https://www.vardot.com/en/blog/rss.xml en Vardot Named Best Drupal and PHP Developers https://www.vardot.com/blog/vardot-named-best-drupal-and-php-developers <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">June 7, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-06/2.jpg?itok=9g0F0bZV 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-06/2.jpg?itok=E3VXGV0G 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-06/2.jpg?itok=9g0F0bZV" alt="The best Drupal and PHP developers in Middle East" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>From exciting projects delivered to a <a href="https://certification.acquia.com/registry?fname=&amp;lname=&amp;city=&amp;state=&amp;country=&amp;org=vardot&amp;exam=All">growing team of Acquia Certified Developers</a>; 2018 was a busy year for us that was capped off with <a href="/blog/clutch-vardot-leading-jordanian-b2b-solutions-provider">recognition </a>of our hard work and passion.</p> <p>Now, Vardot is proud to announce that we have been named a <a href="https://clutch.co/press-releases/announces-2019-leading-developers-across-variety-technology-focus-areas">top Drupal and PHP developer</a> by Clutch yet again for the year 2019.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Projects Completed by Vardot in 2018" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3d104943-34cd-402e-bf79-ffc7b1ddd6b2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Slide1_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><sub>Projects undertaken in 2018.</sub></p> <p> </p> <p>Clutch is a B2B ratings and reviews site that ranks companies on a number of criteria, including market presence, service focus, and reviews from past clients. We are also featured on their list of the best <a href="https://clutch.co/developers/drupal">Drupal developers</a> in the world.</p> <p>We provide cutting-edge enterprise web solutions, with an optimized digital experience and a powerful cross-platform content management system. Our solutions are open-source, built using our own Drupal distributions, which means a lower total cost of ownership and faster time to market for you. Vardot covers the whole project lifecycle, from consultation, design, development, implementation, to enablement, with robust project management and post-launch maintenance, support and growth to guarantee success.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Drupal Clutch Reviews" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b59f4970-885c-4a16-b376-aee9297442b5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/smartmockups_jwm71ids-min.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Clutch takes its reviews seriously, conducting phone interviews with a company’s past clients and getting honest feedback on the quality of their work. These reviews can all be found on our <a href="https://clutch.co/profile/vardot">Clutch page</a>, but we wanted to include some of the nice things our clients have said about us here:</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p><em>“The comments we got from users were positive, and people were happy with the website. We saw improvements in numbers because traffic was up for the new website.” </em><strong>– Web Editor, Humanitarian Nonprofit</strong></p> </blockquote> <p> and...</p> <blockquote> <p><em>“In the two months since the launch, we've seen between a 50 percent to 60 percent increase in the total number of visitors to the site.”</em><strong> – Communications Officer, Multilingual Nonprofit</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>and...</p> <blockquote> <p><em>“They try harder than other companies. They've been so good about listening to us and actually doing the things we ask.”</em> <strong>– Founders, The Life Writer, Ltd.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>In addition to being recognized by Clutch, we are proud to announce that we were featured on Visual Objects, a site showcasing businesses with outstanding creative design services, such as branding agencies or <a href="https://visualobjects.com/web-development/top-web-developers">web development companies</a>.</p> <p>Vardot was also ranked as one of the best <a href="https://themanifest.com/web-development/drupal/companies#vardot">Drupal development companies</a> by Clutch’s sister site, The Manifest. We were featured for a project we did with a company producing as SaaS product, creating their website and creating content for it.</p> <p>We are honoured to have been recognized as the best Drupal and PHP developer by Clutch.</p> <p>We do everything we can to help our clients succeed, and knowing that they appreciate our work so much is incredible. We will continue to improve and innovate, always keeping our clients ahead of the curve.</p> <p> </p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 33%;"> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-center"><div><a href="/our-work/al-bawaba-news"><div class="media media-image view-mode-small"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture><source media="all and (max-width: 767px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-06/multiple_devices_0.jpg?itok=0-j2-8yI 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><source media="all and (min-width: 768px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/multiple_devices_0.jpg?itok=DxwgQ_9R 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><img alt="Al Bawaba News Website" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/multiple_devices_0.jpg?itok=DxwgQ_9R" typeof="foaf:Image" /></picture></div> </div> </a></div> <figcaption>Al Bawaba News</figcaption></figure></td> <td style="width: 33%;"> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-center"><div><a href="/our-work/amman-stock-exchange-d8"><div class="media media-image view-mode-small"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture><source media="all and (max-width: 767px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-06/multi_device-min.jpg?itok=Ik6fRUbu 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><source media="all and (min-width: 768px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/multi_device-min.jpg?itok=qi9BIBV7 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><img alt="Amman Stock Exchange" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/multi_device-min.jpg?itok=qi9BIBV7" title="ASE Case Study" typeof="foaf:Image" /></picture></div> </div> </a></div> <figcaption>Amman Stock Exchange</figcaption></figure></td> <td style="width: 33%;"> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity align-center"><div><a href="/our-work/proequest"><div class="media media-image view-mode-small"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture><source media="all and (max-width: 767px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-06/smartmockups_jwq66nup-min.jpg?itok=kBQu_BbW 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><source media="all and (min-width: 768px)" srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/smartmockups_jwq66nup-min.jpg?itok=kAJXZuHk 1x" type="image/jpeg"></source><img alt="ProEquest Case Study" class="img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/styles/d3/public/2019-06/smartmockups_jwq66nup-min.jpg?itok=kAJXZuHk" typeof="foaf:Image" /></picture></div> </div> </a></div> <figcaption>ProEquest</figcaption></figure></td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Stay tuned for more exciting news and launches in the upcoming year.</p> <hr /><p><strong>Click <a href="https://clutch.co/profile/vardot">here </a>to read about our client's experience with us.</strong></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Vardot%20Named%20Best%20Drupal%20and%20PHP%20Developers&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/vardot-named-best-drupal-and-php-developers&amp;2=node/1461" token="vjduPS9YaJuhtf7x2aRamvRDddcmm-TWrphA14zmkok"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 14:23:15 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1461 at https://www.vardot.com Drupal SEO: 13 Things That Improve Ranking https://www.vardot.com/blog/drupal-seo-13-things-improve-ranking <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">May 29, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-05/001.png?itok=do1pmcUH 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-05/001.png?itok=58kr17dQ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-05/001.png?itok=do1pmcUH" alt="How To Improve Drupal SEO" title="Drupal SEO: 13 Things That Improve Your Ranking" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><meta charset="utf-8" />Search Engine Optimization (SEO) might not be the first thing you think of when designing a new website, but building an optimized framework from the start will help you drive traffic to your site and keep it there.</p> <p>With our Drupal SEO checklist in hand, you can build an excellent website that draws customers in as soon as you launch. To give you a quick summary before we go into detail, here’s a bullet list of what to check before the launch day.</p> <ul><li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check that all web pages have unique titles using the Page Title module</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if your XML Sitemap and Google News Sitemap are configured properly</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if the Redirect module is enabled and configured</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if the Global Redirect module is enabled and configured</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check that .htaccess redirects to your site</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check that your homepage title includes a descriptive headline, logo, and primary image</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if your meta tags are filled with descriptive information</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check that OG tags are filled correctly and with descriptive information</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if your site's information displays well when shared on social</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if your path alias patterns are meaningful</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if Google Analytics is enabled and configured</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if Site Verification is enabled and configured</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Check if Search 404 module is enabled and configured</p> </li> </ul><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"></p> <h2 dir="ltr">Drupal SEO: 13 Things that Will Improve Your Site's Ranking</h2> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">1. Check that all web pages have unique titles</h3> <p dir="ltr">Titles are the first element that any user will see --whether they come directly to your site, find it on a search engine, or see it shared on social media. Not only do good page titles help customers who are already on your site, but they help with social sharing, and picking your site out of search engine results.</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">All of your pages should be easily identifiable to the end user. Not only should they have unique titles, but they should also have meaningful titles. Having multiple pages with the same titles (like “Get in touch”, “Contact us” and “Make a booking”) will simply confuse your end users and search engine crawlers.</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">From an SEO perspective, page titles are among the most important types of data you can fill, because they help search engines understand what each of your web pages is about.</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Writing good titles is extremely important, and having keywords in your title that match a user's search greatly improves the chances of them clicking on your page. <a href="https://moz.com/learn/seo/title-tag">Moz suggests</a> the following format for title tag design: Primary Keyword - Secondary Keyword | Brand Name.</p> <p>You can set up unique page titles much easier if you install the<a href="https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi8wNCAucfVAhXLVbwKHamuCk8QFggoMAA&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.drupal.org%2Fproject%2Fpage_title&amp;usg=AFQjCNFuCmvk0LItlYVcDHKcsntbqSsQpQ"> Drupal Page Title module.</a></p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Read more: <a href="/blog/10-seo-modules-every-drupal-website-must-have">10 Drupal Modules that Will Boost Your Website’s SEO</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">2. Check if XML Sitemap and Google News Sitemap are configured properly</h3> <p dir="ltr">The<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/xmlsitemap"> XML Sitemap module for Drupal</a> creates a robot-friendly map of your site that Google and other search engines can crawl to categorize your website. You should configure XML Sitemap early in your site build for the best effect, but you can also alter the settings later on at admin/config/search/XML if needed.</p> <p>You can view your sitemap from <a href="http://yoursite.com/sitemap.xml">http://yoursite.com/sitemap.xml</a> (just replace “yoursite.com” with your own domain).</p> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/googlenews">Google News Sitemap</a> offers a similar but different service that creates a Google-specific map for ranking under their “News” section and to appear as news items on their main SERP pages. These two modules work nicely side by side to make your site easy for search engines to crawl and index.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Google News Sitemap" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e14e9695-b435-4c2f-938d-61db250cf384" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AJ%20023%201.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Image from <a href="/www.drupal.org">Drupal.org</a></span></p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr">Please note that if your site contains <a href="/blog/amp-your-drupal-site-using-googles-accelerated-mobile-pages">accelerated mobile pages (AMPs)</a>, there is<a href="https://www.seroundtable.com/google-amp-pages-sitemaps-22848.html"> no need to create sitemaps for them</a>. The rel=amphtml link is enough for Google to pick up on AMP versions, which means you can easily<a href="https://builtvisible.com/examining-traffic-amp-carousel/"> gain traffic from Top Stories carousels</a> and mobile search.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">3. Check if Redirect module is enabled and configured</h3> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/redirect">Redirect</a> is a handy module for making sure users always make it to your site. It uses case-insensitive matching to help catch broken links with redirects and tracks how often users are hitting those redirects.