Blog Posts - web development

A Survival Guide to Public Wi-Fi
23 Jan
by Art Williams

Wi-Fi is everywhere so most of us don’t think twice about connecting to our local coffee shop and surfing the world wide web.  But the ubiquity of Wi-Fi has created a false sense of security. In reality, connecting to public Wi-Fi can open your device up to being hacked or expose data from sites you access as the packets of data fly around the air.  

Getting Started: React in Drupal 8
12 Dec
by Kemane Wright

So you heard of React, the JavaScript library developed by Facebook for creating fast and interactive user interfaces, and thought “Wow! It would be awesome if I could use this with Drupal.”

Well, today I will show you exactly how you can add React to any Drupal site, as well as provide you a module with all the boilerplate code required to get you up and running with React as quickly as possible.

Composer & Drupal for Beginners
07 Nov
by Art Williams

Learn the ins-and-outs of installing and managing Drupal 8 using Composer, the PHP dependency manager. Composer reads a configuration file for a project, then determines all of the underlying software that the project needs in order to work, along with what versions of those applications are compatible with all parts of the project.

Drupal 8 Basic Media and Media Browser Setup for beginners
18 Oct
by Jaime Contreras

This is a beginner’s tutorial that will quickly get you up and running with media entities and a media entity browser in Drupal 8.

One of the best parts of Drupal 8 is the in-core feature of media entities. This allows Drupal to manage resources that otherwise it would not be able to. It accomplishes this by creating a bridge relationship between Drupal’s CMS, media files and external sources. It’s basically an entity referencing all kinds of media files like images, videos, documents or other external sources like Tweets, embed videos, etc.

Basic Migration of File Fields to Media Entities Fields in Drupal 8
18 Oct
by Jaime Contreras

The Migrate File to Media module provides an easy way to migrate old file fields like images, files, videos, etc, into the media entities with a few drush commands.

So you can have an understanding of how the migration process works, In this tutorial, we will run through a few quick step-by-step instructions on how to migrate specific image field types to image entity reference fields.

Why I Like Drupal 8 and You Should Too
12 Sep
by Jaime Contreras

The profession of building websites has seen many changes in the last few years. SEO, website performance, multi-screen responsiveness, and accessibility are no longer luxuries. On top of that, tools have emerged that have improved the development experience and simplified scalability. Finding a modern CMS or framework that can incorporate ALL of these considerations is difficult. Especially when the flexibility to be able to create unique websites is also important. This is where Drupal 8 outshines other frameworks.

3 Accessibility Gotchas
01 Aug
by Marcus Harrison

The web is a utility that enhances and facilitates many aspects of our lives each and every day. It’s important that everyone, regardless of disability, has unabated access to information on the web. So, it goes without saying that we should all be crafting our sites with accessibility web standards and best practices in mind.

Existing Values Autocomplete Widget
11 Jul
by Art Williams

Providing the content creator a field with a list of values to choose from is a common requirement when building a Drupal site. It’s also something that can be achieved in a variety of ways, each having pros and cons to the approach. Texas Creative’s web team has developed a module that we believe fills a missing gap in this type of field.

Drupal 8: How to Alter Forms Without Modules
06 Jun
by Kemane Wright

Sometimes when working with Drupal’s exposed forms, you might get stuck with a field type that you don’t want. Often times you can find a module to help improve the style or functionality of these forms. However, in some cases using a module will not be available and you will have to make modifications directly to the code.

Simple Fixes and Workarounds for Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 Migrations
28 Mar
by Jaime Contreras

Cleaning up before and after Drupal 7 to 8 migration so things go smooth, minimizing the need to write complicated YAML or PHP scripts for every single thing.

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