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The Importance of Content Before Design

How is content defined? How does content affect the design of a website? If you’ve ever been involved in a website design project, you’ve probably asked these questions. Industry best practice recommends having content prior to completing the design and development stages of a website. To better understand why this is so important, it’s worth … Continued

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Drupal Field Collections: Repeat with Style and Class

Content comes in many shapes, forms and sizes. However, there are some common content patterns that we web designers and developers use quite often. One of these patterns is the combination of image, title, text and link to create a card-style teaser—often used, often created, often duplicated—and for good reason. Let’s take a look at … Continued

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3 Ways to Prevent Your Website Project from Taking Too Long

The most common question we are asked after client meetings at NEWMEDIA is, “When will my site be done?”, and “Why is this taking so long?” The answer to these questions is partially up to the selected development team, and partly up to the client. When these two parties are in sync, the development is … Continued

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Drupal vs. WordPress: What Fits Your Needs?

The most important question you can ask yourself when it comes to choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your site is: What do I need my website to do? Two of the most popular CMS platforms are WordPress (current version 4.2.2) and Drupal 7. Both of these  provide endless customizable opportunities and features. The following … Continued

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Help Others and Help Yourself: Use Meaningful Field Labels and Descriptions

Open source content management systems like Drupal and WordPress provide great tools for creating content types, adding fields, customizing field labels, and adding field-level help text that can essentially serve as built in content documentation for the site administrator. However they are only helpful if you use them. A Quick Embarrassing Story About six months … Continued

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Improve your Frontend Toolset with Grunt and LibSass

Learn how you can leverage Grunt and LibSass as groundwork to improve your Frontend Development process and deliver better optimized sites for clients. At NEWMEDIA we’ve been utilizing Sass and Compass compiled with Ruby for CSS Preprocessing for quite some time now in our Drupal projects. While this toolset has served us well, the toolset … Continued

NEWMEDIA’s Site Development Process (SDP)

At NEWMEDIA we have spent a great deal of time perfecting our site development process. Through many trials and errors we have converged on a SDP that works for us. When working in a team or in an environment where your code and systems are going to be used by people other than yourself, it … Continued

Better Living Through DevOps

A series of articles that cover how NEWMEDIA utilizes best practices to better secure and improve operational infrastructure. The DevOps movement is about enabling better collaboration between development and operational IT staff by automating operational processes. Done correctly, the implementation of DevOps methodologies enables increased productivity, allowing us to spend less time on the dreary … Continued

Walter White’s Blue Stuff: The Purity of Your Site

QA is the purity of your site. Just like Gale Boetticher could only achieve 96% purity of the meth, your ability to knock out the QA and wrap up your product only makes you a better website cook. Back Story: Breaking Bad is a series on AMC that deals with an ex-teacher turned meth chemist. … Continued