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Drupal 8
Michael Wilson
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Drupal 8 is ready for prime time, but here's what you should plan for
You may have noticed our new website (launched but being improved), and we built it on Drupal 8!
Abstract content model
Riche Zamor
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4 Ways to Improve Your Content Modeling
The most important part of a content strategy, in my opinion, is your content model.
Confab 2013 image
Riche Zamor
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Put people at the center of content strategy - The Common Theme of Confab 2013
Eight days after Confab 2013, and I have finally come down from my conference high. The conference was insightful to say the least - it is by far the best industry conference I have ever attended.
4Site Studios wireframes
Alexis Findiesen
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To Wireframe or Not to Wireframe: User Experience for the New 4SiteStudios.com Redesign
This series outlines our project process  through the lens of our development of the new 4SiteStudios.com.
Highway sign entitled The Future
Riche Zamor
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Emerging Trends in Digital for 2013 and Beyond
Last night, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel for the NetSquared DC Meetup with Colin Delany, Suzanne Turner, and Lawrence Swiader.
Drush and drupal drop logo
John Shortess
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The Three Most Useful Drush Commands for Drupal Novices
We maintain dozens of Drupal sites for our clients, in a wide variety of hosting environments. Keeping all of these sites up to date could be a nightmare, but our job is made much easier thanks to the awesomeness that is Drush. If you manage a site, but haven't yet dipped your toe in the world of...
Drupal 7 header from website
Alexis Findiesen
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Homepage template quirks in Drupal 7
So it's time to theme another Drupal site. You've got your base theme installed, customized, and ready to roll (we like to use Zen).
Drush text with Drupal drop logo
John Shortess
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Building a site with a custom Drupal install profile using Pantheon and Terminus
The recent introduction of Pantheon's Terminus CLI opens the door for an elegant, automatable way to provision sites using custom install profiles.
Pile of legos
Alexis Findiesen
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Inventing the future of… websites.
You know how every box of LEGO® comes with that pretty picture on the front of what it’s supposed to look like at the end...and how you might build it that way once, but just once?
Hubdub branded graphic
Michael Wilson
BLOG
Inside HubDub, Part 2
Last week, we announced our new interactive video module for Drupal, HubDub. We followed that up with a more detailed under-the-hood look at how HubDub works.
Hubdub brand with drupal drop in background
John Shortess
BLOG
Introducing HubDub, Interactive Video for Drupal
A little over a year ago, we announced Dub, our custom interactive video player, which allows you to overlay web content—such as social media, maps, or web forms—directly onto a video as it plays.
Abstract image with triangles attached by lines
John Shortess
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Beyond the Page: An Introduction to Web Services (for Humans)
One of the (many!) things we’re looking forward to in Drupal 8 is greatly improved Web Services support. What are Web Services, I hear you ask?
Image of pitfall game with hero swinging over pit
Riche Zamor
BLOG
8 Pitfalls to Avoid When Developing Content Models in Drupal
Last week, I wrote a post about the differences between content types, taxonomies, and entities in Drupal, and how you should use each. Now, even with having a strong understanding of how to use these mechanisms, there is still plenty of room to mess up when developing a content model.
Image of download button
John Shortess
BLOG
Creating a Squeeze Page to Access a Video Using the Webform Module
Recently a client for an "inherited" (that is, one where we weren’t the original developer) Drupal 7 site asked us to change how a series of videos were presented. They needed to collect some demographic information from site visitors before making the videos available.
Example of dub player
Michael Wilson
BLOG
Announcing DUB, our custom video player
In response to our clients’ needs and our own particular strengths at leveraging interactive video to engage audiences, we have been building a custom video player that integrates web video with online services commonly used to for running campaigns.
Component Style Guide
Alexis Findiesen
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Where do mockups stand with responsive design?
The traditional method of designing a website has its roots in print. When you design for anything from a logo to a soda can label, you start out with the basic (sketches), work toward the finessed final design, and show your client developing designs at each stage.
Bowl of salsa
John Shortess
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Using Salsa with Drupal
I recently presented Salsa: Spicy CRM Integration for Drupal-Powered Nonprofits at CapitalCamp, the District of Columbia's Drupal camp.
Salsa platter
John Shortess
BLOG
Using Salsa With Drupal, Part 2: The Salsa API Module and Custom Code
In my last blog post I talked about ways you can integrate the Salsa CRM system with your Drupal site using the Salsa API and Salsa Entity modules.
Database schema
Riche Zamor
BLOG
When to Use Content Types, Taxonomies, and Custom Entities in Drupal
I recently had a conversation with a client who was confused by Drupal terminology and didn’t know the difference between content types, taxonomies, and custom entities.
Drupal Con photo
John Shortess
BLOG
DrupalCon Portland Wrap-Up
Last week, Alexis Findiesen and I traveled to Portland, Oregon for DrupalCon. Portland, cleverly noting that Drupal's logo is a water drop, welcomed over 3,300 Drupalistas from all over the world with four days of nearly non-stop rain!
Rock Em Sock Em robots with Wordpress and HTML5 logos for heads
Riche Zamor
BLOG
To CMS or Not to CMS? THAT is the question
I admittedly can be a bit of a rabble-rouser at times. I believe a lively, but productive and civil, debate will often bring about some breakthrough thinking and cutting edges ideas for solving challenges, especially those of our clients.
Drupal 8 Banner
John Shortess
BLOG
Drupal 8 is Coming? What's That Mean for Site Owners?
On Monday, a couple of us are headed to Portland for the last North American DrupalCon before the expected release of Drupal 8 late this year.
Ubercart Logo
Michael Wilson
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Non-Functioning Ubercart Invoice Emails
A support request recently came in where a client had changed hosting for their Drupal 7 website and found that their email had ceased to work. To resolve the issue, they installed the SMTP module to use an alternative email server for sending messages from Drupal.
Drupal Terms arrayed cloud tag style
John Shortess
BLOG
Our Go-to Modules for Building Drupal 7 Websites
As a Drupal Site Builder at 4Site, Drupal allows me to create a dynamic and scalable site without any programming. If you want to add functionality to your Drupal site there is usually a module that can do it. Drupal has been our go-to CMS for building client websites since 2007.
Drupal 8 banner
John Shortess
BLOG
Drupal 8 is Coming! Eventually.
It’s been a while since my last Drupal 8 update — what’s happened in the last 17 months?
4Site Hub
John Shortess
BLOG
Building the New 4SiteStudios.com: Planning for the Underlying Technology
This series outlines our project process through the lens of our development of the new 4SiteStudios.com.
Millenium Falcon made of legos
John Shortess
BLOG
4Site Hub: Virtual Legos
Over the holidays I got to take a break from Drupal and spend nearly two weeks at home with my seven-year-old son. Just like I was at his age, my son is obsessed with Legos, so we built lots and lots of Lego sets. I’m amazed at how much Lego has evolved in the past mumblemumble years.
Drupal and Wordpress logo superimposed over SEO analytics graph
Feld Giesy
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Wordpress, Drupal and SEO
Something that’s seen a resurgence of late is the importance of SEO and site/page ranking (though if your job revolves around content, you’d probably say it never left).
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PODCAST
We talk to Luke Probasco, Director of Marketing/Drupal General Manager at Townsend Security, about keeping your Drupal site safe. And on his first solo turn as host, Bryan sits down with Chanaka Perera, director of technical services at LCG, to chat about agile development. 
Hubdub mini infographic
John Shortess
BLOG
Inside HubDub, Part 1
As we announced previously, 4Site has just released HubDub, a Drupal module that leverages the jPlayer framework and Popcorn JS to overlay web content...