</p> <p>You can use redirects to capture any broken links, set up promotional links, or simply capture typos users are entering when trying to access your site.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Drupal SEO: Redirect Module Enabled" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ff97af93-dd5c-4759-8192-e619dac0abca" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AJ%20023%202.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"><sub>Image from <a href="https://www.webwash.net/url-redirects-using-redirect-module-drupal-8/">webwash.net</a></sub></p> <p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">4. Check if Global Redirect module is enabled and configured</h3> <p dir="ltr">If you’re using Drupal 8 you can skip this one because the functionality has been rolled into the Redirect module. Otherwise, install<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/globalredirect"> Global Redirect</a> to work in tandem with Redirect to catch any broken links.</p> <p>Global Redirect will test all links with and without a trailing slash, ensure links are case-insensitive, and if a link is truly broken, it will return a user to your home page rather than a 404 page that decreases the position of your site in SERPs.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Global Redirect Module" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="285f000a-272f-44bc-ac20-7be43bf39d57" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AJ%20023%203.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"><sub>Image from <a href="https://www.webwash.net/url-redirects-using-redirect-module-drupal-8/">webwash.net</a></sub></p> <p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">5. Check that .htaccess redirects to your site</h3> <p dir="ltr">Some users attempting to visit your site will navigate to <a href="http://www.yoursite.com">www.yoursite.com</a>, while others will simply type yoursite.com. By setting up your site to handle either request <a href="https://mediatemple.net/community/products/grid/204643080/how-do-i-redirect-my-site-using-a-htaccess-file">using an .htaccess redirect</a>, you can be sure you won’t miss any visitors.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">6. Check that the homepage title includes a descriptive headline, logo and primary image</h3> <p dir="ltr">Design a homepage title that contains a descriptive headline as well as a slogan, to represent who you are as a business. This is usually the first impression you give off to visitors the moment they land on your site or catch your entry on a search engine.</p> <p>This is a good opportunity to load your website up with SEO-friendly keywords, but don’t go overboard and sacrifice your image for it - keyword stuffing may not only decrease the trust index of your site but also its conversion rates.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Vardot Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cba98274-3e63-475c-861d-1cf6597d504e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AJ%20023%204.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">7. Ensure that your meta tags are filled with descriptive information</h3> <p dir="ltr">SEO-optimized meta tags remains to be one of the top on-page ranking factors. You can think of these as expanded page headers --short-form descriptions of your website that give users and search engines a clearer idea of what to expect out of a webpage.</p> <p>Make sure to install the<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/metatag"> Metatag module</a> on your site to have an easy, user-friendly interface for updating metadata. With the module installed you can easily populate meta data with keywords, page descriptions, and more.</p> <p>The Metatag module will also give you extra control over how your site appears when shared on Twitter or Facebook.</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Read more: <a href="/blog/drupal-seo-optimizing-your-site-search-engines">SEO tips for your Drupal site</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">8. Check that OG tags are filled correctly and with descriptive information.</h3> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://neilpatel.com/blog/open-graph-meta-tags/">OG tags</a> are meta tags specifically designed to ensure your site communicates nicely with Facebook. By setting these tags correctly you will be able to control exactly how your site appears on Facebook, including what images and what taglines are used.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">9. Check if your site information displays well when shared on Facebook and Twitter</h3> <p dir="ltr">After configuring the Metatag module and OG tags, pop over to Facebook and make sure that your site shares the way you would like it to. It’s important to test this out now before users start sharing your site.</p> <p>Similarly, try tweeting a couple of your pages to see how well your Twitter Cards come through. If you don’t want to show your site to your audience until you are sure it’s set up properly, you can check Twitter Cards using the<a href="https://cards-dev.twitter.com/validator"> Card Validator</a>.</p> <p>For more information on configuring Twitter cards, check out<a href="https://dev.twitter.com/cards/overview"> these user guides by Twitter</a>.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Vardot Facebook" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e5e17fe7-67d4-4d26-8e2f-d9e5b75eee21" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AJ%20023%205.PNG" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">10. Check if your path alias patterns are meaningful</h3> <p dir="ltr">By default, Drupal will set your URLs to node/123 - while this works great for the database backend, it doesn’t work well for your end users, or for search engines.</p> <p>You can use the<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/pathauto"> Pathauto module</a> to create rules and patterns for your URLs that will significantly cut down on your maintenance times and simplify your site navigation.</p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">11. Check if Google Analytics is enabled and configured</h3> <p dir="ltr">While having Google Analytics configured won’t improve your SEO, it will give you all the data you need to understand where your users are coming from and how they behave once they hit your site.</p> <p>Installing the<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/google_analytics"> Google Analytics module</a> makes setting up and configuring Google Analytics a breeze.</p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">12. Check if Site Verification is enabled and configured</h3> <p dir="ltr">Having your site verified will make it easier for search engines crawlers to reward you with a higher rank, and for Google to allow you to access private search data. With site verification, you will receive better data and better search engine rankings for just a few minutes work.</p> <p>The<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/site_verify"> Site Verification module</a> makes it easy to prove to search engines that your site is truly your own.</p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">13. Check if Search 404 module is enabled and configured</h3> <p dir="ltr">The<a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/search404"> Search 404 module</a> is a saving grace for reducing your bounce rate and SERP rankings, as well as for improving your overall user experience. Instead of your users finding an ‘Error: Page not Found” in place of the content they were hoping for, they will be offered a search of your site based on the URL string.</p> <p>For example, if <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/great-seo-tips">www.yoursite.com/great-seo-tips</a> doesn’t exist, use this module will automatically search your site for “Great SEO tips” and show visitors the results.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p dir="ltr">While SEO may seem like a tricky subject to wrap your head around, the basics are easy with the right modules and guidance, and Drupal is a great content management system for building search engine optimized websites.</p> <p><br /> If you liked our SEO checklist, then check out the other educational materials that we at Vardot have designed to help you build a top quality website. If you’re looking for even more ways to improve your site’s SEO, have a look at<a href="/blog/tags/seo"> SEO articles on our blog</a> --or better yet,<a href="/contact-us"> get in touch with our team</a>!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Drupal%20SEO%3A%2013%20Things%20That%20Improve%20Ranking&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/drupal-seo-13-things-improve-ranking&amp;2=node/1459" token="9KOBO_SXmngQtoECAJn7ERrrwtBY_wk5rfTduZV3zKk"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Wed, 29 May 2019 08:30:25 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1459 at https://www.vardot.com 4 Digital News Media Trends 2019 https://www.vardot.com/blog/4-digital-news-media-trends-2019 <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">April 28, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-04/83.png?itok=jCx03crM 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-04/83.png?itok=qqy-tIkx 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-04/83.png?itok=jCx03crM" alt="Digital Journalism and Media Trends 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>From Donald Trump's <a href="https://cpj.org/blog/2019/01/trump-twitter-press-fake-news-enemy-people.php">consistent accusations</a> to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/02/what-2000-job-cuts-tell-us-the-free-market-kills-digital-journalism">lack of ad revenue caused by the shift in media consumption behaviors</a>, the digital disruption that hit the media industry left the majority of media outlets considering their next steps knowing that being left behind in the digital age meant the end for them.</p> <p>Focus shifted from simply reporting the news to delivering the most engaging and comprehensive digital experience possible for their readers.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Al Bawaba News - Digital Journalism and Media" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="793df463-2f06-4c0f-8bcf-e2695de8bcff" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/smartmockups_jv10xjaz-min.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><sub><a href="https://www.albawaba.com/">Al Bawaba News</a> - The Largest Independent News Platform in the Middle East (Built by <a href="/www.vardot.com">Vardot</a>)</sub></p> <p> </p> <p>News and media platforms need to remain vigilant and embrace the tech trends that impact content publishing in the near future. Here are the trends that are expected to impact the digital news and journalism industry:</p> <p> </p> <h2>1. Contextual Experiences</h2> <p>We are more likely to be doing more than one thing at the same time and news media outlets should have that in mind when considering how to develop their UX.</p> <p>For example, you are taking a run on the gym treadmill and a relevant news article was just published; would you interrupt your routine to read a long-form article? The most likely answer is no. The desire to read the article would fade as the minutes' pass.</p> <p>Wouldn’t it be great if we could listen to published news articles as we run, work out, cook or even drive? That is now possible thanks to progress made in <a href="https://medium.com/@AutomatedInsights/the-ultimate-guide-to-natural-language-generation-bdcb457423d6">Natural Language Generation (NLG) technology</a>.</p> <p>Natural language generation (NLG) is a software process that automatically transforms data into written narrative whilst keeping in mind SEO related factors such as keywords and users reading proficiency levels which makes it a powerful tool for news media outlets who seek to create <a href="https://automatedinsights.com/blog/why-context-is-essential-in-business-intelligence/">contextual experiences</a> for their readers.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p><strong><em>"</em></strong><em>By 2020, natural language generation and artificial intelligence will be a standard feature of 90% of modern BI and analytics platforms.</em><strong><em>" - </em><a href="https://www.gartner.com/en">Gartner</a></strong></p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>According to the Future Today Institute; various major news media outlets have been utilizing <a href="https://automatedinsights.com/">Automated Insights</a>; which mines data for them and is capable of writing more than 2,000 stories per second using natural language generation to produce stories.</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>As voice search is increasingly becoming the norm, users will begin to ask for general content with specific conditions: </strong><br />   <ul><li>“Alexa, I am running late, please give me the headlines only.”</li> <li>“Siri, please provide me with news articles that are less than 2 minutes long.”   </li> </ul></div> <p> </p> <p>Users are always looking for the most convenient and personalized experience; the news media platform that delivers contextual experiences are sure to gain a lead over their competition.</p> <p>Such a digital experience could grow an audience possibly become a subscription service in the near future.</p> <p> </p> <h2>2. Fact Checking – In Real Time</h2> <p>Promoted by a president, championed by biased political views and powered by algorithms; ‘fake news’ is a trend that has become an unfortunate reality.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Donald Trump Fake News" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bf07e6fc-4f17-4f08-82c4-4c37f7d21c02" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1516221817437.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>What is real and what isn’t?</p> <p>People have either become proudly misinformed in the bubble they live in, or fatigued to the point of apathy towards real journalism. This phenomenon is arguably the biggest immediate threat to the profession and what’s worse is that generating ‘fake news’ has become easier than ever.</p> <p>Enhanced algorithms for voice, video, and sound are being generated. Researchers at <a href="https://www.csail.mit.edu/research">MIT CSAIL</a> have been studying how children learn new words in order to train computers how to recognize speech. Computers are also being trained to watch videos and predict corresponding sounds in the real world.</p> <p>Whilst this progress will enable AI to provide richer and better user experiences, there have been examples of malpractice too.