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Promet Source: Drupal Enabled Drag and Drop Content Management

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 16:01
Until recently, content management systems essentially fell into one of two camps: Intuitive, easy-to-create and manage SAAS solutions, such as WIX and Squarespace, or Flexible and scalable solutions, such as Drupal, for websites with complex data models and a depth of content.   Quantum leaps in functionality that leverage component-based web design systems have broken down the wall between these two camps. This gap can now be bridged within Drupal, allowing for drag and drop content management capabilities. 

OpenSense Labs: Monolithic and Decoupled Drupal Architectures

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:01
Monolithic and Decoupled Drupal Architectures Gurpreet Kaur Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:31

Websites have become a necessity in the 21st century. From gathering traffic on them to creating a buzz about its brand and resultantly leading to a higher sales figure, websites can do it all. However, not all websites are able to do that. A successful website is often considered to be one with the best user experience and performance. A low bar at these may just be the doom of the site developers. And when you combine the impressiveness of the site’s UX and performance with its overall aesthetic and product quality, success is almost guaranteed.

So, the process of building a website has to be done with the utmost care and expertise because doing a half-hearted job at first and regretting it later would not be prudent for anyone. The build and functionality of the website entirely depends on its developers and the CMS at work. Choosing the right architectural approach should be the first priority for all business owners and site builders. 

Getting into the architectural aspect makes me highlight the two variants that are the most popular amongst Drupal websites, the monolithic or the traditional architecture and the decoupled architecture. This article will accentuate all the areas of these two and discuss their aptness for different business needs.. 

Introducing the Contenders: Monolithic and Decoupled Drupal Architectures

Drupal is a pretty versatile content management system, it has the capability of building your websites for you, taking care of each and every aspect of the same. That should sum up Drupal’s capabilities, yet it doesn’t. With its different forms of architectural options available, Drupal has become the embodiment of versatility. The choice of deciding between Monolithic and Decoupled forms of Drupal architecture is proof of just that.

Starting with Monolithic architecture, in the terms of a software engineer, it means a single software that has the potential of handling every aspect of work done on it or with it. A monolithic architecture will always be single-tiered, wherein the UI and the code for data access are merged into one platform. And that is what Monolithic Drupal architecture or the traditional Drupal architecture means. The coupled Drupal is well-equipped to make a website up and running, both in terms of the front-end and the back-end. You would not need to rely on anything else, if taking the Monolithic approach. You would have all the Drupal resources in your corner, as your project would be entirely nestled inside it.

Drupal is regarded highly in the community for its back-end capabilities, its front end deserves equal regard. Using Drupal’s many behaviours, themes and templates, you can easily create impressive visual designs that would also provide state-of-the-art interactivity to your presentation layer that can be customised on the go. And there is more, any problem with your site’s design, behaviour, usability and management can easily be tackled by Drupal’s frontend aspects. So, it won't be wrong to presume that the traditional Drupal is a versatile software easing the process of building web applications. 

However, if you want to tap into the other frontend technologies, then there is a possibility for that as well, with the use of Decoupled Drupal architecture.

In simple terms, decoupled Drupal architecture separates the front end from the back end. The Decoupled Drupal separates the UI from the presentation aspect. Although the UI and the content management would be provided by Drupal, you would have free reigns over the presentation layer. You would not be bound to use any of the themes and templates. This approach mainly needs Drupal to act like its content repository. Although it is a relatively new trend in the CMS, many all over the Drupal community have taken it up. It has been gaining more and more traction because of the freedom Decoupled architecture provides to its users offering the advantage of capitalising on the many front-end technologies available outside of Drupal. Learn everything about Decoupled Drupal here.


In essence, both Monolithic and Decoupled approaches can be deemed similar in the sense that they have the back-end Drupal technologies. However, when the front-end or the presentation part comes to play, they start to seem vastly different. 

Different Ways of Leveraging Decoupled Drupal Architecture

Now that we know how the traditional and Decoupled Drupal architecture are different on the foundational level, let us delve deeper into the different ways of decoupling Drupal architecture.

Drupal was founded as a monolithic software performing every aspect needed for website development. This architecture has total control over a project, in terms of its presentation, all the visual elements along with in-place editing and layout management as well as in terms of data. In an attempt to not sound like a broken record, I would add that Drupal in its traditional sense is still the most used version of the software primarily because of the control it gives to the editors.

Coming to the Decoupled architecture, the story changes. Like I have already told you, the Decoupled approach mainly relies on Drupal for its backend capabilities, the front-end may or may not entirely become independent of Drupal.There are two broad categories of this architectural approach.


Progressively Decoupled Drupal Architecture

A major motivation behind taking up the Decoupled approach is the developer’s wish to use more JavaScript. However, the use of JavaScript does not necessarily mean that you have to give up Drupal’s front-end action. With the progressive approach you can do both. You get to keep Drupal’s front-end and add the JavaScript framework of your choice to it. JavaScript framework can be used for a block, a component or an entire page’s body. 


However, there is one thing to consider in this approach, more use of JavaScript on a page will make Drupal’s administrative abilities less in control. Read more about progressively decoupled Drupal here.

Fully Decoupled Drupal Architecture

In a fully decoupled Drupal application, you see a full separation of the presentation layer and other elements of Drupal.What this means is that the client’s framework becomes a server side pre-renderer, which ultimately leads to uninterrupted workflow. The CMS is a data provider in this instance. And an API layer acts as the connection between the two, retrieving data from the back end and providing it to the front end. It has to be understood that many Drupal features like in-place editing will lose their functionality or rather become unavailable in this approach. However, you will be able to exert a great deal of control over the presentation layer with other available technologies, React, Angular and Gatsby being a few of them.

You can also go for fully decoupled static sites. To tackle the increased complexities of JavaScript without affecting the performance of a site, static sites were introduced. For this approach to work, a static site generator like Gatsby is a great tool to use, which will take data out of Drupal and generate a site for you. So, Drupal basically becomes a data source throughout the process. 

Being API-first CMS: Drupal Web Services

Like the name suggests, being API-first means building an API before building a web application, which is basically created around the former. For the Decoupled applications to work effectively, Drupal has to be equipped with a top-knotch API that would essentially be the thread holding the front and backend together. The Drupal community has done a great job in this matter. 

The provision of pretty impressive web services that have been years in the making are proof of that. REST API can be considered as the paradigm here, however, for the applications that do not communicate using it, Drupal has other web services modules as well. Since Drupal was able to provide these and transcend the degree of functionality provided by REST API, it is all set to become the best open-source API-first CMS.

Primarily, the Decoupled Drupal has been known to use any one of the three APIs I have mentioned below. I would like to add that since the Monolithic approach does not need an API to provide a connection, these would not be relevant while using it.

REST API 

REST or Representational State Transfer API is one of the most popular ways to let the HTTP client get the responses it wants from the content repository, which is Drupal. Drupal  provides this web service out-of-the-box that includes RESTful Web Services, Serialisation, HAL, and HTTP Basic Authentication. With its proficiency at executing HTTP requests and responses, it easily aids in operating the data managed by Drupal, be it comments or nodes or maybe even users. 


In a simpler sense, REST API is like a mediator along with the HTTP client because they help the front and backend to work harmoniously on any framework they like. 

JSON API 

JSON:API is gaining momentum as the go to mediator in the Decoupling process of Drupal. A reason for the same is the fact that it is the better version of REST API. It offers a relatively high degree of productivity in comparison to REST API with minimum requests to the server and providing related resources without asking. It is phenomenal at filtering, pagination and its sorting capabilities along with caching use are almost impeccable. You tell me how can it not be the go to option here?

