The MarCom Awards are a creative competition recognizing the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, The MarCom competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world with more than 6,000 entries every year.
Several Taotians were among the Drupalers at the USDA on Nov. 20 to learn and share their Drupal wisdom. Here’s a selection of tweets from the event.
In addition to a seminar called “Drush:Command Line is Cool” led by our development team, Taoti’s Sam Harper gave a lightning talk about our interactive training program for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. You can view the slideshare here.
Many factors go into planning, designing, and building a great website that’s designed to meet your audience’s needs. But too often, a recurring series of habits combine to chip away at how much that site can live up to its potential.
This is true at nonprofits with small staffs that do not include a dedicated web team. However, the scenarios listed below can be just as likely to occur at large organizations at which staff members have “update the website” on a to-do list longer than their arms.
It’s easy to want to shift into “all done” mode. You’ve written the perfect copy, written a tweetable headline, and added a pithy and clear description for your web article. You publish it and move on to the next task on your list. However, there’s more you should probably do for the overall health of your website.
When I first moved to Washington, I found the city’s inhabitants to be fairly unwelcoming. I decided to do my part to change that and create positive interactions for others (read: tourists), mostly by way of giving directions. My husband says I’m a vigilante helper; I see it as being friendly. Either way, it probably explains why I like the recent trends in 404 errors (commonly referred to as “page not found”).
If you’re busy and not technical, here’s the punch line: Taoti has added a very slick new piece of technology to our workflow: CASCADE (which stands for Customer Administered System Configuration and Automated Deployment Engine.) This tool uses cutting-edge technologies (Jenkins/Ansible/Gitlab) to provide for a “continuous deployment” development process.
The result is a faster, more efficient, and less error-prone way to get new features safely deployed to a live website as they are created and approved. This system also allows us to ‘roll back’ iterations of the site (should there be a problem) with the click of a mouse and create automatic testing plans to ensure that new iterations of the site don’t break the current version.
Summer is quickly approaching, which means we’re gearing up for this year’s Drupal GovCon! We’re excited to announce that we’re taking the Boot Camp show on the road again at this year’s conference.
Drupal GovCon is a three-day Drupal conference for anyone interested in learning the ins-and-outs of Drupal and connecting with the Drupal community. As one of this year’s gold sponsors, we’re hosting our very own Boot Camp @ GovCon on Thursday, July 23rd! Here’s what you need to know:
It’s never too early (or too late) to freshen up your content!
Even though there is still snow on the ground here in DC, we’re looking ahead to spring, the season of renewal.
Content is king, this we know. Readers want concise information, and you don’t have much time to make an impression. With every website redesign project, we always suggest an audit to classify content as accurate, needing an update, or no longer relevant. However, a website is never “done”, and taking fresh eyes to your site, even well after launch, can help make it even more impactful.
With that in mind, he took a tongue-in-cheek look at why nothing will ever go wrong with a project in 2015…if certain guiding principles are followed.
I read a quote the other day that made me smile:
“We assumed wrongly that these new competitors, whether it was BuzzFeed or others, were doing so well just because they were doing something journalistically that we chose not to do. We were arrogant to be honest.
We looked down on those new competitors, and I think we’ve come to realize that was wrong. They understood before we did how to make their stories available to people who are interested in them. We were too slow to do it.”
The Oscars are a little more than a month away, and for the third straight year, I have made it a personal project to see at least all of the best picture nominees before the Oscars.
With that in mind I made a little spreadsheet to help me keep track of what’s left to see, and added a countdown timer to remind myself how much time I have left to do it.
You can view it here.