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Fresh from the Lab.

In our blog you will find information about what we are up to and what’s on our mind.  We post a mix of technical notes, thoughts about cutting edge technologies, compliance notices (boring but important), and anything we think you might find important.  It’s also a good place for COLABers to practice writing about interesting things they are working on.  Take a look and don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any topics you would like to see us cover.

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Top 5 Reasons to Update Your Drupal Website

From Dries Buytaert (the creator of Drupal) “Drupal 7 will be end-of-life in November 2021, Drupal 9 will be released in 2020, and Drupal 8 will be end-of-life in November 2021.” Check out the top 5 reasons to update your Drupal Website below: 1. The deadline is approaching.  If you haven’t heard, Drupal 7 and […]

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The WordPress Block Editor AKA “Gutenberg” 

There have been a lot of changes in the world of WordPress lately. The biggest update happened when WordPress introduced the new editor called “Gutenberg” (referred to as The Block Editor, which we’ll reference as “TBE” in this article) in WordPress 5.0. This gave site administrators unprecedented control over the layout of content with this […]

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Happy (or Unhappy) Cookie Day! A Note on Privacy.

For marketers, cookies are an important tool to understand your website’s performance through the visitor behavior. They are one tool in a host of tools/services that gather visitor information to gain insights into their behavior. Examples of a few pieces of data that could be tracked include usernames, IP addresses, saved logins, website preferences, and […]

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6 Ways to Protect WordPress and Drupal from Malicious Activity

We’ve seen a measurable increase in overseas site traffic recently and while I’d love to claim this is due to our good work, this is most likely due to malicious users. In our measurements through analytics services, we’ve seen that this traffic is largely driven by bots attempting to gain access to your CMS or […]

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WordPress 5.3 and the Block Editor

WordPress released version 5.3 on November 12, 2019. While WordPress 5.3 has a host of smaller improvements, like a better site health interface and higher contrast for improved accessibility, the most notable changes are in the block editor. These changes include a new block type called “Group” and several changes to existing blocks like Columns, […]

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Good VX for Better UX

What Voice Experience (VX) Best Practices Can Teach Us About Better Visual UX Practices User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) historically have been visual design practices. Experts in this field are working towards a graphical user interface (GUI) designed to ease comprehension and navigation of visible content. As we alluded to in our introductory blog […]

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