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If I say that in today’s booming social era, having a Facebook or Twitter account is not enough in terms of web presence for your music, you would agree, right?
We all know that having a website for the same purpose, not only delivers a professional impact on the audience but also eliminates the restrictions that these external sites would have.
For instance, you desire to put banners on your site to increase the song sales or wish to provide details about your latest concert to your fans - How do you do it?
Of course, it is only possible if you have your own music website. And there is no better option than Drupal for this task.
If you are thinking that why specifically I am talking about Drupal then you need to know that Drupal is one of those CMSs which is flexible and consists of an excellent API framework that can accommodate almost all conceivable functionalities.Choosing Drupal for your music website
Yes, it is important to unite music composers i.e musicians and bands, with their fans and loved. The sole reason to trust Drupal for this task is only because:It has responsive web designs
There would be a variety of audience for your music website, using different devices. While switching from big screen to small screen, things change. Size of the image is modified, menu items become drop down, columns are pushed around the webpage that makes sense with content being the supreme leader. All of this is easily handled by Drupal.
Every musician wants that his work leads to more word of mouth referrals and that new fans are added to the list every day. A responsive website leads to a better user experience with them spending more time on your site. Moreover, responsive web designs would help the end users to access menu, links, buttons and fill out forms easily. More users mean more traffic. According to statista, 52% of the web traffic is generated from mobile devices.52% means half of the internet traffic, making responsive websites an important aspect of the whole scenario.
There are chances that you might be building a music website for a band. Which means that each member of the band would require an individual site. This is where Drupal is the best option for you. It provides you with the ability to run multiple sites from one single Drupal codebase. Each site has a separate database, however, the projects that are stored in modules, profiles and themes can be installed by all the sites.
Warner Music Group (built on Drupal )is a great example of this. The website manages and creates the web and mobile sites for more than 300 artists and bands. It serves millions of yearly visitors, promotes news, music releases etc.
ABC ( Aliases, Block and Content type)
Your fans need details to keep up with your band’s performance or music concerts. This can be done with the help of multiple addresses or aliases. Aliases provide an option to the end users to find a particular website easily. With modules like pathauto, metatag, redirect you can make your music website search engine friendly.
- Pathauto modules help in automatic generation of URL/path aliases for various kind of content without requiring the end user to manually describe the path alias.
- The Meta tags modules allow you to automatically provide structured metadata for a website. These meta tags help in improving the ranking and display of the site in search engine results.
- Once your website has a lot of content, you may need to audit it. This would include merging and deleting of pages that are no longer in use, and for that, you need to create URLs redirects. The Redirect module lets you create and manage these URLs using a simple user interface.
A block would essentially act like a container that would hold all the content, lists of content, images and can be placed anywhere on the page. For example: if you want the visitors to contact you regarding any collaboration or get information about the latest concerts then the additional field can be constructed with the help of block.
A content type is the collection of data fields grouped together in a logical set to facilitate content entry and display. Drupal core is preconfigured with two content types which allow you to create and save multiple posts. For example: In your music website you might have a content type “concert” that would include individual fields to collect the data about dates, place, price etc. The concert content type could be used to create hundreds of individual concert records.Performance and Scalability
Loading time serves as a major role when it comes to the performance of the website. According to Google developers, 40% of the users abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Thus, making speed a huge factor for the strength of the website.
When it comes to a music website, the factor contributes even more. The visitors of your website definitely need a fast and a swift platform that loads the website quickly, and Drupal by default is the best CMS for this task. Drupal 8 can scale well to millions of users if it is optimized well. A poorly optimized website not only slows down a website but affects the performance as well. Thus to improve and keep up the site performance modules like Blazy and Google analytics are used.
- Blazy module is used to provide its end users with faster load time and helps in saving data usage when they are not browsing the whole page.
- Google Analytics module is a type of web statistics that are used to track and monitor the traffic of a particular website. It comprehends on the links which are being tracked (downloads, outgoing and mailto) by the visitors which are there on your page.
The site has to be easy for you to manage. It is important that formatting of content and adding of images ( without seeing any spooky HTML codes) on your music website is simple and accessible. Drupal provides with modules that would allow you to edit your content the way you want. With drag and drop and WYSIWYG tool content authors/non-developers can create and design pages easily. With the evolution of the Drupal platform, new upcoming layout builder seems even more promising.
