Jun 14, 2019 - When it comes to websites, less can be more. You can make your website pop with a few quick improvements and actually improve usability at the same time. View examples of little things that will help elevate your design and make your site have that little bit of pop.
Mar 08, 2019 - For all of those U.S. readers who do not have the (mixed) blessing of residing in Ashday’s lovely home state of Arizona – we wish you a happy (mixed) blessing of commencing Daylight Savings Time this weekend. And thereby saving daylight. Apparently. Or time. Or … something.
Feb 22, 2019 - Should you build a theme to match a custom design, or use a pre-built theme and try to fit your needs into the pre-packaged solution? Brian unpacks what to consider when making this important decision.
Jan 18, 2019 - A walk-through of the detailed process we use with every website we design here at Ashday. From the initial client meeting to the presentation of the final design, each step is thoroughly thought out in order to accomplish a successful end product.
Jan 04, 2019 - A few months back we decided to rebuild Ashday.com using React. A bunch of design elements needed to be made into React components. Here is a simplified version of the markup from the quote slider on our homepage.
Dec 21, 2018 - There seems to be a silent war between designers and developers. Working with developers and designers isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out it be. With the right organization, everyone will get along and you’ll make a killer product together!
Nov 28, 2018 - React feels a bit like we all dreamed development in the future should be. We have found that development is quicker and less complicated by breaking away from more traditional models for front-end. Join us in creating more flexible and deliberate experiences with React!
Nov 21, 2018 - PHP is a programming language that powers a large chunk of the internet and has a couple of big versions reaching the end of their security support later this year. This means that server managers and development teams need to be ready for this upgrade, so the security of these websites are not compromised.
Nov 16, 2018 - The web application, or web app, is often brought up as something that is completely different than the websites we have come to know over time. The real question is, are they actually different things? On the surface, these web apps appear to be almost identical to ordinary websites.
Oct 31, 2018 - The improved page load times that come from properly handling caching rules can help improve SEO and are generally more appealing to those that visit the website. In the right hands, the techniques outlined in this article can get a website into a much more specialized caching system.
Oct 24, 2018 - Paragraphs, the Drupal contributed module, will satisfy the creative control that the editors of your site desire and will make them finally admit that they too hate that weird little wysiwyg field.
Oct 17, 2018 - Drupal includes numerous tools for caching content that can work for your site right out-of-the-box, and it's important to know what they are and what they do. Drupal 8's caching system is a vital aspect of what makes is a good choice for fast and high-performance websites.
Oct 03, 2018 - Creating good paths (the part of the URL after the domain name) for your site content can have numerous benefits, especially for SEO, but doing so can be a bit frustrating. Thanks to Drupal's great selection of contrib modules, it's just a few clicks away from being set up and working on your site.
Sep 19, 2018 - The Webform module in Drupal 8 is such a powerful and fully featured form builder, that it could be reason enough alone for some site owners to switch to Drupal 8. If you run a site that is in need of new or dynamic forms on at least a monthly basis, then Drupal 8 + Webform is a lifesaver and a budget saver.
Sep 05, 2018 - It seems like almost every major retailer in the United States has had issues with a vulnerability being exploited at some point and that doesn’t bode well for websites with smaller budgets. Here are few things to look when self-diagnosing your website for security issues.
Aug 24, 2018 - “Excuse me, Mr./Mrs. Client, I’m so sorry but I accidentally just sent your 3000 users a fake purchase email receipt when I was testing.” All you have to do to experience this pain is trigger an accidental FAKE email send to REAL people. The Reroute Email module allows you to test that email content is working without having to apologize to all of your users.
Aug 15, 2018 - You may have heard of Drupal in passing, but you have not ever been given a straight answer on what it is and why you should care. Learn the basics, best-use cases, and popular examples of websites built on Drupal.
Aug 08, 2018 - Modular design is simply breaking up the elements of a design into separate, reusable, interchangeable building blocks. When applied to web design, these building blocks that make up the website can be reused in different areas or sites saving money as well as development time.
Aug 03, 2018 - Natural Language processing is an expanding and innovative use of technology to analyze large amounts of data or content and derive meaning from it. Learn about a simple solution for sites to easily start benefiting from Google’s natural language services.
Aug 01, 2018 - There was once a time when having an SSL on a website was an optional sort of thing. This technology is no longer just a nice thing to have for users visiting a website; it is critical for the safety of the website as a whole.
Jul 27, 2018 - Drupal 8 has many out-of-the-box tools that are an absolute must for the publishing industry. Publishing websites like newspapers and magazines can take advantage of these tools alongside the great CMS features that Drupal has been known for.
