Internet Marketing Strategies and Drupal Tips

Mar 26 2014

Drupal Maintenance and Understanding the New Release Cycle

We provide Drupal updates for our clients. Every month we apply the most recent updates to Drupal core and contributed modules. Currently there is no set schedule as to when a minor release of Drupal will be released. For example, a minor release is when Drupal is updated from 7.23 to 7.24. So in November 2013, Drupal 7.24 was released. It contained security fixes. It was recommended to upgrade immediately after reading the security announcement.
 
On January 3, 2014, Drupal 7.25 was released. This is a maintenance release including bug fixes and small feature improvements only. Drupal 8 is under development and significant new features are only being added to the new Drupal 8 release.
 
This release was followed quickly by Drupal 7.26 on January 15, 2014. This release fixes security vulnerabilities. Website owners are urged to upgrade immediately. However, some Drupal sites reported a major site slowdown after upgrading to Drupal 7.26 so we have postponed this upgrade.
Feb 19 2014

Updated: CSS Styles lost when aggregating, compressing CSS in Drupal 7.24

Note: This problem happens with a Shared hosting server using Nginx.

I recently launched a website using the latest version of Drupal 7.24. After launching, I went to the Admin page at sitename.com/admin/config/development/performance and checked the box to Aggregate and Compress CSS files. All my site's CSS styling promptly disappeared. So, of course, I disabled this checkbox.

Then I checked the box to Aggregate Javascript files and my Admin Menu toolbar promptly disappeared.

I don't know what's causing this problem. Could it be the new .htaccess files that are included with the new Drupal 7.24? I understand that the new .htaccess files in the sites/default/files/css and /tmp directories is helpful to prevent hacking. 

Anyone else have problems with CSS styling disappearing?
Feb 19 2014

Drupal vs. Wordpress: The Benefits of Using Drupal

I'm working on a project where the client's first experience with Drupal was disappointing. They are planning to redesign the site user interface to make it more user-friendly. We were discussing whether to redo the site in Wordpress or to continue with Drupal. Rather than writing another Drupal vs. Wordpress article, I decided to write about the Benefits of Using Drupal. Here's what I wrote to my client:
 
I'm sorry that your first experience with Drupal wasn't what you expected. I hope that you will give Drupal another chance. I've worked on many Drupal sites that worked very well and were easy to use.
 
There's a lot of benefits to redesigning your website with Drupal:
  • A lot of the theme styling is already done and can be used with the new responsive theme
  • Your current Drupal site uses a module called Context which has a drag and drop interface that allows you to drag and drop content, images and blocks and rearrange the page layout in many different ways. This way you can position the blocks in different places on the pages. You can have an unique layout on each page.
  • The site also uses a module called Views which Wordpress doesn't have. It allows you to display pieces of content in listings on pages or blocks or slideshows or lightboxes. It's extremely flexible and powerful
  • Drupal's taxonomy or tags system is very useful. You can enter one promotion or event and tag it with several location tags and have it show up on several different pages or blocks.

I look forward to doing the UX design and re-building your website with Drupal. It's a dream project for me to be able to do both the UX design and also to build it out. I'm sorry your first experience with Drupal wasn't what you expected. I'm confident that I can redesign and rebuild your website so that it more than meets your needs and also is easy to use. I'm planning on building a prototype so you can test it out and see how easy it is to update the content.
 
Would you like a FREE consultation and demonstration on the Benefits of Using Drupal? Contact Katy[at]SeascapeWebDesign.com today!


Related Article: Why Choose Drupal? Here are 7 Reasons
Feb 7 2014

Surrey Drupal Developers Contribute to Global Sprint Weekend

On January, 25, 2014, three members of the Surrey Drupal meetup participated in the Global Sprint Days here in Vancouver, BC Canada. All over the world, Drupal enthusiasts volunteered their time and expertise to contribute to the Drupal project. The newest version, Drupal 8, is a work in progress being built by volunteers all over the globe. Drupal is an open source CMS - Content Management System. It's freely available for download at Drupal.org.

Jan 25 2014

Drupal 8 is Looking Great - new improved installation screens

Drupal 8 is looking good! The installation screens have improved in appearance.

and the Views module is now included in core. Views provides lists of your content to the user. For example, this blog page is a View.

Other new items in Drupal 8 are a built-in WYSIWYG editor. You can also edit in place without being sent to the Edit form.
Jan 24 2014

Live Blogging: Preparing for Drupal Sprint Day - Jan. 25, 2014

Volunteers all over the world are contributing their time to fix bugs and test patches to build a better Drupal 8. For more info see: http://www.seascapewebdesign.com/blog/drupal-8-sprint-weekend-jan-24-25-2014

I’m excited about participating in the Global Drupal Sprint Day tomorrow, Jan. 25, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. I’ll be blogging about my experience here. In preparation for tomorrow's sprint, I’m following Sprint leader, Joel Pittet’s instructions found here: http://pittet.ca/drupal/sprint/2014-01-24
Jan 23 2014

Integrating Node.js with your existing Drupal site - Jan. 23, 2014

Surrey Drupal developer, Vladimir Ilic, will be presenting at tonight's meetup of the Vancouver Drupal Meetup. His session will cover requirements for integrating Node.js with your existing Drupal application.

Node.js - a paradigm shift in web development is coming to a server near you. It provides a unifying language all the way from the back end to the front end. This session will give you an overview on what Node.js is, how to get started with it, and most importantly, how and when to integrate it with your existing Drupal application (get best from both worlds).
Jan 20 2014

Mobile-friendly, Responsive Design for TruckPark.ca

Mobile-friendly, Responsive Design for Commercial Truck Parking Site, www.TruckPark.caSeascape Web Interactive created a custom design for Abbotsford commercial truck parking company, TruckPark.ca. This business brochure site comes with attractive slideshow on the home page. This Drupal 7 website is mobile-friendly and displays beautifully on hand-held devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets. It also looks great on your laptop or desktop.


Visit www.truckpark.ca today!








Jan 20 2014

Promote Your Business For Free On Twitter

You don't need a marketing budget to promote your business on Twitter.

You can add dozens of new customers in just a matter of days without having to spend so much on advertising, of course, through the right approaches.

Social media networks have shown to be one of the most powerful and cost-effective ways to grow your company.

Twitter, being the largest micro-blogging channel on the internet, offers a lot of free ways that will bring in relevant customers, thereby boosting business and income.

Read rest of this article here: http://bit.ly/1jjeEO8

Jan 20 2014

Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend - Jan 24 - 25, 2014

For Drupal developers and Drupal users:
RSVP for Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend here: https://groups.drupal.org/node/394518

Friday evening, January 24th and all day Saturday Jan 25th is the Drupal Sprint Weekend, with local sprints being held around the world! Vancouver is no exception. The Jibe will be holding an all-day sprint at their offices on Friday Jan 24th @ 5pm and Saturday Jan 25th @9am-5pmish. The address is:

The Jibe
#202 - 311 Water St. Vancouver, BC (Canada)
http://goo.gl/maps/xWphZ

Contribute
This sprint will not have any specific focus, other than people should come to make public contributions to Drupal. Some examples of this could be