Drupal upcoming layout builder which would be stabilized in Drupal 8.7, is unique in offering a single, powerful visual design tool with three use case:
- Use case 1: Layouts for template contents
For the sites that have a significant amount of content, it is important that similar content have the same type of appearance. For instance, you are selling songs from the same album. For your fans, it would provide a consistent experience when browsing the song list, making them easier to differentiate. For content authors, the templated approach means that they don’t have to think about the layout of each song.
Drupal 8's new Layout Builder lets you to visually construct a layout template that will be utilized for each item of the same content type (e.g. a "songs layout" for the "song" content type). This is achievable only because the Layout Builder serves from Drupal's powerful "structured content" abilities.
- Use case 2: Customizing the layouts
Suppose you desire to put a video of your jam sessions on your website and later think of updating a band picture with the video, it may not make sense to add an optional “highlighted video” field with the band picture.
Drupal 8 Layout Builder offers the ability to customize templates layouts on a case per case basis. In the above example, Layout Builder would let a content creator rearrange the layout for just that one band picture and put the video directly below the image.
- Use case 3: Custom Pages
It should be noted that not everything is templated and content authors often need to create a one-off page on “About us”. Drupal 8 Layout Builder can be used to create dynamic one-off custom pages. A content author can begin with a blank page, design a layout with the addition of blocks.Hosting
The Drupal-based website which is specially designed for Lady Gaga witnesses heavy traffic spike every day. The burst in the traffic has to be handled periodically.
Web Hosting provides space that you can buy on a web server to store your website files. When you tend to buy website hosting you basically rent server space on a server where all your files are placed.
Drupal provides you with many websites hosting options. Which are not only safe to use, but it handles your site traffic also. Some of the most popular Drupal based web hostings are:
- A2 Hosting
With a variety of modules in Drupal 8, from enhanced media management to out-of-the-box experience, Drupal 8 is getting stronger with each update. It makes sure that the visitors on your website have a good user experience with no backward compatibility breaks.
With the release of Drupal 8.6, a large number of improvement has been foreseen for content authors, evaluators, site builders, and developers.
For content authors, Drupal has added a support for “remote media type”. In other words, you can easily embed Youtube and other videos in your content.
For evaluators, Drupal 8.6 brought about “out-of-the-box experience” that let them install and test drive Drupal in minutes. They can install with the help of a demo profile that showcases all the capabilities by presenting a beautiful website filled with content right out of the box. This makes it easy for an end user to download and install a fully functional Drupal demo application within minutes.
For the developers, Drupal 8.6 has brought about an API first platform that involves an overview of REST improvements.
Drupal 8.7 has promised to bring even more sophistication the Drupal family. It ensures its end users with:
- Stabilized features that target content author.
- Adding of JSON API (that did not make it to the release of Drupal 8.6) that would allow users to rapidly create and decouple the applications.
- It would present with stable multilingual migrations
- Would continually improve the evaluators' experience.
- Iterate towards an entirely new and unique decoupled administrative experience.
The best part about Drupal is that it provides its end users with a variety of modules that help them to build their website. Some of the modules which you can use for your music website might include:
AudioField module enables you to upload or link audio files and play them on your site using one or many audio players. It has the power to support many audio formats. Currently, the module supports the following audio formats:
- Default HTML5 audio player (which is built-in)
- WordPress Audio
AudioField also supports player libraries and comes with the basic HTML5 audio player.HTML5 is a built-in HTML audio player and requires no additional libraries to be installed
It also supports additional audio player libraries which requires installation before use.
- Audio Embedded Field
Audio Embedded Field module creates a simple field type that enables you to embed audio from SoundCloud and other custom URLs to a field with the integration of media entity module for Drupal 8. You only need to provide URL to the audio and the module creates an embedded audio player.
(It should be noted that this module is not covered by the security advisor)Go Beatles (Case study)
No doubt on the fact that the music of Beatles have created history and has been marked as “evergreen”. With such a wide fan base audience, the website was expected to be more engaging. It needed to promote new albums, merchandise, and events in a way that engaged fans.
Drupal was chosen because of its flexibility and excellent API framework.Goals of the Project
- It was a need for the site to be easy for content editors to manage.
- It was expected that the new articles could be pushed to Facebook.
- The existing users could easily migrate to the new site, along with their prior profile and comments.
- The user experience must be truly responsive and engaging on all devices.
- It was required that the content pages must be built from existing collections of text, quote, image, and audio.
- With millions of fans, it was evident that the site experiences heavy traffic every day.
- Thus it was important that the site was eligible to handle large surges of visitors and traffic spikes.
