In order to use the Google Vision API which is part of the Google Cloud Platform, there are a few steps you need to take in order to get up and running and use the command line SDK. Create a Google Platform Account If you don’t already have an account you can signup by going […]
Sometimes it’s nice if you are tar zipping a directory (let’s say for a backup) and want to exclude a directory. For instance, if you are backing up a project and want to exclude the images directory (for size) or exclude the build or dist directory you can run the linux tar command with the […]
Currently when renaming a field in a Strapi content type, Strapi creates a new field in our database instead of updating the current field we are trying to change. Strapi does not rename or drop anything it will only create at this time. Migrations need to be done manually. This tutorial walks through updating the field in Strapi and in our MongoDB to preserve the data of previously defined content records.
Although the GraphQL spec does not allow for recursive query definitions, we are able to extrapolate the subfield definitions into fragments and compose a recursive fragment definition that we can easily use in our Graph query definition. This article walks you through defining your recursive fragment and how to implement the fragment inside your query.
Webpack is a powerful bundling tool for your front-end applications. Many libraries such as React and Vue rely on Webpack to bundle their development and production builds. Although there are project starters such as Create React App, these starter projects do a lot of Webpack configuration for you, leaving you in the dark about your Webpack configuration. This tutorial walks through how to configure Webpack bundle for your React application.
WordPress has captured over 30% of internet market share over the last 15 years since it’s inception. This has been an impressive feat and has added a lot of value to the internet ecosystem as a whole. However, as they say “all good things must come to an end”. It’s not that WordPress is incapable of creating a good website, rather there are technology advancements that are superior to the WordPress CMS. We discuss the security and performance issues related to WordPress and our decision to move our technology stack away from WordPress towards contemporary development practices in order to better serve our clients.
Gatsby uses GraphQL as it’s data layer for providing data to a Gatsby application. If you are building a website or application in Gatsby it’s important to understand how Gatsby interfaces with GraphQL and how to customize the GraphQL Schema. A common scenario is creating a relationship between two content types in your Gatsby app. This tutorial walks through how to customize the GraphQL layer to create relationships between types.
If you have worked with MongoDB you may know that there are two different ways to export and import a Mongo database: mongodump/mongorestore and mongoexport/mongoimport. Here we will discuss how to use both methods and when one method might work better than the other.
A big mistake in SEO is focusing on optimization before fundamentals. Instead, focus on fundamentals before optimization. You have to earn the right to optimize by first showing dedication to the fundamentals. Find the why, do the work, sow, nurture, harvest. This article exposes real truths about SEO and how to increase your ranking.
GraphQL has changed the way we think about API endpoints and is quickly becoming an important layer in the development stack for contemporary web apps. If you are using GraphQL in your Nuxt.js project there will likely come a time when you will need to authenticate a user to protect content in your GraphQL queries. We walk through using GraphQL to authenticate a user in a Nuxt app with Strapi as our authentication provider.
Gatsby is a Static Site Generator that is lightning fast because of the static site files that can be minified and served through a content delivery network. Since all of the pages in Gatsby are rendered as static content, user authentication to your Gatsby site can’t be performed on the server but must be protected through client side routing. This tutorial will walk you through setting up client side Authentication in Gatsby and how to manage logged in users in your Gatsby app.
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems on the web. With it’s increasing security concerns and slow server loads more and more applications are finding ways to strip it down, only utilizing it’s REST API. Vue, being one of the most popular front-end frameworks is a perfect compliment to using WordPress as a Headless CMS. This tutorial looks at using WordPress JWT Auth to secure your front-end Vue application.
