Posts Tagged:web design and development

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.


CSS-Tricks Chronicle XXXII

Hey y’all! Time for a quick Chronicle post where I get to touch on and link up some of the happenings around the site that I haven’t gotten to elsewhere. Technologically around here, there have been a few small-but-interesting changes. Site search is and has been powered by Algolia the last few months. I started up writing some thoughts about that here, and it got long enough I figured I’d crack it off into it’s own blog post, so look forward to that soon. Another service I’ve started making use of is Cloudinary. Cloudinary is an image CDN, so it’s serving most of the image assets here now, and we’re squeezing as much performance out of that as we possibly can. Similar to Algolia, it has a WordPress plugin that does a lot of the heavy lifting. We’re still working out some kinks as well. If you’re interested in how…

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Strongly Held Opinions, Gone Away

I received a really wonderful question from Bryan Braun the other day during a workshop I was giving at Sparkbox. He asked if, over the years, if there were opinions about web design and development I strongly held that I don’t anymore. I really didn’t have a great answer at the time, even though surely if I could rewind my brain there would be some embarrassing ones in there. At the risk of some heavy self-back-patting, this is exactly the reason I try and be pretty open-minded. If you aren’t, you end up eating crow. And for what? When you crap on an idea, you sound like a jerk at the time, and likely cause more harm than good. If you end up right, you were still a jerk. If you end up wrong, you were a jerk and a fool. I like the sentiment the web is a big…

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Media Temple

Media Temple has always been huge supporters of the web design and development communities. They got some deals cookin’ right now to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CSS itself. Funny to think this site is just about exactly half as old as its namesake. Over on their blog, Alex Rojas rounded up some highlights of those first 20 years, and I did similarly. I’ve used Media Temple for hosting for this site, and dozens and dozens of others, throughout my years in web development. One of the things I always think about with hosting is speed. To be perfectly honest, a host can only do so much for you. As long as you’re on good hardware that is appropriate for your site, the rest of that, say 90%, is on you. You need to make good choices, write good code, do persistent monitoring, and all that. When you’re working on…

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Real CSS Tweets (Vol. I)

We be tweetin’ all the time about web design and development stuff. In fact, @Real_CSS_Tricks, the official Twitter account for this site, is largely just an outgoing airhorn for the stuff we publish here and interesting things elsewhere. The human beings that operate this site have their own accounts. It’s pretty interesting to see which tweets take off! Here’s a list of the most popular tweets in the last year or so. Wanna see a decent little slider in a handful of lines of code? pic.twitter.com/zOsN4mhRFw — CSS-Tricks (@Real_CSS_Tricks) October 23, 2016 That one turned into a blog post and demo. Loads of icons you can make with a single element (and pseudos)https://t.co/s3VyHj2P11 pic.twitter.com/mlIkyjc86w — CSS-Tricks (@Real_CSS_Tricks) October 16, 2016 I’d say SVG is normally the best fit for this kind of thing, but this is a damn impressive experiment. I like the websites interface in how you can hover…

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Cars with Broken Windshield Wipers

I was stopped at an intersection the other day. It was raining. The road on the other side sloped upwards, so I could see the stopped cars on the other side of the road kind of stadium-seating style. I could see all their windshield wipers going all at the same time, all out-of-sync with each other. Plus a few of them had seemingly kinda broken ones that flapped at awkward times and angles. What does that have to do with web design and development? Nothing really, other than that I took the scene as inspiration to create something, and it ended up being an interesting hodgepodge of “tricks”. See the Pen Cars with Weird Windshield Wipers by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen. It’s SVG When you need a little shape like a car, nothing beats The Noun Project. I actually used the little Mac app they have and dragged the…

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Dallas Drupal Development

[spacer height=”40px”] 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,…

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Houston Drupal Development

[spacer height=”40px”] 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,…

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Austin Web Design and Development

Pixeldust Interactive is an Austin Drupal Web Design and development firm. We employ the very best web technologists so you get the website you want, the way you want. We apply the latest in design, web technologies and iPhone development to help you get an easy-to-update and exceptional website. At Pixeldust, we’re a super group of Austin Drupal Drupal Web Designers and developers. We’re also iPhone developers. Our cutting-edge applications can help you stay in touch with your clients no matter where they are. It all boils down to one simple thing: we’re Austin Drupal Drupal Web Designers and developers. We keep Drupal Web Design interesting. We build custom websites and applications that give your business everything it needs to grow. We implement tailored content management systems that make updating your site as easy as possible. And we’ll show you how to do it. Pixeldust is a full-service Drupal Web…

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The New Playground for the Web: Foundation

These days, the use of tablets and smart phones has become so prevalent that it’s hard to believe some people still used a dial-up modem 10 years ago (*shudders with horror). But despite all of the awesomeness that is now literally at our fingertips, the increasing use of smart devices has placed a div in the road to Drupal Web Design and development greatness: designing and developing websites and applications for more than just a PC.

Austin Web Design and Development

The Pixeldust Interactive team has remained on the forefront of the digital media industry in Austin, TX by diving headfirst into new technology as it emerges. Our Web design and development team’s best practices approach to developing business-to-business and consumer-oriented websites, content management systems, and more has kept our roster of satisfied Austin clients growing steadily. Open Source Technologies While we have developed in many different “flavors” for many platforms, our primary Drupal web development environment is the open source LAMP environment. LAMP consists of a group of open source software used to run dynamic websites and servers, including: 1. Linux 2. Apache 3. MySQL 4. PHP Linux’s tools have been the most trusted solutions since the beginning of the World Wide Web. Currently, Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl and Python (LAMP) add up to more than 60% of the servers, databases and scripting languages in existence on the web…

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