Security, Insights, and Results for your Drupal or WordPress Website - The Open Source for Business Solutions https://www.freelock.com/ en Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center eagle-i Integration https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/fred-hutchinson-cancer-research-center-eagle-i-integration <span>Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center eagle-i Integration</span> <div class="field field--name-field-portfolio-extrashots field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Additional Screenshots</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/Selection_092.png" width="1015" height="619" alt="Fred Hutchinson" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/john-locke" lang="" about="/users/john-locke" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Locke</a></span> <span>Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00</span> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 John Locke 1025 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/fred-hutchinson-cancer-research-center-eagle-i-integration#comments University of Washington Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/university-washington-center-reinventing-public-education-crpe <span>University of Washington Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)</span> <div class="field field--name-field-portfolio-extrashots field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Additional Screenshots</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/crpe_full_homepage.png" width="1070" height="2937" alt="crpe_full_homepage" title="crpe_full_homepage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/portfolio_implementation_snapshot_too.png" width="1199" height="931" alt="portfolio_implementation_snapshot_tool" title="portfolio_implementation_snapshot_tool" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Mon, 12/25/2017 - 12:56</span> Mon, 25 Dec 2017 20:56:12 +0000 Don Dill 1137 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/university-washington-center-reinventing-public-education-crpe#comments Seattle Humane Society https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/seattle-humane-society <span>Seattle Humane Society</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:16</span> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:16:54 +0000 Don Dill 1677 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/seattle-humane-society#comments Middle East Policy Council https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/middle-east-policy-council <span>Middle East Policy Council</span> <div class="field field--name-field-portfolio-extrashots field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Additional Screenshots</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/mepc_website_homepage.png" width="1599" height="2590" alt="MEPC homepage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:48</span> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:48:15 +0000 Don Dill 1177 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/middle-east-policy-council#comments American College for Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/american-college-healthcare-sciences-achs <span>American College for Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:26</span> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:26:21 +0000 Don Dill 1140 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/american-college-healthcare-sciences-achs#comments Peninsula College and Athletics Sites https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/peninsula-college-and-athletics-sites <span>Peninsula College and Athletics Sites</span> <div class="field field--name-field-portfolio-extrashots field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Additional Screenshots</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/pencol_homepage.png" width="1594" height="931" alt="Peninsula College" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/pencol_full_homepage.png" width="1049" height="1291" alt="Peninsula College" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:09</span> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:09:37 +0000 Don Dill 1138 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/peninsula-college-and-athletics-sites#comments Seattle Children's Alliance https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/seattle-childrens-alliance <span>Seattle Children&#039;s Alliance</span> <div class="field field--name-field-portfolio-extrashots field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Additional Screenshots</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/childrensalliance.org_013_0.jpg" width="1890" height="2864" alt="Children&#039;s alliance homepage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Sun, 01/15/2017 - 18:06</span> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:06:47 +0000 Don Dill 1154 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/seattle-childrens-alliance#comments Queen City Yacht Club https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/queen-city-yacht-club <span>Queen City Yacht Club</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/don-dill" lang="" about="/users/don-dill" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Don Dill</a></span> <span>Sat, 07/16/2016 - 00:00</span> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:00:00 +0000 Don Dill 1121 at https://www.freelock.com https://www.freelock.com/partners/portfolio/queen-city-yacht-club#comments Topics https://www.freelock.com/topic <span>Topics</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/john-locke" lang="" about="/users/john-locke" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Locke</a></span> <span>Fri, 08/05/2022 - 15:57</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <section class="block block-layout-builder block-field-block:node:landing-page:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>You don't need to replace your website to make it more effective. Creating an entirely new website might not work, either -- unless you consider all the areas that affect how effective your website is.