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How to Create a Nonprofit Editorial Calendar

Kicking off your blog doesn't have to be an intimidating process, with just a little bit of future planning!

Getting serious about your nonprofit’s blog doesn’t have to be all-consuming. Creating an editorial calendar for your blog offers a way to see the big picture and helps keep a consistent posting schedule.

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A guide to every design ethics

Really like the idea of designing for temporary disability. Keeping this in the forefront of our minds whilst designing makes sure that we are creating user interfaces that are as easy and accessible for as possible for users.

Also, remember that a disability can be temporary. So even if you’re young, you’re fit, and everything is good, sometimes you might have a temporary disability—maybe you broke your arm or you’re just holding a baby or you’re holding a bag. There’s a lot of ways that we can be temporarily disabled, and designers need to think about the different ways that our products will be used. It can also be situational.

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Why Sitting at Your Computer All Day Can Wipe You Out

So it turns out that mental exertion can be just as physically tiring as physical exercise. An interesting insight into the human body - and some handy tips on minimising the impact.

Like most days, I spent the bulk of yesterday sitting in what I’ve determined to be the breeziest corner of my apartment, typing on my laptop. I filed a story, transcribed interviews for a few hours, and sent about half a million emails, but rarely got up from my chair. Still, by late afternoon, I wasn’t just exhausted mentally, but physically, too — disproportionately so, it seemed, considering how little I’d moved.

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SEO 101: What is a keyword?

Keywords are the way to communicate who you are and what you do, to people who aren't already familiar with your brand name. This article has some great tips on the basics of what keywords are and how to use them well.

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Yes, keywords are essential in helping people find your site. But once they find it, there needs to be relevant and engaging content that compels them to stay.

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How to Choose the Right Logo Color

Logos need to be able to stand on their own, in such a wide variety of usage situations!

Have you ever designed an identity and gone blank when it was time to pick a color palette? With the entire spectrum at your disposal, it can be tough to select just one or two colors. Although color may seem like an open brief, there is a logical process to follow that will help. We interviewed industry experts and boiled down their advice to three important rules.

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Using IFTTT With WordPress

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a powerful automation service that many users have been taking advantage of for some time. IFTTT has some pretty awesome feature that can help you in your everyday life, However integrating these capabilities into WordPress could be able to take your web automation to the next level! Check out this article to learn more.

You may have heard of the IFTTT service. It has become very popular due to the simple way it allows you to automate a vast array of online activities. Using the service, you no longer need to manually update all of your social networks or try to figure out how to do everything yourself. If you are sick of forgetting to share your blog posts with a specific network or are looking for a way to gather multiple feeds from the services you use and recreate your posts on a WordPress website, IFTTT is exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at IFTTT in a little more detail.

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How Twitch Learned to Make Better Predictions About Everything

As someone who loves statistics and numbers, I found this article fascinating. But you don't have to be a maths nerd to appreciate the power of the findings here. Of course it isn't going to make sense for every decision or even every organisation, but it goes to show that predicting the success or failure of different things isn't just something that some people can do and others can't - it can be learnt.

We’ve learned a lot from our experiences at Twitch, and discovered some best practices for how organizations may implement their own forecasting training programs, create a culture of forecasting, and better anticipate the future.

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When Large Isn’t Large Enough: Designing With Hero Images

Hero images need to be better than big. Leaving lasting impacts on your audience all begins with what they encounter first and most of the time, it starts with the hero image. Your Hero image is more than just a pretty picture, it's a powerful communication tool.

When users come to your page, they’ll feel some kind of reaction. Whether it’s positive or negative, that reaction is determined in large part by what they see. Because vision is perhaps the strongest human sense, a hero image is one of the fastest ways to grab the user’s attention. Bold, graphic and intentional imagery engages the user. It draws the user in immediately and makes a perfect centerpiece for a minimalist app or website.

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Mobile-first Indexing is Coming: What This Means for Web Design

Making your site responsive doesn't have to be a terrifying ordeal, and it will majorly serve you and your search engine traffic in the long run!

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information, making it universally accessible and useful. Simply put: they want to help you find the best answer to your question as fast as possible.

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Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Making sure that your search functions are working for your users instead of against them is absolutely crucial. Here's a list of the most common search mistakes so that you can keep your website's user experience in check!

Your website’s search function could be damaging your conversion rates. And if it’s not acting as a bane to your conversion rates, it could be doing something almost as bad: not helping them either. On-site search, if well optimized and put in the frame of increasing user experience, can greatly enhance the usability and enjoyment of your site.