GraphQL

GraphQL is a query language that was developed by Facebook. It is used for custom queries to retrieve data from the backend with a single request. The GraphQL Drupal module works on the same principle and even lets you update and/or delete content or an entire configuration. Moreover, GraphQL has the ability to act as a base-line for the generation of custom coded schema or its extension. I find this one detail to be really helpful when the plugins are to be used to form a sub-module. 

Check out more alternatives on the modules available in the decoupled Drupal ecosystem here

Front-end Technologies

Apart from the different APIs used in the Decoupled Drupal architecture, the languages used are also quite distinct from the Monolithic version of the software. It is because the traditional Drupal does not have them as its core. Although it has its own JavaScript Library, the JS Framework is out of its jurisdiction. And this is one of the major reasons for seeking the Decoupled approach.
 
Let us have a look at some of these.

JavaScript 

A lion’s share of frontends are designed with a JavaScript framework at its core. Since JS offers a higher degree of interactivity, it often acts as a wiser choice. There are three popular frameworks at use which are;

React 

React is known to deliver the most amazing digital experiences when it is combined with Drupal. With big names like Facebook, Reddit and Airbnb as its users, it does not come as a surprise. React has the ability to split a code in varying components, which is immensely helpful in debugging and enhancing the reusability of the code. If you want to produce results that are both SEO friendly and very responsive, then React is the perfect option for you.  

Angular 

Angular was initially introduced by Google in 2009, but the 2016 re-released version was entirely rewritten to make the development of mobile and web applications very easy. This is especially true because it uses HTML in the simplest form to clearly define user interfaces, eventually making web applications a trifecta, interactive, functional and extremely hard to break. Perhaps, this is why The Guardian and Gmail are proud users of Angular for their frontend aspects.

Vue 

Vue is a JavaScript framework which is primarily used for building UIs and single-page applications. Its best implementation is seen in creating the view layer of a web application. Since Vue is quite lightweight, it makes it highly adaptable. It can also integrate itself with other libraries and tools to get whatever is desired in an application. The combination of Drupal and Vue is indeed a powerful one, as the former control over the backend and the latter’s client side handling make the creation of large-scale applications a walk in the park. 

Static Site Generator 

A Static Site Generator or an SSG is a tool that is used to build static websites which have a pre-existing set of input files. It is often regarded as a middle ground, wherein a hand-coded static site is used with an CMS. There is one particular SSG that deserves to be mentioned.

Gatsby 

An open source framework that is based on React, with every advantage of the JAMstack (JavaScript, API and Markup), be it performance, scalability or security. This is the simple definition of Gatsby, impressive, isn’t it? It would be suffice to say that Gatsby is jam-packed with features, the best of which is of course, its ability to pre-generate pages, making it much faster than the dynamic sites. You will actually be able to build a complete website faster than many will be able to create just a prototype.

Metalsmith

Metalsmith is one of the simplest SSGs to be used and it is pluggable. It can effectively produce static build files by extracting information from the source files, manipulating it and writing it to files in a destination directory. These indeed seem to be a lot of files. From grouping files to translating templates, it can perform numerous manipulations, all using its plugins and all consecutively. Not only does the use of plugins simplify things, but it also provides the user the liberty of choosing and implementing only the ones that he needs.

Tome 

Tome  stores your information in static JSON files, which are generated from static HTML form your very own Drupal site. With Tome, you can choose from the large number of themes and modules found in Drupal, create content and simply push the static HTML to production and your work is done. The fact that it allows you to use Drupal without any security or performance worries is another bonus.

All of these are regarded as the top-notch front end technologies for web building and you may very well know that nothing can beat Drupal at its back end game, so with Decoupled Drupal you get to have the best of both worlds, the worlds inside and outside of Drupal.

Conclusion 

The fundamental difference between Monolithic and Decoupled architecture can be detected with the degree of usage of Drupal’s entire software. There is no right and wrong approach amongst these two, when choosing Drupal for your project. Your choice will come down to the needs of your project and what your intentions are for the same. For instance, you might not want to create JavaScript interactions for your project, so you could use Drupal as is, which is the Monolithic version. 

On the contrary, if your project mandates the use of JS or static site generators, the traditional approach will not cut it for you. Decoupled Drupal has to be taken up and there is no harm in that as well. There are so many big names, like the Weather.com, NBC.comand Warner Music, who have been using the Decoupled architecture and they have experienced great results. 

Whatever approach you may think you want has to be aligned with the needs of your project. And when they do, trust me, whichever approach you will choose, it would be a winner for you.

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Tag1 Consulting: Using Gaggles to distribute your load testing

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:52

Goose, the load testing software created by Tag1 CEO Jeremy Andrews has had a number of improvements since its creation. One of the most significant improvements is the addition of Gaggles. A Gaggle is a distributed load test, made up of 1 Manager process and 1 or more Worker processes. The comparable concept in Locust is a Swarm, and it's critical for Locust as Python can only make use of a single core: you have to spin up a Swarm to utilize multiple cores with Locust. With Goose, a single process can use all available cores, so the use case is slightly different. As we discussed in a previous post, Goose Attack: A Locust-inspired Load Testing Tool In Rust, building Goose in Rust increases the scalability of your testing structure. Building Goose in this language enabled the quick creation of safe and performant Gaggles. Gaggles allow you to horizontally scale your load tests, preparing your web site to really take flight. ## Distributing workers Goose is very powerful and fast. Now, it’s so CPU-efficient it is easier to saturate the bandwisth on a network interface; you'll likely need multiple Workers to scale beyond a 1G network interface. In our Tag1...

Read more lynette@tag1co… Thu, 10/15/2020 - 05:52

undpaul: Jira for task management

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 00:00
How do we as a project team always keep an overview and can plan the next steps together? There are task management tools for this purpose. At undpaul we like to use Jira Software from Atlassian for requirements management.

Mediacurrent: Join Mediacurrent at Acquia Engage 2020

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 20:03

Acquia Engage is coming soon (October 20 and 21) to a screen near you. There’s still time to register and join us! The Engage 2020 conference will be fully virtual and free for all attendees. 

This interactive event will inspire business and technology leaders to learn and connect on the path to bringing outstanding digital experiences to life with Drupal and Acquia. As a sponsor, we are excited to network with the Acquia community, connect with old friends, and meet new ones. 

 Here are a few highlights of what's happening in Mediacurrent’s virtual booth. We’ll be sharing best practices, case studies, and info sessions throughout the event. Drop in any time to chat with us.

Digital Experience Case Studies 

Mediacurrent has been selected as finalists across three categories for the 2020 Acquia Engage Awards. These three finalists exemplify world-class digital experiences in healthcare, financial services, and emergency communication. Stop by our booth to learn best practices from these Acquia Open Experience Platform projects.

Area Alert - Open Source Giants 

Area Alert is an open source solution for organizations that need to quickly build highly performant, low-cost, and easy-to-update emergency websites during the COVID-19 pandemic and other large-scale emergencies. The Area Alert Drupal distribution delivers a head-start for faster deployment with special design consideration for the user experience in times of crisis.

Montefiore Medical Center - Building a Better Tomorrow 

The Bronx’s Montefiore Health System, which served one of the hardest hit areas in New York City, saw that existing and prospective patients were delaying the care and treatment they needed due to fears of COVID-19. Montefiore endeavored to create a new microsite to reassure patients of the steps the health system was taking to ensure patient safety, and encourage patients to return for the care they required. With just over one month to launch, a speedy end-to-end solution was needed to launch the COVID-SAFE Care microsite.

