People’s Choice Voting, Overnight Website Challenge

People: It’s time now for you to vote. Teams of volunteer web pros in Chicago, Kansas City and the Twin Cities helped nonprofits in their communities build better websites – but who did it best? You be the judge.




Vote for your favorite nerdy deeds done at The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge. Web Challenge Awards night is May 27 in KC and Twin Cities, and May 28 in Chicago. Until then, get out the vote.

Why 60% of software projects are at risk before they even start

There are a lot of well-intentioned business owners, product managers and decision makers within organizations who want to make their business better. Some have plenty of money and are ready to spend when they’re told they’ll see, “a huge ROI because [technology fad of the month] is the next-big-thing.” Others have money burning a hole in their pocket while wistfully looking at their competitors, green with envy, and thinking, “Damn, they’ve just launched a mobile app, and I hear mobile is big with the kids these days. I should probably have an app, too.”

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Helping Sick Kids – One Video Game At A Time

Over the past three years, Extra Life Nerds has raised more than $30,000 for sick kids by playing games for 24-hours straight as part of Extra Life.

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Sitecore Announces Upcoming Change to Geolocation Services

Sitecore, a software company that specializes in content management and digital marketing systems, recently announced it would be taking over the integrated services currently provided to Sitecore customers by the popular third party integration, MaxMind GeoIP Lookup Service. Starting May 4th, Sitecore will begin offering this service directly via Sitecore IP Geolocation Service, an app available through the Sitecore App Center.

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Planning for the Maintenance of Your Website or App

So, you’ve been working on your website or app for the past six months and it’s finally set to launch–high-fives! All done, right? Well, not exactly. What many people don’t realize is that digital projects are never really “done.” Building and deploying software is only one part of the larger development process. Maintaining and improving your software’s functionality for the long-term is a critical next step. If you’re not working with your development partner to determine a sustainable software maintenance plan, you’re running the risk of falling behind user needs and adding significantly to both your timeline and budget later.

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Presidential Web Challenge welcome/skateboard break

To kick off Web Challenge weekend, Nerdery President Tom O’Neill wrote the message below to teams, nonprofits, sponsors and volunteers. But the key to any 24-hour workday is making time for simple pleasures – like skateboarding. Enjoy your weekend. Let’s ride.

“On any given Monday morning when people ask me if I had a good weekend, my answer is consistent. I can find something to like about any weekend – haven’t had a truly bad one yet. But the annual weekend of our Overnight Website Challenge is one that I get especially stoked about.

“My utility as a programmer wore off at The Nerdery a few years back, but I still dabbled in software development during Web Challenge weekends until finally being sentenced to the sidelines, where I now gladly root for all of you. As cheerleader-in-chief, I play no favorites at these nerdathons for nonprofits. I see you all as generous champions of worthy causes, and friendly rivals, and winners. I have all due respect for all of you.

“If you’re participating in the Twin Cities, expect to be high fived by me at some point in the next 24 hours. If you’re in Chicago or Kansas City, expect your high five another time. Our Phoenix Nerds can expect that our Web Challenge will go west next spring.

“But for now, with 31 pairs of nonprofits and teams in three cities this weekend – Chicago, Kansas City and St. Paul – I want to thank you all for being an important part of this growing community initiative. Nonprofits, nerds, sponsors, friends, thanks.”

– Tom O’Neill, President, The Nerdery

Mobile-Friendliness Essential for Google’s April 21 Update

Google recently made two major announcements that will dramatically impact where websites land within all search results.

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How I Used a Wireframing Tool to Build a Website

People who know me know I love misusing and abusing tools. So when fellow User Experience (UX) Designer Fred Beecher told me that the latest version of Axure, a rapid-prototyping tool used to generate interactive clickable wireframes and mockups, was basically a JavaScript frontend, I felt compelled – nay, tasked – to attempt to build a website using only Axure. This is what I do in what passes for my spare time, apparently.

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Popular WordPress Plugin Announces Security Hole

WordPress users need to be aware of a security hole in the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. This is a very common plugin and is used by more than 14 million websites.

The bad news is this security hole leaves websites vulnerable to hackers.

The good news is the issue can be fixed by simply having your WordPress administrator update the plugin to version 1.7.4 or greater.

If you need assistance with this update or you’re not sure if your site is utilizing the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, contact us or call 1-855-453-8199 and we’d be happy to chat with you and discuss your options.

Making the Most of Your Quality Assurance (QA) Budget

One of the biggest constraints when setting out on a custom software development project is the budget. A project’s budget will ultimately determine how many hours your project team can work on the software, and the scope of the software’s features.

What many people don’t realize is that seemingly small decisions can have a huge impact on your project budget – and Quality Assurance (QA) is one area where this is especially true. So what do you do when you have a limited QA budget but want to keep your project on track?

Here are three things to consider when trying to maximize the impact of your QA budget.

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