Mar 29 2018
Mar 29

Audience boosters, sales increasers, brand builders… All this and more applies to social networks! Drupal lets you easily integrate these unmatched promotion tools with your website. We have shared a great collection of Drupal social media integration modules in part 1 and 2. Time flies, and we would now like to make an overview of social media integration modules that are specific for the latest Drupal version — Drupal 8.

Drupal 8 social media integration modules

So here are some modules that will be very useful in your business promotion via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, Delicious, and lots of other social networks. Some of them are general, or cross-network modules, while others are made for particular social networks.

Some general Drupal 8 social media integration modules

Easy Social

As the name suggests, this Drupal 8 module is meant for those who want to quickly set up simple social sharing buttons. It includes default widgets for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

AddToAny Share Buttons

This social media integration module has vector buttons with AddToAny icons in SVG format, as well as a universal sharing button. Its pros include displaying well on Retina devices, Ajax support, loading optimization and more.

Social media share

Here is a tool that also makes it easy to share your site’s content to various social networks. It offers a special social media field type. The flexibility of the module makes absolutely all kinds of pages shareable.

Social Media Links Block and Field

The module offers an easily configurable “Follow us” block, various icon sets of all sizes, support for Panels, and more. As of Drupal version 8.x-2.4, it also has a Social Media Links Field submodule.

Social Timeline

Share various social network content on your site’s timeline! Here is a social media integration module that offers a wide choice of networks by default, supports keywords, hashtags, social filters, multiple custom feeds, and more.

Social Counters

This module will count your likes/subscribers in various social networks and save this information in the Drupal cache. The Drupal 8 version has the ntegration with the Views and Plugin API.

Shortcode Social

The Shortcode module lets your website’s users easily embed social media content into WYSIWYG editor with the help of shortcodes. No traditional iframes or embed codes are needed.

OneAll Social Login

Your users will be able to register and login to your Drupal 8 site from their accounts in over 35 social networks. This makes registration easy, as well as giving you their social data based on permissions.

Sharethis block

Encourage your users to “share this” by showing the appropriate block of buttons thanks to this social media integration module. You can put it wherever on your website you want it and enjoy flexible block configuration options.

Social SimpleSharer

Here is a module that creates two social sharing blocks on your Drupal 8 site: for a full-sized icon and for a smaller one, too. It offers nice styling options and is unique for not using JavaScript.

Some network-specific Drupal 8 social media integration modules

Facebook Instant Articles

Here is a fresh module whose stable Drupal 8 version has been released on March 15. It allows posting Drupal content to Facebook as Instant Articles, which load lightning-fast on mobile devices.

Facebook Page Plugin

The module offers a block about your Facebook page for your site. It shows how many people liked your page, and which of them are users’ friends. It also lists recent posts and encourages readers to like your page in one click.

Facebook Album

You can display public albums from Facebook pages as galleries or Colorbox pop-ups. The module offers options like configuring album and photo height and width, including or excluding albums from display, and more.

Twitter_Feed

Your Drupal 8 site will have a nice Twitter feed of latest posts. The module uses Twitter REST API and the jQuery Timeago plugin, has a user-friendly way of showing dates (for example, “3 hours ago”), and is highly configurable.

Pinterest Hover button

The Pinterest “Pin it” hover button will appear on your Drupal 8 site’s images. You can configure its size, color, shape, and more. The Drupal 8 version of this module supports responsive images.

YoutubeChannel

Thanks to this module, your Drupal 8 site will show videos from a particular YouTube channel. The first video will come as iFrame, others as thumbnails, and there will be a handy vertical scroll bar.

Video Embed Instagram

This is a special module for Instagram that works with the general Video Embed Field module. It allows for posting Instagram videos on your Drupal 8 site by adding the video URL in the video embed field.

Wrap-up

Let your website be sociable! And great Drupal 8 social media integration modules will let it socialize to the maximum.

For help with the perfect social media integration — from configuring Drupal 8 modules to creating custom solutions — always contact our Drupal team!

Mar 21 2018
Mar 21

What should a dream theme for a Drupal 8 website be like? Responsive, modern-looking, highly customizable, rich in powerful features, and intuitively understandable, perhaps? Many developers would say a theme based on the Bootstrap framework includes all these things. It is a good practice to create Drupal 8 Bootstrap subthemes for websites from the Drupal Bootstrap theme. In addition, there are many free Bootstrap-based Drupal 8 themes ready to be installed on your site right away.

So Drupal offers options for everyone! If you wish, use the popular Drupal Bootstrap theme that has 160,000 overall installs and recently had its fresh release — 8.x-3.11. You can create a subtheme from it or make your own theme from scratch — theming in Drupal 8 is very convenient thanks to novelties, like the use of Twig engine and YAML files.

Or you can choose one of nice, free, ready-made Bootstrap-based themes for Drupal 8. They can also be further customized to your liking — by yourself or with the help of our Drupal developers. Let’s start enjoying our little collection!

Some nice free Bootstrap-based Drupal 8 themes

Startup Growth Lite

The Startup Growth Lite theme is based on the latest Bootstrap 4. It features 12 excellent color schemes with 2 versions of each, layouts for 1, 2, and 3 columns, mobile menus, and more. It is also meant to work great with Drupal Commerce.

Bootstrap Mint

Thanks to the mobile-first Bootstrap Mint theme, Drupal 8 sites can enjoy a responsive slideshow (Bootstrap carousel), dynamic columns, a responsive multi-level dropdown menu, layout choice from 1 to 4 columns, Retina-ready icons, 25 regions etc.

BusinessGroup Zymphonies Theme

This free Bootstrap-based theme is created in a business style. Its attractions are multi-level responsive menus, a custom Bootstrap slider, a sidebar that can be positioned left, right, or to full width, Font Awesome icons, flexible social media link options, and so on.

Aegan

Aegan is a lightweight and modern-looking theme that is available in 8 colors, supports multi-level menus and Font Awesome, features a customizable slideshow, offers flexible options to configure social media icons, and more.

Paxton

Here is a multipurpose, easy-to-use, and responsive theme for corporate, business, and portfolio websites. It has 17 regions, Font Awesome support, 1, 2, and 3 column layouts, and other features.

Bootstrap Business

Drupal 8 business and corporate sites may enjoy another free responsive Bootstrap-based theme. It offers 20 regions, HTML5 and CSS3, supports the Superfish module for great menus and the Color module for color adjustments, and more.

BonVoyage

All travel agencies can say “Bon Voyage” to their customers in a beautiful way! Perfect cross-browser compatibility, easy navigation, the “back to top” button, animation, CSS3, HTML5, JQuery, and other features make this theme a good choice.

Showcase Lite

The Showcase Lite is a mobile-first Drupal 8 theme for companies that want to showcase their products or services. It features 34 regions, Superfish menus, HTML5 and CSS3, a layout for 1, 2, or 3 columns, and so on.

Magazine Lite

Here is a free mobile-first theme from the same creators and with very similar features (Superfish menus, HTML5 and CSS3, a 1, 2, or 3-column layout, and 34 regions to present your content). However, it is specially designed for news and magazine sites.

Ice Magic

Ice Magic is a free responsive Drupal 8 theme that has unmatched color adjustment opportunities thanks to the Color module and Google Material Design Colors. It also offers great integration with Bootstrap CSS and JS components, Font Awesome, and more.

Wrap-up

Inspired by these free Bootstrap-based Drupal 8 themes? These are just a couple of nice examples. If you wish to choose one and install it on your Drupal 8 website, customize it to your liking, or maybe create a new theme, free free to contact our developers.

Let your dream theme present your content in the best way, capture your users’ attention, and easily guide them through your website.

Mar 07 2018
Mar 07

To honor the Drupal 8.5.0 release on March 7, we will not just describe what’s new in it. Drupal 8 has already had 5 awesome minor releases: Drupal 8.1.0, Drupal 8.2.0, Drupal 8.3.0, Drupal 8.4.0, and now Drupal 8.5.0. Each of these versions gives us great novelties that make Drupal 8 easier to use for editors, faster, more innovative, and more.

So let’s now flashback and look at 5 great features in each of the 5 great releases. Drupal 8.5.0 will receive the most of our attention. And, for dessert, we will sum it up with a colorful infographic.

Drupal 8.5.0 release: how we have arrived to it

The road to Drupal 8.5.0: step 1 — Drupal 8.1.0

The BigPipe module

Drupal 8.1 gives us a new awesome experimental module for performance optimization. The BigPipe module lets site users immediately see the static page elements and receive the dynamic ones next.

Modules for migration

We get a “family” of experimental modules for smoother upgrades and migration from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8. They are the Migrate, Migrate Drupal, and Migrate Drupal UI modules.

CKEditor improvements

As of Drupal 8.1, CKEditor begins to support native browser spell-checking. It also gets a language button in its toolbar for adding language attributes to parts of multilingual text.

Easier help tours

Drupal help tutorials, aka “tours,” throughout a website’s administrative interface, becomes easier to find and use. Everyone can better understand how Drupal works.

Better Composer support

Composer, the greatest assistant of all times to PHP-based CMSs, can be used for managing all third-party packages needed by websites as of Drupal 8.1.0 .

The road to Drupal 8.5.0: step 2 — Drupal 8.2.0

The Place Block module

It is now easy to place and configure blocks with the experimental Place Block module. It offers a “Place block” link in the admin toolbar, which opens the theme regions with quick block adding and editing options.

The Settings Tray module

Another experimental module for configuring blocks emerges in Drupal 8.2. The blue “Edit” button initiates the block editing mode with a handy block configuration tray popping up in the sidebar.

The Content Moderation module

This experimental module lets site administrators define content moderation states. They also can decide which user roles are allowed to change these states.

The Datetime Range module

Drupal 8.2 gets a new experimental Datetime Range module. It offers a new field type for defining not just simple dates but date ranges (the beginning and end dates).

Content revisions enabled

For new content types, content revisions will be enabled by default. This makes it easy to roll back to the needed content versions and never lose any important content.

The road to Drupal 8.5.0: step 3 — Drupal 8.3.0

New CKEditor 4.6

We get a fresh version of CKEditor with an updated UI, a new feature for pasting from Word, drag-and-drop options, the AutoGrow plugin for working with large screen sizes, and more.

The Workflows module

This new experimental module gives us a handy UI for creating workflows with certain states. It can pair well with the Content Moderation module, but can also be used for non-content workflows.

Field Layout and Layout Discovery

We enjoy a new pair of experimental modules for layouts, the Field Layout and the Layout Discovery. They make it handy to arrange fields and allow modules or themes to register their layouts.

BigPipe stable & improved

One of Drupal 8’s hottest novelties, the BigPipe module, reaches stability in Drupal 8.3.0. It has also received some improvements, for example, better usability on mobile devices.

More support for web services

Drupal cooperates with external applications better and better! The REST API allows for user registration, 403 responses coming with explanations, anonymous REST API performance rises, and more.

The road to Drupal 8.5.0: step 4 — Drupal 8.4.0

Multiple modules reach stability

In Drupal 8.4.0, a bunch of modules become stable (Layout Discovery, Workflows, Datetime Range, Inline Form Errors, and Media). Next come more details about the latter two.

The Media API

Here is a remarkable novelty for media handling (e.g. creating media types, saving media to your library, and reusing them). In Drupal 8.4.0, the Media API is ready, but the module is currently hidden from the dashboard.

The Inline Form Errors module

A great usability and accessibility improvement arrives with Drupal 8.4.0 with the Inline Form Errors module. It lists form validation errors both next to the form and in the summary above.

Even more support for web services

In Drupal 8.4.0, web services receive still more attention, which results in a 15% performance boost for authenticated REST requests, REST features enhancement, and more.

New Symfony, jQuery, Drush, and more

In Drupal 8.4.0, we see updates of Symfony to 3.2, jQuery to 3, and jQuery UI to 1.12. Drush 8.1.12 becomes required. The support for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 discontinues.

Drupal 8.5.0 and its new great features

The Layout Builder module

Drupal 8.5.0’s long-expected sensation is the experimental Layout Builder module. Editors can now easily create layouts by selecting from the predefined ones, adding sections and blocks, and arranging them in various ways.

After enabling the module, you see that the “Manage display” tab in a particular content type’s configuration page no longer shows the list of fields. Instead, it has a “Manage layout” button. The button leads you to the incredibly handy layout management page for this content type items. Before you press it, you can also allow each content item to have a special layout by checking the appropriate option in “Layout options”.

The Media module stable and improved

Compared to Drupal 8.4, where the Media module is hidden by default and needs contributed modules, Drupal 8.5 makes it stable and available on the dashboard, as well as improves its user experience.

In Structure — Media Types, you can see four default types (Audio, File, Image, and Video) and can add your own. In the list of fields, there is now a Media field available, for which you can define media types. Editors are able to create their media or reuse existing ones by starting to type their name.

The Settings Tray module stable

Here is another famous module that has moved from experimental to stable in Drupal 8.5.0. Its magic blue “Editing” button and handy tray for block editing is ready to work reliably on production websites.

After enabling the module, just click on the “Edit” button in the left upper corner of your site, with no need to go to the admin dashboard. You will see the block configuration page. To call the helpful tray in the sidebar, click “Quick edit” next to any block of your interest.

The Content Moderation module stable

One more popular module is ready for production sites. It works together with the Workflows module and lets you choose Content Moderation workflow type, which is ideal for editorial processes.

You can use the default “Editorial” workflow or create your own. In the workflow, create states (like Draft, Published, Archived etc.) and transitions (like from Draft to Published etc.). It is also possible to define which items this workflow applies to (which content types, media types, and custom block types).

The Migrate API stable

Great news for all who want to safely migrate their content from Drupal 6 or Drupal 7 to Drupal 8! The Migrate API is stable and works in a tandem with its experimental “collegues”: Migrate Drupal and Migrate Drupal UI.

We almost have the whole “company” stable in Drupal core. This is very important, because more and more websites want to move to Drupal 8.

And more!

In addition, Drupal 8.5.0 has the BigPipe module enabled from the start, thus offering an out-of-box feature that allows you to deliver content to website users much faster. BigPipe is an example of a module that has travelled its path from experimental in Drupal 8.1.0 to a member of the “main squad” in Drupal 8.5.0 core!

Drupal 8.5.0 also brings in API-first improvements, which make Drupal third-party integration capabilities even stronger. They include better serialization for getting Drupal data via REST API, enhanced documentation, translation support, handier file uploads via REST API, JSON API, and GraphQL, more flexible permissions, better test coverage, optimized performance, and more.

Drupal 8.5.0 is awesome, and it’s been great to look back at how “the great eight” evolved from 8.1.0. And sky’s the limit for further Drupal 8’s innovations!

If you wish to get an awesome Drupal 8 website, upgrade your existing site to Drupal 8 or update it to Drupal 8.5.0, feel free to contact our team.

And now please enjoy the infographic!

Feb 07 2018
Feb 07

In the world of business and finance, a website should as reliable as a Swiss watch, unbreakable like an armored safe, irresistibly attractive like George Washington’s portrait on a banknote, fast like a business-class car — the list could go on. And Drupal fits all these and other requirements! The ability to easily integrate the site with third-party systems, output data to any application and “lock and seal” the site in terms of security — these advantages alone put Drupal at the head of the pack. But this is just the beginning of the list, because everything is possible with Drupal. So it is no wonder that business & finance companies choose Drupal for their websites, just like they do for e-commerce, healthcare, educational, and other businesses. Here’s a couple of examples.

Examples of great business & finance websites built with Drupal

Mint

This is a website for a popular money management tool, which offers a unified interface for customers to track their financial activities (credit card, banking, and other operations), create budgets, get alerts, etc. This website wasn’t originally on Drupal, but moved to it to satisfy its high requirements.

NCR

Here is another example of a business website for a company that found Drupal’s benefits irresistible and migrated to Drupal. The website for the NCR corporation features an extensive catalog of business solutions per industry, powerful data analysis, interactive tools, internationalization, and more.

Voya Financial

A global provider of financial, retirement, investment and insurance services got a powerful Drupal site to present them all. It includes online savings and expense calculators, financial planners for various purposes, comparison tools, and much more.

Societe Generale

Here is a Drupal website for a multinational company specializing in banking and finance services. It uses Drupal’s awesome multilingual features and includes a collection of sites (for private banking, corporate and investment banking, careers, and more). It also has versions for customers from different countries.

