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I’m back from D&D Live 2019 (May 17-19) and full of inspiration. Not just from the content, but from the overwhelmingly positive interactions I had with influencers and fans alike.
So this is what went down. I traveled to Los Angeles to play in a live-streamed podcast GM’d by Victoria Rogers of The Broadswords alongside Jef and Jon of System Mastery, Eoghan of How We Roll Podcast, and James D’Amato of the One Shot Network (parent to my show, Asians Represent). In costume, I played Fizz Bubblefist of House Sparklewater, Chief Hydration Steward to the Earl Willoughby Twizzleton of Gnomandy. Despite my character’s admittedly goofy name, our adventure was one of many that would introduce the audience to the new Wizards of the Coast storyline – Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, a hellish adventure featuring war machines fueled by the souls of the damned. Think Mad Max meets Evil Dead.
Once, our show was over, I had the rest of my time in LA to enjoy the festivities and hang out with many of my favourite friends in the industry.
“Mingle with D&D Luminaries, Grab Exclusive Merch, and Play in a D&D Epic!“
This was truly an event made by fans, for fans. This was not your average “convention”. In general, it’s really hard for me to assign that label to this “event”. Yes, there was a marketplace for purchasing D&D-related merchandise like Death Saves streetwear or Wyrmwood dice containers. Yes, there were celebrity signings. Yet, everything about D&D Live felt distinctly unlike a convention in all of the best ways.
Over the course of three days, attendees of the event were able to get a glimpse at the kind of narrative and mechanical content Wizards plans on releasing in the future through panels, games, and incredible epics. The focal point of this event was definitely the live shows, which provided fans with the opportunity to watch their favourite personalities engage with the new source material. I managed to watch the Relics and Rarities session featuring Deborah Ann Woll, Jasmine Bhullar, Julia Dennis, Janina Gavankar, Xander Jeanneret, Matthew Lillard (childhood me was screaming), and Tommy Walker. Each main stage live show was not only hosted in front of an audience of fans, but also simulcasted via Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube for the rest of the world to see. It’s brilliant. While fans can pay to attend the event, purchase exclusive swag, and mingle with celebrities, others can still enjoy the event from the comfort of their home by watching ANY of the Decent games or panels. On the last day, I joined some fans of my podcast in the exclusive epic, an adventure where all of the tables in the room simultaneously interact with the same adventure and affect each other. We descended into hell aboard massive war machines of our design to steal soul coins for a sinister character known as Mahadi. It was…epic. They had hellish atmospheric lighting, costumed actors portraying imps, kenku, and devils that wandered the room soliciting tables for deals, and several characters that provided in-character updates on the status of the heist. During the intense 3-hour game, one player made a deal with a devil that resulted in everyone in the room losing half of their hit points (they later gave their life to Arkhan the Cruel! Our table managed to get killed not once, but twice in this frantic, morally ambiguous adventure.
One of the questions I kept asking myself and discussing among my peers was, “how does it grow? Should it expand to the size of say, Gen Con?”
While there were certainly improvements to be made on the production side (many of the streams suffered from extreme lag or poor connections), in my mind it really can’t (or shouldn’t) expand in size. The small number of attendees made for a very intimate event. With a seemingly equal ratio of talent to attendees, fans were given a unique opportunity to mingle with their favourite creators and form genuine bonds with fellow event-goers. I found myself chatting with people like Joe Manganiello, or engaging in intense conversations with fellow podcasters like the D20 Dames and fans of both our shows. At D&D Live, you felt like a member of a community. The only real change I’d make to future events would be to invite content creators from around the world to truly and accurately showcase the international scope of D&D’s fan base.
That factor aside, I’ll say this now. D&D Live is the future of tabletop conventions.
Local development environments are in the midst a bit of a renaissance recently - mainly driven by the maturation and adoption of Docker-based solutions.
