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Blog - digital-marketing

Digital Marketing - What Are My Options?

When it comes to marketing your business online, there are an overwhelming amount of choices and it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. I have worked in advertising and marketing for over 10 years, and in that short time many new online marketing options have been developed. Digital marketing is excellent because results are trackable and measurable.

When it comes to marketing your business online, there are an overwhelming amount of choices and it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. I h...

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Blog - development

Black box testing and Behat: Why ignorance is bliss

Back when I was in college, learning Software Development involved a lot of processes, while dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. As a programmer/developer, you had to be meticulous and nit-picky

Back when I was in college, learning Software Development involved a lot of processes, while dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. As a programmer/d...

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Blog - development

Divide & Conquer: Drupal 7, Symfony, Elasticsearch, and AngularJS - Part 1

It isn't just about Drupal here at ActiveLAMP -- when the right project comes along that diverges from the usual demands of content management, we get to use other cool technologies to satisfy more exotic requirements.

It isn't just about Drupal here at ActiveLAMP -- when the right project comes along that diverges from the usual demands of content management, we get...

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Blog - digital-marketing

Why Online Marketing?

"I have this cool new website, now everybody on the planet will know about my business!"

"I have this cool new website, now everybody on the planet will know about my business!"

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Blog - drupal

Customize autocomplete fields with results you want

<p> Occasionally a node reference or entity reference autocomplete widget will not operate as expected, specifically when it is based off a view reference display.<!--more--> Other widgets, the select box, or list of checkboxes, will still function correctly. </p> <p> This will happen if the view is depending on a contextual filter (an argument), but is not being provided one. Normally a view can try to automatically fill in the argument if one is not provided based on the current page url. If the view fails to receive an argument and is unable to infer its value from the url path then it will fail to provide any results. </p> <p> Outlined below is a possible scenario that would cause an autocomplete node reference field to fail. </p>

<p> Occasionally a node reference or entity reference autocomplete widget will not operate as expected, specifically when it is based off a view refer...

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Blog - drupal

Getting SASSy with Drupal

SASS, short for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets, is a much more powerful way to write your css code. SASS allows you to set variables, inherit pro...

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Blog - drupal

Image Upload Block

I have come across many times where I need to create a block that has an image, with an image style, as the main content of the block. There are some...

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Blog - devops

Management, Development, and Deployment

Last night at the main LA Drupal meet-up I had the opportunity of talking about how we do things at ActiveLAMP, and some of the processes we follow. T...

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Blog - devops

Musings of using Aegir for deployment

I have been following the Aegir projectfor some time now, almost 3 years. It’s great to see how far the project has come along, and how easy it is to ...

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Blog - drupal

Track Anything on Your Site in Google Analytics

Recently, we needed a way to hijack all of the links on a page, and add some additional Google Analytics tracking. I was initially going to use some o...

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Blog - drupal

Why configuration module over features module?

I've been getting inquiries in IRC and in the issue queue about a module I blogged about a few days ago. The blog post I wrote may have seemed that t...

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Blog - drupal

A new way to manage configuration on your site

At ActiveLAMP, we have always been a big proponent for putting all configuration for the sites we work on into features. Much like everyone else in t...

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