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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Mobile Design - Native vs. Web

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Mobile design. It’s complex. From the open nature of the web to the walled gardens of native apps, there is no one “right” way to design for small screens. In the latest CTRL+CLICK, designer Wren Lanier helps us navigate the nuances of mobile design, from the context of her experience designing the Highrise CRM product, originally created by 37Signals. Wren details the differences between native and web mobile design, and shares tips for deciding when a native app is the best fit vs. when responsive web makes sense. We also discuss the unique challenges of both native and web mobile design, and the overlaps between the two. Tune in now!

Thanks to Craft for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Nov 05, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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Masuga Design is looking for a PHP Developer

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Friends of EE Insider, Masuga Design, are on the hunt for a PHP developer to fill an open role with their company.

You will develop primarily with ExpressionEngine and Craft for client projects, and with Laravel for internal projects. You’ll work closely with the team to meet client requirements, help improve our SaaS app, and constantly refine our internal projects and procedures.

Previous experience developing with ExpressionEngine and/or Craft is a bonus, because we’d like you to hit the ground running on a number of EE and Craft projects.

Is that you? See the entire job listing.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Jobs, Life as a Web Professional

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Statamic for Large-Scale Sites

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Flat file CMS = small sites? Not always! In this week’s CTRL+CLICK Daniel Fowler makes the case for using Statamic at a larger scale for the University of Georgia College of Education! We talk about the technical benefits and limitations of Statamic at such a scale, and how he overcame some challenges and current issues he still faces. We also dive into the realities of managing a large project, juggling priorities and his team, and the interesting organizational aspects of large sites.

Tune in now! Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring!

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Craft Ecommerce with Luke Holder

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While all ecommerce projects have some commonalities, they tend to span a wide range of needs … from different types of “saleables” to different checkout workflows to different content management requirements. Further complicating things, developers (and clients) have even more options than ever for their ecommerce needs.

To help us navigate this complex ecommerce landscape, Pixel & Tonic’s Luke Holder joins the show to talk about the forthcoming first-party Craft plugin, Commerce. But first, we talk about ecommerce in general: commonalities, challenges, gateways, shipping and taxes (oh my!). We then turn to Craft Commerce, discussing why Luke joined P&T and how the process of building Commerce has been. Luke shares what makes the Commerce plugin unique (flexibility and an elegant UX, to name a few) and the types of commerce it supports. Tune in now!

Thanks to Craft for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Oct 08, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Designer-Developer Collaboration

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In this week’s episode, front-end developer Megan Zlock and art director Owen Shifflett talk about how to make designer-developer work more harmonious. Long story short: empathy. Long story long: tune in to hear how to make conversations more productive, how to collaborate, common issues between designers and developers—and how to fix!—while emphasizing the need for empathy not just for the project and client, but with each other.

Tune in now! Thanks to EllisLab for sponsoring!

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Live Wires with Travis Gertz

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Traditional wireframes can be an important part of the UX process, but they lack one key ingredient essential for a website: they aren’t interactive. Enter Live Wires, a framework for web-based wireframes that introduce the interactive experience sooner in process.

For the latest CTRL+CLICK CAST, we talk with Travis Gertz, creator of Live Wires. Travis shares how Live Wires came about, and we all share the benefits we’ve experienced using them. We also discuss the pros and cons of frameworks in general, and why Live Wires is so powerful because it is intentionally flexible and non-prescriptive. And we have a broader conversation about the “sameness” we see in the industry, and how we all can push our creative boundaries. Tune in now!

Thanks to Craft for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Intermediate Perch: Runway, Shop and more!

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In this week’s episode, CodeIgniter vet turned Perch convert Phil Smith joins the show to discuss why he chooses to almost exclusively develop CMS projects in Perch. We talk about the types of sites Perch basic is best for, when to move to the more robust Perch Runway, and discuss an actual client project where Phil uses the upcoming Shop ecommerce plugin. We also discuss what we, as developers, generally look for in a CMS.

Tune in now! Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring!

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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Ryan Talking CMSes on A List Apart: On Air

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This coming Tuesday, August 25, 2015, I’ll be live as part of the ALA: On Air online event series. This event will cover CMSes; learn what we’re excited about, what we love, what drives us crazy, and some things we’ve learned along the way.

