Day two of An Event Apart Chicago is typically where you realize this is an educational marathon, not a sprint. Everything you learned on day one (and are still trying to absorb); the late nights; the deep dish pizza… it all begins to catch up with you on day two. Let’s go second wind!
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I am back at An Event Apart: Chicago again this year to get another shot of Web Development insight and inspiration. This is my third year and each AEA conference I’ve been to has packed my brain with new ideas I’m itching to try as soon as I get home. Today was day one of the 2016 show and what follows are my thoughts on the presenters talks. So far this year has been no disappointment.
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Speed is king on the web. Having a faster website than your competitor can mean the difference between keeping or losing a potential customer. A question that has been bugging me though is; should speed be king when it comes to having your site created? Continue reading The Cheap and The Quick: Part 1
I know this place has been quiet lately, but there is good reason for it. For the last month or so my fellow LABOV co-worker Lauren De La Cruz and I have been putting the finishing touches on our in-house web process. It has been over two years in the making, but we now have a comprehensive method for us to efficiently and intelligently develop websites where we work, LABOV. It guides us through everything from the first client call all the way to launch day and beyond.
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A couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine, Heather, asked if I had time to meet for lunch. We picked a time and met at one of the many taquiera sprouting up here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Normally we get together two or three times a year as an excuse to eat tacos and commiserate about the ups and downs of working in the design field. Nice person that she is, Heather always has a small gift for me. Something from the garden, or a sample of a new recipe she’s working on. (Manors-wise, I could learn a lot from Heather.) This time though, she had a much bigger surprise in store for me.
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And just like that I’m moving my site back to Pulse CMS. Nothing against Statamic, I think it’s a great flat-file CMS, but I don’t have the luxury of time to learn its structure, syntax, YAML and the rest right now.
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Over Labor Day weekend I got it in my head to change things up a bit with rustbelt.co. I had an unused license for Statamic going to waste, so I switched my site from WordPress. I decided to make the switch because I use WordPress almost exclusively at work, and I realized this site is a perfect opportunity to learn a new CMS.\r\n
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So why “Rust Belt Co.?” At the turn of the 19th century, major changes were taking place in America’s Midwest.
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