Webster Bank

Drupal was a great solution for this famous commercial bank’s website. It presents all of the bank’s services and offers a user cabinet, as well as online banking with features like online bill payment, mobile deposit, account alerts, mobile banking, chats with bank staff, and more.

The Carlyle Group

Drupal 8, with its unprecedented multilingual improvements and easy content editing, became the best fit for this famous investment firm with staff working on 6 continents. Their website with over 20 thousand pieces of content was migrated from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8. It has English, Japanese and Chinese language versions, a media room, analytics, and much more.

Principal

This global investment management company chose Drupal as well. The site offers handy and interactive ways to present all the company’s financial products and services related to retirement, asset management, insurance, etc. It also has two languages, an online payment feature, and more.

Swift

On the multilingual website of this global messaging service provider, you will read that they are trusted by 11,000 financial organizations in over 200 countries. And who does this provider trust? Drupal, of course! The site has everything users need to discover Swift services, as well as offering a user cabinet for tracking orders and invoices, receiving online support, and more.

Final thoughts

Let’s get down to business ;) If you would like to have a feature-rich, powerful, and attractive website in the business & finance industry or any other, contact our team of developers with 10 years of experience!

Jan 31 2018
Jan 31

This was a blog post written by guest author Martin Postma (lolandese).
He usually writes directly on Drupal.org as an author of documentation.
Documentation is however not included on Drupal Planet so he asked us
to publish it on our blog to give it more exposure to stimulate the kick-off of this new initiative.

Handing over ownership of a module you authored isn't always easy. You invested probably a substantial amount of time in it. It might feel like giving "your baby" away. Sometimes, however, it is the way to "keep it alive" if for one reason or the other you lack the time to solve major issues or port it to Drupal 8. Even if you intend to stay active as a maintainer it might be good to get more people involved when the complexity of your project grows. Many hands make light work. Besides, passing the baton makes part of the Open Source spirit that makes the community prosper.

To attract others changing the maintenance status of a project to "Seeking new maintainer" is the first thing to do. If you want to say, "Hey, you can become a maintainer, but solve some active issues first", then the Open Ownership Pledge might be a good addition. It gives some guarantees to those deciding to write a patch for your module. On the other hand, it assures you that the project will receive a development boost before passing it on. In short, being a win-win for both sides, it provides some basic rules by which to "play the game" to become a co-maintainer or take over ownership.

Recently the initiative of the Open Ownership Pledge was kicked off by InternetDevels and me (lolandese) with a series of modules on which it was applied. InternetDevels is a Ukrainian based company that worked on both Symfony and Drupal projects long before the release of Drupal 8. Along with excellent Drupal developers, they found themselves with some Symfony developers that were relatively new to Drupal but experienced with Symfony. That gave them a headstart for Drupal 8. The way InternetDevels choose to make those developers "get their hands dirty" with Drupal 8 is by letting them work on contrib modules more than writing custom code.

The first module, UpTime Widget, passed ownership only five days after starting the initiative and resulted in a bunch of issues being fixed and a reinvigorated working Drupal 8 version of the module.

The long-term aim of the Open Ownership Pledge is to have more projects involved that grow and receive continued maintenance by a chain of developers that pass on ownership when needed. That makes part of the spirit of Open Source that makes our community thrive. Please, consider passing the baton of any project you currently maintain on Drupal.org.

Dec 06 2017
Dec 06

Hearing the words “migration from Drupal to WordPress,” some Drupal developers would shrug their shoulders and WordPress developers would applaud. However, there is no place for rivalry, even for such life-long competition as that between Drupal and WordPress, where the most important result is an absolutely happy customer. For every case, there is a platform that fits a website like a glove. And if a customer for whatever reason feels the “glove” is not perfectly comfortable, maybe it’s time to go ahead and change it. Though, it will take, of course, a little longer than a change of outfit :)

When it comes to choosing between Drupal and WordPress, migrations from WordPress to Drupal are more frequent. This is due to Drupal’s unlimited opportunities for various powerful features, fortress-level security, ability to handle more content and users, and so on.

Still, some customers wish to jump from Drupal to WordPress, seduced by the unmatched simplicity of the interface, a gentle learning curve to start working straight away, many beautiful free themes, and more — they just do not need what Drupal has to offer.

For those who are determined to move from Drupal to WordPress, we describe the opportunity to do so.

Drupal-to-WordPress migration via the FG Drupal to WordPress plugin

You can use the handy FG Drupal to WordPress plugin, which is ready for all Drupal and WordPress versions including the latest ones (8 and 4.9, respectively).

It migrates Drupal’s articles, basic pages, categories, tags, images, and more. It also resizes images according to WordPress settings, modifies URLs, preserves the ALT attributes for images, and does lots of other useful things.

The premium version promises to go even further and migrate custom taxonomies, fields, content types, users, comments, node relationships, as well as redirect URLs from Drupal to WordPress, accept user’s Drupal passwords, and so on.

To do a Drupal-to-WordPress migration with the FG, you will basically need to:

  • Install and enable the FG Drupal to WordPress plugin on the WP site.
  • Find the “import” option and enter your Drupal database parameters there.
  • Configure the FG’s content import options and perform the import.

Before the migration, stay safe and do not forget to backup your Drupal website, as well as your WordPress website (if you are migrating to an existing one, not a blank new WP installation).

Drupal to WordPress migrations from our experience

The CMSs are different, so custom content migration needs great care. For many cases, ready tools are not enough and you will need custom migration scripts for Drupal-to-WordPress migration. That’s what we faced when performing migrations from Drupal to WordPress for our customers.

Let’s look at a little example — a website with Books and Quizz content types. We created the appropriate post types in WordPress with extra customization.

  • Books. In Drupal, relationships are provided by the Books module where every book page has its weight. In WordPress, we created a custom type of post and expressed relationships via additional fields.
  • Quizzes. We customized the look of quizzes in the WP Pro Quizz plugin by providing an XML file generation to import all test categories, test topics and issues. This included answers of two types: true-false and multichoice.

Final thoughts

To insure that all your content moves safely and accurately to a new place, contact our WordPress team. We have both Drupal and WordPress developers in our company, so the process is bound to be smooth, with the smallest details, specific to both CMSs, taken into account. Enjoy your Drupal-to-WordPress migration!

Dec 01 2017
Dec 01

What a busy and interesting life an online store has! The Black Friday excitement is replaced with the holiday season rush, and so it goes on and on. But, no matter the season or occasion, your products will be always be ready to attract customers. Great product customization opportunities are among the numerous great features of Drupal Commerce 2.0, the new version of the famous module for building Drupal 8 online stores. So let’s take a glimpse at how product customization works in Drupal Commerce 2.0.

Product customization in Drupal Commerce 2.0

The new version of Drupal Commerce offers a better user experience as well as a new product architecture. In Drupal 7, all products had to be created in their own UI. In the eighth Drupal version, you can easily and quickly create product variations of the same product right away and customize them to your liking.

Unique product variations Everyone loves a broad range of choices. Your products may (as products usually do) come in various colors, sizes, etc. In Drupal Commerce, these are called product attributes. Each attribute has values (for example, S, M, L for size or red, green, blue for color).

A combination of these attribute values makes a unique product variation. For example, a red, S-size sweater is a product variation that has the “red” value for the “color” attribute and the “S” value for the “size” attribute.

Each product variation is assigned its own SKU (machine-readable ID). Among other benefits, SKU lets you easily track how many products of each variation has been purchased and how many remain in stock.

Product creation and customization: a little step-by-step “crib”

  • Creating product attributes. First, in admin/commerce/product-attributes, create product attributes and define their values. You can configure the options display for the buyers in the cart, drag to reorder the values, make them translatable and more. For extra customization, use fields.
  • Creating product variation types. Next, in admin/commerce/config/product-variation-types, create product variation types and add attributes to them. You can also add fields, like an image field.
  • Creating product types. In admin/commerce/config/product-types, you can create product types and select the newly created variation types.
  • Creating products and their variations. Finally, in admin/commerce/products, create new products by filling in all the required information (description, price, SKU, and more). Use the “Add new variation” button for multiple variations.

The Commerce Fancy Attributes built-in module

Let’s return to our attributes for a second. Thanks to the Fancy Attributes module now built into Drupal Commerce 2.0, you can display creative selectors for product attributes. For example, you can show a color swatch to your customers instead of just a color list.

The Commerce Customizable Products built-in module

Here is another interesting novelty among built-in Commerce 2.0 modules. It’s not just you and your website’s editors who can product customization. Buyers can do it, too (for example, visiting cards require a contact information and a logo). Here is a module that lets your buyers customise products during the checkout process.

The automatic SKU generation option

There is also a contributed module called Commerce AutoSKU that will generate SKUs for you automatically based on the product field values. You can configure the SKU generation pattern for each product type. The Token module will be additional help in this process.

Final thoughts

This has been a short glimpse at product customization opportunities in Drupal 8 online stores, which are truly endless. To organize this process exactly in accordance with your preferences, or get a fresh new online store, contact our Drupal developers who know Drupal 8 well and love Commerce!

Nov 28 2017
Nov 28

In every corner of the world, your potential customers are waiting for your website to start “speaking” their language. And it’s easy to provide that with Drupal 8, a true polyglot among CMSs. Unmatched multilingual capacities are among Drupal 8’s most lucrative features that inspire website owners to choose “the great eight” — either to get a website or to upgrade their existing one. Well, it’s really hard to resist! Just as we cannot help giving these multilingual improvements a little overview.

The multilingual sensation of Drupal 8

In Drupal’s previous version, Drupal 7, multilingual features required installing dozens of contributed modules and making plenty of complicated configurations.

Changing this was the dream of the Drupal community, which started the Multilingual Initiative (D8MI), led by Gábor Hojtsy of Acquia and contributed to by over a thousand enthusiastic developers.

The results are stunning! Drupal 8 understands languages at all levels, since it has a language-first approach. And you will immediately understand what this means when you hear the names of the four core modules that contain Drupal 8’s multilingual capacities: Language, Configuration Translation, Content Translation, and Interface Translation. They let you translate anything!

Translating your interface, configuration, and content

You can feel it already the moment you install Drupal 8. It lets you select your language from an impressive list of a hundred languages, and even gives you a hint by looking at your browser language. If you select a language other than English, Drupal automatically downloads the latest available interface translations from https://localize.drupal.org/. You can then go through the installation and setup process in your own language with no need for a dictionary. This includes RTL (right-to-left) languages.

But it’s just the beginning. You can stay with that single language, or you can choose to add more languages to your Drupal 8 website and make it multilingual. The four above-mentioned multilingual core modules are waiting to be enabled by you and set the wheels turning.

Then, in Configuration — Regional and Language — Languages, you can add any languages you wish to your site, and just watch Drupal download the available interface translations!

They will be displayed in percents next to the language, so you can click on this figure and translate the rest manually. But, most likely, you will be lucky, and almost everything will be translated:

You will also be able to set the default language, provide language switching on your website, set up language detection and selection, and more.

Then, of course, everyone is interested in translating the content. In Drupal 8, it’s possible to make any content translatable — nodes, user profiles, menu items, comments, contact messages, taxonomy terms, and much more. You can set up in every detail, field by field, what should be translatable and what should not, in Configuration — Regional and Language — Content Translation.

In addition, Drupal will let you translate the configuration, like image styles, content fields, account settings, user roles, comment types, and much more, in Configuration — Regional and Language — Configuration Translation.

And you also get a handy user interface for user interface translations! It enables you use the available translations, correct them to your liking, or add your own.

You are absolutely free to decide in every detail which elements should be multilingual on your website, according to your needs.

Wrap-up

This is just a little drop in the ocean of Drupal 8’s multilingual opportunities. For making your website awesomely multilingual, building a shiny Drupal 8 website, or migrating to “the great eight,” you are welcome to contact InternetDevels developers!

Nov 21 2017
Nov 21

The unmatched capabilities to interact with other systems is listed among Drupal 8’s best improvements (along with the Views and BigPipe in core, easier migrations, handier configuration management, excellent web accessibility, and much more). And there are various ways to provide great performance in this interaction. One of them is the new and fresh module called Subrequests. We will briefly get acquainted with the Subrequests’ principle of work and features for speed enhancement today.

Drupal 8 and third-party integration

Let’s first take a glance at your Drupal 8 site’s ability to share its data to any external systems you need. These can be native mobile applications on Android or iOs, super dynamic JavaScript apps (based on Angular, React, Node, Ember, Backbone, etc.), or any other third-party systems.

Among other things, this lets you use the trending “headless”, or “decoupled” approach, when Drupal serves as a back-end and outputs its data to some front-end system for the sake of exceptional speed, interactivity, real-time features, and more.

The key thing here is to present Drupal’s HTML data in the formats needed by these applications (JSON, XML, or HAL+JSON). Just like good interpreters help people who speak different languages, there are high-class “synchronous interpreters” between Drupal and third-party apps.

These great assistants transform the data into the required formats. The Drupal core now has a “team” of these built-in. These are web services: Serialization, HAL, RESTful Web services, and HTTP Basic Authentication.

In addition, there also are great contributed modules, one of which we will present right now.

Subrequests module and its performance-improving mission

How to help the “synchronous translation” work exceptionally fast? Here is where the Subrequests module comes in.

The Subrequests module groups any sets of requests together, with absolutely no limitations. Thanks to this aggregation, all JSON API requests are sent in just one. The absence of round-trips for fetching Drupal’s data greatly improves performance. Drupal bootstrap is only needed once.

The single request contains all the information that the app needs from Drupal. It’s kept in a JSON document called “blueprint.” The blueprint lists multiple subrequest objects.

The Subrequests module allows for very handy options like sending parallel requests, sending requests that depend on the response to previous request, and more.

Installing the Subrequests Drupal 8 module

This module did not exist in Drupal 7. Subrequests are a true novelty of Drupal 8, with its 8.x-2.0-beta3 released just a month ago.

For efficient work, the module needs some external PHP libraries. So to install the Subrequests module with all these libraries, you could use this Composer command:

composer require drupal/subrequests:^2.0

More technical details along with the code samples can be found in the article of the module’s maintainers, Lullabot, and on the module’s drupal.org page.

Wrap-up

To get the best of the Subrequests Drupal 8 module, create custom solutions for your website’s great performance and handy integration, or migrate to Drupal 8, contact InternetDevels developers. Get more news from our newsletter and on our social media pages!

Nov 17 2017
Nov 17

Even when salt, shells or stones were used instead of money, the most successful sellers were those relying on marketing and analytics! After, it was always important to find ways to persuade people to buy goods, as well as to figure out which goods were most in demand. Today, with modern online stores and platforms such as Drupal that are great for e-commerce, the importance of marketing and analytics remains the same. But the tools for them have become far more advanced! In today’s article, we’ll cover some special Drupal modules of this kind.

Nice marketing & analytics Drupal modules for e-commerce sites

You could bring your online store’s usability sky-high, provide perfect display on mobile phones, and make it impeccable from shopping cart to checkout (as shown by the examples of famous e-commerce websites). But even this is not enough.

It’s the marketing and analytics tools that will be the missing piece in the puzzle of your e-commerce website’s success!

Let’s see at least some of them right now. You will find modules both for online stores built on Ubercart and on Drupal Commerce.

Ubercart Early Bird Discount

Encourage your customers to be early birds that catch good discounts! Here is a module for the Drupal store on Ubercart that lets you easily create discounts with a particular end date, as well as set discount amounts in currency or by percent.

Commerce Wishlist

With the help of this handy tool, you can get a Wishlist on your Drupal Commerce store. It provides an “Add to Wishlist” button for products, builds a customizable list of “wishes,” lets users quickly move products from their Wishlist to their cart, etc.

Ubercart Recommender

We recommend you consider this module for Ubercart that allows you to give purchase recommendations to your customers. There are two types of recommendations: those based on the user’s purchasing history and on what other shoppers “also chose.” It works with the Views and is highly customizable.

Commerce Recommender

Here is a similar module for Drupal Commerce. It also gives recommendations on the basis of purchases. If a user has no purchases, nothing will be displayed in the first type of recommendations. To fix this, you could also consider using the Browsing History Recommender module, which uses viewing history instead of the purchasing history.

Commerce Google Analytics

The Commerce Google Analytics module lets you send your order data to Google Analytics. Using Rules, you can determine when to send this data. GA Push integration is one of its additional useful features.

Who Bought What|Ubercart

Get some priceless information to use in your marketing campaigns by discovering “Who bought what.” This special tool will give it to you as a handy list containing all the shoppers’ name, purchase amount, and all other attributes.