</p> <p>In 2017, researchers at the University of Washington developed a model that convincingly showed President Barack Obama giving a speech—that he never actually gave in real life.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="video" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AmUC4m6w1wo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0&amp;modestbranding=0&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;showinfo=0&amp;controls=0"> </iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p>Algorithms provide you with news based on your likes, online behavior, and interactions. While this does enable news platforms to generate more traffic, but at what cost?</p> <p> </p> <h2>3. Bots</h2> <p>Most journalism is simply about reporting the news and <a href="https://www.techradar.com/news/why-bots-taking-over-some-journalism-could-be-a-good-thing">bots have done that efficiently so far</a>.</p> <p>Bots have proven to be effective when it comes to receiving instant alerts regarding trade warnings, natural disasters and etc. Bots will continue to be refined and improved to automate news related tasks freeing up time to allow reporters to devote time to more important tasks.</p> <p>The major risk associated with bots is that they are only as reliable as the people who build them. People or groups with nefarious interests can use bots to distribute false information.</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><b>Important:</b><br />   <ul><li>Ensure that your bot clearly explains its purpose and specific functions are.</li> <li>Your bot must be able to showcase from where the answers it provides are coming from without any bias towards an idea or people.</li> <li>The bot must represent your news and media platform’s values. What happens if your bot interacts with another bot or person whose values counter those of your organization?</li> </ul></div> <p> </p> <p>Bots will continue to play a key role in journalism and other fields heavily reliant on content publishing as they utilize a combination of bots and AI to create new content. </p> <p>With elections taking place around the world, misinformation bots will continue to play a big role on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can expect to see more tech-based solutions being proposed to <a href="https://medium.com/@orge/this-is-the-future-of-journalism-will-a-machine-get-it-right-d3e747f16751">address the issue</a>; your news platform must follow suit to ensure the credibility of your journalism.</p> <p> </p> <h2>4. Digital Frailty</h2> <p>Digital frailty refers to the loss of digital assets such as published content and articles. Typically, a news agency would lose it's content when attempting to upgrade their website.</p> <p>In reality, this issue is easily avoided and usually caused due to poor IT practices and vendor selection.</p> <p>A simple way to protect your archives and preserve digital assets is to build your platform using a CMS that is flexible, structured and features a revision process. </p> <p> </p> <img alt="Varbase Revision Process" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b634faa0-98a8-41e2-a3dd-ad48a05a5f31" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Varbase-Revision-Comparison_0.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Varbase - Drupal Distribution Revision Comparison - <strong>Source</strong>: <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/varbase">Drupal.org</a></span></p> <p class="text-align-center"> </p> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/">Drupal </a>is a great CMS for digital news and media businesses as it delivers on the aforementioned and more.</p> <p>Mergers and acquisitions are another reason why specific content goes missing. This is increasingly alarming as the number of media outlet owners are becoming more and more involved in politics.</p> <p>News outlets sometimes are forced to delete content that is not aligned with the new ownership’s politics. A recent example of this scenario that made headlines around the world is when the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/donald-trump-climate-change-mentions-government-websites">Trump administration deleted all climate change related content from government websites</a> in favor of the new administration’s agenda.</p> <hr /><p>These tech trends and disruptions are but a mere sample of what impacts the digital news media industry. They present challenges but also tons of opportunities to create an engaging digital media experience for readers. </p> <p>From global media titans to independent content publishing platforms; Vardot specializes in developing personalized digital experiences for the <a href="/our-work?field_categories_target_id=291">news and media industry</a>.<a href="/contact-us"> </a></p> <p><strong><a href="/our-work?field_categories_target_id=291">Contact us to discuss how you can transform your news and media platform into a state-of-the-art digital news experience.</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=4%20Digital%20News%20Media%20Trends%202019&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/4-digital-news-media-trends-2019&amp;2=node/1456" token="PcBfqYPpxV-wxco4SsA6L1-aYMmUNFlM6OXYMFPt5sg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 09:11:35 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1456 at https://www.vardot.com Top 10 Drupal Websites in the World (Updated) https://www.vardot.com/blog/top-10-drupal-websites-world-updated <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">April 10, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-04/81.png?itok=1k8gBwRl 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-04/81.png?itok=gCj4JlW2 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-04/81.png?itok=1k8gBwRl" alt="Top 10 Drupal Websites In The World" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><meta charset="utf-8" />Editor’s Note -- This article was formerly listed as the <a href="/blog/top-10-websites-built-drupal">Top 10 Websites Built with Drupal</a>, and based on <a href="http://topdrops.org/">TopDrops.org</a>. That site has since stopped updating, so we decided to pivot towards a new kind of value for our readers: the most surprising examples of Drupal-run sites.</p> <p>Some of the world’s most influential businesses and organizations run their websites using Drupal: General Electric, eBay, The Economist, etc.</p> <p>A good number of groups using the CMS might come as a surprise, however, and they prove its reliability for creating powerful and noteworthy sites. We checked the web to bring you our list of the top Drupal websites. For a list of Drupal’s 10 best sites, read on.</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong><a href="/blog/why-drupal-best-cms-your-website">Learn why Drupal is the Best CMS for your Website</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr">10. <a href="https://ew.com/">Entertainment Weekly</a></h2> <img alt="Entertainment Weekly Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3240d1c3-e3c7-4ac5-9b86-0124e43eddda" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/EW-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Entertainment Weekly (a.k.a. EW) is an American publication, owned by Time Inc., that covers film, television, music, theater, books and pop culture.</p> <p>It’s renowned for covering all things Hollywood, from the latest films and trends to the high-octane lives of its celebrities. EW reports on television ratings, movie grosses, production costs, and even concert ticket sales. Their in-depth articles are among the top resources for the world’s favorite shows, producers, showrunners, and more.</p> <p>In addition to being a top Drupal site, ew.com is also ranked by Alexa as the 902nd most popular website globally over the last three months.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr">9. <a href="https://www.tesla.com/">Tesla</a></h2> <img alt="Tesla Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2e166a2c-c6e1-411c-9438-795759de5496" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/tesla-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Tesla is one of the world’s most talked-about companies, known for making waves in the markets for automobiles and clean energy. You’ve probably heard about their fleet of self-driving, electric cars or the Tesla Wall: a giant battery providing homes with storage options for clean energy.</p> <p>Their site is neat, clean, and highly effective at showcasing their products. We’re big fans of their homepage in particular, and we recommend you check it out. It’s exactly what a future tech company’s website should look like!</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">8. <a href="https://www.ncaa.com/">NCAA</a></h2> <img alt="NCAA Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="70b5e2f0-4216-4e64-8287-e9a63acb537c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ncaa-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>College sports in the United States is big business. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit association which regulates athletic competitions for 1,281 institutions, hosts conferences, and manages related organizations across the United States.</p> <p>In 2014, the NCAA generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue—80 to 90% of which was thanks to the Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.</p> <p>Their website is a functional mix of sports journalism and sales. Not only do they post schedules, analysis, and video coverage, but they also market their team merchandise hosted on the secondary site, <a href="https://shopncaasports.com">shopncaasports.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">7. <a href="https://www.mint.com">Mint</a></h2> <img alt="Mint Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6ac590f1-082e-4bc1-b2c4-17eb0a69664f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/mint-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Mint.com is a free web-based personal financial management service that caters to over 16,000 US and Canadian financial institutions and self-reports having 10 million users. Mint's primary service allows users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances them all through a single user interface --as well as create personal budgets and goals.</p> <p>In 2009, it was acquired by Intuit, the makers of Quicken and TurboTax. Judging by the look and feel of their site, that merger came with a bump in digital marketing expertise; Mint.com is simple, clean, and makes user acquisition easy.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">6. <a href="https://www.australia.gov.au/">The Australian Government</a></h2> <img alt="Australian Government Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0167e538-7458-4845-8d3b-cae988dba75f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/AUSSIe-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Australia leans on Drupal to power their website: a sprawling information resource for citizens, visitors, and entrepreneurs. The site hosts over 3,000 distinct pages covering topics from healthcare and culture to career opportunities and travel suggestions. The website even goes the extra mile by linking to local news and social media channels.</p> <p>Australia.gov.au is a great example of Drupal’s ability to organize and present information. The site is designed like an inverted funnel, with the homepage offering a selection of categories that branch into more specific topics the deeper you dive.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">5. <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/">Le Figaro</a></h2> <img alt="Le Figaro Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7b0d0646-a604-48d1-bc77-6786ae10ce59" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Le%20Figaro-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Founded in 1826, Le Figaro is the oldest national newspaper in France. It is the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde and is part of Le Figaro Group, whose publications include TV Magazine and Evene.</p> <p>The site delivers a variety of features that naturally belong on the website of a leading periodical. Page load speed is stellar despite being packed with feeds, media, and a live video pop-up on the bottom corner of the screen.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">4. <a href="https://www.emmys.com/">The Emmy Awards</a></h2> <img alt="The Emmys Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3177c6ee-5db6-4709-855d-9e7409aa7ff7" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/emmy-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">The Emmy Awards are a group of American awards dedicated to recognizing the best of U.S. television --from its actors and directors to its engineers and humanitarian impact. Their website covers featurettes on notable happenings and personalities surrounding television around the world (though naturally centered on America), as well as event schedules and videos of events and commentary.</p> <p>Their site is dense in terms of content but smooth in presentation --just what you might expect from a showbiz powerhouse like the Television Academy.</p> <p>While there are many options to choose from regarding themes for your website's content, here's our list of <a href="/blog/7-best-drupal-themes-use-2019">recommended Drupal themes </a>that enable an effective and engaging digital experience.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">3. <a href="https://keap.com/">Keap</a></h2> <img alt="Keap Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7e5d3b9f-51fb-4cf1-a589-d0315cc04ed1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/keap-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Keap offers a client management service and automation platform (Infusionsoft) for small businesses. Their products are aimed at streamlining the customer lifecycle, facilitating customer relationship management, marketing automation, lead capture, and e-commerce.</p> <p>Based in Chandler, Arizona, USA, Keap is one of the fastest growing private companies in the region, adding 240 jobs between 2012 and 2013, and also receiving $54 million in venture capital from Goldman Sachs in early 2013.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">2. <a href="https://news.abs-cbn.com/">ABS-CBN News</a></h2> <img alt="ABS-CBN News Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e37f0f0c-b931-42e0-b196-e85664bc0eaf" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ABSCBN-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs is the news division of the ABS-CBN Corporation, a Philippine media conglomerate. It’s headquartered in the Philippines, and has news bureaus in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, making it the largest and the most comprehensive news outlet when it comes to local and international newsgathering in the island nation.