In terms of presenting an engaging story, one of the creative inspirations of the whole project was “The Beatles Anthology Book”. The key idea was to provide story snippets, images audio clips, videos of the band that allowed an arrangement in a different order. Different content types with the field to accommodate image, audio, video, the text was created. All the snippet of information was tagged using taxonomies and tile width. The story node used Entity Reference, Entity Reference View Widget that allowed the editor to sort vast content and filter it as well.
As regards to theme layer, Drupal highly contributed to the website. The whole website was responsive and demonstrated the actions that had to be done by the editors. The site also depicted that Drupal can cope up with heavy loads and traffic spikes with the help of CDN module that contributed highly to deliver image and file assets via Amazon CloudFront (which was the main concern). Optimized and bandwidth efficient images were also required to deliver a responsive website. Thus, usage of modules like pictures and breakpoint along with some heavyweight template.phpcustomization was done to achieve a perfect theme layer.
Another vital requirement of the site was to tie the site with Facebook for the whole purpose of logging in, registering, and commenting. This was done to promote visibility of the site. Drupal provided with several packages that allowed the website to integrate with Facebook at various levels. With modules like Facebook auto post, Facebook OAuth and Drupal for Facebook the integration was possible. Not only this but feeds and SQL parser module were also used to query the old database.
Thus, without the help of Drupal and its modules, it would have taken an incredible amount of time and money.
Yes, it is important for an artist to have a website that is specifically dedicated to them. Without it, there are chances of you losing out on gigs, promos, press etc. Thus, contributing to your music career and talent, the need for a website is clear.
Drupal here emerges as a helping hand. The CMS would provide you with a collection of modules that contributes to the construction of your website.
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This module allows for integration with the Setka Editor - WYSIWYG post builder, a user-friendly editorial design tool for creating beautiful layouts that attract, engage and convert. Installation allows Drupal to replace textarea fields with Setka’s page builder, which makes designing extraordinary editorial content quick and easy.
- Install via /admin/modules
- drush en login_by -y
- composer require drupal/login_by
Provides helpers for entities. Currently a property helper to get deeply nested properties and a original cache to help with postsave hooks concerning paragraphs.
This module does nothing on its own and you should only install it if another module requires it.
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It's never too late to start thinking about user experience design when working on a project. To help ensure the project is a success, it's best to have a UX designer involved in the project as early as possible. However, circumstances may not always be ideal, and User Experience may become an afterthought. Sometimes it isn't until the project is already well on its way when questions around user experience start popping up, and a decision is made to bring in a professional to help craft the necessary solutions.
What’s the best way for a UX designer to join a project that is well on its way? In this article, we will discuss some actions that UX designers can take to help create a smooth process when joining a project already in progress.General Onboarding
Planning and implementing an onboarding process can help set the tone for the remainder of the project. If it’s disorganized and not well planned out, you can feel underprepared for the first task, which can lead to a longer design process. It’s helpful to designate a project team member to help with on-boarding. It should be someone who knows the project well and can help answer questions about the project and process. This is usually a product owner or a project manager but isn’t limited to either. If you haven’t been assigned someone to help you with the on-boarding process, reach out to help identify which team member would be best for this role. During the on-boarding process, discuss what user experience issues the team is hoping to solve, and also review the background of significant decisions that were made. This will help you to evaluate the current state of the project as well as the history of the decision-making process. You should also make sure you understand the project goals and the intended audience. Ask for any documentation around usability testing, acceptance criteria, competitive reviews, or notes for meetings that discuss essential features. Don’t be afraid ask questions to help you fully grasp the project itself. And don’t forget to ask why. Sometimes entertaining the mindset of a five-year-old when trying to understand will help you find the answers you’re seeking.Process Evaluation How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top. - Yvon Chouinard
Processes help ensure that the project goes smoothly, is on time, and on budget. They can also be a checkpoint for all those involved. If a process doesn't already exist that includes UX Design, work together with the team to establish a process to discuss, track and review work. If you feel that a process step is missing or a current system isn't working, speak up and work with the team to revise it. Make sure to include any critical process that the team may be lacking. You also may want to make sure that discussions around any important features include a UX Designer. Ask if there are any product meetings that you should be joining to help give input as early as possible.Schedule Weekly Design Reviews
One example of improving the process to include UX Design is scheduling weekly meetings to review design work that’s in progress. This also gives project members an opportunity to ask questions and discuss upcoming features and acceptance criteria.Incorporate Usability Testing
