Just a question after reading an article posted here back from January 21, 2016 on Drupal 8, why Freelock.com has not moved to Drupal 8? Just wondering if there was a particular reason we should avoid before jumping in? Thanks.
Ha! What a great question!
Three reasons: Time, requirements, priorities.
Yesterday the Drupal security team gave a dire warning about extremely dangerous security vulnerabilities in multiple contributed modules. The fixes, and the details, would be released at 9am Pacific Time today.
I dropped what I was doing and started going through our customer sites, making sure they were all clean and ready for these updates when they were released.
Our branch strategy based on Git Flow did not survive. It was getting a bit old in the tooth, but the final blow was automation.
At Freelock, we've been hard at work building out automation so we can handle the maintenance on hundreds of websites with better test coverage and more confidence than ever before. Exciting news! It's all coming together, and we have it working across the board on ALL of our projects, now.
We have several Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 upgrade projects going on, which is particularly challenging given how quickly the Drupal Migration system is changing. Given that a couple of them are nearing launch, and were missing some node references, I set out to get the content updated from the production sites before launch.
It's really a shame. Drupal Gardens has announced to its users that it's shutting down completely on August 1, and users need to move away from the service before it disappears.
It's a shame because Drupal Gardens was the only low-cost way to run a Drupal site with somebody else handling maintenance for you.
But it's not really a surprise.
Its name is Watney. Watney lives in Matrix. Watney is a bot I created about 6 months ago to start helping us with various tasks we need to do in our business.
Watney patiently waits for requests in a bunch of chat rooms we use for internal communications about each website we manage, each project we work on. Watney does a bunch of helpful things already, even though it is still really basic -- it fetches login links for us, helps us assemble release notes for each release we do to a production site, reminds us when it's time to do a release, and kicks off various automation jobs.
The audio quality isn't the best, but the talk I gave yesterday at LinuxFest Northwest is already up on YouTube! You can watch it here...
How quick do pages on your site load? How quick should they load? How do you make pages load quicker?
Why should you care?
The speed of pages loading on websites is often overlooked in web projects, and can be a major difference between two sites that otherwise look the same. Let's start with why you should care -- or rather, when you should care.
Drupal 8 has been out for 2 months now, and there's never been a better time to choose Drupal for your website platform. Here are 8 reasons why!
Again, good job on the site. Unfortunately, most people won't be able to tell just how cool it really is. There is definitely a better look and feel on the outside, but where it really shines is under the hood. In today's world of crappy software vendors who provide crappy products and next to zero service at premium prices, it's refreshing to work with someone who is honest, thorough, reasonable and willing to do what it takes to meet the customer's needs.Outdoor Research