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Migrating to Drupal 8 – The Need Of The Hour!

Migrating to Drupal 8 – The Need Of The Hour!

Almost two decades ago, with the introduction of the internet to the Cosmos, McLuhan’s Global Village became a reality. Since then the existence of anything and everything virtually has kept the world entirely occupied. In December 1995, 16 million users worldwide were on the Internet, and till July 2018, this number has exponentially grown to 4,208 million users. Growth in the internet realm is not just limited to users anymore. Now, it goes way beyond the user touchpoint. According to Internet Live Stats, “there are over 1.5 billion websites on the World Wide Web today.” Therefore, the demand for web development services is increasing too. Another significant addition in the year 2001 was made to the internet with the introduction of “Drupal.” In November 2015, Drupal 8 was released, and with it, the dynamics of website development evolved again. However, a lot of websites are still using Drupal 7 as a Web Application Framework for their online Back-End assistance. With past technologies becoming obsolete, have you ever wondered of Migrating to Drupal 8 recently? Things to Consider Before Migration   Before you finalize on migrating to Drupal 8, here are the two things that you need to take care of: The Purpose of The Website: Migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 is easier and swift in case you are using it for your blog or business as most of the functionalities and coding are available in almost every version of Drupal. The Theme of The Website: Drupal 8 exercises TWIG – this is highly adaptable, and it rightly guards the rendered website pages. But porting the website theme...
Women At Classic Informatics {Infographic}

Women At Classic Informatics {Infographic}

Mothers, Daughters, Wives, Colleagues, Managers, Bosses – there are many faces of a woman. She’s strong, she’s a giver. But most of all, she takes the lead. At home, in the office. She masters the art of everything – she is the veela with powers to manage family, kids, clients, herself.    At Classic Informatics, we believe, appreciate your power. That’s why we’ve established several perks to make your journey easier, better.  This infographic further compiles things we have in for women employees and some representation statistics to show we treat you no less. Because you deserve this!   To Summarize: Benefits Perks for new moms/moms-to-be: Motherhood is a blessing – it’s a power that should be respected. Thus, we provide financial assistance to new moms/moms-to-be & adequate time off to allow them to combine their personal and professional lives. Flexible hours for juggling moms: Kudos to all the working mothers who rock office-work and mom & kitchen duties. You guys are amazeballs! Our flexible timings are to help you manage your day better.   Balanced management roles & pay practices: We are strong on balanced opportunities. We give roles and appraisals exclusively based on the performance, not gender. This explains why women take over 30% of the management roles at Classic Informatics. Statistics 42% – Gender Mix 30% – Women in Leadership 28% – Women in Tech Roles Happy #InternationalWomensDay!!  ...
Prosperity Across the Seas – When do you Choose to Outsource?

Prosperity Across the Seas – When do you Choose to Outsource?

You’ve started a business, and it’s time to focus on web development. It’s hard to choose between in-house web development and offshore web development. It’s almost like Morpheus holding the proverbial red and blue pills in front of your eyes. Only this critical choice will determine how your business will scale, how flexible your plans will be, and how much further you can extend your foot off the precipice. But fret not, for you stand at the crossroads that every 21st-century entrepreneur stands. And not everything has to be a bargain with the devil. There are definite benefits that accompany each option. Here is a simple guide that illustrates why it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both the possibilities before making a choice. In-house Development Team The old-school way of doing things, or as some people put it, ‘the real way of doing things,’ is to put every talent you need in one premise and watch the magic unfold. There are ideas, people, networks, and various idiosyncrasies that build a collective body of work that is your dream. A good team can develop an idea into something much better by adding their inputs from their respective experiences. Face-to-face communication is always easier. That Bob who secretly enjoys being trolled as ‘Bob the Builder’ because he is hardworking, that Alice who knows the name of every plant in the workplace, and the Jason who procures the finest of wines, a jolly bunch that hangs out after work every day, the camaraderie that comes with talking to the people you work with is just incredible. It’s also easier to...
Developing a Successful MVP: Useful Tips for Non-Techie Founders

