Category: Web Development

It's a Wrap: Drupal Wins Gold in Rio

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Every 2 years, the world gathers & watches the best of the best of the best compete. Millions of viewers watched on TV, and many more watched the coverage online. And Drupal was right there to make sure everything was served properly, and all went smoothly.

Over the course of the Olympic games, the Drupal-powered site served over one billion minutes of sports coverage. That is a staggering amount of data served: that's over 1,900 years of sports coverage.

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15 Ways to avoid sending your website redesign to hell

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When you first launched your website, it seemed to meet your needs and be an asset to the business.

Over time, however, things change, and a website that once supported your organizational objectives will often morph into something that actually works against you achieving your business goals. Today, your company doesn’t just need a website...it needs a well-designed, easily navigable, engaging website that meets the needs of your customers and your business alike.

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6 Tips for a faster and smoother website launch

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  1. Get your accounts in order. A lot of services are changed right at launch. Sometimes these services haven't been touched in years, so it is easy to lose track of your login information. When we launch some of the accounts we are changing or applying to the new site can include: Google Analytics, Domain Name Server, SSL Certificate, etc... To avoid scrambling at the last minute for this information, this is something we can be proactive about to prep for launch.

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Demystifying Team Site Building

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"Man, I wish we could track changes on Drupal configurations!" This was the thought that came to mind on a recent upgrade from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 where we learned some important lessons about all the different configuration changes our clients make to their site on a regular basis. We had a process in place to capture all the new and changed content on the site, but totally missed content that had been deleted or menu changes that happened, so we needed to adjust our process. 

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Organizing your Sass/Compass Project

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If you’re just getting started with the CSS framework known as Sass, you might find that one of the more difficult parts is figuring out where everything goes. Using Sass means there will be a lot more files to manage and it is important to make sure you stay organized from the beginning.

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Rapid prototyping: What it is and why it matters!

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Traditionally, wireframing has been the go-to activity for specking out web designs, architecting the layout of the site and envisioning user experience. But the fact of the matter is, no matter how detailed the annotations, no matter how intuitive we think we've designed it to be, nothing substitutes for the real thing--a live, working site. In a world with infinite dollars and hours, we could build multiple iterations of sites until our hearts' content. Sadly, projects have budgets and timelines and reality to contend with, and multiple builds just aren't in the cards.

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Finding Balance: A broader view with Senior Web Developer, Jeannette Modic

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Throughout 2015, we want to give you all the opportunity to get to know the Balance Interactive team and our clients a little better. To that end, we are introducing a monthly feature called “Finding Balance: A broader view with…” and will have either a Balance employee or a client featured "snapshot" of who they are and what inspires them. 

Our first interviewee for this series will start with Jeannette Modic, who has been a senior web developer at Balance Interactive for the past 4 years and is a self proclaimed pop culture addict. Follow Jeannette on Twitter: @moondancerjen.

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5 Things to Consider for a Successful Website Redesign Part 1: Securing Internal Buy-In

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A website redesign project is a big deal. It’s an investment of time and an investment of money. For most organizations a website redesign is also a high profile project. Your CEO is watching, your Board of Directors is watching, and your users are anxious. If you are in charge, you know you need this project to go as smoothly as possible. The first step to a successful website redesign project is getting internal buy-in. 

Before you can sell the concept of a website redesign internally, you need to understand a few things yourself:

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Toolbox –Using Content to Build Your Dream Home

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This blog post is a follow up to my presentation on August 14th, 2013 at the Drupal4Gov Days titled "The Ultimate Toolbox - Using Content to Build Your Dream Home". You can check out the slides from this presentation here on slideshare.

 

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3 Steps to Follow When Planning an Upgrade from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7

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Thinking about making the move to Drupal 7?

Planning an upgrade from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 begins with these three steps:

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