The Second Coming of the Productivity Tool

I’ve been testing a range of information management and Second Brain tools this year, from Bear to Notion to Obsidian. In most of these cases, I’ve tried the apps before or used them for years. This year, I’ve endeavored to settle on my selections, commit, and get the workflows sorted out. I’ve been doing this …

Wrong approach to leadership makes a fifth of CEOs a bad fit for their firm

Nearly a fifth (17 percent) of CEOs are largely unsuited to the companies they lead, according to new research from academics at Imperial College Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia University and the London School of Economics. The paper, CEO Behavior and Firm Performance, is based on an analysis of …

How to Migrate from WordPress to a Static Site Generator

In this article, you’ll learn how to turn your WordPress-driven site into a static site with just a handful of powerful tools. Why would you do this? Because you can get insane speed gains and therefore boost your site’s performance in search engines, and also reduce (or eliminate) your hosting …

Managing occupancy will be essential in the new era of work

As COVID-19 infection rates reach lower levels and businesses open their doors once more, HR and facilities teams across many industries and sectors are preparing for a physical return to the workplace. With a duty to ensure the health, safety and general wellbeing of staff and visitors, there are many …

Deliver Better Data-Informed UX Using Sisense Embedded Analytics

This article was created in partnership with Sisense. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Businesses across just about every industry are learning to prioritize collecting data along the customer journey. And to an increasing degree, data reporting and interactive visualizations are a big component of the …

Advice for Beginners That Are Starting Out in Web Design

The web design community is great at sharing knowledge. But quite often what we share has some prerequisites attached. You’d likely need to already be a web designer or developer to get something out of it. But what about beginners? If you’re just starting your journey in web design, you …

Client Website Feedback with Context? Yes, Please. Sponsored

Getting feedback on your website projects is crucial. Yet, it’s also one of the most painful parts of the build process. Comments from both clients and team members often lose something in translation – making it hard to take meaningful action. It’s a big reason why projects tend to stall …

People struggle with home working environments and solitude

People are productive at home and want to retain flexible working after lockdown, but struggle with sub-optimal working environments and a lack of interaction with colleagues. That is the main finding from a survey by property technology company, Equiem. The firm has published the results of its most comprehensive global office occupier …

5 tips to build better teacher websites

Tech is becoming a big part of our daily lives. The education space is no different, and teacher websites are becoming popular bridges for communicating with students, whether you see them in a brick-and-mortar classroom or a virtual one. Whether it’s online classes, laptops in the classroom or multimedia-based lessons, …

How We Built a Serverless Web App for the Stax Console

This post was originally published on the Stax website. Building a web console for a product as complex as Stax presented a number of challenges. Our API-first, serverless platform offers a diverse range of features for enterprises who want to manage and optimize their AWS ecosystem. With such a developer-focused …

10 Best Project Proposal Templates for Adobe Indesign

An attractive proposal can make a world of difference when it comes to getting a positive response. Luckily, creating an attractive proposal is not difficult nor do you have to start from scratch when you have hundreds of ready-made project proposal templates and mockups available online. Browse through this collection …

Return to work offers us a unique opportunity to change everything

The way we worked before covid was fundamentally broken; our wellbeing, our climate and our business efficiency. The genie is out of the bottle; going back just simply isn’t an option. When considering the return to work, there are organisations making knee-jerk decisions trying to avoid a complex minefield of …

25 money-making small business startup ideas

Do you ever watch a show like “Shark Tank”and find yourself yelling at the screen, “Hey! That’s my idea!”? You’re not alone. Over the years, I’ve personally filled notebooks with thousands upon thousands of small business startup ideas with high hopes of making the big bucks. From starting a T-shirt …

Working from home experience proves value of workplace counselling

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an upsurge of workplace stresses and concerns, with many employees experiencing significant changes to work and life. Finding the best forms of support for employees will be an essential concern for employers, especially as they begin to manage future workplace adjustments and the possible …

Firms not doing enough to support flexible working

A new study from academics at the University of Kent and the University of Birmingham claims that organisations still have work to do when it comes to understanding people’s experiences of flexible working. The report titled ‘Working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown: Changing preferences and the future of work’ …

How to set up an international WooCommerce store: 5 steps for success

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from our friends at Weglot. Taking your WooCommerce store international can open you up to a huge potential customer base that’s interested in purchasing your products or services. If your offerings are familiar and have appeal across different countries then the benefits …

Which business entity is best for an ecommerce company?

Disclaimer: This content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation. Consumers spent $601.75 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2019, up 14.9% from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. With …

Working from home parents have struggled during lockdown

New research from the University of Kent and the University of Birmingham suggests that the recent surge in the number of people working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown has presented significant challenges for those who are parents, particularly mothers. Despite this, the shift has also changed the way that …

People all over the world believe their cities should be smart and sustainable

Today’s city living is falling short of citizens’ increased expectations in the digital age. This is according to a new report from the Capgemini Research Institute that explored responses from 10,000 citizens and over 300 city officials across 10 countries and 58 cities. It found that many citizens are frustrated with the …

People know that restricting screen time at work would benefit their wellbeing

In a new survey of 4,000 employees in the UK, the US, Singapore and the UAE, three quarters of office workers say restricting screen time would benefit their mental and physical wellbeing. The survey has been published in a new report, The digital health dilemma: Is technology keeping workers healthy …

