Category Archive for: Website Proposal Request Maker – Website RFP Example – Web-Based

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.

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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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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An Approach Complicated Entity Hierarchies and Relationships in Drupal

Client Abrams Learning Trends Challenge In moving their web presence to Drupal, Abrams wanted to redefine their product organization in such a way where product updates were streamlined, and product relationships were dynamically displayed within the site. Solution With hundreds of products sold both individually and in bundles, and related to one another through various, often hierarchical categorizations, making sense of the Abrams product catalog was a major piece of this project. Both the client and Pixeldust worked closely together to build a sustainable product structure that met both the client’s organizational and update wishes, and fit neatly into Drupal’s capabilities. We broke down our problem-solving approach into:  1) Organization, 2) Product Updates, and 3) Product Relationship Display. 1) Organization We pinpointed the product relationships that mattered to the client as: categorization through normal taxonomy tags. categorization through hierarchical taxonomy tags, where one item may belong to several tags within…

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Pixeldust Street Team Getting the Word Out

The Pixeldust Street Team has been working hard to get the word out around Austin about our Drupal Development services. If you see them running from the cops, please don’t be offended if they can’t stop to chat. They are just doing their jobs. The post Pixeldust Street Team Getting the Word Out appeared first on Austin Drupal Development by Pixeldust Interactive.

Pixeldust and Pantheon Partner for Practically Perfect Drupal

Pixeldust is a pleased to announce that we are now Pantheon Drupal Development Partner! We’ve been using Pantheon Hosting for almost a year now, and we are excited to sing their praises. Drupaltastic Hosting Site hosting is an often-underrated, but integral piece of every website. Hosting has a huge impact on site performance, and hosting can either cripple or empower your developers in doing their job. Some development issues are at the level of your site code, but when they’re at the hosting level, a good hosting development toolset and good support can save you time and money bugfixing. There are plenty of hosts offering one-click Drupal installs and Drupal web development tools, but Pantheon’s Drupal Hosting is above-and-beyond the best Drupal solution we’ve used. Tailored to the specific needs of Drupal development, Pantheon provides an array of savvy features that’ll make your developers salivate. Multiple Environments One of the…

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Drupal Commerce 2.X

I recently wrote a post about the exciting new changes and features which are being addressed in the upcoming Drupal 8 release. Another exciting development is the release of Drupal Commerce 2.x which is expected to coincide with the Drupal 8 release. These two packages will change the world of Drupal-based commerce. Drupal Commerce 2 at DrupalCamp Austin, TX Ryan Szrama recently spoke about Drupal Commerce 2.x at DrupalCamp Austin, TX. It is set for release in late 2014. Ryan started his career at Ebay and went on to create Ubercart. If you know anything about Drupal, you already know that for a long time Ubercart was the only commerce module to use with Drupal. In the past few years Ryan moved on from Ubercart and began working with Commerce Guys to become a primary developer of Drupal Commerce. Here are a few high points from his presentation. The first thing…

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Abram’s Responsive Drupal Commerce Launch

To address its commerce needs, Pixeldust helped Abrams develop a product hierarchy that added logical structure to their heretofore sprawling product groupings. This reproducible hierarchy made it possible to import over 1200 products into Commerce with the structure intact. No easy task. In the course of this project, Pixeldust developed two custom modules that will be contributed to the Drupal community. Pixeldust used Foundation as the framework on which to build a responsive theme. This project marks our first partnering with Pantheon Hosting. Pantheon is a Drupal specific hosting platform with amazing development and performance benefits.  Abrams Learning Trends  is an Austin, TX based innovative publisher of high quality Pre-K–5 supplemental educational materials in literacy, phonics, math, science, health & safety, and more. Visit The post Abram’s Responsive Drupal Commerce Launch appeared first on Austin Drupal Development by Pixeldust Interactive.

Are you ready for Drupal 8?

