How we cut Drupal website load time by 66% using a content delivery network

We're always trying out new ways to speed up websites to improve user experience and help to reduce waiting times for visitors (and improve conversion and reduce visitor bounce rate) so last week we set up our own website to use a content delivery network (or CDN for short). We wanted to see if using a CDN was really making a difference to the speed of our website so we carried out a little...
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Drupal 7.50 has been released

Drupal 7.50, the latest release in the Drupal 7 series as of 8th July 2016, is now available for installation on websites running the 7 series of Drupal. Drupal 7.50 contains a variety of new features, performance improvements, security-related enhancements, and bug fixes - the 7.50 release itself includes no security fixes (although if you haven't installed previous updates...
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Drupal 7.44 and Drupal 8.1.3 have been released

Maintenance releases for Drupal (versions 8.1.3 and 7.44) which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities are now available and it's advisable that any websites using earlier Drupal versions are upgraded as soon as possible. Security vulnerabilities Drupal 8.1.3 and 7.44 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in...
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Building pages with Drupal (or what are nodes, blocks, views and panels?)

As with most tasks you’ll face when creating or managing a website using the Drupal content management system (CMS) there are multiple ways to create and display content. In this article we’ll look at the four main content creation, curation and display methods that we use when building sites for clients. Nodes Nodes are items of content, based around a collection of content fields...
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It’s time to upgrade: Drupal 7.38 and 6.36 released

Every now and then an important Drupal core security update is released, and on the 17th June one came along that affects both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. The update relates to a few Drupal components: The OpenID module that ships with Drupal core and allows users to log into Drupal websites using accounts on 3rd party websites is updated to prevent malicious users being able to...
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Our favourite spam bot prevention modules for Drupal 7

Drupal has a number of modules designed to help websites combat comment and contact form spam generated by automated systems known as "bots", in this article we're going to focus on using a few of the best modules available to combat this ever growing annoyance. CAPTCHA It's best to think of the CAPTCHA module for Drupal as a framework or pathway to adding in different types of CAPTCHA checks -...
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Customising the “Submitted by” text in Drupal 7

Customising the default "Submitted by..." text used in Drupal 7 is pretty simple, and just required a single edit to your theme's template file. Go to your ./themes/yourtheme folder and open the template.php file in your text editor. Add the function below at the end of the template.php file (remember to replace "yourthemename" with the actual name of your theme).
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