Blog Posts - web development

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.

How to Hard Refresh Your Browser
07 Feb
Category: Web Development
by Marcus Harrison

The browser cache is a temporary collection of files from web pages you’ve previously visited stored locally on your computer. These files often consist of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and various media files. Having local copies of these documents helps facilitate faster load times during subsequent visits to the sites you frequent.

Calc()
18 Oct
by Jaime Contreras

What web developer or web UX designer does not love the power and flexibility of CSS to position an element. There are so many approaches available, like flexbox, grids, and columns that automatically adjust layouts. Recently, I made a new friend in the CSS world. I’m proud to share with you, “calc()”.

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