The long awaited Drupal 8 is set to hit the tubes sometime in 2014. The Drupal Nerds here in Austin, TX and all over the world are giddy with anticipation. (There is no official release date set yet.) Currently, if you check here, you can download the Alpha 2 release. I’m sure its buggy as all get-out, but it may appease your eager anticipation.  What’s all the excitement about you ask? Well, lets take a look. According to reports, Drupal 8 will be the most customizable and adaptable release of Drupal to date. Drupal 8 offers many new ways to customize data structures, listings, and pages, and adds new functionality for mobile device support, API building and expanded multilingual support. And that’s just the beginning. Here are some more of the improvements you can expect to see in Drupal 8.  Fields of Dreams – Drupal 8 includes more field types in…

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Drupal 7 Helps Scott & White Get Ready for the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Pixeldust Interactive is proud to announce the launch of the fully ACA-compliant Scott & White Health Plan website ( This nine-month website development project  was designed to provide Scott & White, a major Texas-based health insurance provider, with a user-friendly, multi-function website to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act mandating access to the newly-created health insurance marketplace. [] The new Scott & White Health Plan site includes a main website and 10 sub-websites on a single Drupal 7 installation. Visitors to the site can browse through the various information and education pages provided by Scott & White, and then choose among Scott & White plans and the plans available on the health insurance marketplace (also called the health insurance exchange). The Scott & White Health Plan website is a professional, easy-to-use  resource for comparing health insurance options, as well as a one-stop health insurance portal for SWHP…

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Agile Development with Drupal 7

Agile software development was introduced in the late 1990s and came into its own in 2001 with the issue of the Agile Manifesto. Agile development methods have continued to grow in popularity in the 21st century. In essence, agile development involves dividing software development tasks into small, manageable units, and tracking progress with regular scheduled meetings of all parties. Agile utilizes abbreviated work cycles, so problems are identified earlier, and can thus be solved faster. The incremental nature of agile methods builds in more flexibility than the old-fashioned “waterfall” software development methods. At most enterprises, agile development is structured as series of “sprint cycles.” Virtually every aspect of the development process, including technical requirements, design and so forth, are continually revisited throughout the lifecycle of the project. When a team re-evaluates the direction of a project once a week or so, you catch problems and make changes to get back…

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What is PCI compliance and why should I care?

If you are selling online, you should be concerned with PCI compliance. The five major credit cards brands got together to create the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) back in 2006. This security standard applies to all merchants and financial providers (banks), and is designed to provide robust protection for cardholder data. PCI compliance means demonstrating that you meet the currently in-force standards for maintaining cardholder data security. All merchants that accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB credit or debit cards for ecommerce transactions must be PCI compliant. Universal Standard PCI standards apply to everyone involved in the customer data chain of custody, and specifically applies to merchants of all sizes. Your merchant account agreement requires you to participate in the PCI standards program. Furthermore, banks can be fined for merchant noncompliance and banks are known to pass on fines or even terminate the relationship with…

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With over 36 million Americans experiencing some degree of hearing loss every year, it’s surprising that the hearing aid industry isn’t congested with more products. Plagued by limited availability and high prices, the hearing aid industry once offered little hope to those who suffer from all four degrees of hearing loss. In 2009, a group of engineers and entrepreneurs in Austin decided to fight back with an unconventional and advanced hearing option that could drastically improve the quality of consumers’ every day lives. Audiotoniq was born, and all they needed was a website. [] Say what now? Audiotoniq wanted a website that would identify their organization and create a strong community through user engagement. Pixeldust got to work designing and developing a clean, Drupal based interactive website that would establish Audiotoniq, emphasize user involvement, and provide precise and accurate information on hearing loss in America. Audiotoniq wanted their website to…

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Drupal 8 Delivers Improved Developer Experience

Drupal 7 was a big step forward for Drupal developers. It addressed a number of user experience issues in Drupal 6, and a flexible architecture was added to the Drupal 7 core including fields in core as well as other improvements. Drupal 8 has just been rolled out over the last few months and the suite of new features has the Drupal development community from Austin to San Francisco excited. But it’s not just the new features that have everybody so excited — it’s also about fully embracing the PHP ecosystem and the improved developer experience Drupal 8 offers. New Drupal 8 Features Drupal 8 is finally becoming a full-fledged member of the PHP ecosystem.  Third-party components, such as Symfony, Backbone and Twig , are incorporated into this release, providing the Drupal development community with a raft of sweet new tools. This kind of platform cross-pollination will both stimulate further…

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WordPress or Drupal? Which Drupal CMS Is Right for You?