</p> <p>Their website is powered by Drupal, which allows them to deliver news in real time, connect across various social media platforms, and encourage community discussion through a login system for news readers to set up profiles and engage in discussions.</p> <p> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"></h2> <h2 dir="ltr">1. <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/">NASA</a></h2> <img alt="NASA Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bb95b89a-1ce3-43a7-8086-43e30aba6bc8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/NASA-min.png" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">NASA is the American government’s flagship agency for its civilian space program, aeronautics research, and aerospace research. They stand at the forefront of many of the world’s latest discoveries in physics, astronomy, and engineering --and their website is a haven for the world’s science enthusiasts.</p> <p>Their site hosts information about past and present space missions, ultra-high definition photos and videos of the cosmos, and download links to a nearly endless amount of apps and learning resources for those looking to learn more about the universe we inhabit. It’s a shining example of Drupal CMS used to present stunning information, and elevate the user’s experience.</p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>Honorable Mentions</strong></h2> <p>As of 2019; the following 2 major platforms were revamped and enhanced as digital experiences with Drupal 8:</p> <p> </p> <h3><a href="https://www.ase.com.jo/en">Amman Stock Exchange</a></h3> <img alt="Amman Stock Exchange Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="422e2694-f2c6-4b1f-adb5-811a1cad46f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ASE-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>and</p> <p> </p> <h3><a href="https://beta.albawaba.com/">Al-Bawaba News (BETA)</a></h3> <img alt="Al Bawaba News Drupal Website" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="27ae7ef2-bc8f-4b81-8183-633f4477a277" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/al%20bawaba%20news-min.png" class="align-center" /><hr /><p dir="ltr">New Drupal sites are always being uploaded, updated, and refined as the world’s site designers and marketers find more ways to work with the system. Drupal’s large community of developers and companies like <a href="/web-content-management-solutions">Vardot</a> are always at work innovating the craft of designing with Drupal; it’s only a matter of time before new sites earn a spot on our list.</p> <p>Do you agree with our list of top 10 Drupal websites in the world? If you don't or see better websites out there worth mentioning... let us know in the comments!</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><a href="/blog/3-essential-truths-successful-digital-business"><strong>How to Ensure the Future of your Digital Business</strong></a></div> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Top%2010%20Drupal%20Websites%20in%20the%20World%20%28Updated%29&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/top-10-drupal-websites-world-updated&amp;2=node/1454" token="eAZDrEZLbG_VtUEv58AHsTY2BXsIaNIiXbdlh0X80aA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:00:10 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1454 at https://www.vardot.com The 7 Best Drupal Themes to Use in 2019 https://www.vardot.com/blog/7-best-drupal-themes-use-2019 <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">March 11, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-03/02.png?itok=WLsUkfU- 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-03/02.png?itok=4Dmb9JpR 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-03/02.png?itok=WLsUkfU-" alt="Best Drupal Themes To Use In 2019" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Few things are as good for a business as a website that looks great and runs well. When you’ve established a strong digital presence and rank well on Google, then you’re set to chase and convert leads to your heart’s delight.</p> <p>Before any of those gains materialize, however, there’s the tricky task of building that website.</p> <p>If you’ve chosen to use the Drupal CMS, then congratulations: you’ve made the right choice. Drupal is agile, powerful, and home to a wide community of developers and entrepreneurs.</p> <p>Moreover, Drupal makes it possible to choose themes: templates that do most of the legwork of designing a site so you need only worry about the parts that matter (ex. your lead magnets, <a href="/blog/6-reliable-seo-tools-make-your-life-easier">SEO</a>, and copy).</p> <p> </p> <h2>Since not all themes are created equal... we’ve compiled a rundown of the 7 best Drupal themes to use in 2019:</h2> <p> </p> <h3>1. Progressive by NikaDevs</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: Progressive By NikaDevs" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8d6fce50-dd94-4948-aa7e-2746200b9c83" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Progressive-min.png" class="align-center" /><p><a href="http://progressive.nikadevs.com/?theme=progressive">Progressive</a> is a theme that offers great value for money.</p> <p>Its creators have packaged it with over 200 interactive elements, meaning you’ll be sure to find a function that lets your site move and behave just the way you envisioned it. It comes with video hosting, unique slider effects, and visual features that are guaranteed to capture an audience’s attention.</p> <p>Our favorite thing about the theme is the set of four homepages offered at entry. While other themes force you into a single aesthetic mode, Progressive offers its solutions without placing implicit restrictions on your design options.</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $59</p> <p><strong>Compatibility:</strong> Drupal 7 &amp; 8</p> <p><strong>Best used for:</strong> Businesses of all shapes and sizes.</p> <p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/time-center">Time Center</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">2. TheMAG by PinkDexo</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: TheMAG by PinkDexo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="40b1c485-cb83-41fb-8d69-6cec09aede32" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TheMAG-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="/blog/top-5-drupal-modules-marketers">Today’s marketing</a> is all about content that informs, entertains, or intrigues. It’s for this reason that <a href="https://themeforest.net/item/themag-highly-customizable-responsive-drupal-blog-and-magazine-theme/19694578?s_rank=6">TheMAG</a> by PinkDexo ranks on our list of the best Drupal themes for 2019: it’s built to house content and house it well.</p> <p>TheMAG is ideal for sites that want to rake in ad revenue, profit from content, or showcase products. It comes with a wide range of layout options and interactive elements, but it shines the most when used to present content in the style of a --you guessed it-- magazine.</p> <p>We recommend taking a look at the theme before getting too excited. It’s a perfect fit for certain niches (blogging, journalism, entertainment) but other types of businesses would do best to continue reading through our list.</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $54</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility: </strong>Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Thunder, &amp; Drupal Commerce</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for: </strong>Media and Entertainment.  Businesses that lean on blogging activity.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/al-jazeera-mubasher">A</a><a href="/our-work/afaq-online-magazine">faq Online Magazine</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">3. Winnex by gavias</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: Winnex by gavias" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="11dabfc5-a5e8-46a2-9e2a-ea925d08635d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Winnex-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://themesgavias.com/drupal/winnex/home-3">Winnex</a> perfects soft and professional design through its clean look and implicit geometry. It took the best lessons out of the adage, “less is more,” and used them to create an intuitive theme for professionals looking to market their services.</p> <p>The theme gives users an easy time of site development thanks to its block-based, drag-and-drop interface, its support staff, and the numerous video tutorials they’ve produced.</p> <p>Winnex gets all the basics right, but our favorite feature is how effortless it is to upload and display videos. After all, when it comes to pitching a service, it pays to set your site up with content that builds user trust.</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$48</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility:</strong> Drupal 8</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for</strong><strong>:</strong> Consultancy and other B2B services.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/amman-stock-exchange-d8">Amman Stock Exchange (ASE)</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">4. Porto by refaktor</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: Porto by refaktor" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f16e05ee-f008-4126-9710-ff2de14bd513" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/PORTO-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Part of a CMS’ job is to simplify the job of web design. In this regard, <a href="http://refaktor.org/drupal/porto/landing-demo/index.html">Porto</a> is a theme that surpasses expectations. We’re hard-pressed to think of any other theme that can get so much done in so simple a way.</p> <p>Porto features an unparalleled level of customization, with nearly endless options for page layout, header design, color mixing, and media hosting. This means that any business -- from consultants to home repair services, to e-commerce businesses -- can build their dream site using the theme.</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$59</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility: </strong>Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, &amp; Bootstrap 3.x</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for:</strong> E-Commerce. Businesses of all shapes and sizes.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/proequest">ProEquest - The Premier Equestrian E-Commerce Platform</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">5. Jango by NikaDevs</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: Jango by NikaDevs" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e20b7bc6-d801-4648-85d4-797a65a383d3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Jango-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">NikaDevs is back on the list with another highly versatile theme. Like Progressive, <a href="http://jango.nikadevs.com/?theme=jango">Jango</a> offers endless potential for web design. Unlike Progressive, however, Jango presents itself as a theme for more timeless web design.</p> <p>You’ll see fewer colors and gimmicks in their marketing, which can work well to favor businesses that need a site that keeps things simple. As with all themes on this list, Jango is structured, responsive, and offers support for its users.</p> <p>Jango is a straightforward Drupal theme in the sense that it performs as needed, with minimal flash and maximum impact.</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $59</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility: </strong>Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, &amp; Bootstrap 3.x</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for:</strong> Any business that wants a simple and effective website.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/unrwa">United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">6. OWL by gavias</h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: OWL by gavias" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4619c41e-636c-4e2a-bb57-37f9fffe1d88" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/owl-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Cafe and restaurant owners can breathe easy knowing there’s a Drupal theme specially designed for them. <a href="https://theme-gavias.com/drupal/owl/">OWL</a> is a quick and easy to use theme that knows the needs and demands of the food industry.</p> <p>Our favorite feature of OWL is its capacity to host high resolution, Retina-ready images that food photographers are sure to appreciate. Coupled this with a simple interface and support for all kinds of modern programming tools (ex. Bootstrap, Custom CSS, SASS, etc.) and you have the perfect theme for restaurateurs.</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $48</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility:</strong> Drupal 8, Bootstrap 3.x</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for: </strong>Hospitality. Restaurants and Cafes</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/makarem-hotels">Makarem Hotels</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /><b id="docs-internal-guid-21081b40-7fff-8fce-82c3-12c8f7bd03e4">7. Edmix by gavias</b></h3> <img alt="Best Drupal Theme: Edmix by gavias" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d13d5fee-7d6f-4666-909a-697238b95c13" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/edmix-min.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Our final entry, and our third from developer gavias, is a theme that caters to educational sites and businesses that offer online courses or tutorials. Edmix appears to take the best design features from of popular sites like Coursera and Udemy, giving its users the ability to shine a spotlight on their courses and videos.</p> <p>As is the standard for gavias themes, the interface is easy to use and comes with assistance in the form of their support team, and library of tutorial videos.</p> <p><strong>Price: </strong>$56</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Compatibility:</strong> Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, &amp; Bootstrap 3.x</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best used for: </strong>Online universities, masterclass services, etc.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/georgetown-university-qatar">Georgetown University</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <p>This list covers what we think to be the best Drupal themes for a business operating in 2019. As you’ll notice, the best themes are versatile, and they allow for a high degree of customization to let businesses present the best sides of themselves without sacrificing style.