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Three months ago we proudly launched Serving.Green, our web initiative designed to highlight the impact that the internet has on the environment, and what we can all do to reduce that impact.

Now that the dust has settled a bit, I’d like to say a few words about what we did—from a development standpoint—to make the site as efficient as we could given our design objectives. I’ll be the first to admit that even more could be done, either by sacrificing some parts of the experience or by using techniques of which I’m not yet aware, but below are a few important tips and tricks that we can all do to make our websites more efficient. If you want to reach a digital green Nirvana, this will get you on your path.

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The digital information that we ravenously produce and consume seems to be free. According to one source, we are posting 2.5 million images to Instagram every minute. I am no exception; my Twitter consumption has recently peaked for a reason that I will not dispel and that has absolutely nothing to do with the U.S. election.

But, unfortunately, the digital information that we love and share is not free. Yes, there are those pesky privacy issues — the targeted (or “sponsored”) ads on Twitter and websites are sometimes ridiculously relevant to me. But, to my mind, there is an even greater and more long-term cost than the loss of individual privacy.

Data is Powered Mostly by Fossil Fuels

Every time we click, upload a file or download an app, we make use of huge data centres that are mostly powered by dirty energy. According to one journal, the Internet will soon amount to nearly 1 billion tons of CO2 annually or approximately 10% of global electricity usage.

Some projections show that the information and communications sector of our economy is in fact expected to double by 2020! All of that data coming up and down the pipes could be powered by renewable energy if we so desired.

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Every dream needs a voice to share it.

Every mission-driven company needs a website to share their vision and dream online.

You build websites and want to support these amazing companies.

You want to do it with a small company where you can use your well-rounded development and UI/UX experience to inform how you code.

You want to know that your employer cares about balancing career with a fulfilling life that has time for friends and family.

We want to give you that opportunity.

Manoverboard

Manoverboard is a B Corporation helping purpose-driven companies and organizations motivate their audiences with beautiful, lasting design. We deliver bold websites, enduring corporate identities, and the communications strategies that support both.

Front End Developer

Developers are the main engine of our business and crucial to our success.

Your first goal will be building amazing websites to wow our customers and help them achieve their missions. You’ll develop custom WordPress themes from scratch, assist with planning new projects, and write blog posts to share best practices about website design and development.

Your second goal will be to take us to a new level of development. You’ll do this by developing technical shorthand and best practices so that we can put more time into fulfilling our clients’ mission.

Your last goal, but just as important as the rest, is to become a fully integrated member of the team and contribute to growing the business.

Why Work Here?

Team – You love working with other people. You’re fine working on your own, but you know you’re going to grow faster and go further when you’re with other people.

Variety – Code is great, but you want a sniff at the big picture stuff that separates good coding from great. You want to dig into the user experience and the strategy and art of user interface design.

Mission – You’re passionate about creating a sustainable economy, environment, and opportunities for all people.

Who We’re Looking For

Here are big ones:

  • Degree or diploma in graphic design, digital media design or communications – you could also bypass the education with the right experience
  • Experience developing great websites
  • Experience using HTML5 and CSS3 and coding best practices
  • Experience developing custom WordPress themes
  • Ability to implement and assess WordPress plug-ins, including ACF
  • Experience working with JavaScript libraries, including jQuery
  • Experience with graphic design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch
  • Experience writing content for websites
  • Interest or experience in social enterprise and/or non-profits

You’ll get extra points for:

  • Background in graphic design practices, principles and theory
  • Good understanding of SEO best practices
  • Knowledge of CSS extension languages like LESS and SASS
  • Ability to deploy and implement code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Understanding of modern server environments

The Details

You’ll be working in our modern, rough wood and exposed brick office with the rest of our welcoming team. We’ve got free parking and we’re super close to a bus line. If you decide to take public transit, we’ll even reimburse you for 50% of the cost. This full-time position could be part-time for the right person. On top of your salary, we offer excellent benefits, flexible work hours, three weeks holidays to start, paid parental leave, and a paid day off every year for volunteering.

How to Apply

If you believe that you’re a good fit, email your cover letter, resume, a list of recent sites that you developed to Andrew Boardman at careers@manoverboard.com. Please indicate in the subject line “Web Developer”.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you.

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I was recently asked by someone if I could help transition their website over to SquareSpace, a current and popular website platform. Their current site was built from scratch, and running on WordPress, the world’s most prevalent content management system. However it was made many years before WordPress matured into the software that it is today. The existing site was awkward to update, and they had been experimenting a bit with a trial of SquareSpace. They were excited to show me how easy it was to make a page, and add some basic content.

I tried my best to make a case for WordPress, and the brilliant platform it has become. I suggested the client carry on with WordPress and have a new more up-to-date website built. However, budget was a big concern and it appeared to me that their their mind was already made up. After all, SquareSpace makes the whole signup process very easy so it hooks you right from the get-go. Which really got me thinking; are there good reasons to start with, or to switch to a DIY systems like SquareSpace, or any of the widely-available off-the-shelf WordPress themes?

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A Brief History

For the past 16 years the FWA (Favourite Website Awards) has been honouring websites that push the boundaries of what is possible on the internet. There have been many other awards sites step forward during this time, too—Awwwards, CSS Design Awards and siteInspire are just a few examples.

Still, to this day, the FWA is regarded as the “Oscars of web design” and considered an extremely coveted award. Much of what you see on the internet today stems from a community of companies and individuals that were pushing the envelope in the early to late 2000’s and the FWA should be credited as one of the originators that paved the way for others to follow.

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