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When was the last time your website had a facelift or created a strategy to improve your brand visibility in versatile, exciting, and engaging ways? Revamping your website with interactive content and improved user experience delivers true value to your organization. Website redesigning with a contemporary design, modern trends and enhanced functionality improves your bottom line. 

Why not make invest your time and money in trusted and reliable CMS platform? With a better looking website and navigation experience, drive heavy traffic to your website and easily convert even casual visitors into customers. Even better, when you redesign your website’s content with the most modern content management system like Drupal 8 to take the pain out of your IT problems. 

Drupal is a free, open source software, produced by over a million users in 230 countries speaking 181 languages. Drupal is the best CMS platform for web content management among global enterprises, governments, higher education institutions, and NGOs. Drupal is highly flexible, secure and scalable to serve your technical and business requirements in Drupal 8 development. Drupal 8 offers powerful digital solutions and is backed by one of the world’s most innovative open source communities.

Here are ten important benefits of redesigning your website with Drupal 8 to meet your business goals:

1. Easy Content Authoring

Drupal is built with essential tools for content creation and publishing, like a customizable WYSIWYG editor to meet the unique requirements of authors, publishers and Drupal developers. Drupal offers role-based permissions for managing editorial workflows as well as content.

2. Responsive Design

According to a recent survey, consumers spend five hours on mobile devices every day. Thirty percent of Google searches are now being performed on some sort of mobile device. Drupal leverages responsive design technology to access content on-the-go from various screen sizes and devices such as iPhone, Android, and others.

3. Usability & User Experience

When an UX is developed well in a website, visitors will easily find the information they need without delay and frustration. Even though the quality of content, graphic design, and the reputation of a company is great, a website design that is not logical and orderly leads to a bad user experience.

4. Image Optimization

Images causes some sites to be painfully slow. Drupal 8 websites are amazing with beautiful images optimized for search engines and you can save on data as well.

5. Website Performance 
 
Optimizing the speed of the web pages by minimizing HTTP requests, minifying HTML, CSS and Javascript, caching, deferring parsing of javascripts, avoiding bad requests and using content delivery networks can just ensure a rewarding browsing experience.

6. Data Migration

If you're running into a lot of roadblocks when you try to update your current site, you have to redesign with a new CMS. Drupal 8 allows you to very easily import your database  including critical pages, images, or downloadable files 

7. Website Security

Drupal 8 is built with comprehensive security by default to safeguard website content and manage its accessibility. The important security features and improvements include HTML generation with Twig templates, cross site scripting, SQL injection, use of PHP as input format, improved content entry and filtering, route definitions, clickjacking protection, CSP support, and more

8. PHP 7 Compatibility

Drupal 8 is PHP 7-ready and sites that run many contrib modules, or particularly memory-intensive need increased memory requirements.  Drupal 8 performance optimization with PHP 7 maximizes the overall page speed and performance of the website.  

9. SEO-friendly CMS

Search engine optimization is an integral part of any website. Drupal 8 comes with out-of-the-box built-in SEO features to drive heavy traffic to the website and improve search engine rankings. Drupal 8 is optimized for SEO with increased site speed, responsive web design, mobile-readiness, content-as-a-service capabilities, clean URLs, advanced search, multilingual sitemap and more to increase the reach and visibility of your website.

10. Multilingual Website

Drupal publishes a single web site or shares content in multiple languages across multiple devices. Drupal 8 is configured with complete and powerful translation module with multiple language handling, interface translation, content translation, and configuration translation to deliver better experience than ever before and save incredible amount of time and money.

Drupal 8 is powered with improved features and functionality, and as the platform matures, it is poised to become the backbone of more and more digital experiences.
 

A web service is a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. Web services is a well-defined way for two computers to communicate with each other over the internet. 

Drupal web services is always a good option for you

In Drupal, web service is being used to communicate with other web applications or mobile applications. Content can be shared and easily integrated with other applications as well. 

Why use web services in Drupal?

Web services are useful because they present us with an architecture where a resource on a site (an image, textual content, such as a node ID or block ID, a video or audio file) is given a unique identifier. 

Use cases 

For example, in Drupal, every node has an ID. Every file you upload to a Drupal site also has a unique path to it.

This is extremely useful since all applications share this common semantic standard. We name things similarly on all of our web applications. 

Drupal services and real world examples

Here are some examples, perhaps we have to build a product site and they are developing a app for that product site in mobile, then we can pass data from web to mobile app using the web service.  For example if the HR Department wants to integrate its job postings and applications with another web application such as job portals, web services can make this happen.

Advantages of Drupal web development services you can’t ignore

This leads to another advantage of using web services with Drupal and why we would choose to use Drupal in the first place. Instead of having to upload our photos twice—once to our Drupal site and then repeating the procedure to our some other applications, services allows us to upload the images to our Drupal site once and then automatically send that data over to other application which wants without having to upload one (or even a batch of images) again. It saves us time and speeds up the entire process of generating web-based content.

Building web services for Drupal 7

Drupal can use web services following any of the protocols mentioned earlier, including XML-RPC, REST, and SOAP. Drupal can consume web services by requesting data from other web applications using RSS and XML-formatted requests. As a Drupal developer, you can write your own service code in Drupal using PHP. You can also use the Services module as well as other service-specific contributed modules to create these web service requests.

Service module supports multiple interfaces like REST, XMLRPC, JSON, JSON-RPC, SOAP, AMF and more.

