SNDMakes: Advancing Technology in News Media

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in The Society for News Design’s (SND) hackathon, #SNDMakes.  Over 40 designers, developers and product managers in the news and media industry came together to discuss the current state of the industry…

Supporting the WordPress Movement

Open Source is GREAT! WordPress is Open Source, therefore WordPress is GREAT! Some might follow that logic, but not every open source project is destined for greatness. There’s quite a bit more to making an open source project successful and…

Govalytics powered by MongoDB

Penton Public Infrastructure Group’s intelligence tool, Govalytics, offers dynamic data and analytics for city and country governments across the nation. Targeted to marketers selling services or products to local governments, PPI created this ground-breaking, proprietary SaaS tool based on 100+ years…

DrupalCon Austin Recap

Last week, NorthPoint Digital was at DrupalCon Austin where nearly 3,500 attendees, sponsors, and speakers from over 60 countries gathered to celebrate Drupal at the Austin Convention Center. We were a Gold Sponsor of the conference and were fortunate to have…

Load testing with JMeter

Your web application is about to launch after 6 months of development and bugtesting. You’re confident that everything is functioning properly, but do you know how it performs on your host? Regardless of if your most expensive operation is a…

Recap of Ektron Synergy 2014

NorthPoint Digital was a Gold Sponsor at this year’s Ektron Synergy Conference held in Boston at the Westin Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center which provided an opportunity to attend the conference in-person. Synergy was chock-full of exciting presentations, great speakers,…

Blink 2.0: 404 Page

A 404 page isn’t something that site owners want their visitors to see, as the subsequent drop-off rate is alarming. Furthermore, visitors aren’t finding the content they’re looking for. As a developer, I try to ensure this doesn’t happen. Yet, I always appreciate a good 404 page. Some are nicely designed, others have clever features or help get you to where you originally meant to go. Having an effective 404 page is a necessity for every site—but one that’s often overlooked or underestimated.…

Front-end testing with Selenium

Fifteen minutes is all you need to get started. Let’s spend 15 minutes right now with Selenium – a popular, free, open source testing tool. This is a deep and full-featured tool, but its usage can be deceptively simple at…