We recently moved from a monolithic WordPress CMS website to a JAMStack setup built on Nuxt.js, CI/CD hosted on Netlify and supported by Strapi.io. Yet, we haven’t made the full transition away from WordPress as we’re still managing our blog content through the platform. Instead of running WordPress in a traditional monolithic CMS, we moved […]
Strapi is rapidly growing headless CMS solution that is open source and self hosted to allow you customization and flexibility for your backend API service. One advantage of Strapi is the ease of scaffolding an API to expose endpoints that can be used as micro-services in your front-end or JAMStack application. Today we will do […]
Strapi.io is a widely popular Headless CMS that continues to grow in popularity. If you’ve read some of our other blogs such as Migrating a WordPress Blog to Strapi you know that we are bullish on the Strapi platform. We recently worked with a company to create rustic.co which is a an ecommerce website specializing […]
Wouldn’t it be cool if you received your Netlify contact form submissions to your cell phone, notifying you of a hot lead? This type of push notification relieves you of hanging around your email all day, afraid of losing a lead to a competitor. Research found the odds of making a successful contact with a […]
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs) are a syntax format for web pages to create fast, performant websites that are optimized for mobile users. AMP pages are similar to static site generated pages such as those generated by Gatsby.js or Nuxt.js in that they are optimized for performance, but they have very apparent differences. The biggest difference […]
If you’ve read our article on JAMStack Technology you know we are a big proponent of the Headless CMS model. Two big players in the Headless CMS space are Strapi.io – a backend Headless Content Management System – and Gatsby.js – a front-end React framework for building blazing fast websites. If you put these two […]
Strapi.io is a Headless CMS system that offers robust user and permissions out of the box including: user registration, user login, user password reset and user roles. The user password reset works by using a generator that generates a one time code to send to the user’s email and in which you can use to […]
Nuxt.js is one of the most popular frameworks built on top of Vue.js. Mailchimp is a popular digital marketing platform, allowing you to manage marketing lists for outbound marketing to your followers. Integrating the two can be a powerful combination to your digital strategy. We’ll learn how to integrate a Mailchimp email signup form in Nuxt.js using Mailchimp’s API.
WordPress has dominated the web development landscape for the last 10 years becoming the largest content management system in use, comprising over 30% of websites. Although there are ways to optimize WordPress through pairing back plugins, server side caching, minifying files and serving front-end files through a CDN; WordPress by nature is inherently slow compared […]
AWS S3 Glacier provides a cost effective way to store large amounts of data in a cloud infrastructure that delivers 99.999999999% durability, and provide comprehensive security and compliance capabilities. Since S3 Glacier cost are low – up too $1 per terabyte per month – the retrieval for archived data is limited and throttled. Standard retrievals typically […]
In this tutorial we are going to discuss how to use Auth0 identity provider service as a Nuxt authentication provider and extend the auth0 library to use the Management API to get roles and permissions for a user. Nuxt provides an auth module out of the box which provides some basic auth services for us. […]
If you are using Vuex as a state management library for you Nuxt.js application you have access to the nuxtServerInit action which is called in the root (index.js) file of your vuex store located in ./store/index.js. The nuxtServerInit action is called in universal mode on the sever for every server request (including the initial request) […]
In Part One of our tutorial on how to create a Gatsby theme we discussed: Setup our Yarn Workspaces so we can develop and test our Gatsby theme as a workspace dependency Installed the gatsby-source-filesystem and gatsby-transformer-json plugins to source and transform our data which is stored at /src/data/Project.json We defined a gatsby-node.js file which makes sure the folder /src/data folder exists and creates […]
This tutorial is segmented into two parts. Part One discusses setting up the Yarn Workspace that we will use for development purposes. We will setup our data source using Gatsby’s filesystem source plugin and transform JSON data using Gatsby’s transform json plugin. Part Two we will discuss extending the theme and using it as a […]
If you’ve read our article about using Tailwind CSS in Gatsby you know we are big fans of the Tailwind CSS library. As another option to using Tailwind in Gatsby we can turn to the Theme UI library to integrate Tailwind into our Gatsby or React application. The Theme UI library allows you to create […]
We ran into a scenario recently where we wanted to relate an image file to a field in our JSON object definition. We were using Gatsby Transformer JSON to transform our JSON files into GraphQL Types that we can query using the Gatsby GraphQL and since we were using the Gatsby Source Filesystem we had […]
Hash Interactive is proud to release the first version of the open source theme for Gatsby Js the Reactor Theme. The intent of this theme is to allow the opportunity for developers, software engineers and UI/UX designers to have their own portfolio website which is professional, creative and informational. The theme is customizable, with the […]