I've been using (and recommending) DDEV for awhile now, and one of the things that I really like about it is the consistent pace of development. Since early February, there have been three minor releases of DDEV (1.6, 1.7, and 1.8). With each minor release of DDEV comes new, often very useful features. Here's just a few of my recent favorites:NFS Mounting
One of the few disadvantages of using a Docker-based solution over a native local development solution is often the performance (depending on your operating system and hardware). In the DDEV 1.6 release, NFS mounting was introduced - this is a method to mount the DDEV Docker containers using NFS instead of the default Docker mount - resulting in significant performance gains. While using NFS mounting does involve a one-time system -setup, the results are well worth it.Windows Chocolatey support live, online, monthly 2-hour DDEV workshops - the next one is June 12, 2019. Local DDEV config files
If you're working in a team environment, then having a local DDEV config file is a huge advantage. Prior to DDEV 1.7, if you wanted to utilize a DDEV post-start hook, it had to be configured in .ddev/config.yaml. In a team environment, this file is shared among all developers, so everyone would share the same post-start hook (even if they didn't want it). Starting in DDEV 1.7, you can have your own .ddev/config.local.yaml with only your additions or modifications to .ddev/config.yaml. For example, if you want to add a post-start hook and not share it with the rest of your team, just create a .ddev/config.local.yaml file and add it there.Easy local https by default!
It is pretty much standard practice these days to have your production environment only available via https. It only makes sense that your local development environments should behave in the same manner. In DDEV 1.8, support for the most-excellent mkcert project was added, so with a one-time, super-easy mkcert installation on your host operating system, DDEV will automatically default to providing you with an https connection to your local development environment.
There's a lot of great reasons to use DDEV (check out more of them in my DDEV book!), and it is exciting to know that every six weeks or so, we'll be getting new ones with each DDEV release.
Cathy Theys could often be found roaming contribution days at DrupalCons organizing people, but she's recently switched gears back to development. I caught up with her in Seattle to find out why.
Con este módulo de Drupal podrás guardar tus campeones favoritos para saber que rol desempeñan y su condicion( si son hability power,AP o hability damage,AD). Si hay un campeón que cambió de alguna forma no te preocupes, ya que este módulo te permitirá editar y borrar los campeones que hayas introducido anteriormente.
Possibly the greatest ever digital signage advertising was created for British Airways which had it all. The advert, connecting to live flight information, displayed a child pointing up to the sky as an aeroplane flew above him. This was so cleverly done that the advert showed the flight number and its destination as well.What a great blend of entertainment and education using the latest technologies! Source: British Airways
The digital signage system is scalable and its usefulness can be extracted to a great extent like digital menu boards for restaurants or the interactive digital movie posters for movie theatres. Drupal has the power to be a remarkably scalable digital signage solution for different sorts of organisations thereby reducing costs, speeding up time to market, and building engaging experiences for the people.Digging Deeper Into The Terminology: Digital Signage
Digital signage refers to a centralised content dissemination platform for serving digital content on screens. It can be leveraged to display information through television programming, menus, advertising and other messages.
It can be seen in the form of digital signboards, billboards, and other such display devices for displaying visual information. It is connected by a content management system like Drupal that sends the digital content to be displayed. The information displayed can be anything ranging from static data and charts and graphs to images and video streaming.Digital signage is a centralised content dissemination platform for serving digital content through television programming, menus or advertising on screens.
It can be commonly seen in outdoor marketing campaigns to display promotional content. Moreover, industries that rely on real-time information delivery to its employers or customer such as stock exchanges, airports, and sports stadiums can use digital signs to a great extent.Digital Signage Can Be Used In Awesome Ways
Its uses can be seen through the eyes of organisations to understand the different ways it can be implemented. Some of the biggest brands have harnessed its immense potential.
Netflix, one of the largest over-the-top media service providers, carried a promotional campaign that relied on the humbled animated GIF. Instead of using a long video clip, they opted for reaction-based clips which were just a few seconds long. These videos were tied into the events that were actually happening around the globe.
