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
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://docs.civicrm.org/sysadmin/en/latest/upgrade/?query=extensions#b…; - 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… 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