Developing a Successful MVP: Useful Tips for Non-Techie Founders

It is now possible for non-techie founders to realize technology products and sell them! There are so many mobile apps and websites that contain so much information and provide you with entertainment, information, and automation. You may have always wondered “can I start a business on these lines and make some income out of this”? Yes, it is possible to create websites, simple mobile apps or even undertake web application development; you can make technology products even though you are a non-technical person! Minimum Viable Product – An Introduction Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a term that is applied to the product that has fewer features but yet enough to qualify to be called as a viable product. MVP helps start-ups like yours to conceive and build technology products that can be sold to willing customers and build on further momentum so that it gives you a sustainable business. MVP also implies minimum investment. MVP development starts with the product idea that is feasible, viable and interesting and brought to a ready to launch stage by the product development team. The details of the product that are identified as minimally required then are taken into a development cycle that could go through one or more iterations of define-develop-test cycles, once the exit conditions are satisfied may become ready for launch.                           It is also necessary to build a community that will use with interest what you develop here! Feedback from the market can be used as inputs for the next MVP cycles. Starting with Non-Tech MVP You...
13 Handy Tips For eCommerce Retailers This Holiday Season

13 Handy Tips For eCommerce Retailers This Holiday Season

The holiday season is knocking on our doorstep. With a 34-day gap separating Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is going to be one long holiday season. eCommerce retailers would hope that it is a fruitful one too. The projections suggest that holiday season retail eCommerce sales in the US in 2018 would match the growth registered in 2017. The sales are expected to grow by 16.2% to 16.6% as compared to the spending last year. Therefore, the holiday season offers a great opportunity for eCommerce retailers to maximize revenue and sales potential. However, the increased sales won’t just fall in your lap. You will have to prepare and plan for it. You will have to take foresighted actions to make the most of this lucrative period and send your sales shooting off the charts. You may need to devise a new marketing strategy, avail of e-commerce web development services, and maybe even tweak your business policies. The following 13 tips would help you do just that. 1. Choose The Holidays You Want To Participate In There is a holiday or two almost every week during the holiday season. Participating in all of them would be borderline madness. You must choose the battles that you really want to fight; i.e. the ones that you are almost certain of winning. If you have just started your eCommerce store or if it is your first attempt at a major holiday promotion, then you should probably stick to the 3 major ones – Christmas, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. In particular, the Cyber 5 – the 5 day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday...
Top PHP Frameworks to Watch Out in 2019

Top PHP Frameworks to Watch Out in 2019

PHP framework is a platform which allows you to develop web applications using PHP. It provides a basic structure to develop your web application by providing the facility for rapid application development (RAD). It also helps in saving a lot of time as you do not need to produce repetitive code to build your application. Frameworks are very beneficial for beginners as they provide them a platform to create stable code by providing features for easy database connectivity and more. Since PHP development is getting more popular, the demand for developers has increased, and companies hire PHP developers to develop their applications. Advantages of Using PHP Frameworks Since the inception of PHP, several new updates have been introduced in the market. These new improvements and updates have enhanced the handling, maintenance, and efficiency of the code across several parameters. Mentioned below are some of the most noteworthy advantages of using PHP frameworks: Time-saving: By using PHP frameworks for development you can save a lot of your time and effort as it helps in speeding up the development process. You can reuse the code you have written across different projects while using frameworks. Frameworks also provide some pre-built modules that can be included in your application to perform complex tasks. Stable: Frameworks make the coding process very easy and far less complicated. This is the reason even beginners do not have any trouble in developing PHP scripts. PHP frameworks help in stabilizing the code that is written by providing many pre-defined modules to perform complex tasks like database connectivity. Easy Availability: There are a number of free PHP frameworks available for...
Early Stage Traction: Why You Need An External Team To Grow Your Startup

Early Stage Traction: Why You Need An External Team To Grow Your Startup

Startups’ growth is often restricted because of size and wherewithal limitations. But the scenario is changing….   Having early market traction means that there is serious business for your ideas. You have already had your breakthrough (sort of)— your MVP is validated by (a few of) your niche audiences. You’ve been hitting some impressive revenue points. Honestly, if there is time to invest in consolidating the customer interest into market potential, it is now. MVP is just the tip of the iceberg. An even huge part remains below the surface that is MVP, unexplored. Of course, there is brand building, networking, and advertising. But there’s also application upgrades, technical maintenance, bug-fixing, customer support — technical tasks that require experience or a technical mind, the least. Cut short: Your startup needs a development team. Assembling an in-house team is good but impractical, especially if you’ve just started your business. In cases like yours, remote teams work the best. How? We’ll discuss that and much more in the upcoming sections. Remote Tech Teams for Startups   People, workplace and workstations. While it is relatively easier for startup companies to acquire the desktops, it is not easy to gather a team in one place. A team that can work solidly to develop products on the technology of choice and at the speeds required. There are many reasons for this— employee pay scales, brand name & reputation as seen by the employees, uncertainty associated with a startup, or the attrition rate of employees. While these problems could be daunting for a startup company, multiple such problems can put a heavy burden on the...
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to GDPR Compliant Application Development

