Blog Posts - Web Development

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To say 2020 was a year unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes would be quite an understatement. And while we’re all very happy to put the last 12 months in our rear-view mirrors, the team at Texas Creative has been reflecting on some positive aspects of this extraordinary time. Through all the adversity we’ve faced, a new normal has emerged. One that has revealed what is truly important in our lives: Family, Friends, and Community.
It’s important that everyone, regardless of disability, has unabated access to information on the web. People with disabilities should be able to comprehend, navigate, and interact with the web just like anyone else. Who doesn’t like the idea of more people using their websites?
Everyone enjoys the web and the utility it serves in our everyday lives. However, not everyone interacts with the web in the same way. Many users with visual disabilities rely on screen readers and their keyboard to navigate and engage with websites.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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