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p>If you’ve had luck with any of the themes above, or if you know of a theme that you feel deserves a place on the list, feel free to write to us or leave a comment below.</p> <p><strong>Likewise, if you need help using Drupal or deploying any of the themes we’ve listed, <a href="/products-services/product-info/varbase-enterprise-website-platform">Varbase</a> is a powerful website builder platform that empowers businesses to build fast, reliable, and search optimized websites in record time.</strong></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=The%207%20Best%20Drupal%20Themes%20to%20Use%20in%202019&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/7-best-drupal-themes-use-2019&amp;2=node/1449" token="OoHdXNPc19Vw-9gN0XAwnE3AmuJOOL8-a_fVQAIpMcI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:55:00 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1449 at https://www.vardot.com How to Rank #1 on Google Using Drupal CMS https://www.vardot.com/blog/how-rank-1-google-using-drupal-cms <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">February 17, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-08/61_1.png?itok=WqsFOF0c 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2018-08/61_1.png?itok=_4Y2CyBQ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-08/61_1.png?itok=WqsFOF0c" alt="How to Rank #1 on Google Using Drupal CMS? | Vardot " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>"Content is king! SEO is so 2017." Sure, why not.</p> <p>Where is that king's throne? Where do you find content?</p> <p>Content is found on web and mobile pages across the internet, amongst millions of millions of pages. Search Engine Optimization is about the process of being found by your content consumers and readers.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">What Search Engine Optimization is not is that it's all about keywords; a common and prevalent misconception. You still need to create content that is of relevance to someone searching for it.</p> <p dir="ltr">and of course, follow Google's rules and learn their ranking factors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Basic stuff really.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <img alt="Google SEO" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad48f608-0bd4-47a9-aaea-96b6fd21c14e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/bottle-brand-chrome-67112_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center" dir="ltr"><sub>"SEO? Gotta follow the Google machine's rules bro"</sub></p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">A critical consideration that usually escapes the decision-making process of what to use to publish that content: <strong>Which CMS suits my needs the most? </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A CMS (Content Management System) is the beating heart of your digital platform, website or experience. It is where you develop, manage and publish your content. Most websites look like Ferraris' but drive like an Austin Allegro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Long story short, the CMS you built your site on will play a key role in your SEO efforts.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h2 dir="ltr">4 Ways Drupal CMS Enhances Your SEO</h2> <p dir="ltr">I am not here to shamelessly promote Drupal CMS (I really am though), but if you are looking to create the best digital experience for your users without bothering about on-site SEO then look no further than Drupal.</p> <p dir="ltr">At its core, Drupal was built with SEO in mind. It has the power, flexibility, and <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/seotools">tools needed </a>to optimize every facet of your website for search engines, and in its huge kit of <a href="/blog/10-seo-modules-every-drupal-website-must-have">modules</a>, there are quite a few that are dedicated to giving you an easier time when it comes to improving the optimization of your website. </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">1. Implementing Meta tags</h3> <img alt="Meta tags | Vardot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e2900a09-91bc-41d7-ba04-5b123aa59831" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/business-code-coding-270360.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Meta tags are bits of text that are integral when it comes to improving your website’s search ranking, because, in a way, it tells search engines what the content is on each page on your website. This could be the titles of your pages to the little descriptions you see underneath the website links on a Google results page. You and your search engine need these bits of information to properly present and index your site on the search results page.</p> <p dir="ltr">Usually, you can leave it up to your search engine to generate your page’s metadata for you, but by using the Drupal Metatag module, you can customize the metadata yourself. Set your own information such as page titles and descriptions to more properly and correctly present your site to your search engine and the online world.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Read More: <a href="/blog/6-reliable-seo-tools-make-your-life-easier">6 Reliable SEO Tools To Make Your Life Easier</a></strong></div> <h3 dir="ltr"> </h3> <h3 dir="ltr"><b>2. Cleaning up Your URLs</b></h3> <img alt="SEO URLs | Vardot " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd446733-1268-4aae-a343-1ca91748dc6b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/barrier-chain-chain-link-fence-951408.jpg" class="align-center" /><p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Having bad, messy-looking links is a <a href="https://moz.com/learn/seo/url">no-no when it comes to SEO.</a> You want links that are easy to read and not just a jumble of letters and numbers so that they look more attractive to prospective visitors and to your search engine, who may be looking at your URL for keywords when it determines your site’s ranking.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many web developers never realize the implications of messy URLs and leave their link syntax as-is, but going through each and every page on your website and manually setting the URLs isn’t an attractive option either. Luckily, Drupal generates clean URLs <a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/clean-urls-in-drupal-8">by default,</a> improving the readability of your links and making things a bit easier on you.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you want your links to be better and even more easy on the eyes, popular Drupal module Pathauto is a configurable system that automatically creates clean and extremely readable links that are perfect for your site’s optimization.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another thing to keep in mind is making sure that your links actually go somewhere. Nothing sours the user experience more than clicking a link and being presented with a 404 page, and this in turn negatively affects your search rankings.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can avoid this from happening by using the Redirect module. If you happened to have changed the page’s URL after Google indexed it, or moved the content to a different URL, this module allows you to make 301 redirects from that old link to the new one, quickly and painlessly, without having to go through the headache of cleaning up after yourself and fixing broken links.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">3. Improving Page Speed</h3> <img alt="Improve page speed | Vardot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1b51adf3-2223-430a-9636-811e9fae3926" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/black-close-up-colors-545334.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html">Google has been using the speed your page loads</a> as an influencing factor in search rankings for years at this point. As they point out, sites that load faster have users that stay on for much longer, so it’s not only Google that you’re pleased by speeding up your website.</p> <p dir="ltr">You might have to spend a little to have your website up to speed, but Drupal comes with several measures to help pages load faster, such as using <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/big_pipe">BigPipe</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, it’s not only desktop users you have to keep in mind, but mobile users, too. Given the leaps and bounds that technology has undergone in the last couple of years, you now find more and more people browsing the web on their smartphones and tablets. It’s important to make sure that your site experience is just as friendly and accessible on mobile devices as it is on desktop computers. As anyone who has used a desktop site on a mobile device knows, it’s not a pleasant experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Drupal’s default theme is responsive by design, which means it will display well on mobile screens of any size without having to do complicated rewrites of code or having to juggle multiple URLs to make sure your site displays correctly. With Google <a href="https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2018/01/using-page-speed-in-mobile-search.html">now also looking at the page speed of mobile sites,</a> it’s now more important than ever to focus on delivering a good, well-optimized mobile experience to improve your SEO.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Read more: <a href="/blog/seo-checklist-launching-your-drupal-website" hreflang="en">SEO Checklist Before Launching Your Drupal Website</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">4. Talking to Your Search Engine</h3> <img alt="Search engine optimization tips | Vardot " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d8517759-0f1b-4d5a-a620-d4267cb66fa0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/apple-blogging-business-36990.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Optimizing your website can be a little tough when you don’t even know basic things such as where your site traffic is coming from. Installing modules like Google Analytics makes you privy to such information, and for someone with their finger on the pulse of the site’s SEO, it’s perhaps one of the most important tools they can have.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Google Analytics, you get to know things about your site visitors: Where in the world they come from, which links they followed to get to your site, which pages they visit and how much time they spend on those pages, what keywords they searched to find your page and more. If you’re concerned about SEO, then getting information about your website directly from Google, the most popular search engine in the world is valuable information to have, and can help you make decisions on what to improve on next.</p> <p dir="ltr">And while you’re pulling information from Google about your website, you can also provide information about your website to Google in the form of an XML sitemap. These are specially formatted, condensed summaries of the pages of content on your website that you can submit to Google to help them find your site and let their bots crawl through your pages. Google can crawl through your site without an XML sitemap, but you take on the risk of them possibly missing pages.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Drupal, generating an XML sitemap is as easy as installing the XML sitemap module which creates one for you, and modules like Cron can automatically make sure your sitemap is kept up-to-date with the latest information from your website.</p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><strong>Read More: <a href="/blog/top-5-drupal-modules-marketers">Top 5 Drupal Modules For Marketers</a></strong></div> <p dir="ltr">Drupal is inherently optimized for search engines after all the whole idea behind Drupal was to enable the creation of digital experiences that are user-centric. That user includes the development team who are always aided by the open-source community of experts that provide us with awesome SEO tools such as the <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/seo_checklist">SEO Checklist</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">You see, friend... SEO is not dead. Content's prominence just made SEO eternal.</p> <p dir="ltr">Want to boost your site’s traffic and rank #1 on Google with Drupal? Message us through our <a href="/contact-us">Contact Us</a> page, or via email at <a href="mailto:sales@vardot.com">sales@vardot.com</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=How%20to%20Rank%20%231%20on%20Google%20Using%20Drupal%20CMS&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/how-rank-1-google-using-drupal-cms&amp;2=node/1411" token="L7C-GKtGIshMcxde9q3-tePUSxSwbn6C-Ha8iDz6cdA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:47:38 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1411 at https://www.vardot.com 3 Reasons Why Drupal Distributions Are Essential https://www.vardot.com/blog/3-reasons-why-drupal-distributions-are-essential <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">January 15, 2019</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-01/blog_image.png?itok=t97cS0e3 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2019-01/blog_image.png?itok=tUKsp9v4 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2019-01/blog_image.png?itok=t97cS0e3" alt="Why Are Drupal Distributions Essential" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Amongst ambitious brands and serious digital operators; Drupal <a href="https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-drupal/all/all">adoption rate</a> on the rise.</p> <p>Governments and major brands across the globe are already testifying to the positive impact that Drupal has made on their digital business.</p> <p>As a developer, you might be approached by a client that insists on developing their digital platform and/or experience using <a href="https://www.drupal.org/">Drupal</a>.</p> <p>Here are 3 key reasons why Drupal distributions will make your life much easier:</p> <p> </p> <h2>1. Time</h2> <p>“How long do you need to complete the project? That long?!?”</p> <p>Dealing with continuous amendments and changes to the project requirements is <a href="/blog/25-questions-perfect-drupal-website-launch">the bane of all developers</a>.</p> <p>Distributions feature tons of tried and tested best-in-class features, modules and components that are already integrated and tested together. This allows developers to successfully complete project tasks that normally consume a scary amount of time to build.