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We are so excited to be a part of the virtual #WPESummit for 2020. Looking forward to the many sessions about the #DigitalLandscape and #DigitalTransformation. Especially, our CEO, @karimmarucchi who will be speaking on the agency track. wpeng.in/163e45/

I recently had to choose a daycare for my daughter, and I was overwhelmed by the many options. Some were clearly not for me, while others were certainly viable options. From this experience I learned that, in a world of many choices, it’s important to pay attention to how customer touchpoints, and brand identity, can…

At Crowd Favorite, we love to dig in and learn all about the experiences users have, both good and bad. We get to know our clients and their audiences. We listen, we learn, and evaluate. To get to the root of the problems our clients are experiencing, we use a variety of tools. Here are…

In the WordPress world, last weekend was dedicated to the biggest WordCamp ever: WordCamp Europe 2016, which took place in Vienna, Austria. With over 2,000 people registered, more than 1,000 people watching a live stream of the event, and countless volunteers and world-class speakers, it was incredible experience for everyone – three days of learning,…

Nineteen months ago, we proudly brought aboard Chris Lema as our CTO. Chris’s counsel as a member of our board had been invaluable leading up to his hire and since then we’ve benefitted from what many of you know about Chris already: his expertise, his evangelism, his intellect, his innovation, and yes, his amazing storytelling….

Recently, an interesting bug popped up, post launch, during a WordPress project. This bug caused certain styles and images (assets from here on out) to not load in Chrome and Firefox, because these browsers do not allow “mixed content” (different content coming from both secure and non-secure sources). Problems like this occur when your URL…

Crowd Favorite has been working with the Gawkerverse on their Foodgawker site for several years. Along with its sibling sites (Craftgawker, Stylegawker, Dwellinggawker, and Weddinggawker), Foodgawker tremendous collections of curated content and highly-technical features to improve performance and ability to navigate content. As a part of this, the site features a fully-responsive design, and provides an API with…

Improving traffic to any website is a constantly evolving process. Among the best, and most obvious ways to increase traffic is to make the website more prominent on search engines, like Google and Bing. Each engine has its own method of ranking results for any given search, but both search-engines agree that a better user experience…

What is an API? An Application Programming Interface, or API, is a set of commands, utilities, functions, or uniform data access points that allows for programmatic access to a system. A website-based API is built primarily using a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) or Representational State Transfer (REST) interface. While SOAP is common in older…

One of my first projects utilizing the AngularJS framework came to Crowd Favorite through the folks over at nugs.net, who desired a subscription-based music streaming service that would provide wide access to single bands. It would be similar to Spotify, but with a focus on specific artists and a broader selection, rather than a wide…

Companies should stop thinking about having a “blog” and instead think more specifically about their audience and trying to communicate with potential users and clients. Consider how blog information might reflect the design approach. Could the information be communicated outside of the traditional blog to better appeal to the audience? By thinking, “beyond the blog”…

Being human means we’re not always logical. Our brains have developed certain ways of thinking that help us understand and simplify the complex world around us in simple ways, but unfortunately those mental shortcuts can often cause problems for us as well. Psychologists refers to these mental patterns as “cognitive biases”: individual beliefs and tendencies…

We’ve all been there, an empty login form sneering at us from the screen, that pit in our stomach when we become acutely aware that we’ve forgotten our password. Or our username. Or the ultimate horror: both. It seems everything online requires a username and password. The number of credentials we’re required to remember pile…

(This article is a recap of a lightning talk I recently delivered at the Business of Software conference.) As the Chief Creative Officer here at Crowd Favorite, I spend pretty much all day obsessing about how to improve user experiences. I’ve observed a number of recurring software design problems over the years, and I thought I’d share a…

Keeping track of time in any modern computer system is a complex affair. Not only does one have to consider the timezone of the server, but the timezone of the user, the user’s system, the user’s browser, and systems such as PHP and MySQL, each with their own separate time settings. Even though time keeping…

It is spring time around here in Europe and a lot of WordCamps are happening in many different cities and countries. As part of the Crowd Favorite team, I have visited two WordCamps this year so far – volunteering at WordCamp London and speaking at the first WordCamp Belgrade. WordCamp London 2015 The second WordCamp…