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Getting Google Analytics Right

Jacob Smith in Technology  

Google Analytics is the ubiquitous measurement tool of the modern internet. At the amazing price of free, it's become the defacto standard for website reporting.

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WooCommerce for Fun and Profit

Jacob Smith in Technology, Web Design  

Our love of WordPress is well documented, so it makes sense we would also have an affinity towards WooCommerce. WooCommerce is the leading eCommerce plugin for WordPress.

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Presenting at Seattle WordCamp

Jacob Smith in Technology  

Back in November I presented at WordCamp Seattle. It was an 8-minute lightning talk. You can view the video here.

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An Antifragile Sculpture

Jacob Smith in Nonprofits, Strategy  

In his book Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a compelling vision of how to cope with normal, radical, unpredictable change.

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Everything's a Mess

Jacob Smith in Web Design  

I came across two posts the other day that really struck me. The first, from Val Head, talks about her writing process.

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Digital Machinists

Jacob Smith in Technology  

Perhaps becoming a father makes you enjoy This Old House. Perhaps, it's just an acquired taste. The host of This Old House is named Norm. Norm is obsessed with making jigs.

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An Event Apart Day 3 - Instant Recap

Jacob Smith in Web Design  

Today's full-day session (don't call it a workshop!) was led by Chris Coyier. Chris spent the session building a website. He then used this activity as a framework to discuss front-end development in general.

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An Event Apart Day 2 - Instant Recap

Jacob Smith in Web Design  

Today I feel like the dummies in this photo; poised to be destroyed by the test detonation of an atomic device. An Event Apart remains mind blowing. My overall takeaway is this: the internet changes at such a rapid pace that we could revisit just about everything we've done in the past six weeks[...]

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An Event Apart Day 1 - Instant Recap

Jacob Smith in Web Design  

As I sit in a sun-drenched corner, recharging my borderline introvert batteries, my head is swimming a bit. That's the sign of a good conference.

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Check Your Website's Oil in Three Easy Steps

Jacob Smith in Technology  

Nothing sours the joy of a website launch more than handing the client the maintenance contract. Websites take maintenance. It's not fun, but it must be done.

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