Today I learned that the Drupal Behat Extension provides an extremely useful step definition for debugging. Breakpoints!
It is a big reality that the world of web designing in recent times has become very enormous due to the improvement of every field of life and the web designing jobs in this techno day and highly developed age has become much more complex as compare to the old times for which the creative web developers have to employ lots of designing tools in which the importance of the application of jQuery is very high. The utilization of jQuery is not an uncomplicated job and this is the major reason that the expert developers as well as the people who are newcomer in this field is in a need of helpful jquery plugins all the time for the basic target of perfect completion of their jquey assignments just the way they like.
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berdir unified the DatabaseStorageController and the DatabaseStorageController classes. I have been working on migrate, this reports is at https://groups.drupal.org/node/357993
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Drupal 8 is coming up! Check out https://drupal.org/drupal-8.0 for all the goodness that is coming! While on the surface, a freshly installed Drupal 8 does not look all that different than Drupal 7 (the backend looks and the menus are similar), the underlying system is way more powerful and flexible. We turned flexibility up a notch in countless areas.
How best to get to know this new version? Well, there are blog posts and videos plenty as we get closer to Drupal 8 being more stable. I am writing an article series on multilingual improvements myself. We do know that some people learn great on a focused day of training though, so some of us decided to offer community training (read: really cheap!) before DrupalCamp Vienna on several Drupal 8 topics.
Along many other great trainings, on November 21st 2013, I'm doing an all day hands-on with Drupal 8's multilingual system including site building and some coding as well.
I'm really looking forward this training because I have seven years of experience commercially training people on HTML, Perl, PHP, XML, XSLT, Drupal, etc. and really love the work that is going into assembling materials and setting up a coherent system to teach capabilities and possibilities. I am also looking for this opportunity to find more Drupal 8 bugs (which I will both in preparation and we will as part of the training, I'm sure - Drupal 8 is not yet ready after all). This is a great opportunity to do some deep-dives into what changed in Drupal 8 and learn the new best practices.
I did presentations about Drupal 8 multilingual improvements at various camps and DrupalCons and the feedback was amazing. Someone wrote in Prague: Good session, maybe it would need a little bit more time or limit the content. Presentator felt little overconfident, but that may be just me. He certainly knows what he is talking about.. I cannot help the strong confidence, as I really think Drupal 8 is going to rock your socks off in terms of multilingual improvements. But this is the opportunity to have plenty time to explore all the changes and get to know in a way you would not have a chance for a long while at least.
Sign up for the training at https://2013.drupalcamp.at/trainings/tickets, it is just 50 EUR. See you there!
This year's BADCamp had me doing a couple of presentations, attending a few sessions, and having lots of conversations with many different people. It also had me eating some pretty great food including marinated baby squid.
I spent time in the Large Scale Drupal meeting. There were lots of companies that many Drupal shops would not necessarily think about as being traditional Drupal users. In fact, one of the more interesting deployments was with the Princess Cruise Ship line. They are using Drupal internally on the ships to provide information to passengers. They are running their own servers on the ship to avoid using external Internet because of the unique issues that come with moving around the world in places that don't always have access to communications that would provide Internet.
I also attended the Higher Education Summit. Aten Design Group was a sponsor. I gave a lightning talk with 3 2 minute case studies covering three sites that Aten has created. I talked about Poynter's News University, Stanford + Connects, and Aspirations. They are all complex sites whose goals are to extend the educational experience of learners ranging from those planning for college to those who are looking to learn beyond graduation. It was great knowing that Aten had helped the camp have the money they needed to conduct the summit.
What it is and Why it’s especially important prior to migrating to a new CMS
I always say that website is more like a garden than a house… (Well maybe not always but at least twice now). Today’s article is about why pruning and tying back straggly overgrown content can be super helpful for site usability and planning for a content migration into a new content management system.
So you’ve had a website for a number of years now. Perhaps this current version isn’t the first or even the second iteration. Maybe you’ve even had a few redesigns already, but haven’t done any content cleanup for…. um, ever?
