Moving to Hosted Font Services

Niall — February 17th ’12 in Design

Over the last couple months at Fuse we have been looking at ways to streamline our process and our products so of course my area of concern is trimming the fat from our theming process. There's a few ways we can do this but one of the major concerns is keeping our file sizes down within the theme. If we look at the majority of our work in the last few years we have already eliminated a lot of bulk by using fewer images for element that contain custom fonts. Generally we have been going with system fonts for large areas of copy and using @font-face to load custom type faces.

Lately the team has been spending quite a bit of time solidifying our mobile web offering.  There are many tools available to execute a mobile web strategy and each have their strengths.  Mobile-specific websites and apps have until recently been the go-to options whether provisioned through a 3rd party mobile service provider like mobify or custom built by your web team.  There has, however, been much recent buzz about another option.

Evan wrote a good article about the various high level options you have when looking at performing some lightweight drupal performance tuning. Good if you're just looking to optimize page load times and resource utilization on a server you may not have command line access to. What I'm going to share is the learning we've done over the course of many Drupal deployments in VPS and Dedicated hosting environments where we DO have access to some of the more low level options and settings made available with root or administrator access.

Delivery Methods

Adnan — January 12th ’12 in Design

How does one send concepts, wireframes, and/or mockups to a client for review? Email? Post it in the PM system of choice? Print them out on a $40 inkjet and add a staple or two? While all the methods are common and accepted these days, none do a very good job of gathering very specific feedback, especially when face-to-face interaction is almost a luxury these days.

Drupal Performance Tuning

Evan — January 6th ’12 in Development

Performance problems are a bit of an embarrassment of riches. It's great that your site is getting a lot of visitors, but are all those visitors slowing down your site or potentially causing crashes? How do you go about resolving this issue? Unfortunately there's no hard-and-fast answer to performance problems, and examining the shear breadth and depth of the topic would result in the longest and most boring blog post ever. However I will attempt to outline the general strategies you might follow to diagnose and solve problems.