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Drupal Console: The DrupalConsole Launcher is a stand-alone full CLI application.

News from Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:49

On the latest DrupalConsole release the Launcher aka the global executable is a stand-alone full CLI application. Yes, it was like this before, but at some point on RC releases when the per-site installation was introduced we removed global commands and most of the Launcher features, but after receiving feedback and analyzing the benefits, we decided to bring back the Launcher as a full CLI application.


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Help build a waterfall chart function in R and create a package - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:46
Hi there

I am looking for someone who can help me write an R script me and other people at my company can re-use to build custom waterfall charts. I essentially would like to re-create this waterfall chart I found on the web, with some slight modifications: http://www.jameskeirstead.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/uk-trade-emissions.jpg.  This is the first part of the project and the most time sensitive. I've attached what I've done so far using other people's waterfall packages, however they are missing some features which is why I would like to try and build my own function.

The second part of the project is to coach me through how to build an R package so the waterfall chart function we create in the first step can easily be shared with other people.

Thanks in advance!


Posted On: June 27, 2017 20:10 UTC
Category: Data Science & Analytics > Data Visualization
Skills: Ggplot2, R
Country: United States
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Wordpress Web Development - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:31
Looking for a skilled Wordpress developer who can build out a Wordpress site using existing website content.

Posted On: June 27, 2017 20:10 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web & Mobile Design
Country: United States
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Gemology and Geology Website - Looking for one or two long-term freelance writers - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:04
We run one of the largest and oldest gemology websites, located at gemsociety.org, and are looking for one or maybe two freelance writers interested in long-term consistent work to join our current team of one nearly full-time freelance writer.

We are constantly expanding and improving upon our library of articles, images, and long-form scientific content related to gems and gemology.

The work includes;

1) Evaluating current articles for accuracy and editing extensively
2) Networking with gem industry veterans using Facebook groups or web research, to locate suitable images and media content to fill visual gaps in our articles.  For example, one may need to locate a suitable image that showcases a specific phenomenon in a gem, or an image that demonstrates the results of a specific gem treatment perhaps.  We must obtain permission to use all images.
3) Networking with gem industry veterans to obtain information or clarify certain concepts.  We have a large network, but you will also develop your own network of contacts.
4) Author new articles and identify suitable topics for new articles based on gaps in our existing content library.
5) Coordinate and communicate with other writer(s) on the project

Your skills:

1) You should have extensive wordpress experience, including knowledge of basic SEO, keyword research practices, basic HTML, etc.

2) You should be able to work directly in the wordpress editor to author your article, format all images, etc.  Basic image editing, etc.

3) You should be able to fastidious, and focused on being accurate in all respects.  This is science writing.

4) You should be self-directed, but communicative.

5) You should be available to take on a long-term stream of writing assignments (20+ hours per week, after trial period)


The pay for an initial trial period will be discussed, and can be raised once it is clear it is a good long-term fit.

Posted On: June 27, 2017 20:10 UTC
Category: Writing > Academic Writing & Research
Skills: Academic Writing, Content Writing, Research Papers
Country: United States
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SEDNA - Software Developer - Stage 3 Systems - Vancouver, BC

NodeJS jobs - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:23
It's a collection of Kotlin and NodeJS talking to MySQL, and Elasticsearch, all sitting inside AWS. At SEDNA, we help some of the biggest companies in the world...
From Stage 3 Systems - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:23:37 GMT - View all Vancouver, BC jobs
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Sr UX Design Developer - General Electric - Vancouver, BC

NodeJS jobs - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:28
Knowledge or Experience with NodeJS Express Framework. GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and...
From GE Careers - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:28:15 GMT - View all Vancouver, BC jobs
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Agiledrop.com Blog: AGILEDROP: DrupalCon sessions about Business

News from Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:49
Last time, we gathered together DrupalCon Baltimore sessions about PHP. Before that, we explored the area of DevOps, Front End, Site Building, Drupal Showcase, Coding and Development, Project Management and Case Studies. And that was not our last stop. We have two to go. This time, we looked at sessions that were presented in the area of Business. Beyond the .Com: Drupal's new role in the Large Enterprise by Josh Linard from Mediacurrent This session was not about Gartner rankings and CMS comparisons, but it was about attendees gaining an understanding of how Drupal now fits into a global… READ MORE
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Vardot: AMP Up Your Drupal Site Using Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages

