The fourth release candidate of Drupal 8 is here, and in just a few days the full official release will be available. Ashday's been keeping a close eye on Drupal 8 for a couple years now, and now it's finally ready. As a bit of a "test drive" of all of Drupal 8's new features, we've rebuilt our very own site using it, giving the site a much-needed facelift in the process. We're already planning our next Drupal 8 project, but with Drupal 7 still being supported for several years to come, why the hurry to make the switch?
Several of the Ashday crew are once again headed off to BADCamp. We missed last year since we wanted to give SANDCamp a whirl, but we're back and we're excited for what awaits! If you haven't gone before, imagine something about half the size of DrupalCon but super cheap and just as useful!
The internet as we know it has transformed much over the last decade and a half. We consume content from devices of all shapes and sizes. 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.
Websites get attacked. This is an unfortunate side-effect to being part of the public web. It is pretty safe to assume that somewhere at this very moment, a website you have heard of is being actively attacked. Scary right? It doesn’t have to be.
Even the most simple websites will often consist of multiple pages or multiple different types of content. For example, a site for a small business may contain a homepage, a "Contact Us" page so that potential customers can contact the business, a few additional simple pages such as "About the Business" and "Our Products", and a News page, which shows all of the business's announcements, but can also be searched by a visitor looking for a particular thing.
I’ve been asked a few times why I use Drupal instead of Wordpress or another CMS. This is a pretty common question across the internet these days too. A lot of the reason to use any system like these has a lot to do with what you are working on and what your ability level is. It could even come down to which one you think has the cooler logo (Drupal, of course) or the better community (I’m biased, but it has to be Drupal).
Another year, another DrupalCon, another pile of things I really really want to learn and do. Good signs of a good conference right? It's always such a treat, filled with meeting so many people working in the field, vendors providing ever-growing services, sessions on the cutting edge of web development, and free beer and ping pong. Ashday also sponsored a BOF room for the second year in a row, which was fun.
This year, there were a lot of takeaways, but here are some of the highlights.