Tools & Tips

Turning Websites into clickable apps? Using Fluid and Web Based Productivity Tools…to Increase Productivity! 

March 15, 2012

I am surrounded by Web apps during my workday. Many of my activities that used to be done using full-fledged desktop applications and file storage, like word processing, are now done up in the cloud using great tools like Google Docs.


App-images I got an APP now, so, uh, why do I need a website? 

August 23, 2011

Apps represent a hybrid between the rich and controlled user experience of desktop applications and the distributed, externally changing, more narrowly presented content of the Web.


erosion-image Erosion From Below: The Long-Term Price of an Insufficient CMS Platform 

August 12, 2011

Organizations that bet on the inexpensive, fast underdog, only to come out of the race with something that barely limps along and that slows the growth of web strategy by entire years. 

Tools & Tips

The Magic of Self-Erasing Files: A Clever Fix for Some Common Decoupled CMS Woes 

July 21, 2011

Decoupled CMS products (those that push website files out to a separate server, independent from the CMS itself) have many virtues, but they sometimes have the habit of creating extraneous files on a web server that don’t get perfectly cleaned up when they’re done being useful.


Atlas pushing a rock Achieving Good Government Web Sites – Still Pushing Up the Hill but These Days with a Smaller Boulder 

May 18, 2011

Designing large web sites for the U.S. government is quite a different animal than the work we do for corporate or even non-profit clients. 


feather Five Questions You Are Afraid to Ask About Web Content Strategy 

March 10, 2011

You’ve heard the expression “Content is King,” but that isn’t really how it went down last time. 


remaining staples on a telephone pole Where Did Those Pages Go? Managed Redirects in the Context of Decoupled CMS Create a Fix for Missing Content 

November 23, 2010

The redesign of a website creates a lot of small but important operational issues. One that often gets overlooked is what will happen when the old URLs for your site stop working.


Imaginary Tools for Imaginary Jobs 

November 4, 2010

Sometimes when I’m teaching a class to web professionals and trying to clarify the difference between database structures, CMS content types, and metadata taxonomy terms, I start to get a very funny feeling. A form of delirium really.