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on 27th January 2016 / by Bipasha Baijulal
Colleges and universities were the early adopters of web technology. The education sector, especially the higher education sector, designed customized websites to promote their educational activities, news and events online. As in the case of any business, the educational industry also faces stiff competition, and this is the reason why they need a flexible and robust website to enhance their reputation. And with more and more audience spending a significant time online, there is a significant need for a scalable and accessible platform for building a website. At the crux of transformation: Drupal in higher education Drupal is most relevant for higher education sector because it is, by default, a content management system. With Drupal, it is easy to maintain academic content such as articles, pages, books, research papers, statistics and so on. The “user roles and permissions” provide excellent security and the access to content can be managed from the admin console easily. With every new version, Drupal has become more versatile and powerful enough to spread its wings across new sectors like higher education. Today, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cambridge and almost 71 out of 100 top universities in the world run on Drupal. As you might already know, universities are a cobweb of diverse departments, students and faculties. This means content management has to be efficient and precise. A powerful and community driven CMS like Drupal can be of great benefit while building a university website. Why Drupal is best for institutions of higher learning? Flexible Content management: Campus or university website has to deal with huge amounts of content every day. With a CMS like Drupal 8, you can manage and update content from a central repository. This reduces the effort and time required for managing content. With Drupal anyone can design Pages, Blog entries, posts, and Polls easily. This means you don’t have to rely on IT professionals for managing your daily content. Also you don’t need separate asset management software if you have a Drupal website. Drupal 8 is equipped to produce, manage, distribute and share digital data. Workflow and access: Since university websites are operated by multiple persons, managing the workflow and access is very important. The new workflow management system in Drupal 8 provides a whole and reliable import and export of all configuration settings, and Git also offers amenities for managing parallel work in different departments. Managing multiple department sites and administrative sites: Higher educational sectors often need to have multiple niche sites and administrative sites for various departments. Drupal 8 allows you to manage all these multiple sites from a central core. The multi-site module lets you look over the different subsites of the university. Drupal provides the channel for the faculty and other university members to interact with the prospective students, enrolled students, the university members, and the public. Supporting E-learning and social media interaction: A lot of higher educational institutions promote E-learning and interact with students through the social media. So students can learn and make queries off-campus and this creates a more convenient environment for learning. As a content focussed platform, Drupal 8 makes it simpler to build and maintain social sites that promote online learning.Drupal 8 has a wide range of social networking and community-building modules, such as Facebook-style micropublisher, an activity stream, and a social-sharing toolbar. Any educational institution can leverage Drupal to offer its students online study materials including lesson plans, notes, and even links to reading materials. Financial advantages: Unlike other CMS, Drupal is a free and community backed platform. The features are regularly updated by developers for free. And in case of any technical snag or query, you can get in touch with the community developers. Drupal websites require very less maintenance and are ranked higher on search engines. So in the long run, a Drupal website is a sensible and modest investment. In-built marketing tools and mobile-first design: Drupal 8 offers finer search engine optimization features that ensure a wider reach. Since students use their smart devices for reading and browsing, Drupal 8 follows a mobile-first design. Drupal 8’s first priority is to make websites mobile-friendly. With Drupal 8, the university does not have to build a separate design for mobile users. Drupal 8 makes sure that your website fits well and is easy to navigate on different smart devices. As a Drupal development services company, we help you build an interactive, dynamic and secure website with Drupal 8, thus giving your institution the much-needed competitive edge. If you need a Drupal-powered website for promoting the activities of your university, then please get in touch with us to build a vibrant and interactive website. References: Why Drupal is Dominating the Higher Education Sector Resource Guide: Drupal for Educational Institutions Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 25th January 2016 / by Bipasha Baijulal
