Category Archive for: Drupal 8 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.

Artifacts of Existence

Artifacts of Existence is a collection of work by David Brown featuring a non-fiction novel, screenplay and ‘inside Hollywood’ documentary. Pixeldust designed and developed an earthy site that would help him release his work on the web. The site also features free downloads of work from local artists.

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.

Redesigning a website using CSS Grid and Flexbox

For the last 15 years, I’ve been using floats for laying out a web pages on dri.es. This approach to layout involves a lot of trial and error, including hours of fiddling with widths, max-widths, margins, absolute positioning, and the occasional calc() function. I recently decided it was time to redesign my site, and decided to go all-in on CSS Grid and Flexbox. I had never used them before but was surprised by how easy they were to use. After all these years, we finally have a good CSS layout system that eliminates all the trial-and-error. I don’t usually post tutorials on my blog, but decided to make an exception. What is our basic design? The overall layout of the homepage for dri.es is shown below. The page consists of two sections: a header and a main content area. For the header, I use CSS Flexbox to position the site…

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Better image performance on dri.es

For a few years now I’ve been planning to add support for responsive images to my site. The past two weeks, I’ve had to take multiple trips to the West Coast of the United States; last week I traveled from Boston to San Diego and back, and this week I’m flying from Boston to San Francisco and back. I used some of that airplane time to add responsive image support to my site, and just pushed it to production from 30,000 feet in the air! When a website supports responsive images, it allows a browser to choose between different versions of an image. The browser will select the most optimal image by taking into account not only the device’s dimensions (e.g. mobile vs desktop) but also the device’s screen resolution (e.g. regular vs retina) and the browser viewport (e.g. full-screen browser or not). In theory, a browser could also factor…

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A fresh look for dri.es

In 1999, I decided to start dri.es (formally buytaert.net) as a place to blog, write, and deepen my thinking. While I ran other websites before dri.es, my blog is one of my longest running projects. Working on my site helps me relax, so it’s not unusual for me to spend a few hours now and then making tweaks. This could include updating my photo galleries, working on more POSSE features, fixing broken links, or upgrading to the latest version of Drupal. The past month, a collection of smaller updates have resulted in a new visual design for my site. If you are reading this post through an RSS aggregator or through my mailing list, consider checking out the new design on dri.es. Before (left) and after (right). The new dri.es may not win design awards, but will hopefully make it easier to consume the content. My design goals were the…

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A breakout year for Open Source businesses

I was talking to Chetan Puttagunta yesterday, and we both agreed that 2018 has been an incredible year for Open Source businesses so far. (Chetan helped lead NEA’s investment in Acquia, but is also an investor in Mulesoft, MongoDB and Elastic.) Between a series of acquisitions and IPOs, Open Source companies have shown incredible financial returns this year. Just look at this year-to-date list: Company Acquirer Date Value WP Engine Silverlake (P/E) January 2018 $250 million CoreOS RedHat January 2018 $250 million Mulesoft Saleforce May 2018 $6,5 billion Magento Adobe June 2018 $1,7 billion GitHub Microsoft June 2018 $7,5 billion Suse EQT partners July 2018 $2,5 billion Elastic IPO September 2018 $4,9 billion For me, the success of Open Source companies is not a surprise. In 2016, I explained how open source crossed the chasm in 2016, and predicted that proprietary software giants would soon need to incorporate Open Source…

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From a world wide web to a personal web

Last week, I had a chance to meet with Inrupt, a startup founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Inrupt is based in Boston, so their team stopped by the Acquia office to talk about the new company. To learn more about Inrupt’s founding, I recommend reading Tim Berners-Lee’s blog or Inrupt’s CEO John Bruce’s announcement. Inrupt is on an important mission Inrupt’s mission is to give individuals control over their own data. Today, a handful of large platform companies (such as Facebook) control the media and flow of information for a majority of internet users. These companies have profited from centralizing the Open Web and lack transparent data privacy policies on top of that. Inrupt’s goal is not only to improve privacy and data ownership, but to take back power from these large platform companies. Inrupt will leverage Solid,…

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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.

