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Joomla 4.0 is released with Power-Packed Features!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Sep 25, 21
Sep 25, 2021
Joomla 4.0

Did you know; the latest Joomla 4.0 stable release is a Birthday Present Announcement from Joomla!

According to the official announcement, Joomla 4.0 was released on August 17, 2021. The major release of Joomla 4.0 has been in the work for nearly nine years. This major Joomla release is composed to transform the way you use Joomla in the future.

Joomla is an award-winning open-source CMS created and maintained by a dedicated community of volunteers who aim to provide software that is reliable, secure, and easy to use. It's completely free to download and use, and its features are in match with cutting-edge web technology. Joomla allows web developers to develop a powerful website that is easy to update and maintain.

Now is the perfect time to explore the new features, major initiatives, and enhancements Joomla 4.0 has made and to keep up with them.

Joomla 4.0: What are the actual benefits?

Flexible System that is Easy to Customise

  • There are over 6,500 verified extensions and high-quality templates to choose from, with many of them being free.
  • Free documentation and video training are available.
  • It's simple to create customized solutions with the Layout & Overrides System and built-in Extendable Functions.

Scrutiny-Friendly Open Source System

  • Because the source code is accessible, developers can quickly find and solve bugs.
  • You're more likely to get higher-quality code with open source software and able to check and assist from the eyes of the entire world.
  • It's simple for Joomla developers to get up to speed and add the features you need.

Robust Security System

  • Joomla 4 helps to protect your brand by focusing on security.
  • To keep your data safe, you need good security.
  • A data breach can be costly, so start with a strong and reliable CMS.

Multilingual Content - A system that grows with your business

  • Joomla 4 comes with a multilingual CMS.
  • There are no additional extensions or overheads required to add extra languages.
  • Allow for language-specific pages to meet your clients' cultural differences.
  • Joomla 4 allows you to communicate with the rest of the globe.

Growing system

  • Growing is essential for any business; Joomla 4 provides you with all the room to do so.
  • With outstanding multilingual support, you can expand your business wherever you desire.
  • You can quickly meet your clients' needs with an ever-growing list of third-party extensions and templates.
  • You may have high-quality custom software thanks to open source and robust security, as well as a large Joomla developer base.

Let’s shed some light on Joomla 4.0 features

Joomla used to create a wide range of websites. Joomla may adapt to the structure or purpose of the website you have in mind, whether it's a community-based website, an e-commerce site, or an e-learning site. Joomla offers a wide range of features to help you in achieving outstanding results:

Joomla4SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is crucial for your site visibility, and Joomla 4 makes it easier than ever to reach the top of any search engine! The new upgrade takes care of basic SEO quickly, allowing you to concentrate on getting your great content out there without any additional extensions.

Joomla4Design

Content creation is speeding up; thanks to a redesigned administration area. Updates to the media manager and editor allow you more control over how you design and develop your web pages. Article templates make it easier for you and your colleagues to keep to the design of the page.

Joomla4Search

Allow your users to find your content quickly and efficiently. Joomla 4 search is powerful and configurable. Once indexed, an active indexer adds content as it's created, so all you have to do now is focus on creating more outstanding content.

Joomla4Emails

Customizable email templates speed up the site personalization and deployment process. Update the site's emails to make them more relevant to your brand. When sending site emails, leverage your site's distinctive style to communicate with your users.

Joomla4Workflows

You can use workflows to design any number of processes to take your content from concept to polished publication in a specified and controlled manner. Workflow plugins help to speed up content development by creating a new ecosphere.

Joomla4Speed

Joomla 4 provides you with the benefit of increased performance. One of the most crucial factors in converting clicks to views is speed. Whether you're operating an e-commerce site or need to increase your subscriptions, Joomla 4 takes off like a rocket.

Joomla4Accessibility

Joomla 4 provides best in class accessibility, benefiting every visitor of your website. Contrast Infrastructure and layout; everything comes with accessibility built-in. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (with AA compliance) is the goal of Joomla 4.

Joomla4Security

Joomla 4 helps to protect your brand by focusing on security. A data breach can be costly, so start with a strong and reliable CMS. You can keep safe by running a website with well-written, up-to-date code. Many modifications in Joomla 4 are intended to improve security and keep hackers out. It's an innovative idea to upgrade to Joomla 4.

Joomla 3.10 - A Bridge Between Two Major Series

Along with Joomla 4.0 stable release; the team has released the Joomla 3.10 which is using as a bridge or a vital step between the two major releases. It will ease the transition to Joomla 4.0 by including backports of API transforms from Joomla 4. Once you update your website to Joomla 3.19; the pre-update checker allows you to check the compatibility with Joomla 4.0 in terms of the current hosting environment and installed extensions. So, this can help you to migrate or upgrade to Joomla 4.0 fluently.

Wrap up

Joomla 4.0 brings a major upgrade to the CMS and power-packed with the new features. Switching to Joomla 4.0 is undoubtedly a wise and prudent move. We at Skynet Technologies provide cutting edge Joomla development services including design, development, customization, migration, upgrades, support, maintenance, and much more. We guarantee that your websites and applications are secure, cross-platform compatible, and performance-optimized. Feel free to get in touch with us to know more.

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Laravel 9 is Coming Soon – A Glance at New Features of Major Release!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Sep 16, 21
Sep 16, 2021
Laravel 9

There is no surprise that Laravel has become one of the best PHP frameworks for building enterprise grade web applications, custom and robust applications.

Laravel always aims to make the development process smoother and faster; So, they are always looking for fresh releases with new functionalities, improvements, features and much more.

Recently, they have announced to release of Laravel version 9 in early 2022, and it will be the next Long-Term Support version of Laravel. In this article, you will get an information on all the Laravel 9 new features and updates that have been announced so far.

Laravel 9 Release Date Updates

Laravel version 9 was supposed to be published in September of this year, but the Laravel team decided to postpone it until January 2022:

  • For a number of features within the framework, Laravel uses a variety of community-driven packages as well as nine Symfony components. In November, Symfony 6.0 will be released. As a result, the Laravel team has been decided to postpone the release of Laravel 9.0 until January 2022.
  • The two-month delay will allow the team to monitor how Laravel interacts with the new Symfony version. It also allows them to fix any issues or breaking updates.
  • Laravel 9.0 will be available with upgraded Symfony components to Symfony 6.0 without being wait until September 2022. Additionally, it will allow Laravel to make better prepared for future releases as well as their yearly releases will always take two months after Symfony’s releases.

