Features play a significant role in any major Drupal 6 or 7 project. The organization of features is often overlooked, but becomes important as a project grows. Agreeing on an effective organization strategy avoids headaches and reduces merge conflicts. After experiencing just about every strategy on projects of all sizes, we’d love to share what works best for us.
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Welcome to the CHROMATIC blog. We discuss topics related to Drupal web development, responsive web design, web strategy, small business, and last but not least, our company and projects.
We’ve recently attracted new clients that came with Drupal sites already in tow. New clients is always a good thing, especially when they come with a fondness for Drupal, but it isn’t all peaches and cream. We’ve found the transition hasn’t always been as smooth as we’d expect.
In college I once had an art history class immediately after a class devoted entirely to databases. At the beginning of the semester I thought they couldn’t have less in common, but soon enough I’d realized the combination taught me an important lesson in the web design process: Content precedes design.
In the web design/development/consulting world (and many others), we consistently talk about vendors and the client/vendor relationship. Accounting software uses the terms customers and vendors as well. Is this really how we want to be known? Is this really how we work? And as a client, do you really just want a vendor?
Every Drupal site contains the spinning circle of progress – the “throbber”. Seeing the default throbber on an otherwise beautiful site takes away from the magic a bit, doesn’t it? Go the extra step and create a custom throbber to keep your visitors immersed in the world you’ve created for them. It’s too easy not to!
Sublime Text is the best text editor on the market right now. If you do work on the web, you should consider using this text editor. The interface is clean, intuitive and out of the way. The back end is fast as all get out. Searching thousands of files is snappier than you’d imagine. Text rendering on retina is gorgeous. But most of all, Sublime is highly pluggable and configurable.
There comes a time where you sit back and look at your Drupal site and realize that you've created a monster. You try to refactor your code, but there is only so much you can do, as there is genuine level of complexity behind how all of your different node types render out their fields.
I’ve been using TextExpander for a while and I absolutely love it. If you aren’t familiar, TextExpander allows you to create shortcuts to frequently used pieces of text. Its a tool that everyone can use, but programmers like me find it especially useful.
Just recently, we launched a responsive Drupal website for non-profit organization Operation Amazon. In conjunction with that launch, we’ve created a new section on our website called CHROMATIC Cares which will be used by us to convey many of the ways that we, both individually and collectively, are giving back.
A discussion on responsive Sass strategy and how to solve the common problem of numerous grids needing varying numbers of columns across many breakpoints. Can we accomplish this with one mixin?
- "Blacks, Hispanics, low-income Americans, high school educated are more likely to be mobile-only users." - Pew Internet
- "55% of mobile phone owners say they use their phone to access the internet." - Pew Internet
- "46% of shoppers reported they exclusively use their mobile device to conduct pre-purchase research for local products and services." - Mobile Path-to-Purchase Study
- "Only 16% of consumer brands have a mobile strategy, so it’s no surprise that only 14% are happy with the results." - Digiday
- "Google recommends following the industry best practice of using responsive web design to decide the rendering on each device." - Google
- "77% of mobile searches take place at home or work, only 17% on-the-go, according to Google." - Google
- "31% of current mobile internet users mostly go online using their phone. That’s 17% of all mobile phone owners." - Pew Internet
- "When people use different devices to complete a single task, they want the same content and navigation." - A List Apart