Commerce MailChimp

Here is a handy way to track the statistics on your MailChimp e-mail marketing campaigns. The Commerce MailChimp module that offers integration with the popular MailChimp’s eCommerce360 tool.

Commerce Campaign Monitor

Here is a module that smoothly connects your Drupal Commerce website to Campaign Monitor and lets your customers subscribe to your mailing list after the checkout.

Mailjet

You can effortlessly send triggered marketing emails to your customers about abandoned cart and more via the Mailjet. In addition, it lets you track the sales generated by each of your newsletters.

MailUp Newsletter Module

This is a tool that provides the integration between your Drupal online store and the MailUp email marketing platform. Its great features include multiple newsletter subscriptions, extra subscriptions options, automatic data transfer and synchronization between Drupal and MailUp, and much more.

Commerce Reporting

An advanced reporting system included in one module is at your disposal. It gives you table-based and filterable reports about sales, customers, products, payment methods, and more. You can manage all reports in the same handy dashboard, export them as CSV files, etc.

Commerce Conversion Tracking

You can easily track conversions in your online store with Google Analytics, Clicky, or other system of your choice, if you use the Commerce Conversion Tracking module.

Wrap-up

These are just a couple of cool marketing and analytics Drupal modules in e-commerce. In addition, custom ones can also be created, which will work exactly how you wish. For creating custom modules or building a Drupal online store from scratch, you are welcome to contact our developers. Enjoy the age of e-commerce with its modern tools!

Nov 03 2017
Nov 03

When does “smaller” mean “bigger”? When your images grow smaller to perfectly adjust themselves to various devices, while your user satisfaction, audience coverage, website’s speed, and profits grow bigger. A nice formula, isn’t it? This magic ability of images to adjust themselves to screens is how responsive web design works. And it works especially well in the latest Drupal version, Drupal 8, which has built-in support for responsive images. That’s what we’re going to discuss right now.

Responsive images: impeccable in Drupal 8

What does Drupal 8’s native support for responsive images mean? Using Drupal out-of-the-box, you will see that its built-in themes are already fully responsive and look awesome on all devices.

Any other theme can be configured in the same way, since Drupal 8 offers modern and convenient built-in tools for responsive image setup. Let’s take a look.

Drupal 8’s native tools to configure responsive images

These tools include the Breakpoint and the Responsive image modules that have become part of Drupal 8’s core. The Breakpoint module is even enabled by default. The Responsive image (formerly knows as the Picture element module) needs to be enabled by you, though.

Together, they let you set up the responsive output of images on various devices depending on their screen width. The images can be both resized and elegantly cropped. Forget about a heavy 2000px banner on a mobile screen. Those days are past!

Responsive images of appropriate sizes will be displayed according to the breakpoints that you define. Defining breakpoints means choosing window widths at which your image size should change (for example, min-width: 600px). Let’s briefly look at the process.

A glimpse at responsive image setup process in Drupal 8

  • Defining the breakpoints. You can define breakpoints in the YAML file (yourtheme.breakpoints.yml) in your theme’s folder, and organize your breakpoints into groups.
  • Creating the image styles for breakpoints. For each breakpoint, you will need to create an image style here: Configuration — Media — Image Styles. Use the “crop and scale” effect.
  • Creating your responsive image style. In Configuration — Media — Responsive Image Styles, the "Add responsive image style" button will help you put all these styles together to create your final responsive image style.
  • Selecting the style for your field. The final step is to use your style for your actual image field: go to Manage Display — Format — Responsive image and select your responsive image style. Done!

Retina: when “bigger” means “bigger”!

In some cases, the ability of images to get bigger is as important as their ability to get smaller. A great example are HD/Retina displays that have a very high resolution. Here, it’s a great idea to provide a larger image style that’s twice the size using a 2x multiplier in breakpoints. And, of course, the quality of your original images should be impeccable.

Wrap-up

Responsiveness is among Drupal 8’s numerous improvements, for which our two overviews (1 and 2) were not enough. More interesting stories, news, and examples are waiting for you in our newsletter and on our social media pages.

And if you need help with configuring responsive images in Drupal 8, or are thinking to migrate to the latest Drupal version, feel free to contact our developers. Everything’s gonna be responsive!

Oct 27 2017
Oct 27

The Views module lets even non-developers organize and present the website's content in the desired ways. Website administrators love it, Drupal newbies start with it, and Drupal ninjas perform miracles with it. No wonder it used to be the most downloadable contributed module. Well, it still is — in Drupal 7. But, with the arrival of Drupal 8, it got an even higher position — the Views became part of Drupal 8 core, so it no longer needs to be downloaded separately. The Views “inside Drupal” is listed among Drupal 8’s best improvements. Let’s discover a couple of special capabilities of the Views that will let you enhance your Drupal 8 website.

The Views: a true behind-the-scenes architect for websites

Lists, graphs, maps, tables, blocks, calendars, comments, contact forms, photo galleries and carousels, blog posts… The Views module shapes all this and much more with the data it fetches from the database. It looks attractive!

However, despite the name, the essence of Views lies much deeper than the attractive content presentation. Its behind-the-scene work is priceless. The module lets you not just list your entities, but also filter and sort them in all kinds of ways, change attributes, create relationships, and give or deny user access. The Views caches the data to improve your website’s performance. The list could go on. Here are a few examples of its special capabilities.

Some special ways to use Views on your Drupal 8 website

Views and REST export

Share your content with some other system — for example, a mobile application or one built on the basis of JavaScript. It’s possible to output your views in JSON, XML, HAL+JSON, or other non-HTML formats.

Setting up REST API export with Views is easier in Drupal 8 thanks to built-in web services like Serialization, RESTful Web services, HTTP Basic Authentication, and HAL. They need to be enabled.

The “Provide REST export” field is already included into the Views setting form and just waits for you to check it.

Using Views with a third-party data store

Your Drupal website’s “classic” SQL database is far from being the only possible data store for the Views. There are useful data source plugins ready for Drupal 8 — Views XML Backend, EntityFieldQuery Views Backend, Socrata, Elasticsearch Connector, Google Analytics Reports, and more.

Slideshows and carousels

Make your website even more attractive by creating slideshows and carousels, which can include various kinds of content and be responsive. Add-on modules for the Views like Views Slideshow, Slick Carousel, Slick Views, and Views Bootstrap will help you with it.

Contextual filtering

Among the great filtering and sorting options of the Views there’s an option to set up content-based filtering based on dynamic information. For example, you can display all content created by certain users. Contextual filters are very convenient because the values are fetched programmatically or via an URL.

Adding a relationship to Views

To present related content on your Drupal 8 website, it’s necessary to create a relationship to a view. Then you will receive information that is not contained in the base table selected during the Views creation. In the advanced settings of the “Display” page, you will find the “Add relationship” button and a selection of tables to pull data from.

Embedding Views

Sometimes it’s necessary to embed Views in your pages using PHP code. For this, there is a special views_embed_view() function.

Final thoughts

This has just been a very small collection of the Views module’s special powers. It also has many more to supercharge your Drupal 8 website with. Our Drupal developers are ready to use them to the full for your website’s benefits!

Oct 20 2017
Oct 20

Let’s talk about secret ingredients in menus. Like the right spices, they create special flavours that your guests really enjoy. When it comes to your Drupal website menus, the recipe is simple: just add some jQuery! Using the Superfish Drupal module, which integrates the jQuery Superfish menu plugin, you can create interactive multi-level menus with exceptional usability features. Let’s see how it works on Drupal 8’s example.

The Superfish Drupal module and its special menus

Drupal core provides easy ways to create multi-level drop-down menus with great customization opportunities. However, the Superfish module goes even further and brings menu interactivity to the next level.

The Superfish offers great web accessibility enhancements, which are so important for Drupal 8’s philosophy. Superfish menus are available to screen readers. They are keyboard accessible and touch-screen compatible.

These menus can automatically adapt their width to that of smaller screens. It’s also possible to make multi-column sub-menus, aka megamenus. The Superfish module also supports RTL (right-to-left) writing.

The “easing” effects by the jQuery Easing plugin are designed to make the animation more realistic.

And this is far from being the full list of the module’s benefits. So let’s move on to the practical part and create a menu with the help of the Superfish.

Creating a Drupal 8 menu with the Superfish module

Get the dependencies

First, let’s get the required dependencies for the module’s work.

  • Download the JavaScript library called Superfish library 2.x and place in the libraries directory of your Drupal root folder. Rename the folder to “Superfish”.
  • Optionally, you can also download the jQuery Easing plugin and unzip it to the libraries directory as well. The folder should be named “Easing”.

Get the Superfish module

With the dependencies installed, the way is paved for downloading and enabling the Superfish module on your Drupal 8 website.

Get your menu

You will need a menu to work with. To create one, go to “Structure” — “Menus” and click “Add menu”. Create the menu structure and then fill it with links leading to pieces of content. Check “Show as expanded” if the menu items have children links. Click save after each new change.

When the menu is ready, click “Structure” — “Block layout,” choose the place for your menu on your Drupal website, find your menu marked with the “Superfish” category on the list, and click “Place block”.

Make your Superfish settings

  • The “Configure block” window has plenty of settings to your liking. Here are some of the most interesting ones.
  • Your options for the menu type are horizontal, vertical, or “NavBar”.
  • Black, blue, coffee, white, or none will be your menu style choices.
  • You can also choose to add arrows or drop shadows.
  • Define your animation speed as slow, normal or fast.
  • The mouse delay is how long the menu stays open when the mouse hovers away.
  • You can configure the slide-in effects created by the jQuery Easing plugin.

And there are lots of other options related to touchscreens, smallscreens, multi-column submenus, extra CSS classes, and more.

Final thoughts

There is always a way to implement all your ideas about menus. Our developers will help you configure the Superfish or other Drupal 8 modules, or create custom ones specifically for you. Your guests have no chance to stay indifferent to your website — they will enjoy their navigation due to the attractive and interactive menus!

Oct 13 2017
Oct 13

Here is another recipe for success. You can have a whole team of websites playing for you, and they don’t have to be created from scratch or managed separately. The secret lies in Drupal’s well-developed multisite functionality. Thanks to this, Drupal will not only let you leave your competitors behind, but also multiply this effect by many times. Let’s see how the multisite feature works, when to choose it, and what benefits it brings. In addition, pick up a couple of useful multisite modules and tips.

The essence of Drupal multisite functionality

According to Drupal multisite architecture, you can have several sites running on the same codebase but having separate databases and configuration settings. They will share the same Drupal core, modules, and themes, but at the same time will be customizable to your liking.

For example, you can enable and disable the shared modules as you please. You are also free to decide whether you want to add some site-specific modules and themes. Welcoming the same users with single sign-on or not, sharing content across websites or not, creating a similar or different website’s look and feel — these are all options you have.

Like siblings in real families, multisites can look and behave alike or each have their own original styles. However, they definitely share their family DNA.

Hence the next main principles to stick to when deciding on multisite architecture: it’s best to choose it if your website family is going to have similar functionality, share important Drupal modules or use the same Drupal distribution. In these cases, it will be especially beneficial and easy to implement.

At least some of Drupal multisite benefits

No extra development costs

By setting up multisite, you save on development costs by not creating related sites from scratch.

Quick launch

Just like you don’t have to pay for creating websites from scratch, you don’t have to wait for it.

Brand consistency

With multisite architecture, it’s much easier to stick to brand guidelines on the design across websites.

Less efforts for website management

You will need less time, efforts and costs for your website administration, because you can do certain actions only on one without repeating them on all the others.

This includes:

  • website upgrades 
  • sharing content
  • making changes

and much more.

A couple of useful multisite tools and tips

Drush

Drush command-line interface is very useful for managing multisite deployments and upgrades. According to drupal.org, it lets you cope with 100 to 1000 websites, and this opportunity is widely used by university websites on Drupal. Multisite is a real salvation for them!

Sites.php

Using the sites/sites.php file in Drupal 7 and the sites/sites.example.php file in Drupal 8 to reference sites will help you more easily migrate between development, testing and production environments.

Contributed modules

Consider some Drupal modules that extra helpful. Thanks to the Domain Access module, you will be able to easily share configuration, users, and content between your affiliated sites. Menu Domain Access lets administrators decide which menu items to hide and which to show to users on selected domains. Apache Solr Multisite Search provides Apache Solr Search function across multiple sites. RobotsTxt will dynamically generate a different robots.txt for each member of your website family — and there also lots of others.

Wrap-up

Enjoy the multiple benefits of Drupal multisite! Our team is always ready to consult you and, of course, perform the smooth multisite setup.

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Oct 05 2017
Oct 05

Every six months, there comes a fresh Drupal 8 minor release full of lucrative features — it’s the essence of Drupal 8’s continuous innovation policy. And another big day has come! Drupal 8.4.0 is out on October 4, making this autumn especially rich in gifts. Just two weeks after the appearance of Drupal Commerce 2.0 for Drupal 8 online stores, Drupal 8.4.0 takes its turn in the spotlight. Let’s see why.

The benefits of the newly released Drupal 8.4.0

Drupal 8.4.0 brings us noticeable enhancements in content editing, media handling, workflows, website administration, configuration management, migrations, third-party integration, performance and scalability, developer experiences, automated testing, and more. We go into the details below.

Easy updates and Drupal 8.4’s friendliness to predecessors

The idea of backwards compatibility with previous versions for easy upgrades is receiving a lot of attention in Drupal 8. Of course, Drupal 8.4 is backwards compatible with Drupal 8.3. This includes all public APIs, while internal APIs may require special attention.

Generally, updating between 8.3 and 8.4 should be as easy as updating between, say, 8.3.2 to 8.3.3. Websites should make this update, and enjoy all the improvements that come with!

New modules and Drupal 8.4’s love for experiments

According to Drupal 8’s policy, every minor release has a host of new and interesting core modules, which start out experimental and then reach stability. Drupal 8.4’s experiments have been incredibly lucky!

So let us introduce the team of newcomers to core. Originally experimental, these useful modules have become stable in Drupal 8.4:

Inline Form Errors

Users will easily learn about some entry errors thanks to the module that provides their summary at the top of the form. It also gives individual error messages for form elements. It’s all available to screen readers, which is a great web accessibility improvement.

Media

The Media module greatly assists the whole ecosystem of contributed modules based on Media Entity by offering an API for reusable media entities.

Datetime Range

The Datetime Range module allows you to provide an end date in contributed modules such as Calendar and the like.

Layout Discovery

The Layout Discovery module offers an API that provides compatibility between core and contributed layout solutions. It lets modules and themes register layouts.

Workflows

The Workflows module gives us a system of states that show progress (Draft, Archived, and Published). This is useful both for publishing and non-publishing workflows.

These modules are on the point of becoming stable:

Content Moderation

The Content Moderation module offers efficient ways of applying the Workflows module’s capabilities to content.

Settings Tray

This module improves the theming experiences by letting you configure blocks, menus and other elements from the frontend.

Place Blocks

Thanks to the Place Blocks module, you will be able to place a block on any page and immediately see where it is displayed on your website, without the help of your administration form.

Field Layout

The Field Layout module offers special opportunities in rearranging fields.

Migrate, Migrate Drupal, and Migrate Drupal UI

This “team” is responsible for providing a general migration API, migration support, and a handy user interface for migrations.

Drupal 8.4’s support for everything new

New Symfony, jQuery, and jQuery UI

Let’s take the best from Symfony and jQuery! The Drupal 8.4.x improvements, including the updates of Symfony to version 3.2, jQuery to version 3, and jQuery UI to version 1.12, are very helpful

Updating Drush

For working effectively with Drupal 8.4.x, you will need to update your Drush to 8.1.12 before you start using it.

No old browsers

Beginning with Drupal 8.4.x, there is no support for Internet Explorer 9 and 10. It will still be displayed on them, but no bug fixes will be made. Support will be removed totally in Drupal 8.5.x.

Wrap-up

This is just a glimpse at Drupal 8.4 improvements. If you need help updating your site to 8.4.0, or if you are considering an upgrade to Drupal 8 from Drupal 7 or 6, our developers are always here for you.

Sep 26 2017
Sep 26

We have a confession to make. Frankly, we’re becoming kind of shopaholics ;) After the release of Drupal Commerce 2.0, our passion for discussing and building cool Drupal 8 online stores keeps growing. But, considering the awesome modules for e-commerce in Drupal 8, it makes perfect sense!