CMSes help and hinder; they inspire rapture and incite table-flipping. I’m thrilled to moderate the next ALA: On Air event, where Karen McGrane, Jeff Eaton, and Ryan Irelan will join me to discuss what they love about working in CMSes (administrative UX!), what drives them to frustration (decoupling!), and what meaty problems (integration with design systems!) they hope to dive into next.

The event will stream online (via Google Hangouts) and is completely, 100% free.

Learn more about the On Air event and then register for the event.

See you there!

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Community, Conferences

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A Blast from the Past: EE and E-commerce

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Oh, how far we’ve come. Not just in the EE world just also in what’s available for e-commerce.

This post from the first day of EE Insider, about 7 ½ years ago, asks how you do e-commerce on EE? I offered up two options. Now we have a half dozen.

From E-commerce with ExpressionEngine:

It’s a popular question on the forums: How can I do e-commerce with ExpressionEngine?

The only built-in way to do e-commerce is using the Simple Commerce Module (SCM), a first-party module from EllisLab. This method is, of course, limited to using PayPal as a payment gateway and some clients are hesitant to do that because they (incorrectly) perceive PayPal to be an amateur solution and not secure. Also, SCM has limited functionality; it’s called Simple Commerce Module for a reason.

This is pre-CartThrob, pre-Store, pre-Brilliant Retails, and even pre-Stripe.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: E-commerce

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Assets 2.6 Released

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Pixel & Tonic released a new version of Assets that improves Grid field compatibility and other add-on support.

Read the release notes and update your sites.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE Add-ons

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Solspace on their EE AfterCare Program

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Solspace CEO Mitchell Kimbrough writes about their EE AfterCare program:

First, we love the ongoing relationships with our clients. We don’t like to build something, launch it and go away. Some developers like that. They like to have a fresh new challenge every couple of months. We like new challenges too, but what we like much more at Solspace is a relationship. We like that we like our clients. We like that we care about them, their families, their careers, their wellbeing. It makes our lives much more rich. So with this part of our company DNA in mind it made perfect sense to have a formalized maintenance program. In fact, it made great sense to have such a program that even allowed us to inherit the work of other more project oriented developers. That’s why there’s EE Aftercare.

Read the entire blog post.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: Development Tools, Life as a Web Professional

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ExpressionEngine 3 on Developer Preview 7

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Today EllisLab released DP7, the developer preview of ExpressionEngine 3.

One of our fastest builds yet, with just two days worth of fixes. Continuing to chase down bugs and stabilize all parts of the application.

You can read the notes for all of their releases on the blog the EE3 releases are only for developers right now.

Back in July they wrote:

The three goals for the upcoming developer preview are to modernize, stabilize, and move forward.

This includes a responsive control panel, proper data models, removal of CodeIgniter, unit tests, and more.

All of this leads them to their goal to move forward:

These foundational changes all work in concert to move ExpressionEngine forward. Some are visible to end users, some are invisible. All allow us to iterate faster and to remove legacy code while being confident that there are no regressions. The benefit for everyone is continuous improvement and new functionality on a more regular basis. Whereas ExpressionEngine 2.0 was something of a monolithic release, ExpressionEngine 3.0 is a base that will evolve continuously and rapidly. We have big ideas for ExpressionEngine, and this will enable us to deliver them without setting finish lines years apart.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Professionalism with Dan Mall

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In this week’s CTRL+CLICK, we tackle professionalism in the web industry with creative director and SuperFriendly founder Dan Mall. We talk about definitions and standards, how employee professionalism is different compared to an owner’s, as well as communication styles based on context and purpose. We all share anecdotes of where we’ve failed to behave professionally, how we behave now and what we consider important as professionals. We also share resources that help raise the the bar of professionalism for our web industry. Tune in now!

Thanks to Craft for sponsoring!

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Accessibility 101 with Greg Tarnoff

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​An accessible website is one that benefits everyone! In this week’s episode, accessibility advocate and developer Greg Tarnoff educates us on the benefits of accessibility for developers, designers and project leads … not to mention users! We discuss scenarios and examples where accessibility is needed, along with myths regarding accessibility practices. Greg also shares resources that will help you make your site available to a larger swath of people!