News from Planet Drupal - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:26
How to Read time: 11 minutes Background

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a web mobile technology specifically designed to tackle unresponsive web pages on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The challenge of poor mobile user experience due to slow loading of web pages is not new. Rich media contents, including ads, often in the form of videos, images, and audios, have made the web unbearable for mobile users. So much so that, as early as 2010, Google designated the load speed of a website as a rank factor in its search algorithm. In 2014, Google added the mobile usability report to its Webmaster Tools. Running this new report identifies specific mobile usability issues on a given website as detected by Google. With the availability of this reporting tool, it was generally speculated that mobile usability would one day become a ranking factor. Speculation turned into reality in 2015 when Google announced that mobile usability is officially a rank factor in its search. Despite earlier signs and warnings from Google, this event still created quite a shock among webmasters, and was nicknamed Mobilegeddon for its magnitude of impact. In a nutshell, if a web page is deemed mobile-unfriendly by Google, (and there is no middle ground), it will be ranked lower even if its content is exceptional.

The case for mobile pages with fast load times makes business sense, and is backed by industry research statistics. About half of Internet shoppers expect a web page to load within 2 seconds. Furthermore, studies showed that 40% of desktop users would abandon a slow loading web page, while mobile users were abandoning at even a higher rate (50%), according to Consumers in the Micro-Moment, May 2015.

As a direct response to the mobile web speed challenge, Google introduced the AMP project in 2015. Gary Illyes, webmaster trends analyst at Google, reported that AMP web pages load 4 times faster than the average. Jon Parise, technical architecture lead at Pinterest, cited test results that show AMP pages use eight times less data than traditional mobile-optimized pages. Better user experience with AMP pages correlates with improved user engagement: 90% of publishers net higher CTR, while 80% of publishers are getting more page views.


Technology overview

In a nutshell, AMP leverages existing web technologies, and can be readily deployed on existing web infrastructure. Specifically, AMP pages can be uploaded to and served from existing web servers without custom server configuration.

AMP pages are built using AMP HTML and AMP JavaScript. AMP HTML is a subset of HTML 5 and is styled in-line by CSS 3. The design of AMP is guided by the principle that features that may hinder fast page loading are banned. Not all HTML tags are supported by AMP, e.g., frame and frameset are prohibited. In addition, some HTML 5 media tags (such as img, video, audio) are replaced by the corresponding AMP HTML tags (amp-img, amp-video, and amp-audio). The loading of AMP pages is managed and optimized using the AMP Javascript library. This JS library enforces the performance-enhancing best practices for page rendering. To further improve page loading performance, AMP pages can be cached on network proxy systems such as the Google AMP Cache.


Web applications

Although AMP, as a technology, is only 2 years old, it has been deployed successfully with well-documented case studies from web publishers, advertisers, and e-commerce websites.

It is no surprise that, because of its origin as a Google initiative, AMP pages are featured prominently in Google Search results. AMP-enabled news stories are displayed in the AMP carousel at the top of mobile search results pages. Although AMP is not yet ubiquitous in the mobile web, it is gaining traction by being supported on LinkedIn, Medium, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter, WordPress, and Drupal.

Drupal is a CMS that many web publishers and e-commerce vendors use to build their websites (learn here why). If you are a Drupal developer, AMP is a technology that you should definitely consider using. To make AMP adoption easier, Drupal has developed an AMP module to automatically convert regular pages into AMP pages. The rest of this article shows how to enable AMP support in the Drupal environment.


Install Drupal AMP support Overview

AMP support on Drupal requires the installation of the following components.


  1. AMP module
    The AMP module manages the conversion of regular Drupal HTML pages to AMP-complaint pages. The URL of AMP pages ends with the string '?amp'.

  2. AMP PHP library
    The AMP PHP library is the engine behind HTML conversion. It validates user-entered HTML against the AMP standard, and makes the necessary corrections to ensure compliance.

