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The team at Standard Beagle regularly shares deep insights and best practices you can use as your design and create your own products and services. Look to our blog for expertise in UX design, research, and other industry topics.
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Speeding Up your Website

How to speed up your website - Part I: Uncovering performance issues

Fast websites are often taken for granted, but performance is incredibly important. Bloated websites may seem fast on broadband, but not everyone is on super-fast wi-fi. User who try to access bloated websites on slow wi-fi connections or over mobile networks may get frustrated with you. That could tarnish your brand and actually send customers […]

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What’s Markdown good for?

Many of the articles you find online that speak about using Markdown are mostly explaining the “What” and the “How”. But what about the “Why”? Answer: Tons of reasons. Let’s go over just a few! Ubiquitous support So yeah, weird to have the first point be “well, everyone is using it”. But it’s probably the […]

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Wordpress vs Drupal: which should I choose?

What’s the difference between WordPress and Drupal? That’s a question I hear often, and it’s an understandable question. WordPress and Drupal are both open-source content management systems (CMS) that are very well known. Both have their strengths and weakness.  But which one you choose really should depend on your site’s needs. Standard Beagle specializes in […]

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Sass techniques I've used while working at a digital agency - Part 1: lighten() and darken()

Sass is wonderful. Simple as that. Of all the tools I’ve come across as a web developer, none come close to the high amount usage that Sass gets in my workflow.  Love for this preprocessor has grown so much over the years that it has helped influence the future standardization of CSS4. The idea that we are bringing parts of CSS up to the […]

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write Off WordPress

WordPress is more than a blog — it’s a powerful CMS in the right hands With WordPress owning almost 60% of the market share, it’s still shocking when people seem to turn their nose up when we mention we develop on this platform. Instead of acting apologetic, we should be saying “Hell yeah, we develop […]

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What is an SSL Certificate and why do you need one?

In more basic terms an SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer/Digital Certificate) is used to establish a secure encrypted connection between a browser (user’s computer) and a server (website). The SSL connection guards or protects sensitive data, for example, credit card information that is exchanged during each visit (session) or data transfer and logins. It is […]

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