Internet Voting Security

Posted on Mon, October 31, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, Business Operations, User Experience by Mike Joyce

TIME TO EVOLVE: Technology is a tool that we can utilize to improve processes across all industries. It’s being realized in a variety of ways in a variety of arenas – travel, communications, healthcare, and more. Considering this, there’s no reason for us to be stuck in the dark ages when it comes to one of our country’s most foundational areas of interest – voters indicating their preferences through the democratic process.

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Basic Theming with Twig in Drupal 8

Posted on Mon, July 25, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development by Ricky Middaugh

With Drupal 8's change of theming engine from phptemplate to Twig, developers have more power and theme developers can develop faster.

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Drupal 8, Meet YAML and Twig

Posted on Tue, July 12, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development by Jon Haarstad

In this article we’ll take a focused look at Drupal 8’s new technologies. We’re not going to cover any of the specifics of installing and setting up Drupal 8, or the logic behind theme and sub-theme creation – plenty of other sites cover these topics and offer tutorials. Instead we’re going to look at YAML and Twig.

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The Definitive Introduction to Drupal 8

Posted on Mon, July 11, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, eCommerce by Tom Mertz

Drupal 8, the newest version of the Drupal Content Management System (CMS), was officially released on November 19, 2015. It boasts an impressive list of new features

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5 Steps to Choosing the Best Shopify Theme for Your eCommerce Website

Posted on Wed, June 15, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, Business Operations, eCommerce by Kevin Carpenter

Consider the following five steps when choosing a website theme to enhance your webstore and its niche. Doing so will captivate your users, ultimately gain their trust, and thus increase conversion rates and overall sales.

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Shopify Plus vs. Shopify - What’s Right for Your Business?

Posted on Mon, June 13, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, Business Operations by Paul Weinert

Shopify Plus is a completely different way of managing enterprise-grade ecommerce. It has doubled down on support, scale, and stability to accommodate large-value merchants who DON’T want to think about their ecommerce store.

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QA - Your Last Line of Defense

Posted on Tue, April 05, 2016 in Web Development by Jacques Desormiere

The QA team is the last line of defense before something nefarious pierces the perimeter and starts negatively affecting everything valuable inside: usability, clients, reputation, etc.

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ExpressionEngine 3: Refreshed & Ready for Prime Time

Posted on Wed, December 02, 2015 in Web Development by Mark Middleton

Last month, a couple of us from GRAYBOX took a flight down to San Antonio to attend the 2015 ExpressionEngine Conference. Without a major version release since late 2009, I was excited to get my hands on the latest and greatest iteration of EE. The new version contains a few major updates, but generally sticks to the core and cleans up several areas that have been neglected for far too long.

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Tuning Rails for the Real World

Posted on Tue, September 01, 2015 in Web Development by Mailo Arsac

Ruby on Rails is a robust framework with a heavy following, and with good reason, it’s incredibly agile and loaded with features. While fantastic when faced with a complicated project, it can quickly become beast-like with pages of tech specs that devours system resources and leaves your clients with hefty hosting bills. There are many schools of thought when it comes to Rails optimization but from my experience the best way to handle performance pitfalls is to anticipate them ahead of time. While each project is different there are many similarities that can be identified early, and...

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An Introduction to Visual Thinking

Posted on Tue, August 18, 2015 in Web Development, Business Operations, Digital Design by Jason Bennett

At GRAYBOX, we work with clients, coders, designers, and thinkers of all shapes and sizes. Each of them has a unique method of thinking and communicating. The information locked in each team member's brain is extremely valuable, and it's our job to somehow extract that information and gather it into a clear, actionable project plan. So, how do we communicate complex information in a clear, coherent and efficient manner? We use a tool called 'Visual Thinking' to help facilitate the process.

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