Jul 25, 2018 - Drupal taxonomies can be difficult to manage. Enter Straw - the Super Term Reference Autocomplete Widget. We built Straw when we were working with a multilevel taxonomy and found that Drupal's default widgets just weren't cutting it. Straw is available as a Drupal Contrib module on drupal.org
Jul 20, 2018 - Did you know that setting up a content workflow is included in Drupal 8 core? It can be easily set up by simply turning on the Workflow and Content Moderation modules. The Workflow module gives you the ability to define a workflow and the Content Moderation module sets up a simple workflow for drafts and the ability to create more content moderation workflows.
Jul 18, 2018 - Drupal 8 is a pretty big step forward from Drupal 7. What exactly is an upgrade going to entail? What do you need to consider before you do so? Here are a few things that are important to know before starting on such a project.
Jul 13, 2018 - Drupal is great for third party integrations and the recent suite of modules for Omeda are a perfect example of that. We put together some solutions to maximize the potential of this powerful audience relationship management suite with the integration potential of Drupal 8.
Jun 22, 2018 - Some popular Drupal integrations are made easier by the existence of contributed Drupal modules. But, many times, there isn't a ready-built solution, or the one that's available doesn't quite suit your needs. Here are some things we've learned that are good to consider when writing most any integration.
Jun 15, 2018 - As you may or may not have noticed, we’re having a lot of fun over here at Ashday building Drupal sites with React. Check out our own site, for example. Clint discusses how we approached the Drupal editorial experience, because honestly - we just didn’t find a lot of great resources out there discussing how this might be done well in a decoupled experience.
Jun 13, 2018 - Interviewing a development shop for your digital project can feel like a nerve-racking task. But it doesn’t need to, as long as you’re equipped with the right questions. Here are the top 10 things that we think should be on your “stuff to ask” list. This list should help you avoid the first mistake in a web project, aka hiring the wrong shop.
Jun 08, 2018 - We started to sense in the past year that maybe Decoupled Drupal was becoming suddenly not an odd-ball proposal but possibly a truly beneficial solution with a backbone. A key component for us? React. Heard of it? Probably.
Jun 01, 2018 - A Drupal 8 version of the HelloSign integration is now available and ready for use on cutting-edge websites everywhere. But this new version is much more than a one-to-one upgrade of the original module— we've leveraged some of Drupal 8's great new features to make using HelloSign with your site even easier than it was before.
May 25, 2018 - Search is an important facet of any large website these days and Apache Solr is one of our favorite solutions for it. We've written on this before, but this time we are going into detail with a custom solution for Drupal 8.
May 18, 2018 - Drupal 8 has been available now for more than two years, but if your site is up and running on Drupal 6 or 7, you may be wondering… why should I upgrade to Drupal 8? And why now? Here are five great reasons to do so, and why now is a better time than ever.
May 02, 2018 - Continuous integration is a bit of a buzzword, but it could be a very important part of your workflow. While it won’t prevent you from committing bugs, it will likely help your team squash them sooner and it will get your team thinking about the impact of each change in a much more significant way.
Apr 25, 2018 - By now, you had hoped that prioritization was this “thing” you tolerated early in the project and were happily past it. But in reality, it’s as crucial now as it was in the beginning. So what do we hope to gain by, in a sense, going backwards?
Apr 18, 2018 - It’s quite hard to “talk” through all the requirements of a project and assume everyone in the room both interprets and understands everything being said in the same way. It’s just too hard to simply talk about this stuff, which is why we have mockups and wireframes and things, but it can’t stop there.
Apr 13, 2018 - You really want to upgrade that old site to Drupal 8. You’ve seen the improvements, the new features, and you even figured out how to pull off an upgrade. The only thing between you and sweet Drupal 8 goodness is your boss. Here is what you do.
Apr 06, 2018 - Wordpress allows users to create a website and a decent one at that. Drupal is built for scale and is ready to handle high traffic. But, is it the obvious choice for every website? In the battle of Drupal vs Wordpress, which Content Management System reigns supreme?
Mar 28, 2018 - Accountability is often a word that comes with a lot of baggage, but it doesn’t have to. Making it constructive can change the whole picture and actually make you grateful for the accountability in place because ultimately, it makes everything and everyone better.
Mar 23, 2018 - Why Squarespace will Replace Wordpress, Wordpress will Replace Drupal, and Drupal will Replace Drupal. The roles of many popular CMSs are shifting. While WordPress usage is higher than ever, it seems that a large portion of the DIY and personal site market is shifting to services like Squarespace.