Docker is a great tool in development and production to containerize your apps to ensure your deployments are configured the same whether you are running them on a local machine or deploying them to a cloud VPS. More recently, docker swarm has been the popular deployment methodology for deploying remote containers, but what if you […]
As the saying goes, “old habits die hard.” And so do traditional CMS systems. Sometimes change takes a momentous effort. We are comfortable with what we know, even if something “better” is presented to us. It’s human nature to be fearful of the unknown. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have […]
There’s a new kid on the block and he’s growing up fast while quickly gaining celebrity status. We’re not talking about blockchain technology, GraphQL or hybrid mobile applications – we can save those for another time. No, we’re talking about the JAMStack! Today we’ll be answering some specific questions you might have about JAMStack technology […]
Today we’ll be comparing two relatively new concepts in Vue and React. Vue recently released the Vue Composition API RFC which is an additive API that changes the setup of Vue components to make use of reactivity in Vue and to help developers organize their components by logical concern to avoid bloated components. Since React […]
I found myself trying to spin up a docker container recently to containerize a Postgres database and ran into a few issues that took me awhile to flesh out and thought I would share. We are going to assume that you have a version of Docker Engine and Docker Compose installed on your computer and/or […]
If you have read some of our other blogs on Tailwind CSS, Webpack Configuration for React & Tailwind CSS, you know that we are big fans of the Tailwind CSS utility library. We have used it on multiple Vue.js projects, Nuxt.js projects as well as React.js and it fits nicely into all of these ecosystems. […]
Sequelize is a powerful ORM for node.js that makes working with relational database management systems (RDMS) such as Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB and others seamless. Most schema definitions in a RDMS have a relationship between tables such as User to Post relationship or Order to Customer. Sequelize makes JOIN statements easy between associations with some simple […]
PM2 is a daemon process manager that helps manage and keep your application process running. It can restart your application if there is an unexpected error or exit code, ensuring that your application stays online. Before we get started, this tutorial makes a few assumptions: You have ssh access and root/sudo permissions to a remote […]
If you followed along with the tutorial from last week on Mutli Stage Docker Builds for Nuxt Generate we walked through installing a basic Nuxt.js project, and setting up a Dockerfile which could be used to build an image that would run the nuxt generate command for our project, copy the /dist files over to […]
State management can be a wonderful thing to incorporate into your application, but as your app grows it can become increasingly difficult to scale your store. Luckily, vuex (used in vue applications) allow you to organize your store/state in modular form so you can more easily scale your app. Today, we’ll explore both Vuex Modules […]
Strapi.io is quickly becoming one of the most popular Node.js back-end frameworks and headless CMS solutions. It allows you to quickly scaffold your API routes and comes with user roles and permissions for your endpoints out of the box. We have been using Strapi since alpha release and over the last couple of years have been migrating WordPress instances to the Strapi platform. See how you can migrate your WordPress blog to a Strapi headless CMS in one of our recent posts.
Nuxt.js is our go to platform for front-end development, single page apps and universal apps – offering server side rendering (SSR) and progressive web app (PWA) integration. The node package also comes with a few commands that help with the development, build and deploy process – depending on what “mode” you want to deploy in. […]
Strapi.io is a great headless CMS option that we use for a lot of our clients websites. Although it is a headless CMS they have built a very nice admin dashboard that our clients can use to manage the content structure that we defined in our API for them. We have been fairly early adopters […]
When it comes to utility first css libraries, tailwindcss is one of the front runners in css frameworks. Tailwind is summed up nicely in a couple sentences: Tailwind CSS is a highly customizable, low-level CSS framework that gives you all of the building blocks you need to build bespoke designs without any annoying opinionated styles […]
Driven by consumer behavior, emerging platforms, and intent, digital advertising connects you with the right people, in the right places, and with the most effective content. Paid Search With over 4 billion searches per day, paid search ads are one of the most cost effective ways to secure ‘first-in-line’ status for those intentionally searching for […]
As a marketer, my ability to anticipate digital marketing trends, and effectively utilize those trends, are skills I must continually grade myself on. Not to satisfy my ego, but to provide clients with the most effective means of interacting and communicating with their target audience(s). Just as your business evolves, so do the ways in […]
If you haven’t heard, we live in a world dependent on technology. We chase technology as if our lives depends on it – and sometimes it does. For some, it’s a requirement. For others, it’s a vice. Regardless of which realm you exist in – maybe it’s both – technology will forever surround us and new innovations will continually be revealed. Technology is used to make our lives easier, extend our life expectancy, save someone we love, and give us time back through streamlining and automating processes.
