CiviCRM Upgrades and Security Patches 07/07/2017

Step by step guide to upgrading CiviCRM

Here is a simple step by step guide to upgrading CiviCRM with Drupal 7, the ideal platform for charity web design.

The full details are here - https://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Upgrading+CiviCRM+fo… - but we find it handy to have a quick guide without too many unnecessary details 

Backup CiviCRM and Drupal databases using Backup and Migrate 3.x dev version… Read More
Drupal 8 Developer Verdict 04/07/2017

How awesome is Drupal 8? Like, almost totally!

We've been working with Drupal 8 for a while now and I think it's a good time to reflect on what we've learned. Good and bad points - but mainly good.

The Good Points Drupal 8 is more refined and has better workflows. Using it is faster, more intuitive and more user friendly with a better design to the whole system. In lots of ways that you can't specifically put your finger on, it just seems to work better. Drupal 8 is faster - one of the problems of Drupal 7 is that for logged in users it can be sluggish. With Drupal 8 though,… Read More
Drupal Commerce Discounts & Coupons 26/05/2017

Using Drupal Commerce Discounts to Ease Stress

Peak times of demand such as Christmas and Easter can put strain on an E-commerce site's physical resources. Encouraging customers to buy ahead of time might help to ease this - and e-commerce discounts can be a good way to do this. Here is a quick round up of the discount and coupon offers available through our Drupal Commercebased systems: Types of offer £ off - fixed amount off total order % off - fixed percentage off total order free shipping % off shipping - applied to each… Read More
Drupal Website Backup Strategy 19/05/2017

Drupal Website Backup Strategy

Backups are vital, but just having a backup isn't enough, what's needed is a backup strategy, which means thinking about what you are protecting against, setting up a system and testing that it actually works.

Code

A Drupal website installation has two elements, database and code. The codebase should be running under some kind of version control which gives you great layer of protection when it's hosted in a private repository on GitHub or BitBucket. The repository contains… Read More

Web site security 08/05/2017

Why Would Anybody Want to Hack My Site?

It's a common mis-conception among website owners that hackers would not be interested in their website because it doesn't contain any information worth stealing, or that hackers wouldn't be interested in attacking their friendly helpful site. The truth is that hackers can benefit from gaining control of any site - so you need to be secure.

So, how exactly can hackers benefit from taking over your site?

SEO Spam

The most common use of a hijacked site is SEO spam - injecting links into your site which point to other sites,… Read More

drupal git workflow 03/05/2017

Web Design Workflow, Reliability Through Drupal & Git

One of the biggest changes in the way we work over the last few years has been the introduction of version control into our workflow. As systems get ever more complex, we need better tools to manage them and this has led to using something called "Git". Git is great because it allows us to easily manage our workflow of "dev", "staging" and "live". Let's break that all down a bit and explain what it means.

Many web design companies, particularly at the low end of… Read More

Email Newsletters - Permission to send 06/04/2017

Permission to send

There is a big difference between having access to a list of email addresses, and having permission to send email to that list.

By using this software you agree to follow our permission policy for sending emails, which is required by our Terms of Use. If you don't have proven permission to email the addresses on your mailing lists, you are sending spam.

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Web Design Paradigm Shift 16/01/2017

All of These Web Sites Look the Same!

Have you noticed how all web sites are starting to look the same? Is it a good thing? Do stock solutions always work?

Despite the commoditisation of web design, I believe there is still a role for the designer. Buying a template is not the end of the story - it's not how flashy it is, it's how you use it. The elements that you add to the template  - imagery, branding, text and even the structure of the pages can be good or bad. Your customer's experience can… Read More

Holiday cottage website design 05/01/2017

New Site Launch - Country Holiday House Rentals

We've just launched a new site for a holiday rentals company specializing in luxury, high end accommodation close to London.

https://countryholidayhouse.com/

They have some spectacular properties and some great January offers!

Drupal CiviCRM website for UK charity 29/11/2016

New Site Launched for the Latin Mass Society

We are very proud to announce the launch of a brand new site for the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. It's been a complete rethink of the site, completely restructuring all of their site contents and creating a new, modern look and feel.

The new website includes

A fully featured membership… Read More
Where next for the world wide web and social media? 26/08/2016

If Web Design was Photography is Social Media the Talkies?

When Henry Fox Talbot started his photography experiments in 1835 just down the road from here at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, he had no idea of where it would eventually lead. This image is credited as being the first ever photograph, Pikachu was not in the original.

When I was a student we were given an essay to do based on a quote that "from today painting is dead"... Which wikipedia tells me is from Paul Delaroche after seeing a daguerreotype, one of the earliest forms of photography. It's a very forward thinking approach… Read More

CiviCRM Drupal Charity Web Design Backup and Migrate 04/05/2016

CiviCRM Drupal - Transfer to New Server

CiviCRM Drupal is a winning combination for charity web design, but they can be very fussy and demanding about how they are set up. Foreign key checks on database tables make it difficult to manage backups and site migrations for a CiviCRM data site in the way you would normally handle a Drupal website - but it can be done.

This recipe works for setting up a new development version - or copying data to a new server. CiviCRM is very fragile and needy when it comes to database tables… Read More