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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.

Saying It Aloud

I’ve made the tough but important decision to kill a project just before it goes live. That project… sniff sniff… is George. I’ve been working on this ToDo List app actively since June / July of last year but it’s been part of my general psyche for many, many years. But, the reason that I’ve decided to kill the project is because I simply do not have the time, energy, and emotional bandwidth to release it to the wild and then support it actively to the community that deserves that support. And, if I’m to be completely honest, I’m just not that interested in working on it when I’m so heavily involved with building out projects in the bitcoin and blockchain space. I think I made the decision a while ago but it took a bit of time for my heart to catch up with my head. Like most projects, this one…

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The WooCommerce Explained Book Is Here

Today, I’m delighted to announce the official launch of “WooCommerce Explained”. This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach. We’ve partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers’ conference. WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it’s physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

CSS Basics: The Second “S” in CSS

CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets. While most of the discussion about CSS on the web (or even here on CSS-Tricks) is centered around writing styles and how the cascade affects them, what we don’t talk a whole lot about is the sheet part of the language. So let’s give that lonely second “S” a little bit of the spotlight and understand what we mean when we say CSS is a style sheet. The Sheet Contains the Styles The cascade describes how styles interact with one another. The styles make up the actual code. Then there’s the sheet that contains that code. Like a sheet of paper that we write on, the “sheet” of CSS is the digital file where styles are coded. If we were to illustrate this, the relationship between the three sort of forms a cascade: The sheet holds the styles. There can be multiple…

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Common Connected Hardware Blunders

Over the last few years we’ve worked with a number of startups who have engaged with Viget for help designing or engineering some aspect of their connected product. Every product is unique, but it may surprise you how similar their challenges are. What is perhaps less surprising is the number of inventive ways we’ve seen solo-entrepreneurs, young startups, and even internal business units with firm foundations go about solving those challenges. I’ll take a moment to reflect on some of those challenges and specifically call attention to the missteps and follies we commonly see early-on in engagements. Building the wrong prototype Viget builds primarily two different kinds of product prototypes. A stakeholder prototype, which focuses on delivering desired functionality by leveraging as many pre-existing solutions as possible. And a functional prototype, which focuses on exploring production options by honing in on core mechanics and functionality. Both prototypes serve specific needs which…

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Copywriting Q&A: Why Brand Voice Matters So Much

Copywriting is a craft with a lot of moving parts. One of the easiest to forget—and also, interestingly, easiest to disregard—is the brand voice. Today, we’re talking about what makes the brand voice so important. Today’s question is from Frank P., who asks, “Do businesses really care that much about a brand voice? How much of that should I consider when I’m applying to work for them?” So, the short answer is: Yes. Businesses very much care about their brand voice. It needs to be a major factor in whatever you write for any client. As for the longer part of the answer, here’s why: When the internet was young, (baby internet here) companies could just put their products out there and people would buy it. There was very little competition and people were still amazed at this whole idea of buying products and services over the net. Fast forward…

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Don’t Get Burned: How to Choose the Right Link Building Agency [Webinar] by @A_Ninofranco

If you want to know how to sort through legit link building agencies from the fake ones, register for this webinar today!The post Don’t Get Burned: How to Choose the Right Link Building Agency [Webinar] by @A_Ninofranco appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

The world needs more modest, linear growth companies. Please make some.

14 years of linear growth at Basecamp.Exponential growth gets all the glory. Every startup story that lands on the cover of a magazine has a hockey-stick chart to flaunt. Yes, disruption is driven by such violent expansion, and the world needs some disruption some of the time. But for the other 360 days out of the year, what it also needs is some modest, linear growth.Linear growth is what happens in domains that aren’t animated by network effects (and when no artificial growth hormones are injected!). It’s the simplicity of good products sold at reasonable prices that find happy customers. These customers talk to friends and colleagues in other businesses, and over time that word of mouth spreads the good vibes, which turns the business up.But the limelight has no patience with such simple, slow methods as word of mouth. It’s not infectious enough. Not exponential enough. That’s a shame.Because the world is…

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Copywriting Q&A: Tax Deductions for Copywriters

Taxes aren’t anyone’s favorite task—and I think I could probably include accountants in that group! But as a copywriting professional who likely takes on some amount of freelance work, it’s important that you take your taxes seriously. Today, we’re going to talk about what kinds of deductions your copywriting career can net you. Today’s question comes from Aandre H., who asks, “I’m starting to pull together my tax stuff for last year and I was wondering: Are there any special deductions for copywriters?” Before I answer this question, let me be clear: I am not a tax preparation or accounting professional. Before you utilize any of the following deductions, please contact a licensed tax preparation professional. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, the answer is, unequivocally, yes! Once you’ve figured out how much you’ve earned for the year, it’s time to think about how to offset some of…

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Taking control of my data and social media

