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Over the Summer we've been busy behind the scenes upgrading turtlereality.com from Drupal 7 state to Drupal 8 - and it's been an interesting and enlightening process!
The Drupal migration system is not quite in its finished state, but it's useable enough for simple sites without too many complex data types or data display scenarios. The turtlereality.com site is fairly simple - compared to most of the sites we build for clients - there are a few data types and only a handful of different display types, which currently have to be… Read More
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… Read More
After enormous amounts of frustration, I've finally worked out a recipe for setting up Drupal development websites 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 web development 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… Read More
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… Read More
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.
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… Read More
Another new site launch for a brand new client - https://olhoccowley.co.uk/
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.
We are very proud to launch a brand new site for our long term client Toucan Books. The first site we did for the London based publisher was back in 2009 when using stylesheets to control layout was considered cutting edge! The new site is much more sophisticated, using the awesome power of Drupal 8 to make it all look easy.
We've just launched a new site for Wiltshire based tech startup ALDSU.
The site is built using Drupal 8 and features highly structured contents and layouts, SSL security and premium content.
The other day we were talking to a prospective client about how we make websites and we started talking about Drupal, which is the open source content management system that we have been using for several years, and I'm embarrassed to say that we sounded a bit gushy!
The truth is that Drupal competely changed the way we build sites - and we've not looked back! So, what is it about this oddly-named software that gets us so excited?
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We've just launched a new site for a new Wiltshire based company - AS CAD Services Ltd - experts in Autodesk® Advance Steel technical, offering specialist training, consultation and draughting services.
We took them from logo design to site programming. The site is built using… Read More