Swedish pharmacy Apotek Hjärtat developed a controversial billboard using a built-in smoke detector. Every time a smoker passed by, the billboard would cough loudly at them before displaying a series of products to help people stop smoking. Although it turned heads, questions were raised whether such an overt messaging is effective or not.
A Trio Of Major Merits Through Digital Signs
Coca Cola’s Small World Machines Initiative had a grand ambition and offered a live link between India and Pakistan. Coke machines were placed in both the nations where people could interact with one another through the screen like touching hands, drawing peace, love, and happiness symbols together.
Enormous possibilities of digital signs are pretty evident with so many big brands using them to a great effect. Using digital signs can prove beneficial in many ways.
- Enhances customer engagement: People love colourful and moving images rather than static images which help in enhancing user engagement.
- Makes a good impression: Content can be updated remotely within seconds. For instance, such quick updates can help retailers to form a good impression and adjust to customer demands without having to deploy employees or new signs printed.
- Revs up revenue: Digital signs can help increase your sales and revenue. In 2014. Taco John deployed digital menu boards and witnessed a 12% increase in sales.
Well, it all boils down to the CMS that would be relaying digital content on to the screen to attract people. Drupal is one of the big players in the content management systems that can be the perfect fit for creating digital signs.Content Creation
Your CMS should allow the content creation to be done intuitively and support all the common file types. Drupal comes with intuitive tools for content creation, workflow and publishing for streamlining content authoring.Remote Access
With Drupal, on-the-go team members can assess, edit and approve content from mobile devices to keep content and promotional campaigns flowing on to the screens regardless of where they are and what device they are working on.Content Revision
Drupal helps in enabling a swift and simple way to track all the alterations and revisions which is a must-have if you have multiple editors and need to handle a history of content changes.Content Workflow
Drupal allows you to administer custom, editorial workflows for all the processes involved in the content production. It lets you view the stage your content is in - from creation to assessment to publication.User Controls
Authentication and user permissions in Drupal helps in handling editorial workflows efficaciously and previews show how the content will look on screen before the content editors would finally approve and relay them on to the screens.Content Scheduling
Drupal has the provisions for scheduling the content at your own convenience. It is possible to schedule a campaign to be published at a certain time. In case, a campaign is no longer required or outmoded, it can be unpublished as well.Security
Drupal is one of the most secure CMS platforms among the leading players like Wordpress, Joomla and Magento. In a report published by Sucuri called Hacked Website Report, Drupal turned out to be the least vulnerable to security attacks in comparison to Wordpress.Scalability
Your CMS should be able to grow with you and accommodate more screens. Drupal is a highly scalable solution with high traffic sites like Grammy, NBC Olympics, University of Oxford and many other renowned names performing astoundingly well even during the busiest of times.Support And Maintenance
Drupal is an open source solution and you can rest assured that the Drupal community comprises of numerous vendors who are adept at providing round the clock support and maintenance.
At Opensense Labs, we have designed the Bucket and on-the-go models of support and maintenance services. We offer support in the day-to-day operations. Our support hours run parallelly with business hours but are extendable as per your needs.Use Cases
The University of Iowa, which is powered by Drupal, kicked off a Drupal Digital Signage Service to offer new digital capabilities inside the campus.
Drupal’s flexibility in content management and delivery in combination with Intel Compute Sticks, mini-computers that serve each screen or sign, proved rewarding. This helped in offering wireless connectivity to the Drupal-based content as it is relayed on to the screens in real-time.Source: University of Iowa
The digital signs provided key information for students like the time at which a bus would arrive or leave, emergency alerts, advertisements for student groups, computer lab availability, university news, and events etc.
The University reported rapid adoption of the service as many colleges and divisions within the University used the free and user-friendly solution on several screens. Stakeholders used templates and drag and drop tools and widgets for customising and governing the screen content.
