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Building multifunctional websites and web applications is hardly an easy task. We support ourselves in this process with various programming languages and tools.

We are the largest and best-known company dealing with creating and supporting Drupal-based websites in Poland. Our areas of expertise also include Symfony, PHP, ReactJS and front-end development. In our endeavours, we also use a variety of other software solutions, such as PHPStorm, Jenkins and Docker.

We are happy to share our experiences, describing the process of work on building and developing websites and applications at Droptica. Thanks to SCRUM and the right tools such as Slack and Jira, we ensure seamless communication between the team and the client. We systematically improve or change the software we use in order to automate repetitive actions and speed up the development work.

You can learn more about the ins and outs of our work thanks to our extensive blog articles, or you can find out what benefits we can offer you thanks to our Case Studies.

Droptica is a Drupal agency. In our work we very often find ourselves building corporate websites on Drupal. Not to reinvent the wheel every time every single time, we created Droopler. Droopler is a state-of-the-art open-source tool for building websites, built on the latest version of Drupal. The system has been designed in order to enable easy and flexible modification of content that looks great on every device.

After the deployment of our Drupal development agency's new websites – droptica.pl and droptica.com – in mid-2016, we decided to improve a few things related to content optimisation, page loading speed and SEO. At the end of the year, we carried out a technical Drupal SEO audit, which enabled us to detect a certain number of shortcomings. While at it, we decided to implement the solutions recommended by Google.

Projects implemented by Droptica often require a large amount of coding in PHP. Taking advantage of various tool and configurations allows us to streamline the process and make it far more convenient and pleasant. In this post, we wanted to share our experiences and describe an ideal software configuration for coding in PHP (mainly in Drupal, since we are a Drupal agency). The base software that we use includes Linux (most people use Ubuntu) and PHPStorm as IDE.

What is the CKEditor? CKEditor is one of many visual HTML editors. It allows you to easily enter text using an interface that resembles such editors as OpenOffice.  It makes text formatting easier through a set of buttons that serve, among others, for things such as: changing the font, text size, adding an image, making lists, and many others. The CKEditor is the default text editor in Drupal 8. You don't need to add any libraries or modules in order to use it.

Everyone who does Drupal development will sooner or later encounter the need to define tighter control of access to content. The standard mechanisms of roles and permissions are very flexible, but they may be insufficient in complex projects. When access to nodes starts to depend on, for example, fields assigned to a given user, then you have to take advantage of more advanced solutions.

Has it ever happened to you that when you were looking on a website, you weren’t sure whether a font you used was 12 pt or 13 pt? Or maybe you kept looking at an image, wondering whether it had been moved slightly to the left before? If the layout is a priority on your website, maybe it’s time to think about automating the testing of this aspect of your project. VisualCeption is a noteworthy solution for exactly this use case.

We do a lot of Drupal development. We also do a lot of automated testing. This is why we decided to complement the standard functionality of Codeception with some new modules dedicated to Drupal. This helps us a lot in our daily work. As in our previous article, all examples listed below will be based on a project based on docker-console, which is why we encourage everybody to read the previous articles first if you didn’t do so yet.

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