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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.


5 Ways to Tell if a Site is Built in Drupal

One of the most common questions we get at Drupal beginner classes is, “How can I tell if a site is built in Drupal?” We get that question because it’s just not possible to know the answer without a few tips and tricks. If you look at a website such as WhiteHouse.gov, there is no way of telling if it’s built Drupal. The design of a site is completely independent from the platform it uses. We’re going to give you 5 ways to tell if a site is built in Drupal. Not all of these suggestions will work on all Drupal sites, but taken together they should give you a clear answer. Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Multisite Governance, Site Delivery, and Other Issues Related to Managing Many Sites: Part 4

This is Part 4 of an interview with Will Eisner, Senior Director, Product at Acquia. Will’s primary focus is on Acquia Cloud Site Factory, which helps organizations create and manage many sites, from a dozen to thousands. In Part 1 and Part 2, Will discussed how companies often discover, to their dismay, that they are running their hundreds of Web sites on many different hard-to-manage platforms; and how Site Factory addresses that problem with a managed delivery that uses a common platform with standard components, provisioning, and lifecycle management. In Part 3 Will covered how managing many sites is becoming the norm, and how more people now have website responsibilities, and how that leads to the need for new tools like Content Hub. The part that follows explores the differences between Drupal and Site Factory; what Site Factory offers the “Digital Platform Owner;” and tools it contains for coders and…

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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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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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Drupal Modules for 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 Global redirect module The global redirect module performs three tasks that improve SEO: Global redirect performs a 301 redirect to the URL alias…

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Dallas Drupal Development

[spacer height=”40px”] 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,…

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Houston Drupal Development

[spacer height=”40px”] 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,…

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Drupal Development – Using Menus in Drupal 7

One of the most important aspects of a Drupal development project is how users will navigate your website. In the Drupal system, Menus (collection of links (menu items)) are used to navigate websites. Drupal provides a dynamic menu system via the Menu module that allows you to customize and control your site’s menus as much as you want or need. Menus are composed and displayed as a hierarchical list of links using the flexibility of Drupal blocks. Each menu automatically creates a block of the same name, and contains a link for each item within your menu section. New menu items are placed inside a built-in menu labeled “Navigation” by default. However, administrators can also create custom menus. Drupal 7 provides developers with the flexibility to add, remove and rename menus and menu items. You can also configure a custom block for a menu, as well as specify the default…

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Installing Drupal

There are a few things to take note of when beginning any kind of Drupal development. First, to install and run Drupal, your web host must meet certain minimum requirements. Although most web hosts meet these requirements, there are others worth noting that support the Drupal community. In Drupal development and installation, Drupal’s provided installation script aggregates database tables and configures the correct settings with the settings.php file. You can also run several different Drupal sites off of the same code base by performing a “multi site” installation. An example of this is if one company owns five similar websites, like wag.com. There are several useful tools you can use while setting up your Drupal installation. You can perform some of the steps with tools like graphical applications for moving files and managing databases. Your hosting service may also provide you with a selection of available tools, as well as…

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Best Practices for CMI and Features in Drupal 8

Last year I blogged about our first Alpha release for Features in Drupal 8 and gave several presentations on Features for D8 at various DrupalCons and camps.  Since Drupal 8.0 (and now 8.1!) have been released in the past few months, I’ve been getting questions on the best way to use Features and Configuration Management (CMI) in Drupal 8. You’ll have a chance to ask me those questions in person at my Features BOF at DrupalCon New Orleans. But in the meantime, here are some “best practices” for using Features and CMI effectively. “Do I use Features, CMI, or both?” It’s great that Drupal 8 has proper configuration management built into core.  This provides a consistent framework, storage, and API for all configuration settings: views, content types, fields… anything that isn’t content.  However, CMI doesn’t provide any way to organize this vast amount of configuration.  If you use CMI to export your site config you’ll…

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