The newly released Drupal Commerce 2.x is bursting with great features, and Ubercart for Drupal 8, in its alpha, is getting ready to catch up. These two modules represent whole e-commerce platforms.

In addition to these, however, there is a wealth of other helpful Drupal 8 contributed modules for online stores. While some of them are still in alpha or beta — their development will go quickly — we can take a look at a couple of examples right now!

Some Drupal 8 modules for e-commerce

Commerce Square Connect

It’s hard to imagine a Drupal 8 online store without good third-party integration. Here is a module that allows for online payments with Square payment gateway in Drupal Commerce. Tokenization, fraud monitoring, PCI compliance, and other features enhance payment security.

Commerce Stripe

This module brings Stripe, the famous payment platform, to Drupal Commerce. It has advanced tokenization functionality for safety. Without leaving your online store, users can pay with almost anything — from Visa to BitCoin.

Commerce Paytrail

Another payment gateway, Paytrail, formerly known as Suomen Verkkomaksut, could come to your online store with the help of the module of the same name for Commerce. It supports S1 and E1 payment types.

However, the talks about payment gateway modules for Commerce can be endless, since there also are Authorize.Net, SmartPay, Payeezy, Paytrail, Worldline, Amazon Pay, and many others.

Ubercart QuickPay

What about Ubercart? There is a bunch of online payment modules for it as well. One of them connects the Danish payment gateway, QuickPay, to your online store. It offers two payment options: QuickPay Embedded and QuickPay Form. Its benefits include multiple language support, safety features, payment refund support, and more.

Tawk.to Live Chat

Effective e-commerce is inseparable from real-time customer service. So you will need a handy and powerful live chat application. The special module, created exceptionally for Drupal 8, integrates the Tawk.to chat with your Drupal 8 online store.

VAT Number

The VAT Number module is responsible for providing a new "VAT number" field, checking VAT structure, verifying VAT against EU SOAP server, making sure it matches the shipping country, and other useful things.

Commerce Ajax Add to Cart

This tool allows you to harness the power of Ajax for your shopping cart. When new items are added, the information is updated without a page refresh, and a pop-up message informs you that you have successfully added something.

Commerce Shipping

The Commerce Shipping module provides the calculation of shipping rates for goods. It integrates shipping service selection with your checkout and order edit form. You can make your flexible settings in the user interface.

Ubercart Volume Pricing

Set an unlimited number of discounts for buying products in bulk. You can do it right from the product edit form thanks to the Volume Pricing module for Ubercart. It also lets you notify your customers about how much they could save if they buy more.

Easy CurrencyCON

This is a user-friendly currency converter for Drupal websites, which allows your customer to quickly convert any currency into any other. You can use multiple currencies at a time, as well as swap currencies.

Final thoughts

We promise you that you will never be able to tear your eyes from your magnetic and shiny Drupal 8 online store — soon you, too, will be addicted. Addicted? No, just in love!

Let’s discuss how you want your shop to look!

Sep 20 2017
Sep 20

It’s always been known that Drupal is a great choice for e-commerce websites. The cool online stores built with Drupal are a proof of that. However, in Drupal 8’s younger, shy days, described in our interview with the famous drupaler Andypost, the new e-commerce functionality wasn’t fully ready. At that point, it didn’t make sense to build online shops with “the great eight.” Those days are long since gone! On September 20, the long-expected Drupal Commerce 2.0 for Drupal 8 has been released. However, even before the steady release, over 1,500 websites have begun using it.

Drupal Commerce 2.x has so many cool features that it makes you dizzy, like looking at the window display at a luxury store. The recent release candidate 1, release candidate 2 and release candidate 3, with their fresh updates, have become the final steps towards the stable Drupal Commerce 2.0. Now it’s time to celebrate — Commerce 2.x parties are starting across the globe!

Let’s look through some remarkable features of Drupal Commerce 2x, as well as point out a couple of freshest improvements.

“New arrivals!” or some benefits of Drupal Commerce 2.0

Easier installation: Ludwig as an alternative to Composer

Traditionally, Drupal Commerce 2.0 is installed with Composer, but it is not always easy. Maybe a handy GUI will be built in the near future, but right now, a fresh alternative to Composer has been released by the Commerce creators. Now you can use Ludwig to manually install the required libraries.

Over 30 payment gateways and handy integration

Improved APIs for Drupal Commerce 2.x significantly reduce the development time for integrating payment gateways. In addition, over 30 special modules make it easy for Drupal 8 e-commerce sites to work with the payment gateways, and all of the modules have been freshly updated and are ready to go!

Which payment systems do you prefer? The choice is as broad as an online store’s product range! PayPal, Authorize.Net, Payplug, Braintree, Square, Stripe, Ingenico, Alipay and Worldline are just the beginning of the list. Other payment methods are also possible like cash on delivery, card on delivery, check, bank transfer and more.

Handy user interfaces are provided for managing payments. To ensure better payment security, there is tokenization support (replacing credit card data with so-called tokens that are useless to trespassers and are handled by the payment provider).

Cool checkouts

On your Drupal 8 online store, you can configure multiple checkout processes for different order types. This includes the number of steps required from the user, the information they have to provide, the possibility to buy with no registration and much more. By the way, for a better user experience, addresses can now be reused for your returning customers.

“Smart” taxes

The right taxes will be automatically included in the product prices. This is due to useful plugins with a whole collection of tax rates, third-party services like Avalara, and the ready logic for using it all. Your online store’s home country, its country of registration, the user’s location, the physical or digital product type and other factors can be taken into account. Configuration options are really flexible.

Multiple stores

Handling multiple e-commerce stores is a breeze now. You can define special settings for each online store (contact information, default currency and more). Cross-selling the same products in different e-shops is also possible.

Products and their variations

You can comfortably create and edit product variations, different by such product attributes as color, size, pattern or whatever. Each product variation has its own machine-readable ID, or SKU. There are great opportunities for inline editing.

And more

Other Drupal Commerce 2.x niceties include an improved UI to create discounts and coupons, better currency management, helpful Twig templates, and so much more.

It’s time to see your e-shop cart bursting with orders!

Well, this has been just a brief review of Drupal Commerce 2.x novelties. Believe us, your shiny, modern, easy to use, and powerful Drupal 8 online store will be capable of absolutely anything! For building one from scratch or adding Drupal Commerce 2.x functionality to your existing Drupal 8 site, contact our developers.

PS. Attention for the most tech-savvy readers! Much water has passed under the bridge since 08/2016 (the times of Drupal Commerce 2.х beta 1), but we still cannot help offering you this blog post by our developer with instructions on setting up an online store with Drupal Commerce 2.0. Click on it, and take the best from it.

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Sep 15 2017
Sep 15

Drupal 8’s “fruitful fields” of opportunities are endless — so let’s take another walk through them! It lets you optimize your website’s performance with the BigPipe module in the core, boost your SEO with a host of useful modules, improve your website’s upgrade process, bring order to user roles and permissions, enjoy an easier configuration management, get in line with the latest web accessibility standards, and that’s just the beginning of the list. Along with everything else, Drupal 8 also lets you create custom field formatters, so today we’ll take a glimpse at what they are and how you can build them.

Field formatters in Drupal 8 and what they do

In accordance with Drupal 8’s architecture, field formatters are plugins — and pretty useful ones at that. Their main job is to tell Drupal how the field values should be presented to the website users, as well as what options there are to configure this display. This should be useful and engaging for end users and fully reflect your ideas. To have absolute freedom in the implementing this, you can create your custom field formatter plugin in Drupal 8.

A few tips on creating custom field formatters in Drupal 8

Creating your module

Everything starts with a module — this is Drupal, after all! You need first to create a module that will “host” your field formatter code. To implement it, create this folder structure inside your new module’s folder:

MyModule/src/Plugin/Field/FieldFormatter

Creating your field formatter class file

OK, the folder is ready — you can now add a new field formatter class file (one for every formatter you build):

MyModule/src/Plugin/Field/FieldFormatter/MyFormatter.php

The namespace should look like this:

Drupal\MyModule\Plugin\Field\FieldFormatter

Plugins are classes, and so they extend from each other. Your field formatter class should extend the \Drupal\Core\Field\FormatterBase class. MyFormatter class name should reflect what the formatter does, and, most importantly, end with a “Formatter” suffix.

Making an annotation

Annotations are a great OOP practice in Drupal 8 because they contain the class metadata. To help your new plugin get discovered, you need to make the @FieldFormatter annotation. It should contain the most important data about your new field formatter such an ID (machine-name), a label (human-readable name), and the types of fields it is used for.

Using methods

The settingsForm() method will let you define specific options, and the settingsSummary() method is responsible for informing end users about the formatter settings. The viewElements() method deals with rendering the field data.

Walking deeper into the fields

If you are interested in deeper insights into to Drupal field formatting, check out blog posts by our developers about the Field API in Drupal 8 (custom formatters and widgets), as well as the Field Image Tooltips module. The latter has been created by one of our teams, and deals with adding images with tooltips that are available both for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this little walk through the fields (or their formatters) in Drupal 8. Our developers are ready to help you in creating custom field formatters, moving your website to Drupal 8 to let you enjoy the innovation, or building an entirely new site for you. Be ahead of the field with Drupal 8! Let’s discuss it right now.

Sep 12 2017
Sep 12

Drupal is a great platform that has a great community and a great number of sites developed thanks to it. What makes it so great? What helps Drupal stand out among the competition? We’ve explained you 6 reasons why you'll love Drupal websites, and if you do love them and have your own website on Drupal now, then this article will give you a hint about what you should pay attention to stand out among your business competitors and defeat them.

Must-haves of a competitive and successful Drupal site

Be available for all users on all their devices, all the time

There is no use for a website, even an attractive and multifunctional one, when it’s down and no one can reach it. So along with optimizing your website important features, don’t forget to monitor your server uptime and downtime to make sure it’s up and running and be able to fix any issues in a timely manner if it goes down.

To survive in the mobile technology age your website cannot do without mobile web design and mobile development. In order to satisfy the needs of mobile users and make your web resource available on their devices, you can build a mobile app or make your site mobile-friendly, for example, making it responsive with a perfect layout which displays well on all screen sizes at once.

Despite the fact that the number of mobile users is growing, desktops are still being used. The research on cross-device customers show that people usually use mobile phones and tablets to surf the web, discover their issue and find answers to their questions. After they have found what they need, they switch to desktops for purchasing or ordering goods and services, or completing other actions with bigger and more convenient screen and keyboard. Doing cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility testing helps check whether your software product is available on all browsers and platforms of all desktop and mobile devices, where new models regularly appear.

Meeting web accessibility standards is one more way to make your web resource available and accessible for all, including Internet users with special needs. Drupal 8 has improvements allowing you take a progressive step toward the needs of people with audial, visual and other impairments like deafness or color blindness. Remove the obstacles to let understand your site as textual and multimedia content easily.

Be secured

There is no sense in furniture rich house without a lock, and there is no sense in feature rich site without a proper security system. It’s impossible to defeat competitors while not being secure from hacker attacks and other cyber threats. With many official Government sites from all over the world built in Drupal security is one of Drupal benefits.

Drupal core and modules are regularly updated. So, just check whether you have implemented all the latest updates as well as removing old and redundant modules. Also, switch to HTTPS (if you haven’t done this already), make passwords work perfectly and follow other security rules to protect your Drupal site.

Load your pages as fast as possible

No one likes to wait, or people who force them to wait. If you aren’t able to give things here and now, then your potential site visitors and clients will run away from you to your competitors for better alternatives. Load speed impacts UX and SEO as well, because search engines care about providing a positive user experience by prioritizing pages that load quicker and ranking them higher. Google even marks AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) with the lightning sign on search engine result page (SERP) to make them noticeable for users.

So use some tools to test and optimize your site’s speed or ask some support service like ours to improve the performance of your site to let it not just run faster but fly;)

Be SEO-optimized

Use the power of search engine optimization to be easily found on the web, avoid major reasons for low website traffic, and increase organic traffic that comes from unpaid search results. If you take actions to ensure high security and performance levels to your web resource and follow other tips mentioned in this article, then you are halfway to the top of the search query result page. To get the other half of the way, contact a SEO specialist or follow some SEO practices by yourself.

Install helpful Drupal 8 modules for SEO to make your web pages easier for search engine bots to crawl, scan, and index. Publish unique content with keyword optimization in mind, don’t forget to update it and use other benefits of content marketing to make your content highly valued by search engines. Do SMM right, as this also influences on your rankings. Use Drupal modules for easy integration with social networks. Also, don’t forget to check broken links, redirects and whether URLs are clean or dirty. And, of course, don’t be lazy to constantly monitor your statistics with the help of web analytics tools like Google Analytics. By the way, it’s easy to integrate GA with Drupal 8 due to module.

Summing up

The main things every Drupal site should care about to defeat its competitors are: availability, performance, security and search engine optimization including all related issues.

If you need a professional help in Drupal website support and maintenance, then contact our Drupal specialists.

Sep 08 2017
Sep 08

More and more often, developers and users see that Drupal is arguably the most powerful CMS today. We have also repeatedly written about the benefits of Drupal for your business. Indeed, it is a perfect solution for any type of websites as the Drupal community provides great improvements for educational websites, takes care of your website’s security, makes your e-commerce user-friendly, and more. There is a good reason many of the largest companies use Drupal to power their websites, as the platform is still going strong and is one step ahead of its opponents in terms of integration, functionality and security. Today, we’re going to continue to talk about Drupal biggest strengths, particularly for content-heavy websites.

Reasons to choose Drupal

Reliable open source platform

Being open source is one of strongest benefits of Drupal. The core software along with a great number of contributed modules and themes are free. For example, let’s say you run a powerful news website, which is filled with new, varied information, every day or even every hour. Open source will help reduce web development costs, as usually creating a large-scale project requires significant cost both in time and money. You can modify the code to meet all the user requirements and code a patch for Drupal and fix any bug (which are common for sites with lots of content).

Large flexibility

To be powerful and flexible at the same time, to manage both simple blogs and complex, heavy-content websites, is another big advantage of Drupal. Therefore, the owners of online courses in programming, of foreign languages lessons and of self-development trainings can rest easy, as Drupal is armed with CCK, or a content construction kit. This helps you have full control over content, whether it's videos, podcasts, or e-books. It is worth revisiting and highlighting a variety of user-contributed modules that give you the opportunity to implement very specific functionality without having to write custom code. If still necessary, Drupal experts can quickly and easily write a custom code and add a new feature to your website. In general, Drupal is able to cover all of the user’s needs when creating a web project.

Content arrangement

It is likely that you have a large site with a constant flow of visitors, who you provide with bulk information. That’s great! But how to organize all this important and useful content and make it easy to find? There are several ways to accommodate and organize your content in Drupal (articles, publications, videos, infographics, case studies, guides, etc.) — with the help of URL, taxonomy, tags and custom lists. The Drupal database allows you to sort features thanks to its easily applicable module system, with no need to add a great amount of custom code for building the library you dream of.

Responsive design

The days when desktop computers were the only way to get access to the Internet are gone. Today, people use screens and devices of many types to find any information on web in any format (audios, videos, images, etc.) It would seem hard to find the necessary information using a small smartphone, but the web developers have nothing to worry about.

Drupal is mobile-ready and fully responsive, right out of the box. If you are, for example, a photographer and create your own web page on Drupal, your portfolio with its incredible, impressive photos can automatically adapt to every screen type. As mobile gains popularity, a variety of mobile devices opens new doors for successful marketing and encourages you to engage mobile users like never before. This is one of the smartest steps you should take with Drupal.

More speed, please

It’s logical to think that the more website has in terms of multimedia content, the more slowly it loads. This is usually true, but not for Drupal. And it does not matter whether you have a simple blog or manage a powerful movie site. The platform is considered to be one of the fastest CMS’s out there. It is good for SEO as fast Drupal websites offer obvious advantages, such as an increasing number of happy visitors and high rankings in SERP.

Drupal security

Security is the aspect where Drupal absolutely triumphs over all other CMS. This is particularly important for sites with a large number of diverse content, complex taxonomy and many regular visitors. For instance, the White House decided to use Drupal for its website for a reason. Unlike other CMS, Drupal was designed with security in mind. Its built-in security is extremely strong and fresh installation includes features which protect your web page from cyber attacks. In addition to that, Drupal also has a dedicated security team and one of the largest communities in the world who ensure a quick response to security issues. As a result, many heavy-content sites with extreme security concerns are built using Drupal.