First of all, what do I mean by “content”??
Think of your favorite online source of news, gossip or entertainment, now think about exactly what you keep going back there for… is it their logo, tiled background image, menu bar or search box? Or is it for their insightful op eds, astonishing infographics, helpful tips, and/or funny cat pictures? Basically, content is the copy/images/media that is posted to the site, *not* the design aesthetic, topic structure, workflow or any of the functionality.
You don’t need to understand the source of problem in order to agree on taking steps to address it
The important part is that someone has decided that the content needs improvement. Many people have been experiencing the symptoms already: painful navigation, irritable content editors, and overworked support staff that keep having to answer the same questions that should be answered on the site in plain view.
Often website content has its roots in an organization’s printed text material - which is not exactly ideal for what we know about how users typically read web pages. Summary: they don't read.
Sometimes multiple stakeholder groups vying for front-page real estate are all too aware that this is resulting in a cluttered, unfocused site, but they just all … keep… adding… more… stuff. Or maybe it’s the opposite, no one has added anything new in years. Tomato - tomahto.
No one has the chops to take it on. Except for you - you are dedicated to making the site better for your visitors and help your organization succeed online. Kudos to you!
Maybe you’ve already sold your team on the merits of cleaning up your site’s content, but you’re experiencing some pushback from other, (less cool) stakeholders about exactly what content to clean up… "Ok, but not that page or that section, or those…"
Let’s look at the two most common objections and how to deal with them...
Objection #1 - But having lots of content is good for SEO!
Often a website site grows organically, being added to, but hardly ever 'pruned' back or organized into an intuitive, goal-based topic-structure.
In the past, volume was desirable, but if you look at any successful website now, you're likely to notice that they usually have one thing in common: well organized, high-quality content - that's both engaging and informative. Content produced on a regular basis. Where the old stuff is not in the same position (both spatially and hierarchically) as the new stuff, older content is either retired off-site, or allowed to sink back into a soft, comfy archive if it’s still got a good amount of Google juice, or possibley gets migrated into a special “resource area” along with proper meta data so it can be searched, filtered, sorted and re-found if necessary. Chances are that there are a few key pieces of information of great value hiding in a forest of a lot of extraneous descriptions.
Sometimes a page itself is of great significance, but about %80 of the copy is not. It’s time to simplify, it’s time for a re-write. Usability studies tell us that people only read about %20-50 of the text on webpage - even if they scroll to the very bottom. A skilled web copy writer will know how to write in an upside down pyramid style and use scannable headings and bullets to use that page to its fullest potential. This issue is particularly relevant to pages with a lot of instructions or in paragraph links. (Hint: links should never say “click here”)
Progressive Disclosure is another technique you can use to presenting only the minimum information required to move on to the next step of the user’s task. There is a myth that user’s dont’ like to click. In fact, UX research shows that users don’t mind clicking if they are not clicking around aimlessly looking for what they need, but are making progress and learning as they go.
“You might assume that by initially focusing users' attention on a few core features, they might build a limiting mental model of the system and thus be unable to understand all of their options. Research says that these are groundless worries: people understand a system better when you help them prioritize features and spend more time on the most important ones.” ~ The Nielsen Group
Consider countering this objection with one of these ideas:
- Let’s keep older content, but clean up and simplify the copy on anything that needs to remain “evergreen”.
- Maintain older content, but move it to a deeper area of the site (being sure to observe URL redirection best practices in order to maintain SEO value).
- Preserve older content, but optimize your navigation, home and main landing pages for main site tasks and conversion goals.
Objection #2 - Yes ok, but not this [section/department/banner/lolcat] content...
A great way to find out which sections of the site are important and which content needs to be prioritized is with some research and testing. This activity can be as simple as reviewing your analytics, interviewing customers, or arranging for third party user testing.
Your website should drive users to logically and easily perform all the desired actions you'd like them to perform (whether that be filling in a form, registering, purchasing, downloading, etc.). For optimal usability, your website should always:
- Present your information to the user in a clear, logical and concise way.