The health sector in our country is undergoing rapid growth, throwing up a whole lot of possibilities and challenges for the industry. It is one of the largest sectors in India, in terms of employment as well as revenue. Today, the Indian healthcare market today is pegged at US$ 100 billion and is expected to touch US$ 280 billion by 2020. However, one of the key bottlenecks in our healthcare system is that it is still unable to cater to our massive population.To be successful in the competitive healthcare market, what is primarily required is complex medical information management systems, focused business intelligence, and an IT infrastructure that meets the swiftly changing customer demands and offers cost-effective healthcare to the public. Using a scalable and robust CMS allows physicians to offer service to more patients in less time. For example, in hospitals when a patient is shifted from one care to another, doctors can exchange and view medical records through electronic devices. This helps to save a lot of time and effort. Telemedicine: Combining technology with healthcare Telemedicine has become the popular method of medical consultation and treatment in the Western countries. In telemedicine, the medical information is exchanged from one site to another with the help of communication devices to diagnose and treat a patient’s clinical health. Though it began about 40 years ago through hospitals for extending care to patients in remote areas, today an increasing number of employers are looking to offer telemedicine as an amazing alternative to time-consuming patient-doctor visits.Therefore, to reach out to more patients and to enable interactions between medical practitioners in various parts of the world, the healthcare sector needs to build a flexible platform using complex software with numerous beneficial features. Drupal: Revolutionizing the healthcare industry Drupal has been active in entertainment, publishing, e-commerce and government sectors, but is yet to be adopted fully by the healthcare sector.Unlike any other industry, healthcare needs a sophisticated platform like Drupal for developing healthcare web applications to cater more to patients and medical staff.Drupal has evolved successfully over the years and, its latest version, Drupal 8 offers state-of-the-art features for healthcare sector to operate successfully. Here are the top 8 reasons why healthcare needs Drupal 8: Connectivity: With Drupal 8, you can connect the website and the digital assets with other networks. Thus, you can integrate your website with other platforms to share patient details and medical information with doctors and hospitals. In addition, patients would also be able to access their individual medical information. Drupal is an extremely secure CMS which provides permission settings that allows access to the data only for the right user. Flexibility: One of the major benefits of Drupal is its ability to adopt new features with absolute ease. This flexibility allows you to manage digital assets conveniently. Since innovations are happening rapidly in the health sector, you can make changes and adopt innovations smoothly into your Drupal website. Drupal 8 makes use of HTML 5: HTML 5 offers codes for managing dates, video, email, audio, and various other features on website and mobile. Patients and physicians can easily access the content, including the video and audio, readily. Mobile first design: Smart phones are very common today, and a website which is easy to view and navigate on a mobile phone is a must. Drupal 8 comes with mobile-friendly themes which suits any screen size. So, you don’t have to build a separate website for mobile users. Security: Drupal without doubt has the best security features, which is why some of the major government websites are Drupal-powered. Hospital websites store voluminous amounts of data, records and digital assets, and with Drupal all these assets are well-protected. Customized patient experience: Another major reason why we suggest Drupal 8 for healthcare institutions is because of its capability to deliver customized and valuable content to patients and physicians online. The enhancements made in Drupal 8 speed up the delivery of medical content. Multi-lingual features: Our country has 22 official languages. Having a website which translates quickly is helpful for patients within our country as well as for those from other countries. Drupal 8 is built with extensive language translation features which tackles this issue. Better user experience and engagement:Visitors want instant loading of web pages and content. This is a must to ensure better interaction with patients and to offer them uninterrupted communication online. Drupal 8 has increased the page load speed by integrating Symfony into its core, which has enabled streamlining of the custom Drupal core code. With a fascinating array of features, Drupal 8 is the right choice for creating an engaging and user-friendly website for healthcare sector. If you need a healthcare website, we, at Zyxware, will help you build an efficient and affordable one that serves your patients and physicians better.Please get in touch with us to know more about our Drupal development services. References: The Drupal API turns a CMS into a true enterprise application Checkup: Drupal coming to the Healthcare & Medical Industry Healthcare Industry in India Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Healthcare Drupal Sites Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 22nd January 2016 / by Moses Raymond
