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Website Analysis Tools Part 1: Auditing with Lighthouse

Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM Jay
No website is perfect - but it is certainly possible to come close! Fortunately, there are numerous useful tools available to website developers to help take a website from "good" to "great". In this series, I'm going to take a look at some of the site analysis tools that we've used at Ashday to bring our websites closer to that ever-elusive goal of "perfect."

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Tags: web development Website Analysis

Who Uses Prefixes Anymore?

Jan 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM Mike
CSS prefixes are useful for getting cutting edge, or at least somewhat modern features to work across the major web browsers. Without using these, you would likely see that your website looks very different between browsers and sometimes it could make it look pretty bad. Using prefixes means entering your styling multiple times in some cases and that makes it easier to forget one. Forget one and ...

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Tags: Cross-browser Testing Howto

Bringin' the Development Local

Dec 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM Mike
  Building a website is often a highly collaborative effort with many different moving pieces. One of the toughest to coordinate is where the team builds it. Should your team be working directly on a remote server or on their own local copies? Does it even matter?

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Tags: web development

Buying Web Software: Off-The-Shelf or Off-The-Hook?

Dec 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM Clint
  Out-of-the-box. All-in-one. Off-the-shelf. Whichever phrase you’re familiar with (likely all three), you probably have been or are currently weighing an option in software that carries this description - or at least a promise of it. Why? Because in this desolate world of ours where it will soon be no longer possible to chat with grandma on AOL Instant Messenger, and where the most amicable ...

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Tags: SASS

5 Great Drupal Integrations

Dec 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM Jay
In this day and age, it is rare to find a truly "standalone" website. The web as a whole was fundamentally built upon a concept of having different sites connecting together. At first, this was just done with hyperlinks from one page to another, but those simple days are long gone. Almost every website in this day and age has some integration with other websites or web services, and fortunately, ...

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Tags: Drupal Integrations

eSignatures with Drupal: Integrating with the HelloSign API

Dec 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM Jay
As more and more companies make the leap to having entirely-digital communications with their customers or clients, some things have a tendency to stay on paper.  One common thing which lags behind the rest of the digitization process is the signing of legally binding documents... but no more. Now, services such as HelloSign are able to fill this void, and thanks to the HelloSign API, Drupal ...

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Tags: Features Modules HelloSign eSignatures

5 Benefits Of Hiring A Development Company

Nov 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM Ashday Media Group
Technology changes everyday and businesses must remain agile and responsive in order to keep pace. This is easier said than done, especially for busy departments that are already stretched and just don't have the resources to keep up. That's where professional development companies become invaluable.

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Tags: Hiring

Should You Hire In-House Programmers as Employees or Outsource to a Consulting Firm?

Nov 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM Matt
Well sure, ok, maybe we might be slightly biased on this. We are, as it turns out, a consulting firm in the business of selling outsourced programming. Ahem... But, nonetheless, I’ll try to be reasonably fair and balanced here. As a consultancy I think we have, in fact, a unique vantage point on such matters, since we spend each day of our lives straddling both sides of this topic: That is, we ...

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Tags: Drupal Hiring

Headless Testing with CasperJS

Nov 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM Mike
Testing is a necessary part of the development process. Without sufficient testing, your project is going to run aground very quickly when you launch and that doesn’t make for many happy people. Human testing can be useful as you can get pretty quick feedback on obvious bugs and visual oddities. The problem is that humans can only test so much before they begin to go blind to little ...

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Tags: Testing

The Best Part of Drupal 8 Is Using Less Drupal

Nov 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM Mike
Drupal and lightweight aren’t words that have historically gone hand in hand. Drupal 6 and 7 had some hoops to jump through to get something not included in the box. If you wanted to use an external service for displaying content or adding features you would feel that pain. Drupal had apparently not heard the phrase, “Less is more”. Does using Drupal really mean that you have to always deal with ...

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Tags: Drupal8