- Put the most important thing in the right place on a web page or a web application.
- Present the correct choices to users at the right time, in a very obvious way (with little or no room for error).
- As much as possible, remove any uncertainty regarding the outcome of an action (e.g. clicking on subscribe/order/purchase buttons).
Through usability testing, you may see site visitors struggle through some tasks that are central to your site's success, and be able to identify usability issues and barriers to conversion. It can help you understand which content helps propel users towards their goals and which gets in the way or leads them off course. An example of this type of problem might be burying your organization’s location and contact information in the middle of a “company overview” page, or a purchase button at the end of a long sales pitch.
A site redesign is the perfect time to user test your site's mission-critical tasks. Chances are that over time, the additions of content, media and graphics to your site pages might have inadvertently muddied the waters of optimal usability. Instead of operating on assumptions about your site visitors, you only need to ask a handful of them to try out the site. You’ll find out a lot about your audience as well.
Consider countering this objection with one of these ideas:
- Let’s find out which content is most helpful for our site visitors and which takes attention away from their tasks or confuses them, then we’ll know which content to remove and which to enhance.
- We won't remove any site sections, but were going to re-organize them more intuitively to streamline workflow as well as remove any outdated copy, redundant (or contradictory) materials, circular navigation pathways and broken links.
- How about moving away from a site with no real focus and towards one that shines a light on the content that makes us most successful as an organization - in line with our [mission and vision, unique positioning statement, business plan, etc.]
Here are 10 content cleanup activities you can do - a little or a lot of - that can make a big difference in your website’s usability and “freshen up” your site’s content:
1. Do a content audit - not a complete inventory - but a snapshot of what the site has to offer to remind yourself of all the content that is available.
2. Review the site for ROT content: redundant, outdated or trivial copy.
4. Review site analytic reports for any obvious 'page not found' URLs that might be externally linked to.
5. Review or establish naming conventions. If you’ve changed the way you’ve referred to things over time, or if different authors call the same by various names, you’ll want to come to an agreement on a single label - the one that makes the most sense to your users, and update site copy with the most effective wording (more on this in an upcoming post).
6. Conduct quick, high-level interviews with a cross-section of typical site users (anonymous, authenticated, administrative) for their main pain points with using the site.
7. Do a keyword and analytics review to identify top content.
8. Do a taxonomy review to see if tags may have gotten out of hand (especially if you are crowd sourcing these)
9. Define a 'voice and tone' for the site's copy.
10. Define or review the editorial calendar and publishing workflow to create better consistency around how people manage and maintain content on a daily basis defining or reviewing policies, standards, and guidelines that apply to content creation. (more on this in an upcoming post).
Just as sorting through your closet and giving away your old clothing before moving day means fewer boxes to lift - not to mention the pure bliss of a well organized closet - cleaning up content typically leaves much less stuff to move when you're finally ready to migrate to a new CMS. Whether it be a manual or an automated move (or a mixture of the two), the messier and more inconsistent the material, the more time consuming this can be. A preemptive content cleanup can put money back into your pocket by saving time on migration and helping site visitors reach those converstion goals.
~ Vanessa Turke is Director of User Experience and a Senior Project Manager at Drupal Connect
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After a fall hiatus, Insert Content Here is back for a second year of content strategy and digital publishing goodness!
In episode 19, Jeff Eaton and Harvard's Mike Petroff talk about the recent redesign of the Harvard Gazette on Wordpress, the challenges of serving a large university's communications needs, and trends in social publishing and visitor interaction.
Balancing multi-channel communications with the needs of a 400-year-old university
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What do these three things have in common? Not much it would seem, however currently they are three things that are in the forefront of my mind.
