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  • Quick Setup with Composer Template for Drupal Projects

    Pairing Composer template for Drupal Projects with Lando gives you a fully working Drupal environment with barely any setup.

    Lando is an open-source, cross-platform local development environment. It uses Docker to build containers for well-known frameworks and services written in simple recipes. If you haven’t started using Lando for your local development, we highly recommend it. It is easier, faster, and relatively pain-free compared to MAMP, WAMP, VirtualBox VMs, Vagrant or building your own Docker infrastructure.

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    Quick Setup with Composer Template for Drupal Projects

  • Drupal Modules to Help Improve Your SEO

    So you just finished building an awesome new website on Drupal, but now you’ve run into a new dilemma. How do optimize the site for search engines? Search engine optimization, or SEO, can be overwhelming, but don’t let that cause you to ignore certain things you can do to help drive traffic to your website. There’s nothing worse than spending countless hours to develop a web application, only to find out that users aren’t able to find your site. This can be extremely frustrating, as well as devastating if your company or business heavily relies on organic traffic. Continue reading →

    Drupal Modules to Help Improve Your SEO

  • Migrating Drupal 7 redirects to Drupal 8

    When migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, it is important to remember to migrate over the redirects as well. Without the migrations users will not find your content if for example: the redirect was shared on social media. Using the Migrate Plus module, it is quite simple to write a migration for the redirects. The Migrate Plus module contains some good examples on how to get started writing your custom migrations. Continue reading →

    Migrating Drupal 7 redirects to Drupal 8

  • Composer FTW! RIP Drush Make?

    In the modern world of web / application development, using package managers to pull in dependencies has become a de-facto standard. In fact, if you are developing enterprise software and you aren’t leveraging package managers I would challenge you to ask yourself why not? Continue reading →

    Composer FTW! RIP Drush Make?

  • Adding pURL Multidomain XMLSitemap

    On a recent project, we had to create multiple sitemaps for each of the domains that we have setup on the site. We came across some problems that we had to resolve because of the nature of our pURL setup.

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    Adding pURL Multidomain XMLSitemap

  • Going back to Drupal, it's fun again!

    Actually, we never left. We didn’t stop building Drupal sites, even through the long release cycle. However, we did move our company website, activelamp.com, off of Drupal about 18 months ago. Our company site had been built on Drupal since the Drupal 4.7 days. That was back when it started to become uncool to write and maintain your own home-grown CMS. I eventually found Drupal, ditched my custom CMS, and never looked back.

    Our site started on Drupal 4.7, upgraded onto Drupal 5, then Drupal 6, and also Drupal 7 all at the beginning of the release cycles of Drupal. About 18 months ago, when our site was in dire need of an update, we evaluated Drupal 8 but realized with no release date in sight, and the fact that we did not want to chase HEAD and develop on unstable API’s, we decided to go a different route and build our updated site on Jekyll, a popular static generator. It’s more fun to tinker with new technology when working on non-billable stuff, which is what we did. We brushed up on our Ruby skills and built out a Jekyll site (which is this site you’re looking at if you’re reading this blog post before Q3 of 2016).

    We’re getting ready for another update to our company website and moving back to Drupal to do it. Jekyll was great, but it came with its disadvantages over something like Drupal. This post will highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of working with Jekyll the past 18 months, as well as highlight why we’re excited to put activelamp.com on Drupal 8 in Q3 of this year. Continue reading →

    Going back to Drupal, it's fun again!

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