Web Consulting

General theories, thoughts, and practices about working in the web industry.

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It’s been almost two weeks since the world’s first Tridion Developer Summit. This event was the first of its kind where Tridion developers from around the world had the chance to get together and share what we’re doing and how we do it. It was a bit like the analog version of tridion.stackexchange, but without

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Recently I was given a web project— but not just any type of web project. The kind we hate most. The one that’s best-labeled a “future awful idea”.  The one developers will try to kill —with fire. The kind of project with the same sad story as that Pokemon tattoo on your cousin’s lower back.  You

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In a recent project that I’ve been working on I was able to reach a new level of frustration and aggravation with Internet Explorer. Any front-end developer with more than a week of experience could tell you horror stories about Internet Explorer and how wonderful it is to develop in ‘modern browsers’. We mistakenly clump

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Designers and clients come from two different worlds. Two very different worlds; they speak different languages, have different cultures, and can easily get into a fight with each other. Usually, the only thing they’ll have in common is that they both own businesses. With completely different languages, experiences and areas of expertise, it’s hard to make sure you can both walk away from a project completely happy. So let’s talk about four questions you can ask each other to make sure that you get the job done well.

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Not every web project needs a web designer or developer. Sometimes all you need a consultant. Whether it’s budget limitations or the fact that you already have the resources, sometimes you’re better served by a designer’s opinion than his work. If you let a web designer act as a consultant, it can actually be great for both parties. He gets the freedom of telling you exactly what he thinks, and you get the choice of listening or doing it your own way.

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That’s right, you’re not a Social Media Expert. No one is. I know this contradicts most online marketers’ resumés, but it’s the truth. I don’t deny that there are Social Media analysts, gurus, and students of the field, but I think calling yourself an expert is a bit over-the-top.

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Creativity is a fun word. We all value creativity and we see it as a fundamental characteristic of humanity. We love creative people and we all want to be “more creative”. We love The Creatives. Sadly, the corporate world sometimes sees The Creatives a bit like fish; it’s really cool when you have them – but you don’t do anything with them but stare. Unless you’re an expert on fish, you only know a Goldfish from a Beta; so there’s only one type of Creative you ever look for, and that can hurt you.

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Writing is tough. Really tough. And chances are, you aren’t great at it. Chances are even greater that you don’t care. You probably aren’t a content producer. But if you’re not, who is? And who should be?