Google ceding control of AMP

Google is moving the AMP project to an open governance model with a steering committee with representation from other organizations. Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

State of Drupal presentation (September 2018)

Last week, nearly 1,000 Drupalists gathered in Darmstadt, Germany for Drupal Europe. In good tradition, I presented my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 4:38) or download a copy of my slides (37 MB). Drupal 8 continues to mature I started my keynote by highlighting this month’s Drupal 8.6.0 release. Drupal 8.6 marks the sixth consecutive Drupal 8 release that has been delivered on time. Compared to one year ago, we have 46 percent more stable Drupal 8 modules. We also have 10 percent more contributors are working on Drupal 8 Core in comparison to last year. All of these milestones indicate that the Drupal 8 is healthy and growing. Next, I gave an update on our strategic initiatives: Make Drupal better for content creators © Paul JohnsonThe expectations of content creators are changing. For Drupal to be successful, we have to…

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State of Drupal presentation (September 2018)

Last week, nearly 1,000 Drupalists gathered in Darmstadt, Germany for Drupal Europe. In good tradition, I presented my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 4:38) or download a copy of my slides (37 MB). Drupal 8 continues to mature I started my keynote by highlighting this month’s Drupal 8.6.0 release. Drupal 8.6 marks the sixth consecutive Drupal 8 release that has been delivered on time. Compared to one year ago, we have 46 percent more stable Drupal 8 modules. We also have 10 percent more contributors are working on Drupal 8 Core in comparison to last year. All of these milestones indicate that the Drupal 8 is healthy and growing. Next, I gave an update on our strategic initiatives: Make Drupal better for content creators © Paul JohnsonThe expectations of content creators are changing. For Drupal to be successful, we have to…

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We made Drupal a lot easier to evaluate

Seven months ago, Matthew Grasmick published an article describing how hard it is to install Drupal. His article included the following measurements for creating a new application on his local machine, across four different PHP frameworks: Platform Clicks Time Drupal 20+ 15:00+ Symfony 3 1:55 WordPress 7 7:51 Laravel 3 17:28 The results from Matthew’s blog were clear: Drupal is too hard to install. It required more than 15 minutes and 20 clicks to create a simple site. Seeing these results prompted me to launch a number of initiatives to improve the evaluator experience at DrupalCon Nashville. Here is the slide from my DrupalCon Nashville presentation: A lot has happened between then and now: We improved the download page to improve the discovery experience on drupal.org We added an Evaluator Guide to Drupal.org We added a quick-start command to Drupal 8.6 We added the Umami demo profile to Drupal 8.6…

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Extended security coverage for Drupal 8 minor releases

Since the launch of Drupal 8.0, we have successfully launched a new minor release on schedule every six months. I’m very proud of the community for this achievement. Prior to Drupal 8, most significant new features were only added in major releases like Drupal 6 or Drupal 7. Thanks to our new release cadence we now consistently and predictably ship great new features twice a year in minor releases (e.g. Drupal 8.6 comes with many new features). However, only the most recent minor release has been actively supported for both bug fixes and security coverage. With the release of each new minor version, we gave a one-month window to upgrade to the new minor. In order to give site owners time to upgrade, we would not disclose security issues with the previous minor release during that one-month window. Illustration of the security policy since the launch of Drupal 8.0 for…

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Drupal 7, 8 and 9

We just released Drupal 8.6.0. With six minor releases behind us, it is time to talk about the long-term future of Drupal 8 (and therefore Drupal 7 and Drupal 9). I’ve written about when to release Drupal 9 in the past, but this time, I’m ready to provide further details. The plan outlined in this blog has been discussed with the Drupal 7 Core Committers, the Drupal 8 Core Committers and the Drupal Security Team. While we feel good about this plan, we can’t plan for every eventuality and we may continue to make adjustments. Drupal 8 will be end-of-life by November 2021 Drupal 8’s innovation model depends on introducing new functionality in minor versions while maintaining backwards compatibility. This approach is working so well that some people have suggested we institute minor releases forever, and never release Drupal 9 at all. However that approach is not feasible. We need…

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Who sponsors Drupal development? (2017-2018 edition)

For the past two years, I’ve examined Drupal.org’s commit data to understand who develops Drupal, how much of that work is sponsored, and where that sponsorship comes from. I have now reported on this data for three years in a row, which means I can start to better compare year-over-year data. Understanding how an open-source project works is important because it establishes a benchmark for project health and scalability. I would also recommend taking a look at the 2016 report or the 2017 report. Each report looks at data collected in the 12-month period between July 1st and June 30th. This year’s report affirms that Drupal has a large and diverse community of contributors. In the 12-month period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, 7,287 different individuals and 1,002 different organizations contributed code to Drupal.org. This include contributions to Drupal core and all contributed projects on Drupal.org. In…

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