We have been in the website building business for over a decade now and we have worked with various platforms. But Drupal is one of our top choices for any CMS development. We just love how unique and flexible this platform is. What makes working with Drupal even better an experience is the large collection of modules that come in handy. If you do a random search of CMS websites, you will not come even a single one that doesn’t use extended modules. They are indispensable because they further enhance the functions and features offered by the Drupal platform.
A new business website cannot operate efficiently if you have not added at least some modules to it. You can find many Drupal modules according to the specific function that you are looking to add to your website. In this blog post we are highlighting 5 Drupal modules that we love and have direct experience of working with, in most of our projects. Here’s the list:
#1 Module : Pathauto
Drupal 7 and the subsequent upgraded platforms come with the feature of human readable URLs. But to automatically generate them you might need the Pathauto module. This nice-to-have-but-not-a-must-have module works by creating automatic URL aliases based upon tokens that you set in the configuration. In simpler words, with Pathauto enables your Drupal website to automatically tweak the URL and lets it replace spaces and unnecessary words like ‘the’ from the URL.
#2 Module : Administration Menu
This, we feel, is one of the most important modules for website administrators and developers as it gives them the power to monitor and manage the website. Moreover, with the Administration Menu module, you can navigate to the admin menu any time via the smart menu bar that appears on the top, thus saving your valuable time.
#3 Module : WYSIWYG
WYSIWYG is a Drupal module that lets you edit or add text in a normal format rather than in an HTML. WYSIWYG doesn’t work by itself, but allows you to add content editors who can edit the website with simple editing tools like bold, underline, italics just like they are used to do in a normal word document.
#4 Module : Google Analytics
Google Analytics is undoubtedly one of the most popular tool for tracking the traffic of the websites. And this is also an important tool if you are a webmaster. This module will help you to directly put and edit the Google Analytics code into your website. This will save you from finding those pages and places where you need to put the tracking code.
#5 Module : Meta Tags
The Meta Tags module is an important module from SEO perspective. It lets you to configure meta tags for your website at both individual and global levels. The Meta Tags module adds meta tags such as title, descriptions, keywords, and many more to make your page well optimised for the search engine.
We think that these 5 modules really help enhance the Drupal functions, features, and grant your websites the power to do many incredible tasks.
Enterprise Applications have been helping businesses improve their productivity and efficiency for quite some years now. Taking things to the next level of productivity and efficiency are the Enterprise Mobile Apps. Yes, mobile technologies are influencing the business world by a significant degree. In the recent times, a number of mobile apps have been introduced, are widely accepted and being used by many businesses to facilitate business operations. What’s definitely going to be the next big thing in the modern enterprise operations is the Enterprise Mobile App.
You may have a variety of features in your enterprise application and most businesses stress more on customized solutions which help meet their specific business requirements. But it becomes increasing important for businesses to determine what elements they want to have in their Enterprise Mobile Application to ensure that it becomes a sure shot success. We have created a list to make things easy for you.
Here are some of the elements that you need to know and be absolutely clear about to make an awesome enterprise mobile app –
- You need to know who is going to be the end user (read target audience) of your app. This is the question which you primarily need to ask yourself. Answering this question will help you define the features you want your enterprise mobile app to have so that your business goals can also be achieved.
- The next thing you need to pay attention to is to decide upon the platform on which you will develop the application. There are a variety of mobile platforms are available such as iOS, Android, Windows, etc., but you need to decide upon one on the basis of user majority.
- The agenda to be taken in hands now is the decision regarding the type of mobile application you will be developing – native, web or hybrid. This becomes easy since you already know who your target audience is and what their requirements are. If yours’ is a low-end user then a thin client app is more suitable and vice versa.
- Shedding all your money is not a wise thing to do. What would be wise is using your money intelligently. You need to assess the app development cost for yourself. Android is an open source platform so may come as an inexpensive resource and you may consider it for your application. But if your target audience is not using Android phones, then what’s the point of wasting all the money. It’s decision time!
- Security and scalability are two important aspects that make an enterprise mobile application awesome. Nobody wants to compromise on these two things.
So, you have a great idea that will change the world. You have already created a viable business model for your start-up and investors are lining up in front of you to take their money. Now all you need is the right technology to give a shape to your million dollar idea because that’s what will make all the difference. The right technology will help your audience differentiate between you and your competitors; it will automate repetitive tasks, reduce the paperwork for you and in general make your life a lot easier.
You might want to start with searching for a good consultant or a consulting firm, which is a very good practice. But you must also make up a mind and do a bit of research for your own sake to come at a conclusion as to what you actually want out of the technology. What is it that you aim to achieve with it? Ask yourself questions. Think about the situation you are in and ask the following questions:
- Are you familiar with the technology you want to use?
- Have you ever asked someone to build a product for you before? If yes, how was the experience?
- Do you already have a host for your website? If yes, which technology does it support?
- Ask in your network if somebody can help you with building your product?
The next step is to decide upon the budget. When you are making the choices, just keep in mind that these very choices are going to cost you a great deal of money in order to turn your idea a reality. What follows next to making a decision is buying development licenses, IDE licenses and changing your hosting server or building your own application server locally or taking things to the cloud. A better alternative is to hire people who use the technology you are actually thinking of going ahead with.