BDO Alliance USA - Leader of the Pack (Financial Services)

Become an indispensable resource to Alliance firms. This was BDO’s main goal when they approached Mediacurrent to expand its portal functionality and increase customer acquisition, retention, and satisfaction. BDO Alliance USA is among the industry's largest associations of accounting and professional service firms. The Alliance Portal, a private Drupal-based platform, is available to members of firms who are members of the BDO Alliance USA. BDO took a big step in the evolution of its Alliance Portal with the move toward a more integrated, relevant, and metrics-based platform.

Stump the Drupal Experts 

Lately, we’ve been focused on gearing up for Drupal 9 with our Rain install profile, increasing conversion rates with Acquia Personalization, and decoupling Drupal with Gatsby...but you can ask us anything.

Try to stump our Drupal experts with your digital dilemmas – they welcome the challenge!

Drupal 9: Roadmap and Tools

Everyone’s buzzing about the strategic advantages of Drupal 9. We’re here to bring those Drupal 9 visions to reality with these open source tools:   

  • Rain: Go from zero to launch in 30 days. This Drupal installation profile enables rapid development and gives editors the ability to build robust pages with over a dozen pre-built components.
  • Automated Updates: Speed up the update process 3x faster. Managing updates in Drupal can be a challenge as core and contributed projects are frequently updated. There’s a better way to streamline the management of your Drupal application.
  • Mediacurrent Multisite+: Spin up a new site in minutes — no development help required. 
Connect with Us

Conferences looked a little different in 2019!

We’ll miss in-person networking this year but our team of Drupal and digital strategy experts will be just a few clicks away. Stop by Mediacurrent’s virtual booth or book a 1:1 meeting with our attending team members:

  • Josh Linard, CRO
  • Michael Silverman, VP of Strategic Growth
  • Client Success Team: Mary Pat Kelsey, Scott Liberman, Madison Smith. and Carlos Lee
  • Damien McKenna, Community Lead
  • Kevin Basarab, VP of Delivery 
  • Jay Callicott, VP of Technical Operations 

Nonprofit Drupal posts: October Drupal for Nonprofits Chat

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 16:48

Our normally scheduled call to chat about all things Drupal and nonprofits will happen TOMORROW, Thursday, October 15, at 1pm ET / 10am PT. (Convert to your local time zone.)

No set agenda this month, so we'll have plenty of time to discuss whatever Drupal-related thoughts are on your mind. 

All nonprofit Drupal devs and users, regardless of experience level, are always welcome on this call.

Feel free to share your thoughts and discussion points ahead of time in our collaborative Google doc: https://nten.org/drupal/notes

This free call is sponsored by NTEN.org and open to everyone.

View notes of previous months' calls.

OpenSense Labs: Website Redesign Strategy: A Complete Guide

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:54
Website Redesign Strategy: A Complete Guide Gurpreet Kaur Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:24

The virtual sector has become increasingly prominent today. From trading shares to buying groceries, every single aspect of our life can be fulfilled in the virtual world. And do you know what lies at the heart of this world? Since it is online, you must be thinking that a website has to be at the core. And you are right to think so. A website is the foundation of every online business, from blogs to e-commerce, every virtual service provider needs a website.

Now, just building a fully functional website is not enough. You have to keep updating it every now and then, simply because what was trending two years ago is considered antiquated today, and we do not want your website to be regarded as out of fashion. 

When making the decision of revamping your website, you have to consider something very carefully. And that is the difference between website refresh and website redesign. If you want minor changes to be done in your website, like changes relating to its appearance, you would call it freshening the website. On the other hand, if you want to change your website completely, you would need to redesign it. This would transform the makeup of your website, from the content to the appearance and sometimes even the code. It is like converting a hatchback into a limousine, even though it would be the same car, it would be tremendously different.

So, if you are planning to redesign your website, you have landed in the right place. This article would accentuate everything related to redesigning a website; let us begin with the reasons for the same.

The Need for Website Redesign


Website redesigning is a giant undertaking that can be both costly and time consuming, so you can’t just do it on a whim, there have to be reasons for the same. Understanding those reasons is as important as the actual undertaking. 

I have compiled a list of common issues faced by website developers and operators that have compelled them to overhaul their websites, so that you can get an answer for the important question, that is, when should websites be redesigned. If you are experiencing more than a couple of them, consider it as a sign to say goodbye to your current website. 

Expansion of the company

Every business is in the market for growth. This growth means that they would enhance the products and services that they provide at one point or even start a whole new department. A website is like the gateway for the customer to know your services, and if it isn’t doing that, you will potentially lose your customers to your competitors. So, remember that, growth is always followed by your website’s redesign.
Changing market trends

If there is one thing that is fickle in this world, that would be the market trends. These change faster than light making your head spin with it. One day the gaudy and eccentric website are all the rage, and the next, minimalists reign online. The point is that your website has to align with the market trends, especially in terms of design. 

Unresponsive to some users 

By responsive, it is meant that your website can easily be accessed through any device, be it a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop. Sadly, there are a number of websites that are inaccessible through a smartphone and that just about destroys your leads. Adaptability or responsiveness can be achieved through redesigning.

Poor conversion rates 

The primary purpose of a website is to generate sales, if it is not doing that, then what is the point? Your customer base is basically decided by your website and how compelling it is for them. The more interest it generates in the customers, the higher the chance is that they would make a purchase. Having too complicated text packed with corporate jargon, not having enough CTAs, lacking in the aesthetic aspect; all of these will contribute to less conversions from your visitors. And the only way to overcome this is redesigning.

Complicated user interface 

A good website is the one that allows the user to easily maneuver around it and get the full experience of what the developers wanted to provide. If that is the case, then your website lacks in the functionality part and everything on it is as good as useless. The solution here is to simplify the user experience and redesigning is the route to go.

Revitalise your brand

Brand image is very crucial because it is how customers would perceive you and your brand. It is up to your brand image to make the customers think happy thoughts or get all woeful. Coca-cola is always associated with happiness and joy, because that is the image they have built. A website helps a great deal in that. Now, if you think that your brand’s perception is not aligning with its core, you would need to redesign it to make the alignment happen.

Now, that you know why websites need to be redesigned, let us get into the process of doing it.

The Website Redesign Strategy 


Redesigning a website is not something that will happen in a day. It needs time and resources to be put to good use. The process would be extensive, you would need to be aware about a lot of things, ensure everything works for you and aligns with your vision for the future of the website. Even the slightest of mistakes can become tragic for your website. That is why, a holistic approach has to be taken into consideration and I am here with the website redesign tips you would need for that.

Analyse the expense and its bearing on you 

The first step towards website redesigning commences when the budget for the same has been decided. The financial implications of website redesigning have to be considered, you cannot go wayward with the money; that would not be a wise choice.

Your website will be your first impression on a consumer and you would want it to be impressive. For that to happen, you would need financial resources that are substantial. Don’t take up redesigning until you have the resources, because doing a half-hearted job is just going to be a waste and you won’t be winning any website awards for that. So, analyse the expenditure, set aside the needed amount and delve right into it.  

Inspect the existing website

Once the money is ready, the process officially commences. And it does so with the past and its inspection. By past, I meant your current website, which would become your past after the redesigning. Your website, as it may be, would have done something for you, that is why you had it for as long as you have had it. 

Micro analyse every CTA, every image, every click that you received and how often that was. From bounce rates to time spent on a page, from the number of visitors to the number of sales, inspect everything and that too thoroughly, do not leave anything uninspected. I am emphasising on everything again, because it is crucial. This is the beginning and a successful beginning results in a successful end result.

If you want help in doing all of that, Google Analytics can sort you out. Once you have done all of this, you need to take note of the things that work and the things that don’t. The advantages would move further with the redesigning, while the disadvantages will be worked on until they are no longer a disadvantage. 

