Insights and advice to help you keep up with the increasingly fast pace of change in web design, brand design and social & digital media marketing.
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 detailsBackup CiviCRM and Drupal databases using Backup and Migrate 3.x dev version… Read More
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
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
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
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.
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
We've just launched a new site for a holiday rentals company specializing in luxury, high end accommodation close to London.
They have some spectacular properties and some great January offers!
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 includesA fully featured membership… Read More
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 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