Standard Beagle Blog

Thought-leadership in design and development

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

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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Coding
school picker - marathon kids - custom website development - gravity forms

How we made a user-friendly school picker

One of the things I love about working in technology is building refined and intuitive tools that make things easier for people. Most of the time these arise from dealing with challenges. The school picker challenge One of the challenges we ran into was letting users (who were coaches for a program) pick the school […]

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Blogpost - How to Use Slick and Advanced Custom Fields in Wordpress

How to use Slick + Advanced Custom Fields in WordPress

Please be aware that this article was originally written in 2016 and may be out-of-date   Our clients often ask us to include sliders on their site home page for marketing, but it can be hard to find the right one. With WordPress, you’re given multiple options for plugins and pre-built themes that already use […]

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Musings
Teamwork - Blogpost - Part 1: How to Build Teamwork - The Foundation of Trust

Part 1: How to Build Teamwork - The Foundation of Trust

I have become a firm believer that trust is the foundation for a strong team. And that’s why my team is actively working to build trust in ourselves, between each other, and as an organization. That probably sounds a little cheesy. Trust is often considered a “soft” skill. What good is it in an agency, […]

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Coding
Blogpost - Why we moved to HTTPS and HTTP/2

Why we moved to HTTPS and HTTP/2

Standard Beagle strives to keep on the forefront of technology on the web - it helps us consistently provide the best possible service to our clients. We wanted to explain some of the steps we have recently taken with our clients' sites that will aid in providing that service. Over a small series of posts, we will review what Standard Beagle has done to increase speed, enhance security, and improved stability of the servers and the sites we host on them. In this post, we will take a dive into the upgrade to HTTPS - the why, a little bit of the how, and the benefits that come doing so.

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Musings

Battling Writer's Block

Recently I decided to have some fun and re-wrote all of my teammates author bios that display when they publish a new blog article.  As I was going through this fun little exercise it struck me….I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever.  And when I say forever, I actually mean five months…. How can […]

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