You can see that we are moving into an era where your CMS no longer points out the way your site runs. Drupal is a very flexible framework and can meet all your requirements for every specific project. As clients, you are free to use whichever you are most comfortable with. To be sure, your huge, heavy-content website is in good hands, rely on Drupal and Drupal experts of InternetDevels!

Sep 05 2017
Sep 05

Greetings to everyone! It looks like “8” is a lucky number and 8/2017 is a lucky month for drupalers. By taking a little extra energy from the sun (which is pretty environmentally friendly), the Drupal community has made so many awesome things! It feels like yesterday that we offered you the July 2017 Drupal news summary, and now we’re moving on to the wrap-up of the hot and productive August 2017.

What’s new with Drupal in August 2017

New releases of some Drupal modules

  • A hot month with hot releases! It’s a true embarrassment of choices. Let’s have a little “tasting session” and appreciate at least a couple of examples:
  • The new version of Drupal developers’ favorite assistant, Devel 8.x-1.0, has rolled out with plenty of fanfare. It features Drush 8 and Drush 9 support, new Twig extensions for debugging, and much more.
  • Especially those interested in headless (or decoupled) Drupal projects, will be happy to see the GraphQL module in its new and improved 8.x-3.0-alpha5 version.
  • Providing meta tags for your website has become more convenient due to the Metatag 8.x-1.2 version. It features bug fixes and initial JSON support.
  • What about building attractive web forms? It’s a breeze with the entirely new code base of Webform 8.x-5.x. Here goes its beta16 release with lots of updates.
  • Clear external caching systems in accordance with Drupal 8’s new cache architecture. For this purpose, you have a new and improved Purge 8.x-3.0-beta8.
  • The Workbench, a whole suite of modules to make content management processes more convenient, has introduced its new release in August — 8.x-1.0.
  • Websites now “socialize” even better thanks to the Social API’s 8.x-1.1 release. This module is part of the Drupal Social Initiative, and is now compatible with Social Auth 1.x.
  • You will appreciate working with local and external libraries using the Bootstrap Library 8.x-1.9 release that has Bootstrap 4 beta version added in August.
  • Running Cron jobs is now easier both in Drupal 7 (due to the option to disable the execution of scheduled jobs in 7.x-2.5) and in Drupal 8 (due to numerous bug fixes in 8.x-2.0-alpha2).

Drupal security fixes for your good night’s sleep

Drupal is a solid fortress, whose guards are always on the look-out. The Drupal Security Team has “caught” a number of security vulnerabilities (ranging from moderately critical to critical) and made fixes to them.

The long-expected Drupal 8.4: alpha becomes beta

We are steadily moving towards Drupal 8.4. The previous step was Drupal 8.4.0 alpha1, and now August brings us Drupal 8.4.0-beta1. Hopefully, these steps will finally lead us to the stable 8.4 release in October!

Summer, bye till next year! Internet Explorer 9 and 10, bye forever!

August 2017 was time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Beginning with version 8.4, Drupal stopped official support for them, so no public bug reports will be received by the security team. Hopefully you’re not upset? ;)

Drupal should know its heroes

To be a Drupal hero, no one needs a Superman cape. There are so many awesome drupalers who help develop Drupal in various ways every day! And the Drupal Association is re-launching a program to highlight these real Drupal heroes. Wanna join the special committee on this? The Association welcomes you!

The wrap-up of the wrap-up

Here is our August 2017 Drupal news summary. Is there anyone regretting the end of summer? If you are, there’s no need to be blue — every drupaler know that the autumn’s gonna be rocking! Take the best from what Drupal offers, enjoy new features or an entirely new website, and know you can always rely on our expert Drupal team.

Aug 23 2017
Aug 23

Spam causes huge inconvenience to Internet users and headaches for site owners. Spam is one of reasons why you don’t need a comment section on your web resource. However, allowing your site visitors to post comments and any other content means communication and feedback. Allowing them to express their opinions and share their ideas on your site has its good sides as well. So it would be not right to get rid of this option all together. Luckily, Drupal can offer you a solution — and not just one. Drupal modules can help remedy spammers. We’ll explain them in order from the earliest solution to the latest in this article.

Spam blocking Drupal 8 modules:

CAPTCHA

For sure, the most known method to fight bots and distinguish them from human users is CAPTCHA. This is an abbreviation that stands for a completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart. The CAPTCHA module is most often used when building web forms. This challenge-response test, unsolvable by bots, prevent them from spreading spam. Every Internet user has been asked to type random letters or figures like this:

However, CAPTCHA has its disadvantages. Sometimes it’s quite tough for humans to guess on the first try what’s depicted on the image. It’s especially challenging for users with visual impairments. Thus, if you want to meet web accessibility standards, precede to the next solutions described below. CAPTCHA remains an effective way to fight spambots, but is a bit annoying for human users.

reCAPTCHA

As a test offered by CAPTCHA module is usually puzzling to humans, Drupal sites are more often using reCAPTCHA module that executes reCAPTCHA service from Google. Users just have to click and tick and are no longer irritated by having to spend time guessing. This improves user experience. Despite becoming more easy for people to solve, this test still remains hard for robots.

By the way, reCAPTCHA is one of Drupal modules maintained by us, Internetdevels.

Honeypot

This anti-spam solution requires taking no action from human users at all. No typing, no ticking. The Honeypot module creates a hidden field which is invisible to humans but noticeable to bots. When spambots fill this hidden forms in, they are immediately detected and blocked by Honeypot.

Furthermore, this Drupal 8 module uses one more method called a timestamp. It look at how long it takes for the web form to be submitted from the moment the page was loaded. Bots need much less time to cope with forms than humans.

Antibot

No end user interaction at all is also possible with one more Drupal 8 module called Antibot. Its creators claim that it’s more reliable than Honeypot and is as lightweight as possible. This module allows caching on pages with protected forms.

Its principle is based on the assumption that bots don’t process javascript. The web form is hidden due to CSS and users see a message on their screens telling that Javascript is required for the form to be used. If the users have Javascript enabled, then the message is moved out and the web form is revealed when the page is loaded.

In addition, for better safety, before allowing form submission, the Antibot module checks for mouse movement and keyboard pressing to identificate human user. This feature provides better effectiveness.

Anti spam

The Antispam module was developed by CleanTalk. Its effect is not noticable to human users, as they see no tasks needed to be solved. If you have your own blacklist that contains emails or computers’ IP-addresses of spammers you have already detected, then Anti Spam can use this your blacklist to block registering or posting any comments. Service CleanTalk can store all records of filtered spam attacks up to 45 days. There is even an app, if you want to monitor your statistics more conveniently.

Important information for Mollom users!

Mollom was maintained by Acquia and have been successfully detecting and blocking not only spambots, but also human spammers for 8 years. The Mollom service could evaluate the quality of content, identify profanity and offensive language and compare data with its constantly emerging archive of profiles of user who have predisposition to submit spam.

However, there are bad news for those who have loved this module. On April 2017 Mollom announced its end-of-life is scheduled for April 2, 2018. After that time, the Mollom service will no longer be supported or available. If you are using the Mollom Drupal 8 module now, then it’s recommended to disable it in advance until that date and switch to some alternative option mentioned in this article above.

We hope you have no spam-related issues. If you have any questions about spam or security, contact our specialists.

Aug 15 2017
Aug 15

Creating unique content is a direct way both to Google’s and your customers’ hearts, and Drupal 8 is making the road much smoother and the journey more enjoyable! Creating interactive HTML5 content and content modelling in Drupal 8 are just a couple of examples we’ve already described. So today, let’s take a glimpse at the Entity Browser, one of the modules from Drupal 8’s collection of media management tools.

Well, saying “one” would probably mean diminishing its capabilities, because the Entity Browser has a whole ecosystem around it and serves as the base for creating many cool browsers. It’s like a large box of treasures, and we will now unbox some of them.

How Drupal 8’s Entity Browser makes content editors happy

Great times have come for content editors (and not only for them), since the appearance of Entity Browser, an incredibly flexible tool for handling (browsing, selecting, creating etc.) entities. With it, it’s possible to drag-and-drop multiple images at once, reorder or remove them, reuse them for other articles, upload more images in the process, easily search for related content by various criteria, create and add quotes without opening a new tab, create another piece of content without leaving the original form, embed entities into WYSIWYG, and much more.

Plugins for the Entity Browser

Entity Browser relies on Drupal 8 core plugins to do its work. The heart of Entity Browser is the Widget plugin, which is responsible for selecting and creating entities. The Widget Selector plugin deals with the options for switching between widgets, while the Selection Display plugin works with the ways the selected entities are displayed. Finally, the Display plugin determines how the Entity Browser will look.

Configuring Drupal 8’s Entity Browser

The Entity Browser’s flexibility lets it be literally whatever you want it to be and provide the perfect entity handling workflow for you. With your Entity Browser module installed successfully (as well as the Ctoools module just for this process), go to Configuration — Content authoring — Entity browsers and click the “Add Entity Browser” button. You can give it a name and then shape it to your liking.

1. On the same page, select the general features of the Entity Browser by configuring the necessary plugins.

  • The display type of your entity browser can be: a standalone form, an iFrame container, or a modal window.
  • The available widgets can be presented as: a dropdown menu, a single widget or horizontal tabs.
  • The options to show the entity selection area to the editors are: a preconfigured view, no selection display, or multi-step selection display.

2-3-4. Configure the details of your display type, widget selector type, and entity selection area.

The next three steps involve a more detailed configuration (sizes, styles, auto-opening etc.) of the plugins you have selected above. This will not take long — some of them even require no further configuration.

5. Add the widgets to your browser.

Equip your content editors with as many powers as possible. The available widget plugins are: “View”, “Upload,” “Entity form,” and “Upload images.”

Congrats — your Entity browser is created!

Ready browsers to choose from

You can also pick one of the very nice pre-configured browsers created on the basis of the Entity Browser. They are contributed Drupal modules you also need to download and install: Media Entity Browser, File Entity Browser, Content Browser, Entity Browser Enhance(d|r), and Slick Browser.

Thunder and Lighting

There also are full Drupal distributions using the Entity Browser. They are called Thunder and Lightning and are meant to provide an improved editing experiences.

Entity Browser and Inline Entity Form

The Entity Browser’s incredible “friendliness” lets it interact well with a great number of other tools. Among them, we would like to mention one we already discussed — the Inline Entity Form module in Drupal 8.

Entity Browser and Inline Entity Form are used together for creating new entities and browsing existing ones.

This is just a glimpse at the Entity Browser module, but its capabilities are endless. Moreover, the future looks very bright for the concept of media handling due to Drupal 8’s media initiative. To get help with configuring the Entity Browser module, building custom features, or migrating to Drupal 8 with all its innovations, you are welcome to contact our developers.

Aug 11 2017
Aug 11

Combining different tools to produce fantastic reactions is the true “chemistry” of web development. The special trend of the day is using Drupal with JavaScript tools. We’ve had a chance to look at the benefits of using Drupal with Angular and Drupal with Node. Now, it’s time to describe another chemical reaction — between Drupal and ReactJS, which results in the appearance of websites and apps with cosmic speed and interactivity. Indeed, these qualities are in the DNA of the whole JavaScript family. So what makes one of its youngest members, ReactJS, stand out? Let’s take a closer look at it and find it out.

ReactJS and at least some of its benefits

“You can’t scare me — I handle Facebook’s interface”

Such a quote could easily belong to ReactJS. This JavaScript library for creating user interfaces was built by Facebook engineers. At first it was only used internally and then was released as an open-source project. Considering the scope of Facebook, there’s hardly any project ReactJS can’t cope with when it comes to building large-scale dynamic applications with real-time data change. Nor is it used by Facebook alone — check out lots of other projects using React.

Virtual DOM

One of the awesome features of React is its effective approach to DOM updates. When a page is loaded, the browser generates its DOM (Document Object Model). However, this is traditionally a bit of a weak, or, let’s say, slow point of JavaScript. To significantly speed things up, React JS uses a lightweight, virtual DOM. React discovers which virtual DOM objects have changed and updates the necessary parts of the real DOM, not the whole DOM tree. This provides a great performance boost, as well as makes a developer’s life easier.

Component structure

In ReactJS, it is easy to create self-contained, independent components and put them together in large-scale applications. Parameters are passed to each of the components. One-way data flow Data flows through your application in a single direction after some change. This makes the data flow more predictable, gives you a better control over it, and lets you easily track changes.

Easy to work with

React presents a rather simple programming approach with no complicated concepts. It easily integrates with absolutely any JavaScript library. Born in 2013, React has developed a large ecosystem around itself. Its active community keeps creating new libraries, tutorials, and other helpful stuff.

Drupal and ReactJS

Drupal is great for absolutely any type of website — social, educational, ecommerce, healthcare and so on. It can handle any amount of users and pages, as well as any website scale and complexity. With the special front-end miracles of ReactJS added to this, this can produce absolutely fantastic results.

The combination of Drupal and ReactJS is most beneficial for websites with plenty of dynamic page elements and a giant amount of constantly-changing data that requires smart, real-time updates. Other examples are when you need to provide an automated data exchange or access to data from mobile apps. However any type of website or app will benefit from an ultra-quick and magnetically engaging interface.

The most popular way of combining Drupal and React is using React as a lightweight front-end for the so-called decoupled (or headless Drupal) as a CMF and data source. The one-way data flow of React JS helps shape the web page in accordance with the data sent from Drupal's RESTful API.

Drupal 8 has special opportunities for React integration, thanks to its built-in RESTful services, but using JSON API will make your developer’s life even easier. Another hot trend is combining Drupal 8 with React by means of GraphQL. Drupal 7 has to rely on contributed modules to work with React, but the integration is possible.

If you are interested in using Drupal and ReactJS for your project, contact our developers who love modern technologies, especially in their best combinations!

Aug 08 2017
Aug 08

Drupal 8 is the latest version of Drupal that receives a lot of attention among Drupal community. Its minor release Drupal 8.3.0 has already come out. Each its feature is interesting and is described in our collection of Drupal 8 articles. In today’s blog post Drupal 8 will also be in focus, however from the angle of SEO. We’ll consider which modules and which other features of D8 are designed to optimize your web resource for search engines.

Tips for your Drupal 8 SEO:

Use the benefits of Drupal 8 modules for SEO

One of our previous articles have offered you the most important SEO modules for Drupal 7, almost all of which have released their Drupal 8 versions, so that now you can use them for your Drupal 8 website.

As long as metatags influence on ranking, the Metatag module will remain important, as it automatically generates relevant and unique browser title, meta description and meta keywords for your each page. 

If you want search engines to crawl your site more intelligently and keep their search results up to date, than XML sitemap will help you to obtain desired indexation. 

RobotsTxt creates robots.txt file, so you can disallow the access for search engines to your certain site pages. For example, you should prohibit the indexing of pages with non-unique content (plagiarism, machine translation), personal user accounts, shopping carts at online stores, order forms, feedback forms or any other form with fields for filling, etc.

Typically, in case of pagination, that is, on identical pages, numbered in order, the same images, excerpts of texts (descriptions in the sections of goods on e-commerce sites), meta tags etc. are repeated. That is why pagination can often cause unwanted duplicate content. This phenomenon can lead to decreasing of positions among search results and, accordingly, to loss of organic traffic. 

We want you to pay special attention to one special Drupal 8 module, which being the most powerful, actually does nothing, as Robert Shea from IBM said. This is your smart adviser — SEO Checklist module, which advise you what modules to download and enable, what settings to configure and other useful tips. It provides you with a list of categorized tasks and checks them off when you complete them. If you possess some basic knowledge and skills in search engine optimization, than the SEO Checklist module will help you optimize your own site for search engines.

Make sure your URLs are clean

Clean URL-addresses are valued highly by search engines. Make sure that your URLs are understandable and don’t contain words irrelevant to the webpage they belong to.

You won’t need to create URLs manually if you are using the Pathauto module. It automatically generates self-explanatory SEO-friendly URLs on your Drupal 8 website basing on patterns which you specify and which you can change.

If you have recently moved your content within your site, use the Redirect module. It helps creating 301 “Moved Permanently” to redirect your site visitors from your obsolete and irrelevant URLs to new and up-to-date.

Mind the hreflang for your international SEO

If you are running an international business presented on the web, then you shouldn’t ignore international SEO. Facilitate search engines to determine which countries you want to target and which languages to use.

