We launch a lot of new sites here at Annertech, but every now and then some launches are more special than others. That's the feeling we have with the new website for the Asthma Societ of Ireland. Why? Well, because today is #WorldAsthmaDay, so it feels great to launch something so great on such an important day.
Over the past number of years, Drupal Camp Dublin was becoming more of a showcase/case study event where different speakers display work they had been doing on various websites. This year, we (the Drupal Ireland Association, of which I was chairperson) decided to "go back to our roots" and do two things: create a developer conference for developers, and engage more people from outside of Ireland.
Last week the Annertech team headed to Vienna for a week of Drupal learning and sharing. With thirteen different tracks and various summits, there was a lot of great sessions to choose from. We were also privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to present five sessions ourselves, and of course, we once again played host to the Drupal Trivia Night.
I'll be presenting at DrupalCon Vienna next week as part of my evangelising against static design tools like Photoshop, InVision, and Sketch. The talk will cover items such as "What's the problem we are trying to solve?", "Why do static tools not solve the problem?", and "Why is working with component design and design in the browser the most sustainable solution?".
I got a request today from a former colleague:
Say you are building a website which has a 'Related Content' feature. Then say your client says something like "This is great, but all the related content looks like the teaser on the listing page. Can't we choose ourselves how we want it to look?" What's your response? You say yes, and you go install Display Suite or Panels or some other heavy duty module? Or, say yes and follow these neat little instructions. No one says no to clients, do they?
Here's what you need to do:
While building a site recently, we had a requirement for teaser images to be in a landscape or portrait orientation. We could have created two image fields and told the client to just fill in one - but that would mean editors would be responsible for cropping the image which would add extra effort to their work. Instead what we did was used one image field and one select list to choose if they image should be 'landscape' or 'portrait' in teasers.
Adding a map to a website in Drupal 7 is fairly easy - the only difficulty being which of the many mapping modules to use. In Drupal 8 many of the modules are not available yet, or only have dev or beta versions available. One of the ones that seems fairly stable and has a good set of features without being overly complex is the Geolocation Field module. We've used it on a site recently with great success, and in this blog post we will cover the fundamentals of how to use this module.
So you've got a project. It's going to be amazing. You've dreamed up loads of functionality and are just itching to let it loose on the world. It's going to look fantastic, and everyone on the design team is ecstatic about the proposed look and feel.
I bet this opening sounds familiar to you.
Clients sign off on designs. You build a website for them based on these designs. It looks quite like the designs, but not exactly like them. It's not your fault. It's not the client's fault. But wouldn't it be nice if you could build what the client signed off?
Why are the websites we build not exactly like what the client signs off and why is it nobody’s fault? Here’s three (good) reasons: