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Drupal 8, the best CMS (Content Management System for your website) in the world, has been maturing over the past couple of years and is now in a very healthy state - it's time to make the move.
It is now time for any site still running on Drupal 7 to start planning the upgrade to version 8, but don't worry - we are here to help you through it! It's a relatively simple process which will bring your site up to date - and make it easier to stay up to date.Why upgrade to Drupal 8?
Drupal 7 is nearing its end of life. What does… Read More
Drupal 8.8 brings some changes to Drupal's update system. For the first time, composer is the default method for updating - if you've got sites set up using expanded file sets, now is the time to make the switch to a composer setup.
There are also a few 'gotchas' to be navigated along the way, here is a rundown of our recipe for a safe and happy update experience.
If you are switching from a non-composer setup to a composer setup, your first action is to create a new site using composer
> composer create-project… Read More
After a recent hard disk failure happily resulted in zero data loss, we ponder on the vital role of backups.
Bad things happen, they are unavoidable. Whether it's human error or physical degradation, we can help you to manage your resources so that a problem does not turn into a catastrophe.
It's not enough to say, well, I think we have backups running, you need to have a working backup system that can cater for all eventualities.What is your problem?
It's important when planning a backup strategy to think about… Read More
We were very surprised to hear recently of a company using a vendor's own in-house CMS, we thought these had died out years ago!
There are, however, some serious down-sides to using a CMS created by an individual company - especially when compared to a system such as Drupal:Security
All websites are constantly being scanned for vulnerabilities by malicious users, Drupal has a security team issuing patches on a regular (monthly) basis to keep your site protected. It is constantly stress-tested and maintained by its global… Read More
Last month we said a sad goodbye to our last remaining Drupal 6 sites.
These were set up for Dentsply a multi-national dental supplies company who has since changed name and corporate sturucture. They remained as Drupal 6 sites owing to the changes in the company and a lack of focus to do anything with them - either upgrade or replace.
However, this has been an interesting experience as it has shown us that Drupal sites can live long after their official end of life. According to the official Drupal announcement, the EOL (end… Read More
Working with Drupal 8 and Commerce 2 requires sites to be built using composer, a PHP dependency manager.
Composer is a fantastic tool for managing code and the ever-growing mesh of dependencies which form the backbone of modern websites. However, it can be a royal *headache* when it won't behave!
We recently had a requirement to switch a Commerce 2 site from the stable code branch to the 2.x-dev branch - and found a bunch of problems stopping us from doing that. The essence of the problem is that everything is dependent on… Read More
We've been hard at work lately gigging around the local area - and working on a website to promote Jon Pollard Music.
In addition to making a simple Drupal 8 website we've been working on Videos, video editing and re-colouring, remixing audio tracks and gig photography. It's a large and varied set of skills that we have been developing, so if you are interested in video and photography, get in touch and watch this space for more developments.
We've just launched a new website for a local covers band - Uncovered Ground.
They are a great band and a singer who is also part of Turtlereality! Uncovered Ground play a mix of classic rock songs from bands like Pink Floyd, Bowie, The Doors, T-Rex and, as they say, many more!
You can find out how to book them at https://uncoveredground.co.uk
For a limited time, we are pleased to be able to offer free Security Audits for Drupal websites.
Drupal has some of the toughest security of any CMS system available - but it also relies on being correctly set up and kept up to date. If your site has not been kept up to date with the latest security patches there is a chance your site has vulnerabilities or has been hacked.
It's possible for websites to be compromised without site owners realizing. In fact, keeping quiet about a… Read More
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