In order to display the right language or regional URL for the right audience in search engine result pages, Google uses hreflang attributes, namely rel="alternate", hreflang="x". If you want to insert these attributes to your website code, use the Alternate hreflang. This Drupal 8 module adds hreflang tags to your every page automatically.

In addition to XML sitemap module, mentioned above, we also want to note the Simple XML sitemap module, which will be useful if you have a multilingual audience and keep equivalent versions of your pages in a few languages or a few country-based language variations (e.g. BrEng/AmEng). Simple XML sitemap helps you to meet the latest Google standard by generating hreflang sitemap

By the way, one of Drupal 8 improvements is that modules responsible for language and translation support are already built in D8 core, unlike in D7. Furthermore, according to  Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative (D8MI), Drupal 8 can be natively installed in 94 languages. As you know, a wider range of languages means a wider range of clients that can be reached. So, if you have a multilingual audience, D8 gives you great opportunities to manage with it.

Integrate with Google Analytics with ease in Drupal 8

Who better than Google — a company owned the most powerful and popular self-titled search engine — knows everything about search engine optimization? Who else but Google can profoundly analyze your traffic and give you a report, basing on which you can make your site or app more Google-friendly and SEO-friendly? 

We are sure you have heard about Google’s the most widely used web analytics service. You, probably, even have been using Google Analytics before to track, analyse and get reports. So what we want to tell you now is the easy way to GA due to D8.

Google Analytics tool offers you a snippet of tracking code, which should be pasted into your every page’s code. Doing this manually is time-consuming and tedious. Drupal 8 grants you its module to simplify this process. In one of our previous articles we have showed you how to integrate Google Analytics with Drupal 8 in a few easy steps with the help of Google Analytics module

If you have any questions regarding Drupal or your website’s SEO, feel free to ask our specialists.

Aug 04 2017
Aug 04

Hey, everyone! Summer moves on — together with its lovely sunsets, yummy fruit and berries and so much more. This just inspires us to grab a basket and gather some fresh, ripe, and tasty... Drupal news for you! ;) You’ll see that July 2017 has been really very fruitful for Drupal, because the community has been creating great stuff with a special, summer inspiration. So discover the new releases of Drupal modules, take a glimpse at Drupal 8.4 as Drupal 8.3’s successor, and find some other nice surprises. Enjoy your July’s Drupal basket!

What’s been new with Drupal in July 2017

New releases of some Drupal modules

Drupalers have been working like busy bees, so the second summer month of 2017 has given us dozens of new module releases to fit every taste, or, should we say, every website’s needs. These are just a handful of examples:

  • This summer, honey is getting sweeter and spam prevention stronger thanks to the updates in the 8.x-1.27 version of the Honeypot module.
  • Do not miss Commerce 8.x-2.0-Rc1 with lots of enhancements in payment gateways, checkout, taxes and more.
  • PayPal integration has become easier due to PaymentsPro improvements in the Commerce Paypal’s 8.x-1.0-beta1 release.
  • The AdvAgg 8.x-3.0 is now even better at optimizing and compressing JS and CSS, as well as cooperating with other modules.
  • The Social Login module, allowing users to sign up and sign in from social networks, has become stronger now that a PHP syntax error is fixed in 8.x-1.6.
  • A couple of new caching capabilities have come to the CDN 8.x-3.1 bringing it in line with the standards.
  • Creating search functionality has become handier both for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 websites, since the Search API has two new releases with updates and fixes: 7.x-1.22 and 8.x-1.3.
  • Generating a GraphQL schema for Drupal 8 is a snap with the new and fresh GraphQL 8.x-3.0-Alpha1.
  • You’ll enjoy working with JSON thanks to a bunch of improvements in JSON API 8.x-1.1.

Docker for Drupal 2.3.0

Another great news for those who are using Docker in Drupal development. The new version of the popular stack, Docker for Drupal 2.3.0, is out in July 2017 with lots new Docker images, a handy UI, security updates and bug fixes.

Sessions selected for DrupalCon Vienna

It’s always hard to select the best from the best. But the organizers of DrupalCon Vienna did it! Discover the selected sessions for this international meetup that will gather drupalers from across the globe on September 26-29, 2017.

Drupal 8.4.0 is coming closer

Everyone expects Drupal 8.4 with big impatience. Though the release itself is scheduled for October, “the fruit” is almost “ripe” — this summer’s giving us the alpha and beta versions of Drupal 8.4.

The alpha-1 version of Drupal 8.4 has just come out. And, by the end of summer, we are most likely to see Drupal 8.4 beta.

So what will be improved in Drupal 8.4.0? A handful of awesome modules should move from alpha to beta or reach stability. These are Layout Discovery, Inline Form Errors, DateTime Range, Workflow, Content Moderation, Migrate / Migrate UI, Settings Tray, and Place Block. Great improvements also await media handling in Drupal. And it’s just the beginning!

A little about victories

One of the best Premier League clubs have stricken the best goal in their career — London’s Arsenal have launched their new website in Drupal 8. It features news, history, ticket info, live results, online store and much more. New victories await both Drupal and Arsenal, and we are glad to see the collection of awesome sports websites built with Drupal got another representative with a true winning spirit.

Wrap-up

We have told you briefly what’s new with Drupal in July 2017. Hopefully, this has been appetizing inspiring enough for you to get new cool features or an entirely new fabulous site. And our expert Drupal team will help you make it all come true!

Aug 01 2017
Aug 01

The smart drop and the clever whale — there is no doubt that Drupal and Docker are highly compatible! It seems like their element is water, however, their true “element” is efficiency. Flexibility, security, and open-source standards are also worth mentioning. So after sharing a collection of useful links for working with Docker, we would like to take a closer look at this great “couple” and see why it’s worth using Docker to boost your Drupal development.

Docker: where containerization starts

The best shipping service should be able pack your things well, so they do not take up much space and are properly separated from each other. It should then take them quickly and securely to any place, and you should know they will arrive in the same condition you sent them in.

Docker offers more than that. This lightweight, secure, open-source containerization platform is meant for creating, shipping and running your app or website. You can easily pack it – together with all its dependencies, settings and everything else it needs for working – into a Docker image, and then run it anywhere regardless of the environment. When you start your image, you get a container running. Containers, or instances of images, can be multiple for one image.

Docker in Drupal development: use areas and benefits

Docker makes the lives of Drupal developers and system administrators much easier by simplifying and streamlining many processes which include, but are not limited to:

● setting up a new environment

● deploying your new Drupal website’s copy

● continuous integration

● migrating your website to another server

● website upgrades from one Drupal version to another

● building, scaling, testing, and debugging your Drupal website

● configuring an infrastructure

Why exactly is Docker so helpful to Drupal developers and admins in all that and more? Let’s see.

● Consistency is all you need. Docker lets you improve collaboration between developers who work in different environments. It is easy to switch from a project using one PHP version to a project using a different version. Docker also provides good isolation from the host OS.

● Containers are highly configurable, fast and easy to create, configure, scale vertically and horizontally, discard or rebuild.

● Containers do not take up much space on disk — they are very lightweight. There can be many of them on the same host machine.

● The isolation of containers from each other lets the whole system stay uncompromised in case something goes wrong with one container. Usually, one container is responsible for one process or service. Container isolation is not complete (as is the case with classic virtual machines), but it is still beneficial for speed.

● There are plenty of helpful Docker images for Drupal on Docker hub that you can use right away. For example, our company’s repos offer lots of Docker images and containers (1 and 2). You could also check out the popular Docker4Drupal stack by Wodby that will help you speed up your local development on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It offers ready-made containers with Nginx, Apache, MariaDB, Drush, Solr, PHP and much more. And a fresh Docker4Drupal 2.3.0 version has been released a week ago with nice updates.

This is a just a drop in the ocean of what Docker can do for your Drupal development. We wish you luck in diving deeper and deeper into its endless capabilities, discover ready-made stacks, or be inspired to create your own. And our team is always ready to help you use Docker with maximum efficiency!

Jul 25 2017
Jul 25

Migration to Drupal 8 will save your time, effort and money in the future. It’s a fact! Discover
the great news about easy upgrades and backwards compatibility.

Technologies rush to the future, and website-building platforms run to keep up with them. Drupal is no exception — indeed, it’s a great example of it. Drupal 8 has had a great leap ahead thanks to its mobile-first nature, multi-language, accessibility, and editing enhancements, modern PHP, handy configuration management and so much more!

That’s Drupal’s essence. Each major release is a real gift box of brand-new features and better usability to make customers and developers happy. However, in this ultimate happiness, there always used to be a little spot of darkness.

A little shadow that used to hang over Drupal new releases

New versions seemed to burn the bridges between themselves and the old ones. It was like starting with a clean slate. Backwards compatibility was never a priority. Moreover, providing it could hamper website performance. So backwards compatibility was sacrificed in the name of progress.

As a result of these abysses between versions, new versions traditionally presented a challenge to developers across the globe who had to learn the fresh release from top to bottom.

Outdated releases used to go “overboard,” just like happened to Drupal 6, which became officially unsupported and stopped getting security or other updates. This left Drupal 6 website owners with the options of upgrade or support.

Depending on the amount of custom functionality, major website upgrades (from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, etc.) could often be lengthy and costly. Yes, it’s worth it! But it’s also a little bothersome.

What if it were possible to get smoother upgrades? This was the dream of Drupal’s founder Dries Buytaert and his team, which they have now successfully brought to life.

Easy upgrades and backwards compatibility starting with Drupal 8

Now the shadows are removed and the abysses bridged! Congrats to developers and site owners, because Drupal is finally becoming backwards compatible.

This means that each new update will be compatible with previous releases. Moreover, when Drupal 9 comes out, it is going to be backwards compatible with Drupal 8.

This is a sure path to fast and easy upgrades, both between minor versions and between major versions — provided you are using the latest APIs and avoid the deprecated code. Dries Buytaert made an announcement about easy upgrades that raised a lot of excitement. Let’s look at the details.

The continuous innovation model

Drupal 8 is the first version to adopt the continuous innovation model. You no longer need to wait for years to see a brand-new release. The process will be more gradual. Minor versions will come regularly, about twice a year, and offer lots of lucrative functional niceties, and, as an awesome bonus, a smoother upgrade path from one to the next.

Deprecated code

New functionality and backwards compatible changes will be regularly introduced to Drupal 8. In this process, more and more code will be marked as deprecated. When there is too much deprecated code, Drupal 9 will be released without the deprecated systems. According to Dries, the modules using the freshest Drupal 8 APIs and avoid deprecated code will be fully functional in Drupal 9.

Drupal 9 and beyond

In other words, Drupal 9 will be almost the same as the latest minor release of Drupal 8, but without the deprecated code. Almost the same? Yes, but still different in one very important way. Moving to Drupal 9 will remain a very lucrative decision, because, when it comes out, Drupal 8 will stop getting nitty-gritty features, and the ninth version will become the new focus of the Drupal community’s attention.

And so it goes again and again, with Drupal 10, 11 and more! The progress is never-ending, which is awesome. And this progress is now more available than it has ever been.

A beneficial decision

So there is just one step separating Drupal websites owners from being forever free to make fast and easy upgrades with no hassle, with a considerable saving of time, money and effort. This step is migrating to Drupal 8 now, if you are on an older version.

Come to the bright side, and move to Drupal 8 with us ;) We have expert Drupal 8 developers on the team. Migrate once and enjoy the benefits of backwards compatibility forever!

Jul 19 2017
Jul 19

Since content is king, content marketing is a must-have strategy. With the content you present on the web, you can attract visitors and keep them interested. But have you ever wanted to interact and collaborate with your users through the content? Do you need them not just passively perceive your content, but take some actions with it? This is possible with H5P (HTML 5 Package). In today’s article we will show you how to present content in more intuitive and engaging ways on your Drupal site as well as in what situations using interactive content can be advantageous.

Ways to use interactive content

Perhaps, the most popular purpose of using interactive content is educational purpose. Teachers and tutors can create brain-challenging quizzes and other tasks, and then make sure they are completed by their students. H5P can be integrated with learning management systems (LMS) like Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, etc. to handle educational courses or training programs. At present there is a H5P plugin for Moodle as well as H5P plugin for WordPress and a plugin for Drupal. Drupal is a great platform for higher education websites. Drupal even offers its pre-configured Drupal 8 distribution called OpenEDU designed specifically to satisfy the main needs of universities and colleges.

However, interactive content could be used not only for education, but in any sphere. If you are a psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist, you can create a personality quiz or other psychological test on your site to help users find out more about their character and other aspects of themselves.

Also, you can offer people a few true/false questions or questions with a multiple choice to answer. If they didn’t manage to get them right, then offer them the explanations in your content. This way users first get interested with questions and then find out more information with your main content. For example, if you have a traveling company, offer your site visitors a quiz to check how well they are acquainted with some famous sightseeings, historical or geographical facts. Then direct them to further information with photos as well as a price list and traveling options to make them able to see the places mentioned in questions with their own eyes.

Also, you can just entertain users, encouraging them to stay longer on your site. Many people enjoy solving different crosswords, puzzles and so on. People like to play games and to face challenges. This allows them to test their skills and improve them. So, place a simple time-based arithmetic quiz or a memory game on your website. This will entertain your site visitors. They will feel satisfied and proud that they are good in solving tasks. This will evoke sympathy to you, because people are inclined to have a positive attitude to those who provide them with positive emotions and positive mood. Even a little smile on a tough Monday morning will be remembered.

If you are producing any kind of content and sharing it via the Internet, H5P allows you to check how your users comprehended your content, whether they understood your main idea or not. Create a questionnaire with closed or open questions to get a feedback.

How to implement interactive content on your Drupal website

1. Download and install the H5P module the way you commonly install Drupal modules.

2. Tick “Enabled” near the "H5P" and "H5P Editor" modules in the section "Other" on your administration page.

3. Click on “Add new” and then on “Select content type” to open H5P Hub. Here you’ll have two tabs: “Create Content” and “Upload”.

4. At first let’s work in “Create Content” tab, which is divided on “My Content Types” which contains the types you have previously created, and “All” which contains yours (the button “Use” and sometimes “Update available” is opposite to those) together with the types you are able to create in future (the button “Get” is opposite to these).

5. When you have selected a H5P content type you haven’t used on your website yet, click on the “Get” button. This will take you to the page with the details and screenshots of your chosen content type. Click on "Install" button there.

6. You are able to upload existing h5p content. To do this open the “Upload” tab which is right of the “Create content” tab in the H5P Hub. Here you can upload a h5p file.

7. To get this h5p file, go to the Examples and Downloads page on h5p.org site. There you can see various interactive content types. Find the type you need now and click on it. This will take you to the page, where you can observe more detailed description of the type you selected and download a h5p file.

8. On your Drupal website upload the h5p file you have just downloaded.

If you have any difficulties with implementing interactive HTML5 content on your website or have any questions about H5P, feel free to contact us. Our specialists are always ready to help.

Jun 06 2017
Jun 06

There is a real “elixir of vivacity” that can help your Drupal website or app come alive in a way it never has. Sound lucrative? You’ll discover the rest from today’s story. After a glimpse at combining Drupal with AngularJS, we are now moving on to another member of the JavaScript family that is rapidly gaining popularity — Node.js. Let’s discover the reasons for its recognition, the benefits of using Node.js with Drupal, and the tool that helps you bring them together.

Node.js: what’s the secret?

Node.js, the famous cross-platform JavaScript runtime, is the dream (and the reality) of more and more web developers, especially when it comes to building real-time and multi-user functionality, as well as web servers. They choose Node.js due to a number of reasons, some of which are as follows.

  • JavaScript everywhere. With Node.js, you can use JavaScript not just for client-side scripting, but also for server-side scripting. This bridges the gap between the front-end and back-end, synchronizes the data, and enhances the productivity. 
  • V8 engine. Node.js uses Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, which lets it gather amazing speed. 
  • Event-driven, non-blocking I/O model. The code execution is not blocked until another process is completed, which significantly improves performance. The event loop detects new events to promptly trigger the callback function. 
  • Open-source. Node.js has a handy Node Package Manager (NPM) with the repository full of modules and ready solutions created by the big developers’ community.

The tandem of Node.js and Drupal

Node.js can share with Drupal some of its real-time functionality magic, as well as awesome speed. This can be added to a solid foundation of a powerful, modern and advanced website or app that Drupal, as a content management platform, can provide. Together, these two can rock more than ever!

Real-time features

With Node.js, your Drupal pages can become especially dynamic, rich and interactive. The information is updated promptly and in real time, without reloading the page. Many users can be involved in shared processes. 