Mar 14, 2018 - No one ever wants to be over budget and over schedule, but it happens all the time in our industry. At Ashday we’ve worked hard to make this a non issue. Let’s talk about ways to improve the build process that might help us avoid this common problem.
Dec 13, 2017 - Almost every website in this day and age has some integration with other websites or web services, and fortunately, Drupal is the perfect tool for creating a well-integrated website. Discover 5 helpful Drupal integrations for your site.
Nov 08, 2017 - Drupal 8 is a bit different in how you can extend it. This time around Drupal has partnered up with other industry experts to make the system even more extendable and with less Drupal involved.
May 24, 2017 - If you've taken the dive into Drupal 8, you'll quickly discover one of it's most prominent features - Configuration Management. Drupal's ability to manage configuration with yml files is absolutely amazing!
Dec 15, 2016 - Testing is a vital part of the web development process, with Drupal as with any other platform, though it can often be a step that's easily missed or not given enough attention. Learn how Ashday can help!
Nov 11, 2016 - I do! It was a time of hope, of purity, of harmony. It was a time where I actually found time to write a blog. The truth is, things are super busy here at Ashday as we continue to grind on Drupal 8 sites and it's making it difficult to pepper the internet with vast quantities of helpful tips that .00004% of users are ready to devour. That will change soon, however, I promise you!
Jun 03, 2016 - Last month was an interesting one for the Ashday office when for one week we packed up our computers and made the journey to New Orleans for DrupalCon 2016. Hear all the details about DrupalCon.
Nov 20, 2015 - The Features module for Drupal can be very useful when used properly. Unfortunately, it seems that many of us were using it way differently than the contributors to the project had expected.
Oct 23, 2015 - Come see Ashday Interactive at BADCamp 2015. Matt will be at Hack the Planet! Summit, Clint will be at Drupal 8 Theming for Drupal 7 Themers Training, and Mike will be at Configuration Management and DevOps Summit.
Oct 01, 2015 - Developing a site that is ready to work in most or all of these scenarios can be tough, but even tougher can be testing to see if the site works on such a wide variety of web browsers and devices.
Apr 11, 2014 - Drupal permissions? Access arguments for hook_menu? Don't worry, you can see the whole list by simply accessing your MySQL database and viewing the contents of the role_permission table.
Dec 16, 2013 - At the last Phoenix Drupal meetup, I was asked about using Compass and SASS to make Sprite(s). I knew it could be done, but Being a Dr. Pepper kind of guy myself, I wasn't entirely sure *HOW* to do it... so I decided to figure it out!
Aug 30, 2013 - Knowing the best approach can often make the difference between getting a job done on time and within budget when working on larger sites, difficult engineering challenges, and team projects.
Jul 24, 2013 - We’re all social creatures, even those of us who work in technology. DrupalCon and DrupalCamp experiences so great, and I’m really pleased to see our local DUG moving more in that direction.
May 01, 2013 - Infusionsoft is one of the fastest growing Arizona tech companies, and as luck would have it, they're new corporate headquarters are 10 minutes away from our office. And Infusionsoft's software is, simply put, amazing.
Mar 09, 2013 - DrupalCamp Phoenix is a two-day conference organized by professional Drupal organizations and the Phoenix Drupal User Group (PHXDUG) to promote and advance the Drupal community in Arizona and the Southwest region. Anyone who is interested in learning about Drupal or expanding his or her skills is encouraged to attend.
Jul 24, 2012 - So anyways, if you're a Drupal developer looking for a better workflow, you might give Netbeans a try! And I haven't even mentioned yet that Netbeans is completely free and you can install plug-ins to make it work with SASS files, GIT repositories, CSS 3, HTML 5, etc, etc, etc...
Apr 18, 2012 - Nielsen has questioned the approach of Mobile First and Responsive Design, instead advocating for a practice of (gulp) building two different sites, one for desktop and one for mobile with forced redirection for mobile users.
Mar 10, 2012 - Work at your own pace through a set of comprehensive, focused training videos covering one or more of three broad areas of Drupal skill sets: Site Building, Module Development and Theming. Learn more.
Nov 12, 2011 - Drupal Camp Phoenix is a two-day conference organized by professional Drupal organizations to promote and advance the Drupal community in Arizona and the Southwest region. Anyone who is interested in learning about Drupal or expanding his or her skills is encouraged to attend.
Nov 05, 2011 - Desert Code Camp is a developer community conference of sorts, where developers come to learn from their peers. Individual Ashday team members have attended in the past, but this year we got more involved.