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Drupal Development for Great CMS Solution

October 12th, 2018

Released in January 2001, Drupal is an open source content management system distributed under the GNU General Public License, and is a content management framework. Drupal development is used worldwide in the development of content management websites, blog sites, government websites, corporate websites, social networking websites, community websites and lot more.

Moreover, Drupal CMS supports numerous software frameworks such as PHP, JAVA/ AJAX, Flash/ Flex, etc. along with web server including Apache, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite and Microsoft SQL server. Not only that, Drupal development is cross platform compatible, as a result, a developer can perform Drupal development on any operating system such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and also Linux.

In fact, there are several advantages of Drupal development available to the Drupal developers. These advantages could be classified as:

• Drupal is an open source technology, as it proves to be cost-effective
• Availability of numerous add-ons, themes and templates
• Easy to install and use
• No need to buy licenses
• Used by thousands of users worldwide
• Availability of Drupal community
• Constantly updated by thousands of users
• Availability of free updates
• Drupal development is able to develop solutions for both dynamic websites and CMS
• Supports of various software frameworks
• Capable of building multilingual websites
• And much more…

However, as a main functionality of Drupal Content Management System (CMS) is integrated with several features which had made developers and industries around the world to seek Drupal development for their web development needs. These features of Drupal CMS are:

Build – Drupal CMS allows building internal and external-facing websites in almost no time without the need of custom programming. As a result, developer doesn’t need to start again from the beginning for building a new website. Drupal has a tool for multi-site configuration and Drupal distribution allowing presetting the configuration of the site functionalities and features.

Create – Supports numerous types of content including text, video, blogs, podcasts and polls with easy to manage functionality, along with user management, menu handling and real-time statistics.

Administer – Drupal CMS supports creating new user accounts and user permission. Administrator can assign different roles to different developers as per the priority and skills.

Design and Display – Drupal CMS supports thousands of Drupal themes and templates, and also allows the developer to create their own unique design for themes and templates.

Organize and Find – Drupal CMS allows organizing with the facility of automatically creating URLs, custom lists and by relating content with other content on the site.

Extend – Drupal has more than 6000 modules available which helps to increase the potentiality of the web development process.

Collaborate – Drupal can help to develop social networking and blog sites where the stakeholder can have the control on the users and the type of the content that they may publish, along with the interactions towards the content.

Connect – Drupal CMS allows website to connect with other websites using feeds and search engine connection capabilities. Even social networking is supported via Drupal.

With so many features and advantages, no doubt Drupal development certainly proves to be an excellent content management system delivering top-notch solutions in web development, worldwide.

Essential Web Hosting Tools and Technologies

October 11th, 2018

Even if you’re not a web developer, webmaster, or system administrator, you still ought to consider developer tools when buying web space. It’s better to prepare now rather than discover later that your web host doesn’t support a feature you need. There are a lot of developer tools out there, but these are the most essential.

PHP

PHP is a commonly used server-side scripting language. This means that scripts coded in PHP are executed on your web server, as opposed to your visitor’s computer. PHP will provide your website’s functionality. In fact, most popular web applications, blogging platforms, and content management systems are written in PHP. Make sure your web host supports the latest version of PHP. It’s also an advantage if they support older versions, since some web applications may still use them.

MySQL

MySQL is a relational database management system, which is used to store your website data. A scripting language like PHP is responsible for writing and reading the information stored in MySQL databases. It’s best to sign up with a web host that allows unlimited databases. Some web hosts provide a limited number, which will be inconvenient if you plan to build multiple websites.

Cron

Cron is a job scheduler. It allows users to run scripts or commands at a scheduled date and time, whether it’s a one-time task or a periodic one. Cron jobs are commonly used for system maintenance, such as automatic backups. They can also be used for other purposes, like sending email to mailing lists. A web host that provides an integrated control panel makes setting up cron jobs much easier by allowing you to use a visual interface.

CGI

CGI, or Common Gateway Interface, is a standard protocol for external gateway programs to interface with information servers. Basically, it’s a way for servers to interact with users. For example, web forms use CGI to process submitted form data.

.htaccess

Htaccess enables directory-level configuration. When you place an.htaccess file in a directory, you can override and fine-tune your web server’s configuration for that directory and its subdirectories.

Bonus: Ruby on Rails

While it may not be considered essential, Ruby on Rails support is a good thing to have. RoR is a web application framework used to build websites. It’s said to be simpler than PHP; it has more readable syntax, and allows applications to be developed with less code. Since it’s a new framework, some web hosts don’t support it just yet. It’s a good idea to find a web host that does, since RoR is becoming more and more popular.

Which Is Better – Dreamweaver or Expression Web?

October 10th, 2018

For over a decade, the world of web development has been dominated by two software programs: Macromedia’s (later Adobe’s) Dreamweaver, and Microsoft’s FrontPage. For many years, the general consensus among web development professionals was that Dreamweaver was the superior program in a multitude of ways. A few years ago, however, Microsoft released Expression Web Designer which in many ways leveled the playing field. The question many ask today is, “Which is better? Dreamweaver or Expression?” This article will try to answer that.

Ease of Use

Both programs have very good point-and-click WYSIWYG editors, enabling even people who know nothing about HTML and CSS to build quality web pages. In this category, however, Expression is probably slightly better. Expression looks and feels very much like using Microsoft word, right down to the red squiggly underlines beneath coding errors, much like how Word points out spelling errors. Expression’s user interface makes it very intuitive and easy to use for novices. Dreamweaver, on the other hand, has a more complicated, feature-packed interface that hold greater appeal for experienced web developers.

Client-Side Scripting

Both programs handle Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) extremely well, automatically generating and displaying it accurately. Again, Expression is slightly better in this area, displaying CSS code more precisely.

When it comes to client-side scripting, it is difficult to see which software is better. They do different things, but both do it extremely well. Dreamweaver provides excellent support for Spry, YUI libraries, and APIs for jQuerry, but little support for ASP.NET’s AJAX. Expressions strengths and weaknesses are almost the exact opposite. It provides the finest support got AJAX… but little else.

Server-Side Scripting

Dreamweaver generally wins in this category. Dreamweaver supports PHP, JSP, ColdFusion, and several other platforms. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support the widespread and popular ASP.NET server scripting language (although it does support classic ASP). Once again, Expression is almost the polar opposite. Expression provides unparalleled support for ASP.NET, but little else (not even, strangely classic ASP). In the final analysis, Expression is the superior program for web development within predominantly Microsoft environment, while Dreamweaver’s superior support and flexibility makes it better for web development on most other platforms.

Site Management

For years, Dreamweaver’s far superior website management features made it a clear winner over Microsoft FrontPage. Microsoft Expression, however, and considerably narrowed that gap, providing a wider feature set and compatibility with Dreamweaver websites. Dreanweaver, however, still maintains its lead in this category with a wider and more efficient range of website management tools.

So Who Wins?

Unfortunately, it’s a draw – at least according to your own personal preferences. I am more of a Dreamweaver guy, and believe they are going to be around for many years to come. Each program is better for certain situations, but poorly suited to others. If you are an amateur web designer working with an all-Microsoft environment (like a corporate network), Expression is more compatible and easier to use. More experienced web developers working within a cross-platform environment (a mixed network of Unix, Linux. and Microsoft platform is very common these days) would find Dreamweaver’s flexibility and robust feature set more useful and efficient.

As internet technology continues to grow, diversify, and specialize, the days of a one-program-fits all solution are quickly fading. Today, one needs the right tool for the right job. To that end, web developers may find it more effective to keep both Dreamweaver and Expression software in their virtual toolbox.