However, it’s much more than user entertainment, engagement and convenience — it’s also essential for monitoring various serious processes, responding to customers’ requests, and so on. 

Just a couple of examples:

  • Dashboards 
  • Games 
  • Chats 
  • Polls 
  • Warning systems 
  • Auction bidding 
  • Push notifications

Third-party APIs working faster

Here is another benefit of using Node.js with Drupal. Third-party API integration is very common with Drupal, but Node.js can make it work much faster. Due to its event-driven, non-blocking nature, there is no need to wait for the API’s response.

Integrating Drupal and Node.js via the special module

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Drupal has a module for Node.js integration. It’s called the Node.js module and is ready for both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8.

To make the integration, you should install Node.js and the dependencies, make settings in the nodejs.config.js file (for which the module provides a sample), start your server, and test the result.

For every idea there is a tool or a combination of tools that can give additional capacities. Tell our developers about your idea, and they’ll combine Drupal with Node.js or other tools in the way that works best for you.

May 26 2017
May 26

As you may remember from the fairy-tales, knowing the secret words helps you to move even the mountains and open treasure caves. The words “Open, Sesame” from "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” work somewhat similarly to modern website passwords. However, making passwords work perfectly is a complex art, and it is one of the touchstones of Drupal website security. Thankfully, Drupal equips you with lots of power for this, thanks both to its out-of-the box features and lots of useful modules.

Passwords: what should they be like?

At first glance, it might seem that setting complicated requirements for users’ passwords is necessary for security. However, this may sometimes work against you.

For example, forcing users to have a strict composition of letters and numbers in passwords may lead to passwords that are hard to remember and have to be saved somewhere. And asking people to change passwords too often may eventually annoy them so they end up creating weaker passwords.

In addition, you should never forget that, first of all, you need to convince people to register, which people are reluctant to do.

So what you need is a good mix of strictness and usability. This proportion largely depends on what kind of “treasures” are kept in a particular “cave” — for example, a website which involves payment processes deserves a more complicated entry control. In addition, there also are other means to enhance password security that do not require anything from users.

Let’s see how Drupal modules let you take into account all these and many more twists and turns in password policy, so you can choose what’s right for your website. The following is a blend of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 modules, some of which are available for both versions, and some of which are in active development.

Some useful Drupal modules for working with passwords

Drupal password policy

This module lets you impose a set of requirements on passwords created by users. They include: length, digits, case, punctuation and more. You can set what kind of characters, and in what amount, have to be used in a password. The module also offers a password expiration feature. In the Drupal 7 version, there is a basic blacklist functionality, where you can add the most common words from the dictionary to prevent their use and avoid weak passwords. In Drupal 8, this feature is coming soon.

Security Questions

If your website requires it, add an additional lock to the doors by implementing security questions during the login and password reset procedures. This module will help you do it in a flexible way, using a number of configurable options.

Two-factor Authentication (TFA)

What if you need more than one lock? Here is a double lock. The TFA module adds an additional step to the authentication procedure. This may include one-time passwords, codes sent by SMS, or pre-generated codes, as well as integration with third-party services (Authy, Duo etc.). The module encrypts sensitive data with the use of the PHP mcrypt library.

Password Strength Disabler

Do you not need any special locks? If you find it justifiably unnecessary for your website (and if you have thought twice), you can disable the password strength check and let your users feel more at ease when creating passwords. In this case, usability takes the lead.

OneAll Social Login

People appreciate the convenience of using an all-in-one login. Here is a module that lets users sign up and sign in to your site using their accounts on social networks. The list includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, Disqus, Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare and more — 30+ in total.

Email Verify

If a user makes a typo while providing an email address in the signup form it can cause problems, because are not going to get confirmation or other emails. Luckily, there is a module that checks whether the address really exists, first on the domain level, and then on the actual username level.

Secure Login

Be protected by the power of HTTPS. If your website is available via both HTTP and HTTPS, the Secure Login module makes sure your user logination forms (or other pages) are transmitted via HTTPS, so their passwords are hidden from prying eyes.

Flood control

You can limit the number of login attempts using a convenient admin interface provided by the Flood control module.

Fail2ban Firewall Integration

Enhance the login attempt limitation by blocking out the sources of suspicious requests. This module, which provides an automated firewall tool, is ready to help you.

Username Enumeration Prevention

When hackers know the usernames of website’s users, they can attempt brute-force attacks. The Username Enumeration Prevention module makes it more difficult for them to find these usernames.

These are just some of the great modules dealing with passwords in Drupal. Good luck in using them in the best way for your website!

And we can enhance your luck, or transform it into a 100% positive outcome — all you need is to contact our cool drupalers who are ready to help in any website optimization issue.

May 16 2017
May 16

With Drupal, there is no need to reinvent the wheel — the wheels are already in full motion! The vigorous community has created tons of ready made elements that make development easier, quicker and cheaper. What’s not covered by them can be custom made to fulfill whatever your heart desires. A great example are the contributed modules that Drupal has for all purposes, with custom ones being built for special features (see ready-made vs. custom-made modules). Today, we’ll consider one more example — Drupal distributions, and particularly OpenFed. So let’s set the wheels turning and look at some more details!

Drupal distributions and their mission

Distributions are pre-configured Drupal versions that include the core, specific modules, themes, libraries, etc. They can serve as awesome starter kits for site builders and developers. Distributions help them quickly set up even complex websites in specific fields (business, non-profit, government, corporate, blogging, social, and more), since many of them are specifically tailored to these uses. They can also be very suitable for website migrations from older versions.

After installing a distribution, you can continue configuration and customization and reduce the overall development time and costs.

In addition, these “kits” allow you to compare various options and present demos to customers. When it comes to newbie drupalers, they are also a great help to let people practice site building.

A great example: OpenFed distribution

Examples are worth a thousand words, so we will now focus our attention on OpenFed, a Belgium-made multi-purpose and multilingual distribution. It is very well suited for sites for public administrations, campaigns, events, and more. In Belgium, its motherland, OpenFed has become a kind of a standard for government websites.

Let’s take a look at the contents of OpenFed. It includes:

● A set of content types for meetings, job postings, photo galleries, etc.

● CKEditor

● Support for cool search tools

● A set of layout customization modules

● A set of security modules

OpenFed for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

OpenFed is available for both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. If you are using Drupal 7, you need to be equipped with PHP 5.3.5 or higher, set your PHP memory limit to 192-320M, and never forget to enable HTTPS on your web server. As far as Drupal 8 is concerned, there is a major recommendation to use Composer for installing OpenFed as well as maintaining your project.

OpenFed: development or migration

Our experience shows that building new websites and migrating old ones on the basis of OpenFed can be a very neat, convenient, time and cost-efficient decision, and strongly appreciated by customers.

Distribution or not?

In any case, the choice of whether to rely on a Drupal distribution like OpenFed or another distribution, as opposed to working with a clean slate, depends on several factors. They include: how relevant or similar your project is to the distribution “sample,” how much customization you need, what the distribution can give you, etc. You also need to choose the distributions actively maintained by the community so you will always have smooth update processes.

Our experienced drupalers are here to advise you on this issue. Just tell us about your website’s needs, and we will offer you an ideally proportioned cocktail of ready elements and customization, of rational costs and unique functionality. Luckily, Drupal allows us to make such a mix. Get it now! ;)

May 04 2017
May 04

Commerce is rapidly shifting to the Internet nowadays, because it is a vast territory that 
allows you to find sellers and buyers worldwide and make orders at any time. Maybe
you even have already created your own e-commerce site on Drupal.

Dropshipping is a popular way to sell online, which requires no initial investment in materials, tools and labor needed for manufacturing, or even in buying from manufacturer or wholesaler. Dropshippers don’t even see the products and don’t need a place to keep them in stock. The drop shipping online store owners only collect customers’ orders and payments and then transfer them to the supplier, who then ships ordered goods directly to the customer. It looks easy and not risky, right? So, if you have decided to start dropshipping and decided on your niche market and supplier, then you are ready to start creating your dropshipping online store.

Steps for creating your dropshipping website

Choose a dropshipping platform

At first you have to choose a platform to build your site on it. Since Drupal is open source, Drupal-based platforms are free, and thus economically advantageous for you. Ubercart and Drupal Commerce are the most popular of these, and have pre-releases for the latest 8th version of Drupal.

Ubercart has everything you need to start dropshipping online. For example, it allows you to easily create lots of similar items through special settings for each product class. Customer accounts are automatically generated based on the e-mail address. Activity logging allows you to monitor all the changes made to an order. Designed to be continually enhanced, Ubercart is very flexible and open to new progressive solutions.

Drupal Commerce is a great platform, allowing you to build not only a site of any scale, but an application too. It is flexible and extensible. Consisting of modules, it can be easily configured to meet your growing needs. It can also be integrated with third-party systems including payment systems. Drupal Commerce 2.x is now available, which can only be installed via Composer and you need Drupal 8.3.0 or newer. This means it is actively maintained and its updates are aimed to modernize your web resource, improve user experience and increase sales.

Choose a theme

A theme is the first thing visitors notice. Try to make it both pleasant to look at and convenient to navigate, in order to attract users and make them stay longer on your online store.

Drupal offers a variety of contributed themes that are free to install, easy to customize, responsive and mobile-friendly. Check our collection of great Drupal themes 2016. You can also create a subtheme or totally new custom theme if you wish, but there are plenty of free, ready-made Drupal themes to select from.

Create must-have pages

Product pages are the main constituent part of any online sales website and your drop shipping site isn’t an exception, because products are the main reason why the visitors will come to your site. If you want users to make orders and complete purchases, try to make your product pages catchy, interesting, memorable, beautiful and informative. These pages must include prices, characteristics and image representations of goods.

Use relevant photos of high quality. By the way, you can also use Field image tooltips Drupal module. It allows you to add big images of several products with tooltips on them. Clicking on a tooltip will open a modal window with detailed information about a selected item.

The description of items may be given to you from your supplier. Use them while copywriting, but don’t copy and paste them. If you want to stand out from your competitors and be highly ranked by search engines, then don’t forget about the value of unique content.

The other types of content to fill your dropshipping store could include: product reviews, showcases, tutorials, how-tos, forums, polls etc. Select them according to your content marketing strategy.

Besides product pages, you should also design “About us,” “Contact us,” “Testimonials,” “Privacy policy,” “FAQ”, “Bestsellers,” and “New products,” along with other pages, specific to your niche market.

Create must-have features

Build a shopping cart to allow users choose and review goods while making their buying decision. You, as a dropshipper, will have to collect not only orders, but also payments from your customers to then send them all to your supplier. Thus, your dropshipping site should give users the opportunity to pay online and, usually, the opportunity to choose how to pay. Since Drupal is a very flexible CMF, it can be easily integrated with many payment systems. Since Drupal is mobile-friendly, it can be integrated with mobile payment systems to let your customers pay from their mobile devices. One more mobile first solution is responsive design, which can help your site be highly ranked on mobile search in order to be SEO-friendly. Going mobile with Drupal is easy.

Remember that you can always enhance your site after it is launched. Contact our team of experienced Drupal experts to get your dropshipping site developed, maintained, secured and optimized.

Apr 25 2017
Apr 25

We continue to describe the functional capabilities of “the big eight” as Drupal 8 has many improvements over its previous versions. Take a look at the innovations in Drupal 8.3.0, which is its latest minor release that came out this month. If you have decided to build a website in Drupal 8, we have some effective tips for devs describing how to create different useful things for D8 site. One of the first things to do, though, before you start creating your site is content modeling. This is what we’ll focus on today.

First of all, let’s recap what a content model is

A content model is a representation of all the types of content that you will need for your future web project, laid out in a structured manner. It includes the interconnections between content types as well as the distinctive elements of each type. The 8th version of Drupal allows you to model a site’s content through the convenient web-based interface instead of a standard database table. This model is a fundamental first step to the Drupal 8 site building process itself.

What is the main purpose of modeling your content?

Building a content model means everything from building out the structure to meet requirements to filling the site and to support functionality. This structure is designed to become your editor interface and HTML output. If it is well thought-out, it will become the groundwork of a harmonic Drupal 8 site where all elements are systematic, well-ordered and are functioning in conformity without contradicting each other.

What does a content model give to people working on web project?

Content managers whose job consist of producing unique content will learn about the contents optimal volume and other requirements they will have to meet. Also, the content model can provide authors with guidelines on how to upload texts, pictures, audio and video files using Drupal. Those people are expected to work with the CMF every day, so, the more conveniently the model is set up, the less work they will have to do. So keep your model consistent and intuitive.

Web designers can check whether their page designs fit well to different content types mapped out in the content model. If there are any fields with captions or with sortable data that are able to be sorted by the calendar date, alphabet etc. — in short, not just text — then all this should be taken into consideration when creating layouts.

Web developers will get a clear understanding of all the specifications for filling the site. A content model will allow them to configure the content management system in an appropriate way in order to make the editing and publishing process smooth and easy.

To sum up, content models are needed to support a site’s content produced by content managers, the site’s layouts designed by web designers and the site’s functionality developed by web developers.

Should the complexity be decreased?

Drupal 8 has a rich collection of built in entities, such as nodes, taxonomies, comments, users, files, configurables etc. You may be tempted to use them all. But the rule “the more, the better” doesn’t always work. Overloading your content model with all possible content types isn’t a good idea. An immensely complex model is inconvenient to handle. It will cause more time to be spent creating and then maintaining your site. Besides, the more web pages you’ll have to edit, the more mistakes you risk making. This is why you should try to keep your list of content types as short as possible.

How many content types is an optimal option?

The majority of Drupal 8 sites had proved that they don’t require more than 5 content types. If that does not seem to be enough for you, you may seek ways to reuse your existing types instead of adding new ones. For example, you can add extra fields and apply extra layouts to those fields. Additionally, the Form Mode Control and Form Mode Manager Drupal 8 modules allow you create different editing experiences for the same type of content.

So, now you’ve got some basics on content modeling and can start creating your own site on Drupal 8. Our Drupal developers are ready to make your ideas come true, just ask them.

Apr 25 2017
Apr 25

We continue to describe the functional capabilities of “the big eight” as Drupal 8 has many improvements over its previous versions. Take a look at the innovations in Drupal 8.3.0, which is its latest minor release that came out this month. If you have decided to build a website in Drupal 8, we have some effective tips for devs describing how to create different useful things for D8 site. One of the first things to do, though, before you start creating your site is content modeling. This is what we’ll focus on today.

First of all, let’s recap what a content model is

A content model is a representation of all the types of content that you will need for your future web project, laid out in a structured manner. It includes the interconnections between content types as well as the distinctive elements of each type. The 8th version of Drupal allows you to model a site’s content through the convenient web-based interface instead of a standard database table. This model is a fundamental first step to the Drupal 8 site building process itself.

What is the main purpose of modeling your content?

Building a content model means everything from building out the structure to meet requirements to filling the site and to support functionality. This structure is designed to become your editor interface and HTML output. If it is well thought-out, it will become the groundwork of a harmonic Drupal 8 site where all elements are systematic, well-ordered and are functioning in conformity without contradicting each other.

What does a content model give to people working on web project?

Content managers whose job consist of producing unique content will learn about the contents optimal volume and other requirements they will have to meet. Also, the content model can provide authors with guidelines on how to upload texts, pictures, audio and video files using Drupal. Those people are expected to work with the CMF every day, so, the more conveniently the model is set up, the less work they will have to do. So keep your model consistent and intuitive.

Web designers can check whether their page designs fit well to different content types mapped out in the content model. If there are any fields with captions or with sortable data that are able to be sorted by the calendar date, alphabet etc. — in short, not just text — then all this should be taken into consideration when creating layouts.

Web developers will get a clear understanding of all the specifications for filling the site. A content model will allow them to configure the content management system in an appropriate way in order to make the editing and publishing process smooth and easy.

To sum up, content models are needed to support a site’s content produced by content managers, the site’s layouts designed by web designers and the site’s functionality developed by web developers.

So, now you’ve got some basics on content modeling and can start creating your own site on Drupal 8. Our Drupal developers are ready to make your ideas come true, just ask them.

Apr 21 2017
Apr 21

Drupal 8 promised to make website management a piece of cake, and it is fulfilling its promise! Indeed, it has plenty of useful modules to do this, like the Inline Entity Form to work with entities, the Group to manage group permissions, the Rules and the Workbench Moderation to optimize a website’s workflow, the Webform to build online forms, and many more. Today, we’ll discuss one of them that brings order to handling user roles and permissions — the User Personas module in Drupal 8, which is under active development right now.