​Tune in now! Thanks to EllisLab for sponsoring!

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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Vector Media Group Acquires CartThrob

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It was soft announced a couple days ago in the ExpressionEngine Slack account (and on Twitter) but it’s now official: CartThrob is saved.

From the blog post from Vector:

We’ve got some exciting news: Vector is now the proud owner of the #1 ExpressionEngine eCommerce add-on, CartThrob!

For years, CartThrob has been our choice for implementing eCommerce on ExpressionEngine sites we’ve built for clients. We’re fans of its flexibility, data model, usage of native EE concepts like channel fields, and extensibility. We loved that no matter what a client needed, CartThrob could do it — including custom (and complex!) tax and shipping rules. We’ve also used CartThrob’s amazing API to integrate with every acronym you can imagine: CRMs, ERPs, DAMs, PIMs, and fulfillment vendors like warehouses and logistics providers.

Among the acquisition package is CT Admin and a handful of other add-ons.

Vector is a great company and employs a former developer of CartThrob and other add-ons. I’m sure this will be a good future for the e-commerce add-on.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 by Ryan Irelan

Filed Under: EE Add-ons

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Intermediate Twig: Logic, Macros & More

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Knowing what your CMS is capable of is essential for not only choosing the right CMS for your projects, but building the right solutions within that CMS. For the latest CTRL+CLICK CAST, we take a deeper look at Twig, the templating language for Craft CMS with special guest Andrew Welch. We discuss some of the features that developers should consider for faster, more efficient development … namely filters and macros. Andrew shares real-world cases for using both, including localization and logic for complex looping. And while Craft/Twig is the focus, we also talk about best practices for any developer: working through a solution in advance of building it, documentation (then more documentation), and taking time to practice. Tune in now!

Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Content-First Design with Steph Hay

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As web developers, we often love to dive straight into planning and implementing the structure of a website. But all of that is meaningless without the right content to bolster user experience and further business goals.

In this week’s episode, content strategist and expert Steph Hay drives home the importance of content-first design. She gives real-world examples of questions and conversations that have you understand the client or customer’s language better, and how content-first design ultimately makes us get our work done ​faster​, while simultaneously communicating more effectively.

Tune in now! Thanks to Craft for sponsoring!

Posted on Jul 02, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Diagnosing Performance using New Relic with Anna Brown

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Performance and site speed is important for many client sites, especially as they grow, but knowing where to begin optimizing can be a bit of a mystery. In this week’s episode, ExpressionEngine vet Anna Brown stops by the show to explain her experience diagnosing EE site issues using the New Relic service. Anna explains how New Relic’s graphs and transaction data can reveal exact site and database issues in order for you to tweak site performance for a faster site. We also talk about client budgets, practicalities when doing performance diagnostics, and even front-end considerations when optimizing an site.

Tune in now! Thanks to EllisLab for sponsoring!

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Teaching UX Design with Leslie Jensen-Inman

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The state of web education dictates the state of our industry, in terms of developing and finding talent. Does our current education system prepare students for the realities of working in the web industry and being good professionals and employees?

In this week’s episode, UX expert and Center Centre co-founder Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman talks about the state of UX web education (past and present), and share resources to help you on your user experience journey — both as a teacher and as a student. We discuss details on what the real-world industry needs in terms of talent and what Center Centre is trying to do to fill that need, as well as ideas on what makes a good teacher and student. Also, she urges our peers to help others know more about the path to a UX career.

Tune in now! Thanks to Visual Chefs for sponsoring!

Posted on Jun 04, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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CTRL+CLICK CAST: Web Components with John Rogerson

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From DRY techniques to the new hotness, atomic design, there’s no question that web development is becoming increasingly modular. And web components are part of that evolution towards modularity, but many devs remain uncertain about why, when and how to use them.

ExpressionEngine veteran and front-end expert John Rogerson returns to the show to help de-mystify web components. We get into basic definitions and use cases, and John offers great analogies to web dev approaches we are all already familiar with. We discuss the pros of web components (modularity, extensibility) and the cons (new spec, undefined standards, accessibility). And John shares his favorite resources for understanding and getting started with web components. Tune in now!

Thanks to EllisLab for sponsoring this episode!

Posted on May 21, 2015 by CTRL+CLICK CAST

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