Archive for: November, 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: Create and Manage Menus

A website’s navigation plays an important part in how easy a site is to use. It’s essential that you spend time fleshing out the overall IA (Information architecture) or you’ll end up with a site that’s hard to use and difficult to navigate through. Previous versions of Drupal have always offered a simple interface for managing menus, and Drupal 8 is no exception. In this tutorial, we’ll continue building our site by adding in some menus. We’ll create a custom menu which’ll be used to display links to popular categories, then create an “About us” page and add a menu link to the footer. Drupal Developer

Configuration Workflow

Article Large website projects involving multiple people in different roles face special challenges. The work needs to be coordinated and scheduled in such a way as to allow for parallel development of different parts of the project on different systems. As a consequence, sooner or later the different parts of the whole must be brought back together and integrated into the project’s main development trunk. Often, this process happens seamlessly; at other times, overlapping changes must be integrated manually. In a Drupal 8 project, the Configuration Management module allows the website configuration files to be stored in a Git repository alongside the project code. As an added bonus, Git also provides features that facilitate distributed development, allowing work to be done on branches and merged together as required. When there are conflicts, external tools are available to visually present the conflicts to the user, making it easier to determine what…

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Commerce 2.x Stories: Products

Previously we talked about currencies and stores. This week we’ll focus on products. Commerce 2.x ships with much better UX out of the box, thanks to a revamped product architecture. It also features under the hood improvements that allow developers to implement custom product architectures for different use cases. Read on… Tags: PlanetCommerce 2.x Source: drupalcommerce.org

Baby Steps

Column FADE IN: EXT. THE “HOLLYWOOD” SIGN – ESTABLISHING SHOT – MORNING EXT. HOLLYWOOD, AN OFFICE BUILDING(HOWARD exits the building in a huff, speaking on his cellphone.) HOWARD: Gary, no more interviews!…. Baba Booey, listen to me, no more! (He looks around.) And where’s the car?… Where am I? I’m on… (freaking out) Oh, God, Hollywood Boulevard! (He is immediately set-upon by throngs of adoring fans requesting selfies.) Never mind, I’ll grab a cab! (He disconnects and flees up Highland, frantically waving his hand to hail a taxi. Finally, a taxi stops and he rushes inside.) HOWARD: The Bonaventure Hotel! EXT. WESTIN BONAVENTURE – ESTABLISHING SHOT (The hotel is an enormous contemporary structure in Downtown Los Angeles.) INT. WESTIN BONAVENTURE, RONNIE RAY’S HOTEL ROOM (RONNIE examines himself in the full-length mirror, confident that he is prepared to face the day at DrupalCon LA. In fact, he’s the very model of…

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Busting the Bottleneck

Feature Any improvements made anywhere besides the bottleneck are an illusion. — Gene Kim How To Identify And Resolve Your Pinch Points Rush hour is a cruel juxtaposition between drivers ready, willing, and able to get to their destination as quickly as possible, only to find themselves creeping along (or at a dead stop) due to traffic jams caused by the roads being over capacity and the lack of coordination or optimization of the travel plans of each individual driver. Most of those drivers also know that by consulting Google Maps and Waze, they can discover the cause of the jam-up, their distance to it, and estimated time of delay; they can then make the decision to stick it out or take the next exit and proceed through the streets. How motor vehicles flow through a network of highways and byways is a good analogy of how work flows through…

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Platonic Project Workflow

Feature Perhaps the most important workflow any of us encounter is the one least talked about: That is, the flow of, well, our work. Not of our content through a CMS, but of the process of building that CMS in the first place. Or, for that matter, any web project. Many electrons have been spilled extolling the merits of Agile development and the evils of Waterfall development, the two popular workflow archetypes. The real world, as ever, is not that simple. Especially when we speak of consulting projects rather than in-house teams, pure Agile is rarely acceptable; it lacks long-term predictability (by design). And good design (both visual and technical) requires some level of up-front gestalt planning. Every project is different, but what does an ideal project workflow look like? And how can we try to approach that ideal more readily? Plan Ahead There is an old British military adage:…

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