I once hired an amazing flooring contractor after told me he was “allergic to bullsh!t.”

He did a great job.

I’ve spent my career building technology solutions, which often are driven by the Marketing department. I’ve watched huge piles of money be spent on nothing but names and slogans, while tech has to scrounge to build any product at all, so my natural tendency is to be pretty wary of tag-lines and vision statement meetings.

So with my anti-spin street cred on the table, let me now tell you - I’ve got a problem and I see the light.

In today's world we demand things to happen fast. We expect short waits in line, fast food, tv shows instantly. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now.

People like fast websites that load and deliver content quickly.

But, if not optimized properly, they can also come with significant overhead that can slow down page loading, responsiveness, and more.

In this webinar you will learn how to optimize your server for concrete5.

Happy World Backup Day! What do you mean you didn’t know about world backup day?

World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.

This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet - on reddit by a couple of concerned users.

Time to vote for your favorite talks at the OpenWest Conference!

Voting for talks at the OpenWest conference is open until March 31st, 2015.

OpenWest is a community-driven conference that focuses on all things Open Source, Open Hardware and Open Standards.

Presentations are chosen using blind community voting as the main factor in deciding which speakers to invite.

If you’re a Web Designer then you don’t need me to tell you how competitive it is out there.

That applies to you and to your clients.

Whenever you look there seems to be more and more competition.

So as a trusted adviser to your clients, they look to you to help them navigate a safe course for their business.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a predictable formula which was mutually beneficial to both you and your clients?

The upcoming release of concrete5 Version 8 will have some amazing new ways to create structured data and hook it into 3rd party services. It's always been easy to build a marketing site with concrete5, now it'll be just as easy to build an application online. Learn why we think this is the next big thing and watch a quick demo of how it works.

We are proud to announce that the new version 7 beginner and developer online training classes on went live today.

There's a lot to worry about when maintaining an open source php package, things like unit testing, version control, dependency management, code style, and licensing can be difficult to get straight and keep up to date. Luckily we have tools like composer, git, github, CI and groups like the PHP-FIG that make managing all of these things is a much simpler task than it has ever been.

I’m proud to announce Jess has got Version 7 Level I - Editor certification out the door and live! Woot woot!

We are very excited to announce a relaunch of top level pages on

The new look we’ve had for the last year or two felt great, but the content didn’t always deliver on the promise of the design. We had fallen into the age old trap of putting disparate content elements next to each other because “we had some space.” A muddled vision for each page’s purpose left us feeling like someone in a great suit with no idea what they’re talking about.