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20 WordPress Core Functions That Don’t Scale and How to Work Around Them

An interesting list including some very commonly used functions in Wordpress. Some of the comments and advice is specific to Wordpress.com VIP hosting, but it's a useful reference nonetheless.

WordPress comes with a set of core functions that are globally accessible. Most theme and plugin developers rely on these function to extend the functionality of the WordPress framework. There are however a collection of functions that are not necessarily fast when used repeatedly, in other words, they do not scale. Fortunately, Automattic, the company behind the paid VIP WordPress service, has released a set of functions that do not scale properly because they are not cached and possible workarounds around those functions.

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How Empathy & Personalized Interfaces Can Help You Build Better UX

Empathy, one of the essential driving forces of UX design, is becoming increasingly more important in today's digital world. Empathetic design helps your organisation create relevant, personalised experiences that break through digital barriers and communicate your message in a way that your audience understands and connects with.

Web design trends can pivot on a dime, but some design concepts have proven their efficacy and timelessness. Two of these concepts, personalization and intuitiveness, are integral parts of modern web design and are vital to crafting amazing user experiences. Thanks to modern developments, it’s easier than ever to capitalize on these design concepts to the benefit of the user. To leverage these concepts effectively, designers have to empathize with their users.

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When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Use a WordPress Plugin

Proper testing and risk evaluation are key when deciding whether or not to introduce a plugin into your WordPress site.

The key to effective use of plugins is to deploy them only from properly vetted sources, and only when necessary. Plugins should solve a specific problem or provide an essential function. They should not indulge our vanity or our desire for a “shiny new object”. In this post, let’s get specific and discuss a decision-making framework for a specific type of plugin that can be applied across many different plugins. We’ll focus on a type of plugin that we see often, and whether it’s needed or not — plugins for Google Analytics.

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Online Donation Tools: The Benefits of Accepting Donations on Your Website

Keeping your donors on your site is WAY better for user experience! Love how this article points out why.

Simplicity and trust are key here. Kicking visitors off of your website and onto a vendor site encourages neither simplicity nor trust. However, housing your donation process directly on your site is not only simpler and more trustworthy, but it also gives you the freedom to mold and customize your donor experience.

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Introducing The Website Speed Test Image Analysis Tool

This is an interesting new tool for measuring the performance and optimisation of your site, specifically with regard to images. Initial impressions are positive, but we'll be evaluating this over this next little while and considering whether to add it to our arsenal of performance testing tools.

Enter Website Speed Test, a free and drop-dead-simple tool that leverages our (Cloudinary’s) image smarts to let you measure, diagnose and (crucially) communicate about the image performance of any website.

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Storyframes before wireframes

Interacting with a successful web design is like reading a compelling story. Starting your designs in your text editor can be a quick way to streamline your design approaches and achieve better outcomes by creating compelling stories. Check out this article for more.

Before jumping into wireframing (and spending time moving gray boxes and blocks of text around on the screen), or even sketching things on paper with the level of polish I would like people to see in my work, at some point I have decided to start my design process with what I later named as storyframes: a hybrid document between a script/story and a wireframe.

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WordPress 4.8 Improves Accessibility on Admin Screens

As accessibility reaches the foreground of web design and development, more and more users are able to access the web than ever! Increased accessibility surrounding the WordPress Admin screens now means that more and more people are able to manage and use WordPress admin screens!

In WordPress 4.3, the Accessibility Team restored H1 headings to the admin screens. This paved the way for the team to change the headings hierarchy in WordPress 4.4. In WordPress 4.8, admin screens are more accessible thanks to organizing the header text on pages.

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WordPress 4.8 “Evans”

Wordpress 4.8 was released a few days ago. As they've said themselves many of the updates seem fairly minor, but there are some significant improvements to a number of areas. The new option in widgets is certainly one we'll be diving into a bit deeper - we've avoided using widgets in the past due to their inflexibility and lack of user-friendliness, so we're keen to see whether this update means they should find their place back in our toolbox. If you subscribe to our Managed Maintenance service we'll be looking at updating Wordpress to 4.8 for you early in July.

Though some updates seem minor, they’ve been built by hundreds of contributors with you in mind. Get ready for new features you’ll welcome like an old friend: link improvements, three new media widgets covering images, audio, and video, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news section in your dashboard which brings in nearby and upcoming WordPress events.

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