Laravel team has scheduled their future major releases:

  • Laravel 9: January 2022
  • Laravel 10: January 2023
  • Laravel 11: January 2024

Take a Glance at Laravel 9 New Features

PHP 8 the minimum version in Laravel 9

Laravel 9 development will require Symfony 6.0, which has minimum requirement of PHP 8 hence Laravel 9 will be restricted in the same way.

Anonymous Stub Migrations

Laravel 8.37 introduced a new feature called Anonymous Migrations earlier this year, which prevents migration class name collisions. The issue is that when trying to recreate the database from scratch, numerous migrations with the same class name can cause problems. The new stub migration eliminates the migration class name collisions. The Laravel framework 8.37 now supports anonymous class migration files, it will be the default behaviour when Laravel 9 will be launched and when you execute “php artisan make:migration”.

1use Illuminate\Database\Migrations\Migration;
2use Illuminate\Database\Schema\Blueprint;
3use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Schema;
4 
5return new class extends Migration {
6 
7 /**
8 * Run the migrations.
9 *
10 * @return void
11 */
12 public function up()
13 {
14 Schema::table('people', function (Blueprint $table) {
15 $table->string('first_name')->nullable();
16 });
17 }
18};

New Query Builder Interface

Laravel 9 will include a new Query Builder Interface. In Laravel 9 type hinting is extremely reliable for refactoring, static analysis, and code completion in their IDEs. The lack of a shared interface or inheritance between Query\Builder, Eloquent\Builder, and Eloquent\Relation is the reason behind this. Developers can take advantage of the new query builder interface for type hinting, refactoring, and static analysis with Laravel 9. You can see it in more detail in this merged PR.

1return Model::query()
2 ->whereNotExists(function($query) {
3 // $query is a Query\Builder
4 })
5 ->whereHas('relation', function($query) {
6 // $query is an Eloquent\Builder
7 })
8 ->with('relation', function($query) {
9 // $query is an Eloquent\Relation
10 });

This feature includes a new

Illuminate\Contracts\Database\QueryBuilder interface and a Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Concerns\DecoratesQueryBuilder trait implements the interface in place of the existing __call implementation.

PHP 8 String Functions

Since PHP 8 will be the minimum, Tom Schlick submitted a PR to move to using str_contains(), str_starts_with() and str_ends_with() functions internally in the \Illuminate\Support\Str class.

From Swift Mailer to Symfony Mailer

Symfony deprecated Swift Mailer and Laravel 9 makes the change to use Symfony Mailer for mail transports. There are a few breaking changes as a result, you can see the PR for more information.

Laravel 9 is still a few months away, and there is an expectation for more new features and announcements.

So, be ready for the next major release of Laravel 9 and upgrade your Laravel application. Skynet Technologies is specialized in Laravel development services including custom development, Laravel enterprise solution, restful API development, extension development, Laravel migration and upgrades, patch upgrades, third-party integration services, CRM (customer relationship management) development, e-commerce & CMS (content management system) development, template design services, and much more.

Not limited to this, we are acknowledged as an official Bagisto solution partners. Bagisto is one of the Laravel ecommerce package to build and scale your business! We provide end-to-end Bagisto Development services to make your store stand out from your competitors.

We are recognized as an international partner of Aimeos, a Laravel ecommerce package owing to the unparalleled expertise shown in the delivery of e-commerce websites. We assist our clients in developing a cost-effective, well-supported, and fully functional e-commerce store with Aimeos ecommerce services!

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Boost your sales on this Holiday Season with Adobe Commerce 2.4.3!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Sep 08, 21
Sep 15, 2021
Adobe Commerce 2.4.3

Shoppers eagerly wait for the holiday season to get heavy discounts on their favorite items. People enjoy shopping and love discounts, and businesses see it as an opportunity to boost their profit margins. In other words, holiday celebrations are a win-win situation for both. Nowadays, many businesses are preparing their e-commerce store for the rush of holiday shopping whether it is a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, or the New Year. When preparing to optimize the peak season commerce strategy; time is valuable – whether it is a holiday season or a later time during this year. To help the customers to take advantage of this critical time of year, we have shared few points in this article.

There are several product updates that will position customers to become successful during peak season and beyond.

Adobe Commerce and Magento Open-Source versions 2.4.3, along with number of interesting Q3 expansions, are now generally available.

With this core upgrade that will help to assure better performance and security leading into the holiday, Adobe Commerce has introduced Improved Wishlist and an advanced UI Toolkit for Progressive Web Application Studio, Upgrade Compatibility Tool Growth, and new application performance monitoring dashboard that customer can start using immediately.

ADOBE COMMERCE 2.4.3

Platform Quality:

A number of platform quality fixes including, decreased indexing time for Product Price and Catalog Rules are the new features of Adobe Commerce 2.4.3. To reduce the number of records for indexing and improve the indexing time, a website can be excluded by vendor from customer group or shared catalog. The Adobe Commerce 2.4.3 Release also includes expansion of the GraphQLAPI to cover gift registries and more B2B functionality. Instead of paying the full amount at the time of purchase, a new PayPal PayLater option for the regional PayPal Combination helps to increase sales by allowing vendors to pay for an order in bi-weekly installments.

Security:

The latest version of Adobe Commerce 2.4.3 resolves the various security issues and introduces improvements like the addition of ReCAPTCHA security to web-API to protect against spam and misuse, the addition of built-in web-API rate limiting to protect against DDOS attacks, and a new Composer plug in to prevent Dependency Confusion.

OTHER Q3 PRODUCT UPDATE:

Progressive Web Application

Now, merchants can easily save and track items by adding products directly from the category page and cart page. Purchasing is now simplifying with PWA (Progressive Web App) Studio 11 with the ability to add to a cart directly from a Wishlist. This improvement greatly encourages conversion on the Customer’s site.

The PWA Studio User Interface (UI) kit for Adobe Commerce, built-in Adobe XD, was introduced by Adobe. The PWA UI kit can be applicable with advanced assets, symbols, and templates for creating an automatic, mobile-first site experience, Access the kit, as well as its documentation and tutorials.

Adobe Experience Manager has launched a new headless extension that allows AEM Content extracts to be used across the PWA Studio storefront. With AEM’s powerful tool, the extension enables you to manage your content and enriching the Progressive Web Application storefront with an additional content-led element. For example: to contextualize the product highlight, the product with the detailed information pages can be converted by including e-commerce digital marketing and selling content like tutorial videos, customer images.

Upgrade Compatibility Tool

The Adobe Commerce is originally published as an “Alpha” in January with the increasing scope of usability and workflow which enables vendors to find and verify core file modification, export the report in .json file, validate Vendor Bundled Extension (VBE’s) like vertex and dot digital, and view error codes to help identify and resolve issues.