With the proliferation of new technologies, the entire business model in the entertainment and media industry has undergone a dramatic change – this has facilitated the creation of new business needs, and customization has become the latest mantra that fosters communication, sharing, originality, and pro-activeness. The tremendous growth in digital communication has spurred an increase in the audience, while throwing up numerous bottlenecks that need to be effectively addressed. These challenges require a robust, dynamic and scalable technology that will support the media industry in powering its websites and applications. Drupal 8, the latest version of Drupal; the world's leading Open-source Content Management System (CMS), can provide a host of benefits to the entertainment and media industry. Benefits of migrating your media site to Drupal 8: Dynamic Content Management: The media industry needs content publishing to be done in a quick and efficient manner, and Drupal 8 helps in managing the content through its different phases such as acquisition, preparation, packaging, circulation, and archiving. The massive data volumes are one of the major challenges of a media website. Thanks to the flexibility of Drupal 8, management of data becomes pretty easier, systematic and efficient. Increases Revenue Generation: It is really expensive to build and maintain a media or an entertainment website but since Drupal 8 is a free and open-source CMS, the revenue generated by a media website built using Drupal is definitely higher. It actually facilitates the creation of business models that can easily monetize the content by making use of personalized interactions like promotions, subscriptions, and advertising. This maximizes revenue generation and ensures that the high investment return is sustainable throughout it's life cycle. Improves Social Media Interaction: In this age of Social media, consumers are highly impressed by any content that is shareable and promotes interaction. Drupal 8 enables the prospective customer to create content; this personalization inturn allows him to make a purchase decision. Increases the user’s attention span and significantly reduces clutter: With Drupal 8’s intelligent interface, it is easy to hold the consumer's attention span, thus keeping them from moving on to the next site. Drupal 8’s built-in customization module is perfect for media organizations, as it helps to clearly understand the choice of the user and declutters the visual junk that is being thrown at him/her, thus creating a unique and awesome customer experience. Portability: Today, the user has access to a variety of devices such as the mobile, tablet, desktops and laptops, and obviously a website that adapts to all these devices can be a versatile and useful medium to get across to the potential client. Drupal 8 has sensibly applied the creation of layouts that acclimatize to the various modern devices, and thus is perfectly suitable for the media industry. Language: Media industry reaches out to innumerable geographical locations and languages. In this context, a website that has the capability to mould itself to a specific language can be extremely effective, and Drupal 8 is surely the multilingual CMS that the media industry desperately needs. Regional content and translation to the local language is extremely easy and can be easily implemented using Drupal 8. Safety: The security of a website is of prime importance especially for media and entertainment portals, as there is a lot of client interaction and the data volume is also huge as compared to others. Drupal 8 has more built-in security features than its predecessors especially with the incorporation of TWIG templates, thus increasing the security level a notch up. Also, the removal of PHP input filter will work wonders in up scaling the security. If you are part of the media industry and need a robust and updated CMS for your business, do get in touch with the experts at Zyxware, where we have made Drupal a way of life. The long list of clients from the media and entertainment space is proof of our success and the trust that our clients share with us. Talk to us today and step in to the secure world of Drupal development. Reference: Benefits of Web Application Development Using Drupal Platform Seven ways Drupal can help media companies grow Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 20th January 2016 / by webmaster