The University’s move to expand the use of Drupal to digital signs proved beneficial in many ways. An IOWA NOW news story stated that “the backend is incredibly user-friendly. It’s the same system our websites run on, and so very intuitive. The web-based platform allows us to update information and slides from anywhere and anytime”.
Being an open source software, Drupal incurred no licensing fees. Hardware costs were lower too. Thanks to the project team’s discovery that the digital signs could be run on small, energy-efficient compute sticks. Moreover, wireless connectivity eliminated the expense of data ports and cabling.Source: University of Iowa
The Drupal Digital Signage system, rather than using a webpage, used a specialised software application. This made the displaying of content as simple as plugging the URL of a sign into a browser. Users were granted access permissions for specific signs and by utilising templates and a drag-and-drop interface, they could display the content or widgets in numerous regions of the screens. That content, displayed on the screen, could also be shared with other units.
Furthermore, the digital signs, being accessible to all screen-reading technologies, saved staff time. Being easy to learn, training time got reduced.
Content editors only needed to enter news or events into a familiar interface. The content would go to both their websites and digital signs simultaneously without having to perform double entry.
Another example can be seen through Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) which plays a huge role as the largest public transit system in the United States of America. It had benefitted tremendously by using Drupal and Amazon’s Internet of Things (IoT) service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). With Drupal, the MTA was able to leverage the same CMS that powers its website to serve content and data to thousands of digital signs in hundreds of stations in New York City. By utilising the power of digital signage into station countdown clocks, MTA has been able to disseminate a great customer experience.Source: Acquia
The content can be built inside Drupal and data is pulled from external feeds in order to supply the countdown clocks with data. Data can be pulled from transit information, weather and message provider as Drupal is equipped with provider APIs. Once data is given context via Drupal content model, it is pushed to the digital signs with the help of a data pipeline that was implemented to leverage IoT service from AWS. Using progressively decoupled Drupal approach, a front end experience was developed using ReactJS for displaying the data. As data flows, React governs all the important on-screen presentation and utilises the data that is received to inform the display on the countdown clock.Future Of Digital Signage
According to the statistics given by the Statista, the statistics portal, the digital signage market worldwide was valued at 19.61 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and the display market was estimated at 6.07 billion U.S. dollar in 2015.Future of digital signage is bright as is for Drupal and together they can work wonders. Source: Statista
This number is going to see a significant rise by 2023 as the market value is poised to reach 32.84 billion in 2023. Digital signage technology is not just here to stay but grow multifold.Conclusion
Digital content distribution can surely be taken to next level by making it engaging through digital signage solutions. Drupal can be the perfect choice of CMS for relaying content on screens.
We provide Drupal services with top-of-the-line expertise. Contact us at email@example.com to explore Drupal as a superb platform for building digital signage solutions thereby providing a whole new level of customer experience.blog banner blog image Digital signage Drupal Drupal 8 Digital signage solution Interactive screen Customer engagement Marketing Drupal distribution Digital sign Drupal CMS Open Y University of Iowa User experience Customer experience Blog Type Articles Is it a good read ? On
Learning to rank or machine-learned ranking (MLR) is the application of machine learning, typically supervised, semi-supervised or reinforcement learning, in the construction of ranking models for information retrieval systems. Training data consists of lists of items with some partial order specified between items in each list. This order is typically induced by giving a numerical or ordinal score or a binary judgment (e.g. "relevant" or "not relevant") for each item. The ranking model's purpose is to rank, i.e.
World Economic Forum, an International Organisation for Public/Private Cooperation, has its digital presence not only in English language but other prominently spoken languages like Spanish, Chinese, French and Japanese as well. Rio Olympics 2016, which is also known for the infamous haul of 9 golds by Usain Bolt, had its online presence in both English and French. Oxfam, an international confederation of 19 organisations that has the objective of mobilising the power of people against poverty, has its website in Spanish and French languages other than English. What is common between all of them? Their websites are powered by Drupal which is one of the leaders in the open source content management system (CMS) market.
