Tag: web

From the Cold Room to the Cloud: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Back in the day (the 90s), the servers were kept in the Cold Room. This was a floor devoted to rows of black boxes on racks that served up our web pages.¬†They would sit there, seemingly inert, until something went wrong.¬†Then the cry would go out “the servers are down!” and the techies would disappear…




Color is Subjective: All the Colors of the Internet Presentation at WordPress DC

There comes a moment in web design when, inevitably, everyone argues about color. The blue is “too blue” or the pink is too “candy-colored” or the color palette of the page is “too corporate.” These conversations always struck me as a little absurd because I knew that a color on my monitor looked different than…




If You Suck at Mobile, You Suck at Life

According to a recent Harris Interactive study, 63% of consumers who encounter a bad mobile experience from an organization also believe that the organization’s other channels (web, telephone, in-person) will also be disappointing. In other words, if you suck at mobile, you suck at life. Consumers judge an organization by iPhone. Does your site work…




The Cynic’s Guide to Government Contracting

There’s an interesting post by Ben Balter on why government doesn’t use open source. It’s a good read, in which Balter presents all the reasons why government doesn’t use open-source software for its web sites, from the demand for enterprise solutions to a desire to avoid transparency (really). Why is government so bad at building…




You Do Not Need an Expensive SEO Consultant

SEO Consultant. $2k a month minimum. This advertisement popped up on top of my Gmail. I saw this and thought: I am in the wrong line of work. Apparently, search engine optimization is so much in demand that you don’t need to state your qualifications or the benefits of your service – you just tell…




Migrating WordPress: Yea, There's a Plugin for That

How difficult is it to migrate a WordPress site? It’s not. Russell Heimlich managed to explain import/export from a WordPress site plus how WP content is organized, potential problems you might run into during migration, solutions to those problems and how to import from other CMS. All this was covered (plus questions) in less than…




I'm Not That Joe Flood

I am the Joe Flood who wrote Murder in Ocean Hall, a mystery set at the Smithsonian. I am not the Joe Flood who wrote The Fires, a new book on 1970s-style arson in the Bronx. Why do I mention this? Because I’ve gotten a couple emails from editors of well-known magazines asking for information…




What's the Best Content Management System?

Highly subjective, of course, but what’s the best content management system that you’ve used? I think that the best CMS is the one that gets out of the way, that allows anyone to easily write content for the web site. Someone should not have to learn HTML, or how servers operate, or spend days in…


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Planning: The Key Step in Selecting a CMS

Went to “Evaluating Content Management Systems” last night. This meetup, put on by Web Content Mavens, featured David Hobbs who talked about CMS review and selection. David mapped out a five-step process in evaluating content management systems: Vision -> Plan -> Pilot -> Implement -> Maintain His talk concentrated on the first two steps of…




USAJOBS vs CBO Job Site

Too much exposure to USAJOBS has really turned me cynical. Despite news reports on the need to recruit thousands of new employees, the main federal jobs site is a usability nightmare, unfathomable to even people who work on web sites, like me. While the site has few defenders, some have argued that it has to…