© Andrei Lacatusu Earlier this month, I set a resolution to blog more and use social media less. While I still need to work on blogging more, I’m certainly spending less time on Facebook. I’m halfway there. So far, only my mom has complained about me spending less time on Facebook. This morning when my alarm woke me up at 4:45am, I took it a step further. Most mornings, I spend ten minutes checking Facebook on my phone. Today, however, I deleted the Facebook application from my phone, rolled out of bed and started my workday. Great! As an advocate for the open web, I’ve written a lot about the problems that Facebook and other walled gardens pose. While I have helped raise awareness and have contributed time and money to winning back the open web, I haven’t fully embraced the philosophy on my own site. For over 12 years,…

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7 Insights Into How Google Ranks Websites by @martinibuster

Seven insights into how Google ranks websites today and how it may impact SEO.The post 7 Insights Into How Google Ranks Websites by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

JavaScript, I love you, you’re perfect, now change

Those of us who celebrate Christmas or Hannukkah probably have strong memories of the excitement of December. Do you remember the months leading up to Christmas, when your imagination exploded with ideas, answers to the big question “What do you want for Christmas?” As a kid, because you aren’t bogged down by adult responsibility and even the bounds of reality, the list could range anywhere from “legos” to “a trip to the moon” (which is seeming like will be more likely in years to come). Thinking outside of an accepted base premise—the confines of what we know something to be—can be a useful mental exercise. I love JavaScript, for instance, but what if, like Christmas as a kid, I could just decide what it could be? There are small tweaks to the syntax that would not change my life, but make it just that much better. Let’s take a look.…

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New Book: Genesis Explained

Today, we’re delighted to launch a new book, “Genesis Explained”. Genesis Explained is a developer’s guide to the Genesis Framework for WordPress. Genesis is a powerful theme framework which empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source:

Things are going so well we’re doing a hiring freeze

Business has never been better at Basecamp. Despite all the competition, all the noise, and all the changes since we launched 14 years ago, 2017 was the year we earned the most revenue ever.While that alone is cause for some celebration, it’s hardly the most important thing for Jason and I, as the business owners. Sure, it’s nice to see numbers tick ever higher, but we passed enough many years ago. What matters far more than big numbers for us today is how the business feels.And it’s really never felt better, in almost all the ways. Basecamp the product is the best its ever been. Tens of thousands of new businesses and teams continue to sign up every month. We keep hearing from customers about the profound changes to their organization, productivity, communication, and even sanity that Basecamp helps them realize. It’s deeply rewarding.We’ve also kept up with our founding mission to…

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We decided to kill a feature to figure out how to make it better

Likes and hearts are all over collaboration and communication software today. Even Basecamp 3 has claps now. On the surface, that seems like a natural step forward: Make it easier to participate, provide encouragement, and create a sense of connection. But scratch that surface and there’s plenty of ambivalence below.I first really noticed my ambivalence in our own product when reading through the daily updates of what people at Basecamp had been working on. We gather all those in a What did you work on today? automated check-in. (It’s one of my favorite features of Basecamp, and it makes it so much easier to keep up with what everyone is cooking without the constant nagging of a manager checking in.)But as I read through the replies from the few dozen people who answered the question on any given day, I was faced with the dilemma of the clap. If I applauded…

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Variable Fonts with Jason Pamental

We’ve already hit you with a one-two punch of variable fonts today. Robin shared Richard Rutter’s post on real-world usage of them. Ollie Williams introduced us to the in’s-and-out’s of using them on the web. I figured we’d make it a trifecta and link up our discussion about variable fonts with Jason Pamental. Dave and I talk with Jason for an entire hour digging into the real story, possibilities, and future of all this variable fonts business. Don’t miss his or Mandy Michael’s demo Collections either. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Variable Fonts with Jason Pamental is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Why Links Are Important for SEO by @benjarriola

Links matter a great deal in SEO today. Here’s how inbound, outbound, and internal links can help (or hurt) you.The post Why Links Are Important for SEO by @benjarriola appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Why Links Are Important for SEO by @benjarriola

Links matter a great deal in SEO today. Here’s how inbound, outbound, and internal links can help (or hurt) you.The post Why Links Are Important for SEO by @benjarriola appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Tools for Thinking and Tools for Systems

I’ve been obsessed with design tools the past two years, with apps like as Sketch, Figma and Photoshop perhaps being the most prolific of the bunch. We use these tools to make high fidelity mockups and ensure high quality user experiences. These tools (and others) are awesome and are generally upping our game as designers and developers, but I believe that the way they’ve changed the way we produce work and define UX will soon produce yet another new wave of tools. In the future, I predict two separate categories of design applications: tools for thinking and tools for systems. Let me explain. Tools for Thinking A short while ago Oliver Reichenstein described why we like distractions and how, in order to make great things, we need dedicated moments of focus, discipline, and concentration: Starting and finishing need courage. There is no app or tool that will give you courage.…

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Social Media Star

I don’t have a “social media star” in my household, but, if I did I’d know it way ahead of most parents… … at least I think so. A fascinating article on the struggles of parents who have famous children. Worth a skim, I suppose. I don’t believe that parenting today is any harder than it was yesterday; instead, I think the challenges have simply changed. The post Social Media Star appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

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