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"Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black." - Henry Ford

We see it all over the web, development companies that create sites in nearly every language and technology.  Do they really claim to be experts in everything?  How do they find the time to keep up with all the advancements and changes for so many systems?

Saving Money On Your Next Project

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In a previous blog post I discussed how your requirements effect the budget for your project.  In this post we'll get more specific with time and money saving tips for working with developers, designers, or marketing firms.

How To Choose Hosting Support

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How to host your website or application is fairly straightforward.  There are really only three choices:  Shared hosting, VPS, or dedicated server.  The most important choice is often overlooked however.  

Who will support this site should something go wrong?

The hosting company is responsible for keeping your server online, but that's where their service ends.  The developer is responsible for the programming of the site, but isn't responsible for the server remaining functional, or bugs that appear after the site launches.

The Trouble With Outsourcing

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The American economy has demonstrated that outsourcing some types of labor overseas can be beneficial to both business and consumer markets. While this may work for manufacturing roles, it is by no means conducive to quality software development.

Stamping out car parts or computer chips is a cut and dry process that can be delegated to unskilled workers with little or no room for misinterpretation of the details. Since there is only one way to tighten a screw, there are only so many problems that can arise.

Top 5 Tips for Working with Drupal

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#1  Don't use generic classes and IDs in your theme

This seems counterintuitive at first.  Naturally you want to name your toolbar "toolbar" and your content "content", but this will cause nothing but heartache down the road.

The trouble is Drupal and other 3rd party systems already have styles defined for these generic classes and IDs.  This will make your styling in Drupal more difficult, and if you use a third party shopping cart it will likely have styles defined for these very same CSS selectors.

Adding a Submit Function to a Webform

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Most of us use Webform quite a bit to quickly create forms in Drupal.  It comes with a whole lot of features, but what if you need to add an additional step when the form is submitted?

When manually creating a Drupal form we use a "submit function" to process the form and save the results.  Webform doesn't give us direct access to this function, but we can add additional functions.

Modal forms with jQuery in Drupal 7

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Modal forms are very popular nowadays.  While they can be confusing at times they aren't difficult to set up if you have the right tools.

There are several modules available for Drupal 7 that would serve our purpose.  I've found Simple Dialog to be the easiest to use and will demonstrate that here.

 

Removing excess CSS in Drupal 7

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One of the most time consuming and critical tasks in Drupal development is styling the output.  Drupal modules generally come with a default style sheet which can be both a blessing and a curse.

In most cases you'll just override the default style by providing more specific definitions in your site's CSS.  This works fine if you only want to make minor changes but what if you wanted a totally different look?

jQuery Scroll Follow Tutorial

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Want to have a "block" element move up and down the page when the page scrolls?  Easy.  I'll show you how to get this up and running with jQuery Scroll Follow and Drupal 7.

Hidden Opportunity Costs

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In the course of redesigning a website, or designing a new application it is  wise to think ahead and anticipate your future needs.  With so many possibilities it can be all to easy to make a project too large to handle.

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