After you are clear about these things hire a consulting firm who you think will not give a bad advice. But this needs to be done with utmost care. Many times it has been seen that the consultant might land you in a ruckus by giving you a wrong advice. What’s even worse is that he might be the only one who can get you out of the ruckus. Now, you don’t want to be trapped in an expensive and tense relationship with a consultant who lands you in a mess.
Choosing a technology for your project is not as easy as ordering a pasta. It might seem a bit like a minefield with all those technology options out there when you actually don’t know which one might be the one for you and which one might blow you. But this shouldn’t stop you from going ahead with your idea.
Remember, be wise and never stop dreaming!
Cloud has become a hot topic amongst all the businesses all over the world. Many businesses today are migrating their operations to the cloud and many have started considering doing that eventually. Why would anybody want to migrate to the cloud? The answer is simple! It offers flexibility, mobility and does not go heavy on your budget. But migrating to a cloud setup is not as simple as considering all the advantages it will have for your business. It is rather a very tedious and an intimidating task. There is always this constant fear of ultimately doing it wrong. But don’t feel overwhelmed by these thoughts. Think how great it will be for your business if you get it right. Think about the tremendous value it will add to your business. Can you see it? It is worth it! Take the leap!
Before you take the leap, you need to be sure why you are doing it. Do you need to change the architecture of your application, or you need to upgrade your application, or you feel it is finally time to implement the hybrid networks in your firm. This will solve half of your problem. The rest of it will be solved if you have the right tools, the right information and the right team on your side.
Let’s look at all these points in details since they are what you should need to know about as somebody contemplating the decision of moving to the clouds:
#1. Know your tools right. If you do know them then there’s no stopping from a smooth cloud migration. One of our personal favourites is the Setup Assistant. It helps you gather all the information you need about the configuration of your environment and helps you in finding the best deployment path.
#2. Next thing you need to be absolutely clear about the requirements and the specific needs you want to address with your cloud migration. If you are clear about this then you can choose which cloud technology to use and what will come with it – the good and the limits, all of it. Each solution has some different to offer, so you need to find which one caters to your specific needs.
#3. Make one thing clear in your mind that not all migrations are the same. Do a research and look for customer testimonials on the different cloud service providers. Find out which company is good at which type of cloud migration. Some service providers may be good at hybrid; some may take a lot time to migrate all your operations; and there may be some who can do it quickly. Whichever service provider you hire just be careful while choosing.
#4. Once you are done with the above mentioned pointers, all you are left with is migration. Which is not easy and chances are you are going to need help for that. Migration needs a lot of skills, that too of diverse nature, to do. There are many companies who offer a full team of professionals who can do the task for you. You just need to find the right partner.
What is NoSQL and why one should use it are the questions that have been in the air for a long time. While there are some who are unfamiliar with the technology, there are many who are looking for a new alternative to solve some of the issues they facing with their current database systems. Through this blog post we aim to demystify NoSQL for the relational database crowd and for the understanding of common information seekers.
What is NoSQL?
A NoSQL database environment is a non-relational and largely distributed database system. It enables rapid, ad-hoc organization of data. It is also very useful to analyze high volume of disparate data types. But what needs to be made clear here is that NoSQL encompasses a wide variety of different database technologies and is not a single beast.
These different database technologies were developed in response to the rising volume of data that was stored about the users, objects and products. Another reason was that the frequency in which these data were accessed also increased over time. To improve the performance and processing needs of the database system, the NoSQL was developed. These are referred to as cloud databases, non-relational databases and Big Data databases.
The most common types of NoSQL Databases
The most common categories of NoSQL available and widely used today by many are listed below:
- Key-Value Store: These databases are designed for storing your data in a schema-less way. The data within it consists an indexed key and a value, hence the name. Common examples of this type of database are Cassandra, Azure Table Storage (ATS).
- Column Store: These store data as columns which makes aggregation fast. But you still have to do object – table modelling and mapping by yourself. Examples include BigTable and HyperTable.
- Document Database: These databases expand on the basic idea of key-value stores. These databases store application information in logical aggregates. Take a scenario where there would be a lot of tables, requiring a lot of joins to pull back an aggregate. Common examples of this type of databases include MongoDB and CouchDB.
- Graph Database: These are based on the graph theory. Graph databases are designed for data whose relations are well represented as a graph. Examples are Neo4J and Polyglot.
Why use NoSQL?
There are many reasons why many are opting for NoSQL databases today. It offers benefits to both, developers as well as the businesses who are need of a strong database system. Here are some reasons that totally make NoSQL a great choice for your next project.
- It improves the programmer’s productivity by letting him / her to choose a database that better matches the application needs that he / she is working on.
- It improves the data access performance since it is capable of handling larger data volumes. So, it reduces latency and improves throughput.
- Most of the NoSQL databases are developed and known to tackle particular, often extreme challenges.
- NoSQL systems, such as Hadoop are capable of handling the volumes of ‘big data’ as compared to what even the biggest of RDBMS.
- NoSQL databases use a number of low cost commodity servers to manage huge volumes of data and transaction, allowing you to store and process more data at a much lower cost.
- NoSQL databases have more relaxed data model restrictions, which is always a good thing.