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Native apps are, of course, great at certain things. They’re great for frequent, heavy use tasks like communicating with friends, family, and colleagues – something we do multiple times a day, every day. Apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger need to access cameras, microphones, and the OS directly. So it makes sense for these types of apps to be native iOS and Android apps.

But is there really a need for any other type of app to be installed natively? The mobile web, and browsers of today, can easily take care of almost everything we want to accomplish. Let’s not forget, native mobile apps were a short-term fix for short-term connectivity problems. In a 4G, wifi-everywhere world, those problems have all but disappeared.

For example, companies like Patagonia have already bid farewell to their native mobile app thanks to advances in mobile web capabilities and standards.

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There are times when you need to test changes to your WordPress powered site out of the public eye. Making changes to a live site could adversely affect your readers.

You have several choices.

Creating a Sandbox
Do this for test driving your WordPress Theme and style sheet, allowing you to develop your WordPress Theme on your computer. This limits you to only working on CSS and not using plugins and other power features of WordPress. This is best for just styling a page.
Hiding Your WordPress Test Area
You can also close off access to your WordPress test site on your website server. This involves some familiarity with .htaccess and Apache, but it allows you to continue working on the Internet while not exposing your test site to the public.
Install WordPress on Your Computer

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Periodically, somebody asks me whether the themes reviewed for accessibility at are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The simple answer is no; but the real answer is a little more complicated.

The only real answer I can give is that the question isn’t applicable to themes. The clue is in the name of the guidelines themselves: they are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. They aren’t guidelines that cover only navigation, design, and structure: they cover content and the methods used to access that content. Themes are not content; they’re just a framework where you can add your content in order to create a web site.

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The way that companies and products achieve consistency is through styleguides. A styleguide is a set of standards that aligns designs with a company’s voice and mission.
Consistency is important because it creates trust. And design is all about creating relationships between products and users.
The goal of this article is to introduce you to some well-thought-out styleguides and branding guidelines. It also details some of the most important elements every styleguide should have.
Hopefully, these elements and examples will serve as a source of inspiration and influence how you design sustainable products in the future.

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Better than saying thank you or just a vague "good work."

When we receive quality feedback from our teammates and managers, we learn. This helps us proactively adjust our behavior in the future, leading to better work.

“If someone tells you that you ‘buried the lede’ by beginning with a stodgy research quote, you probably won’t make that choice again,” says Dr. Kristen Swanson, who, in her role as Director of Learning at Slack, is charged with teaching people how to improve their technical and interpersonal skills. “You’ll use that feedback to coach yourself more effectively each day as you work, which creates a very large cumulative effect over time.”

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User experience (UX) design has evolved significantly over the last several years. In the past, UX and web design could almost be used interchangeably. Modern UX, however, goes beyond on-screen design and into a world of device interfaces, functional pursuits, and brand differentiation.

In 2015, UX design cemented its place as an essential technology for businesses of all shapes and sizes. A user-friendly website, however, is only one part of UX. Companies developing proprietary software and those that invest in mobile apps must consider UX for each additional functionality. Year after year, target markets in an increasing number of industries start to embrace the changing nature of online experiences. Cognitive computing elements and responsive web design are no longer exceptions—they’re the rule.

...departments are refocusing their efforts on the changes taking place in the field of UX. Here are some of the most profound, innovative, and important trends taking place in the industry:

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The naming of folders and files is a small detail that can make all the difference when maintaining a website.

Here are a few recommendations for naming folders and files, including HTML files (webpages), image files, and PDF and Word documents.

Guiding principles

A standard way of naming folders and files – a naming convention – reduces the time it takes to review/check updates to the website.
It’s easier to remember and use a single system for naming all folders and files, rather than different system for each type of folder or file.
A standard for naming folders and files reduces the likelihood of broken links; accidentally over-writing files, etc.
Other people, including people outside of your organization, can see your folder and file names.
A person who wants to link to your website often starts by copying the address of your webpage, and then pasting it into their webpage code or email client.
A person who downloads an application form from your website will need to recognize it on their desktop.

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Understanding user journeys isn’t expensive, he adds, and governments can build that capability in house quite efficiently. “Most of this stuff you can do very quickly, very cheaply and almost always by yourself,” Terrett says. “”The best way to do this stuff is to get a multi-disciplinary team of people in house – designer, user researcher, developer, content person – you’re talking a team of about twelve people”.

Agile then allows this team to quickly build prototypes in a few weeks that they can test out on volunteers and see if it’ll work. Once they’ve gathered feedback, they can quickly scale things up, he adds.

This approach will save significant sums of money, Terrett says. “You’re not spending money on huge IT contracts or huge teams of people, so a team of 12 might be replacing a team of 100. And you’re not building features that no one wants and no one uses and you’re not wasting time duplicating.”

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For responsive websites, you should present actual, responsive examples for a client’s review. This is where responsive prototypes can be valuable to your process.

Using responsive prototypes is not the same thing as designing in the browser, a practice which many web designers feel stifles their creativity. You can still use your graphics program of choice to establish some visual direction and layout choices, but you should then translate those choices into an interactive presentation.

When designing web pages, there is a temptation to work on the easiest pages first so that you have some deliverables to show your stakeholders. This quicker turnaround may be nice, but in your design process you should focus on the most challenging and extreme scenarios.

Take the common example of designing a page that displays articles (blogs, press releases, case studies, etc). That page is sure to have a title near the top. What happens to the design when that title is two or three times longer than what you have designed for?

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This tutorial is a basic introduction to what metadata is, various elements one can use to describe research data, and best practices for assigning metadata. All information is current as of January 2016. To report needed updates or if you have questions, please email us at:

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