You must be wondering why all of this is necessary. Why not just start afresh? The problem with starting from scratch is that you might end up doing the same things again, which would only result in wasted time, effort and money. The inspection of the current website would not only give you a direction and a blueprint of the redesign, but it would also save the extra effort. So, why not?

Establish priorities to make goals

After the inspection is done, you would have a fair idea as to where you stand with your website. Knowing the key areas that are hampering your conversion rates or even your visibility on the web, helps you understand and establish priorities for the redesigning.

For instance, your content could be amazingly good, engaging and informative, however, the way it is presented makes it seem boring at best. Therefore, changing the content should not be a priority, rather its presentation should be. 

So, prioritising the areas that need to be focused on from the get go is an important step in website redesigning. A reason for its importance is that prioritising helps in making the design goals. 

Once you know what you need to focus more on, you could start working on that first and get better results. It is like knowing your weaknesses and working on improving them. I was weak in science in school, pathetic really, so I put in an extra effort by prioritising and started seeing the results. In website redesigning, there won’t be any mysterious scientific concepts, but you could endeavour to elevate your visitor count, enhance domain authority or improve your SEO rankings and eventually increase your sales. All of this is achieved by prioritising your goal. You can’t simply take on everything at once, you need preparation and this is it.

Create a unique brand image 

If you have a website, you are a brand. The question is whether your brand is appealing enough to customers to pull money out of their pockets and buy from you? The answer lies in the image you create for your brand. A good way to create an impactful persona for your brand is your website and redesigning the same can easily do that. 

The first thing that a customer would see on your website should effectively depict what you are about. The user should not have to decode it, trust me, he would go to your competitors website instead. And do I have to say that we do not want that?

Source: Amazon

This is Amazon’s home page, and it should be considered the benchmark in branding. I would not leave this website until I have scanned through the “Top picks for your home.” With so few words Amazon has portrayed all that it is about and engaged the user. 

I know every website cannot be like this, but the conciseness can be achieved, it has to be. That is the core of branding. Your redesign strategy has to ensure that your brand image works in your favour rather than against it, make it unique, make it enticing and make it worthwhile for the customer.

Assess the competitors 

You may be at war with your competitors, but that does not mean that you cannot learn from them. Assessing the ways your competitor’s websites look, the kind of services they provide, how functional they are can help you a great deal. You must be wondering why. It is because you and your competitors are in the same market, catering for the same customers, whose needs and wants are the same; apart from this their likes and dislikes would also be the same. So , if they like something that your competitors are providing, you can make a change. What could be the harm here?

Cater to your audience more than yourself 

A website’s success entirely depends on its users, they are the ones who can make or break it. So, making a website keeping in mind the end-user’s thought process and needs can make a difference between the success and failure of a website. 

Obviously, your website is not going to be for everyone, it has to have a target audience or a buyer persona. Is it meant for the retired or the middle-aged men or maybe the adolescents, you have to decide. 

For instance, an anti-ageing cream’s audience is going to be over 25, it could be the working women who stress too much at work that they have developed wrinkles at 30 or it could be the stay-at-home mothers who have very little time for skin care or both. If your website and its design effectively justifies their needs, a conversion is almost guaranteed, and that is all we want. 

Make the website responsive to everyone 

Today, websites are not only accessed through laptops and desktops, people do it from any device that has a screen and an internet connection, especially smartphones. So, seeing something like “this website is incompatible with your device” is not going to generate many leads for you.

Mobile friendliness is crucial for websites, they need to be made responsive to reconfigure itself to the screen size of the device, which is browsing it.

Focus on the software

Up until now, we have covered everything that could be redesigned on your site, now let us talk about the makeup of your website a little as well. A Content Management Software or a CMS is the way to go here. From developing the site to publishing regular content on it, the CMS would do just about anything you could want. Drupal, one of the leading CMSs in the market share, can be a magnificent choice. Be it government websites or private companies or even sports stars wanting to create their online space, Drupal provides for all.

Journalism websites need a lot more flexibility in content than any other category. Since Drupal is the embodiment of flexibility and provides just the right set of core features and contributed modules, choosing it becomes a no brainer. Earth Journalism Network’s website is the prime example of remarkable improvements that are possible with website redesigning. OpenSense Labs Team migrated the old site, which was running on a Python-based CMS, to Drupal 8. This ultimately proved to be a remarkable move as creating and managing content turned out to be super efficacious. Access the full case study of Earth Journal Network to know more.

The Website Redesigning Approach: ESR

The web would keep on evolving at a pace that is faster than your redesigning abilities. You might think that is a bad omen, but it isn’t, not completely. Yes, the web keeps on evolving, but its evolution does not mean that your website would become completely obsolete. There would be a lot of things still working for you since the last redesign and the things that do not, you can simply update them.

All of this becomes a walk in the park with Evolutionary Site Redesign or ESR. This is an approach that continually tests certain problematic areas of your websites, giving you feedback about their performance.

Source: Wider Funnel

It is not only a faster approach to redesigning, but also becomes extremely helpful in reducing the risk as you would be making incremental improvements consistently, instead of a complete overhaul. The result is a better user experience for your visitors and everybody stays happy. That is why ESR is often regarded as the right website redesign approach.

The Mistakes to Avoid 

Now that you know all about things that you need to address, it is now time to know what to avoid in the website redesign strategy. These are mistakes that are more common than you would think and these mistakes can become quite costly for your website. 

Nondescript scope 

Scope of work, that is both doable and well-defined, sets the pace for any project. It is like a roadmap that will tell you what the next destination is and whether to take a right or a left turn to reach there without much hassle. Taking on a website redesign project is a huge step, so you have to clear, explicitly clear, as to what you want to do and how it would be done. 

The scope also lays emphasis on accountability, as it clearly allocates duties to be done by members of the team. So, when something doesn’t happen, you would know where to point the finger. Without a well-defined scope, the smooth sailing of the redesign project is not possible.

Not emphasising on the content 

The content on your website is probably one of its most important aspects. Think of it like the voice of your website, since it clearly speaks for you and your brand. So, ensuring that the content is well-written, engaging, simplified and SEO friendly at the same time should be a priority. You can hire professionals to write it for you. The thing is a high quality content would need time from your end, so not getting a head start on it is not the way to go.

Biting off more than you can chew 

Another mistake that often happens in a redesign project is that the owners overreach. They try to do everything possible to make the website better than the existing. Although this should not be a mistake, the timeline of the project may disagree. The completion of a project in its designated time is what makes it worthwhile. So, when you keep on adding additional tasks on an ongoing scope, you will just be stretching yourself for time and the project would only get delayed. 

This does not mean that you cannot add too many features in your website, you certainly can, but you should try adding those in phases. Doing everything at  once and doing one thing at a time is different and let me tell you, the latter almost always succeeds.

Compromising on one aspect for the other 

Another pitfall that is experienced in the redesigning projects is the compromise. In the race to finish a project, the developers start compromising on one aspect of the website for the other, and this disrupts the overall redesign. For instance, you cannot just focus on the aesthetics of your website, its functionality and technical aspects need equal consideration. The user might come to your website and even stay awhile because of the aesthetics, but if your website won’t deliver in terms of functionality no one would stay longer than awhile and conversions would seem far fetched.

The Right Partner for Website Redesign

Like I have already mentioned a few times, website redesigning is a colossal undertaking, so it needs the support of a team to make it successful. Many websites have taken up the redesigning endeavour on their own, but only because they have a comprehensive team that can perform all the redesigning duties including a developer, a designer, a marketing strategist, an SEO expert, copywriters, to name a few. If you have such a team, take up the redesigning yourself. If not, you should consider a website redesign agency

Here are a few pointers to help you;

What is its niche?

