Category Archive for: Bakersfield Drupal Development

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.


Mariposas Spanish School

Mariposas is a hands-on, thematically organized program that allows children ages 3-8 to learn Spanish through music, literature, games, visual aids, sign language, art and beyond. The program runs from September through May with a summer camp in June. Pixeldust updated the interface and converted the site from static flash to data-driven based on Text Pattern (a PHP/MySQL-based Drupal CMS) with flash embedded.

Pixeldust Partners with Really Really Big Industries, Inc.

Pixeldust is pleased to announce our partnership with Really Really Big Industries, Inc in Chicago! RRBI is a full-service, creative digital media production agency that produces high-profile marketing communications and public relations work for global Fortune 100 companies. Pixeldust has been working with RRBI on the Drupal web development end of their client campaigns.

Whataburger

Pixeldust worked with McGarrah Jessee an Austin based advertising agency, to develop a series of interactive banner advertisements for the Whataburger. In the midst of a new product launch, Whataburger wanted to make sure their new campaign was both eye catching and reinfored their brand while conveying their menu’s new direction.

Toshiba

Pixeldust worked with The nFusion Group to create an animated hero piece for their client Toshiba. Pixeldust employed Flash technology and a little imagination to bring the piece to life. Pixeldust has also built numerous rich media based banner ads for Toshiba’s many interactive campaigns.

Cielo Wind Power

Pixeldust completed a comprehensive redesign of the existing Cielo Wind Power site, including a look and feel overhaul, content management implementation, copywriting, and video editing and implementation. Pixeldust designed and developed an easy-to-use WordPress-based site to allow for regular photo and content updates. Cielo’s new earthy look and feel ultimately accentuates their sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach to energy production.

You’re So Going Down: The Pixeldust Bi-annual Rock Paper Scissors Contest

That’s right folks–it’s that time of year again where fists will tremble, the air will be laced with sweet smell of victory, and the theme music to the opening sequence of Teen Wolf can be heard faintly in the background. I’m talking about the Pixeldust Bi-annual Rock Paper Scissors Contest.

Sunlight Photonics

Pixeldust designed and developed a Flash-based site to convey Sunlight’s prestigious nature and innovative vision. Sunlight Photonics is a venture-backed company focused on developing low cost, high efficiency renewable energy sources based on solar power. Led by a team of highly experienced world-class scientists, Sunlight is on the fast-track to soon become the international leader in clean energy solutions.

Pixeldust Launches Austin Humane Society Redesign

Pixeldust and Door Number 3 have launched the newly redesigned Austin Humane Society website. Built on the Drupal platform, the website features a sporty new look and a stronger focus on making the connection between users and the animals awaiting adoption. Pixeldust implemented an interactive pet grid where future adopters can view and sort pets by color, size, age, breed and several other features. The database is populated by a national Humane Society pet database.

Appboy Takes Your Favorite Apps Social

With the estimated hundreds of social networking sites that keep popping up these days, it’s easy to write them off as one and the same. But every once in awhile, one comes along that’s too good to pass up. Our latest discovery? Appboy.

Austin Humane Society

With over 3,000 pets placed a year, it’s safe to say that the Austin Humane Society’s dog-and-cat operation has given thousands of new best friends over the years. They receive an astonishing 32,000 visitors each year while more than 600 volunteers work tirelessly to find good pet homes, educate the community and raise money for the organization. But austinhumanesociety.org did not reflect the shelter’s whimsical tenants or provide the high-level functionality needed to engage users and establish a digital presence. And while AHS excelled at animal placement and man power, they lacked the interactive stature to reach adopters online.

Spaceship! Building with Legos and Blocks in Drupal 7 and 8

My son Jett is a total Lego genius. He can take a pile of random blocks and design something symmetrical, dynamic, unique and wonderful. Something that only he could have imagined.  I like to think of building Drupal sites like building with Legos.  You have all these standard pieces, and when you put them together, you get something usable, dynamic and wonderful.  The Lego analogy is especially relevant to this post because we’ll be talking about Drupal “blocks”. In the Drupal Content Management System, “blocks” are little pieces of supporting content used primarily for sidebars.  Our clients’ use of blocks is most often to showcase promotions or call-outs to specific content on their sites.  The Drupal back-end lets you create custom blocks on-the-fly that contain text or HTML, or you can write a custom module that will output blocks with custom content.  Many contributed modules also create blocks for specific…

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Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE) with Drupal

COPE has been becoming increasingly popular in the web content management industry for the last several  years. That said, create once, publish everywhere (COPE) is really just taking the idea of a Drupal CMS to its logical conclusion. With COPE, you  can get maximum value from your content with minimal effort. Also keep in mind that Drupal development and COPE go hand in hand. Drupal’s inherent modularity makes it ideal for creating mobile-friendly, all in one COPE content distribution systems. More on COPE COPE is a content management philosophy that permits content creators to produce content one time and re-use it in various forms and locations. For example, a sports writer pens an article and uploads it to a central content repository. In a COPE system, different parts/versions of the content can then be used in different media: online on a website, print, mobile web app and so forth. COPE…

