsletter that I publish twice a week but I wanted to make sure that I could capture and share it here too, more for my own benefit to be honest. In a 54 minute sit-down, Marc Andreessen shares a few thoughts on a number of different topics, from startups to venture capital to the larger macro economies and more. There’s so good stuff in there and then there’s so “meh” stuff too (like most of these things). But there were two things that I couldn’t stop thinking about that really grabbed my attention in a fresh way. It all centered around his thoughts about assumptions: So you have to be ruthlessly open-minded and constantly willing to reexamine your assumptions. You have to take the ego out of ideas, which is a very hard thing to do. He sandwiches this idea between two things in particular, the first…

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The Advantage of Comparative Research

No matter how new a problem may be to us, we are never the first person to tackle it. There are always examples to learn from. That said, the way we learn from others’ examples can make the difference between uncritical emulation and a solution that fits the unique problem and context we’re facing. Here I’ll describe what comparative research is, why it’s worth your time, and give an example of how it helped us on a recent project. Some Fundamentals of Comparative Research Comparative research is a way to broaden our thinking about product functionality. It answers questions like, “How have others dealt with this kind of content complexity? What is a good way to conduct this kind of interaction? How are different use cases accounted for?” This type of research is particularly useful when trying to identify best practices that haven’t yet solidified into conventions–ones that aren’t likely…

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More Than Just SEO: Running Content Departments Like Newsrooms by @sejournal

Learn how to execute a brand journalism strategy that makes you an SEO powerhouse weapon while fulfilling marketing goals.The post More Than Just SEO: Running Content Departments Like Newsrooms by @sejournal appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Beautiful, Customizable Online Appointment Scheduling

Brand new designs for Acuity Scheduling are beautiful out of the box and make it easy to provide online appointment scheduling for you or your clients, matching their identity. The online scheduler comes with several templates, embeds quickly in existing websites, and is fully customizable with advanced CSS. Advanced CSS Customization Customize nearly everything on your scheduler with our simple built-in options, or bring your creative ideas to life with our advanced CSS editor. Custom fonts can be imported, and standard CSS selectors let you change the appearance of almost anything: Embedding a Client Scheduler Two lines of HTML — an iframe, and an optional helper script — add the appointment scheduling widget to your website. The embedded scheduler has a number of unique designs including daily and monthly views, a class schedule, and a lightbox booking button. Create unique links to streamline the booking process for clients by pre-filling…

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The Different Logical Ways to Group CSS Properties

Over on the MediaTemple Blog, I talk about some logical possibilities for how you might arrange the declarations within a ruleset. Personally: I’ll admit, I traditionally haven’t had much of an opinion about the ordering of CSS properties. I just add what I need. I think they end up largely “grouped” by related things because that’s just how my brain spits them out. While writing this, I looked into CSS Comb again, and I’m starting to be convinced this is a good idea. I don’t know if it’s worth the tedious work of manually organizing properties, but I can see the advantages of code that is meticulously organized, so having a computer do it seems like a good idea. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The Different Logical Ways to Group CSS Properties is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

How to Redirect from the Phoenix Router

Introduction In this article, we’ll walk through how to redirect from the Phoenix router. This article assumes some prior knowledge around Plug and the Phoenix Router. All of the following code has been tested with Elixir 1.4 and Phoenix 1.2. Your mileage may vary depending on versions. We’ll make a StarshipTravel app. If you’d like to follow along, install Phoenix, and run mix starship_travel –no-ecto –no-brunch –no-html. Redirecting to Internal Routes We’ll validate that our code works as expected by starting with a test at test/starship_travel/redirector_test.exs (like the good TDDer that I know you are). In this test, let’s setup a simple Router to define routes to test against. Here’s what the router will look like in the test: defmodule Router do use Phoenix.Router get “/tatooine”, StarshipTravel.Redirector, to: “/alderaan” end In this simple router, we define a route to redirect any requests for /tatooine to /alderaan. We will accomplish that through the StarshipTravel.Redirector plug module, which we’ll…

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69 Questions That Will Improve Your Content Marketing Performance by @robgarner

A critical function in content marketing is translating data into actionable insights. Here are questions to help with the process.The post 69 Questions That Will Improve Your Content Marketing Performance by @robgarner appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Greatest Strength is the Culture…?