Make use of Drupal Services module for:

  • Integration with core Drupal functionality like files, nodes, taxonomy, users, files and more.
  • Response format API allows you to define response Formats for CONTENT-TYPE ie. application/json or application/xml. (also calls such as ENDPOINT/node/1.json work)

Additionally, all the communication between services, in our example between a client and a server, happens over HTTP (the standard web protocol). This is a uniform protocol that is used for transport and communication of the service. All transports take place uniformly using GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE requests, for example.

The HTTP requests are stand alone and occurs at one given moment and is isolated from all other activated requests. If HTTP requests works and gets a response, it succeeds. If HTTP requests doesn’t get response from the server or application it's communicating with, it fails. The requests can be repeated an infinite number of times.
 

Technology has progressed at an exponential rate and has dramatically transformed virtually every industry to drive more value out of these as business leaders look for better ROI on existing deployments.  The new disruptive digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results. Developing world will have no choice but to look beyond the usual day-to-day maintenance of an enterprise IT infrastructure and adopt these new innovative digital solutions to address the complex business challenges. As a result, collaborating and forging partnerships in digital business would be super-easy.

Digital transformation is not about disruptive technologies, but it’s about exposing the power of technology to bring a radical shift into the culture of the company and everyday operations. A broad range of digital technologies reached a tipping point, from cloud, big data and analytics to internet of things and DevOps that will transform the developing world.  Here are the five:


1. Cloud ERP

The next generation of ERP is upon us and they are a world apart. Cost-effective, quick to install and cloud based, customizable, these ERP tools are so simple even small companies can use them. Cloud platform is highly customizable and scalable to manage data across multiple locations on web and mobile devices. Integrate your business processes across SaaS-based application and on-premises. Now every business can use it to share information and collaborate on projects to improve customer engagement and drive revenue.


2. Internet of Things

Internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing various industries with such rapidity that it has exerted influence on enterprises, small and large. Thought leaders recognize that connected technologies are the future of developing world. IoT will not only be transformative, but also disruptive to business models.

The growing influence of IoT spans energy, automotive, healthcare and consumer spaces, and the education market is also being recalibrated. Automated processes will benefit businesses and customers alike using connected devices. In a data-fueled IT era, IoT enables organizations to capture and track data to connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, RFID sensors, barcoding systems, cameras, vehicles and hand-held devices. Organizations can capitalize on this new digital-first and mobile-first world to be transformed by data flowing from IoT sensors.


3. DevOps

As organizations are making a culture shift to fast changing business requirements, DevOps is evolving rapidly to support agile IT service delivery. DevOps enable organizations to build, test and deploy applications at a faster pace, and higher quality, than ever before. With a set of automated tools, DevOps promotes better collaboration between operation and development teams. In the digital age, successful DevOps strategy emphasizes people first and technology second approach.


4. Marketing & Sales Alignment

In the digital age, technology hyper-critical to improve visibility, engage prospects and increase customer satisfaction. Marketing technology including marketing automation, email campaign management, big data and analytics are powerful tools to nurture customers and prospects. There is a need for business leaders to drive innovation, ensure successful implementation and improve effectiveness through multi-channel digital marketing.


5. Silo-busters, Microlearning & Gamification

With the digital surge, businesses are looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, productivity and usability in the workplace. Silo-busters are tools that break down the organizational barriers and enable employees to solve problems and generate new ideas. Organizations should leverage collaboration tools such as social media, along with crowdsourcing, and hackathons, to rise beyond traditional teams and structures.

Microlearning helps employees become more competent and skilled in the digital workplace. This involves informal and contextual digital learning and training delivered through videos, quizzes, discussion forum, blogs, webinars, podcasts or other modalities.

Digital transformation is accelerated through integration of gamification into real-world business activity to captivate users and subtly persuade desired behaviors. Gamification or any other addictive activity can be effectively used to anything to improve employee performance and increase retention, improve customer loyalty and satisfaction through rewards and incentive programs.

Everywhere you look, efficiency is automated and transformed leveraging the power of digital technologies. This is the essence of the new semantic economy. The fully automated age in the developing world transforms the way we interact with each other, as the information content in products and services increase exponentially.
 

Drupal 7.31 and Drupal 6.33 has been released. The new maintenance updates contains fixes for security vulnerabilities and available for download.

There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases.

Drupal 7.31 and 6.33 were released in response to the detection of security vulnerabilities.

SA-CORE-2014-004

  • The XML-RPC system in Drupal core will limited access to the XML-RPC in <?xml> statements contained within XML-RPC messages.
  • The XML-RPC system and exists in the core OpenID module will also reject messages.
  • PHP XML parser used by this XML-RPC endpoint is security vulnerabilities to an XML entity expansion attack and other related XML payload attacks which can cause CPU and memory tiredness and the site’s database to reach the maximum number of open connections (denial of service).

Versions affected:

  • Drupal core 7.x versions prior to 7.31.
  • Drupal core 6.x versions prior to 6.33.

Please upgrade Drupal 7.x, upgrade to Drupal core 7.31 or Drupal 6.x, upgrade to Drupal core 6.33.
 

As a Drupal developer, Anubavam can leverage the open source Drupal framework to develop custom web applications, modules, and themes for the benefit of our clients. Our long history as a Drupal development company only enhanced our capabilities to develop hundreds of websites and mobile applications has changed our lives and our clients.
 

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