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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.


Are Press Releases Still Good for SEO? by @jennyhalasz

Press releases are a great way to get the attention of journalists. But do they have any SEO value today?The post Are Press Releases Still Good for SEO? by @jennyhalasz appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Copywriting Q&A: Does Your Client Really Need a Sales Page?

Selling online used to be about driving visitors to a sales page and throwing as much persuasive copy at them as possible, then hoping they’d click the “buy now” button. Today, though, there are many different paths to a sale — and many that don’t even require a sales page. Read on… Today’s question comes from Marshall T., who asks, “I just started working with a new client. She’s a solopreneur and working with a business coach who told her that she doesn’t need a sales page for her product. Or, at least, that she can build that later once she’s gotten a few sales. This seems wrong to me. What do you think?” Even just a few years ago, selling without a sales page would be unthinkable. After all, if you don’t have a page to drive people to that has all of the details, how do you sell…

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The Warglaives of Azzinoth: A 10 Year Grind ⚔️

Okay, so, this isn’t what you may think it is. In fact, it’s probably the very last thing that you might expect to read after reviewing the title of this blog post. But, it is what it is. Today, finally, after 10+ years… I have completed the two-part set of the legendary Twin Blades of Azzinoth, consisting of a Main-Hand and Off-Hand sword. Achievement Unlocked! As you can see, I’ve gotten the rare achievement on this day, August 12th of 2017. The thing is, as I mentioned, I started trying to obtain these weapons since January of 2007. Yes, 10 years. Every single week when the dungeon locks reset I’d find a team (or later solo the raid) and battle my way through 9 epic bosses and tons of mob trash for a chance that either one would drop. Apparently the drop rate % is around 5% which I find surprisingly high. In…

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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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Highrise 3.0 for iOS

For an app that’s been around since 2007, two iterations of its iOS app seems a bit on the light side. We agree. So today we have not just one announcement, but two:Highrise 3.0 for the iPhone is now available to everyone.It has the basics from before. Stay up to date on your team’s activity. Easily search your leads and quickly call, text, or get directions. Plan your day with tasks and follow-ups.And it has some important new features.Search leads by tag. View tags on contacts. See upcoming tasks when viewing a lead.Scroll through all of your tasks. Whether you have 2 or thousands of overdue or upcoming tasks… though we still can’t help you get them done. :)And more… like the ability to enter custom fields and choose from predefined values, dial incorrectly formatted international phone numbers, emoji, saved recent searches.Alas, it doesn’t have everything for everyone yet. Some will notice it…

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Text-Snippets for Work and Play

This week I listened to a podcast from NPR Money about spreadsheets. It was a fascinating listen about how accountants have come from manually using columns and rows while adjusting series of numbers in multiple cells to the automation of a task where one cell will update those in relation to it. As an intern, there has been a lot of new information being thrown at me over the summer, so I’ve been experimenting with different methods of shortening communication with text-snippets, which I’ll now share with you. Let’s try to be productive Do you have stand-ups at your work? If you’re not meeting in person every day, you might do it via text in an app like Slack. Our intern team used Slack to highlight our plans for the day using a YTB (yesterday, today, and blockers) structure: Hey team,Here’s my Daily Standup for July 11, 2017: What did…

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Crash Course: VR Design for N00bs

We have a tradition at Viget of experimenting with our own ideas, independent of client work. But, honestly, it’s been too long since we built something pointless. Today, we’re debuting our latest experiment in virtual reality—a WebVR adaptation of the classic circuit-board puzzle Lights Out. It’s a one-player game, with the objective of turning all the “lights” in the grid off. Sure, the final product is neat, but how did we get there? Jumping into the VR metaverse is overwhelming. I was disappointed to find there are tons of libraries for developers—but very few centralized resources for designers. As creatives, we pride ourselves on our ability to apply design thinking to everything. So, where are all the thought leaders in VR design? There’s little to no consensus around even the most basic design standards—like typography or accessibility. Basically, VR design is a wild west free-for-all. However, instead of seeing this as…

