password security

How to securely share passwords

        Filed under: Cyber security, Web Security

As web developers who routinely parachute into an organization to quickly put out a fire, solve a problem, perform security assessments, and other things related to website operations, support, and maintenance; we need organizations to give us system administration access to many of their critical accounts: website hosting, Drupal dashboard, WordPress dashboard, Google analytics, etc. … Continued

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How to recognize a hacker’s email phishing attempt (covert, stealth spam)

        Filed under: spam of the day, Web Security

You get an email from somebody you seem to recognize or a familiar organization and as soon as you open the email, click on the link within the email, or download the attached file … all kinds of bad things start to happen. Likely, you have just become a victim of an email phishing attack. … Continued

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Usability testing: Even users don’t know what they want until they use it

        Filed under: Accessibility, Usability, User Centered Design

When we build software, I continue to be surprised with clients and stakeholders push back on the concept of user testing. I’ve heard the excuses: we don’t want to interrupt people, we want to operate in stealth mode, we don’t want to connect you with our people, etc., But here is the problem, if I … Continued

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Given that the scope of work may evolve after discovery, how do you manage change during the project life cycle?

        Filed under: Agile development

Change and evolution of requirements are inevitable. We may think we know what users will want and need – in fact, users may think they know what they want – but it is only after we deliver functionality, get it into the hands of users, and solicit their feedback can we confirm if the software … Continued

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a funding partnership for charities

        Filed under: Nonprofit, Nonprofit marketing, Nonprofit web development

You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at Questions? Learn more about AmazonSmile Represent a charitable organization? Visit

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The 5 social media profiles every nonprofit and member association should probably maintain

        Filed under: Nonprofit, Nonprofit marketing, Nonprofit social media, Social Media

It has become somewhat conventional, almost expected, that every social media savvy nonprofit organization and member association should maintain the following social media profiles: Twitter Instagram Facebook Linkedin YouTube Twitter is for blasting news updates, short headlines, and quick announcements. Instagram is for sharing photos and memes. Facebook is for telling stories and connecting with … Continued

Acquia certified site builder drupal 8

Why Project Managers Should Take the Site Builder – Drupal 8 Acquia Certification Exam

        Filed under: Converting to Drupal 8, Drupal

A couple months ago, most of my colleagues decided to take the Acquia Drupal Certifications path. Of course, most of them are developers, so it made a lot of sense for them. In my case, I’m a Project Manager, Business Analyst and tester, so it hadn’t crossed my mind until my boss brought it up; … Continued

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Acquia Certified Site Builder Drupal 8

Acquia Certified Drupal Developers for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

        Filed under: Drupal

Washington, DC – October 8, 2018 – I am so proud of my team who all took the Acquia Certification challenge for Drupal. So far, in the last few weeks, we have successfully accomplished the following certifications: Acquia Certified Drupal Developer – Drupal 8 – Daniel Johnson Acquia Certified Site Builder – Drupal 8 – … Continued

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Preparation for the Acquia Site Builder certification

        Filed under: Drupal

I’ve been leading Drupal projects for around 7 years, and I’m pretty familiar with all the Drupal features, backend functionality, security and maintenance of Drupal websites, but I had never created a Drupal website on my own. I’ve also been managing websites that use a lot of custom and contrib modules, so it was hard … Continued

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Estimating Story Points is like Guessing Jellybeans in a Jar

        Filed under: Agile development

Estimating time and story points are critical aspects of managing projects and planning sprints. How else are you going to determine how much work you can take on in a sprint if you don’t have any idea how much effort it might take to perform certain things and satisfy certain user stories? When it comes … Continued

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Drupal 7: Display Unpublished nodes in a view

        Filed under: Drupal

Long story short: Not doable with the default permissions (I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true) Drupal 7 has a permission called ‘View own unpublished content’, and it works well when it comes to see the actual unpublished node, but it doesn’t work when you try to build a View with them, even if … Continued

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How to pass the Acquia Drupal 8 Site Builder exam

        Filed under: Drupal

This summer has been great so far. I got the chance to vacation with my parents and family in New York and DC. I also had the absolute pleasure of seeing my 5year old son ride a bike on his own. And oh yes, I cleared the Drupal 8 Site Builder exam. Why attempt this certification, … Continued

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