Monitoring for Adobe Commerce

The monitoring tool is available for Adobe Commerce to cloud customers which visually presents application log data in combination with data from the New Relic observability platform on a single pane of glass which gathers the common data to identify important signals against the common timeline, allow you to imagine your log data which helps in performance management and issue resolution. One can spend the time connecting events and errors to boost a deep understanding of the cause of performance bottlenecks.

From going mobile to getting social, The Adobe Commerce stores use different methods and marketing strategies to encourage clients to purchase their products. The festival season is promised to be increased holiday sales, delight your customers, and achieve the highest revenue. Follow the tips and grab the new opportunities with Adobe Commerce 2.4.3.

Do you need any help to succeed this holiday season and for years to come? We provide end to end Magento development services including store development, marketplace development, design and theme development, custom development, mobile development, headless development, custom payment method development, migration services, multichannel integration, dropship solution, B2B commerce development, and more. We can integrate holiday marketing campaigns, powerful business intelligence, product recommendations, and customer personalization into your Adobe Commerce store.

Source: Adobe Commerce 2.4.3

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What’s new in WordPress 5.8? - Top Key Features to Look Out!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Sep 04, 21
Sep 25, 2021
WordPress 5.8

WordPress 5.8 is now available, released on July 20, 2021. WordPress 5.8 takes a significant step toward Full Site Editing But there's a lot more in the second WordPress release of the year than FSE (Full Site Editing). For both users and developers, there are tons of improvements such as a block editor, a new theme.json mechanism, Duotone filters, WebP image format support, additional block support, and much more in WordPress 5.8 development. So, Get ready for new features and updates of powerful site-building tools in WordPress 5.8.

New Features and Major Improvements of WordPress 5.8 Release

Use blocks to manage your widgets

The first feature we would like to talk about is the ability to add blocks to your website's widget areas. In WordPress 5.8, you may now add blocks to widget areas across your website and preview them live in the Customizer. Manage Widgets with Blocks extend the block editor's flexibility to your WordPress sidebar. This provides you with even more control over the content and design of your pages. You may now create layouts with columns and spaces, or modify the design by adding the background color, font, and so on.

The new widget experience using the customizer or by browsing to the Appearance » Widget's page.

WordPress 5 8 Release

Display Posts with New Blocks and Patterns

In WordPress 5.8, the Query Loop Block allows you to display posts based on parameters you specify, much like a PHP loop but without the coding. Create a portfolio or a page full of your favourite recipes by easily displaying posts from a specified category. Consider it a more efficient and advanced version of the Recent Posts Block! Plus, pattern ideas make creating a collection of posts with the design you want easier than ever.

WordPress Version 5.8

Duotone filters

The duotone filter for your images is another interesting tool that has been added to WordPress 5.8. Duotone can help you style your images (or videos in the cover block) to blend in with your overall theme. This filter allows you to pick colors for an image's shadows and highlights. You can choose from a few present duotone colors, but you can also modify them to make your own duotone filter. Also, this filter is available when you add an image or cover block to a post or page.

WordPress 5 8 New Features

New Template Editor

The new template editor is another element included in the full site editing toolbox. You can edit templates that contain your content using the familiar block editor— Simply enable a block theme or a theme that has opted to make use of this feature. While using a familiar block editor, you can switch from editing your posts to editing your pages and back again. There are several essential blocks available while creating these templates, including:

  • Site Logo / Site Tagline / Site Title
  • Query Loop
  • Post Date / Post Title / Post Content / Post Featured Image / Post Categories Post Excerpt / Post Tags
  • Login/out
  • Page List

WordPress Latest Version

Improved List View

The list view panel in WordPress 5.8 was upgraded. It provides a list of all the blocks in your post or page. This may not be the most noticeable update, but it is simplifying the editing and selection of your blocks. However, it is using more of a popup that would disappear when you clicked anywhere else. You can select the list at the top of your post editor, a sidebar will open with all your blocks. And this sidebar will stay with you until you decide you no longer require it!

Block Patterns Suggestions

When working on your content and editing one of your blocks, you may be able to select the Patterns tab. This tab is suggesting patterns based on the block you have chosen and fitted your current content into the chosen pattern. This release includes a few new patterns, and future releases will likely include more pattern suggestions. These patterns can also be found by creating a new block, then going to the Patterns tab and picking one of the dropdown options. Button, column, gallery, headers, text, and query patterns are currently available in the block editor.

Theme.json

The Global Styles and Global Settings APIs are also introduced in this release. By creating a theme.json file, WordPress developers will be able to customize editor settings and styles. In this file, you can adjust the existing and new editor settings, as well as allows to choose how much customization clients will be allowed to do. This configuration file sets default styles and enables or disables features for both a website and blocks. Also, if you're a theme builder, you can try out an early version of a new feature that could make your life much easier.

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

If you use Internet Explorer, you should be aware of important information. As of right now, WordPress dropping support for Internet Explorer 11. This indicates that you may face challenges in managing your site that will not be resolved in the future. If you're still using Internet Explorer 11, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to a more modern browser.

Adding support for WebP

WebP is storming the web & WordPress has jumped on board as well. By using the WebP image format, your images will be 30% smaller in file size compared to PNG and JPEG without losing quality. As a result, sites load faster and consume less bandwidth. You can upload WebP images to your WordPress website without needing any plugins with WordPress 5.8.

Easily Select Parent Block in Nested Blocks

You can simply group blocks using nested blocks like columns and groups. However, selecting the parent block inside a nested block can be difficult sometimes. In WordPress 5.8, the parent block button will always be visible in the toolbar.

Adding additional block supports

Users spend most of their time creating content on the block editor page. Block support was already added in WordPress 5.6 and 5.7, and this recent release adds a few more. WordPress 5.8 introduces a few new block support flags and customization options for your registered blocks. You can learn more about it in the block supports dev note.

Changes Under the Hood

WordPress 5.8 introduces many new features for developers to explore and implement into their own themes, plugins, and projects.

Some of these under-the-hood changes are:

  • On multiple WordPress admin panels, context aware filters are used to block editor APIs.
  • WordPress recovery mode email message will now only appear when an email may be sent.

Summary

We hope this article gives you a sneak peek at the New Features and Major Improvements of the WordPress 5.8 Release! As a leading WordPress Development Company, we provide WordPress 5.8 Development Services, WordPress Migration and Upgrade services, WordPress ecommerce development, WordPress Maintenance and Support, WP Theme Customization, customized WordPress plugin development services, and much more.