How to Host Static Sites for Free with an Automated Pipeline

Did you know that you can host static sites for free on a number of high-grade services? This doesn’t just save money, but also means you’re deploying to globally distributed CDNs and automating processes. Provided: Netlify In a previous article, we reviewed 100 Jamstack tools, APIs and services to power …

How to Troubleshoot WordPress Website Email Issues

It seems inevitable. Emails generated from a WordPress website stop arriving – or get thrown into a spam folder. Email, as a certain grumpy designer once said, is the worst. Still, these messages can be important. They might be from prospective clients filling out a contact form, automated security notices …

Containing office costs in the post-lockdown era

As companies transition back to the office and set out on the road to economic recovery, business leaders are focussed on developing resilient and sustainable strategies. Faced with a new business environment, companies are looking for opportunities to contain office costs, both in the short-term and in the future. Some …

How micro-businesses have blunted the economic impact of COVID-19

Digital businesses  — from part-time side hustles selling homemade jewelry to local restaurants that started fulfilling orders online during the pandemic — have helped U.S. communities weather the economic storm caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Orders placed on such websites almost doubled between January and April, as stay-at-home edicts caused …

Remote work and office life go hand in hand in a flexible future

The COVID-19 pandemic changed numerous aspects of how we live and work and led to a massive remote work experiment. A JLL survey of more than 3,000 employees working in multi-national companies across the globe claims that 71 percent of people have  worked from home during the pandemic, and that …

Green Building Council publishes new open innovation framework for buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Sustainable Ventures (SV) have together published the Open Innovation Levels Framework, a resource aimed at enabling open innovation with the goal of reducing the climate impacts of the built environment. Around 40 percent of UK carbon emissions are attributable to the built environment …

Many firms say over half of workforce will be gig workers in near future

An updated report from Aon claims that 26 percent of European HR directors believe that half of their workforces will comprise of so-called gig workers in five years time, while 18 percent of UK respondents say that 75 percent or more of their workforce will be made up of contractors …

Do All of the Projects in Your Portfolio Look the Same? That’s OK.

All creative professionals can benefit from having an online portfolio. They’re great for attracting new clients and can even provide a trip down memory lane – letting you reminisce about what you’ve learned over time. Still, it’s possible to obsess over a portfolio a little too much. For example, adding …

25 High-Quality T-Shirt PSD Mockup Templates for Photoshop

Is there anything more iconic than a T-shirt? Worn by anyone from James Dean posing as a rebel and a heartbreaker, to streetwear fashion influencers like Olivia Palermo, T-shirts are one of the most impactful pieces of clothing today. So the next time you’re preparing a design for a clothing …

How to improve your international SEO and grow search traffic

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from our friends at Weglot. International SEO is the practice of translating your original site content into different (often multiple) languages and optimizing it for SEO to bring in targeted search traffic. By optimizing your site content for international SEO, you can …

How to positively handle negative social media comments

Negative social media comments and reviews are sometimes amusing, but they can pose major problems for businesses. Many studies have explored the impact of online reviews on consumer behavior, and the general consensus is that: The majority of consumers read (and care about) online reviews. The majority of consumers pay …

The future of work will be defined by four models, claims RSA

The RSA’s Future Work Centre has released research that models four ‘futures of work’ by 2035 – and claims to show how out of touch politicians are with changes in the workplace. The report, published in partnership with Arup, claims to avoid the usual sensationalism around topics such as automation, …

Nine Steps You Can Take to Increase and Generate New Leads

1. Referrals are your number one lead generator, set up a Referral Program now. Begin asking your current and standing customers/clients for referrals, right now! Never ask for a referral until after your client has confirmed you have delivered value, quality knowledge and/or desired outcomes to them. When your current …

Closing the gender pay gap needs more than final ideas of Theresa May

Theresa May has spent her final few weeks in office trying to salvage a meaningful prime ministerial legacy from the long shadow of her failed Brexit strategy. Part of this effort is her plan to introduce 12 weeks’ paternity leave for new fathers, as part of her drive to reduce …

Adding Custom Routes to the WordPress REST API

This article on custom routes was originally published by Torque Magazine, and is reproduced here with permission. Most of the discussion around the WordPress REST API has been about querying the default routes. In that sense, we’re treating it as a monolithic API — like the Twitter API, for example. …

Groundhog Day marketing ideas for your small retail business

For small retailers looking for marketing opportunities, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day are no-brainers. But don’t forget about the smaller holidays. Give your business a boost with these Groundhog Day marketing ideas. “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting …

4 Experiential Marketing Campaigns to Inspire Your Brand’s Strategy

Ninety-five percent of marketers believe that live events give the opportunity to form an in-person connection and by 2020 it’s projected that the customer experience will overtake price and product as key brand differentiators. In the spirit of these stats and as a guide to inspire your experiential marketing efforts, …

What most financial consultants get wrong when writing a business call-to-action

Financial consultants typically have more experience with numbers than they do with words. So when they write a business call-to-action (CTA), they can make fundamental mistakes that compromise their results. A business call-to-action means any meaningful action taken by a visitor, such as purchasing a product or watching a video. For …

Building a culture of creativity that unites the physical and digital workplace

  Agreeing on the definition of creativity is no easy task, as it can mean a whole range of different things to different people. To some, creativity means painting a beautiful picture or creating a unique sculpture, while for others it might mean writing a catchy tagline, developing a new …