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When designing a Drupal website, there are few things you can do during the design process to make your site more user-friendly and consistent while also saving you a ton of time and heartache. It’s important to keep in mind how the Drupal theme structure works and how you want to architect your content so that you can leverage best Drupal website design practices for make your site as efficient as possible. Drupal allows for a ton of flexibility when it comes to customizing how you want your website to look and while this can be great, it is also easier to get carried away with bad design habits that will ultimately hurt you in the end.


With Drupal 8 now in Beta (as of this blog post), it’s time to start digging in and getting familiar with the new structure. As a way to start teaching myself D8, I decided to convert a pretty simple module I created in D7 into a D8 module and I was surprised at how many basic D8 concepts it touched on. I wanted to share my work with everyone so that we can all get up to speed together.

Shameless self-promotion: I will be on the PHP Roundtable podcast February 22nd!  The show will cover GitHub, contributing to open source, and other related topics.  You can watch live or view the post-show recording on YouTube. 

Anyway, here’s this week’s roundup:


Today’s best websites are robust and responsive environments that empower end-users to fulfill their needs easier and more quickly than ever before. Nonprofit publications can harness the power of content management systems (CMSs) to get their content online and in the hands of interested readers worldwide.


Colin O’Dell is a Lead Web Developer with Unleashed Technologies and has been with us since 2008. Colin has been developing websites since high school and he is a Magento Certified Developer. He recently sat down with us to discuss topics ranging from the Apple II-e to Symfony2.