Moving to Drupal 8 deserves careful consideration in the technical front,especially when it comes to migrating from an almost stable platform like Drupal 7. Having said that, considering the advantages of Drupal 8, it will likely be the best solution for your business. The advantages Drupal 8 over Drupal 7 RESTful: With the integration of RESTful web services, any Drupal content can be made available via a REST API by enabling the web services modules included with Drupal core and configuring them. This can be achieved without adding any contributed modules or custom functionality. Mobile first: Drupal 8 is designed for mobile first and then modified for PC. The main reason behind this is that the decisions you make regarding the mobile design is what is really important, and what you need to focus on. The result is almost always a focused, cleaner, and more usable design which can be easily converted and made suitable for any device. Improved page caching: Drupal 8 now has page caching enabled by default for anonymous users. It uses a new cache system called cache tags that bring you the faster Drupal ever. This caching system is instantly updated when something is changed and avoids clearing the entire page cache at the same time. In Drupal 8, blocks & entities are now render cached automatically. Only the necessary assets are loaded and rather than relying on global statics that broke caching, we now rely on metadata for caching. For authenticated page loads, the page is assembled from render cached parts. Improved performance: If you care about performance and you have a large site with a massive amount of content, then D8 would be a better choice as it brings a lot of tools to help make your site faster. In Drupal 8, Javascript by default runs in the footer, which improves front-end performance. Some things will require a good developer support and need to be done right, and if you do, then D8 can perform pretty well in real sites. Well-defined Configurations: In Drupal 8, it has an "Export Configuration" function that exports either the whole site configuration or a single configuration file. Drupal 8 uses unified format and approach to configuration, where all configuration is in the form of text files in the YAML format. It removes the hassle of using modules like Features to deploy a configuration from one environment to another. Twig template engine: In Drupal 8, Twig replaces Drupal's default PHPTemplate engine. Twig is part of the Symfony2 framework and it comes from the wider PHP world. Twig is a fast and secure template engine, which provides a greater separation between logic and display, as PHP code can no longer be embedded directly in templates. It also provides a fairly easy platform entry for front-end developers new to Drupal. Secure: Security is always the first priority, and Drupal is the most trusted and highly secure CMS used in government websites. Drupal 8 is likely to follow the same path. Many Drupal 8 features, such as twig templating system and built-in WYSIWYG editor ensure security. Migrating to Drupal 8 would be a smart move, as it significantly improves your efficiency, reduces long-term costs, or gives you competitive advantage in achieving your business goals. The early adopters of D8 will get the maximum value from Drupal 8, as their upgraded site will live on Drupal for the longest period. Most likely, they wouldn’t have to consider a new Drupal upgrade until sometime in 2017. Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Drupal 7 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 19th January 2016 / by deepa.n
Moving to Drupal 8 deserves careful consideration in the technical front,especially when it comes to migrating from an almost stable platform like Drupal 7. Having said that, considering the advantages of Drupal 8, it will likely be the best solution for your business. Advantages of Drupal 8 over Drupal 7 RESTful: With the integration of RESTful web services, any Drupal content can be made available via a REST API by enabling the web services modules included with Drupal core and configuring them. This can be achieved without adding any contributed modules or custom functionality. Mobile first: Drupal 8 is designed for mobile first and then modified for PC. The main reason behind this is that the decisions you make regarding the mobile design is what is really important, and what you need to focus on. The result is almost always a focused, cleaner, and more usable design which can be easily converted and made suitable for any device. Improved page caching: Drupal 8 now has page caching enabled by default for anonymous users. It uses a new cache system called cache tags that bring you the faster Drupal ever. This caching system is instantly updated when something is changed and avoids clearing the entire page cache at the same time. In Drupal 8, blocks & entities are now render cached automatically. Only the necessary assets are loaded and rather than relying on global statics that broke caching, we now rely on metadata for caching. For authenticated page loads, the page is assembled from render cached parts. Improved performance: If you care about performance and you have a large site with a massive amount of content, then D8 would be a better choice as it brings a lot of tools to help make your site faster. In Drupal 8, Javascript by default runs in the footer, which improves front-end performance. Some things will require a good developer support and need to be done right, and if you