Archive for: October, 2015

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Build a Blog in Drupal 8: Managing Blocks

The Block system in Drupal allows you to add arbitrary content into regions within a theme. A block could be as simple as just text or list content using Views. In Drupal 7, the Block system is pretty limiting. For instance, a single block can only be assigned to a single region. You also have very basic control of hiding and displaying blocks. To handle these short comings in Drupal 7 you would use Panels for complex layouts and Bean so you can add fields to blocks. In Drupal 8, the Block system has been revamped and it’s more flexible. The two big improvements: assign a single block to multiple regions and fieldable block types. In this tutorial, we’ll continue work on our Drupal 8 blog site. We’ll add a static call-to-action which’ll only appear in the sidebar on the blog page. This call-to-action could be some promotional content or…

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Build a Blog in Drupal 8: Using Views

Just when you thought Drupal 8 couldn’t get more powerful; I give to you Views in core. Yes, the most installed module in Drupal is now part of core. No longer will you have to wait for Views to be upgraded to use the latest version of Drupal. Just install Drupal and start building your custom views page or block. For people who don’t know, Views allows you to list Drupal content. That’s a simple explanation, but it doesn’t give the module the respect it deserves. For instance, you could create a page (/latest-reviews) which displays all the latest content by content type and sorted by created date. Using the module, you can query the site’s content and display it in a block, table or page just to name a few. Now that Views is part of core, it’s used throughout the administration section. Take for example the Content (admin/content)…

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Build a Blog in Drupal 8: Adding Comments

If you want to communicate with readers on a blog, the best way to achieve this is by setting up comments. If you’re happy to deal with spam and the occasional troll, then comments are great for communicating with readers and fostering a community. The functionality has changed a lot in Drupal 8. In Drupal 7, the comments system was fairly rigid. You could only use them on content types and only have a single comment type. If you needed to support multiple comment types like review or feedback, you were out of luck. In Drupal 8, the comments system has been rebuilt. They can be attached to any entity type by adding a “Comments” field. You can also now have different comment types. This allows you to do all sorts of things like having public and private comments on a single content type. In the last tutorial, we created…

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