This weekend, we had the privilege of taking part in D4D Boston 2011--Drupal Design Camp as exhibitor and sponsor. I was also on board personally as an organizer & speaker(yes, it was a busy and fun weekend!) The team from OHO Interactive turned out in force on Saturday, with Ed, Barry, and Stacy there to field questions and help provide an OHO-sponsored lunch for 318+ Drupalists after an inspiring keynote from none other than Dries himself.
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Visitors were out in force around Newbury Street yesterday, and although tourists enjoying the (rare) sunny weather were gathering at sidewalk tables, the Hynes Convention Center was filled with digital professionals of all stripes, there for Enterprise 2.0, the biggest social business conference around. We were there to see Acquia launch the new version of their social platform Commons at their Commons and Cocktails party.
Are You Making It Easy for Them?
Last night we braved the monsoon that descended upon our fair city, determined to make our way to the BoNE show. One bus and two train rides later, we arrived – ready to mingle among our peers, peruse and browse the wonderful work on display. As we made our way through the exhibit, it struck us that what makes the BoNE show so great is that work from seasoned professionals and aspiring, talented designers are showcased side by side. No pretense – just a collection of really great work showcasing that talent transcends all boundaries.
Becoming a project-scoping ninja will help you contain costs, keep timelines on track, and in general make every project a lot easier to get done.
A lot of the secret to great scoping is avoiding scope creep - the slow growth of a small project into a big one. It’s one of the chief headaches of project managers. Fortunately, it’s easy to identify the top five reasons projects grow beyond their scope. Once you know what to look out for, it’s relatively easy to write a project scope that avoids scope creep from:
Watch this webinar to learn what factors make a product resonate with users, how to determine what your end users really need from your product rather than what they say they need, factors beyond your product itself that help determine the user experience, and ways to structure user experience so that users learn how to use an application quickly with less training.
When working on a site redesign, one of the main questions site owners often have is how to make sure that months and years of careful SEO work, often building to #1 rankings in the search engines, can be preserved when the new site launches. We’ve all heard of site relaunches in which a company dropped from page one in Google to page 20, or disappeared for weeks altogether. Then there are complaints from users who had a specific page bookmarked, only to find it gone when they visit the site. These concerns are especially top of mind when deploying a new CMS.
On Saturday April 2nd, I’ll be presenting at Product Camp Boston at the Microsoft NERD Center, talking to product managers about how to make their web applications as easy and seamless to use as popular consumer web applications.
Boston Society for Architects (BSA) launched the completely revamped architects.org website this evening. The site was developed by Design&Co and OHO Interactive. The site is built upon Acquia Drupal and includes integration with the association management tool produced by ACGI.
Congratulations to the team at BSA – Adam, John, Jon, and Dan!
DrupalCon 2011, the main conference for everything Drupal, is in only 2 weeks. With Drupal usage exploding over the past few years DrupalCon has sold out quickly. This year the organizers got a much bigger venue and there is still space available. There is a rich set of sessions ranging covering the range from base technologies to advanced enterprise solutions. Find out about the sessions at http://chicago2011.drupal.org/schedule. I hope to see you there.
And OHO is thrilled to be helping out. Come on out to DrupalCampMA at UMass Amhearst on January 22nd and plug in to the fast growing Drupal community in Western MA.
The event is being held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the ultra-modern Integrated Sciences Building with a fantasic agenda that includes:
Well, the content management world is about to change once again - with Drupal leading the charge. Team Drupal has been hard at work re-architecting, extending, enhancing, tuning - and just all around 'making it great' and the team will release Drupal 7 on January 7th.
Watch this webinar on academic recruiting with Drupal, hosted by Jason Smith of OHO Interactive and Bryan House of Acquia. You'll learn about research, features, and functionality, and why Drupal is great for higher education websites.
Happy Holidays from OHO!
Today OHO had a special Friday lunch for the holidays, complete with festively decorated OHO hoho cookies, catered Italian food, and a Yankee Swap.
Internet Explorer has a 31 stylesheet limit for stylesheets that are added to pages using the link tag. Since this is such a large number this limit is usually not an issue but on more complex sites, especially Drupal sites with many enabled modules, hitting this limit is fairly easy. The consequence being that every stylesheet after the 31st will not load.
Jeffrey Way writes in his article, "But it Doesn’t Validate", for Nettuts+:
"When validating, your primary focus should be on determining where you’ve made mistakes. Validation isn’t a game, and, while it might be fun to test your skills to determine how high you can get your score, always keep in mind: it doesn’t matter. And never, ever, ever compromise the use of the latest doctype, CSS3 techniques and selectors for the sake of validation."
A team from OHO is attending the MarkLogic Digital publishing summit in New York City today. As a MarkLogic partner, OHO is a sponsor of the event. OHO develops user interfaces for businesses using MarkLogic to manage large quantities of unstructured data.
Ok, so we’ve scoped the challenge and we’ve stated that Drupal is a great solution.
Well, how can a content management solution really help us here? Great question. Let’s dig in and talk a bit about Drupal’s architecture and its core components – and let’s work from the OS to the UI tier of your application.
First, Drupal’s core is written in PHP and affords us the opportunity to run on any OS. PHP, as you know, delivers great performance, is itself extensible, and scales well.