These two comic strips via Dilbert had me chuckle: via Dilbert via Dilbert These cartoons are especially poignant considering the fact that I’ve begun seriously thinking through the expansion and growth of our team over at Pinpoint and how growing the culture is really about adding folks to the team, at the most fundamental level. The greatest asset that a company has is its people. The culture, I think, is a byproduct or rather is something that explains what is actually happening and taking places. These are ideas and believes and behaviors. Culture is documented process, as I like to call it, and the people is what’s really going on. And building a culture based on trust instead of suspicion is paramount. I’m excited to begin working on it again. Every time I hope to do it better. The post Greatest Strength is the Culture…? appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Hashtags on Facebook — The Definitive Guide

We know that hashtags on Facebook tend to stump people. Their usefulness on Twitter and Instagram is obvious—you can plug into any topic and get your content in front of interested users. But over on Facebook, we sometimes neglect them. But if you’re still thinking about Facebook hashtags like you did in 2009, that’s probably why you’re confused. As more and more businesses and people got on Facebook, the platform expanded its search functions. Hashtags have now become the new normal. Facebook users now expect to see hashtags, and then use them to discover new content and conversations. And this has us wondering, can adding a hashtag to your ad boost its overall performance? We decided to run an experiment to test the importance of hashtags in Facebook ads. Here are the results! Some Basics About the #Hashtag We’ve written before about how to create a hashtag that actually boosts…

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Speed Reading

My 8th grade teacher had a curious process where she made us produce three book reports each quarter — three books that we picked on our own that fit diverse themes she had chosen. When we turned them in, she’d quiz us on the book. How could she quiz us though on these books that we picked out randomly, you might ask?She read each and every book when we turned in the report over her lunch break. It wasn’t a big class, and we didn’t all turn the reports in on the same day. But she could easily go through a couple books at lunch.It was amazing and something I wanted to learn myself. I stumbled through some books on speed reading but never really landed on success until I took an Iris speed reading class when they had a Groupon.I’ll share a few big tips and ideas I learned there, but it won’t substitute…

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Google Adjusts Ranking Signals to Demote Fake News by @MattGSouthern

Google is making serious efforts to filter fake news, which the company says is its “most high profile” issue.The post Google Adjusts Ranking Signals to Demote Fake News by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Which Projects Need React? All Of Them!

When does a project need React? That’s the question Chris Coyier addressed in a recent blog post. I’m a big fan of Chris’ writing, so I was curious to see what he had to say. In a nutshell, Chris puts forward a series of good and bad reasons why one might want to use React (or other similar modern JavaScript libraries) on a project. Yet while I don’t disagree with his arguments, I still find myself coming to a different conclusion. So today, I’m here to argue that the answer to “When does a project need React?” is not “it depends”. It’s “every time”. React vs Vue vs Angular vs… First, let’s get something out of the way: in his article, Chris picked React as a stand-in for “front-end libraries” in general, and I’ll do the same here. Plus, React is what I’m most familiar with from my ongoing work…

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The “normal” workflow I’m sure we’ve all lived is that design happens, then coding happens. A healthy workflow has back-and-forth between everyone involved in a project, including designers and developers, but still: The code is the final product. You design your way to code, you don’t code your way to designs. It was only a little over a month ago when it was news that Sketch 43 was moving to a .JSON file format. The final release notes drop the news quite blasé: Revised file format But Jasim A Basheer rightly made a big deal of it: … it will fundamentally change how the design tools game will be played out in the coming years. “enables more powerful integrations for third-party developers” is stating it lightly. This is what the fine folks at Bohemian Coding has done — they opened up Sketch’s file format into a neat JSON making it possible for…

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The Ultimate Guide to Stress-Free HTTPS Migration by @ab80

Here are the best practices and common pitfalls you need to know before and after you switch to HTTPS.The post The Ultimate Guide to Stress-Free HTTPS Migration by @ab80 appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to Display the Same Joomla! Module in Multiple Positions

Joomla! allows you to display the same module in multiple positions and place it on different pages. For example, you might want to display the “Search” module in the “search” position on your Home page, but you want it in the “left” position on each sub-page. Here is a quick and easy way to accomplish this. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

LAMP Stack Website Developer – Lasyte Solutions – Westminster, CO

OOPHP Developer for Websites & Web Applications:. At Lasyte Solutions, you will have the opportunity to work along developers passionate about code…. $15 – $30 an hourFrom Indeed – Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:18:07 GMT – View all Westminster jobs Source:

Digital Marketing Specialist – Global Health Benefits – Cigna – Wilmington, DE

Act as a representative of CGHB NA to manage, maintain and work with developers on updates to the customer, client and broker portals….From Cigna – Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:49:24 GMT – View all Wilmington jobs Source:

How Much Will Your Next Facebook Ad Campaign Cost? (Contains a Free ad Budget Calculator)

Have you ever wanted a magic formula to calculate exactly the cost of your Facebook ads so to get started cheap and easily? Something simple and quick to use for when you’re not sure how much ad budget to allocate for your first ads? Something that can serve as a benchmark and that you’ll be able to adjust specifically to your business? Here you have it! And more than you bargained for! In this guide, we will give you all the tips and tricks you need to set the perfect budget for your Ads plus our secret Calculator! It’s FREE and you can download it at the end of this guide!  Are you ready to get more bang for your buck(s)? I’ve divided this guide into two different sections depending on whether you are running retargeted ads or ads to a cold audience. They are different because the objective usually is different…

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