</p><p>Come here to</p><ul><li>Learn how to make your site more effective</li><li>Get an evaluation and guidance from our experts to super-charge your existing website</li><li>Hire us to make changes to your Drupal or WordPress site</li></ul></div> </section> <section class="block block-freelock-puzzle block-freelock-puzzle-block"> <div id="app" data-title="Website Effectiveness Engineering" data-start-full="0">You don't need a new website. You need to make your current website more effective! How can you do that? There is no single answer -- websites are part of a larger system, and you need to consider many different aspects to make your site effective. We've been making websites since the start of the web, and know what makes them work -- as well as not work. Take what we have learned to make your site better!</div> </section> <section class="block block-layout-builder block-field-block:node:landing-page:field-closing"> <div class="field field--name-field-closing field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There is so much to know about website effectiveness, but we can help!</p> </div> </section> </div> </div> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <section class="block block-layout-builder block-extra-field-block:node:landing-page:links"> </section> </div> </div> Fri, 05 Aug 2022 22:57:19 +0000 John Locke 2143 at https://www.freelock.com Picking a technology for internal use https://www.freelock.com/blog/john-locke/2021-11/picking-technology-internal-use <span>Picking a technology for internal use</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/john-locke" lang="" about="/users/john-locke" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Locke</a></span> <span>Fri, 11/12/2021 - 09:45</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Note: This is part 4 of 4 in a series about making technology decisions. <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f82fc30f-9669-481f-9d8b-4e53e9b5f87c" href="/blog/john-locke/2019-09/why-have-technology-decision-making-process" title="Why have a technology decision-making process?">Read part 1 here</a>.</p> <p>The only kinds of proprietary software Freelock actually pays for are development and testing tools – tools we use to actually create our work products, or provide us with access to tools we otherwise can’t support (e.g. testing across a bunch of browsers we don’t have).</p> <p>For individual developers/creators, we want to provide whatever tools they need so they can do their jobs best. We allow a lot of discretion in these choices, and don’t mandate any standards.</p> <p>We do maintain several unusual values as a shop, though, and encourage and support people who want to express those through the tools they select:</p> <ul><li> <p><b>Bias towards open source</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> – Wherever possible, we </span><span style="font-weight:normal">choose open source. It aligns with our values of working with the community, respecting freedom, providing the ability to self-support, reach core developers, and more. Wherever there is a viable open source solution, that’s our first choice, even if it involves a bit more pain up front to use.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><b>Strive towards quality results over quick shortcuts</b> (for example, the old HTML editors that inserted tons of extra markup that lead to heavy, slow-loading pages that now penalize your search engine results)</p> </li> <li> <p><b>Proprietary software has many hidden costs to consider</b> – cost of switching to another solution, risk of vendor lock-in, vendors closing shop, getting acquired, etc. These risks are greater in Software as a Service than in desktop software you download and can run even if the company goes away – Saas vendors may have lax security policies, get hacked, lose data through carelessness, expose data to unknown outsiders, or even be a target for a sophisticated attacker</p> </li> <li> <p>When purchasing any kind of software, it should be as commodity as possible – we manage dozens of cloud servers, but can replace any of them at any number of other vendors without significant difference. For an IDE or graphic editor, if a vendor goes away, we can pick a different editor and keep working with no interruption and just an individual learning curve to pick up the new software.</p> </li> <li> <p>Custom, bespoke solutions should be considered experimental, proof-of-concept. If successful, should look to turn into either a competitive business advantage, or made open source as a way of “giving back” and gaining more leverage (these are not mutually exclusive options, by the way).</p> </li> </ul><ul><li> <p><b>Bias towards platforms we know </b><span style="font-weight:normal">– This is simply practicality. Generally we want to provide a solution as quickly and effectively as we can – having to learn a new platform to get the job done when our current platform is capable of solving it is simply making a smart business decision. The grass is not always greener… </span><span style="font-weight:normal">Using platforms built in technologies we know makes it easier for us to contribute as well.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><b>Bias against the market leader</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> – When picking a technology, we look for tech with widespread adoption and a large user base, but we usually shy away from the most widely used solution. Several reasons for this: popularity doesn’t usually equate to technical excellence; solutions that enter the market later have a leg up in terms of lessons learned, failures of the earlier entries; secondary solutions tend to have a focus on technical excellence, and often provide far better value; philosophically we think every market should have multiple players, that having alternatives is far better than having a monoculture, and so we support alternatives.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><b>Bias toward open and inclusive communities</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> – we want to work with people who share our values.</span></p> </li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-5 field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/decision-making" hreflang="en">Decision-making</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/open-source" hreflang="en">Open Source</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/site-ownership/freeopen-source-software" hreflang="en">Free/Open Source Software</a></div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2129&amp;2=comment_node_blog&amp;3=comment_node_blog" token="DFQjTI58ZU7aMH10qb32ZFX_ygLFoR60E3P1AIlBEU0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 12 Nov 2021 17:45:19 +0000 John Locke 2129 at https://www.freelock.com