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Drupal Association blog: Drupal Business Survey 2020: Drupal businesses experience opportunities, challenges and turning points in an extraordinary year
What is the vision of Drupal business leaders all around the world on Drupal in 2020? For the fifth year in a row Drupal agencies One Shoe and Exove, together with the Drupal Association, investigated how Drupal company leaders experience the current Drupal business ecosystem. Of course, the year 2020 is marked by the effects of the coronavirus but there’s much more to say about doing Drupal business. Characteristics of the participants This year, 83 people participated in the Drupal Business Survey. Out of all the participants, nearly 70 % had a CEO/CTO/COO role in their company. Other roles represented in this survey are mainly founders (15.7%), and Directors (7,2%).  A majority of the Drupal centric businesses that participated in the survey are located in Europe (49,5%). The rest is located in: North America (33%) South America (3,7%) Asia (12,8%)  Africa (3,7%) Almost half of the respondents were digital agencies, 20,5% software companies and 18,1% consulting agencies. As we can see from the graph below, most of the respondents are small to midsize companies. The majority of the companies that participated in the survey have been in business for over 8 years. Nearly 40% of all the respondents have been in business for over 14 years.  We could therefore say that the opinions and experiences of people in this survey are based on years of experience with Drupal business...
Mobomo: A Look at Drupal’s New Layout Builder
Recently, Drupal has been on an update rampage. The introduction of the oh-so-beautiful Drupal 9 core has spurred a chain reaction of upgrades across the Drupal platform. Just this week, we’re getting a new default theme (which is hyper-minimalist and easy-on-the-eyes), a 20% reduction in install times, and automated lazy load for images. But let’s talk about the juiciest UI/UX update that came with Drupal 9 — the standardization of Drupal’s Layout Builder. If you’ve built a pre-Drupal-9 website over the past few years, you probably dabbled with Panels/Panelizer, WYSIWYG templates, or even custom coding to set up your UX/UI. And that works. We did it for years. But you can throw that worn-out Panelizer module in the trash. The times, they are a-changing. Drupal’s new Layout Builder module combines the core functionality of Panelizer with an out-of-the-box WYSIWYG engine. First hinted at in 2017, Drupal Layout Builder officially left the onerous Drupal testing pipeline last year as part of Drupal’s 8.7 updates. Despite circulating for a year now, the chaos of 2020 has overshadowed this potent and flexible tool. So, let’s talk about it. Here’s what you need to know about Drupal’s Layout Builder. What is Layout Builder? Layout Builder is a WYSIWYG page editing engine that lets you manipulate back-end features via an easy-to-...
Acro Media: Outgrowing Shopify: What Are The Signs? | Acro Media
You started your ecommerce site with Shopify, and you obviously did it right, because you are continually seeing growth. That’s fantastic! But you are starting to see areas where you are outgrowing Shopify. What are the signs you should be looking for to make sure that your business keeps growing and not be held back by your ecommerce platform? Seven areas to look at if you think you are outgrowing Shopify: Look at your swivel chair processes. Duplicating effort and manual processes take time away from important business tasks for strategic growth. Look at all the 3rd party integrations your site needs. Find an ecommerce platform that easily accepts these kinds of integrations and are securely developed so that you don’t wind up with a liability down the road. Look at your user experience and how you want your brand to be perceived. Does your site look and feel like the brand you want it to represent? Will you be able to make effective changes within the restrictions of Shopify’s templates? Look at your analytics. Limited reporting makes it hard to develop a long-term business strategy. Look at the costs of “renting” Shopify’s platform. The costs of a software-as-a-service (SAAS) platform and additional modules add up and could seriously be eating away at your bottom line every month. Look at your data. Because you do not completely own it,...
wishdesk.com: How and Who To Choose for Hosting Your Drupal Site
Anyone who has decided to start an online business has had problems with choosing who to host a Drupal site. This is a sore spot for every business owner. Often, site owners simply do not understand the essence and why hosting their Drupal site. Choosing a suitable hosting for your website is a serious matter. The future success or decline of your business depends on the chosen hosting company. Our web development company has created this blog to dispel all myths and help site owners choose the best hosting company for their Drupal site. Which type of hosting does your Drupal site need? In order to select a hosting company as accurately as possible, you first need to know what kind of site you have and what you want. Everything is quite individual.
DrupalCon News: Mark your calendars for DrupalCon North America 2021
DrupalCon North America 2021 is officially pivoting to a virtual event for the safety of our community. We will gather together online April 12 - 16, 2021. Join us to build Drupal, make connections, and foster friendships through DrupalCon!