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to GDPR Compliant Application Development

In the present time, production and safety of user data online is a big issue for internet users around the world. In the European Union, a new set of rules was established so that internet users and EU citizens can find better control over the personal data and can find a better solution for its protection. It was considered a very beneficial step for the safety and privacy of confidential and personal data. Whether it is about using social media websites for finding the services of an E-Commerce store, banking organization or government organization, they collect your Private data and it is important to assure its privacy and protection for better assurance. What is GDPR? For providing better assurance of data protection and privacy, new rules are established that are known as general data protection regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. These new rules were planned so that the European citizens can utilize the benefits of the digital era without any kind of risk of privacy issues on the online platforms. GDPR regulations replaced the Data Protection Directive (DPD) 1995. Across the European Union, GDPR will be applied from 25th May 2018. All of the members of European Union transferred these new rules to the national law by 6th May 2018. It took 4 years for preparation and there was a debate for the approval of GDPR by the European Parliament. It was finally approved and applied in 2016 by the parliament. Importance of GDPR Compliance in Web Development GDPR is going to change the perspective of IT services including web development services in the EuropeanUnion. It is very...
Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

Node.js and JS Foundation to Unify Communities: What This Essentially Means For Us

The JavaScript foundation and the Node.js foundation recently announced an intent to merge their foundations to be able to serve their broad communities. “As the ecosystems for the JavaScript foundation continues to evolve, increased collaboration is very important to sustain continued and healthy growth.” – JS Foundation The JS foundation which was established in 2016 and the Node.js Foundation which was established in 2015, are the two main open-source foundations that focus solely on JavaScript. Both the foundations are of the belief that there needs to be tighter integration between both, to enable greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects. JavaScript is one of the most widely used core, high-level programming language of the World Wide Web (WWW). It was traditionally used to run on the client’s browser, as a client-side scripting language, to make the webpage work dynamically. It is an ever evolving and scaling language and is currently being used for creating JavaScript applications to run on the web, desktop and mobile too. JavaScript engines are now being embedded in other types of software like web servers, pdf, databases and in other run-time environments. Node.js is an open-source, JavaScript run-time environment which is used to execute the JavaScript code outside the client’s browser. That means it is used to run scripts on the server-side to create dynamic content before the page is sent to the client’s web browser. Node.js can also be used to write Command Line tools and Server-Side Scripting. It has an event-driven architecture which facilitates asynchronous input/output. Node.js is increasingly becoming more popular among developers and programmers and is one...
Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Working with Remote Tech Teams: Everything Product Agencies need to know

Phil is exasperated. The American product startup guy is in a need of some extra resources that can complement the efforts of his team. But, his Startup lacks both office space and funds for an in-house talent hiring. On the other side of the world, AB, a digital product agency based in Sydney is looking to expand their talent pool. They’ve recently closed an important deal and this new project will involve working with a new tech-stack- something their in-house development team is not familiar with. In both of the above-mentioned cases, the requirement is for a team of tech experts who are not tied down by the location-criterion and can be hired quick! The requirement is for global remote teams that can be hired on a turnkey basis. That essentially means- greater skill-sets, self-organization, longer hours of operations, higher productivity, and timely delivery with your little to no involvement. Having said that, working with remote teams is a discipline itself. There are pros and cons, challenges, management tools and much more for you to know before you collaborate with a remote colleague. Read on to know more! Fundamental Rules of Managing Remote Tech Teams Working successfully with remote teams has several advantages. But there are certain rules to be followed. These rules ensure a smooth progress of the product development as well as avoid problems that might arise within the team. Team composition: It is necessary to understand the team members – their strengths, weaknesses, sensitivities, and aspirations. That aside, maintaining a two-way transparency with team members is the key to managing the work efficiently. In general, the...