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Drupal for Business

At Duo, we build connections.

Michael Girgis

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The Benefits of Component-Driven Development

The biggest change that Drupal 8 brought to the front-end development process was the introduction of the Twig templating engine. Twig templates in Drupal 8 replace the PHP Template files used in Drupal 7 (recognized by their extension, ".tpl.php"), and they come with many benefits.

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Changing Drupal’s (Material) Admin Experience

There are so many good things that we’ve heard about Drupal from clients over the years, and we truly think it is the most powerful content management system (CMS) available today. With all of that being said, though, there has always been one consistent complaint.

The back-end user experience is not as good as it could be.

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Using Drupal and JavaScript for Accessibility

JavaScript and screen readers have an interesting relationship. For years, there has been a perceived conflict between the programming language and the tools used to make websites more accessible.

That perceived conflict is just that — perceived. In reality, there’s no reason why the two can’t work together to make a more powerful product for users to engage with.

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Facts and Myths about Decoupling Drupal

One of our past clients recently came to us with a question. Their website had been running on Drupal for several years, and they felt relatively knowledgeable about the platform and the lingo that comes with it.

Earlier that day, the client heard a term they didn’t recognize: decoupling. The client heard that decoupling was quickly becoming one of the “it” things to do with Drupal, and they wondered if they should pursue it to stay current with the latest trend.

Let’s answer the obvious question first: What is decoupling?

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A First Look at Developing in Pantheon

One of the services we offer our clients is to coordinate and manage the hosting of their websites. We’ve experimented with a number of different hosting options over the years, and our latest experiment has been with Pantheon.

Pantheon is one of the biggest providers of Drupal hosting (they also host WordPress sites), and so far, we’ve been really happy with the experience.

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The Power of Paragraphs

I have to start with a disclaimer. This post is all about the Paragraphs module for Drupal. When I talk about the power of paragraphs, I’m talking about the module, which is an incredible asset for any Drupal website — I’m not talking about a grouping of multiple sentences.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, let me introduce you to Paragraphs. This module is a game changer when it comes to your website’s appearance, and it’s one that we’re using more and more here at Duo. Paragraphs provides a new way for site owners to create content on their website, and it unlocks an infinite number of new possibilities for how to design a site.

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Mobile First Improvements in Drupal 8

A large area of focus for Drupal 8 was to make the experience more mobile friendly, from the installation to authoring experience. New features in Drupal 8, as well as those you’re used to from Drupal 7, are designed for mobile, making it easier to edit or make changes to your Drupal site from any device.

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Reduce and Reuse with View Modes

In his most recent post, my colleague Ryan discussed the virtues of atomic design and the benefits of taking a more modular approach to development in Drupal. He touched on Drupal's system of "view modes" and how they provide developers with a great way to streamline theming of a site's so-called "molecules." I'm going to dig just a little deeper into view modes and provide some examples of how useful they can be.

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