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Laravel vs WordPress - The Ultimate Battle!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Jul 21, 21
Jul 21, 2021
Laravel vs WordPress

We cannot ignore the truth that web development isn't what it used to be, can we? Websites nowadays have inconceivable aesthetics and unexpected features, making our usual experiences more delightful than ever. What triggered all of this? Well, cutting-edge tools like WordPress and Laravel deserve credit. These web development suites encompass several frameworks and extensions to transform a dream into a real website.

However, when it comes to developing websites, you need to choose WordPress vs Laravel. Sounds perplexing, right? Like you, many enterprises and developers struggle with the same dilemma every day. But, not anymore! Below we announce the ultimate clash between WordPress and Laravel. Let's see who comes out on top!

WordPress - What is It?

Hang on! Before going anywhere, it’s customary to introduce the two contenders to you - WordPress and Laravel. Let’s start with the former one!

So, what is WordPress? In novice terms, WordPress is the go-to destination for everyone, beginners and experts, to build fascinating websites and blogs from scratch. Essentially, it’s a Content Management System (CMS) that lets you develop fully functional web experiences without coding. Yes, you’ve heard it right! You don’t require programming expertise to create websites using the WordPress platform.

What Do You Mean by Laravel?

Heading over to our next warrior - Laravel. So, what is Laravel? Well, Laravel is a more elusive web development framework driven by PHP. It relies on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture to surface never-seen-before experiences for us. Based on Symfony, Laravel drills into more advanced website aspects like HTML, templating, and routing and provides you with more flexibility.

Many of you might be thinking, “does using Laravel require coding?”. Yes, it does! As a leading Laravel development company, We aware that Laravel demands having familiarity with the PHP language before you can upshoot a compelling website on the platform.

WordPress vs. Laravel - The Battle Begins!

Now that you are familiar with WordPress and Laravel, it's time to declare war! Being an ardent web developer or a business, learning about the differences between WordPress and Laravel is a must. Come along and walk through the differences between the two most popular web development technologies.

  • The Difference in the Definitions

    You already know WordPress and Laravel definitions, but how do they differ? Well, WordPress is a strict Content Management System and has no coding prerequisites. In contrast, Laravel is a PHP-based and open-source framework, requiring some exposure to programming before you can develop websites on top of it.

  • How do their Architectures Vary?

    Some ideas about WordPress and Laravel architectures, and your choice becomes easy! Laravel boasts a Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture at its core. A Laravel developer should be well-acquainted with MVC to build Laravel websites effortlessly.

    However, WordPress has a beginner-friendly architecture. WordPress runs on plugins, and the websites mold according to their architectures since their inception. Anyone who wishes to dodge the complexities can choose WordPress for its convenient architecture.

  • Built-In or Extended Functionalities?

    You will fall in love with Laravel if you are a pro developer! Laravel comprises several built-in functionalities, making the suite rich and robust. It unlocks massive website development flexibilities to delight the developers.

    In contrast, WordPress has limited built-in capabilities. It instead relies on plugins to extend functionalities as and when required. WordPress Development requires extensively installing add-ons and achieving features and aesthetics as desired.

  • Steep Learning Curve for Laravel

    Did you ever wonder what makes WordPress reign in the web development industry? It’s the minimal or flat learning curve! Developers require no new knowledge to get started with WordPress.

    What’s the downside in Laravel? It’s a steep learning curve, unfortunately. Developers need to get familiar with PHP language and MVC architecture to understand Laravel fully and use its functionalities optimally.

  • Website Loading Speed - A Considerable Difference

    Many times, we compare WordPress and Laravel by prioritizing features but forget the aftermath. Do you know that your choice can substantially affect website loading speed? Yes, that's true! The WordPress websites might become laggard when loading as they have too many plugins in the background.

    Laravel comes as a savior, however. It has swift and lightweight built-in functionalities to keep the final product blazing-fast with minimal loading time. So, Laravel overtakes WordPress in terms of website loading speed.

  • Authentication Arrangements

    Authentication plays a pivotal role when developing a website. You need to prioritize the same right from choosing a complementary platform. Laravel will please you with a gamut of features like authentication and authorization. Developers need not worry too much about such aspects when using Laravel.

    WordPress might disappoint you on the authentication parameter. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have built-in capabilities as such. It largely depends on external plugins to provide authentication-like features to the websites.

  • What about SEO?

    SEO is all the rage these days, isn’t it? So, all developers wish to build a content-driven website from scratch. Laravel might fall slightly displeasing when SEO is the mainframe question. A developer will require aligning all content aspects manually as Laravel doesn’t prioritize SEO.

    Being a CMS, WordPress levels your website on SEO parameters automatically. With such a content-oriented approach, developers enjoy WordPress and escape investing huge time streamlining SEO aspects.

  • Customizability is a Significant Distinction

    Who doesn't love personalized websites! So, developers prefer high customizability to implement client requirements and satisfy them effortlessly. In such a scenario, there are no better platforms than Laravel. It allows developers to customize everything manually, even at the codebase.

    In contrast, WordPress restricts itself to customizability offered by specific plugins. Some paid plugins allow full personalization, whereas the free ones have more limitations.

  • The Communities

    Developers must consider community support when choosing a web development platform. Laravel can be a bit cumbersome as it doesn’t have a massive community. Luckily, WordPress has the largest community among all web development platforms for WordPress Developers.

Phew! The fierce battle between WordPress and Laravel ends finally. Now, it's time to declare the champion. Honestly, the winner depends on your specific requirements. Laravel overtakes WordPress if you wish to access immense flexibility, customization, built-in capacities, and security features. However, WordPress leads Laravel if your demands comprise an SEO-friendly platform, a flattened learning curve, and a high degree of automation. The choice is yours ultimately!

Skynet Technologies provides a wide array of web development services personalized as per the specific demands of our clients across all industries.

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What's New in the Latest Update of Drupal 9.2.0?
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Jul 15, 21
Jul 17, 2021
Drupal 9.2.0

No one can turn away from admitting that Drupal is one of the strongest contenders in the Content Management System (CMS) ecosystem! The open-source platform backs thousands of high-performing websites and edges out other CMS platforms effortlessly. What makes Drupal so exceptional? Besides boasting tons of high-end features, Drupal lets its users dive deeper into the technical aspects when developing a web experience. Owing to the attributes, developers love Drupal!

As if Drupal's previous versions weren't fascinating enough, the company rolled out Drupal 9.2.0. Drupal makes website development enthralling with a gamut of fresh releases - new functionalities, new enhancements, whatnot? Regardless of whether you are a developer or an enterprise, peeping into what's new in the Drupal suite is mandatory to stay at par with the latest advancements. Let's buckle up and surf around the latest upgrades in Drupal 9.2.0!

