Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Drupal 8 has only 4 critical issues before getting released out of beta! Fingers crossed for a release this week!

The major issues that remain are: 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Faster, more secure, more maintainable. Three nice benefits we get from our new standard Drupal server architecture.

This year we're replacing our old "traditional" LAMP stack with an entirely less pronounceable LNDMPS version. We still use Linux, MariaDB and PHP, of course, but instead of Apache we've moved to Nginx, and we've added Docker and Salt.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We hear it all the time:

Why do you recommend a 6 hour budget for a simple integration? Here's an embed widget right here -- if this were WordPress I could do it myself!

Well, in Drupal you can do it yourself, exactly the same way you might in WordPress. Add a block, use an input format that doesn't strip out Javascript, paste in your code, put the block where you want it on your page, and away you go.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

More and more I keep running into assertions that Git is a version control tool, and that if you use it for deployment, you're doing it wrong.


At Freelock we find it to be a very effective deployment tool, and I'm not seeing a solution that meets our needs any better.

Two presentations in particular caught my attention recently mentioned this:

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

For many years, we've organized our development around user stories. What exactly is each user trying to accomplish, and what does that look like when they try to accomplish those tasks?

For most of the past year, we've taken this a step further and adopted Behavior Driven Design. It's the same thing, really, with one fundamental difference: we have a tool to automate testing the user stories, and a more specific syntax to use that gets straight to the heart of the user story.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Another sales call today, with a prospective start-upper who thought Drupal might lower his costs to get a web startup launched.

And I didn't really answer the question directly -- because in the long run, if you're building something successful, you're going to spend as much on your Drupal site as you would building from scratch.

The key difference? How quickly you can get something in front of users that might help you get some traction and build your business.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We recently had a new client contact us and ask if we could move their sites over to Pantheon so they could do some in-house development work. Of course we can do that for you! We recommended doing a Site Assessment for them, just to make sure we know what we're dealing with. Our Site Assessment gives us a good understanding of the state of a client's current site.

Friday, April 03, 2015

We're starting to recommend Drupal 8 for some new upgrade projects, with the following notes...

Monday, March 23, 2015

... this statement applies to just about any endeavor you can imagine... I've mostly heard it associated with education, the idea that you can get a good education anywhere if you work diligently at it and learn what the teacher has to teach -- and likewise, you can often skate by in good schools without coming out the other end with much learned.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Mike, looking for information about integrating a data collection Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, asked:

I was a little surprised by your comment that the capabilities aren’t likely to be available in an existing widget.  I was under the (I guess incorrect) that Drupal was more sophisticated and locked down than WordPress, but that similar widgets could be found – even if the choice is more limited.  I’ve found WordPress widgets that offer some of the features, and that could be adapted.

Hi, Mike,


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