The choice of whether to use WordPress or Drupal to build your website depends on your experience and your needs. There is plenty of room in the website development ecosystem for two content management systems, and even room left over for Joomla and others.  For example, a microbrewery startup based in Austin with an eight-page website would be fine using WordPress, but a Cleveland-based heavy equipment manufacturer with a 350-page website is going to need the security and functionality of a Drupal-powered website. WordPress is by far the most popular Drupal CMS in terms of the number of websites developed using it. As of February 2013, 17.6% of total websites were based on WordPress, according to W3Techs. Joomla came in second, with 2.7% of websites, and Drupal a fast-growing third, with 2.3% of websites. WordPress Development WordPress development is popular because it is easy. It was originally designed as an…

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Palantir: The Secret Sauce, Ep. 27: A Peek at Drupal GovCon

The Secret Sauce, Ep. 27: A Peek at Drupal GovCon The Secret Sauce manley Mon, 08/15/2016 – 21:19 Ken Rickard, Kirsten Burgard, and James King with Allison Manley Aug 16, 2016 We want to make your project a success. Let’s Chat. Drupal GovCon has been gaining momentum for four years now. Curious about what it has to offer? On this week’s episode of The Secret Sauce, we are joined by guests Kirsten Burgard and James King, organizers of Drupal GovCon. iTunes | RSS Feed | Download| Transcript Subscribe to all of our episodes over on iTunes. Stay connected with the latest news on web strategy, design, and development. Sign up for our newsletter. Transcript Allison Manley [AM]: Hi again everyone, and welcome to The Secret Sauce, a short podcast by, that offers a quick bit of advice to help your business run a little bit better.  I’m Allison Manley,…

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Talha Paracha: GSoC'16 – Pubkey Encrypt – Week 12 Report

This week marks the completion of my Google Summer of Code 2016 project Pubkey Encrypt. So I’ve spent the past 3 months building this module for Drupal 8 in the supervision of mentors Adam Bergstein (@nerdstein) and Colan Schwartz (@colan). You can download Pubkey Encrypt from its official project page. Accordingly, the module provides a way of encrypting data with users’ login-credentials. It is based on ownCloud’s Data Encryption Model and is an attempt of providing an easy-to-use security module for website maintainers. Drupal Developer Creating a static copy of a Drupal 6 site

As you probably already know, Drupal 6 is end-of-lifed. This creates many risks for Drupal 6 site owners to keep their site up! First and foremost: security updates are difficult to find and get. Because the energy of the Drupal community as a whole is focused on Drupal 8, the resources dedicated to keeping Drupal 6 secure are very limited. So, your site is more vulnerable to be hacked. Many low-end website owners shrug off the risk of being hacked. Don’t dismiss this risk! Your website could be defaced, have private data become public, and jeopardize your business and reputation. Those may be obvious risks. What may be less obvious is that a hacked Drupal 6 website can be used to infiltrate and deface other websites hosted from the same server. These can be websites operated by your organization – or in a shared hosting environment – even other businesses and…

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Virtuoso Performance: Translation migration and more

Translation migration and more I’m running a bit behind, but I want to make it a practice to blog about each migration project I’m involved with (with each client’s permission, of course). Constructed examples are all well and good, but there’s nothing like real-world scenarios to give the flavor of using the migration framework in practice. Where possible (again with the client’s permission), I will share the full migration implementation on GitHub, so people can see not only code snippets illustrating particular points, but their full context. This spring I contracted with North Studio, a web and mobile development shop based in British Columbia, to assist with the migration of their customer The Carlyle Group’s multilingual site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8. As happens more often than not when moving from one major version to another of Drupal, the opportunity was taken to refactor the site, rethinking some of…

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