What Has Changed in Drupal 9.2.0?

So, what has changed in Drupal 9.2.0? In one shot, they have resolved all incompetencies. Drupal was aggregating user feedback and dropped a more robust product before us. Are you wondering about the must-know changes that Drupal brought to the table? We've got your back if that's the case! Here is a glimpse of what's new in Drupal 9.2.0. Keep reading!

  • New Drupal, Better Security!

    What comes first when developing a website on a Content Management System? Yes, you've guessed it right! It's the security. However, Drupal 9.2.0 delights you with enhanced security and alignment with critical guidelines. So, you can adhere to the mandatory regulations while creating a unique experience for your users.

    The status report page now shows public service announcements and security advisories. Also, some other administrative pages bear such information in detail. How does that benefit you? Well, you can fix security issues in your website correctly and in time without missing out on any of them.

  • Protect User Privacy Efficiently

    Did you know that a whopping 79% of website users have data privacy concerns? Yes, that's an enormous number! When the audience is aggressive about protecting their privacy on online platforms, catering to safeguard user data will increase site credibility. Drupal lets you do exactly that!

    Drupal 9.2.0 blocks Google Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) tracking by default. Woah! What's that? FLoC segregates Google users as "cohorts" and monitors their browsing activity to present them with more personalized recommendations. Users tend to stay away from FLoC as it invades their privacy. Luckily, users will not return disappointed from your website as the latest Drupal 9 completely dodges FLoC.

  • Better than Ever Olivero Theme

    The much-hyped Olivero theme is now all-new, reformatted, and improvised. Rolling towards becoming the default Drupal theme, Olivero is better than ever in the platform's 9.2.0 version. Let's dive deeper into its latest amendments!

    The Olivero theme now boasts a contemporary design to leave an ever-lasting impression on its users. Besides the refurbished look, Drupal has resolved several accessibility glitches in Olivero after registering various feedback. Do you remember the Umami demo? It has improved dramatically! The exemplar demo has an in-built editor role and demonstrates Drupal core features and layout building more efficiently in its latest update.

  • Expanded Migration Path from Drupal 7

    Drupal 7 platform is on the verge of becoming extinct. Drupal will support the 7th version till November 2022 only and, so developers are rushing to migrate their websites to the latest platforms viz Drupal 8 or 9. However, the company covers you up! It has a highly stable migration path to upgrade your existing websites from Drupal 7.

    The migration path has become steadier in Drupal 9.2.0. Thankfully, team Drupal analyzed the broken pieces in the migration path and rectified most of them in its latest version. Now, you can migrate user settings, user, and node reference fields, and so with the highly expanded migration path. Such a well-thought path minimizes post-migration glitches while offering a consistent experience to the users.

  • Compatibility with WebP images!

    Being a website developer, you must have come across images having a WebP format. And you got entangled in type conversions each time you found a WebP image, didn't you? Let's admit that WebP support is rare, and Drupal stayed away from the format till now. We have good news for you, however!

    Drupal 9.2.0 is now highly compatible with WebP images. The image styles and GD toolkit integration can deal with WebP files without throwing any errors. Although Drupal does not offer complete WebP compatibility yet, it works continuously to adapt WebP more into its ecosystem eventually.

  • Gearing Up for Drupal 10

    No sooner than Drupal 9.2.0 surfaced, the developer community realized that its 10th version is on the way. The team prepares to launch Drupal 10 seamlessly with more features and fewer glitches. A glimpse of the preparation is visible in Drupal 9.2.0.

    Drupal fixed all compatibility issues with Symphony 5 and resolved most of them for Symphony 6. Besides solving the synchronization concerns, Drupal enhanced the platform's frontend and migrated the Tour feature from jQuery to ShephardJS. The migration makes Drupal more jQuery-free and makes the Tour more accessible than ever.

So, they were the big-daddy features added in Drupal 9.2.0. The team worked hard to meet developer and user expectations and fixed all issues in the recent version. The platform also has incremented its feature list with various anticipated functionalities in Drupal 9.2.0. Most importantly, the new Drupal now aids in preventing user privacy and prioritizes website security. Such assistance simplifies Drupal development and ensures a better experience when using the Drupal websites.

You cannot turn away from how powerful Drupal has become with its 9.2.0 release. The company, however, plans to get even better in its newer versions with more enhancements and additions to the platform. Drupal streamlined the platform and upscaled the frontend to ensure hassle-free updates to its upcoming modifications. Overall, Drupal 9.2.0 has transformed a developer's dream into reality through several latest features and bug-fixing standing in the frontline. Cheers to Drupal users and developers for the roll-out and better releases lined in the queue!

Skynet Technologies is known as one of the best in Drupal development company. Our Drupal Experts have wonderful experience in developing secure, modular & feature-rich Drupal CMS websites. We provide Drupal migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, Drupal 8 to 9, and Drupal 7 to 9. We have an in-house and experienced team of dedicated Drupal developers to manage simple to complex task in a defined time. Get Ready to upgrade your website in Drupal 9.2.

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Top Dos and Don'ts for Laravel Development Best Practices
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
May 01, 21
Jul 17, 2021
Laravel Development

Laravel is one of the most popular and powerful PHP frameworks and it has become a developers’ paradise as it facilitates clean and debuggable code. Even the hardest of the features can be implemented by the developers easily using Laravel. Ever since it was rolled out, it has made the web development process a breeze and less painful. It is a free and open-source PHP web development framework that is known for its simplicity, credibility, and high security. It is one of the easiest web application development frameworks and has got some amazing features.

If you want to make create efficient web solutions, focus on the following things for Laravel web development.

Here are some of the Dos of Laravel Development

Use the latest Laravel version

Always go for the latest Laravel version. Whenever you start your application, make sure to go for the current stable version. This assures you a stable, secure, and high-performance web solution. Currently, Laravel 8 is the latest version and you can go for it when you start developing your web solutions using Laravel.

Use resource controllers for CRUD operations

Resource controllers may seem to involve a lot of work and come out as a bad idea to use. But in reality, they are the ones that can ease the development process. For some of the most common and frequently used applications like create, update, delete, and read, you can go for Laravel resource controllers.

Use Events where the logic is not relevant to features

If your logic is directly correlated with your controller, you can have it in a separate class. In Laravel, this can be implemented as events. For instance, when a user signs up, you may want to send an automated welcome email. This can be achieved and fulfilled by writing the user creation logic inside the controller that can trigger the event and handle the logic automatically.

