Insights and advice to help you keep up with the increasingly fast pace of change in web design, brand design and social & digital media marketing.
We were very surprised to hear recently of a company using a vendors own in-house CMS, we thought these had died out years ago!
There are, however, some serious down-sides to using a CMS created by an individual company:You are tied to that supplier
If your relationship goes sour, or you are unhappy with the work - or if the current company stops trading - it could be difficult to move a project to another company - as no other companies use this system. With an open source CMS such as Drupal, it would be very easy to take… Read More
Last month we said a sad goodbye to our last remaining Drupal 6 sites.
These were set up for Dentsply a multi-national dental supplies company who has since changed name and corporate sturucture. They remained as Drupal 6 sites owing to the changes in the company and a lack of focus to do anything with them - either upgrade or replace.
However, this has been an interesting experience as it has shown us that Drupal sites can live long after their official end of life. According to the official Drupal announcement, the EOL (end… Read More
Working with Drupal 8 and Commerce 2 requires sites to be built using composer, a PHP dependency manager.
Composer is a fantastic tool for managing code and the ever-growing mesh of dependencies which form the backbone of modern websites. However, it can be a royal *headache* when it won't behave!
We recently had a requirement to switch a Commerce 2 site from the stable code branch to the 2.x-dev branch - and found a bunch of problems stopping us from doing that. The essence of the problem is that everything is dependent on… Read More
We've been hard at work lately gigging around the local area - and working on a website to promote Jon Pollard Music.
In addition to making a simple Drupal 8 website we've been working on Videos, video editing and re-colouring, remixing audio tracks and gig photography. It's a large and varied set of skills that we have been developing, so if you are interested in video and photography, get in touch and watch this space for more developments.
We've just launched a new website for a local covers band - Uncovered Ground.
They are a great band and a singer who is also part of Turtlereality! Uncovered Ground play a mix of classic rock songs from bands like Pink Floyd, Bowie, The Doors, T-Rex and, as they say, many more!
You can find out how to book them at https://uncoveredground.co.uk
For a limited time, we are pleased to be able to offer free Security Audits for Drupal websites.
Drupal has some of the toughest security of any CMS system available - but it also relies on being correctly set up and kept up to date. If your site has not been kept up to date with the latest security patches there is a chance your site has vulnerabilities or has been hacked.
It's possible for websites to be compromised without site owners realizing. In fact, keeping quiet about a… Read More
We've been doing Drupal website development for 10 years!!
10 years of Drupal development and design for Drupal 6, 7 and now Drupal 8. It's been a blast, sometimes crazy, sometimes amazing, always intrigung - here are some highlights.2009 - Drupal 6
When we started as Drupal designers, developing sites with Drupal 6 it was hard work. Just to get the thing working was a struggle. But, once you had it running, you could suddenly do a lot of exciting things. One of… Read More
Turtlereality has been in business designing and developing websites for 20 years. In that time the internet and the web has changed fundamentally at an incredible rate. Here are some of the highlights.1999 - HTML Pages
When we started out, a web site was very often made up of a collection of hard-coded HTML pages which linked to each other. It was a revolutionary new concept and very cutting edge. The web was where the cool kids hung out reading Wired magazine and checking Web Monkey on their Palm Pilots.
2000 -… Read More
A brand new, bespoke designed, mobile-friendly website for a small business on Exmoor. The Tantivy is a local institution but had a very poor internet presence. We've changed all that with a great new Drupal 8 website.
Our client base is very diverse. We deal with Multi-Nationals and household names, but a lot of our work is with small local… Read More
At the beginning of the cold weather, I ordered some wood from our regular supplier who then, in turn, commisioned us to build them a new website. Less than 2 months later the new site is up and running:
The site is built using Drupal 8 and the new Drupal Commerce version, Commerce 2. The build was a bit of an adventure, lots to learn about the new software, but it's definitely been worth it. Commerce 2 has a whole new architecture which makes… Read More
The internet is littered with thousands of failed websites and e-commerce websites. Few people realise how easy it is to make a website - but how difficult it is to make a successful e-commerce website.
Our e-commerce websites generate year on year growth in sales and revenue. In terms of volume we have sold many millions of pounds worth of goods through our e-commerce websites.
We design and program E-commerce websites with the ability to expand as… Read More
Here at Turtlereality, we aren't great at blowing our own trumpets. We believe in working diligently to provide a great service to our customers - but we would like to share with you what it is that sets us apart from other web design companies. Here is a quick summary:Attention to detail Design - flair and effectiveness Quality assurance - we test things - and fix them Optimisation - pages load blazingly fast We understand mobile - our designs work for all screen sizes Great photography - we get the most out of even poor source… Read More