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    Using Headless Craft CMS to Send Mobile Push Notifications

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    11/17/21

    by Eli Van Zoeren

    Happy Cog recently launched a new website for Optimize, an online community that teaches members how to improve their lives, drawing wisdom from a variety of teachers and sources. The foundation of the project is a headless Craft back-end that powers a Nuxt-based website and both Android and iOS mobile apps, all via a custom-built API layer. One of the requirements for the mobile apps was the ability to send push notifications for Optimize’s “Daily Wisdom” posts, which we accomplished using a custom Craft module.

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    That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

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    10/29/21

    by Lauren Harris

    In case you haven’t heard, Google Chrome is pulling the plug on third-party cookies in mid-2023. It’s the end of digital advertising as we know it, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, companies that learn to master first-party data and embrace privacy as part of their strategy will thrive in this new landscape.

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    The Changing Nature of SEO

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    10/19/21

    by Dre Ryan

    Google changes its search algorithm 500 to 600 times each year. SEO is constantly evolving, and that’s clear, but what’s most important about the ever-changing nature of SEO is how we, as marketers, adapt to these changes to drive results for our clients. To adjust to search in 2021, you don’t need to memorize every algorithm update; you just need to understand a few core things. Remember: SEO is complex, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

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    Don't Open That Black Box: How to Efficiently Modernize Legacy Projects

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    10/4/21

    by Taylor Daughtry

    Aging happens to every project that survives long enough; it can't be stopped by any plan, sprint, or project approach. Technical debt is accrued, features are abandoned, tradeoffs are made—it's the natural byproduct of building software.

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    Deploying to WPEngine via a GitHub Action

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    7/28/21

    by Oka Tai-Lee

    WPEngine (WPE) is a great WordPress-only hosting platform. One of the best features is the ability to use git push to deploy your code to your site with just one click. This feature is super handy, but what if you are working on a team and don’t want each developer to have to set up an ssh key and remotes?

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    Getting Started with GitHub Actions

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    7/12/21

    by Sue Malomo

    Using GitHub Actions for your CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery or Deployment) process offers some great features and solves a number of pain points, such as automated testing and sending notifications for successes/failures.

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    4 Ways GA4 Will Change How You Do Analysis

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    6/28/21

    by Jason Studstill

    We love Google Analytics. We know our way around Google Analytics (GA) like the back of our hands. We can answer almost any business question with our eyes closed. We can bend any report to our will. We know all the tricks to turn any GA setup into a Cadillac for advanced web analysis. But things are changing, and the world is different now...and no, I'm not just talking about the pandemic.

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    The Benefits of Container Queries

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    6/11/21

    by Rob McFadden

    You may have heard that container queries are coming. Let’s take a quick look at what they are, why they are needed, and if you stick with me to the end a quick and simple container query solution that you can use today if you need them before they are ready for production.

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    Preparing for Google’s Core Web Vitals Update

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    6/1/21

    by Sabrina Patrizio

    In the SEO world, we don’t always have time to prepare when Google makes algorithmic changes. So, it’s no wonder that SEO practitioners everywhere have been focused on Google’s biggest announcement of the past year: the page experience ranking factor based on Core Web Vitals metrics.

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    A Mountain of Unknown

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    5/13/21

    by Ben Carr

    The staggering pace of growth and change in tools, technologies, and capabilities is one of the most exciting and daunting aspects of the web. As a developer in client services, a critical component of my job has always involved learning what needs to be learned in order to allow our clients to understand and take advantage of the benefits of this pace. Whether it’s an unfamiliar codebase, a new framework, or new browser capabilities — new challenges are always on the horizon.