Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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Automated Drupal Updates & Deployments with Visual Regression Testing (VRT) by Stephen Barker, DFM
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019
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 | Digital Frontiers Media

A client of mine recently asked me to add the "Ken Burns" pan-and-zoom effect to the slideshow that was already built on their Drupal site using Flexslider.  I didn't want to rebuild it using a different slideshow library that supported the effect out of the box and I wanted something that would produce a nice set of pans and zooms and durations that would be random and different each time the slides were presented without going beyond the slide bounds or leaving gaps or whitespace.  I came up with this javascript client-side Drupal behavior that could be added directy to the theme to add the new effect without changing anything else about the build.

It should be pretty much drop-and-go for you if you use Flexslider on your Drupal site and know how to had Drupal javascript behaviors to your theme.  It assumes the container for your slideshow uses the class "slides" as it uses jquery to target the individual slide list...

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017
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 | Digital Frontiers Media

A friend once told me that if everyone is sending envelopes, then sending a package looks suspicious.  Earlier today, I spoke at the 2017 DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp with the goal of getting more people sending metaphorical packages since if everyone sent packages, packages would no longer garner suspicion.  Today, it is not completely unheard of for an ISP to send cease and desist notifications to people using TOR--a system that provides privacy and anonymity for online interactions.  And many systems out there, including CloudFlare and Atomic Secured Linux, are now purposefully blocking access to people using it.  While TOR is often used to mask malicious activities online, TOR is also used by universities and laboratories...simply being a private person and wanting to keep one's online activities private SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY!

If web...

Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2017
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 | Digital Frontiers Media

Bloody Friday

Most of those in the development community learned yesterday that their attempts to secure their websites actually left them vulnerable to attack.  Beloved CloudFlare typically heralded as a method to shield websites from attack revealed it had a serious bug that leaked memory from "protected" sites that could reveal client IP addresses (one of the big security selling points of CloudFlare), private information, authentication tokens, cookies, passwords, private keys...basically everything that would keep a web developer up at night.  CloudFlare stated in a blog post yesterday:

The greatest period of impact was from February 13 and February 18 with around 1 in every 3,300,000...

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015
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When Mote Marine was interested in building a new aquarium, we presented sketches of interactive displays and 3-D installations for the new facility.

Some of our fun and innovative ideas for the new aquarium included a touchscreen wall with a virtual aquarium for kids to create their own fish, name it, and take it with them via an app for tablet or smartphone. They could learn all about their fish through the app, care for it, and watch it grow. Then, when they are ready to release their fish, they can bring it back to the aquarium and download it into the "tank" where it will interact with other...

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015
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 | boostDFM

Digital marketing agency boostDFM added to their impressive list of awards at the 2015 AdFed Suncoast’s annual competition, or ADDYs, taking home awards for branding, website design, and mobile/desktop apps.

BoostDFM took home a total of 9 ADDY Awards, winning either or a Gold or Silver Award for nearly every entry they submitted in the competition. The gold ADDY winners will go on to compete at the district level. 

List of Awards: 4 Gold Awards and 5 Silver Awards

    • Carpe Diem Guesthouse: "Responsive Website" - Gold; 
    "Creative Technology Website" - Silver; 
    “Consumer Website" -Silver
    • BioscanR: "Digital Apps" - Gold
    • The Haven Country Club: "Branding" - Gold
    • Virtual Vein: "Branding" - Gold
    • Tandem Construction: "B to B Website" - Silver
    • KTSY Radio: "Digital App" - Silver
    • CS&L CPAs: "Consumer Website” - Silver

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015
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 | boostDFM

As a digital agency, our team members have been privy to the “back end" of dozens of other developers' websites. Content management systems (CMS)’s such as Drupal, Wordpress, and Joomla can be built in thousands of ways. One thing we get to see from behind these curtains is the huge difference between a good, architected, user-friendly administrative end, and a back end that ends up creating more work for busy marketing teams. It is very easy for developers to offer a budget-build "content management system" that doesn’t actually manage content at all. It's an important distinction; a site that lets users update their own website without code is not necessarily a "content management system."

An example of such a site is one that we manage for a client. After paying another agency for a content management system, our clients were still having a hard time updating their website and turned to boostDFM for help with their website and the digital side of marketing. After checking...

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015
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 | boostDFM

Tandem Construction specializes in providing creative solutions for commercial and private clients in markets ranging from sports and education to hospitality and health care. Their creative point of view is what brought them to boostDFM – they were looking for a partner who would design an innovative new website to bring their buildings to life.

Tandem liked our work for another construction firm, (which won 3 American Advertising Federation Awards), and they asked us to design and develop a website for them that would be “even better”. We love a challenge and we accepted it, but with one stipulation — Tandem must give us total creative control with only minor tweaks to the original design....

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015
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 | boostDFM

CS&L CPAs has been a leading CPA firm in the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years, serving major industries and providing its employees with a positive and fulfilling work environment. We are proud to announce CS&L's new responsive website, designed and developed by the boostDFM team.

One of the most important considerations for the CS&L team was a strong recruiting page. BoostDFM designers created a careers section that is essentially a microsite within the main site; showcasing company culture, job openings, and internship opportunities. Heavy multimedia integration allows CS&L to show videos and photos of company events to better demonstrate their culture and attract applicants to CS&L. Detailed job listing pages provide job seekers with a better...

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Digital Presence Management | boostDFM

BoostDFM now offers expertise in digital presence management and online public relations services. Even if you carefully monitor and maintain your website and business social media pages, your online presence is constantly being updated by other people - thanks to services such as listings sites, reviews apps and more. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to maintain these outlets, and BoostDFM is excited to offer a variety of management services.

Every business is different and has unique needs. We tailor each presence management package to fit our clients, but a sample of services may include:

  • Management of your listings on search engines and other business listings sites
  • Regular audits of search engine results and mentions of your business on social media
  • Online advertising campaign strategy, creation and management
  • Digital crisis plans for unforeseen circumstances
  • Management of negative reviews of your business on...


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