do, then D8 can perform pretty well in real sites. Well-defined Configurations: In Drupal 8, it has an "Export Configuration" function that exports either the whole site configuration or a single configuration file. Drupal 8 uses unified format and approach to configuration, where all configuration is in the form of text files in the YAML format. It removes the hassle of using modules like Features to deploy a configuration from one environment to another. Twig template engine: In Drupal 8, Twig replaces Drupal's default PHPTemplate engine. Twig is part of the Symfony2 framework and it comes from the wider PHP world. Twig is a fast and secure template engine, which provides a greater separation between logic and display, as PHP code can no longer be embedded directly in templates. It also provides a fairly easy platform entry for front-end developers new to Drupal. Secure: Security is always the first priority, and Drupal is the most trusted and highly secure CMS used in government websites. Drupal 8 is likely to follow the same path. Many Drupal 8 features, such as twig templating system and built-in WYSIWYG editor ensure security. Migrating to Drupal 8 would be a smart move, as it significantly improves your efficiency, reduces long-term costs, or gives you competitive advantage in achieving your business goals. The early adopters of D8 will get the maximum value from Drupal 8, as their upgraded site will live on Drupal for the longest period. Most likely, they wouldn’t have to consider a new Drupal upgrade until sometime in 2017. With Zyxware at your behest, migration from Drupal 7 to 8 becomes a smooth and hassle-free process. Our skilled and experienced pool of Drupal developers and technical experts will help you in Drupal migrations as well as upgrades, and effectively handles data and content migrations of varying complexities. Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services. So, if you own a Drupal 6 website and want to upgrade or migrate to Drupal 8, we are here to help you! Drupal Development services Drupal 7 Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 18th January 2016 / by Bipasha Baijulal
You all know that, unlike a normal website, an e-commerce website sells its products or services online. Customers visit these websites not only to gather information but to also make a purchase, and this calls for an extremely user-friendly experience. This means, e-commerce websites will need a much more powerful technology to function without any disruptions. Since money transactions are involved, marketers need a strong and secure system to build their e-commerce websites. Drupal has been the building block of numerous high-profile websites, but does it provide a strong yet flexible framework for building an e-commerce website? Absolutely! And here is why Drupal commerce is the best choice for e-commerce sites: Better site performance: E-commerce sites cannot afford to be slow to load, as they will lose prospective customers. Since there is stiff competition, there are a lot of options available for users. So, if your website is slow, users will swiftly move onto the next site. However, Drupal commerce ensures optimum site performance for your e-commerce site. Protects guest check-outs and logins: Drupal’s secure page module makes sure that your guest is on a secure page when they create profile, view user details, check-out or login. Lets you build a Responsive e-commerce website: Drupal’s mobile-first architecture lets developers build a responsive e-commerce website, which functions easily on any smart device including mobile phones. Allows multiple payment gateways: Drupal Commerce is equipped with many useful third-party integrations for payment gateways which allow multiple payment modes for users. High security: For an ecommerce website, security is the top priority. And, as you know, Drupal is the CMS that provides top-notch security. Free, open-source: Being an open-source CMS, you don’t have to pay any cash to access any features of Drupal commerce that you require for your e-commerce website. Offers quick currency and language conversions: Drupal Commerce has modules that can take care of multicurrency conversions, tax, and multiple language needs. Lets you create versatile product searches: With Drupal Commerce, you can perform product searches in numerous ways, such as by price, size, gender, occasion, manufacturer and so on. With this option, users can save time and shop more conveniently. To sum it up, Drupal commerce provides a powerful structure to build an e-commerce website, offering you outstanding customer experience and security. Marketers can update fresh content constantly, create an awesome online store design, ensure attractive product displays, and connect with users on social platform with ease through Drupal commerce. If you want a dynamic and user-friendly e-commerce site for your product/service, build it in Drupal along with Drupal commerce. We, at Zyxware, can provide you all the Drupal solutions needed for your e-commerce site. give us a call today to know about our Drupal services and packages. Reference: Core features Why Drupal Commerce? Drupal Development services Ecommerce Drupal Commerce Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 15th January 2016 / by deepa.n