Before checking anything else, you have to find out which area does the organisation excel at. Is it an ad agency, marketing agency or does it specialise in technical aspects? Knowing all of this will help narrow down your search for the right partner, since the speciality of the agency has to be in accordance with your business. A high-profile public enterprise can go for an ad agency that deals with celebrities.

What approach does the agency use?

The agency’s approach towards tackling redesigning is very crucial, because that will set the pace for the website’s future growth. So, if an agency is focusing on enhancing  the user experience as its core, you should hire it without a second thought.

How good is it performance-wise?

Ensuring that the redesigning agency has had a good track-record in its past projects is also necessary. To do so, you can simply check the testimonials on their website. This way you can predict how well it would tackle your redesigning.

Can it perform an audit?

An audit is very valuable when taking up redesigning a website. So, you must go for an agency that would perform a thorough audit, both for the content and the architecture of the website, before working on the changes. 

Do they know your target audience?

A website redesign won’t do you much good, if it is not targeted at your potential customers and compelling them to buy from you. So, an agency that has knowledge or will acquire the knowledge about your target customers is going to be the right fit for you.

How extensive are its services?

Lastly, the range of services a redesign agency provides will be the last stepping stone in your decision. It cannot just provide a marketing strategy or just implement the SEO techniques, the services have to be all inclusive. 

All of these questions need to be addressed before you take up a partnership with a redesigning agency. 

Website Redesigning- Not a One-Time Gig 

Now, you are all set to make the redesigning decision. However, I would like you to know one more thing. Website redesign never ends, it is a perpetual project that would keep returning every few years or as early as your resources allow. Trends keep changing in the virtual world, and your website must change with them, barring the fact that it is responsive or not. If you have a bigger establishment with resources in abundance, you can redesign at least once a year. On the other hand, if resources are scarce, you can wait as long as half a decade, provided that your website is responsive.

Redesigning is similar to changing your car, you have to do it every few years. Driving the same car for a decade would not seem appealing or a sign or growth, what do you think?

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OpenSense Labs: Website Redesign Strategy: A Complete Guide

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:54
Website Redesign Strategy: A Complete Guide Gurpreet Kaur Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:24

The virtual sector has become increasingly prominent today. From trading shares to buying groceries, every single aspect of our life can be fulfilled in the virtual world. And do you know what lies at the heart of this world? Since it is online, you must be thinking that a website has to be at the core. And you are right to think so. A website is the foundation of every online business, from blogs to e-commerce, every virtual service provider needs a website.

Now, just building a fully functional website is not enough. You have to keep updating it every now and then, simply because what was trending two years ago is considered antiquated today, and we do not want your website to be regarded as out of fashion. 

When making the decision of revamping your website, you have to consider something very carefully. And that is the difference between website refresh and website redesign. If you want minor changes to be done in your website, like changes relating to its appearance, you would call it freshening the website. On the other hand, if you want to change your website completely, you would need to redesign it. This would transform the makeup of your website, from the content to the appearance and sometimes even the code. It is like converting a hatchback into a limousine, even though it would be the same car, it would be tremendously different.

So, if you are planning to redesign your website, you have landed in the right place. This article would accentuate everything related to redesigning a website; let us begin with the reasons for the same.

The Need for Website Redesign


Website redesigning is a giant undertaking that can be both costly and time consuming, so you can’t just do it on a whim, there have to be reasons for the same. Understanding those reasons is as important as the actual undertaking. 

I have compiled a list of common issues faced by website developers and operators that have compelled them to overhaul their websites, so that you can get an answer for the important question, that is, when should websites be redesigned. If you are experiencing more than a couple of them, consider it as a sign to say goodbye to your current website. 

Expansion of the company

Every business is in the market for growth. This growth means that they would enhance the products and services that they provide at one point or even start a whole new department. A website is like the gateway for the customer to know your services, and if it isn’t doing that, you will potentially lose your customers to your competitors. So, remember that, growth is always followed by your website’s redesign.
Changing market trends

If there is one thing that is fickle in this world, that would be the market trends. These change faster than light making your head spin with it. One day the gaudy and eccentric website are all the rage, and the next, minimalists reign online. The point is that your website has to align with the market trends, especially in terms of design. 

Unresponsive to some users 

By responsive, it is meant that your website can easily be accessed through any device, be it a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop. Sadly, there are a number of websites that are inaccessible through a smartphone and that just about destroys your leads. Adaptability or responsiveness can be achieved through redesigning.

Poor conversion rates 

The primary purpose of a website is to generate sales, if it is not doing that, then what is the point? Your customer base is basically decided by your website and how compelling it is for them. The more interest it generates in the customers, the higher the chance is that they would make a purchase. Having too complicated text packed with corporate jargon, not having enough CTAs, lacking in the aesthetic aspect; all of these will contribute to less conversions from your visitors. And the only way to overcome this is redesigning.

Complicated user interface 

A good website is the one that allows the user to easily maneuver around it and get the full experience of what the developers wanted to provide. If that is the case, then your website lacks in the functionality part and everything on it is as good as useless. The solution here is to simplify the user experience and redesigning is the route to go.

Revitalise your brand

Brand image is very crucial because it is how customers would perceive you and your brand. It is up to your brand image to make the customers think happy thoughts or get all woeful. Coca-cola is always associated with happiness and joy, because that is the image they have built. A website helps a great deal in that. Now, if you think that your brand’s perception is not aligning with its core, you would need to redesign it to make the alignment happen.

Now, that you know why websites need to be redesigned, let us get into the process of doing it.

The Website Redesign Strategy 


Redesigning a website is not something that will happen in a day. It needs time and resources to be put to good use. The process would be extensive, you would need to be aware about a lot of things, ensure everything works for you and aligns with your vision for the future of the website. Even the slightest of mistakes can become tragic for your website. That is why, a holistic approach has to be taken into consideration and I am here with the website redesign tips you would need for that.

Analyse the expense and its bearing on you 

The first step towards website redesigning commences when the budget for the same has been decided. The financial implications of website redesigning have to be considered, you cannot go wayward with the money; that would not be a wise choice.

Your website will be your first impression on a consumer and you would want it to be impressive. For that to happen, you would need financial resources that are substantial. Don’t take up redesigning until you have the resources, because doing a half-hearted job is just going to be a waste and you won’t be winning any website awards for that. So, analyse the expenditure, set aside the needed amount and delve right into it.  

Inspect the existing website

Once the money is ready, the process officially commences. And it does so with the past and its inspection. By past, I meant your current website, which would become your past after the redesigning. Your website, as it may be, would have done something for you, that is why you had it for as long as you have had it. 

Micro analyse every CTA, every image, every click that you received and how often that was. From bounce rates to time spent on a page, from the number of visitors to the number of sales, inspect everything and that too thoroughly, do not leave anything uninspected. I am emphasising on everything again, because it is crucial. This is the beginning and a successful beginning results in a successful end result.

If you want help in doing all of that, Google Analytics can sort you out. Once you have done all of this, you need to take note of the things that work and the things that don’t. The advantages would move further with the redesigning, while the disadvantages will be worked on until they are no longer a disadvantage. 

You must be wondering why all of this is necessary. Why not just start afresh? The problem with starting from scratch is that you might end up doing the same things again, which would only result in wasted time, effort and money. The inspection of the current website would not only give you a direction and a blueprint of the redesign, but it would also save the extra effort. So, why not?