  3. AMP theme
    The AMP theme consists of the AMP base theme and the ExAMPle sub-theme. All Drupal AMP pages must be displayed using a sub-theme of the AMP base theme. You can create a new AMP sub-theme from scratch, or modify the default ExAMPle sub-theme.


Both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 support AMP. The following illustrates how to setup AMP support for Drupal 8 on the Linux platform.


Install procedure

The prerequisite is that a working Drupal system is already in place. The following install procedure uses the command-line tools Composer and Drush. If these tools were already installed on the Drupal system, they do not need to be re-installed. Unless specified otherwise, the following steps should be performed using a non-root account on a Linux system.


Download and install Composer

Composer is the dependency manager for downloading PHP packages. Download and install Composer using this command:

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | php

Move the installed program to a system directory that grants you execute permission, e.g., /usr/local/bin.

mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer


Download AMP module

Download the AMP module and its dependencies, including the AMP PHP library, using the composer command below. Note that the composer command must run inside the web server's document root directory. The exact document root directory location depends on the web server and Linux distribution. For this example, the document root is /var/www.

cd /var/www

composer require drupal/amptheme


Download AMP theme

Download the AMP theme including the default ExAMPle sub-theme to the document root directory (e.g.,  /var/www).

cd /var/www
composer require drupal/amptheme


Enable AMP sub-theme

An AMP sub-theme must be enabled before enabling the AMP module. For this example, we enable the default ExAMPle sub-theme (ampsubtheme_example). Alternatively, you can enable a custom AMP sub-theme.

If Drush, the command-line shell for managing Drupal, is already installed on your system, you can enable the sub-theme using the following Drush command. Note that the Drush command must be executed inside the document root directory.

cd /var/www

drush en ampsubtheme_example

You can also enable the sub-theme through the Drupal web interface using the following procedure:


  1. Log in as a Drupal administrator.

        2. Select the Appearance page.

  1. Locate the ExAMPle sub-theme in the Uninstalled themes section, and click Install.
    There are 2 Install options available: Install, and Install and set as default. Select Install. The sub-theme should only be used on AMP pages, and therefore must not be set as the default theme.


Enable AMP module

The AMP module can be enabled using Drush or the Drupal web interface.
To enable the AMP module using Drush, execute the Drush command below inside the document root directory:
cd /var/www
drush en amp


To enable AMP using the web interface:

  1. Log in as a Drupal administrator.

        2. Select the Extend page.

  1. Scroll down to the Other section, and select both the Accelerated Mobile Pages(AMP) and Token modules.

  2. Click Install.


Configure AMP

Before AMP pages can be displayed, AMP needs to be configured using the web interface.


  1. Log in as a Drupal administrator.

  1. Select the Configuration page.

  1. Click AMP Configuration in the Content Authoring section.
    The AMP configuration page is displayed.

  1. Select ExAMPle Subtheme as the AMP theme, and click Save configuration button.
    The top of the AMP configuration page lists the AMP status by content type. Initially, AMP is disabled for all content types, e.g., article and basic page.

  1. Enable AMP for a content type, e.g., article, by clicking the corresponding Enable AMP in Custom Display Settings link.
    The Manage Display page is displayed as a result.

  1. Click to open Custom Display Settings.

  2. Select the AMP view mode, and click Save.
    Saving the setting returns you to the AMP Configuration page.

  1. Click Configure AMP view mode for the content type you've just AMP-enabled.
    All fields available to display for the content type are listed.

  1. Specify AMP format for fields, and click Save.
    The fields available depend on the content type. For the Body field, select AMP Text as the format. For Image, select AMP Image.

  1. Select the Structure page.

  2. Click Block layout.

  1. Select the ExAMPle Subtheme tab.
    This tab lists the blocks available for the sub-theme, e.g., Search, Breadcrumbs.  You can move specific blocks to different regions on the page, or remove them altogether. After you make the modifications, click Save blocks.


Now, you are ready to view the AMP pages. You can view an AMP page using either of the following methods:


  1. Edit the page.
    Edit the page under Drupal, and instead of selecting Save and keep published, select Save and view AMP page.