For a client who owns an active Drupal 6 website, Drupal 8 promises a whole lot of opportunities. Although we know that Drupal 6 can cater to everything that is needed to create a platform that fits our requirement, Drupal 8 offers the extra edge which allows us to build something faster and more stable. And this is the key for any modernized platform. In this respect, it is likely that Drupal 8 provides a much easier transition to a great working site. Advantages for Webmasters: Improved content editing/authoring experience: Content management becomes more efficient with the significantly improved content creation page and options in Drupal 8. In-line editing: This offers a fast and user-friendly experience for any webmaster, as you'll be able to see how the edited content would translate visually into the final site content. Built-in WYSIWYG editor: Drupal 8 provides new built-in WYSIWYG editor that will allow you to edit your content directly at the front-end. Responsive images: Drupal 8 provides improved ways for better handling of images for responsive websites. Fully responsive: Administer your site from your smartphone. Changes to the content can be made from your smartphone or tablet. Multilingual support: The multilingual features and enhancements in Drupal 8 will help you go global and manage your content in a more centralized way, with the effective tools and processes in place. Advantages for Customers: Mobile-First: Mobile website and app have become a way of life; your customers will be delighted with the experience that your site offers across all devices. Better front-end performance: Efficient way of caching of entities, smarter javascript loading techniques, and responsive images are going to serve the pages faster in Drupal 8 than ever before. Personalized experience: Since Drupal 8 is easily customizable and supports HTML5, customers will enjoy highly interactive and personalized user experience. Accessibility: Drupal 8 will be beneficial for visually impaired users. The internal method “Announce” will facilitate module developers to create direct output to screen readers. Advantages for Developers: More standardization: Since, Drupal 8 is more standardized, even developers who are not familiar with Drupal can easily understand it and the projects will be more readable and transferable, benefiting business continuity. Programming facilitated Integration: The RESTful API module in the core of Drupal 8 will enable you to move information and data in and out with seamless integration in mobile applications or social media. Object oriented programming: Since Drupal 8 supports object oriented programming, the code is more maintainable, has fewer bugs, and hence requires less rework. Testing: The use of Object Oriented programming will provide the capability of testing certain functionality automatically. Proper unit tests will become easier. Autoloading: With the PSR-4 autoloading, classes are organised in a standardised way in files and folders which makes it easier to interpret and share. Twig: Drupal 8 offers more flexibility in theme customization via Twig, a standard providing an easy to use format for non-technical users. At Zyxware, we have a talented pool of Drupal developers, designers, and technical experts who will help you make a hassle-free transition to Drupal 8. Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services. So, what are you waiting for? So, if you own a Drupal 6 website, it's time to upgrade to Drupal 8 to give your customers a superior experience! Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Drupal 6 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 13th January 2016 / by deepa.n
As we all know, the official support from Drupal.org for Drupal 6 is going to cease and the security updates will no longer be available. However, there is no reason to get upset; in fact, there is nothing in the code that will cause Drupal 6 site to stop functioning after February 24th, 2016. If you choose to keep running the code, it will run as long as your hosting company allows to do so. Then, why would anybody want their website to be migrated to Drupal 8 ? The answer is quite simple, nobody wants to stay behind. It's actually a step forward. Is it easy to migrate to Drupal 8? Your existing Drupal 6 site could be a complex one with a lot of customization in it, or the site may have already been very successful as a commerce entity with tens of thousands of records, or you may be running a great literary site in a regional language which you think is impossible to migrate. Well, nothing is impossible. Drupal 8 core comes with a migrate module with an import API which will take care of most of the upgrading stuff. However, you should always have an expert with you to troubleshoot, if your site is a more complex one. Advantages of migrating to Drupal 8 Improved content editing/authoring: Managing content becomes more flexible, efficient and enjoyable with Drupal 8. As a webmaster, you will find a fast and user-friendly experience with the ‘in-line’ editing feature in Drupal 8. It provides new