Upbeat brings Drupal apprenticeships to the North!

Upbeat brings Drupal apprenticeships to the North!

Following this year’s Drupal Camp North, you may remember how we were excited to tell you about an upcoming apprenticeship scheme. Well, the wheels are in motion - in fact, they’re full speed ahead, as this week we welcome some friendly faces to Upbeat - three enthusiastic candidates for our very own Drupal apprenticeship opportunity!

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Tablet APIs with Symfony & Drupal

Tablet APIs with Symfony & Drupal

Solving problems It's for good reason that our company blurb describes us as "a UK digital agency who solve problems, build solutions and support you" rather than just "Drupal website builders". It's rare these days that the problems that we solve for our customers fit neatly inside the confines of the content management system (CMS) alone. There are often parts of the overall solution that go well beyond the website. For some clients it can be a need to integrate data into the CMS from other business systems, or to push data out into other systems such as customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

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MSD Animal Health

MSD Animal Health - Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy

We’re really pleased to say that we have worked with MSD Animal Health for several years on a number of projects including MyPetOnline (which is a website dedicated to small animals which are Dog, Cat and Rabbit) and Healthy Horses, which is dedicated to the equine industry. The Healthy Horses website is actually based upon the same site structure as MyPetOnline, but had incorporated an existing design which had now become dated. We had the opportunity to work closer with the equine team to improve the look and feel as well as functionality of the site, to help the equine team to promote their services to horse owners in the best way possible.

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Rescue projects

Rescue projects: the importance of site audits

Need helping making some changes to your current website? Is it time you updated your site based upon the latest insights, understanding of your visitor behaviours, or just need some new features and a design refresh? Or maybe you’ve found yourself in a sticky situation with your current website supplier?

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Drupal Camp North 2015: The Aftermath

Drupal Camp North 2015: The Aftermath

Ok, that sounds a little dramatic. But it was pretty cool and we hugely enjoyed being involved, so it’s only fair we give you the low down and share the benefits of #DCNorth15 in all it’s bloggable glory.

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Drupal 8

Drupal 8 here we come!

Between the 24-26th July 2015, the North East welcomes the Drupal Community with open arms to experience the thriving software, creative and tech industries, share best practice and get ready for Drupal 8 together. And we for one, are very excited!

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The Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency - Keeping you safe and helping small businesses

The FSA wanted to create a web-based tool that would allow producers of smoked fish to better understand the risks regarding contamination of their product by Listeria. The ultimate project aim was to reduce the risk of Listeria in smoked fish through better education and information leading to changes in working practices to reduce and mitigate risk.

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Symfony CORS - Architecture

CORS pre-flight requests and headers with Symfony HttpKernel component

Here at Upbeat we're currently working on a new mobile application, using a combination of Phonegap, Ionic Framework and the ever-fantastic AngularJS. The app talks to a JSON API, which in turn gets its data from both a local data-store, and also a Drupal 7 site via the Services module, so our chosen toolset had to be flexible and easily extensible. ( Psst... If this stuff sounds interesting to you, we're hiring - get in touch! )

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The Cumbria Floods

The Cumbria Floods

On behalf of all the team at Upbeat, firstly we hope everyone is safe and dry, and our thoughts are with all those businesses and families affected by the recent flooding.

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Drupal 8

Site builders review of Drupal 8

The official release of Drupal 8 is edging closer. The announcement at DrupalCon Amsterdam (attended by a few of my colleagues), that Drupal 8 had reached “beta”, signaled that we’re approaching the final straight and before too long it will be time to start really getting to grips with the new features. So what does it mean to a site builder with Drupal 8? On the face of things, there is nothing to worry about - pretty much everything that was there in Drupal 7, is still to be found in 8. Apart from the “to be expected” moving of user interface adjustments, the technical side of building up a site structure looks very similar.

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