</p> <p>For example; should you be required to build a <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/media_entity_browser">Media Entity Browser</a> for a certain project may consume up to 6 to 8 hours from your time.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Varbase Media Entity Browser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8d62089d-330f-43ae-b663-0e61444db806" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/varbase-media_0_0.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size: 13.5px;"><strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/varbase">Varbase</a></span></p> <p>Imagine it took you that long for project A... now you have to repeat the same process for project B.</p> <p>However; with Drupal distributions such as <a href="/products-services/product-info/varbase-enterprise-website-platform">Varbase</a>, the Media Entity Browser is already built-in, optimized and integrated with other modules you might require.</p> <p>Total time consumed on <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/media_entity_browser">Media Entity Browser</a> development: <strong>Zero</strong>.</p> <p>Thanks to DRY (Don’t-Repeat-Yourself); Drupal distributions will shorten the project development time by hundreds of hours. You won’t ever have to repeat the same development process for any other project.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://docs.varbase.vardot.com/"><b>LEARN MORE ABOUT VARBASE</b></a></p> <p> </p> <h2>2. Efficiency</h2> <p>Not all programmers and web developers are equal in skill and expertise. But, we all face challenges and issues that might arise during the project development process.</p> <p>Drupal distributions offer a wealth of solutions that fix issues you might not even realize you had. Why?<a href="https://opensource.org/"> Open-source</a>.</p> <p>For example; you are currently developing an e-commerce platform for a client and face an issue with a particular component.</p> <p>The fact is that you weren’t the first developer to encounter this issue.</p> <p>When using Drupal distributions, you will find almost all challenges and issues related to components or modules you may need have been solved and addressed by someone before you.</p> <p>Working on almost ready-built websites not only saves time but also affords you the opportunity to personalize any ready-made component or feature based on your project requirements.</p> <p>Take the aforementioned example; you already have a Media Entity Browser ready, but you wish to match it to your clients’ requirements. In no time at all, you can build upon the ready-made feature via customization or integration. Simples.</p> <p> </p> <h2>3. Standards</h2> <p>At Vardot, we refer to “websites” as digital experiences. The difference between them?</p> <p>Standards.</p> <p>Drupal has built a name for itself due to the focus on building the best user-friendly digital experiences possible and the fact that Drupal is open-source has enabled its evolution based on actual feedback from various practical perspectives.</p> <p>Your ability to develop a website (e.g.) the best online equestrian market; depends entirely on the standards you apply throughout the development process.</p> <p>For example; <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/varbase">Varbase</a> is an ideal distribution to develop platforms that rely on rich multi-media content such as <a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/">Al Jazeera</a> and <a href="https://www.qatar.georgetown.edu/">Georgetown University</a>. On the other hand, Drupal distributions such as Commerce Kickstart feature every possible component needed by a developer to build an e-commerce digital experience.</p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/georgetown-university-qatar">Georgetown University - Qatar</a></strong></div> <p>Of course, when we speak of standards; we are not referring solely to quality standards. You will be able to develop the best possible digital experience for any industry using Drupal distributions whilst maintaining all <a href="https://www.w3.org/standards/">W3C standards</a> and accessibility standards.</p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>Bonus:</strong> Drupal Distributions Maintenance</h2> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/distributions">Drupal distributions</a> are rich in features that are all integrated with each other.</p> <p>You will never have to scour for individual updates for each module you need. All you’ll ever possibly need is to update the distribution itself.</p> <p>Since all modules and features are integrated. All would be updated and tested together.</p> <hr /><p>If you are considering starting a Drupal project or to build a <a href="/our-work">Drupal-based digital experience</a>, let us know. We'd love to help.  <a href="/contact-us">Contact Us.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=3%20Reasons%20Why%20Drupal%20Distributions%20Are%20Essential&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/3-reasons-why-drupal-distributions-are-essential&amp;2=node/1444" token="PJzwTEYQIQUngrGxNukTJ7uEGNN3Nkw5dJXEPLZ08OA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:13:38 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1444 at https://www.vardot.com Top 5 Drupal Modules For Marketers https://www.vardot.com/blog/top-5-drupal-modules-marketers <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/2018-09/firas2_0.jpg?h=f56202b6&amp;itok=z2coUS3t" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="Firas Ghunaim" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/firas-ghunaim" hreflang="und">Firas Ghunaim</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">November 14, 2018</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-11/2_1.png?itok=pHiaKkle 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2018-11/2_1.png?itok=UCtSBq6r 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-11/2_1.png?itok=pHiaKkle" alt="Top 5 Drupal Modules for Marketers" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The role of marketers has evolved beyond simply managing and coordinating online advertising campaigns to drive traffic to their respective websites; successful marketers must transform themselves to become storytellers.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">Storytelling is an essential skill to master the art of crafting a digital experience for your digital business would-be customers and users. </p> <p dir="ltr">Therefore, as a digital business, you must be strategic when it comes to choosing the appropriate platform for your digital experience. </p> <p dir="ltr">The fact that you can easily publish and manage multimedia content across multiple websites under one brand has made Drupal a popular and strategic platform for enterprises, the media, healthcare and even powering digital governments.</p> <p dir="ltr">In short; Drupal is a dream come true for marketers working in the aforementioned industries and sectors.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h2 dir="ltr"><strong>Here are 5 Drupal modules that were created by the Drupal community for marketers:</strong></h2> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <h2>1. <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/hubspot">HubSpot</a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.hubspot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HubSpot</a> is a widely used and popular inbound marketing software platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers.</p> <img alt="HubSpot Integration Settings" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c11a8444-fa3e-47c2-afbd-9a11fc715f20" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-01-04%20at%209.23.51%20AM_0.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Lead generation is a carefully planned ongoing process; deliberate in targeting users based on personalized content marketing.</p> <p>HubSpot CRM is relied upon by marketers to enable them to qualify the leads generated from the landing pages they developed on their websites.</p> <p>Marketers that use Drupal-based websites have saved a lot of time and effort by connecting their HubSpot CRM with their web forms that capture the desired user data.</p> <p>For example, a <a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/modules/webform">Webform</a>-based contact form on your site can send its data to HubSpot, where you may already track potential clients and contacts; or a Webform-based e-newsletter signup could send the lead to HubSpot's targeted marketing system, letting you use your pre-existing email campaigns.</p> <p>Moreover, marketers that create content on HubSpot, can easily display it in Drupal 8’s front-end.</p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><a href="/contact-us"><strong>Contact us to integrate HubSpot CRM into your Drupal website seamlessly</strong></a></div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>2. <a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/modules/webform">Webform</a></h2> <p>With almost 5,000,000 downloads and nearly 500,000 websites using this module; this makes Webform one of the most popular Drupal modules out there.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Webform Wizard Admin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42f62dcc-b12d-4ce3-8d69-5b4ec815821b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/webfork-wizard-admin_1.png" /></p> <p>Forms are an essential feature of a digital experience that relies upon gathering user data relevant to content marketing and personalizing user experiences across all relevant digital platforms.</p> <p>Webform enables integration with various 3rd party marketing solutions such as MailChimp, HubSpot, and Salesforce to name but a few. You can find a comprehensive list of Webform add-ons <a href="https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/modules/webform/webform-add-ons">here</a>.</p> <p>A great and simple guide to how you can get started on form building using Webform is available <a href="https://www.ostraining.com/blog/drupal/webform-module/">here</a> courtesy of <a href="https://www.ostraining.com/">OSTraining</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>3. <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/google_analytics">Google Analytics</a></h2> <p>This Drupal module adds the <a href="http://www.google.com/analytics/" rel="nofollow">Google Analytics</a> web statistics tracking system to your website.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Google Analytics Admin Section" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a18159fd-efe4-47b5-88cc-86ca49d54c70" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Google%20Analytics%20Admin%20Section%20Screenshot.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>According to <a href="https://trends.builtwith.com/analytics/Google-Analytics">Builtwith.com</a>, Google Analytics is the most popular analytics tool in the world with at least 37 million live websites currently using the giant tracking and performance monitoring platform.</p> <p>Marketers that use Drupal website benefit from the Google Analytics module to identify their traffic size, traffic sources and track the performance of their website with regards to ongoing personalization of their user experience.</p> <p>Being able to seamlessly integrate Google Analytics also provides marketers with real-time data for current site usage and user behaviour. In addition to the aforementioned; marketers can track almost every statistic imaginable such as User ID, domain, as well as how many and which files were downloaded and by whom.</p> <p>For full details regarding the statistics that marketers can track, visit the official Drupal module webpage for Google Analytics <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/google_analytics">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <h2>4. <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/mailchimp">MailChimp</a></h2> <p>This module provides integration with <a href="http://www.mailchimp.com/" rel="nofollow">MailChimp</a>, a popular email delivery service.</p> <img alt="MailChimp Logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1033724f-64de-4ee3-9969-4574f4347082" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/MC_Logo_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Regularly maintained and reliable, MailChimp is a favourite tool amongst email marketers. That is mainly due to the attention to both sides of the email exchanges taking place.</p> <p>This Drupal module allows email marketers to create and send email marketing campaigns from your website and analyze the performance of the campaign while monitoring the behaviour of users interacting with your emails.</p> <p>On the other hand, your website visitors can choose to subscribe (or unsubscribe) easily to the email list of their preference.</p> <p>MailChimp is not limited to email delivery only; you can also integrate <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/mailchimp_ecommerce">MailChimp E-Commerce</a> which allows marketers to optimize their online store sales via personalized email marketing campaigns and automation workflows.</p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><a href="/blog/7-drupal-modules-every-e-commerce-website-must-have"><strong>7 Drupal Modules That Every E-Commerce Must Have</strong></a></div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>5. <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/crazyegg">Crazy Egg</a></h2> <p>This module provides integration with the <a href="https://www.crazyegg.com/" rel="nofollow">Crazy Egg</a> heat map service.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Crazy Egg Heatmap" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="90d2fce1-e162-47fd-93a8-f528c3482a59" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/sample-heatmap-crazyegg.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Much of digital business and marketing success comes down to the ongoing enhancement of your digital experience.</p> <p>This requires a consistent effort of monitoring feedback from your users who in the end must be able to enjoy an engaging user experience that doesn't feature frustrating issues such as slow page load speed and irrelevant content.</p> <p>The aforementioned frustrations can heavily impact your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts to rank higher on search engines like Google; which makes monitoring online user behaviour on-site all the more imperative for marketers.