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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.

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    Monkey Patching in Craft

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    5/3/21

    by Rene Merino

    Craft CMS’ admin dashboard is very intuitive, while providing a lot of complex features and functionality. A great deal of this functionality depends on Craft's very own global variable (“Craft”) which extends Pixel & Tonic's GarnishJS UI Toolkit library.

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    Take Your Child to Work Day

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    4/22/21

    by Alyse Lorber

    In honor of Take Your Child to Work Day, we asked Happy Cog kids: “What does your parent do at work?” Here’s what they answered:

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    Going Headless with Craft CMS

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    4/20/21

    by Ben Smith

    A version of this article was originally published in 2019 but has been updated to reflect the most recent advancements in headless technology for Craft CMS as of April 2021.


    What is a headless CMS? A headless CMS is a major shift from the traditional model for delivering web content. It is not a single technology, it is an approach for serving web pages and data to your users. Rather than have a single codebase handle both content management and presentation of that content, a headless CMS is only concerned with content management, leaving presentation up to other parts of the tech stack.

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    Happy Cogference: Spring 2021

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    4/19/21

    by Alyse Lorber

    Videoconferencing, Zoom calls, virtual events—whichever you prefer, they have been a major part of the new norm that offices, trade shows and conferences have all had to adapt to in 2020. The same was true for Happy Cog’s annual internal conference this year.

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    6 Months Later: Lessons Learned from Development Interns

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    4/5/21

    by Maria Martinez

    Last year, Happy Cog hired two web development interns: Emaan Riaz and Maria Martinez. In the past six months, they’ve made a huge impact at Happy Cog and on our projects. They wrote the following to reflect on their experience.

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    Best Uses of Laravel Vapor

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    3/22/21

    by Zach Smith

    As a Solutions Architect at Happy Cog, I often find myself in the weeds working with complex server architectural configurations in our clients’ AWS platforms. You may often find me setting up complex infrastructure by code with AWS Terraform, deploying fleets of EC2 instances powered by Continuous Integration pipelines, and working to curate complex load balancing solutions for our clients who receive unexpected bursts of views from our marketing campaigns (the list goes on).

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    Reflecting on International Women’s Day

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    3/8/21

    by Sarah Carr

    To celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to reflect on my own experiences, explore some of the great women who set the foundation for innovation, and offer ideas and support for growing our presence in the tech industry.

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    Unlocking Value: Tips for Nonprofits to Maximize Value from Web Analytics Data

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    2/8/21

    by Lee Goldberg

    Now more than ever, understanding the effectiveness of your online properties and identifying deficiencies is absolutely key towards building better and deeper engagement for your nonprofit organization. Especially with budgets being impacted by the novel coronavirus, understanding what’s happening and then optimizing your user experience based on the data can have a major impact on overall financial performance.

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    SEO Strategies for Jewelry Retailers

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    2/2/21

    by Faith Zaki

    A well-executed SEO strategy delivers consistent, high-quality traffic without the cost of paid advertising campaigns. For jewelers, SEO can make competing with sites like Amazon and Etsy possible. Tactics, like local optimization, can even improve traffic to your brick-and-mortar store.