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Editorial Workflows: Who's responsible for my web content?

What’s the best editorial workflow for generating quality content for my site? We'll help you pick the right model that works for you, taking into account corporate culture, size of the organisation, available resources, internal politics, and so many other factors.

If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re on the right track! It means you take content governance seriously and an integral part of your content strategy. But setting up a content management procedure that works for you, is not that obvious.

Drupal and PHP Traits - Developer love

As difficult as it is to find any OOP code in Drupal 7 contrib, it does exist in certain modules. See how to use PHP traits when the module's base classes are not entirely up to the task.

Admittedly, PHP Traits have been out there for a long time. You'll surely have heard about them, but chances that you've used them are not that high.

Git Hooks, Round 2: Post-checkout

How to use git hooks to have a different set of Drupal settings for each branch of your repository.

In my last blog entry about git hooks, I talked about the post-merge hook, as a way to automate certain tasks every time a "git pull" command is issued on the command line.

Testing Frameworks - an Exploration

A quick guide to setting up a headless unit testing framework incorporating Behat, Mink and Selenium.

Many months ago, a discussion between my colleague Chris Maiden and I sparked off an idea that we developed into an automated testing framework, which is capable of taking any assertions from user stories, and running them either as unit tests against code, or as functional tests against a staged

What are web conversions?

When reading about making sites successful, one of the concepts that is always mentioned is conversion rate. But what does that stand for? What are conversions, and do they only apply to commercial websites?

Starting with the basics, what’s a conversion? 

Content Audits: Where to start?

Anyone who ever conducted a content audit knows they're time consuming and boring. And while there is no magical quick solution, in this article we will try to help identify how to conduct these in a methodical way.

The problem with content audits is twofold: volume & criteria

Is my site performing well?

In this post we explain basic Google Analytics metrics of website success. These will allow you to measure if your site is performing well in the light of the objectives of the site.

In this post, we will try to answer the simple question: how can I see if my site is doing well? We’re looking at this question from a usage perspective.

The Principles of Content Strategy

If your job description mentions digital content, you’re likely to have been hearing about Content Strategy for a couple of years now. If digital content is on your everyday task list, knowing the principles of content strategy will help you become more effective at your job.

If your job description mentions digital content, you’re likely to have been hearing about Content Strategy for a couple of years now.

10 things to remember before launching that great new site

Finally! You’re about to get there! Almost! Nearly! Just the last bits! But wait, did anyone think of…? This is a list of 10 things you shouldn’t forget about when launching a new site.

Finally! You’re about to get there! Almost! Nearly! Just the last bits! But wait, did anybody think of…? This is a list of 10 things you shouldn’t forget about when launching a new site. 

Meet the YubiKey

We are rolling out an extra layer of security across all our production servers in the form of YubiKeys. This blog post explains what they are, how they work and why we're doing this, as well as presenting a short video presentation.

Two-factor authentication has become something of an IT buzz-phrase in recent years.

My first year as a Sysadmin

This blog briefly describes my first year of being a system administrator; how I was trained, what I've learnt and what I'd like to learn in the next year to name a few topics.

Introduction

Code Enigma offers WordPress tools

After many years honing our LAMP stack with Drupal, Code Enigma now offers the same stack and deployment tools optimised for WordPress.

For quite a few years now we've been offering professional hosting and tools for Drupal.

Google Analytics Custom Events

Many Drupal sites use Google Analytics to capture statistics on page views, but often, that's as far as it goes. That's fine if the only events that you're interested in are page loads, but what about all the other user interactions that happen on pages? With a bit of extra work, we can capture statistics on those too using the custom events feature built into the Analytics API.

Many site owners use Google Analytics to capture user statistics. Usually people look at page views, number of pages visited, bounce and exit rates. Google also tells you the time users spent on a page, but what about all the other user interactions that happen on single pages?

Meaningful commit messages

At Code Enigma, most of our Jenkins builds post a git log into one of our IRC channels on completion. This helps the ops team to keep an eye on what's going on and to quickly spot any build failures. It also gives us a chance to see the commit messages that people are posting.

Our own developers are pretty well behaved when it comes to making meaningful commit messages (they know they’ll be teased mercilessly if they do anything daft!), but for some hosting-only clients, we have seen some classic examples of meaningless commit messages.

Rethinking the company website

We'd been thinking for ages that we needed to completely change our company website. The whole team felt we had a site that failed to represent either what we do or who we are. After some false starts when we tried to do this in-house we decided to get help from an external design agency and turned to Andy Clarke at Stuff And Nonsense. In addition to a radical design overhaul, we also wanted to rethink how to author content within a content management system so that we would actually want to create new articles rather than thinking of it as a chore. In this article we explain the process from various perspectives: design, content-strategy, back-end and front-end development.

When we decided to update our company website, we wanted a site that shows our customers what we can do. With the help of Andy Clarke and the team at Stuff and Nonsense, we truly believe we've managed it.

Git Hooks for happy Drupal developers - (post-merge)

A practical use of the post-merge git hook for distributed teams.

Granted, you don't need to be trendiest person in software to know about tools like Grunt, or Gulp (but in case you don't, they're really useful task automation tools to aid with common development tasks).

Twitter Pane

Almost certainly, a time will come when a client asks for a list of Tweets to be displayed on their Drupal site.

There are a plethora of modules out there that can help provide this functionality. For example:

Poodle and you

Code Enigma's take on the Poodle vulnerability in SSL.

So the anticipated Poodle vulnerability broke today. But what's it all about?

Drupal Europe, wake up!

So, I’m not going to pretend this blog post was not written with the idea of provoking a bit of a discussion. It was. As a Content Strategy specialist working for a full service Drupal agency, I was more than disappointed to see the disconnect between the European Drupal Community and Content Strategy at DrupalCon 2014.

I’m just back from my first DrupalCon in Amsterdam. Two years working in the Drupal world, and after a couple of DrupalCamps, I finally made it to the big event. On the whole, a great experience. But to be honest, there was one thing that … (looking for the right words) … irritated me deeply.

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