JD Collier's Blog

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.

September 11, 2013 by JD Collier
Simple tips to improve Drupal for your content managers

During a website project, there are distinct phases that allow us to plan for the various audiences of a website. In this process, I have often seen an audience omitted — content managers. We need to ensure we are also weighing the needs and expectations of the content manager when we build a site. Remember content managers are an audience too.

August 14, 2013 by JD Collier
Review of Pixelapse and InVision

I want to tell you about two amazing products, Pixelapse and Invision. The two overlap a little bit, so you could choose just one of them — but I use both and I'll tell you why.

July 9, 2013 by JD Collier
Testing checklist for a Drupal website launch

When building a Drupal website, you need to ensure you have thoroughly tested the site before you turn it over to your client. If a client discovers a significant issue, it degrades their trust and can cost sales if the problem is enough to block a website visitor's ability to interact with the site.

June 27, 2013 by JD Collier
Chrome Frame alternatives

We have depended on Google Chrome Frame to help us direct website visitors on older browsers to modern alternatives. Specifically, we use the Drupal Chrome Frame module to quickly implement this functionality.

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June 5, 2013 by JD Collier
Engineer, Designer, Dictator

I recently attended a Web development conference in Portland, Oregon. One session stood out for me as encouraging and as a good reminder as we go forward — The Engineer, The Designer, The Dictator by Michael Lopp. You need all three for a successful project.