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Reasons to Build Your Own App

I’m working on a very small To-Do iOS app and I’m sharing my process and my thoughts candidly through the process in a new YouTube playlist affectionately titled “Let’s Build an App“. As you already know, I’m heavily involved with my startup and that’s where 99% of my time goes, but, in the 1% I’m sloooooooooowly putting this thing together. And, for the first time ever, I have a new medium through which I can share the process which is my YouTube channel. Although I’ve been pretty candid and honest historically about these indie projects, I’ve always done it through blog posts and not through any video content. So, in that way, I’m having a good time with it and it’s a bit of a different feel, which is something that keeps it fresh for me. These are truly candid captures of my thoughts and there’s no established framework of my…

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Making Better HTML Tables

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Strangely enough, one of the most difficult web technologies to master is one of the earliest ones to be available for the browser after plain text and images. The problem is even greater today with so many different device types that need to be thought about. Perfect tables are nearly impossible to create unless they contain so few items that no problems are likely to be triggered. The kinds of errors that can arise include: Text wrapping incorrectly Justification errors Table rendering off screen Scroll problems Row height errors Column width errors General ugliness or untidiness In this article we’ll take a look at how to avoid problems like that, so your tables have the best chance of creating a good impression. Avoidance strategies to avoid Because tables are so difficult to get right, some people try to avoid using them.…

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Copywriting Q&A: How to Use Blogging to Build Your Copywriting Business

One of the biggest challenges any copywriter will face is finding a steady stream of clients. And while active prospecting can’t be beat, there are also a few other tactics you can use for attracting interest and nurturing potential clients. Read on… Today’s question is from Heidi P., who asks, “Is there anything I can do to get more attention for my portfolio site? I know it’s important to have one, but I feel like I’m not getting a lot of eyes on it.” One great way to attract more targeted traffic to your site is to, essentially, become your own content marketer. That is, put together a content plan to attract your ideal clients to your site. First, you need to have a good idea of who your ideal client is. Are you looking to work with small businesses, solopreneurs, design studios, or large businesses? And are you looking…

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Hey, Let’s Build an App.

I’m doing a bit of a new series on my vlog which I think could be either pretty interesting or entirely boring. I’m going to be sharing a little bit of how to build an app. It’s going to be a bit cluttered as one of my goals of this sort of documentation is to not do much planning with it (document, don’t create!). This is a bit atypical for me as I like to format these types of things in a structured way (you can see my blog series that I’ve done in the past as a perfect example). But, in this series via the vlog I’m just going to chat candidly about the things that I think about as I’m thinking about them. Today I’ll most likely talk a little more about this: So, that’s that. Hope you subscribe or follow along. I can’t promise that it’ll be…

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The Who, What, and Why of Product Management (from a Startup Founder’s Perspective)

I’ve been in “product management” for a long time, as long as I can remember and certainly since I first starting building my own small apps and digital products in the early 2000’s. But that terminology wasn’t codified in my own head at the time and the culture around product management has rapidly changed, progressed and matured, especially in the last few years. In fact, it has grown to the point where there’s an entire industry around it, specifically, and its significance within the business building has become much more elevated; it is even seen as a stepping stone for a future startup founder and CEO. I find that last point quite fascinating especially because my pathway to becoming a startup CEO myself never had anything so clearly and programmatically defined (but this post isn’t about how I feel about this and honestly it doesn’t really matter). For the record…

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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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Assumptions

In 1952, the Boston Symphony Orchestra put up a screen during musician auditions to make them “blind”. They had been hiring more men than women and were trying to figure out if they were biased in their hiring. Still, the audition results skewed towards men. Why?There’s a bar my wife and I like to visit near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf called The Buena Vista. They serve a delicious Irish Coffee. Even more memorable is Larry Nolan one of their frequent bartenders. If you go there during the week, sit at the bar. You might get a special chance to see Larry perform magic while you enjoy your coffee.A few weeks ago my wife, three year old, and I travelled to the Bay Area. My sister-in-law just had surgery and we went to help with chores and recovery. Things like driving the kids to school, taking her to appointments, etc. We spent a…

