On April 21, 2015, Google rolled out a set of changes to its search algorithm so sweeping it dubbed them "Mobilegeddon." Together, these updates dramatically boosted the impact of a site’s "mobile-friendliness" on its search rankings. Google says the changes will have "significant impact in our search results", though at least for now it only affects search results on mobile devices.
Last week most of Lullabot was at DrupalCon Los Angeles. In this episode Addison Berry, Greg Dunlap, Matthew Tift, Chris Albrecht, Helena Zubkow, and Will Hetherington share their thoughts and experiences from the whirlwind of awesome that is DrupalCon. We chat about the keynotes, and the contrast between them, session picks, the coffeepocalypse, the real value of DrupalCon, and let Greg rant a bit, which is always a fun romp.
In this episode, Jeff Eaton talks to NPR's David Eads about the fast-changing world of digital news publishing, how to build tools that serve the needs of today's journalists, and how successful "learn to code" projects don't always look the way developers expect…
In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Allison Randal about her 30 years of professional programming experience, serving on multiple well-known open source and free software boards, planning conferences like OSCON and DebConf, and more. She offers a great deal of valuable advice both for people new to the FLOSS community and people who are looking to get more involved, as well as ideas about the relationship between the FSF and the OSI, great tips for conference organizers, and suggestions about how to transition from one free software community to the next.
Drupal is always changing. The community constantly reinvents Drupal with new code and reimagines Drupal with new words. This article seeks to examine the current narratives about Drupal. By examining the stories we tell about Drupal — the so called cultural constructions — we can better understand what is going well and what should be making us uncomfortable.
Lullabot's annual party has become a DrupalCon tradition – fun friendly people hanging out and having a good time. If you're new to DrupalCon, it's a great place to meet people. If you're an old-timer like most of us, it's a great place to see old friends and make new ones.
DrupalCon: Carwin Young, co-author of Front-End Fundamentals, will be giving a session at DrupalCon LA 2015 on The Why and How of Front End Architecture. Come by and say hi!
Clutch is a research firm that analyzes and reviews software and professional services agencies, covering more than 500 companies in over 50 different markets. Like a Consumer Reports for the agency sector, they do independent research. They publish their results at Clutch.co. Recently, they reviewed Lullabot, interviewing our clients; they created a profile of Lullabot with the results. Lullabot received top marks across the board.
In January, Clutch published a press release listing Lullabot first overall on its international list of web development agencies. We've always been very proud of our work, but it's really amazing to be recognized like this by an independent research firm. In March, Clutch sent out another press release that lists Lullabot as top in Boston-area web design and development agencies. We'll take it!
Clutch also provides matrix-based research results comparing agencies based on focus and ability to deliver. Lullabot floats to the top of both the Top Web Development Companies and the Top Web Design & Development Firms in Boston showing high-focus and the most proven ability to deliver of any agency in the listings.
Since 2006, we've built an incredible team at Lullabot and I'd like to thank all of our employees for their contributions. We've also partnered with scores of magnificant clients over the years. We'd like to thank them all for their trust and collaboration. Of course, Clutch's listings are dynamic and ongoing. We can't sit back and expect to remain in the top position. We will continue to strive to be the best agency we can be, providing superlative results for our clients while continuing to provide a rewarding work environment for our talented team of expert developers, designers, and strategists.
In this episode, Jeff Eaton talks to Content Strategist Noz Urbina about Adaptive Content and the changing face of customer engagement. What does "omni-channel" mean? Is it more than a buzzword? What steps can organizations take to prepare for it? Spoiler Alert: It all relies on well-modeled content… Along the way, they discuss the storied history of structured content, the challenge of effective content personalization, and the existential horror of old-school WYSIWYG editors.
Fellow Lullabot Andrew Berry has written an article on why to decouple. If you do go this route, it’s because you’ve thought a lot about how to separate concerns. Content consumers are separated from content producers. Front-end developers are freed from the dictates of a back-end CMS. This article isn't about the separation of concerns, but rather what lies at the middle of all of these concerns— your HTTP API.
Design work is a lot of show-and-tell. It can be challenging to effectively communicate and collaborate on a distributed team. Join hostess Amber Matz, Lullabot Creative Director Jared Ponchot, Lullabot UX Designer Jen Witkowski, and Justin Harrell, Interactive Designer for Drupalize.Me, as they talk about the unique challenges, processes, and tools they use as part of a distributed team.
Over the past few months I have been banging my head against a problem at MSNBC: importing the site's extremely large database to my local environment took more than two hours. With a fast internet connection, the database could be downloaded in a matter of minutes, but importing it for testing still took far too long. Ugh!
In this article I'll walk through the troubleshooting process I used to improve things, and the approaches I tried — eventually optimizing the several-hour import to a mere 10-15 minutes.
In this episode, Jeff talks to Steve Fisher, founder of The Republic of Quality and co-organizer of the Design/Content Conference. They cover the growing movement towards cross-functional design/content/development teams, and the joys of organizing and promoting the new conference.
When we started with the MSNBC project, my colleague, Jerad Bitner, established a process that each ticket would be implemented in a Git branch and a pull request would then be created for someone on the team to review. I had done a bit of peer reviewing in the past, but this experience was totally different.
This week we have a special episode to talk about mental health. This is a hard topic for many people to speak about publicly, so we're lucky to have Addison Berry joined by Mike Bell, Greg Dunlap, and Blake Hall to dive into this subject. Mike recently gave a presentation on this topic at Drupalcamp London. The four of us discuss some of the pressures we feel, ways we try to handle them, ideas for how the community can support help support all of us in good mental health, and some resources to check out.
In this episode of Hacking Culture Matthew Tift talks to Ruth Suehle about her involvement with Red Hat, the Fedora Project, opensource.com, and her book, Raspberry Pi Hacks.
Jeff Eaton and Hawk Thompson discuss the challenges of building an agency's strategy practice, the joy of delivering a perfect editorial calendar, and the best first steps for a freshly-minted content strategist.