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New Drupal Modules - 14 June 2019 - 1:09am

Simplifying module allows you to make managing your website on Drupal 8 easier and more convenient. With our module, you can remove all unnecessary tabs, menu items or fields of materials.

Categories: Drupal

Weight For Custom Fields

New Drupal Modules - 14 June 2019 - 12:24am

Weight for custom Fields is a module built to set weight based on form id and field name. WFCF module will be useful when a form field is missed out to set the weight which cannot be changeable in the User Interface, Those non-changeable field weights can be configured here.

Some contrib /custom modules have custom fields appended to core forms where you cannot change the order of that field in that case you need write custom code to add weight to that field to change that field order. WFCF module will allows you to configure it in User Interface.

Usage

Categories: Drupal

OpenSense Labs: Is Decoupled Drupal the Right Choice for You?

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 9:59pm
Is Decoupled Drupal the Right Choice for You? Jayati Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:29

A lot of buzz around “Decoupled Drupal” is taking place and it has quickly become ubiquitous in the industry. Drupal has won hearts by embracing the newest of technology and presenting the best of possibilities. The full separation of the structure from the content has aided the content management systems with appropriate means to accelerate the pace of innovation. 

In this blog, we will address some loaded questions of what, why and when of Decoupled Drupal for you. 

Decoupled Drupal Is For You

Rendering a separate framework for front-end and back-end content management experience, Decoupled Drupal provides for a content presentation that is completely devoid of the content management. It is also known as ‘Headless Drupal’, where the head refers to the front-end rendering or the presentation of the content and the ‘body’ attributes to the backend storage. 

Addressing the 3 Ws: Why, What, When 

In this section, we will take one head at a time and examine the core functionalities of Decoupled (Headless) Drupal. 

Why Decoupled?

Being a flexible framework for developing websites, web/native apps and similar digital products, Decoupled Drupal allows for designers and front-end developers to build without limitations. As an organisation you can leverage a decoupled approach for progressive web apps, and native apps. Decoupled Drupal has created a noise in the community with its divide and conquer development strategy.

What’s your Intention?

Your intentions always determine the outcome, i.e., how your product will be built with the Decoupled Drupal. For the developers working on it, here are a few scenarios and their outcomes: 

  • In case of standalone websites/applications, decoupled Drupal might not be a wise choice. 
  • For multiple web applications and websites, decoupled Drupal can be leveraged in two different ways. 
  • When building non-web native apps, you can employ decoupled Drupal to attain a content repository without its own public-facing front end.
Source: Dri.es

Once the intentions are clear, the next step is to see if it can be executed given a proper apparatus. Here are a few questions that should influence your decision to choose decoupled Drupal: 

  • Is it right for your project and your team?
  • Do you have a strong grasp on your data needs?
  • Evaluate if your current hosting provider can support this architecture
  • Are you prepared to handle the complexity of serving content to multiple clients?
  • Do the URL alias values have a unique identifier that makes API requests easy?
  • Can your metadata logic power meta tags, JSON-LD, analytics to be generated with standardised rules?
  • Where are menus created, ordered, and managed? 
  • Do you have an architecture that supports combining multiple redirect rules into a single redirect?
When to Decouple

By now we have established enough facts that Decoupled Drupal is a package full of advantages. It’s time to delve deeper and seek the accuracy of circumstances in which it can be put into effect: 

Decoupled Drupal allows for designers and front-end developers to build without limitations Resources 

Progressively decoupling the Drupal requires a separate development of the backend and front-end and thus, separate resources are a mandate. Two individually capable teams that can collaborate and support makes for a successful decoupled Drupal. 

Multiple Channels

 The faculty of publishing content and data across platforms and products can affect the way you become headless.

Applicable Content

 Decouple is a great fit if you already have an interactive data. Visualisations, animations, and complex user flows pushes for frameworks like Ember, React, Vue JS or Angular.

Drupal Interface

Sometimes, a rich interface and built-in features can hinder the work. Even Drupal’s flexible content model to store content requires a different interface for adding and managing that content in some cases. 

When Not to Decouple

Inversely, it is equally important to know what situations might not be healthy for a decoupled Drupal to thrive. Gauge these possibilities to rule out situations/project:

  • Drupal has the advantage to leverage a huge pile of free modules from the open source community. But with the decoupled Drupal, the ability to easily “turn-on” the front-end functionality goes out of the window. The separate content management system eliminates this likelihood of managing your website front-end directly. 
  • Drupal’s front-end proficiency should align with your front-end requirement. Absence of a systematic match can land your decoupled dream in doubts.  
Conclusion

There’s no confusion about the abilities of Decoupled Drupal. It’s your business requirements that should fit in like a puzzle with the headless architecture. With necessary technical leadership skills and expertise in this web infrastructure, you can sail your decoupling aspirations to the other end. 