The last two months has had the Saunders looking for, making an offer on, and buying a house about 25 miles away from where we had lived for about 13 years. At that time wireless networking wasn't as prevalent (or cheap) as it is these days. Back in my graduate school days, I had helped network the dormitories with fibre, coaxial, and CAT5. We threw away long runs of cable that weren't any good for large school buildings, but I thought would be useful when I had a home of my own. I collected roughly a spool worth. I used that to wire our house. Part of what happened this last month was dismantling that network and setting up a wireless network in the new house.
Anybody need half a dozen lightly used switches?
Moving, in the best of times, dominates your life. But we are now getting the old house cleaned up, walls repaired, and painted. We're getting it ready for market. This isn't without a certain amount of sadness as I bought this house on the onset of my professional career as a technologist and ultimately a Drupaler. Joining the Drupal community brought me to...
Last year I wrote my Top 10 Reasons BADCamp should be GLADCamp. I'll be going again this year representing Aten Design Group from Denver. This year I'll be presenting Herding the Cats, Keep the Focus, a session on effective communication with internal and external stakeholders. Last year at this time, I was running for the...
A little over a month ago, a few Drupal developers announced something new: A fork of Drupal called Backdrop. There's been quite a bit of talk about it, of course. While I don't plan to be using it myself, Backdrop has raised a number of valid points and criticisms of Drupal that are worth discussing.
If you are using New Relic for performance monitoring a Drupal project, you may have noticed a large discrepency between the browser throughput and app server throughput. In the example that follows, the difference is 100:1. The cause is a limitation in the auto-instrument feature:
Let's look at an example. We want to display the weather of a given city in our website. This involves:
People wonder what we do at Acquia's Office of the CTO (OCTO). In order to provide some more transparency, I wanted to share how we plan to give back between today and the end of the year.
Drupal 8 beta 1
Now that we're forgoing an upgrade path for a migration path, we need to redefine the release criteria for 'beta 1'. We also need to track the issues that block beta in order to help escalate the most critical of the critical issues. We will work with the Drupal 8 core maintainers to define and communicate these criteria, and help with timely patch reviews and issue management for beta-blocking issues.
Migrate module in core
As a co-author of the Migrate module, Moshe will be assisting the core development team on the goal to get Migrate module functionality into core and support a Drupal 6 to Drupal 8, as well as the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration path.
Improve the Drupal 8 developer experience
We want developers to be productive and enjoy writing Drupal 8 modules, so we will be fleshing out the D8DX battleplan based on discussions at DrupalCon Prague, and working with others in the Drupal community to ensure that we fix the most important developer experience problems in preparation of Drupal 8's release.
Develop learning resources
We will be working on a central resource on Drupal.org for developers to find the information they need in order to port their modules to Drupal 8, including documentation, tools, and other resources.
Evaluate semantic versioning
There was a lot of talk at DrupalCon Prague about lessons learned in Drupal 7 and 8 and how to do better in the future. One such area of improvement is a release strategy that allows for iterative innovation in Drupal core every few months. We plan to work with other community leaders and the Drupal security team in order to come up with a strategy around this. A component of this strategy may be to adopt semantic versioning.
Improve Drupal 8 performance
We will also dedicate the OCTO team's time to help the Drupal core community identify and fix some major performance issues in Drupal core.
Authoring experience improvements
Major development efforts on the UX features the Spark team helped get into Drupal 8 core—WYSIWYG, in-place editing, mobile-friendly toolbar —are winding down. We still have work to do on fixing up some loose ends, and are committed to see this through. We will also backport the major Spark modules to Drupal 7.
Communicate Drupal 8 progress
We aim to continue the weekly D8 progress reports that you can find at This Week In Core, and are actively seeking other core developers to help get these important posts out.
A drop in an ocean
We're a handful of contributors in the OCTO and can only do so much. We will continue doing these things within a community of hundreds of other contributors and supporting their work in other ways. We're looking forward to much Drupal 8 progress in the next 3 months!
Dreamweaver can be used to put links on your website pointing to other web pages, pictures, PDF files, and so on. Find out how you can do this, in this newest chapter of the Dreamweaver CS6 tutorial.