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Drupal 8 Released Today!

Drupal 8

Yes that's right, after many months/years of development, Drupal 8 is finally released! It's exciting times for the community with Drupal's market share increasing all the time and with this release comes even more opportunities.

We're looking forward to producing our first site using D8 and that time will come soon once we have a suitable project to hand.

We'll be updating our post The Ultimate Resource For Drupal Beginners very soon so do keep an eye out for that!

Taking Backdrop For A Test Drive


So the first Backdrop release is out there in the wild ready for a quick test drive! We're excited to see where this fork of Drupal 7 leads as we believe it to be a good complementary system to Drupal with a long term future.

First off we checked under the hood to get things configured and found the settings.php file in the root folder, which makes for easier access. Also all those txt files have been removed including the CHANGELOG.txt file, which we remove by default, as it supplies useful info to any hacker out there!

Naturally the installation process is very similar to Drupal but with a few less settings giving it a simpler feel.

Upon installation you're presented with a responsive admin menu with a slightly different structure to the standard Drupal menu. Responsiveness out of the box is great and the new menu again has a simpler look.

Looking Back To The Future

Herne Bay Frozen

2014 has been an extremely busy year for Makak Media with lots of exciting projects from old and new clients alike.

There's been a lot of highlights but below is a small selection of projects that covers the wide variety of Drupal and App development that we provide.

2015 is going to be a interesting year what with Drupal 8 on the horizon plus the BackDrop fork of Drupal 7 being released in January!

Landmark Plc Turn To Open Source Software

Landmark Plc

Landmark Plc turned to the Open Source software Drupal and Makak Media for two new websites. From design supplied we created the sites for the two arms of their business, premium office space in the heart of London and their IT services business.

Spec: Drupal 7, responsive themes, galleries, advanced search, blog, mega menus, custom pin board...

Android and Apple Apps For Your Caribbean Trip

PhoneGap and Drupal 7 Data Synchronization for My Caribbean Offers App

PhoneGap and Drupal 7

In our last blog post we launched the My Caribbean Offers app for Android and Apple iOS.

The app displays offers for all types of tourist related businesses from across the Caribbean and is currently free to download!

We thought we'd share what went into building the app, the modules used and processes involved.

Screen shot of My Caribbean Offers on Google Play

Client side requirements

Phonegap with local database (SQLite in our case), jQuery for ajax operations (http requests)

Module requirements

Views, Services, Custom module to save node deletions

Our First App Is Now Live On Google Play!

My Caribbean Offers app

It's an exciting start to the year for us as today saw us launch our very first mobile app! The My Caribbean Offers app is now available on Google Play and Apple iOS.

The website uses Drupal 7 and the app is built using the Open Source framework PhoneGap.

We're using a number of modules including Services, GeoField, GeoCoder, Static Map as well as our own custom modules.

BackDrop, Helping The Drupal Community Or One in The Eye For Drupal8

Drupal Fork Backdrop

I've listened to the recent chat on TalkingDrupal about the BackDrop project, a fork of Drupal which is causing much controversy in the community.

Having read the BackDrop website and also read various blog posts there's lots of things to get excited about if you're a D7 enthusiast and some not so great things if you're a Drupal evangelist!

Some people are scared of what it might do to the community, some are overjoyed at its concept but before I cast my opinion here's some of what I've gleaned so far.

We're happy with Drupal 7, we know what it can do but we also know its limitations

We all know Drupal 7 isn't perfect, it's made good strides since Drupal 6 but you might feel Drupal 8 is more of a leap! if you're happy with Drupal 7 and you're already hiding behind your chair having read about what's changing in Drupal 8 then BackDrop could be for you.

They are going to incorporate most, if not all, the Drupal 8 goodness but on a Drupal 7 framework

Expanding Our Reach To The Kent Coast

Herne Bay

Our monkey limbs will now stretch from Central London to the north Kent coast.

After living in Bromley all my life it's now time for a change and with that comes new premises. Makak Media will now be based out of Herne Bay for the most part but with frequent visits to our two other offices in Bromley and Central London.

London Office:
36 – 38 Whitefriars Street
Bromley Office:
Rushley Close
Kent BR2 6BZ
Main Office (postal address):
10 Herne Avenue
Herne Bay
Kent CT6 6EN

We also recently launched two new Drupal websites for Landmark Plc: www.landmarkplc.com and www.lmktec.com

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