Go for middleware for any route logic

If you are thinking of writing the route-related logic inside the routes/web.php or the controller, we recommend you one of the safest ways is to create a middleware for the same. You can register the middleware and ensure that the logic related to it will run before the controller is reached.

Use Seeders and factories

If you have to populate tests or development data in the database, always use database seeders. This way you can gain control over which data can be used during testing generates data using a single command and creates easily reproducible tests.

Extract components from blade views

One can have out-of-the-box components using Laravel that help in avoiding code repetitions. For instance, let's say the header and footer on each HTML page. They would remain constant and hence you can simply create one component for the same and reuse it in every file.

Use local scopes to query

If your Laravel project demands writing queries repeatedly, then query scopes might be of help. It is an efficient way of adding database logic and you can extract them from the model and reuse them in the model.

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Here are the don’ts for Laravel Development

No DB logic in view or controller

There can be times when you may have to go for a complicated DB logic. And Laravel which is an MVC framework can offer you very few out-of-the-box options. In that case, it can be tempting for you to take the easiest route of including the database logic in the view or controller. Remember the database logic is only for describing the database and nothing more. Find some creative ways around here like going for the repository and service.

Using a controller for more than one feature

Create controllers for specific purposes and ensure that you use each controller per feature. In some cases, you may also have to think of each model having one corresponding controller. One of the biggest benefits of the controllers is that they are very thin, make debugging simpler, eases maintenance, and refactoring at the later stages.

Don’t use Auth facade in the controller constructor

In Laravel, all the controllers are resolved even before the user is derived from the session. Generally, a session middleware adds the current user session to the auth object which is available inside the Auth facade, auth () helper, and request () objects are run after all the controllers have been resolved from the service container. So, the results will always be null if you try to access the auth object in the controller constructor.

Don’t directly touch the database.

The core principle of Laravel is not to manipulate the database directly. Always use database migrations for that purpose. Whether you need to make any updates or schema changes, you can always rely on migrations. This eases the purpose of deployment and you can anytime reset the database to the previous state without any hassles.

Don’t add validation logic inside controller form requests

If you are building simple applications, you can write the validation logic inside the controller. But in case, if you are scaling your applications, and adding more features to them, it may become difficult for maintaining and refactoring the code. So do not write any sort of validation logic inside the controller user form requests.

Don’t update the minor issues

Usually, PHP platforms including Laravel have issues regarding the new versions. This is in fact a critique factor when it comes to Laravel web application development. There have been continuity issues when it comes to upgrading the framework version. It has become troublesome and always requires highly skilled Laravel developers. The upgrade may also add some complications and the whole system may stop working.

Do not go every plugin

There is a plethora of plugins that make the development process easier. It becomes tempting to use these plugins for additional functionality. But hold on, show extra care and caution before you make use of abundant plugins for creating web solutions. Too many plugins may take down the performance of your website.

Conclusion

To conclude, we would recommend you to make the best use of this amazing framework that works incredibly well fulfilling all your requirements with its interesting features. You can kickstart your web application by opting for this most popular PHP framework. Even if it's new to you, you can gain the skill and code better over time. You can also rely on an experienced Laravel developers to start building your web application.

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How to Select the Right WordPress CMS Development Company for Your Business?
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Apr 16, 21
Jul 17, 2021
WordPress CMS Development Company

WordPress undoubtedly is the most popular Content Management System and consistently used by companies for their web development needs for ages. Today, it is the leading platform powering up more than 30% of all the websites in the business community. It offers a wide range of templates, themes, plugins, and other customization options due to which it has become the most preferred platform. Hence, many IT firms are keen on deploying WordPress CMS for bolstering their digital needs.

To build a website that amplifies your digital presence and becomes your source of revenue, it is important to shell out a few bucks in choosing a WordPress development company. But the tricky part is to find the right WordPress CMS development company. Fret not! In this blog post, we are listing down a few criteria that need to be considered while finding the right company.

  1. Dig into their portfolio - Check the portfolio of the WordPress CMS development company. You can look into their previous work samples that provide you a fair idea of their services, the industry verticals they worked on, client satisfaction based on their reviews and testimonials. Some companies might have worked with multiple industries across different verticals while others are niche-specific. Niche-specific brings in the full expertise required for your needs but multi-industry ones are also good as they bring in diversity and new perspectives. It is up to you to decide which one to go with.
  2. Technical Proficiency - Always know their technical expertise and how current are they when it comes to the latest development trends. Do they have adequate PHP knowledge? How about their working skills with MySQL or Maria DB? Have they worked with the latest WordPress versions? And what frameworks are they familiar with? What is their total experience working with WordPress CMS? This helps you to understand both their experience and expertise before collaborating with the company. A proper WordPress company also knows about website hosting, content optimization, and inclusion on social platforms.
  3. Experience - A company with WordPress developers who have ample experience helps you in many ways like respecting the time limitations, foreseeing certain problems, immediate resolution when faced with an issue, and more. Their technical experience comes in handy while offering insights during the customization process. They also follow an organized approach in the development process.
  4. Verify their Reviews and Testimonials - Do your own research on the company before you believe zero in on the company. You can go to the client testimonial or review section and see their feedback. If it isn’t against the policy, you can also ask for the client’s details to know the first-hand review. Positive feedback is an assurance for you when you are confused about whether to go with it or not.
  5. Adequate Security - As much as WordPress is popular all over the world, it is also a soft target for cybercriminals. They keep trying to hack the website and manipulate the tools to make the website malfunction. A good WordPress development agency should put its foot down to keep the WordPress sites safe and secure. The company should be able to provide security mechanisms like updating WordPress versions, plugins, and themes to incorporate the latest security mechanisms into the websites.
  6. Problem-Solving Capabilities - Website development is a complex process and prone to multiple issues and problems throughout the process. You need efficient WordPress developers who have great problem-solving skills and find a way out from even complex situations. Their efficiency and quality are vital for an effective WordPress web development process.
  7. Strategic Planning - A WordPress development company should invest in strategic planning for getting the project on time. They should be committed to understand your requirements better, sketch out a roadmap on how to go about it with timelines. They should have solid planning on how to achieve the tasks within well-defined deadlines. With proper planning, all your ideas can be translated beautifully into fully-functional websites.
     

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  8. Communication is vital - Any successful collaboration is built upon effective communication. Understand how well the company is communicating with you from your initial interaction. Are they swift in their replies? Do they show keenness in understanding your requirements? How well they are in putting forth their plans and roadmap to go with the WordPress development?
  9. Maximum Value for Money - WordPress itself is an open-source platform and is cost-effective. The right agency should provide design and development aspects at competitive prices and offer high-quality websites. The Return on Investment (RoI) should be maximum. Find out how much they charge for the development, hosting, plugins, extensions, and customization options. You can research different companies’ quotations before you pick one.
     

