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Written by Chris Peters, your friendly neighborhood digital marketing professional with over 20 years of experience of web design, programming, SEO, and marketing.

Introduction to feature specs in RSpec

July 29, 2014

Lately, I’ve decided to spend a lot of focus on writing feature specs with RSpec and Capybara. Feature specs allow you to test your…

New in the Playbook: "Contact us" pages

July 18, 2014

Now in the Playbook is an article with tips, best practices, and guidelines for creating an effective Contact Us page. Topics covered in the…

Using Dandelion for simple website deployments

June 22, 2014

Anyone building simple static websites has been there. You start out putting your website live by FTPing your files to the web server. With…

Quitting consulting

April 26, 2014

If you’re just starting your business like I am, then you need to decide: Am I a freelancer or an entrepreneur? As my life had been growing…

New in the playbook: How I set up Google Analytics

February 17, 2014

While nothing we do is “future-proof,” I do have a strong opinion on how Google Analytics should be set up and configured to avoid problems…

How to use the ZURB Foundation for Sites grid system without the meaningless class names

December 11, 2013

When you take a look at a front-end framework like Twitter Bootstrap or Foundation for Sites, do you cringe at the classes that you need to…

Introducing Playbook: more permanent than blog posts

November 21, 2013

I’ve been dissatisfied with blog posts lately because they feel too temporary. I write down my thoughts, click Publish, receive some…

Why you need a responsive design for your website

November 11, 2013

After urging a couple clients to update their websites to be responsive, I started reflecting a little bit on why I recommend responsive web…

Spring cleaning: your data longs for your attention

March 27, 2013

Even a relatively small database can become a nightmare without any attention paid to tidiness. Things start running slower. People can’t…

Blogging and my inability to bullshit

March 20, 2013

This year, it has become my goal to blog more regularly. For me, this always brings up the true challenge behind blogging: being interesting…