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Acquia a leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

I’m on vacation this week, and I’ve been trying to disconnect and soak up time with my family. However, I had to make an exception to write a quick but exciting blog post, as Acquia was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. This marks Acquia’s placement as a leader for the fourth year in a row, solidifying our position as one of the top three vendors in Gartner’s report. Acquia recognized as a top 3 leader, next to Adobe and Sitecore, in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.Early in my career I didn’t fully understand or value the role of industry analysts like Gartner. Experience has taught me that strong analyst reports provide credibility and expose vendors to new markets and customers. It’s easy to underestimate the importance of this kind of recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal.…

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Acquia a leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

I’m on vacation this week, and I’ve been trying to disconnect and soak up time with my family. However, I had to make an exception to write a quick but exciting blog post, as Acquia was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. This marks Acquia’s placement as a leader for the fourth year in a row, solidifying our position as one of the top three vendors in Gartner’s report. Acquia recognized as a top 3 leader, next to Adobe and Sitecore, in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.Early in my career I didn’t fully understand or value the role of industry analysts like Gartner. Experience has taught me that strong analyst reports provide credibility and expose vendors to new markets and customers. It’s easy to underestimate the importance of this kind of recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal.…

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Lots of new Basecamp 3 stuff

We’ve been plugging away this summer on a wide variety of improvements on Basecamp 3. While there have been a ton of improvements on the iOS and Android side as well, this post will focus on some of the larger improvements to the web/desktop version.Focus ModeNeed to do some deep work? Go into Focus Mode. This will turn off all notifications, and hide all unread badges.To enter Focus Mode, click your avatar top right, and click the “Turn on Focus Mode” button.Color and highlight your textLots of requests for this one. Now you can color and highlight your text in messages, automatic check-in answers, comments, to-dos, etc. Basically anywhere you can turn text bold, italic, etc, you can now also color it up.Just click the dropper icon in the toolbar to add some color.Quick jump to projects, teams, recently visited pages, and peopleBig one. No matter where you are, hit COMMAND-J (Mac) or CONTROL-J (windows) and…

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A Collection of Interesting Facts about CSS Grid Layout

A few weeks ago I held a CSS Grid Layout workshop. Since I’m, like most of us, also pretty new to the topic, I learned a lot while preparing the slides and demos. I decided to share some of the stuff that was particularly interesting to me, with you. Have fun! Negative values lower than -1 may be used for grid-row-end and grid-column-end In a lot of code examples and tutorials you will see that you can use grid-column-start: 1 and grid-column-end: -1 (or the shorthand grid-column: 1 / -1) to span an element from the first line to the last. My friend Max made me aware that it’s possible to use lower values than -1 as well. .grid-item { grid-column: 1 / -2; } For example, you can set grid-column: 1 / -2 to span the cells between the first and the second to last line. See the Pen…

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Playing with Shadow DOM

About a year ago, Twitter announced it would start displaying embedded tweets with the shadow DOM rather than an <iframe>, if the browser supports shadom DOM? Why? Well, speed is one reason. They say: Much lower memory utilization in the browser, and much faster render times. Tweets will appear faster and pages will scroll more smoothly, even when displaying multiple Tweets on the same page. Why the choice? Why is it necessary to use either iframes or shadow DOM? Why not just inject the content onto the page? It’s a totally understandable need for control. An embedded Tweet should look and behave just exactly like an embedded Tweet. They don’t want to worry about the styles of the page bleeding in and messing that up. An <iframe> makes style scoping very easy. Point the src of the iframe at a URL that displays what you want an embedded tweet to…

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