Another suggestion is to include usability tests on a few completed important features before moving ahead. The results of the usability tests may help give direction or answer questions the product team has been struggling with. It can also help prioritize upcoming features or feature changes. The most important thing to remember is that usability testing can help improve the product, so it’s tailored to your specific users, and this should be communicated to the project team.Collect General User Feedback
Establishing early on the best way to collect and give feedback on a design or feature can help streamline the design process. Should it be written feedback? Or would a meeting work better where everyone can speak up? Sometimes, when multiple people are reviewing and giving feedback, it’s best to appoint one person to collect and aggregate the input before it filters down to you.Track Project Progress
You also want to discuss the best way to track work in progress. If your team is using an agile process, one idea is to include design tickets in the same software that you’re using to keep track of sprints such as Jira [link] or Trello [link]. Discuss the best way for summarizing features, adding acceptance criteria and tracking input in whatever system you decide to use.Prioritization of Work Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker
The team should be clear on priorities when it comes to work, features, and feedback. Joining a team that’s in progress can be very overwhelming to both the designers and stakeholders and creating clear priorities can help set expectations and make it clear to both sides on what the team should focus on first. If a list of priorities doesn't already exist, create one. It doesn't have to be fancy. A simple excel sheet or Google Sheets will do. You can create separate priority lists for things like upcoming features that need design, QA, or user feedback. You can also combine everything into a single list if that works better for your team. Just make sure that it links to or includes as much detail as possible. In the example below, a feature that has completed acceptance criteria is linked to a ticket in Jira that explains all of the details.undefined
It’s also helpful to group related features together, even though they may have different priorities. This will help you think about how to approach a feature without needing to reworking it later down the line. Be proactive. Ask questions around the priority of items if something doesn't make sense to you. If needed, volunteer to help prioritize features based on what makes sense for a holistic finished product or feature. Creating diagrams and flowcharts can help get everyone to understand how separate features can be connected and what makes the most sense to tackle first. Make sure that QA and user feedback is also part of the priority process.undefined Summary
Having any team member join a project mid-process can be intimidating for all parties involved, but it’s important to be open and understanding. Improving the process and the end result is in everyone's interest, and giving and accepting feedback with an open mind can play an important role in ensuring that the project runs smoothly for everyone involved.
For User Experience Designers, it’s important to respect what’s already been accomplished and established with the idea that you should tread lightly to make small improvements at first. This will help gain confidence from the team, while also giving you time to learn about the project and understand the decisions that lead up to where it’s at today. For stakeholders involved, it’s important to listen with an open mind and take a small step back to reevaluate the best way to include UX in the process moving forward. The above suggestions can help both parties understand what actions they can take to help make the onboarding process for a UX Designer a smooth transition.
As you may know, Drupal 6 has reached End-of-Life (EOL) which means the Drupal Security Team is no longer doing Security Advisories or working on security patches for Drupal 6 core or contrib modules - but the Drupal 6 LTS vendors are and we're one of them!
Today, there is a Less Critical security release for the Password Policy module to fix a Denial of Service (DoS) vulnerability.
The Password Policy module makes it possible to set constraints on user passwords.
The "digit placement" constraint is vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks if an attacker submits specially crafted passwords.
See the security advisory for Drupal 7 for more information.
Here you can download the Drupal 6 patch.
If you have a Drupal 6 site using the Password Policy module, we recommend you update immediately! We have already deployed the patch for all of our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support clients. :-)
If you'd like all your Drupal 6 modules to receive security updates and have the fixes deployed the same day they're released, please check out our D6LTS plans.
Note: if you use the myDropWizard module (totally free!), you'll be alerted to these and any future security updates, and will be able to use drush to install them (even though they won't necessarily have a release on Drupal.org).
Last week, WordPress Tavern picked up my blog post about Drupal 8's upcoming Layout Builder.
While I'm grateful that WordPress Tavern covered Drupal's Layout Builder, it is not surprising that the majority of WordPress Tavern's blog post alludes to the potential challenges with accessibility. After all, Gutenberg's lack of accessibility has been a big topic of debate, and a point of frustration in the WordPress community.
I understand why organizations might be tempted to de-prioritize accessibility. Making a complex web application accessible can be a lot of work, and the pressure to ship early can be high.
In the past, I've been tempted to skip accessibility features myself. I believed that because accessibility features benefited a small group of people only, they could come in a follow-up release.
