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3 Aug, 2018

Not a designer? Here Are A Few Essential Design Tools for Small Businesses

By Kyle Eliason

Recently, I wrote about why every marketer should care about design and that we should all know design principles. However, even if you agree, you may be worried that you lack the graphic design chops or the technical skill to use something like Adobe Photoshop. Don’t let that deter you. There are plenty of tools… Read More

Image of Gutenberg printing press - Integrating Gutenberg with Advanced Custom Fields in WordPress 5.0 Design & Development

26 Jul, 2018

Gutenberg for WordPress and Compatibility with Advanced Custom Fields

By Spencer Green

Introduction to Gutenberg for WordPress Gutenberg is a new page builder being added as an integral part of the new WordPress version 5.0. In a nutshell, rather than using shortcodes and HTML to customize page and post content within the editor, Gutenberg provides an easy-to-use interface that helps newer or less technical users to create… Read More

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A guide to https migration to make sites more secure Design & Development

24 Apr, 2018

Lock It Up: A guide for HTTPS migrations

By Andy Schaff

In 2017, I advocated migration to HTTPS before Google started making it seriously painful for sites who didn’t. Well guess what? Google just made the privacy pain official by announcing the Chrome 68 update, which will mark HTTP sites as “not secure.” The browser update is expected to roll out in July 2018. If you’ve… Read More

Importance of Design Design & Development

16 Feb, 2018

Why Every Marketer Should Care About Design

By Kyle Eliason

Only a fraction of digital marketers consider design a core component of our jobs. Traditionally, we leave designing to designers. This lets the rest of us spend more time serving our king and queen: data and text. Besides, we’re just a [insert job title here] – most agencies have a design team to do pesky… Read More

HTTPS Migration Quiz and Checklist Design & Development

28 Nov, 2017

Time to Adopt HTTPS

By Andy Schaff

I recently developed a comprehensive questionnaire to determine if it’s worthwhile to move your site to HTTPS if you haven’t already. If you can answer “YES” to any of the following questions, we highly recommend making the switch. Do you have a website?   Wait, what? Only one question?!? So you’re saying… That’s right. If… Read More

A guide for web developers to maintain a faster site with better performance Design & Development

21 Sep, 2017

A Web Dev’s Checklist for Maintaining Page Speed

By Andy Schaff

It’s obvious to say that all websites need upkeep, but often times they are left as “good enough.” Collecting dust, attracting hackers, slipping in the rankings. We’ve already gone into painstaking detail about why page speed matters and various levels of guidance for site speed optimization overhaul from novice to advanced. This article assumes you’ve… Read More

Why you should implement HTTP2 for a faster site and better performance Design & Development

22 Jun, 2017

Portent.com Embraces HTTP/2 (with open arms)

By Andy Schaff

One of my goals this year was to get portent.com set-up utilizing HTTP/2 and optimizing that configuration. Late last week I was able to accomplish that, and the results are impressive. Like, 500 milliseconds impressive. We used to top out around 1.2 seconds after going to HTTPS, so I didn’t think the results would be… Read More

GitHub Auto-Deploy Reprise - Portent Design & Development

10 Apr, 2017

GitHub Auto-Deploy Reprise

By Andy Schaff

Most of my time is dedicated to dev projects that make the lives of marketers easier. Web sites, apps, tools, scripts, etc. Today however, I’m writing for web devs in an attempt to make their lives easier. And their solutions smarter. On top of that, I need to correct the approach I wrote about a… Read More

Design & Development

22 Feb, 2017

Don’t Panic: Google Site Search Replacements

By Ian Lurie

Google’s discontinuing site search. OH GOD OH MY GOD WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO HOLY CRAP OH GOD The Problem Google’s Site Search product has been around a long time. Pay $100, and you can embed a little Google search engine on your site. They’re keeping Google Custom Search. Sounds great, but there’s a… Read More

Portent.com Adaptive Reuse: Home Design & Development

12 Apr, 2016

Introducing Adaptive Reuse for Experience Design & Development

By Blake Scott

Does the word “redesign” terrify you? How about “adaptive reuse”? You don’t always need the all-in investment of a total redesign and rebuild. Blake Scott explains “adaptive reuse” in the context of digital experiences, and how we used an adaptive reuse strategy to reinvent our very own site, portent.com.

Page Speed Insights Design & Development

18 Mar, 2016

Why Page Speed Matters & PageSpeed Insights Fails – A Developer’s Tale

By Andy Schaff

Note: Check out our Ultimate Guide to page Speed for a top-to-bottom look at how you can improve page load times. At this point, anyone who browses, manages, and/or creates websites on the regular, should know that page speed matters. So.. everyone. It’s no surprise that we demand our information fast, like right meow. If… Read More

Ultimate Guide to Site Speed - Portent Design & Development

3 Mar, 2016

Preface: Ultimate Guide to Page Speed

By The Portent Team

Ultimate Guide to Page Speed A Manifesto, An Experiment, A Passion for Making Digital Experience Better Preface: Let’s make a ruckus ← You are here Chapter 1: A Guide To This Guide Chapter 2: Why Page Speed Matters To Digital Marketing Chapter 3: What Impacts Page Speed? Chapter 4: Novice – Image Compression And Such… Read More

Ultimate Guide to Site Speed - Portent Design & Development

3 Mar, 2016

Ultimate Guide to Page Speed: How To Use This

By The Portent Team

Preface: Let’s make a ruckus Chapter 1: A Guide To This Guide ← You are here Chapter 2: Why Page Speed Matters To Digital Marketing Chapter 3: What Impacts Page Speed? Chapter 4: Novice – Image Compression And Such Chapter 5: Intermediate – Server Compression And Geekery Chapter 6: Advanced – Varnish, Apache and nginx… Read More

Ultimate Guide to Site Speed - Portent Design & Development

3 Mar, 2016

Ultimate Guide to Page Speed: WordPress Optimization

By Andy Schaff

Preface: Let’s make a ruckus Chapter 1: A Guide To This Guide Chapter 2: Why Page Speed Matters To Digital Marketing Chapter 3: What Impacts Page Speed? Chapter 4: Novice – Image Compression And Such Chapter 5: Intermediate – Server Compression And Geekery Chapter 6: Advanced – Varnish, Apache and nginx Chapter 7: Tools Chapter… Read More

Ultimate Guide to Site Speed - Portent Design & Development

3 Mar, 2016

Ultimate Guide to Page Speed: Glossary

By The Portent Team

Preface: Let’s make a ruckus Chapter 1: A Guide To This Guide Chapter 2: Why Page Speed Matters To Digital Marketing Chapter 3: What Impacts Page Speed? Chapter 4: Novice – Image Compression And Such Chapter 5: Intermediate – Server Compression And Geekery Chapter 6: Advanced – Varnish, Apache and nginx Chapter 7: Tools Chapter… Read More

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