</p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><a href="/blog/10-seo-modules-every-drupal-website-must-have"><strong>10 SEO Modules That Every Website Must Have</strong></a></div> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/crazyegg">Crazy Egg</a> is a simple Drupal module that is easy to install to your Drupal 8 (or D7) website to gain access to various reporting formats that showcase online behaviour on your web pages.</p> <p>By recording the user behaviour, marketers are able to gain a visual insight into how users interact with different elements, features, and components of their website. Marketers are able to understand where users face challenges browsing the site, which aspects of the website they spend most of their time on and which they avoid completely.</p> <p>Ultimately, the feedback gained allows marketers to develop the best UI, UX, and content in a more informed manner.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Bonus: <a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/varbase_seo">Varbase SEO</a></h2> <p>This is a core Varbase feature. We strongly recommend Varbase as the ultimate starter kit and distribution to build your Drupal digital experiences.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Varbase SEO" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="585521a6-d713-46c9-a559-ff2781dcf9f3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/varbase-seo.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Enterprise level organizations and governments that rely upon an ongoing content marketing process require a content publishing and management solution that can handle heavy traffic without compromising performance standards.</p> <p>This is where <a href="/products-services/product-info/varbase-enterprise-website-platform">Varbase</a> saves the day.</p> <p>Not only is Varbase inherently optimized for all search engines it also enables you as a content marketer to optimize your multilingual content regardless of the media format to a diverse and global target audience.</p> <ul><li>Optimized markup that is compliant and accessible to WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards</li> <li>XML Sitemap that is also language aware</li> <li>Content SEO grader and recommendations</li> <li>Full-suite of meta tags and descriptive tags that makes your site more optimized, integrated and favourable to search engines such as Google, Yandex, and Bing, and social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and many other</li> <li>Total control over how your site will look when appearing on search results</li> <li>Handle redirects with ease and prevent dead links</li> <li>Readable and SEO-friendly URLs that automatically reads your site's structure and hierarchy</li> </ul><p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info">You can view our work on digital experiences that were built using Varbase <a href="/our-work">here</a>.</div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Honourable Mentions:</h2> <p> </p> <h3><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/honeypot">Honeypot</a></h3> <p dir="ltr">One of the popular Drupal modules available out there. Used by marketers and Drupal platforms that wish to avoid spam.</p> <p dir="ltr">Honeypot keeps your database clean by blocking spambots from using your web forms using both the honeypot and timestamp methods and is not as intrusive as CAPTCHAs.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info" dir="ltr"><a href="/blog/5-security-modules-every-drupal-website-must-have"><strong>5 Security Modules Every Drupal Website Must Have</strong></a></div> <p> </p> <h3><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/amp">Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)</a></h3> <p>The AMP module is designed to convert Drupal pages into pages that comply with the <a href="https://www.ampproject.org/" rel="nofollow">AMP standard</a>. </p> <p>AMP is <a href="/blog/page-speed-every-second-counts">important</a> because it helps web pages load faster which potentially improves usability and convinces visitors to stay longer on your site engaging with your content.</p> <p>The logic is straightforward: faster load time leads to better engagement, which reduces bounce rate and improves mobile ranking.</p> <p> </p> <p>If we were to feature every Drupal module out there the list would be way too long, so which Drupal modules do you prefer? How does it help you achieve your marketing goals?</p> <p>Share with us your own preferences and we will surely feature them as soon as possible.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Top%205%20Drupal%20Modules%20For%20Marketers&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/top-5-drupal-modules-marketers&amp;2=node/1430" token="Kypf43F4mfVxAKNtg74_pq9OxQdyiMvaSeeUpjOecUA"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:06:25 +0000 Firas Ghunaim 1430 at https://www.vardot.com Clutch: Vardot Is The Leading Jordanian B2B Solutions Provider https://www.vardot.com/blog/clutch-vardot-leading-jordanian-b2b-solutions-provider <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/mohammed-j-razem"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/people_8226_21_1460385823.jpg?h=0f7f0e7d&amp;itok=TdnbyzMr" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="people_8226_21_1460385823.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/mohammed-j-razem" hreflang="und">Mohammed J. Razem</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">October 24, 2018</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-10/01_0.png?itok=0ioG7_vT 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2018-10/01_0.png?itok=ly8w5qPD 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-10/01_0.png?itok=0ioG7_vT" alt="Clutch Leading B2B Companies in Greater Asia and Africa" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>We are honored to have been chosen as the only company from <a href="https://clutch.co/jo/top-service-providers?sort_by=field_pp_pr_ability_deliver_1_10&amp;field_pp_min_project_size=All&amp;field_pp_hrly_rate_range=All&amp;field_pp_size_people=All&amp;field_pp_cs_small_biz=&amp;field_pp_cs_midmarket=&amp;field_pp_cs_enterprise=&amp;client_focus=&amp;field_pp_if_advertising=&amp;field_pp_if_automotive=&amp;field_pp_if_arts=&amp;field_pp_if_bizservices=&amp;field_pp_if_conproducts=&amp;field_pp_if_education=&amp;field_pp_if_natural_resources=&amp;field_pp_if_finservices=&amp;field_pp_if_gambling=&amp;field_pp_if_gaming=&amp;field_pp_if_government=&amp;field_pp_if_healthcare=&amp;field_pp_if_hospitality=&amp;field_pp_if_it=&amp;field_pp_if_legal=&amp;field_pp_if_manufacturing=&amp;field_pp_if_media=&amp;field_pp_if_nonprofit=&amp;field_pp_if_realestate=&amp;field_pp_if_retail=&amp;field_pp_if_telecom=&amp;field_pp_if_transportation=&amp;field_pp_if_utilities=&amp;field_pp_if_other=&amp;industry_focus=&amp;field_pp_location_country_select=All&amp;field_pp_location_province=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bpostal_code%5D=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_distance%5D=100&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_units%5D=mile">Jordan</a> to be featured in <a href="https://clutch.co/">Clutch’s</a> 2018 Leading B2B firms in Africa and Asia <a href="https://clutch.co/jo/top-service-providers?sort_by=field_pp_pr_ability_deliver_1_10&amp;field_pp_min_project_size=All&amp;field_pp_hrly_rate_range=All&amp;field_pp_size_people=All&amp;field_pp_cs_small_biz=&amp;field_pp_cs_midmarket=&amp;field_pp_cs_enterprise=&amp;client_focus=&amp;field_pp_if_advertising=&amp;field_pp_if_automotive=&amp;field_pp_if_arts=&amp;field_pp_if_bizservices=&amp;field_pp_if_conproducts=&amp;field_pp_if_education=&amp;field_pp_if_natural_resources=&amp;field_pp_if_finservices=&amp;field_pp_if_gambling=&amp;field_pp_if_gaming=&amp;field_pp_if_government=&amp;field_pp_if_healthcare=&amp;field_pp_if_hospitality=&amp;field_pp_if_it=&amp;field_pp_if_legal=&amp;field_pp_if_manufacturing=&amp;field_pp_if_media=&amp;field_pp_if_nonprofit=&amp;field_pp_if_realestate=&amp;field_pp_if_retail=&amp;field_pp_if_telecom=&amp;field_pp_if_transportation=&amp;field_pp_if_utilities=&amp;field_pp_if_other=&amp;industry_focus=&amp;field_pp_location_country_select=All&amp;field_pp_location_province=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bpostal_code%5D=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_distance%5D=100&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_units%5D=mile">list</a>. Clutch is one of the world’s leading B2B networking platforms.</p> <p>The <a href="https://clutch.co/jo/top-service-providers?sort_by=field_pp_pr_ability_deliver_1_10&amp;field_pp_min_project_size=All&amp;field_pp_hrly_rate_range=All&amp;field_pp_size_people=All&amp;field_pp_cs_small_biz=&amp;field_pp_cs_midmarket=&amp;field_pp_cs_enterprise=&amp;client_focus=&amp;field_pp_if_advertising=&amp;field_pp_if_automotive=&amp;field_pp_if_arts=&amp;field_pp_if_bizservices=&amp;field_pp_if_conproducts=&amp;field_pp_if_education=&amp;field_pp_if_natural_resources=&amp;field_pp_if_finservices=&amp;field_pp_if_gambling=&amp;field_pp_if_gaming=&amp;field_pp_if_government=&amp;field_pp_if_healthcare=&amp;field_pp_if_hospitality=&amp;field_pp_if_it=&amp;field_pp_if_legal=&amp;field_pp_if_manufacturing=&amp;field_pp_if_media=&amp;field_pp_if_nonprofit=&amp;field_pp_if_realestate=&amp;field_pp_if_retail=&amp;field_pp_if_telecom=&amp;field_pp_if_transportation=&amp;field_pp_if_utilities=&amp;field_pp_if_other=&amp;industry_focus=&amp;field_pp_location_country_select=All&amp;field_pp_location_province=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bpostal_code%5D=&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_distance%5D=100&amp;field_pp_location_latlon_1%5Bsearch_units%5D=mile">list</a> features 200 identified companies based on in-depth evaluation of 12 qualitative and quantitative factors.</p> <p>Leading up to this award; we look back at 2018 and recognize the moments that enabled us to earn this recognition:</p> <p> </p> <h2>Drupal Community Recognition</h2> <p> </p> <p>Only one person managed to contribute more than <a href="https://www.drupal.org/u/rajabnatshah">Rajab Natshah</a> towards the open-source community of Drupal.</p> <p>Representing both Vardot and the Jordan Open Source Association; senior software engineer and good friend Rajab’s valuable contributions <a href="https://dri.es/who-sponsors-drupal-development-2018">were recognized</a> and appreciated by the Drupal open-source community.</p> <p>Vardot has always valued the feedback of the open-source community and we shall continue to work hard towards advancing the principles of open-source and Drupal technology.</p> <p>We are very proud of Rajab for putting Jordan on the open-source Drupal community map in 2018 make sure to follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/rajab_natshah/">Twitter</a>!</p> <p> </p> <img alt="Contribution by Country to Drupal in 2018" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="41144929-8e17-4844-9c18-51fabe333185" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/contributions-by-country-2018.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-center"><strong> <sub>Source: <a href="https://dri.es/who-sponsors-drupal-development-2018">Dries Buytaert</a></sub></strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Masterful Expertise</h2> <p> </p> <p>Sustaining a reputation as a leading enterprise solutions providers and digital experience platform builders is a never-ending endeavor that relies on a team with a passionate drive to be the best.</p> <p>2018 has been particularly eventful for Omar Alahmed who became a full-fledged Drupal 8 <a href="https://certification.acquia.com/registry/grand-masters">Grand Master</a> back in July.</p> <p><strong>Acquia Certified Site Builder (Drupal 8)</strong></p> <ul><li>Muath Khraisat</li> <li>Ahmad Halah</li> <li>Omar Alahmed</li> <li>Yasmeen Abuerrub</li> <li>Rajab Natshah</li> <li>Mahmoud Zayed</li> <li>Sally Nader</li> </ul><p><strong>Acquia Certified Developers (Drupal 8)</strong></p> <ul><li>Muath Khraisat</li> <li>Omar Alahmed</li> <li>Mahmoud Zayed</li> <li>Rajab Natshah</li> </ul><p><strong>Acquia Certified Back-End Specialist (Drupal 8)</strong></p> <ul><li>Omar Alahmed (<strong><a href="/blog/interview-omar-alahmed-first-acquia-certified-drupal-8-backend-developer-mena">The First Acquia Certified D8 Back-End Developer in MENA</a>)</strong></li> </ul><p><strong>Acquia Certified Front-End Specialist (Drupal 8)</strong></p> <ul><li>Omar Alahmed</li> <li>Mahmoud Zayed</li> </ul><p>It’s still early days, this list may yet expand before years’ end.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="The First Drupal 8 Back End Developer in MENA" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="af5eacc7-871d-40d4-8079-07dec06bd618" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/44.0_3_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p> </p> <h2>Success Stories</h2> <p><br /> Working on new, interesting and rewarding projects with great clients was a blessing in 2018 as we get to be part of the development of great ideas and products.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Here’s a selection of our favorites:</strong></p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.awa2el.net/ar">Awa2el</a></strong></li> </ul><p>The platform is quickly becoming the premier e-learning community for the Arab speaking market.</p> <p>It's never too late to brush up on your knowledge or learn something new. Join a growing community of 80,000+ members.</p> <img alt="Awa2el on Devices" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fd767388-dad6-46fc-9a98-1a5825b5bd95" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Awa2el.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.thelifewriter.com/">The Life Writer</a></strong></li> </ul><p>A unique product that enables users to tell their life story or memoirs in a seamless manner.</p> <p> </p> <img alt="The Life Writer" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e23bbcff-c232-446e-a846-1913f55323d1" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/image-5_5_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <p>Thanks to Drupal modules, The application features full cross-device optimization, secure e-commerce capabilities and the ability to dictate text via speech smoothly.</p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://donate.unrwa.org/">UNRWA Donation Platform</a></strong></li> </ul><p>After building their official digital <a href="/our-work/unrwa">platform</a>; we were honored to be selected again by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (<a href="https://www.unrwa.org/">UNRWA</a>) to develop their official donation platform.</p> <p>To learn more about how you can improve the lives of people who need your help, don’t hesitate to visit the platform <a href="https://donate.unrwa.org/">here</a>.