Establish priorities to make goals

After the inspection is done, you would have a fair idea as to where you stand with your website. Knowing the key areas that are hampering your conversion rates or even your visibility on the web, helps you understand and establish priorities for the redesigning.

For instance, your content could be amazingly good, engaging and informative, however, the way it is presented makes it seem boring at best. Therefore, changing the content should not be a priority, rather its presentation should be. 

So, prioritising the areas that need to be focused on from the get go is an important step in website redesigning. A reason for its importance is that prioritising helps in making the design goals. 

Once you know what you need to focus more on, you could start working on that first and get better results. It is like knowing your weaknesses and working on improving them. I was weak in science in school, pathetic really, so I put in an extra effort by prioritising and started seeing the results. In website redesigning, there won’t be any mysterious scientific concepts, but you could endeavour to elevate your visitor count, enhance domain authority or improve your SEO rankings and eventually increase your sales. All of this is achieved by prioritising your goal. You can’t simply take on everything at once, you need preparation and this is it.

Create a unique brand image 

If you have a website, you are a brand. The question is whether your brand is appealing enough to customers to pull money out of their pockets and buy from you? The answer lies in the image you create for your brand. A good way to create an impactful persona for your brand is your website and redesigning the same can easily do that. 

The first thing that a customer would see on your website should effectively depict what you are about. The user should not have to decode it, trust me, he would go to your competitors website instead. And do I have to say that we do not want that?

Source: Amazon

This is Amazon’s home page, and it should be considered the benchmark in branding. I would not leave this website until I have scanned through the “Top picks for your home.” With so few words Amazon has portrayed all that it is about and engaged the user. 

I know every website cannot be like this, but the conciseness can be achieved, it has to be. That is the core of branding. Your redesign strategy has to ensure that your brand image works in your favour rather than against it, make it unique, make it enticing and make it worthwhile for the customer.

Assess the competitors 

You may be at war with your competitors, but that does not mean that you cannot learn from them. Assessing the ways your competitor’s websites look, the kind of services they provide, how functional they are can help you a great deal. You must be wondering why. It is because you and your competitors are in the same market, catering for the same customers, whose needs and wants are the same; apart from this their likes and dislikes would also be the same. So , if they like something that your competitors are providing, you can make a change. What could be the harm here?

Cater to your audience more than yourself 

A website’s success entirely depends on its users, they are the ones who can make or break it. So, making a website keeping in mind the end-user’s thought process and needs can make a difference between the success and failure of a website. 

Obviously, your website is not going to be for everyone, it has to have a target audience or a buyer persona. Is it meant for the retired or the middle-aged men or maybe the adolescents, you have to decide. 

For instance, an anti-ageing cream’s audience is going to be over 25, it could be the working women who stress too much at work that they have developed wrinkles at 30 or it could be the stay-at-home mothers who have very little time for skin care or both. If your website and its design effectively justifies their needs, a conversion is almost guaranteed, and that is all we want. 

Make the website responsive to everyone 

Today, websites are not only accessed through laptops and desktops, people do it from any device that has a screen and an internet connection, especially smartphones. So, seeing something like “this website is incompatible with your device” is not going to generate many leads for you.

Mobile friendliness is crucial for websites, they need to be made responsive to reconfigure itself to the screen size of the device, which is browsing it.

Focus on the software

Up until now, we have covered everything that could be redesigned on your site, now let us talk about the makeup of your website a little as well. A Content Management Software or a CMS is the way to go here. From developing the site to publishing regular content on it, the CMS would do just about anything you could want. Drupal, one of the leading CMSs in the market share, can be a magnificent choice. Be it government websites or private companies or even sports stars wanting to create their online space, Drupal provides for all.

Journalism websites need a lot more flexibility in content than any other category. Since Drupal is the embodiment of flexibility and provides just the right set of core features and contributed modules, choosing it becomes a no brainer. Earth Journalism Network’s website is the prime example of remarkable improvements that are possible with website redesigning. OpenSense Labs Team migrated the old site, which was running on a Python-based CMS, to Drupal 8. This ultimately proved to be a remarkable move as creating and managing content turned out to be super efficacious. Access the full case study of Earth Journal Network to know more.

The Website Redesigning Approach: ESR

The web would keep on evolving at a pace that is faster than your redesigning abilities. You might think that is a bad omen, but it isn’t, not completely. Yes, the web keeps on evolving, but its evolution does not mean that your website would become completely obsolete. There would be a lot of things still working for you since the last redesign and the things that do not, you can simply update them.

All of this becomes a walk in the park with Evolutionary Site Redesign or ESR. This is an approach that continually tests certain problematic areas of your websites, giving you feedback about their performance.

Source: Wider Funnel

It is not only a faster approach to redesigning, but also becomes extremely helpful in reducing the risk as you would be making incremental improvements consistently, instead of a complete overhaul. The result is a better user experience for your visitors and everybody stays happy. That is why ESR is often regarded as the right website redesign approach.

The Mistakes to Avoid 

Now that you know all about things that you need to address, it is now time to know what to avoid in the website redesign strategy. These are mistakes that are more common than you would think and these mistakes can become quite costly for your website. 

Nondescript scope 

Scope of work, that is both doable and well-defined, sets the pace for any project. It is like a roadmap that will tell you what the next destination is and whether to take a right or a left turn to reach there without much hassle. Taking on a website redesign project is a huge step, so you have to clear, explicitly clear, as to what you want to do and how it would be done. 

The scope also lays emphasis on accountability, as it clearly allocates duties to be done by members of the team. So, when something doesn’t happen, you would know where to point the finger. Without a well-defined scope, the smooth sailing of the redesign project is not possible.

Not emphasising on the content 

The content on your website is probably one of its most important aspects. Think of it like the voice of your website, since it clearly speaks for you and your brand. So, ensuring that the content is well-written, engaging, simplified and SEO friendly at the same time should be a priority. You can hire professionals to write it for you. The thing is a high quality content would need time from your end, so not getting a head start on it is not the way to go.

Biting off more than you can chew 

Another mistake that often happens in a redesign project is that the owners overreach. They try to do everything possible to make the website better than the existing. Although this should not be a mistake, the timeline of the project may disagree. The completion of a project in its designated time is what makes it worthwhile. So, when you keep on adding additional tasks on an ongoing scope, you will just be stretching yourself for time and the project would only get delayed. 

This does not mean that you cannot add too many features in your website, you certainly can, but you should try adding those in phases. Doing everything at  once and doing one thing at a time is different and let me tell you, the latter almost always succeeds.

Compromising on one aspect for the other 

Another pitfall that is experienced in the redesigning projects is the compromise. In the race to finish a project, the developers start compromising on one aspect of the website for the other, and this disrupts the overall redesign. For instance, you cannot just focus on the aesthetics of your website, its functionality and technical aspects need equal consideration. The user might come to your website and even stay awhile because of the aesthetics, but if your website won’t deliver in terms of functionality no one would stay longer than awhile and conversions would seem far fetched.

The Right Partner for Website Redesign

Like I have already mentioned a few times, website redesigning is a colossal undertaking, so it needs the support of a team to make it successful. Many websites have taken up the redesigning endeavour on their own, but only because they have a comprehensive team that can perform all the redesigning duties including a developer, a designer, a marketing strategist, an SEO expert, copywriters, to name a few. If you have such a team, take up the redesigning yourself. If not, you should consider a website redesign agency

Here are a few pointers to help you;

What is its niche?

Before checking anything else, you have to find out which area does the organisation excel at. Is it an ad agency, marketing agency or does it specialise in technical aspects? Knowing all of this will help narrow down your search for the right partner, since the speciality of the agency has to be in accordance with your business. A high-profile public enterprise can go for an ad agency that deals with celebrities.

