Blog Posts - Web Development

In recent weeks, the news has broken that most modern CPUs (the brains of our computing devices) have hardware vulnerabilities that allow a malicious program to steal data in the device’s memory. These vulnerabilities, named Meltdown and Spectre, are unique in that they break down the built-in barriers that secure data on the most fundamental component of any computing device, the CPU.
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Layout design in CSS has always left something to be desired. Not long ago, responsive web design relied on hacky solutions like padding, float and tables. Later developments like Flexbox solved many of these problems but were far from perfect. Now, that's all about to change, with CSS Grid.
Category: Web Development
There are plenty of Gmail signature setup guides available online. But when you are creating finished, HTML-coded email signatures with all of the styles, hacks, and tweaks which make it look the same in most email-clients, a simple Gmail setup tutorial is not going to cut it. What happens in Gmail (and many other email clients) when you paste the signature into the signature box, is that things are changed at the code level.  While Gmail is awesome in that it keeps a good visual representation of the signature you created, some of the details and extra features are lost.  
Want to customize the default block that comes with the book module?  Here's a way to do it without writing custom code by using Views and the Views Tree module.
Not all CMS are created equal. Before building your next website, here are a few tips on why your CMS choice matters. (Plot twist: as told by an Account Manager.)
Category: Web Development
For those that may not know, a content management system (CMS) is the administrative back-end of the website that facilitates content creators without any HTML expertise, in editing and creating new content. Generally, this would be limited to editing the title and body of a page in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor or a rigid set of predefined fields in a content type. While this has traditionally gotten the job done it doesn’t allow for much flexibility in terms of page layout.
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I started in web development about a year ago. When I was hired on at Texas Creative in early October of 2016, I still only knew the bare minimum but was eager to learn more to further my career path. Here at Texas Creative, we use Drupal, a CMS I had no prior experience in. The idea of that seemed daunting, but I've certainly learned a lot and have grown to love Drupal. 
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The improved blocks system in Drupal 8 provides a lot of flexibility to the site builder. But, have you ever had the problem of blocks showing on undesired pages because of the limits to visibility patterns?
Drupal's Paragraphs module is a big part of what makes it easy for our clients to manage their site content. These three tips are how we make the user experience even better.
Google is leading the charge to a more secure web. The tech giant is taking steps in the way it handles non-secure websites in both search rankings and for its over 1 billion Google Chrome users. In search results, non-secure websites will now take a back seat to those that are secured with trusted SSL certificates. Texas Creative has answered the call by retroactively adding free SSL encryption to all of our Drupal websites.

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