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  10. Post-development Support - Website development doesn’t end with the deployment. It needs constant monitoring for any performance issues, security bugs, errors, and for the latest updates. A WordPress development agency should be available round the clock to troubleshoot and ensure the smooth functioning of the website. They should be willing to allot the resources for handling any unforeseen emergency issues.
  11. Customer Relations - Find out the WordPress development company that has a positive reputation in the market owing to its better customer relationships. A company which has been having a positive reputation in the market wouldn’t do anything that mars it. They would be cordial in their interactions with the clients. They would build relationships with the clients and they make a comeback for their future needs as well. They would maintain the same standards for their clients.
     

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  12. Transparency - They sign an NDA with the clients respecting the privacy of their data. Make sure you have everything in writing from the company to safeguard your data and any customer information. A proper NDA is fool-proof and safeguards your sensitive data and remains confidential. This shows that you can rely on the company and trust it with your information.

Benefits of choosing a WordPress Development Company

A brief walkthrough of how a WordPress development company benefits your enterprise.

  1. Builds high-quality websites that are easy to use, navigate, and customize.
  2. Assist you in fixing any bugs
  3. Install plugins and extensions to enhance the website functionality
  4. Stay current on the latest WordPress updates
  5. Install the latest WordPress version
  6. Optimize the websites for Search engines
  7. Edge out your competitors with a custom WordPress website.

Closing Thoughts

Choosing the right WordPress development company provides you the springboard for building a perfect WordPress website specific to your business needs. The aforementioned checklist is a good way to assess the capabilities of the WordPress development company. Focus on the above aspects to narrow down to the best WordPress CMS development company.

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What are the risks of ignoring the Drupal upgrades?
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Apr 13, 21
Jul 17, 2021
Drupal Upgrades

Your website is the index of your business and as time goes, technologies and trends do change. Drupal modules are also constantly updated and improved. Staying on top of the Drupal upgrades is the key to staying relevant, improve the website’s functionality, and security. Drupal 9 was released in the year 2020 and many businesses that are still on Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 are in a hurry to upgrade to Drupal 9 as it was declared that both D7 and D8 will reach their End-of-life in November 2022 and November 2021 respectively. Hence, it is imperative for businesses to go for a Drupal upgrade.

But still, some enterprises choose to stay with the older versions, and have you ever wondered why users show reluctance to install new upgrades? If you think about it, there will be too many updates every now and then and users feel it is too much to do every time. They find it easy to stay on the older versions rather than going for the time-consuming upgrades that may create potential issues. People feel an upgrade is a backburner and they are fine with the performance of the older version. Keeping track of the minor upgrades is also not possible always. This comes at a cost with potential issues that can cause some serious collateral damage to the business and customers. Some of them are mentioned in this post for better understanding.

Drupal Security Breaches

Older versions of Drupal often become the soft targets of hackers. There were instances in the past as well when Drupal websites that were running on old versions came under security attacks. When both the Drupal versions reach the end of the life period, no longer will they be provided with security support. Your website data security and infrastructure will be at greater risk of getting hacked and compromised. This would dent your online reputation and customers who are affected by any security breach would taint your business and showcase it poor light. So regularly update your Drupal versions including the core, libraries, and contributed modules for fortification of your website. It is crucial to follow certain best practices to safeguard your Drupal website.

Going Obsolete

Each update or upgrade brings changes to the features, optimize the functionality, and add better security elements. Each update is meant for improving the customer satisfaction a bit. It helps you to keep your website stay relevant to the market trends. The web server software, or the security patches in the CMS, the updates to the plugins and add-ons etc. may enhance the functionality of your Drupal site. Updates are not always about safety components but these latest themes, modules, features, etc. help your Drupal website stay current on the latest customer trends and preferences. So, it is better to sign up for automatic updates for your software to make timely updates.

Loss of Credibility

Staying on outdated versions puts your online credibility on the brink of collapse. With the end-of-life period for Drupal 7 and 8, many contributed modules and themes will no longer be maintained and improved by the Drupal community. You experience some stagnant functionality with no backing of the community in fixing the issues in the current modules. Customers would take just a few seconds to form an opinion about the veracity of your website and if they face issues pertaining to the website functionality or security then they would question the legitimacy of your business. So, don’t be so adamant about the Drupal upgrades as you are self-sabotaging your credibility.

Drop-in SEO rankings

Google also doesn’t favor websites that are breached by malware and security vulnerabilities. Any website that has faced a phishing attack or malware would be dropped in the search results and can go into oblivion. In some cases, Google even penalizes them by blacklisting those websites and expel them from getting listed on the search results. Drupal SEO in such a case is the best thing you can do to your Drupal Website. The very purpose of driving customers to your website would be a lost cause, if your website is penalized by Google. They notice these red flags and won’t be keen on visiting your website. So, you would obviously see a drop in the turnover in your customer base.

Compatibility Issues

Sometimes, users go for updating security modules and neglect the normal ones as they made their site safe and functional. But here is the trick, how about compatibility? You have updated some modules and the rest aren’t updated. How do they work together in sync? Don’t they face any compatibility issues? Modules are updated for a reason and selective updates are always a risk factor. They may affect the stability of the websites.

Cost & Time Overruns

Many perceive making upgrades as time-consuming job. They even show extreme reluctance in spending money on hiring professionals for getting the upgrade done. But this small mistake could come and haunt you in the long run as you are putting your website at risk. Your website would be exposed to a lot number of troubles. Fixing and troubleshooting may take more time than the time taken for making the upgrade.

If you are still skeptical about performing any upgrade or installations, we advise you to take a backup of your website so that even if something goes wrong, you can always restore your functioning code. Data backup is much needed before you perform an upgrade. There are backup and migration modules as well within Drupal with which you can perform your backup easily. Backups are important and they come to help in disaster recovery.

Summary

Each user may have a different process of managing their workflows. They may swiftly make an upgrade or schedule them for a later time or ignore totally. But the consequences of ignoring these Drupal updates and security patches comes at a cost. In a nutshell, it is always recommended not to avert these and go for the latest Drupal versions. If you aren’t sure about where to start, you can always get in touch with our Drupal experts who would do the heavy lifting on your behalf and give you a helping hand in moving to the latest Drupal versions.

At Skynet Technologies we work as your extended development team and help you overcome the obstacles and challenges involved in migrating to Drupal 9. With the Drupal 9 release and the announcement of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 end-of-life, it is recommended to move to the latest and stable Drupal version. We offer a complete package of Drupal maintenance and support catering to security updates, migration, code reviews, performance, integration assistance, email/emergency support, and a lot more. Get in touch with us and we will get back to as soon as possible.