What approach does the agency use?

The agency’s approach towards tackling redesigning is very crucial, because that will set the pace for the website’s future growth. So, if an agency is focusing on enhancing  the user experience as its core, you should hire it without a second thought.

How good is it performance-wise?

Ensuring that the redesigning agency has had a good track-record in its past projects is also necessary. To do so, you can simply check the testimonials on their website. This way you can predict how well it would tackle your redesigning.

Can it perform an audit?

An audit is very valuable when taking up redesigning a website. So, you must go for an agency that would perform a thorough audit, both for the content and the architecture of the website, before working on the changes. 

Do they know your target audience?

A website redesign won’t do you much good, if it is not targeted at your potential customers and compelling them to buy from you. So, an agency that has knowledge or will acquire the knowledge about your target customers is going to be the right fit for you.

How extensive are its services?

Lastly, the range of services a redesign agency provides will be the last stepping stone in your decision. It cannot just provide a marketing strategy or just implement the SEO techniques, the services have to be all inclusive. 

All of these questions need to be addressed before you take up a partnership with a redesigning agency. 

Website Redesigning- Not a One-Time Gig 

Now, you are all set to make the redesigning decision. However, I would like you to know one more thing. Website redesign never ends, it is a perpetual project that would keep returning every few years or as early as your resources allow. Trends keep changing in the virtual world, and your website must change with them, barring the fact that it is responsive or not. If you have a bigger establishment with resources in abundance, you can redesign at least once a year. On the other hand, if resources are scarce, you can wait as long as half a decade, provided that your website is responsive.

Redesigning is similar to changing your car, you have to do it every few years. Driving the same car for a decade would not seem appealing or a sign or growth, what do you think?

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Specbee: Business Process Automation with Drupal – Top Drupal 8 (and 9) modules and distributions

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:51
Business Process Automation with Drupal – Top Drupal 8 (and 9) modules and distributions Shefali Shetty 13 Oct, 2020 Top 10 best practices for designing a perfect UX for your mobile app

Today, business process automation is not just considered by bigger organizations but by SMBs too. And why not? When you can have a process that can do your work while reducing your overheads in the long run, why wouldn’t you choose one? Business process automation (BPA) is a process that uses a software program or platform instead of human intervention to improve your cost and workflow efficiency. It can be implemented in various stages/processes of your organization like Marketing, Sales, Project Management, or any other process that needs automation. Drupal 8 and Drupal 9 offers many modules and distributions that can help you automate your business process easily. Let’s look at some of them in this article.

What can a Business Process Automation do for your Organization?

•    Can streamline your processes. Put an end to that disorder. Manage and monitor your processes from a centralized business automation solution.
•    Know exactly who has done what. When the entire process is streamlined and transparent you are enforcing accountability.
•    Minimize errors. To err is human indeed. When you eliminate more work from humans, you can also expect a lot less to go wrong in a process.
•    Reduce costs. Yes – the most important benefit of implementing a business process automation tool. When errors and human hours are reduced, your costs can drastically decrease.

How Drupal makes Business Automation easier?

Drupal powers millions of websites for organizations ranging from SMBs to very large enterprises. Every one of which already use or will eventually need a business process automation solution. Being an open-source content management system, Drupal allows for easy customized integrations to meet every organization’s requirements. Drupal has modules and distributions that can help organizations to integrate their websites with many popular and not-so-popular BPA solutions. The integration is so seamless that it feels like you’re working with a single solution. For companies that have very unique specifications, a custom integration can be built on Drupal because of its open-source framework. Let us look at some of the top Drupal 8 and Drupal 9 modules and distributions that can integrate with different business automation solutions available in the market.

Marketo MA

Marketo is one of the most popular digital marketing tools that can take care of your lead management, email marketing, consumer marketing and mobile marketing needs. Marketo users swear by its simplicity, ease of use and setting up and claim that it is a great tool for SMBs. The Drupal 8 Marketo MA module enables you to add marketing tracking capabilities to your Drupal website. Lead data can also be captured during user registration via webform integrations. You will require to have an active Marketo account and of course, an installation of Drupal 8 (or 9). 

Salesforce Suite

Claiming to be the world’s number one Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution, Salesforce allows you to efficiently organize and manipulate your customer data using cloud computing. Right from sales and marketing to customer service, Salesforce enables organizations to put customers at the center of everything you do and satisfying them. With the Drupal Salesforce Suite module, you can synchronize Drupal entities like users, nodes, etc. with Salesforce CRM’s objects like contacts, organizations, etc. You can export Drupal data into your Salesforce CRM and import Salesforce data into your Drupal website effectively. Any updates can be performed in real time or asynchronously.

Maestro

Have a workflow and need a perfect solution to automate it? Drupal’s Maestro module lets you automate your workflow processes with a visual flowchart that you can drag, drop, and connect. Sure, it can be used in content workflow processes too to track and moderate content revisions. But it mainly shines in more complicated business processes and use cases. Maestro can be extended to add custom functions and logic to suit every business structure. It integrates well with other significant Drupal features like Webforms, content types, triggers, rules, and more.

   Drupal Maestro ModuleRedHen CRM

A very humble and flexible CRM with functionality for handling your contacts, organizations and relationships between them, Redhen CRM was initially built for common non-profit needs. Redhen CRM is a Drupal based CRM and a completely open-source one which makes it easy to mold into your organization’s requirements. It also allows for some modern functionalities like engagement tracking, customizable donation forms, etc. It not just behaves like you have integrated your website with a business automation tool; you can actually integrate Redhen CRM with other CRMs for extended functionalities like Salesforce, Blackbaud, etc. This Drupal module is compatible with Drupal 8 but does not support Drupal 9 yet.

MailChimp

Did you know that about 1 billion emails are sent through MailChimp every day? MailChimp is an email marketing service through which you can send marketing and informational emails to your opted-in customers. You can create multiple email campaigns, use their email campaign designer, email templates, data analysis, generate reports, segment audiences and much more with MailChimp. With the Drupal MailChimp module, your users can choose to opt-into (or out of) any email list they want to and you can generate and send email campaigns right from your Drupal website. The Mailchimp Drupal module supports Drupal 7 and 8 but is not compatible with Drupal 9.

Drupal PM (Project Management) Module

This can be termed as a distribution rather than just a module as it consists of a suite of modules that help in generating the various components it serves. The Drupal Project Management module offers components like organizations, tasks, teams, projects, tickets, expenses, notes and time tracking. These components allow easy integration with other Drupal modules as well. It serves as a great work planning and organizing tool for organizations. 

   Drupal PM ModuleHubspot 

An inbound marketing tool, Hubspot is an easy to use automation software that lets you attract visitors to your website, track and convert leads to customers. It also allows for easy integration with other automation tools like CRMs, email marketing tools, analytics tools, etc. You can also use it as your email marketing, social media publishing and ad-tracking tool too. The Drupal 8 Hubspot integration module integrates with Webform and Hubspot API and submits Webforms to Hubspot’s lead management system or email marketing campaigns. This module supports Drupal 8 but not Drupal 9 as of now.

   Hubspot Drupal Module

 

Organizations using automation tools to manage some (if not all) of their business processes, always have an edge over the ones doing it manually. When you have applied the right business automation strategy for your business processes, you will eventually save on time and money. With Drupal’s seamless integration modules and open-source customizable framework, there can be nothing stopping you from having an efficiently organized and automated revenue-generating business model. At Specbee, we undertake Drupal website development and with our efficient and experienced team of Drupal developers, we deliver customized web solutions that fits your business needs.

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Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association Board Election 2020 - winner announced

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:00

The Drupal Association would like to congratulate our newest elected board member:

Pedro Cambra.

