Web Design & Development Articles
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We've been doing Drupal website development for 10 years!!
10 years of Drupal development and design for Drupal 6, 7 and now Drupal 8. It's been a blast, sometimes crazy, sometimes amazing, always intrigung - here are some highlights.2009 - Drupal 6
When we started as Drupal designers, developing sites with Drupal 6 it was hard work. Just to get the thing working was a struggle. But, once you had it running, you could suddenly do a lot of exciting things. One of… Read More
Turtlereality has been in business designing and developing websites for 20 years. In that time the internet and the web has changed fundamentally at an incredible rate. Here are some of the highlights.1999 - HTML Pages
When we started out, a web site was very often made up of a collection of hard-coded HTML pages which linked to each other. It was a revolutionary new concept and very cutting edge. The web was where the cool kids hung out reading Wired magazine and checking Web Monkey on their Palm Pilots.
2000 -… Read More
A brand new, bespoke designed, mobile-friendly website for a small business on Exmoor. The Tantivy is a local institution but had a very poor internet presence. We've changed all that with a great new Drupal 8 website.
Our client base is very diverse. We deal with Multi-Nationals and household names, but a lot of our work is with small local… Read More
At the beginning of the cold weather, I ordered some wood from our regular supplier who then, in turn, commisioned us to build them a new website. Less than 2 months later the new site is up and running:
The site is built using Drupal 8 and the new Drupal Commerce version, Commerce 2. The build was a bit of an adventure, lots to learn about the new software, but it's definitely been worth it. Commerce 2 has a whole new architecture which makes… Read More
The internet is littered with thousands of failed websites and e-commerce websites. Few people realise how easy it is to make a website - but how difficult it is to make a successful e-commerce website.
Our e-commerce websites generate year on year growth in sales and revenue. In terms of volume we have sold many millions of pounds worth of goods through our e-commerce websites.
We design and program E-commerce websites with the ability to expand as… Read More
Here at Turtlereality, we aren't great at blowing our own trumpets. We believe in working diligently to provide a great service to our customers - but we would like to share with you what it is that sets us apart from other web design companies. Here is a quick summary:Attention to detail Design - flair and effectiveness Quality assurance - we test things - and fix them Optimisation - pages load blazingly fast We understand mobile - our designs work for all screen sizes Great photography - we get the most out of even poor source… Read More
As part of a major overhaul and redesign of their website, we have just opened a new e-commerce element for OUCH(uk) the UK national cluster headache charity.
The e-commerce elements are linked to the charity's backend CiviCRM database to tie up all the information about purchases, donations, and memberships.
Hopefully, this will further help the charity to prosper with a new revenue stream.
Following our article 16 of the best Drupal 7 Modules, here is an up-to-the minute list of the best Drupal 8 modules. These are the ones we know will be vital on nearly any web design and development project.Best Modules for Drupal 8 Admin Toolbar
We've just launched another site for a thriving Wiltshire business. This is a Drupal 8 site for a Westbury-based company offering swimming classes with locations across the north and south of England.
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