Google Local (formerly known as Google My Business) has made a recent change to their display “pack” from 7 local business listings down to 3 local business listings (see attachment). This means that the competition to get into the first 3 local search results just increased over 200%. I don’t think we have to delve into details […]
As website designers we are in a constant struggle between user experience (UX) design and content for indexing in search engines. Traditional SEO has always preached that “content is king” and up until recent innovations in technology content was the only real indexable asset on a website. If you reflect upon the evolution of the […]
Recently I was reading: “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits” by Debbie Millman which offers a great look into brand identity and thinking from a designers perspective. Each chapter of the book is a dialogue between Millman and a respected leader in the graphic design world lending their expertise. One particular chapter the notion of […]
Google does an excellent job making sure only content of the highest quality shows up in their search results. To do this Google is constantly updating their algorithms so that only the best results are show in the first positions of a search. Along with these constant updates come penalties. Many practices that were once […]
Oh yes they did! Google once again comes with a new logo. First glance pretty obvious that the serifs are gone! The colors are the same, no surprise there, those have been so consistent why change that now. One touch that I think is really nice is that if you look closely there is better […]
What is a Digital Strategy? Many companies in Fargo are behind the curve when it comes to digital strategy but they don’t have to be. At Hash we have spent a lot of time considering how to best explain this to our clients. When we boiled it down digital strategy comes down to 3 main areas: technical […]
Creating your SEO strategy can be a great way to clarify and identify your marketing strategy (or vice versa you can use your company’s marketing strategy as a platform for your SEO campaign). In his book Traction, Gino Wickman asks an important question to help clarify a company’s marketing strategy, “Who is your target market and how can you […]
Putting it in Perspective So you just opened a brand new store with great products/services and a great story to go with it (after all this is your blood, sweat and tears you have put into launching this store). You’re in a relatively good location downtown, accessible to a lot of shoppers; but because of street side competition, […]
The worth of a business’s assets can be tricky to define. Deciding how much your website is worth to your business is even more perplexing. At Hash Interactive we have noticed that the return on investment from a good quality website is very high. How do we know this? How can you figure out how much value […]
E-Commerce and breakfast, who knew it could be such a great combination! Emerging Prairie did, and we would like to give them a big thank you for helping us put this month’s E-Commerce Breakfast together. It was an excellent opportunity for us to hear ideas from local e-commerce leaders to see the exciting things they […]
We couldn’t be happier to announce that we had our first article published about us in the Forum today! The article was written by Angie Wieck and highlights the e-commerce direction we are taking here at Hash. We feel that Hash Interactive is the go to place for e-commerce development in Fargo, ND. Creating and […]
It’s official! Hash Interactive will be hosting the Fargo Moorhead E-Commerce Breakfast at the Radisson in Downtown Fargo on June 16th at 7:30am. The E-Commerce breakfast is back this month, get ready for a morning of delicious food and networking with the area’s e-commerce leaders. Hash Interactive is teaming up with Emerging Prairie to host this […]
In 2014, it was reported that more online users use mobile devices to access the internet than PCs. In response, Google publicized this year that it would begin to punish web pages in search rankings if they did not meet their mobile-friendly criteria by April 21st of 2015.
Apple has most definitely impacted design, not only for mobile experience but throughout the digital landscape. As apps became popular, design shifted from realism and photography to icon based design. Icons have many advantages over traditional images. Let’s take a look at how icons can be used to boost your digital design.