  1. Append AMP suffix to URL.
    Browse to the regular non-AMP version of the page.  Manually append the suffix '?amp' to the end of the page URL, and hit Enter. For example, http://localhost/node/2 becomes http://localhost/node/2?amp.


Summary & conclusion

Despite tangible results, AMP is but 1 of several mobile web technologies aiming to decrease page loading time. Its competitors include Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News. AMP distinguishes itself by being the only open-source platform among the three.

Why Open Source Technologies will Dominate the Market

The decision of which technology to adopt will influence the bottom line of a company. Below, we list the advantages and disadvantages of AMP.


AMP advantages
  • SEO    
    Although AMP per se is not a rank factor in Google searches yet, AMP pages, by virtue of faster loading time, contributes to better SEO results for mobile searches. Better search engine visibility, lower bounce rates, and higher click-through rates are all achievable benefits of AMP. Tips on how to optimize a Drupal website for SEO can be found here.

  • ROI       
    The cost of adopting AMP is generally lower than competing technologies because it leverages, not disrupt, existing web infrastructure. The return is a much better user experience which translates to improved mobile conversion rates.

  • Better behaving ads             
    Advertisers are an integral part of the AMP ecosystem. AMP ensures that ads displayed on AMP pages load quickly and do not detract from overall user experience.

  • Less stress on web servers                  
    AMP pages take up less data space, and can benefit from caching on AMP Cache servers. As a result, the stress on web servers is proportionally reduced.

  • Potential solution for smaller sites         
    Smaller websites may not have the IT budget to tackle speed challenges on mobile web. AMP provides a viable solution, especially for websites hosted on a CMS such as Drupal and WordPress. AMP support on Drupal eases the conversion of regular web pages to AMP pages.


AMP disadvantages
  • Complexity
    An AMP-enabled website typically has both AMP pages targeting mobile users and regular web pages targeting desktop users. This is an added level of complexity for webmasters and search engines. The 2 versions of a web page must both be visible to search engines, but, at the same time, not viewed as duplicates. Given the newness of AMP, in-house AMP expertise may not be available for most businesses. For professional consulting, feel free to contact Vardot.

  • Customization
    AMP HTML restricts the types of HTML tags that can be used on an AMP page. All is well if an AMP page passes AMP validation. Otherwise, considerable web development expertise is required to make the necessary adjustment to pass the validation without sacrificing what you actually want to achieve. Even with the help of a CMS such as Drupal, customizing the look and feel of an AMP page requires in-depth knowledge of the AMP theme and how to craft sub-themes.

  • Uncertain industry-wide adoption
    AMP enjoys support from a growing number of platforms, vendors, and partners. However, given the competition from industry heavyweights such as Facebook and Apple, industry-wide domination is far from certain. With the backing of Google, AMP can potentially become the industry-standard format for mobile search pages, or, like Google Authorship, just another Google experiment that does not reach its full potential.

And did you tru to set up accelerated mobile pages on your Drupal site? Share with us your experience in the comments section below.

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I'm looking for someone to help fix a membership and course issue for my site. - Upwork

WordPress Work From UpWork - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:55
I currently offer two services. The first is a membership which is charged on a monthly basis. Then we have a one off purchase of a course (more courses to come).

At the moment we’re using Membership Pro and currently there are two levels of memberships:

1. Member
2. Course

This doesn’t work because once a ‘member’ buys the course it then removes them from the ‘member’ grouping and then puts them in the ‘Course’ group.

We’re looking for someone who can either modify the current plugin or add new plugins to allow our users to sign up as a member (billed monthly) then have the ability to make a one of payment to get access to a course without removing them from the member section.

We’re looking for a freelancer who has plenty of experience creating robust membership platforms and will take responsibility for creating a staging server and ensure none of the live content/ functionality on the site is touched until the membership system if fully working.


Posted On: June 27, 2017 10:40 UTC
Category: Web, Mobile & Software Dev > Web Development
Skills: PayPal Development, Pig, WordPress
Country: Norway
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