Significance of multilingual sites
Built and maintained by an international community of developers, Drupal has been a marvellous solution for organisations around the globe that are in need of swiftly launching their websites that is tailored to a variety of language needs. As a matter of fact, Drupal 8, the latest version, was created keeping multilingual use in mind. But why should an organisation consider building a multilingual site in the first place? Let’s understand its significance before taking a plunge in exploring Drupal’s capabilities in building a localised site.
English is certainly the most widely spoken language in the world and dominates the internet space. But it would be wrong to consider it is as the most preferred language. Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and many others, as you can see in the graph above, are spoken by millions of online users. So, optimising your site and going multilingual gives you a huge advantage.
Some of the major benefits of having a multilingual website are:Source: DayTranslations
One of the most important benefits of going multilingual is that you can enhance communication as even though English has its preeminence over the online space. That doesn’t mean that everyone wants to buy from English language websites. Research from CSA Research says that people prefer to make purchases while browsing in their own native language as more than half of the people who were surveyed bought from sites that were available in their own language. Another important benefit is that you can expand your reach and cover a wider audience. Localised websites also result in increased client satisfaction. Multilingual SEO is of paramount importance too and localising your website into different languages helps improve your SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking locally across the globe.
Moreover, website localisation is efficacious and gives you a competitive advantage. In a survey by Content Marketing World, 60% of participating marketers agreed that there is a dearth of multilingual content marketing strategies. Therefore, not capitalising on the immense amount of opportunities that website localisation presents can prove detrimental to your business pursuits. You may lose out to a local business that is well known and also fare badly against another foreign company that is localising better. Also, not only you get to touch a wider demographic of the audience, you get the opportunity to increase your audience as you will be noticed by a massive pool of potential buyers for your product and services. And you do not get penalised for duplicated content on translated sites. Localising your website also bring about higher conversions and skyrocketed return on investment. Even if you cannot please everyone, you can please the majority of them when you make your site multilingual.Considerations for turning your site multilingual
In order to develop a great multilingual site, there are some considerations that should be kept in mind.
Building a site in any language needs a clearly thought-out plan for content and needs a detailed picture of your business objectives and vision. For instance, you should know who the ideal customer for your products and services is and where does he or she live. And you should know which language will have a wider reach amongst your potential customers.
You would, then, require a wisely laid-out strategy. You can register top-level domains like .mx for Mexico or .fr for France. You must know that photographs, artwork, fonts, and colour choices carry different meanings across different cultures. Visitors should find it easy to navigate and find their native language microsite. Different languages should be used appropriately and nothing should come across as offensive or insensitive to the different cultures.
Most importantly, you need to determine the best technological solution for creating your localised site. A robust CMS like Drupal can be a remarkable option that can dovetail with your multilingual strategy.Drupal in the mix
If you are in the need of quickly creating customised sites in any language of your choice or an intricate multilingual web application with dynamic, language-based displays, Drupal is a wonderful option. Without the need for any additional components, Drupal 8 can be installed in over 90+ languages. Drupal’s out-of-the-box support for language handling assists you in delivering localised digital experiences and saves time and money. Drupal 8 core comes with four core modules for localising content on the website.Administering Language
The Language handling module lets you pick your choice from 94 languages.
Language configuration has been streamlined. Assign a language to everything from taxonomy terms to administration language. You can even delete the English language. Each user can also select his or her own language for the admin interface.
The detection of browser language can be easily configured with external language codes. There is also a built-in transliteration for the machine names.
Interface translation module provides a central directory to manage interface. It has built-in translation UI for simplifying content editing. By allowing automatic downloads and updates, it lets users use any translation interface available in the Drupal community in any language supported by Drupal 8.
English language interface can be customized. You do not have to use English as your default language.
Content translation module is applicable to all of your content. It lets you translate everything from the pages to the taxonomy terms. It allows you to configure custom fields of a web content.
Like interface translation, the default language of your content can be flexibly configured. You can even hide or display the position of language selector.