We’d love to hear your feedback on our social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

And do not forget to share more ideas at hello@opensenselabs.com

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Evolving Web: What We Learned at Drupal North Day 2

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 8:41pm

Another successful day at Drupal North is now complete! This day was packed with sessions from all kinds of speakers, including our very own Jigar Mehta and Robert Ngo. Some great discussions were had amongst the Drupal community which was out in full force. Here are some of the ideas that we saw repeated throughout the day:

Content must be modular

Making your content modular allows you to easily plug it into any new type of channel. There's no need for you to start from scratch just because you're creating something for a different platform or user base. And, if you keep this content in a centralized hub, all users have access to the most accurate and up-to-date versions.

Plan out where you're going in the initial design phase

Knowing where you're going makes it that much easier to get there. You need to start with solid components so you don't have to go back later on and make constant revisions. A detailed plan allows you to take advantage of UI Patterns that will save you time and headaches in the future.

More and more people actually know about Drupal

Years ago, many within the Drupal community would have to explain to people what Drupal, and even open-source was. This made the task of convincing them to switch to a Drupal site even harder. Now, executives and decision-makers will have often already heard of Drupal and just need to be convinced of what value YOU can bring to them.

Accessibility is key

The web is for everyone and that means your website needs to be accessible for everyone. It's also important to maintain this accessibility; technology is always improving so just because your site was accessible when you launched it 3 years ago, doesn't mean it is today. And when you conduct user tests, try and recruit diverse participants in order to get more inclusive results.

Drupalers love basketball!

To wrap up the day, conference attendees went to the after party to catch game 6 of the NBA Finals -- GO RAPTORS!

Just one more day left of Drupal North and we hope you've been making the most of it! Make sure you're following along with us on LinkedIn and Twitter, and check out the rest of our daily recaps on this blog.

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Categories: Drupal

EA pledges new reporting tools, periodic Community Reports to combat toxicity

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 13 June 2019 - 3:02pm

The company is taking deliberate steps to keep the community involved in that process, including the creation of policies and programs. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Opinion: Cloud gaming for both Microsoft and Google remains a horseless carriage

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 13 June 2019 - 1:40pm

SuperData Research founder Joost van Dreunen takes a look at the state of cloud-based game services in the wake of E3 2019. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Kanopi Studios: 5 Things to Consider When Executing a Website Rebuild

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 12:26pm

You’ve decided it’s time to rebuild your website. Research has been done, conversion rates have been analyzed, the team has selected a rebuild over a focused fix, and you and your team are committed to making this happen. One of the easiest ways of ensuring your success is to remain mindful of a few key things as you work your way through this larger process.

Regarding that term, “mindful:” one of the Kanopi team’s favorite authors is Brené Brown. She writes, “Mindfulness requires that we not “over-identify” with thoughts and feelings so that we are not caught up and swept away by negativity.” For the purposes of your website rebuild, I’d adapt this to be, “Mindfulness requires that we not “over-focus” on what we’ve done before, and rather remain aware of what’s important for our success so that we can focus on where we want to be.”

So, let’s get to it and break down what the top five things we need to be mindful of when executing a rebuild project.

1. YOU are the difference! Be engaged.

Stakeholder engagement can make or break a rebuild. But rebuilds are time-consuming, and you and your stakeholders will likely be pulled in several directions as you try to execute a rebuild while balancing other priorities and projects.

Your availability, open communication, and timely feedback is critical to enable your team to create the web presence your organization needs to reach its goals. Be realistic in what time your team can devote to the project so you can be as fully engaged as possible. Define roles and responsibilities early as well so it’s clear who is handling what.

If you need an assist from an outside agency to keep the project moving quicker, be direct with them about your business needs and wants. Help them to understand your users and audiences. An agency will make every effort to dive deeply into understanding your market, but at the end of the day, you and your team are the experts on what you do. So view any outside agency as a partner who can work with you towards success, and stay engaged with them throughout the process.

2. Define success & track it

We cannot know if we’re successful until we have identified what success will look like. For some sites, it’s simply exposure. For others, it’s a need to meet specific goals. Take the time to define what your organization needs to achieve, and which key metrics will allow us to quantify success.