built-in WYSIWYG editor that will allow you to edit your content directly at the front-end. Unlike Drupal 6, you need not go to the back-end of the website for each minor modification. Also, you'll be able to see how it will translate visually into the final site content. In addition, you also have a much improved content creation page and options for better handling of images for responsive websites. Since, Drupal 8 is fully responsive, all these changes can be made from your smartphone or tablet, too. Mobile-first & Responsive website: In addition to better site administration experience, you will have better front-end performance in Drupal 8 across all devices. Your customers will be delighted with the experience that your site offers. Efficient way of caching of entities, smarter javascript loading techniques, and responsive images are some of the features that will serve up pages faster in Drupal 8. Better for multilingual sites: The multilingual features and enhancements in Drupal 8 will help you go global, and that too, with absolute ease. Now on, you will not require too many contributed modules to make your multi-language site work. Adding translation will no longer be a mess as before. Manage your content in a more centralized way, with the effective tools and processes in place. Drupal 8 will help you to manage additions and changes accurately and efficiently as possible. Be it a simple Drupal 6 website or a website which has dozens of pages, Drupal 8 will probably be the best choice, as it has a lot of out-of-the-box features; so the best part is that you don't need extra modules. At Zyxware, we have a talented and experienced team of developers, designers, and technical experts who will help you make a smooth transition to Drupal 8. Call us today for more information on our Drupal development services. So, what are you waiting for? Upgrade to Drupal 8 to give your business a competitive edge! Drupal Development services Drupal Migration Drupal 8 Drupal 6 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 12th January 2016 / by abhai.sasidharan
Ecommerce has grown exponentially over the last twenty years and has become an integral part of our lives. Today, with the proliferation of Internet and mobile devices, consumers have multiple options to browse through before choosing a product. Hence, it is important to provide consumers with a user-friendly experience and easy payment methods. India's e-commerce market, which was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009, touched a whopping $12.6 billion in 2013. According to Google India, there were 35 million online shoppers in India in 2014 Q1 and this is expected to cross the 100 million mark by the end of 2016. As per the reports by the Market research firm, eMarketer, by 2019, the global online purchases is expected to double its value to $3.551 trillion. What makes Drupal Commerce stand apart? With more and more people shopping online, retailers are looking for stable and robust platforms to build their e-commerce applications. Well, they’re quite lucky! Drupal commerce is simply what they are looking for. Here are a few reasons why Drupal Commerce is different from the rest: Drupal Commerce is the only commerce platform that is built on an enterprise CMS. It connects content and products seamlessly to drive online sales and also influences offline sales through rich user experience, optimized merchandising tools, and proven SEO tools. Drupal Commerce is extensible, flexible, modular, and easily configurable. It can be configured easily to suit your business model. It is ideal for all types of physical and non-physical (digital) products that require unique payment models (i.e. recurring, licensing, subscription). It is the most flexible and yet lean ecommerce solution available. Drupal Commerce is completely free, community maintained, and open source. This does not mean inferior quality and no professional support; on the contrary, open source facilitates lower costs, higher quality, greater innovation, faster speed, and excellent security. Infact, the Drupal commerce project has a 71% response rate to the issues reported on their project page. What does Drupal Commerce offer? Commerce Cart: Implements the shopping cart system and add to cart features.The basic feature of every e-commerce service is a shopping cart. But is there something you could do to easily configure the view of your shopping cart? Yes, it’s called Views in Drupal! With views module, you can do just about anything with your shopping cart. Commerce Order: Defines the Order entity and associated features. Order defines a set of statuses and states to inform you about the status of your order. Commerce Price: Defines the Currency entity. This includes many features such as currency conversion, discounts and coupons, rules, sell price calculation and so on. Commerce Product: Defines the Product entity and associated features. Put quite simply, an entity in Drupal is a way of representing data. With entities, you can define bundles and their fields. For example, if “shirts” are defined as a product, then it’s bundles (or in layman terms “types”) are “formals”, “informals” etc. Commerce