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Our Top Drupal Events in Austin, New York and Los Angeles

1. Austin | SXSW  Hipsters and nerds of all kinds from all over, come together for one week in Austin to geek out over music, film, and technology at SXSW. Austin Drupal developers are a strange mix of the two: a city hipster and a cyber world dweeb. Party, drink, and grub down with this strange breed of developers at Tech Lover’s Karaoke Night or Drupal Drop-In. Austin’s thriving technology community knows to show fellow nerds a good time at Drupal developer events and on 6th Street.   2. Los Angeles | DrupalCon Thousands of Drupal developers, users, designers, and supporters from around the world came to party in Austin last year at the Drupal camp, DrupalCon. This year, the party is moving over to Los Angeles, the #2 ranked party city in America. And the nerds aren’t just now invited to the parties; they are throwing the parties… and…

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Drupal SEO Tips

Strong SEO is easy if you build your website with Drupal.  Unlike most other content management systems, Drupal is designed from the ground up for search engine optimization. Given that Drupal is the preferred platform of Drupal web developers for building search-friendly websites, and because of Drupal’s large community of developers, there are many high-quality plug-ins available that make strong SEO simple. Of course, the fundamentals of SEO for Drupal are the same as for any other Drupal CMS: make sure to use descriptive titles, include your top search keywords in your page URLs, and keep your content fresh and focused. Read on for a few Drupal SEO tips to boost your search engine rankings and bring traffic to your website. Three top Drupal modules for SEO Pathauto module The pathauto module is very useful for SEO. Pathauto automatically creates custom URLs based on title, taxonomy, content type, and username.…

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Drupal Tips for Boosting Your Search Engine Rankings

Strong SEO is easy if you build your website with Drupal.  Unlike most other content management systems, Drupal is designed from the ground up for search engine optimization. Given that Drupal is the preferred platform of Drupal web developers for building search-friendly websites, and because of Drupal’s large community of developers, there are many high-quality plug-ins available that make strong SEO simple. Of course, the fundamentals of SEO for Drupal are the same as for any other Drupal CMS: make sure to use descriptive titles, include your top search keywords in your page URLs, and keep your content fresh and focused. Read on for a few Drupal SEO tips to boost your search engine rankings and bring traffic to your website. Three top Drupal modules for SEO Pathauto module The pathauto module is very useful for SEO. Pathauto automatically creates custom URLs based on title, taxonomy, content type, and username.…

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Double Americano and Mobile First Drupal 8

As I sit in my rusty independent coffee shop looking for an angle for this topic, I can’t help but look around and size up the technology at work around me. Directly across from me is a young, college aged woman using an iPhone while reading an old growth book, she has a closed laptop before her. Seated next to her, another young woman sporting a “Be The Best Sorority” T bangs away on her Dell laptop, taking short text breaks here and there on a bedazzled iPhone. Across the cafe, near a window, sits a middle-aged Jimmy Buffet lookalike reading a laptop while listening to…best guess, “Margaritaville”. No phone at work there. Two other people in my immediate area are in the course of random tasks on their laptops with no other noticeable devices in use. It appears that recent mobile vs desktop statistics don’t hold up in my…

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Pixeldust Saves the Day With “On Demand” Drupal Support in Austin

Pop quiz hotshot! You just learned that your wadget just went viral because Justin Bieber got arrested while using it in a school zone and your site URL is now burning across every social media outlet in the Matrix. You check the load time, just for peace of mind, and get the dreaded Drupal white screen of death. What do you do? What do you do?!? Okay, maybe the Keanu Reeves movie references were a little forced, but you get the picture. Sometimes, things fall apart when you are least prepared. Not everyone has a Drupal team on standby waiting for the next great disaster, but fear not, Pixeldust is here to save the day. Pixeldust Offers Full Service Drupal Support The keys to our Drupal support are to provide 24/7 availability, quick response times, seamless integration into existing development workflows. Try to eliminate any division between your team and…

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Breaking Bad Drupal with Best Practices

The Pixeldust approach to every site utilizes the latest stable Drupal core, savvy content architecture, a fully responsive and dynamic theme, and strict adherence to site building and Drupal coding best practices for functionality requirements. The division between layout and content is a core concept of all content management systems, and in architecting any site, we build an intuitive, content-first, site architecture. Our approach is to translate content ideation into semantically scoped Drupal entities resulting in extensible, future-facing, content structures. Theming and layout are completely separate from content, utilizing dynamic templates that fluidly scale into theme requirements, rather than dedicated content-type based design. As our site building best-practices, this approach ensures the site is easy to administer, optimized for SEO, and malleable enough to handle feature augmentation or refinement. Building functionality and workflows from stable, contributed modules will guarantee the site is easily updatable and will scale to incorporate new…

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