Today, I've come to believe that accessibility is not something you do for a small group of people. Accessibility is about promoting inclusion. When the product you use daily is accessible, it means that we all get to work with a greater number and a greater variety of colleagues. Accessibility benefits everyone.
As you can see in Drupal's Values and Principles, we are committed to building software that everyone can use. Accessibility should always be a priority. Making capabilities like the Layout Builder accessible is core to Drupal's DNA.
Drupal's Values and Principles translate into our development process, as what we call an accessibility gate, where we set a clearly defined "must-have bar." Prioritizing accessibility also means that we commit to trying to iteratively improve accessibility beyond that minimum over time.
Together with the accessibility maintainers, we jointly agreed that:
- Our first priority is WCAG 2.0 AA conformance. This means that in order to be released as a stable system, the Layout Builder must reach Level AA conformance with WCAG. Without WCAG 2.0 AA conformance, we won't release a stable version of Layout Builder.
- Our next priority is WCAG 2.1 AA conformance. We're thrilled at the greater inclusion provided by these new guidelines, and will strive to achieve as much of it as we can before release. Because these guidelines are still new (formally approved in June 2018), we won't hold up releasing the stable version of Layout Builder on them, but are committed to implementing them as quickly as we're able to, even if some of the items are after initial release.
- While WCAG AAA conformance is not something currently being pursued, there are aspects of AAA that we are discussing adopting in the future. For example, the new 2.1 AAA "Animations from Interactions", which can be framed as an achievable design constraint: anywhere an animation is used, we must ensure designs are understandable/operable for those who cannot or choose not to use animations.
Drupal's commitment to accessibility is one of the things that makes Drupal's upcoming Layout Builder special: it will not only bring tremendous and new capabilities to Drupal, it will also do so without excluding a large portion of current and potential users. We all benefit from that!
The Drupal Association seeks volunteer organizations from Agency and Drupal site owners running production Drupal 8 sites for the creation of an official minor-release beta-testers program.
Since Drupal 8.0's release in November 2015, the Drupal community has successfully transitioned to a scheduled release process whereby two minor releases are made every year.
The most recent of these releases was Drupal 8.6, released in September 2018.
In a significant change from Drupal 7, these minor releases may contain new features and maintain backwards compatibility. This means that every six months there are new features in Drupal core, instead of waiting for the next major release.
This rapid acceleration in feature development has resulted in the need for greater real-world testing of upgrade paths and backwards compatibility. Drupal core has a vast automated test-suite comprising almost 25,000 tests—however, these can be greatly complemented by real-world testing of production sites. There are an infinite number of ways to put Drupal together that cannot always be handled in automated tests.
In order to improve the reliability of the minor-releases, the Drupal community—in conjunction with the Drupal Association—aims to develop a minor-release beta testers panel comprised of agencies and site-owners who maintain complex Drupal 8 production sites.
Many companies and Drupal users are looking to help with core development but aren't always sure where to start. Membership in this panel presents a new way to help the development of software that powers their website.Who should apply?
Agencies and site owners who maintain large and complex Drupal 8 production sites. In particular, sites that use a wide range of contributed and custom modules or have large volumes of content.What is involved?
When the beta release becomes available, the Drupal core committers will work in conjunction with the Drupal Association to contact the members of the beta-testing panel to advise that the next minor release is ready for testing.
Members of the panel will be asked to attempt updating to the beta using a staging version of their site (not straight-on production) and report back any issues found. New issues will be opened to track and resolve reported issues. If a predetermined percentage of the program participants have not yet reported back their results, a decision may be made to delay releasing subsequent beta versions or a release-candidate. Participants whose participation lapses may be removed from the program.
At the moment, testing of the new release occurs in a largely ad-hoc fashion, but once the program is established, this will become more structured and maintainers will have access to statistics regarding the breadth of testing. This will then inform release management decisions in regards to release preparedness.What's in it for participants?
Updating early helps find issues beforehand, rather than after the release is out.
Reporting issues encountered lets you tap the wealth of experience of the Drupal core contributors that you'd not have the same level of access to if you update on your own after the release.
All organizations and individuals taking part in the testing will receive issue credits for both testing the update and fixing any issues that arise.
Satisfaction in the knowledge that you helped shape the next minor release of Drupal core.
Advanced preview of upcoming features in Drupal core.
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Provides a webform handler that streams the contents of a file to a user after completing a webform.
This module allows you fastly style the checkboxes of your site. You will only have to adapt the CSS a little bit.Sponsorship