The web is a dynamic platform. Not only are the technologies constantly changing but so are the devices we use to access the web. On top of these challenges people designing for the web must make sure their product is easy for users to interact with. This is the backbone of user experience design. In […]
Now by this time many of us have seen companies rebrand and change their logos, some ever so slightly and others somewhat drastically. The trend lately seems to be that most companies are going to flat logos.
Choosing a color for your logo can actually be more complex than you think. It goes way beyond just picking your favorite color, and the decision should be taken seriously with some thought behind it.
Did you know that 94% of people cite design (overall look) as a reason they do not trust a site (your business). A major contributing factor to this, which often times gets over looked, is quality photography. It can really make or break a website, and the perception of your business to the public. Take this […]
Child themes are integral to creating a custom site using WordPress. By creating a child theme it is possible to take an already existing WordPress theme and personalize it even further. What makes child themes so useful is that you can still take advantage of all of the structures and tools already used with a […]
Everyone knows to be a successful company; you have to have an online presence. With smart phones being used by the masses and the ease of online shopping, it’s an essential part of your business and a great way to land customers. So why is an online presence essential? One, it gives you instant credibility. […]
Keep it short and simple Being new to Fargo, I’ve been surfing through a lot of locally-owned websites. I don’t know if these businesses are trying to be modest, or simply didn’t know what to say on their sites. For the most part, those sites leave me wanting more. I want to know more about […]
At Hash Interactive we love the fact that there are reliable resources out there to help us not have to recreate the wheel for all aspects of development. This not only helps us keep our price down for you the customer, but also allows us to build relationships with these resources that allow us to […]
At Hash Interactive we take pride in our local website development. As a local start up business in Fargo, North Dakota we understand how hard it is in the beginning to get up and running with the essentials. We try to lean on other businesses for help and make sure they put us in the […]
Ever wonder why certain websites seem to really stand out from the competition? You know the ones – those websites that look and feel professional, trustworthy and credible? A great website doesn’t just happen – it’s a carefully crafted blend of art, science and psychology that is designed to encourage users to think, feel and […]
While setting up your AdWords campaign Google gives a suggested or average cost per click (CPC) for current advertisers for the keyword they are using in their campaign. You can set your bid price (BP) based on the average CPC, but the bid price you set does not necessarily mean that will be the cost […]
Search engine marketing (SEM) is a rapidly growing industry in the advertising world. It’s changing the paradigm for many businesses in how they invest in advertising and driving customer engagement. There are many pay-per-click (PPC) venues out there to invest you money in, but the big player on the block is obviously Google. Google drives […]
At Hash Interactive, we are always pushing each other to become more well-rounded members of the team. We encourage each other to strive to be the best and often times after hours we will meet to teach each other certain tricks of our personal trades. This mentality stems from the values and work ethic that […]
At Hash Interactive, we believe in keeping things simple yet effective. Most of our customers have the need to educate their visitors about a product or service they offer. The tough part is gaining the visitors’ attention, then providing them with quick, impactful information that makes an impression. that ultimately makes them act. In Jamison […]
You know that feeling you get when someone rewards your thoughts/opinions on your Facebook page by liking your post? How about when a community of people retweet your latest world philosophies on Twitter? Social proof and engagement are affirmations that your opinions matter and make a difference. Engagement online is not only a thing, it’s […]
Fargo is a town of phone calls. That’s one of the first lessons I learned about my new home, when I moved here just a few weeks ago. As I began to meet people and network, I was often told, “just give this person a call, they will gladly help you.” While those instructions gave […]
Graphic Design is an interesting enigma. As a graphic designer I get asked all the time, “So what is it that you do?” There is the obvious answers like: “I’m a visual communicator,” or even a lot of times people just think you are an artist. I like to think of myself as a problem […]
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1. Content Administration If you have ever spent any time managing a WordPress site you have already got a taste of the ease of use for a site administrator. By default, WordPress comes pre-configured with the TinyMCE editor which is a user friendly rich text editor that is brings a “Microsoft Office” feel to web […]