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The Definitive Guide for Drupal Security Best Practices!
By: Skynet Technologies USA LLC
Apr 11, 21
Jul 17, 2021
Drupal Security Best Practices

Drupal CMS is one of the robust and secure platforms being used by various enterprises including Government organizations. The spectrum of modules lets the website administrators organize, customize, and manage content easily on Drupal. Despite all the measures taken, no website is fully immune to cyber-attacks as potential hackers constantly keep trying to break into your system by finding loopholes. In wake of rising security vulnerabilities, Drupal security has become paramount and one needs to follow a diligent process to enhance the Drupal website’s security.

Before we begin on what measures you can take to maintain the security of your Drupal website, let’s first look into the nature of security issues first.

Firstly, the number of security vulnerabilities reported in Drupal is less when compared to the other peer platforms like WordPress. But it is troubling to see that there are still issues that imperil the platform. XSS attacks, DDoS attacks, SQL injections, HTTPS response splitting, etc. are some of the security issues frequently found in Drupal. Out of all, XSS itself accounts for nearly 50% of them. There are still some unknown security vulnerabilities existing in Drupal and hence it is very important to follow certain practices to safeguard your Drupal website. That’s why you need to carefully hire Drupal developers for your project!

Drupal Security Best Practices and Measures

  1. Stay Up-to-date

    Update your Drupal versions. If you are still on Drupal 7 or Drupal 8, it is time to make an upgrade to Drupal 9, the latest version released in 2020. Also, update the modules that contain security patches against various security vulnerabilities. If you are still on the older versions, you are just exposing your Drupal site to numerous vulnerabilities. If you are unable to do it on your own, you may take help from any Drupal Development Company. Back in 2014 hackers made older versions of Drupal websites their soft targets, and fetched sensitive data. You need to install and use trusted Drupal modules and themes taken from reputed companies so that you do not put your Drupal security in a fix.

  2. Regular Drupal Backups

    You need to take a regular backup of your Drupal website’s data since this is the easiest way to restore your website if there are security attacks. Backup all the website essentials and elementals that are critical for website functioning. You need to compulsorily backup the Drupal core as well as Drupal module files. These will help in quick recovery and also rollback in case of emergency. Pantheon is a managed Drupal host that offers one-click backup and restores. It also provides sandbox environments for testing before deploying. You can also rely on XAMPP software to locally test all your updates before making them live. The latest Drupal versions have some modules like ‘Backup and Migrate’ which takes care of the MySQL databases, code, files, and other directories.

  3. Connect Securely

    Always make a secure connection like SSH or SFTP encryptions. Do not save the FTP passwords as these are not usually encoded and are available in plaintext which becomes easy for the hacker to misuse. Setup the firewalls on the home router and do not access your website on public networks which are not usually secure. For server-side security, you can deploy proper hosing security, update your PHP & MySQL versions, and build firewalls to properly isolate your accounts. Do not go for shared hosting as it has its own security risks and you may also have to face issues like shared IPs, or overcrowded servers.

  4. Secure File Permissions

    Files present on your website may have some critical information regarding the smooth functioning of your website. And hence these files must be protected from unauthorized access by setting up the appropriate permissions to keep the intruders at bay. Just make sure not to make them excessive as it can damage your Drupal installation and modules, and hamper your efficiency. You can also selectively block access to some sensitive files like authorize.php, cron.php, isntall.php, upgrade.php.

  5. HTTP Security Headers & SSL Encryptions

    You can secure your HTTP headers via a small change in the configuration on your web server. You can use content-security policy, X-XSS-Protection, Public-key-Pins, etc. as the HTTP security headers. You can also use an SSL certificate for enabling HTTPS for processing the data securely. Especially for the login pages, if you are not using an HTTPS connection, then the chances of interception are high. So, get an SSL certificate from a trusted source to secure your Drupal site.

  6. Use Strong Passwords

    With easy brute force attacks, cybercriminals are able to break into your system. So, make sure you use strong and complex passwords. Also, makes sure you have a unique username that is not easily predictable by hackers. This way you can improve your Drupal security. You can also encrypt these so that it is difficult for a brute-force attack. You can change the username and password on the Drupal dashboard. Alternatively, you may also rely on some digital password generators for creating strong and secure passwords at zero cost.

  7. Block Malicious Bot Traffic

    As you widen the reach of your Drupal website, it is indirectly exposing itself to bad bots, crawlers, scrapers, etc. that are ready to steal your bandwidth. Drupal has many security modules that can block these malicious bot traffic. Sometimes you may also have to configure these modules at the server level as well. You can make changes to the .htaccess file to block these obtrusive agents.

Drupal Security Modules

There are also a number of Drupal Security modules that harden the security of the website from malicious attacks by thwarting them successfully and monitoring the website continuously. Some of them are

  1. Login Security Module - This module retrains the number of login attempts and blocks specific IP addresses temporarily or permanently. Any brute-force attacks can be avoided using this module.
  2. Password Security Module - You can configure this module for setting up strong passwords as well as set password validity.
  3. Drupal Security Review Module - For conducting a security audit of your website. It also provides suggestions if your website needs security changes.
  4. CAPTCHA Module - It is required if you want to differentiate an automated login attempt by bots from human login attempts.
  5. Duo Two-factor Authentication Module - This enables multi-factor authentication for adding extra layers of security to the website
  6. Update Manager Module - This module informs about the latest updates in Drupal and helps you not to skip a single update.
  7. Paranoia Module - This module evaluates to block any PHP SQLi vulnerabilities.
  8. File Integrity Check Module - Checks the current Drupal installation, contributing modules, themes, etc., and sees if there are any changes that are made. These would be reported on an emergency basis.

Summary

Security of your Drupal website is crucial and measures should be taken to not letting your website prone to any such attacks. There are a number of ways you can secure your Drupal website and if required, you can also go for a security audit. A security expert would check the patterns and inform you of the measures to be taken to protect your website.

Skynet Technologies is known as one of the best in Drupal content management system development company. Our Drupal developers have great experience in developing secure, modular & feature-rich Drupal CMS websites. We make your Drupal applications secure by encrypting the database, oversee the design to meet encryption laws, and security models like PCI for the payment gateway, HIPAAs. We perform regular site audits, security updates, upgrades, optimizations, and other supplementary services. We strive to keep our clients’ Drupal websites up-to-date and secure. We fix any security issues immediately to avoid trouble. Get in touch with us to know more!

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