Not sure where to start? Here are common metrics should you benchmark now as you prepare for the rebuild:

  • Users: note how many users are regularly coming to your site
  • Bounce Rate: record the overall bounce rate. Make note if this is at, above or below your industry’s standard.
  • Average Session Duration: how long are users staying on your page?
  • Sessions by Channel: where are your users coming from? How much organic traffic is coming in?
  • Top Keywords: identify what words are being used in the search engines when users are finding you. Are these surprising?
  • Competitor Keywords: are users who are looking at your competitors using the same keywords?
  • Top Referrers: who is sending traffic to your site? Maybe social media is key, or you’re more focused on industry referrals. Determine where you should be in the market.
  • Conversion Rates: what forms do you need users to fill out? What conversions are critical to your business goals? These can take the form of contact or forms from your CRM tools such as Marketo or Pardot, or even visits to a specific page or video views.   
  • Accessibility: does your site meet national or international compliance standards?

In short, benchmark where you are now, and use this data to help round out that definition of success. Then come back a few months after launch to reevaluate and compare so you can quantify the success to your stakeholders.

3. Get your content strategy in order

The old saying “Content is King” is truer today than ever. Users are more educated. Search engines have become smarter, looking for more than keywords — they look for meaning in phrases to help determine the focus of a given page.

As one of the most effective methods of growing audience engagement, developing your brand presence, and driving sales, content marketing is a mission-critical growth method for most businesses. — Hubspot

This is where most people turn to me and tell me they’ll get their team on it so they can move further along in the content process. But don’t underestimate the time and energy content development/aggregation can take, even if your larger project is hiring a copywriter to augment your team. All too often, when content becomes a late-stage endeavor a few things happen:

  • timelines get pushed out, waiting for content to be approved.
  • changes to the previous UX are often required to account for unrealized navigation or calls to action, causing potential budget overages.
  • content is rushed and not in alignment with the overall vision.

To help this process come together for your team, here are a few action items to start with:

  • Audit your content: take a full inventory of your site’s content to better identify:
    • what to keep
    • what to repurpose
      • for example: the video may look dated, but could your team could write a blog post from that material?
    • what should not be migrated to your new site
      • this can be archived to be referenced at a later date
  • Build a sitemap: determine the hierarchy of the content on the new site.
  • Identify missing content: comparing your audit to your sitemap, what needs to be produced?
  • Track content creation: track who is responsible for writing, editing and approving content — and give them deadlines
  • Start thinking ahead: you may need to start planning future content. Developing an editorial calendar will help keep the process moving. Content typically included in an editorial calendar:
    • blog posts
    • social media posts
    • videos
    • infographics

When preparing for a rebuild, your content strategy has to be one of the first things your team takes on. This approach will save you time, headaches, and likely budget moving forward. 

4. Consider your users’ digital experience

By this stage in the process you should know your target market, their buying habits and why your product or service is of value to them. You likely have personas and other data to help back this up. But in the omnichannel world in which we thrive, there is often more to architecting an effective user journey. Understanding the nuances of the devices, the influence of how a user comes to your site, and the overall adherence to best practices are complex. For example, consider the following:

  • What percentage of users are coming from mobile devices?
    • Are you CTAs and main conversion points easy to access on a small screen?
    • Is the user journey simplified?
  • Are you users coming from social media?
    • Is it your blog driving traffic or more word of mouth?
    • Is it positive or negative attention?
  • Have you produced a user journey map to identify the different pathways to conversion?
    • Is your site currently set up to promote these journeys?
    • Are you utilizing personalization to customize that user journey?

You can learn more about how to use user research to gain insight into audience behavior to help you frame your thoughts about your personas overall user journey to conversion.

5. Think about the future of your site

Websites need to evolve and adapt as the needs of your users change over time, but as you rebuild, are you setting yourself up for more incremental changes moving forward? Keep in mind that most rebuilds are focused on the MLP or “Minimum Lovable Product.” It’s the simplest iteration of your site that will meet your current needs with the intent to continually improve it over time. Regardless of whether you’re focused on an MLP launch due to either time or budget constraints, we need to keep these future goals in mind as we progress.

And then there’s the technology side of this: whether you’re looking ahead to Drupal 8 or 9 or the next major evolution with WordPress, consider those needs now to help ‘future proof’ your new site. The web changes too quickly to risk your site being stale when it’s still brand new. Talk this through from the start with your team.

These steps will set you up for success.

