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Git composer submodules solution

After enormous amounts of frustration, I've finally worked out a recipe for working with composer, git and deployHQ - the submodules were the fly in the ointment, here is how to work with them.

First, create a new Drupal project using composer

>$ composer create-project drupal-composer/drupal-project:8.x-dev my_site_name_dir --stability dev --no-interaction

Next, rename web to public_html - so it plays nicely with cPanel

edit composer.json file - swap this in to replace the extras section renaming web to public_html

 "extra": {
        "installer-paths": {
            "public_html/core": ["type:drupal-core"],
            "public_html/libraries/{$name}": ["type:drupal-library"],
            "public_html/modules/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-module"],
            "public_html/profiles/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-profile"],
            "public_html/themes/contrib/{$name}": ["type:drupal-theme"],...

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GDPR for web design companies

The great GDPR rush is now, more or less, over. The email torrent reduces to a trickle and we have a chance to reflect on what it all means!

Last weekend I spent a number of hours dismantling the 30 or so hard drives that I've had stashed in a box in the office. These represent all of the computer upgrades that I've done since I started building PCs from components in about 1994(ish). Every obsolete hard disk was saved rather than binned because I couldn't quite figure out what to do with them - and so a huge store of data mounted up on my shelf.

The new GDPR regulations have pushed me to look at all of the data in our company and actually deal with it! So last weekend saw me with a screwdriver and a hammer destroying hard disk platters and cutting up old DVD backups. It was a lot of history to destroy - and of course, I've kept some, the hard discs from my first proper music recording PC for example. After my death historians will pore over the contents with wonder...

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Drupal Security

Last week we had advanced warning of a critical security update to Drupal core versions 6, 7 and 8. The message was that we should do these updates immediately as a remotely exploitable hole was being fixed.

The patches were due for release at  7pm GMT and we waited with developers across the world as the Drupal site crashed briefly. By 8pm we had the new code and by 10pm all of our sites were either patched with the short term fix supplied by Drupal or updated to the new secure release.

The whole process was handled very well by the Drupal Security Team and allowed developers to patch sites very quickly. The exploit hasn't been explicitly described as yet and we are not aware of any Drupal sites being compromised anywhere in the world. Read more on here on The Register:

Drupal and GDPR
Disclaimer - this article is intended as a guide to how we may be able to help you comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). It does not in any way constitute legal advice. 


Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018. Organisations need to be ready for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article is a guide as to how we may be able to help you get your website ready for GDPR compliance. 
It relates mainly to clients with Drupal and/or CiviCRM websites and also to clients using the Realitymail email newsletter platform or Google Analytics.
For clients on legacy platforms (non-Drupal) please get in touch to discuss your requirements. We have set out some links further below to key information on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website and, if you haven't already, would...
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New website for Real Cooking

A first for Turtlereality! This is a Wix site for a local event caterer. Wix is a DIY drag-and-drop out-of-the-box website builder that could be a good option for businesses who are working to a smaller budget. And if you don't have time to do it yourself we can help you out and build the site for you. This is a basic one page site using one of Wix's many great templates. Drawbacks are limited functionality and scope for design but it's great for simple sites to get you online.

New website for MH Consult

MH Consult are a longstanding client, we made their first website nearly 10 years ago, followed up by ugrading the site to Drupal 7 about 5 years ago. 

We've now brought them right up-to-date with a Drupal 8 site that comes with what should be standard features these days; mobile-friendly, fast to load and highly secure.

The site showcases courses offered and has some great articles on navigating your way through the world of business. Check out Michael's books too including "Dragons’ Den: Grow Your Business: How to expand from small to big" with a foreword by Evan Davis

New website launch for Olhoc Cowley

Another new site launch for a brand new client -

The website is built using Drupal 8 and features all the kind of things you would expect from a modern site - mobile friendly, fast loading, highly secure - plus a fully featured events calendar.

We've also created a set of email newsletter templates to help the church administrators connect with the community.


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