Store: Defines the Store entity and associated features. An entity provided to manage the store and store items. Commerce Tax: Defines the Tax entities. Drupal commerce mainly comprises two types of taxes; Sales Tax and Value Added Tax. Configuring simple tax is a very straightforward procedure in Drupal commerce. Just visit the tax rate configuration at Administration -> Store -> Configuration -> Taxes (admin/commerce/config/taxes) and add a tax rate. Although taxes are not that simple in today’s world, calculating taxes in Drupal is quite simple! Drupal commerce uses the rules module to add and calculate conditional taxes as well. Choosing the right ecommerce platform for your business It is often a difficult choice to decide which e-commerce platform to use. And to confuse you more there are a million articles on the internet comparing the different platforms out there. The best thing to do is to know your exact requirement! Do you know what you want and how it should be done? If the answer is NO, then you might end up with a tool with lot of out-of-the-box features; features that you probably don’t require! Here the downside is that these features are built on general assumptions and does not consider your specific requirements. While an ecommerce platform with lots of prepackaged features may seem good, the truth is that you may not be able to adapt as quickly as your competitors or you might have to modify those features, that will lead to incompatibilities down the road. The alternative to this is to use a platform where you get a smaller feature set with fewer assumptions and a better ability for customization. The tradeoff here is that you have more work to do to get off the ground—planning and implementing the exact features and experience you want—but with endless flexibility to mold a solution that exactly meets your current and future business requirements. Drupal 8 and Drupal Commerce Updating your store plays a crucial role because customers generally expect something new each and every time they visit an online store. Drupal 8 is all about increasing the level of engagement with the customers. By intuitively combining commerce with content, Drupal ensures an optimal web experience for users. Besides, Drupal has streamlined billing and shipping and made the order process easier and convenient. Furthermore, customers have yet another reason to cheer - improved shopping cart and checkout process that are customized to suit their expectations. Drupal 8 has definitely struck bulls-eye considering the marvellous features that it has been adorned with. We at Zyxware have aligned ourselves to help our customers leverage the power of Drupal 8 in a quick and efficient manner. Drupal 8 is one of the best platforms to build your digital business. So, connect with us today to know more about our Drupal development services and how best you can use the power of Drupal 8 and Drupal Commerce. References: Why Drupal Commerce?8 New Drupal 8 Features That Make You Want to Use Drupal Drupal 8: The new avatar is ready to propel the ecommerce momentumE-commerce in India Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Ecommerce Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 08th January 2016 / by abhai.sasidharan
Migrating content to a Drupal site is usually a painless experience because Drupal is quite well structured. Even if we were to move the content from non-Drupal database to Drupal database without the help of any API or migrating services, all that is required is to understand the database structures of both sites and then write a series of SQL queries that copies the content from any non-Drupal database to Drupal database; which can be done by any above average Drupal developer. That being said, the migration process in Drupal 8 is even more simpler. Migrate API is present in the core, with which you can define custom migrations to migrate your tables to Drupal 8 content structure. Drupal 7 is the most widely used Drupal core as of December 27, 2015, with 929,751 reported usages. Despite it’s release a few months ago, already 33,950 sites have reported using Drupal 8. In Drupal 7, there are contributed modules available to migrate popular CMSs like Wordpress and Joomla to Drupal. With the advent of Drupal 8, the developer community is working on upgrading these modules to Drupal 8 as well as new migration paths of other CMSs. Even without these modules, it is relatively an easy task to migrate non-Drupal sites to Drupal with Migrate API. Before beginning to migrate, you must first ensure that you have a Drupal 8 theme. Once the theme is done, your new Drupal site is ready. Drupal theming is now a breeze with the new Twig template engine. Themers now need to know little to no “Drupal code” to create beautiful responsive themes in Drupal 8. At Zyxware, we have helped our clients to make a smooth and hassle-free transition to Drupal 8. We have a dedicated team of developers and technical experts who will ensure a seamless shift to Drupal 8, while giving a competitive edge to your business. Call us today for more information on our Drupal website development services. Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *