JD Collier's Blog

December 16, 2014 by JD Collier
Using Bootstrap as Drupal base theme

There are so many website themes, frameworks and opinions out there ... how do you decide which is the best foundation for your next project?

October 7, 2014 by JD Collier
New Relic APM for Drupal Performance Tuning

New Relic APM (Application Monitoring) is an amazing tool to help you tune the performance of your Drupal website.

July 1, 2014 by JD Collier
Insert a block into the WYSIWYG in Drupal

Sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you. I have been searching for a module to allow me to insert a block into a WYSIWYG field. I tried looking for a Drupal implementation like Wordpress Shortcodes, perhaps the SimpleAd module would do what I'm wanting, maybe there is a Ckeditor plugin written for this? I came up short.

June 3, 2014 by JD Collier
Cache all the things but still run dynamic code

There are quite a few caching options out there, and we frequently combine several services to cache every little piece of a site. Think about it: standard Drupal cache, Varnish, Memcache, Redis, various files coming from CDNs, and more.

May 6, 2014 by JD Collier
Turning down the information overload

The time of internet firsts is over. I don't remember the first email, the first web page, the first email newsletter, the first tweet, the first Facebook post, the first, the first ... and the list goes on and on. I just don't remember any of them.

April 15, 2014 by JD Collier
Crawling vs. indexing: robots.txt and sitemap.xml

Sometimes you need to prevent a site, page or everything at a particular path from showing up in Google search. I've heard people say to just disallow the page in robots.txt file. This is actually incorrect.

February 25, 2014 by JD Collier
Why I love Pantheon for Drupal hosting

We have been using Pantheon for several months now and I am ready to declare it a strong winner for us. If you haven't experienced it, Pantheon is a hosting platform that is optimized for Drupal.

January 14, 2014 by JD Collier
WordPress plugins I install on every project

We are a Drupal shop. I am a Drupal enthusiast. Drupal is my preferred solution. I love Drupal. Ok, I’ve gotten that out so everyone knows where I’m coming from … now I can tell you my little secret — I love WordPress too.