The User Personas Drupal 8 module and its essence

Each of us has many roles in life, which may change with time. However, we are personalities above all, and we are unique. Although real life and Drupal websites are different things, this is close to the philosophy of the User Personas module in Drupal 8.

Drupal has user roles, which define who can do what on a certain site. The practice shows that the most frequently used Drupal website roles, assigned to almost anyone in any team, are Content Administrator and Content Editor. The difference is checking or unchecking certain permissions that are duplicated for every role.

The author of the User Personas Drupal 8 module, Gabe Sullice, decided to move beyond that approach. So his innovative module offers creating so-called User Personas and putting them above roles.

What is this for? This allows you to create more accurate sets of responsibilities that meet unique job descriptions for any team member. It also lets you avoid the muddle with duplicated permissions and enhances security. Let’s discover more details.

User personas: what they are and what they do

User personas are a level higher than roles — they are actually sets, or bundles, of roles. Each role, in its turn, comes equipped with its own set of permissions.

You can create personas and assign specific roles to them. Personas can refer to single users or their groups. In addition, different personas can share roles.

More accuracy due to treating roles as responsibilities

One of the most important points in the User Personas ideology is to stop treating roles as people’s jobs and start treating them as responsibilities instead. Roles should not describe who people are but rather what people do, i.e., they should be more specific and single-purpose.

OK, let’s imagine a persona called “Reader” and what they should be able to do. Logically, they should be allowed to read and probably comment on the content. So it’s worth giving them the “Viewer” and “Commentator” roles, which, in their turn, should include the permissions for viewing the comments, editing their own comments and posting their own comments. A very clean approach! This is an example Gabe Sullice gave in his article about the User Personas module (which he continued describing in the new version of the article). He also suggested another helpful module to assign roles to new users called Auto Assign Role.

Putting an end to endless permission checkboxes

Working with traditional Drupal roles, a website administrator has the tedious task of managing checkboxes with permissions that have to be duplicated again and again. This involves security risks, makes bugs harder to find, and makes human error more likely to occur.

The User Personas module for Drupal 8 solves this issue and frees you from these endless checkboxes with permission duplicates. Permissions will be simply shared when sharing roles.

Better not try this on live websites ;)

User personas do not interfere with anything on your website: when a set of roles is assigned to a user entity, everything else can work as usual. However, you should not install user personas directly on a live website because the roles are reset then. Be careful with it.

That’s how the User Personas module in Drupal 8 works. Indeed, user personas are unique, and so is your Drupal website! Whatever you wish can be implemented there, with no limits and no exception. So don’t hesitate to contact us for help with installing and configuring some module, or creating a unique one from scratch. And, of course, you can have a new Drupal 8 website developed for you, or migrate your existing one to Drupal 8. Drop us a line! ;)

Apr 11 2017
Apr 11

Drupal 8.3.0 is here — congrats, drupalers and customers!

Undoubtedly, the biggest days in the Drupal world are the days of major releases. Everyone had been waiting for the release of Drupal 8 like kids at Christmas, then “unwrapped” their present with impatience. They were impressed with its brand-new features! Each feature deserved to be described, which resulted in our collection of Drupal 8 articles to mark its birthday. However, you do not have to wait for so long anymore — the Drupal community now also prepares big gifts in small packages twice a year. They are minor releases, and the latest of them, Drupal 8.3.0, has come out on April 5. In this article, we will take a glance at this new approach to Drupal releases, and, of course, see what makes Drupal 8.3.0 so cool.

The new Drupal philosophy: minor releases offer a lot of innovations

Beginning with Drupal 8, the Drupal community decided to switch to the approach of making regular minor releases (8.1.0, 8.2.0, 8.3.0 and so on), meant to make everyone’s adoption of the next new big product more seamless. Minor releases offer significant innovations with backwards compatibility, API enhancements, better usability, an easy upgrade path, and more. Each of the releases is scheduled for a certain month and preceded with a beta and an RC version, so you always know when to expect it and what to expect from it. So let’s delve into the newest of them, Drupal 8.3.0.

Drupal 8.3.0 and what’s new in it

Better content editing with CKEditor 4.6 and more

Convenience of content editing is among Drupal 8’s main policies. Drupal 8.3.0 features a new version of CKEditor (4.6) which has an updated UI, a new and modern-looking default Moono-Lisa skin, the Copy Formatting plugin, the completely rewritten feature for pasting from Word, keyboard shortcut hints, new Upload File and Balloon Panel plugins, and more. Drupal 8.3.0 also offers the AutoGrow plugin for that makes it work better with larger screen sizes. In addition, you can now enjoy the drag-and-drop image editing feature.

The Big Pipe module now stable and improved

Here is a module that has become known as one of the most interesting novelties of “the great eight.” The Big Pipe greatly improves a website’s performance by delivering the unchanging part of the page to users immediately and then serving the rest of the content. Coming to Drupal 8 as an experimental module, the Big Pipe has finally reached the stable stage in 8.3.0, as well as undergone some enhancements, including those for usability on mobile devices.

The experimental Workflow module

This innovation will be especially handy for companies with lots of content authors and complicated content approval processes. One of the experimental Drupal 8.3.0 modules — the Workflow — will now add its power to the Content Moderation module, introduced yet in Drupal 8.2. Using it, you can easily configure the content publishing states and give certain users the permissions to change these states. You will also see your workflows on the screen and enjoy a simple and intuitively understandable UI.

Improvements in the APIs

The new features and bug fixes to the APIs are impressive in Drupal 8.3.0. Here are just some of them:

  • The REST API now allows user registration
  • The anonymous performance of REST API has grown by 60%
  • 403 responses now come with a reason for access denial
  • The Migrate API has reached its beta stage.

Drupal 8.3.0 has also become better in terms of website administration, content type layouts, etc. You can see more details in the great Drupal 8.3.0 review by Gábor Hojtsy.

As you see from the serious work around 8.3.0, Drupal 8 is in the centre of attention from the Drupal community. It will be getting the best, the newest, and the most relevant features. Maybe it’s time to come to the Drupal 8 side? ;) Get a new shiny website or upgrade your current one with the help of our skilled drupalers. It’s worth discussing right now!

Mar 31 2017
Mar 31

Drupal 8 has been gaining traction since its beta version came out. Previously we mentioned about
modules that can optimize your website (Field image tooltips, Group) and even satisfy the
most demanding customer creating individual, customized content for the requirements of the
customer module. By the way, we can also help you with this stuff. And today’s topic will fix
attention on the really useful features of an absolutely new approach to creating custom forms.

Jacob Rockowitz, Drupal/software developer, has been working in the Drupal community for the last 8 years. He created and promoted the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) website. Firstly, MSKCC was built on the basis of Drupal 6. Later on it moved to Drupal 8. The module he made creates a combination of its original developer friendly approach and a great final user and UI experience. Such a mix of Drupal 8 plus Webform is one of a kind. Jacob holds a strong position that his main task for the Webform module is to construct a reliable Open Source form builder that assure more users to shift to Drupal. It seems that the Webform module could become a winning argument for different organizations considering such migration.

Primary Use Case For Webform

Webform is a handy module for building surveys and forms in Drupal. It takes a powerful approach to solving the challenges of creating smart, content rich, maintainable customer facing forms for Drupal website. Petitions or personalized contact forms can be great examples that have a customized form for end-users to fill in. Webform also has an extended API for widening its features and gives some essential statistical inference. The core functions of this module are as follows:

  • Create a new form or reproduce an existing pattern
  • Place a form in the block or page
  • Gather submissions
  • Send notifications and confirmations
  • Look through submissions online
  • Upload submissions as a CSV

It is a rewrite of what was initially the YAML Form module. A migration path from legacy versions is still under active development. Now, 497,085 sites currently use Webform.

Webform Benefits

The Webform for Drupal 8 offers advantage for:

1) Developers and site-builders. By using the Webform developers have an opportunity to create forms and surveys with it in Drupal and use the most applicable tools. Jacob Rockowitz figured out that there are no other form creators that simplify a workflow of competent developers and help to make and edit forms in short order.

2) Site owners and businesses who will see multifunctional, high-quality forms on their websites that are rich in content and better looking and totally integrated. They are also created much more quickly and even cheaply. It will surely catch the eye and engage more customers and business partners.

3) The Drupal community that is proud of having this free and open source solution for building good-quality forms in Drupal 8. The Webform module is a powerful tool. It can be used to encourage new developers and entities to choose Drupal. It goes without saying that the Webform simplifies the working process in the Drupal community and helps people to do tasks perfectly. And we expect the upgraded module will become a winning argument for organizations that are planning to shift to Drupal 8.

Short Excursus To The History

Jacob Rockowitz was the major developer with following responsibilities: migrating, designing and constructing MSK (Memorial Sloan Kettering’s) Drupal 8 website. MSK brought into action a 30,0000+ page website using a Beta version of Drupal 8. The purpose of the experienced developers was to switch to the Webform module. Moreover, such a replacement had to be simple and smart at the same time. As a result, Jacob Rockowitz built a YAML form. His team chose an extraordinary way to serialize render arrays into YAML that was easy to edit. This, plus a short training, gave MSK’s site creators the possibility to efficiently build and edit lots of forms.

Since 2016, the key developer has been generating and cultivating this module over and over. As a professional, he saw this conception as a big challenge, but also the most acceptable way to make a difference in the Drupal community as well.

Webform Module Changes in Drupal 8

Webform has a completely new code base. Its approach to building forms is different from Webform for D7. There are many new features:

  • The possibility to create an API-first approach, a variety of writing tests, OO design patterns and unstoppable refactoring
  • The Webform module is extending the core API's (FAPI, Plugins, Config Entities, etc…) that are firmly fixed
  • Improvements to Drupal.org's automated testing made by the Drupal Association's helped to realize a fully tested working process

At present, using forms is dispensable for every site, whether it’s a contact form or a feedback form. Now they are more functional and completely integrated into your site. So do not waste time, take the opportunity to install and setup the updated module with help of our specialists.

Mar 21 2017
Mar 21

We once offered you a selection of free responsive Drupal themes,
as well as advanced tutorials on creating themes and subthemes.
Today, our focus will be very specific: we will discuss
Drupal themes for construction websites.

The construction industry and Drupal web development have a lot in common. Drupal websites, like good buildings, can be very solid, beautifully designed, and convenient in every way. For them, architecture also matters! And they can also be built brick by brick — using Drupal modules and themes.

There are special Drupal themes perfectly suited for construction businesses — so feel free to check out their collection. We have included Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 themes with plenty of useful features. They help construction companies easily and elegantly showcase their offers by providing ready page templates, customizable to anyone’s liking.

These themes are based on the modern, fast and lightweight Bootstrap framework, and have Drupal Commerce or Ubercart support for online shopping.

The themes that we have gathered are all responsive, so their design will neatly adapt to absolutely any device screen. Many of them are also Retina-ready — this latest trend basically means that the designs look great on high-definition phones or tablets with no pixelation even when zooming-in.

Well, examples are worth a thousand words, so let’s see what has been built by drupalers for builders!

Some great responsive Drupal themes for builder and construction websites

Yellow Hats

Yellow hats are something you are likely to see on the demo of every theme in the building category. So we choose  a modern theme of the same name to be the first on our list! It is extremely flexible and customizable, responsive, Retina-ready, built on Bootstrap 3.x, and offers an impressive list of features like Parallax effect, HTML and CSS3 validation, Google Maps, +11 homepages, +250 HTML pages, an online shop due to Ubercart support, a wealth of headers, footers, blocks and more.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Housebuild

You could also try Housebuild, a responsive and Retina-supportive Drupal theme, good for construction, renovation, electric works, and other business websites. This theme is clean and professional, easy to use and to customize. It features CSS3 animations, Google Maps integration, Bootstrap 3.x support, sliders, unlimited colors, and more.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Builder

The Builder Drupal theme is close to the above described Housebuild theme. It is also responsive, supports Retina displays, and offers a similar set of useful features, as well as Instagram integration and an online shop thanks to Drupal Commerce support.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Construction

Here is an easily customizable Drupal theme, great for websites of construction and related companies. It has a responsive layout, a special drag-and-drop tool to create layouts (Superhero framework), and a wealth of customization opportunities. The “Who we are”, services, shop (Drupal Commerce), news and other blocks are at your disposal.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Darna

The Darna Drupal 8 theme is meant for construction, architecture, plumbing and renovation companies, as well as other businesses. It is responsive and ready to work with Retina displays. Being easy to use, Darna can boast an impressive list of features like reusable code, W3C validation, Pixel perfect, Google maps, Bootstrap 3x, multiple header and homepage options, shop pages (Ubercart), and more.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Gates

You could give a try to this multipurpose responsive Drupal 8 theme with a support for Retina displays, used for construction and other types of websites. It lets you present a portfolio, a shop due to Ubercart support, news, services etc. The Gates theme is based on Bootstrap 3.3.5, has over 1000 icons, plenty of layout options, unlimited color schemes and much more.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Habitus

The Habitus theme for Drupal 8 means 14 clean and modern responsive HTML pages. It is based on a 12-column Bootstrap grid, has variations for homepage and “coming soon” page, a portfolio, a blog, a gallery, a 404 page and much more to meet the needs of your construction company or other business.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Construct

Here is another cool example for construction, renovation, electricity, isolation, maintenance and business companies. It is a responsive, Retina-ready and SEO optimized Drupal 7 theme on the basis of Bootstrap 3. The Construct theme has 11 custom blocks, valid HTML5 & CSS3, Twitter Feed, Google maps, etc.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Constractor One

Meet another nice responsive theme for Drupal 8 which will be very useful for construction and renovation industry companies with its limitless customization options. The Constractor One offers drag-and-drop layouts, more than 580 icons, Parallax effect, HTML5 and CSS3, support for video, RTL (right-to-left text direction) and more.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

Structure

You could also take a look at the modern responsive and Retina-supportive Drupal theme called Structure. Structure is definitely its strong point, because it offers +15 homepage and +3 header styles, Mega Slider, all pages required for building companies (about, prices, services, etc.), Drupal Commerce support and so on.

Great Drupal themes for construction websites

These are just some examples of excellent Drupal themes for construction websites. If these or other ready themes do not fully cover your needs, our developers will build a unique one for you. Builders will always understand each other, no matter whether they create houses or websites and themes. Let’s build awesome things together!

Mar 14 2017
Mar 14

Probably the first place among web analytics services belongs to Google Analytics, which is the most widely used analytics site on the Internet now. You can apply Google Analytics in content marketing, in social media marketing, in e-mail marketing and almost anywhere. This feature-rich tool allows you evaluate the effectiveness of your current campaigns and find smart marketing solutions for future. Two additional versions of it have also been created: Google Analytics for mobile apps and Google Analytics 360 Suite. Also, the Drupal community have developed a module to help Drupal site owners implement this service more easily.

How can Google Analytics module save your time & efforts?

In order to obtain all of Universal Analytics’ benefits and track every page that your web resource contains, Google suggest you use a tracking code. You have to copy and paste this javascript snippet into every page’s code. This is not hard if your site is not very big, but if you have a web portal with numerous pages, it can be a tremendously monotonous and tedious activity. So make life easier with the Google Analytics module. Just paste a tracking ID in its configuration page and that’s enough. Sounds great, isn’t it? Let’s go step by step.

How to enable Google Analytics module in Drupal 8?

First, go to this link to create a GA account. After filling in all the fields that you see, press a blue button called “Get Tracking ID” at the end of this page.

create Google Analytics account

After accepting all the terms of service agreement, you get a tracking ID in UA-XXXXXXXX-X format.

tracking ID, tracking code in Google Analytics

Leave the tab with GA account open. Now login to your Drupal site using the admin credentials. Download and install the Google Analytics module as you normally install Drupal modules on your website and then enable it. There are two versions now available: 7th and 8th. But we recommend you build your site with Drupal 8 and install the Drupal 8 version of the GA module.

After installing, go back to the tab with the Google Analytics account and copy the Tracking ID from there. Paste it in the field titled “Web Property ID” on your website: Configuration→Google Analytics→General Settings→Web Property ID. Click “Save Configuration” and that’s it. Your Google Analytics is now set up.

Now you can track data, monitor statistics, and see ways to optimize your website — and therefore business. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact our specialists who are always ready to help.

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  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
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