Dries Buytaert: State of Drupal presentation (December 2020)
Last week, Drupalists gathered virtually for DrupalCon Europe 2020. As a matter of tradition, I delivered my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote, download a copy of my slides (146 MB), or read the brief summary below. The theme of my presentation was "How to optimize for impact". Often my DrupalCon talks are product-focused. This time, I wanted to be more reflective on the journey of building Drupal over the last 20 years. Drupal has done a great job of embracing technological innovation. Not many technologies survive two decades of dramatic changes. I called out our current work on Headless Drupal as a recent example of keeping up with the pace of innovation. And now we're working towards launching official JavaScript components for Drupal, starting with Decoupled Menus. You can see our progress in this video snippet: From there, I moved on to reflecting on what I would change if I could do things differently. I covered topics like "being compelling beyond code alone", obsessing about the user experience, and rewarding Open Source Makers to maximize the speed of innovation. Perhaps most importantly, I've been surprised by a few big things since first creating Drupal, starting with the larger impact of Drupal on the Open Web. Today, this is an important part of my big picture "Why". An important part of that vision includes cultivating a...
State of Drupal presentation (December 2020)
Last week, Drupalists gathered virtually for DrupalCon Europe 2020. As a matter of tradition, I delivered my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote, download a copy of my slides (146 MB), or read the brief summary below. The theme of my presentation was "How to optimize for impact". Often my DrupalCon talks are product-focused. This time, I wanted to be more reflective on the journey of building Drupal over the last 20 years. Drupal has done a great job of embracing technological innovation. Not many technologies survive two decades of dramatic changes. I called out our current work on Headless Drupal as a recent example of keeping up with the pace of innovation. And now we're working towards launching official JavaScript components for Drupal, starting with Decoupled Menus. You can see our progress in this video snippet: From there, I moved on to reflecting on what I would change if I could do things differently. I covered topics like "being compelling beyond code alone", obsessing about the user experience, and rewarding Open Source Makers to maximize the speed of innovation. Perhaps most importantly, I've been surprised by a few big things since first creating Drupal, starting with the larger impact of Drupal on the Open Web. Today, this is an important part of my big picture "Why". An important part of that vision includes cultivating a...
Liip: First-timer impressions from DrupalCon Europe 2020
You will find my first impressions about the conference in this article, as well as a bit of a background story, and some tips. Enjoy. Background I have been working as a backend developer on PHP projects for more than 15 years now. I joined Liip in Lausanne a bit more than two years ago, and at first, I was mostly involved in Moodle projects. About one year ago in late 2019, we founded a team (we call it Circle ®) to craft digital solutions based on Drupal in Lausanne. The Drupal knowledge has already been within Liip for many years, as we use and contribute to it in many of our locations, including Fribourg, Bern and Zurich. I was onboarded and coached by others Liipers; I grew my skills and got in touch with the Swiss Drupal community. Everything looked promising! After a couple of months, we nevertheless decided to stop the adventure, and continue with other projects. That being said, I had the opportunity to work with Drupal 8 for a couple of months, and it was far more evolved, than the somewhat difficult memories I got from earlier versions of it. So I decided to keep my ticket for DrupalCon Barcelona, even if it meant to spend a few days at home watching talks instead of being at a great venue full of people in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Let’s be clear, it is the first DrupalCon I have ever attended, I did attend some conferences for other projects (Symfony and...
Nonprofit Drupal posts: December Drupal for Nonprofits Chat -- CANCELLED
Hey folks, we're letting the NTEN Drupal Monthly Call have the month off for the holidays, so no NTEN Drupal call tomorrow, 12/17. We'll be back to our usually scheduled chat to discuss all things Drupal and Nonprofits (and anything else on our minds) on Thursday, January 21, 2021(!) at 1pm ET/10am PT.  Talk to you then!
Drudesk: Top modules to increase your Drupal website's performance
Do you want your site to be the first in the search results, make users feel comfortable using it, and get a high conversion rate? Just make it as fast as possible!  Your website's speed is essential because, if the website is fast, users will visit it more often. Statistics say that if a user waits for 3 seconds and more, they will leave the website and never return. The most comfortable loading time for users is 2 seconds. You may ask:
Amazee Labs: DrupalCon Europe 2020 - Recap
<img src="https://www.amazeelabs.com/sites/default/files/styles/leading_image/public/images/current-affairs/AL-DrupalCon-Europe-Recap-Blog.png?h=994a2424&amp;itok=dFOWmEJB" width="1120" height="630" alt="Amazee Labs DrupalCon Europe 2020 Recap" title="DrupalCon Europe 2020 - Recap" class="image-style-leading-image" /> Last week, we attended DrupalCon Europe 2020, it was a fantastic remote event to highlight the open web with the vibrant Drupal community. This is a short recap of the conference, as well as some of our favourite sessions, workshops, and the community fun events that we participated in. With over 7 simultaneous session tracks to choose from, there were a lot of insightful presentations to attend. Let’s dig into what happened.
