Round 2 of the Drupal Grand Prix will take place at Daytona Milton Keynes on Saturday 6th July. It's a great outdoor karting circuit that can host up to 35 drivers on the track at a time, and it's open to any UK Drupal companies and freelancers. (It's open to anyone outside the UK too, if you're up for the trip!)
Writing standards-compliant code in Drupal 7 doesn't have to be hard! Using the power of a modern IDE, it can help to show you where you're going wrong, and ensure that all your code is standards-compliant. Here, we'll take a look at setting up JetBrains PhpStorm (our favourite IDE) to show you coding standards problems, but any IDE with CodeSniffer support will be able to do this, so it's likely Eclipse, NetBeans, and others will also help you out in the same way.
It seems we're using an ever-increasing number of modules on our Drupal 7 sites, which are getting progressively more complex as clients (understandably) want more features, more eye candy and more value for their money. Some modules are downloaded from drupal.org, some are modified, some are written completely from scratch, and even features are modules. We've come up with a simple organisational method which we think ought to keep everything organised, and we thought we'd share this and let you have your say.
On 26th January 2013, the first Drupal Karting Grand Prix was held in Warrington, near Manchester, at speedkarting. It was organised by IXIS and featured 19 drivers (sorry Matt!) from various Drupal companies across the UK.
Being a fully indoor circuit, we anticipated no issues with the snow outside, but thanks to quite a few leaks in the roof, the track was wet in places, which just served to make things more interesting.
Today we updated Drupal to 6.28 and 7.19 to ensure security is kept up to date. These were releases made by the Drupal team to address minor security issues, and if you have a site or sites with us, you won't notice any difference in its day to day operation. If you do want to know more about the changes, or our security practice in general, do give us a call on 0800 019 9860 and we'd be happy to go into it!
Recently I was tasked with coming up with a system for redirecting users to the correct version of a translated site based on where they were accessing the site from. Having spent some time looking on Google and Drupal.org I did not find anything suitable and so decided to write my own which I am now sharing due to the lack of resources on this subject.
Wonderbag is a unique product that needed a unique site. Drupal 7 put us in a great position to come up with something special, featuring huge amounts of evocative imagery, especially where food is concerned, along with a whole bunch of social content and interactivity.
The site integrates with Twitter and Facebook, and allows users to participate in discussions on the site itself. It contains a recipe index where users can submit their own recipes for moderation, and an online shop selling the Wonderbags themselves.
The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink needed an improved online presence, with more interactivity, stronger visuals, and more control over their own content. As they had a lot of content and a very long potential features list, we went on a few trips to York to sit with their team and get a feel for what they needed.
Sportsbeat needed a strong online presence and they wanted to accomplish this with a strong brand and bold visual style on their new site. We put together a site that feels modern to use, keeps the content straightforward, but engages the user and makes the user want to explore.
The inner pages include a team page where each team member's information can be viewed, a work page where each case study can be enlarged and flicked through, magazine style, and a grid of company logos to show off Sportsbeat's list of high-profile clients.
The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust came to us because their existing self-assessment framework was inflexible and costly to maintain. We had a track record of building custom web applications using Drupal 7, so we sat down with them to discuss what they needed.
Initially we looked at the quiz module for self-assessment, but due to their need to have a confidence level, as well as a particular response, for each statement, we decided to build something from scratch using Drupal's Entity system and its excellent views integration.