</p> <img alt="UNRWA Donation" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ae2a1f5a-122a-4a47-b285-0736485b3dc0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/placeit%2520unrwa.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/unrwa-donate">UNRWA Donation Platform</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.educationentrepreneurs.org/">Queen Rania Award for Education Entrepreneurship</a></strong></li> </ul><p>Access to quality education is a universal right. Working with the Queen Rania Foundation on their <a href="https://www.educationentrepreneurs.org/competition">latest education enablement initiative;</a> the Queen Rania Award for Education Entrepreneurship is a project dear to our hearts.</p> <p>If you are an entrepreneur or educator that has an idea to advance education in any manner; check <a href="https://www.educationentrepreneurs.org/criteria">here</a> if your idea qualifies!</p> <p>You still have 2 weeks before the deadline for <a href="https://www.educationentrepreneurs.org/form/submission">submission</a> arrives.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <img alt="QRA Screenshot on Devices" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c548cbd4-c296-4de0-be96-13b2ef113ee9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/placeit-min_0.png" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info"><strong>Case Study: <a href="/our-work/queen-rania-award-education-entrepreneurship">Queen Rania Award for Education Entrepreneurship</a></strong></div> <p> </p> <ul><li><a href="https://meshkatcommunity.org/"><strong>Meshkat Community</strong></a></li> </ul><p>The Middle East has seen more than it's fair share of hate and social injustice; which makes the Meshkat community initiative a positive step forward in rebuilding social cohesion within future generations.<br /><br /> Meshkat Community (مجتمع مِشكاة) is an initiative launched by <a href="https://peacegeeks.org/">PeaceGeeks</a> in Jordan in 2017 which strengthens community cohesion and constructive dialogue in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region by building the skills, networks, knowledge, and action of citizens. </p> <div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="video" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gV0eJ5nO4Jw?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0&amp;modestbranding=0&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;showinfo=0&amp;controls=0"> </iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p>The list is too long to mention but the effort to deliver is ongoing. We are currently working on awesome projects with the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), Al Bawaba News, Queen Rania Foundation, United Nations Ops (UNOPS), ProEquest, Amman Stock Exchange and ICARDA.</p> <img alt="New Accounts and Partnerships" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7eec6e23-70b8-4b34-bc40-9da713da798d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Slide1_0.JPG" class="align-center" /><p> </p> <h2>Varbase Evolution</h2> <p><br /> Thanks to the valued feedback from the open-source community we were able to sustain frequent releases that enhance the performance of <a href="/products-services/product-info/varbase-enterprise-website-platform">Varbase</a>. Varbase is the ultimate CMS starter kit for Drupal projects.</p> <p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/usage/varbase">During 2018</a>; more developers and project teams adopted Varbase as their go-to solution to build effective digital experiences. Vardot is constantly maintaining and improving upon Varbase to guarantee that it delivers on the promise of enhancing Drupal project delivery by automating best practices and modules available.</p> <p><br /><strong><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/varbase">Download Varbase</a></strong></p> <p> </p> <h2>Expanding Our Horizons</h2> <p><br /> Success is collaborative. As such, we are always seeking to grow bigger and better by collaborating with organizations that match our passion for excellence.<br /><br /> Strategic partnerships are only strategic if they are the right partnerships, forged in a bid to achieve larger and common objectives. </p> <p>Vardot is pleased to have built relationships with <a href="http://naseej.com/">Naseej </a>and <a href="https://www.bcg.com/">Boston Consulting Group</a> in 2018. A relationship that will reap bigger rewards for all involved.</p> <p> </p> <hr /><p> </p> <p>In the end; the real reason why we are where we are today is our team.</p> <p>Congrats to all the team members that enriched our expertise, knowledge and enhanced our ability to deliver to our clients even more.<br /><br /> Well done, Vardotters.<br /> You earned this.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Official Clutch Release: <a href="https://clutch.co/press-releases/leading-b2b-companies-greater-asia-africa-announced-2018?utm_campaign=Analyst%20Press%20Releases&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=66911684&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_D3r2yBLAEYvzXB49Q6F2-yF_0MbvUTH9vfM6F_bxFAblpLMQtX8vAV9vzroLu0JeLbX9wxZpW4KsCSeprPh2UrxSw3A&amp;_hsmi=66911684">Leading B2B Companies in Greater Asia and Africa Announced for 2018</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Clutch%3A%20Vardot%20Is%20The%20Leading%20Jordanian%20B2B%20Solutions%20Provider&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/clutch-vardot-leading-jordanian-b2b-solutions-provider&amp;2=node/1426" token="AznPV-nvFdCFFIyrmbWes_oYwWbtG3_LMF2vpAxg2Z0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:34:50 +0000 Mohammed J. Razem 1426 at https://www.vardot.com Drupal 8.6 Released - 5 New Desired Features https://www.vardot.com/blog/drupal-86-released-5-new-desired-features <div class="node node--type-blog-entry node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="author-info"> <div class="field field--name-user field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="user user--type-user user--view-mode-compact ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/about-us/team/mohammed-j-razem"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/24x24/public/people_8226_21_1460385823.jpg?h=0f7f0e7d&amp;itok=TdnbyzMr" width="24" height="24" alt="Thumbnail" title="people_8226_21_1460385823.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-full-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/about-us/team/mohammed-j-razem" hreflang="und">Mohammed J. Razem</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">September 6, 2018</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="media media-image view-mode-cropped-2-xlarge-9-cols-"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/drupal_8.6_released.png?itok=bLojL2AH 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d9/public/2018-09/drupal_8.6_released.png?itok=SFfqxW9y 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/drupal_8.6_released.png?itok=bLojL2AH" alt="5 New Features in Drupal 8.6" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal/releases/8.6.0">Drupal 8.6</a> was released yesterday and is being touted as the most significant update to Drupal 8 so far.  Browsing <a href="https://www.drupal.org/about/strategic-initiatives">initiatives</a> being undertaken by the Drupal community always gave an indicator towards the direction and future of Drupal. It’s easy to understand why the ever-growing community of Drupal users were eagerly anticipating this latest version which promises to focus on enhancing the user experience as a priority.</p> <p><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <p dir="ltr">So, beyond the usual fixes and improvements typical of any update; Vardot decided to highlight the new features and capabilities included in the latest release.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">1. Media Editing and Management</h3> <p dir="ltr">A new media library has now become a core feature of Drupal 8.6. This upgrade significantly enhances the experience of content publishers and content marketing teams’ performance in particular.</p> <p dir="ltr">As an integrated feature of Drupal 8.6; the new media library can be customized based on your needs as a content editor and publisher. Upgrading your CMS to the latest update will enable you as a content marketer to easily edit, publish and manage your content:</p> <ul><li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>High efficiency</strong> – The mundane task of re-uploading existing media content is a thing of the past now as all media content can be saved and browsed in the new media library available in Drupal 8.6.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Embedding made easy</strong> – the latest Drupal version features built-in stable support for embedding remote media. In particular; YouTube and Vimeo video content.</p> </li> </ul><div class="embedded-entity"><div class="media media-image view-mode-large"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/media-library_0.png?itok=I_huMUhj 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d10/public/2018-09/media-library_0.png?itok=oeh1cs1N 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d12/public/2018-09/media-library_0.png?itok=CnngDujx 1x" media="all and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/media-library_0.png?itok=I_huMUhj" alt="Drupal 8.6 Media Library" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></picture></div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><meta charset="utf-8" /></p> <h3 dir="ltr">2. Workspaces</h3> <p dir="ltr">Since the Workflow module has become stable back in version 8.4; staging of multiple content changes at the same time (Workspaces) has been one of the Drupal community’s most requested improvements.</p> <p dir="ltr">This has been duly delivered as an experimental Workspaces module in Drupal 8.6. A simple and intuitive user interface enables users to define workspaces, deploy multiple content items between them in a smooth manner.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Workspaces module is steadily evolving but even at this experimental stage; it will prove to be a major upgrade especially for website who prefer or need to publish various changes at once.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">3. Layout Builder</h3> <p dir="ltr">A much-anticipated tool that enhances the site-building experience and authoring capabilities.</p> <p dir="ltr">Provide a drag and drop interface for creating layouts, which can apply both to overall site sections, as well as overridden on individual landing pages.</p> <p dir="ltr">Web pages can be more dynamic, personalized and purpose-driven now that site builders can take advantage of the Layout Builder module in Drupal 8.6. The flexibility that users are provided to create unique layouts for unique content formats is an exciting feature which will undoubtedly continue to develop and become a stable key feature of the updates to come.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you still need help enabling the layout features, <a href="https://www.ostraining.com/blog/drupal/86/?utm_source=The+Weekly+Drop&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=The_Weekly_Drop_Issue_354_08_30_2018">OS Training made a clear and simple guide</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">4. Meeting Evaluators Needs</h3> <p dir="ltr">Drupal has introduced a smoother installation out-of-the-box experience in the form of a demo profile dubbed ‘Umami Food Magazine’ which showcases the most powerful capabilities of Drupal and an overview of a variety of sample views and field types.</p> <p dir="ltr">Recognizing the importance of a <a href="https://dri.es/three-ways-we-can-improve-drupal-evaluator-experience">positive evaluator experience</a>; <a href="http://www.acquia.com">Acquia</a> CTO Dries Buytaert has <a href="https://dri.es/drupal-8-6-0-released">outlined</a> the Drupal 8.6 installation process in response to challenges that faced evaluators of early Drupal version experiences.</p> <p dir="ltr">Importantly, the latest update includes major improvements to the download experience and documentation. Users can now download and install fully functional Drupal demo applications in under 2 minutes, whilst new users in particular can benefit from the revamped documentation found on <a href="https://www.drupal.org">Drupal.org</a>.</p> <div class="embedded-entity"><div class="media media-image view-mode-large"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/umami-profile.png?itok=ks-JlfB4 1x" media="all and (max-width: 767px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d10/public/2018-09/umami-profile.png?itok=n1XWfbfV 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/d12/public/2018-09/umami-profile.png?itok=Nz5hmveB 1x" media="all and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/d8/public/2018-09/umami-profile.png?itok=ks-JlfB4" alt="Drupal 8.6 demo profile - Umami food magazine" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></picture></div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p> </p> <h3 dir="ltr">5. Migration</h3> <p dir="ltr">According to the <a href="https://www.drupal.org/about/in-the-news/drupal-860-release-provides-the-most-significant-update-to-drupal-8-yet">official release announcement</a>; migrating your website from Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8 has never been easier as almost all migration modules are stable.</p> <p dir="ltr">Drupal Association’s Marketing Communications Manager writes: “Drupal 8.6 sees both Migrate Drupal (migrations from previous major Drupal versions) as well as Migrate Drupal UI (upgrade user interface) modules provide a solution to update older sites. This means that if you have a monolingual Drupal 6 or 7 site, you can now use a supported and built-in user interface to migrate your site to Drupal 8. Multilingual migrations are still experimental and now wrapped in the Migrate Drupal Multilingual module.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This update has been anticipated by content editors and developers alike and we are sure that Drupal 8.6 will afford users and the community as a whole to pursue opportunities to innovate and improve upon the great advances made so far.</p> <p dir="ltr">Did the latest update address your priority issues? If not, what are they?</p> <p dir="ltr">Let us know what you think of the new update.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Drupal%208.6%20Released%20-%205%20New%20Desired%20Features&amp;1=https%3A//www.vardot.com/blog/drupal-86-released-5-new-desired-features&amp;2=node/1413" token="YU6uTv4fOCPRq5cu06UMGiGKMPi7zdhJf63yETUz8f0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> </div> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:33:54 +0000 Mohammed J. Razem 1413 at https://www.vardot.com