Specbee: How these Drupal 8 (and 9) SEO Modules can boost your Website Ranking
How these Drupal 8 (and 9) SEO Modules can boost your Website Ranking Shefali Shetty 16 Dec, 2020 Top 10 best practices for designing a perfect UX for your mobile app We all know Drupal as this robust, flexible, and dependable CMS platform but not many realize its abilities when it comes to SEO. SEO can be one of the most influential factors for the success of an organization or a business. Did you know that 93% of online experiences start with search engines and 51% of all website traffic is attributed to organic searches (source)?! 

When people from around the globe search for your product or services, you want to appear as high as possible on the search engine ranking. Improving your SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking is now more important than any other marketing strategy. Ideally, Drupal SEO is about making your website easy for both your visitors and the search engine crawlers to understand. Thus, your SEO strategy begins long before your Drupal website is built. With an effective long-term perspective, its amazing collection of Drupal SEO modules, its flexibility and customization options and not to forget, the loyal community working towards the betterment of the open-source platform, Drupal tops the CMS chart. Drupal 8 (and 9) offers some...
ARM vs x86
Yesterday Mozilla released Firefox 84 with native support for Apple's new M1 chip. The result? Firefox launches over 2.5 times faster and web applications are twice as responsive. Impressive! These performance improvements are the result of Apple's M1 being an ARM-based processor, rather than the traditional x86-based processors sold by Intel and AMD. One of my first jobs out of college was to write a Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler for both the ARM and x86 architecture. I experienced first-hand how much more elegant the ARM architecture is. Twenty years later, ARM continues to impress me. In a different corner of the technology world, Amazon is working on the 3rd generation of its Graviton chip. Graviton processors are custom built by and for Amazon Web Services, and also use an ARM-based core. The Graviton 3 is likely to offer an extreme performance/price benefit compared to any x86 alternative. The Graviton 2 is already 20% faster than x86 instances, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Graviton 3 is 40-80% faster. For many, that justifies the switching cost. ARM started outclassing the x86 on the desktop and in the server room. End users are starting to notice. None of this bodes well for Intel or AMD. While the x86 still dominates the market, I just don't see how Intel can stop this trend. A few weeks ago, I sold all my Intel stock. Only time will tell if that was...
undpaul: Using Migrate as a replacement for Update Hooks
As a developer I tend to be lazy. I'm always searching for tools or shortcuts to make my live more comfortable. Recently I stumbled across a tweet by drubb giving an example on how to use migrate instead of a custom update script to update existing entities. Having no use for it at this time I saved it in my "maybe useful later"-part of my brain ... and forgot about it. However, last week I had to add an existing field to the form display of all Paragraphs bundles in a project. Additionally a new field should be added and configured. Because I didn't want to configure the fields manually (remember? I'm a lazy developer!) for all Paragraphs bundles (there are about 80 of them in this project) I normally would have written an update hook for this task. But then I remembered the tweet and thought "wouldn't it be also possible to update the configuration using migrate?".
Promet Source: New DIY Drupal Framework Empowers Content Editors
At Promet Source, our favorite types of questions are “why not?” and “what if?”  This mindset energizes new approaches and possibilities. It’s the perspective that’s fueled a lot of our collective brainpower lately, sparking some big questions such as:  “What if we could re-leverage the coding and the components that we create for one website, for purposes of building a foundation for vast new efficiencies?” And:
Kristof De Jaeger: A personal reader for Drupal
I'm happy to announce that the personal reader project I've been writing for Drupal is now available for download! You can install it on your website, and as a PWA on your phone or tablet. No more third party applications, just pure HTML, css and the power of Drupal. The layout is heavily influenced by the Mastodon project, but needs more tweaks to fix the responsive behavior. The project consists of two parts: reader module: API for getting channels, streams etc. The main entry point is at /reader. Configuration is at admin/config/services/reader. reader theme: theme for displaying the content. The theme enables you to install the reader on the home screen of your mobile phone. Modules that implement the api are ActivityPub and IndieWeb. Support for the core Aggregator module is also imlemented. I've recorded a short screencast showing the current interface and also how to install on a mobile phone! You can see channels from the IndieWeb microsub module and the local ActivityPub timeline of people I'm following on the Fediverse. Happy reading!

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