Pedro Cambra is a Drupal developer and consultant with extensive experience working with Drupal projects. He has worked in many different industries, including large organisations such as United Nations, non-for-profits such as Cancer Research UK or Médecins Sans Frontières and he also has a strong background working with large E-commerce integrations.

He currently works at Cambrico, a small Drupal shop he co-founded.

Pedro contributes to the Drupal project and community with a number of popular contributed modules and has helped organise events in Spain, Japan and the UK. He has been involved in the organisation of several Drupalcons and, in 2012, Pedro was elected by the Drupal community as director for the Drupal Association for one term.

We are all looking forward to working with you, Pedro.

Thank you to all 2020 candidates

On behalf of all the staff and board of the Drupal Association, and I’m sure the rest of the Drupal community, I would like to thank all of those people who stood for election this year. It truly is a big commitment to contribution and one to be applauded. We wish you well for 2020 and hope to see you back in 2021!

Detailed Voting Results

There were 10 candidates in contention for the single vacancy among the two elected seats on the Board.

920 voters cast their ballots out of a pool of 3209 eligible voters (28.7%).

Under Approval Voting, each voter can give a vote to one or more candidates. The final total of votes was as follows:

Pedro Cambra Fernandez 360 Mike Herchel 359 Adam Bergstein 341 Surabhi Gokte 286 Imre Gmelig Meijling 263 Alejandro Moreno 241 Samson Goddy 129 Shodipo Ayomide 122 Jim Jagielski 108 Esaya Jokonya 102

I’m sure we will all want to send our congratulations!

What’s next

The new term of the Drupal Association board starts November 1st. In the coming weeks, we will publish an update from the board with information introducing the 2020-2021 directors, updates for 2021 including strategic goals, and opportunities for the community to connect with the Board.  
 

Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association Board Election 2020 - winner announced

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:00

The Drupal Association would like to congratulate our newest elected board member:

Pedro Cambra.

Pedro Cambra is a Drupal developer and consultant with extensive experience working with Drupal projects. He has worked in many different industries, including large organisations such as United Nations, non-for-profits such as Cancer Research UK or Médecins Sans Frontières and he also has a strong background working with large E-commerce integrations.

He currently works at Cambrico, a small Drupal shop he co-founded.

Pedro contributes to the Drupal project and community with a number of popular contributed modules and has helped organise events in Spain, Japan and the UK. He has been involved in the organisation of several Drupalcons and, in 2012, Pedro was elected by the Drupal community as director for the Drupal Association for one term.

We are all looking forward to working with you, Pedro.

Thank you to all 2020 candidates

On behalf of all the staff and board of the Drupal Association, and I’m sure the rest of the Drupal community, I would like to thank all of those people who stood for election this year. It truly is a big commitment to contribution and one to be applauded. We wish you well for 2020 and hope to see you back in 2021!

Detailed Voting Results

There were 10 candidates in contention for the single vacancy among the two elected seats on the Board.

920 voters cast their ballots out of a pool of 3209 eligible voters (28.7%).

Under Approval Voting, each voter can give a vote to one or more candidates. The final total of votes was as follows:

Pedro Cambra Fernandez 360 Mike Herchel 359 Adam Bergstein 341 Surabhi Gokte 286 Imre Gmelig Meijling 263 Alejandro Moreno 241 Samson Goddy 129 Shodipo Ayomide 122 Jim Jagielski 108 Esaya Jokonya 102

I’m sure we will all want to send our congratulations!

What’s next

The new term of the Drupal Association board starts November 1st. In the coming weeks, we will publish an update from the board with information introducing the 2020-2021 directors, updates for 2021 including strategic goals, and opportunities for the community to connect with the Board.  
 

ADCI Solutions: Drupal for e-Learning websites

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 02:00

Why Drupal is a suitable CMS for developing a distance learning website? What the e-learning website should have for its work? We're going to list the basic set of eLearning site features and ways to implement it on Drupal.

About this and much more you will learn from our website.

Read the article about Drupal and e-learning

ADCI Solutions: Drupal for e-Learning websites

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 02:00

Why Drupal is a suitable CMS for developing a distance learning website? What the e-learning website should have for its work? We're going to list the basic set of eLearning site features and ways to implement it on Drupal.

About this and much more you will learn from our website.

Read the article about Drupal and e-learning

Kristof De Jaeger: ActivityPub for Drupal

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 06:28

After a couple of weeks of coding and testing, I've tagged a first alpha release of the ActivityPub module for Drupal! It implements the protocol so that you can communicate with other Drupal sites or platforms which support ActivityPub. Remote accounts on for example Mastodon or Pixelfed can follow any user on a Drupal site now and read content, like posts and reply from their platform. It's only the tip of the iceberg of what's possible with AP, but the main focus at this point is discovery of content and users on remote platforms and performing typical social responses (reply, favorite, announce).

The core of the implementation uses Drupal plugins to map fields and content types to activity types. Being in alpha means that the interfaces will most likely change as bugs are fixed and new features will be implemented, but I'll document those when I tag a new version. For more information, installation and configuration, check the README which I will continue to update as well.

Main features
  • Enable ActivityPub per user, discovery via the Webfinger module
  • Map Activity types and properties to content types and create posts to send out to the Fediverse.
  • Create comments from Create activities from remote users to content
  • Accept follow requests, Undo (follow), Outbox, Inbox and followers endpoints
  • Send posts via drush or cron, with HttpSignature for authorization
Follow me!

Have an account on Mastodon, Pixelfed or Pleroma? Then you can follow me via @swentel@realize.be. Discovery probably works on most other platforms as well, but I haven't interacted with those yet, and I hope other people will download and start testing with those as well.

Third & Grove: A Sure-Fire Migration Approach to Drupal 8 & Drupal 9

Mon, 10/12/2020 - 01:27

The key to a successful integration to Drupal 8 or Drupal 9 is a solid understanding of your Drupal 7 site, so you know what to migrate over and what to avoid. Here’s what you need to know.

groups.drupal.org frontpage posts: October Seattle Drupal User Group Meeting

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 23:34
Start:  2020-10-22 18:30 - 20:00 America/Los_Angeles Organizers:  rlhawk jcost mortona2k Event type:  User group meeting

We will meet at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 22. Note that this is the fourth Thursday of the month, not the usual third

Agenda
  • Introductions
  • Announcements
  • Drupal news
  • Reports about what we liked and learned at BADCamp
  • Demos and discussions about debugging with XDebug
Location

Online; the URL for the meeting will be shared in the SeaDUG Slack workspace and with anyone who signs up for the event.

OSTraining: OSTips - E-Commerce Inside Drupal Made Easy

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 15:10
How would you like to be able to set up an ecommerce platform on your drupal site in less than 60 seconds? You can!   In this video, I want to share with you my little frustration with drupal and drupal e-commerce. It's really hard to set up!  However,  there's a fantastic e-commerce platform called ecwid that allows you to set up your store in no time.  Then you can literally have it embedded on your Drupal site in less than 60 seconds. People will never know the difference, because everything stays on your Drupal site!   Let's check it out.

Third & Grove: Acquia Engage 2020 Award Nominations

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 09:26

Third and Grove is honored to have three clients making the final round for the Acquia Engage 2020 awards.

Mateu Aguiló: A standard for progressive decoupled Drupal

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 00:00
In this video I show a set of Open Source tools we have created to manage the whole application lifecycle when embedding JS apps inside of Drupal. You can fork these tools, and with a couple of clicks you will get a demo of progressive decoupling in Drupal in your own site. This works in Drupal 8 and Drupal 9.

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