Your site speaks to who you are as an organization to your target market. Whether you’re a non-profit, higher education or a corporate entity, being mindful now will set your team’s rebuild up for success. And if you need help with your rebuild, contact us. We’d love to partner with you and help you recognize that success.

The post 5 Things to Consider When Executing a Website Rebuild appeared first on Kanopi Studios.

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Square Enix is considering its own subscription service

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 13 June 2019 - 11:57am

Square Enix is considering launching its own subscription service, a move that follows in the footsteps of other major game companies like EA and Ubisoft. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Cheeky Monkey Media: Drupal 8 and 9 Features That Have Us Going Bananas

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 11:46am
Drupal 8 and 9 Features That Have Us Going Bananas cody Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:46

Just when you think Drupal couldn’t get any dumber, it goes and adds some great new features….. And TOTALLY redeems itself!

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Released back in November of 2015, Drupal 8 has been slowly but steadily upping its game.

In case you’ve been lost in a jungle for the past couple of years, or maybe you just don’t keep up with that kind of thing, we’ve got you covered.

Here are just some of the things Drupal 8 and soon to be Drupal 9 have us jumping around like crazy apes about.

Categories: Drupal

New model more accurately predicts choices in classic decision-making task

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 13 June 2019 - 11:35am
A new mathematical model that predicts which choices people will make in the Iowa Gambling Task, a task used for the past 25 years to study decision-making, outperforms previously developed models.
Categories: Virtual Reality

utext

New Drupal Modules - 13 June 2019 - 10:59am

This module provides services, widgets and formatters with plain text filtering feature, based on infoxy/utext library.

Categories: Drupal

Media Entity Image Responsive

New Drupal Modules - 13 June 2019 - 10:41am

This module provides a field formatter for Media Entity Images to display as Responsive Images. This only supports Media Entity, and does not support core media. It is meant as an interim solution for supporting Responsive Images within Media Entity.

Categories: Drupal

OSTraining: How to Build User Profiles With Fields in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 8:49am

By default, a Drupal 8 user account collects only very basic information about the user. 

And, most of that information is not visible to visitors or other users on the site.

Fortunately, Drupal makes it easy to modify and expand this profile so that people can add useful information about themselves such as their real name (versus a username), address, employer, URLs, biography, and more.

Categories: Drupal

Layout Builder Kit

New Drupal Modules - 13 June 2019 - 8:37am

Layout Builder Kit is a set of pre-made components you can use in your Layout Builder pages.

Current components are:

  • Rich Text Component
  • Simple Image Component

Documentation coming.

Categories: Drupal

Extended Fiction in Game Design: ICEY - by Austin Anderson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 June 2019 - 8:06am
Analysis of extended fiction techniques used in ICEY, a part of my series of blog posts with sections from my Honors Thesis on extended fiction in game design.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Social Media Marketing To Grow Your Community - by Natalie Mikkelson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 June 2019 - 8:05am
Attract followers and keep followers with these social media marketing basics...
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Tips & Tricks to manage Open Game Development - by Yannick Elahee

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 13 June 2019 - 7:44am
Open The Gates! More and more indies are allowing players to have a say about game updates. Maybe you decided to do this aswell, here are some tips & tricks after making 4 open game development games!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Email Octopus Block

New Drupal Modules - 13 June 2019 - 7:14am
Categories: Drupal

wishdesk.com: Image hover effect in Drupal 8 with Imagepin button module

Planet Drupal - 13 June 2019 - 5:08am
Drupal 8 has easy content creation as a priority, and there are also many useful modules for creating image hover effect. Let’s take a look at a simple but nice one — the Imagepin button module.
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Gnomecast #68 – Breakout 2019 Panel – Running a Good Con Game

Gnome Stew - 13 June 2019 - 5:00am

This week’s episode is a convention panel recorded at Breakout 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. Senda moderates for panelists Ang, Camdon, and the self-described gnome-adjacent Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios for a discussion about running good con games. Will this good advice be enough to keep these gnomes (and their gnome-adjacent friend) out of the stew this week?

Download: Gnomecast #68 – Breakout 2019 Panel – Running a Good Con Game

Follow Senda at @IdellaMithlynnd on Twitter, and also at her shows @PandasTalkGames and @sasgeekpodcast.

Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and see pictures of her cats at @orikes13 on Instagram.

Follow Camdon at @camdon on Twitter and check out his website camdon.com.

Follow Chris Spivey and Darker Hue Studios @darker_hue on Twitter and check out the Darker Hue Studios website.

Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Subscribe to the Gnome Stew Twitch channel, check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon!

Categories: Game Theory & Design

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