Everything that comes with the configuration of your website can be translated using this module. Things like views, blocks, panels, field panels or text formats can be easily translated with its built-in responsive translation interface.
Moreover, there is a provision of an overview screen to help you in the process.
Sevilla FC, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest football teams in Spain. A digital agency helped it to implement a series of quality and qantitative enhancement in its digital services via web, mobile and social media channels. Drupal turned out to be a fantastic option in their pursuit of improving the digital experience. Drupal’s in-built multilingual capabilities, top-of-the-line open source security, tremendous scalability, great content workflow tools and the support for agile project delivery were the major factors that made it the right choice for this project. With a continuous increase in the number of international fanbases of Sevilla FC, it was important to create a multilingual site. The multilingual capability of Drupal 8 streamlined the process of localising their website into multiple languages.
What if your native language is not available to choose from 90+ languages that the Drupal offers? OpenSense Labs leveraged Drupal 8 to provide a clean architecture and design for the betterment of digital presence of the Ministry of Finance in Somalia.
The remodelling of the website needed new content types with user-friendly navigation and the addition of a custom type of publication to publish annual reports. Agile development methodology helped the project to be completed within six weeks. And, as Somali isn’t available in the list of languages provided by Drupal 8’s out of the box solution, the flexible multilingual infrastructure of Drupal aided in adding it easily.
While English language internet users have been the primary source of the target of every business. There has been an unprecedented growth in the non-English language online users as well. Reaching them out is beneficial for widening your customer base and establishing their business in newer markets. Your content determines the website traffic, customer retention, and conversion rates. CMS is the warehouse of your web content. It is significant to choose the right CMS before even making your first move towards making your site multilingual.
Drupal 8 has made tremendous improvements to include the built-in multilingual feature. It delivers multilingual websites right out of the box. Its 4 key modules for language, interface, content, and configuration of your website helps in efficaciously building a multilingual site.
Drupal development is our forte and we are committed towards the provision for great digital experiences. To tap into newer markets with multilingual Drupal websites, reach us out at firstname.lastname@example.org banner blog image Drupal 8 Multilingual Site Drupal Multilingual Drupal multilingual site Blog Type Articles Is it a good read ? On
More than 37,000 American flags are on the Boston Common — an annual tribute to fallen military service members. Seeing all these flags was moving, made me pause, and recognize that Memorial Day weekend is not just about time off from work, outdoor BBQs with friends, or other fun start-of-summer festivities.
This light-weight module extends the Drupal Commerce module to configure the discount amount and time frame to run discount campaigns.How it works
Drupal Commerce site admin sets two configuration settings: 1) a time frame during which discount campaign is effective and 2) a discount amount which is applied towards new orders placed during the set campaign.
This module changes the CKEditor skin to "Office 2013" skin.
This is more like an example module to change the skin of CKEditor in Drupal. You can follow a similar approach to any skins that are available on CKeditor Website
This module integrates the CKEditor "Copy Fomatting" plugin.
It provides a plugin for CKEditor 4, that adds button for Copy Formatting Feature.
This module requires to install the CKEditor "Copy Formatting" plugin.
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On the day that the Drupal-powered Justice.gov website released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russian interference in the U.S. election, the site experienced a 7,000% increase in traffic.
The report was successfully delivered without interruption via Acquia, using Drupal.
According to Federal Computer Week, by 5pm on April 18, there had already been 587 million site visits, with 247 million happening in the first hour the report was released. The site typically receives 8 million visits per day.
There were no IT performance or availability issues during the release of the 142-MB report, which is ideal during these types of high-pressure events when the world is watching. Thus, no news is good news.
Keeping sites like this up and available to the public is an important part of democracy and the freedom of information.
I'm proud of Drupal and Acquia’s ability to deliver when it matters most!
This module is an integration between the CKeditor spoiler plugin and the bower-assets installation of the libraries folder that holds js and css files needed to load the ckeditor plugin.