What we learned by building our new company site in Drupal 8

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Last week, we launched our new company site built in Drupal 8. Previously, it was a Drupal 6 site built ages ago and in high need of a redesign anyway. So, with Drupal 8 around the corner, what better way to learn Drupal 8 and help development at the same time?

We started exploring around the time of the first beta, and decided to write up all the bumps in the road we encountered along the way. Overall, it was a great experience and we even managed to squeeze in a patch or two to fix some bugs. Drupal 8 clearly has a lot of improvements for everybody: developers will enjoy the solid framework, frontend people get Twig, and I can't wait to show clients the quick edit functionality.

Artificial Intelligence and content-driven webdesign

The Grid: AI in webdesign

It's been called anything from an 'industry game-changer', the 'next revolution in CMS' to simply 'the future of webdesign'. Whatever it may become, The Grid (launch in spring 2015) sure has got a lot of attention lately and could stir things up in the industry, if it's executed wel. Content-driven design (automated A/B testing) combined with artificial intelligence seems to be a logical next step and it's making a lot of people very excited, as well as many designers a bit nervous. 


SplashAwards 2014

SplashAwards 2014 Nominee

For the first time this year, Drupal sites in the Benelux could compete for a SplashAward. Last friday, the winners were announced in a cozy theater in Amsterdam [pics]. More then 40 nominated projects and people were nominated in 10 different categories. We also got nominated in the category "Social" with our project Biebtobieb.nl. We didn't win it, but we got a lot of praise from @horncologne during the announcement [video]. We are very proud to get nominated and want to thank the orgainisation for a great evening and of course congratulations to all the winners!

For everybody who is unfamiliar with Biebtobieb, checkout our special showcase page. In short: Biebtobieb is an extensive social platform, kinda like a "Drupal Commons on steroids".

Code syntax highlighting in Drupal using CKEditor's new features

Code syntax highlighting in Drupal using CKEditor's new features

CKEditor introduced widgets in 4.3 and with this, an entire new set of plugins emerged who use widget in order to embed special types of "rich" content. One of the plugins is CodeSnippet.

Notes DrupalCon Amsterdam 2014

Merge @ Drupalcon Amsterdam 2014

Here are some of the notes we made during DrupalCon Amsterdam 2014!

10 best practices for Drupal features

Drupal best practices

For the last couple of years, we've collected a number of best practices for using the Drupal features module. Check out the slides.

Headless Drupal

Headless Drupal

We just had a little presentation and discussion at the office about "Headless Drupal". If you want to know more, checkout the slides or goto the Headless Drupal Group on groups.drupal.org if you want to know more. Reddit also has a discussion about this topic, and there are quite some session proposals for Drupalcon Amsterdam.

Drupal 8: which Drupal 7 modules went into core?

Drupal 7 modules available in Drupal 8

We started building our new company site in Drupal 8 (release alpha-7) to get a real good feel of D8. Not just by a quick install but really get our hands dirty and get a good look under the hood. We already built our first module in Drupal 8 during DrupalCon Prague so we knew a bit what to expect, but we still had some basic questions: Which Drupal 7 modules went in to Drupal 8 core? Which drupal 7 contrib modules won't be necessary anymore in Drupal 8? 

Webdesign guide for UX/graphic designers

Webdesign guide for UX/graphic designers

We specialize in web (Drupal) development: we code and build awesome websites. And although we hardly do any graphic designing ourselves, we do know a lot about UX/design in general. That's why we wrote a webdesign guide (Dutch only for now) to help designers streamline the process. It is work in progress but we wanted to share it with you because it seems there are a lot of questions about the deliverables out there. Let us know what you think!

Get email notifications as anonymous when new content is posted


It's a pretty common request by clients: As an anonymous user, receive email notifications when new content (by a specific author) is posted on your Drupal site. Existing Drupal solutions don't meet the requirements because they often rely on authenticated users. We already use (and love) MailChimp, so why not use the monkeys to take care of the heavy lifting? We created a new module (currently sandbox/beta) which does precisely that: mailchimp subscriptions. Feedback is welcome!


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