Information that may be interesting to clients and prospective clients.

HTTPS: The Time Is Now; Part 1: History

International No Symbol with text "http://"Traditionally, websites have used HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) by default and only used HTTPS (HTTP Secure, or HTTP over TLS, or HTTP over SSL) when they were processing particularly sensitive data like credit card information.  I’ll look at why this was the case and why we should start using HTTPS for all website traffic.

While this post is particularly pertinent to those people and organizations that operate their own websites, e.g., Troutreach Technologies' clients and potential clients, the information should be useful to all Internet users. 

Site Construction Notes

As much as we try to make the operation and maintenance of our websites intuitive, there is a need to document how a site has been constructed and why certain decisions have been made.  We used the Drupal contributed module Site Notes to meet this need on Drupal Version 5 and 6 websites.  Let's look at an easy to use, and perhaps more flexible way to meet these needs in Drupal 7 and the future.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Drupal

I was doing some surfing and stumbled across this presentation from Drupal Camp Indianapolis in July, 2012.  While the intended audience is people looking to develop websites themselves using Drupal, it does contain useful information for others not familiar with a content management system (CMS), like Drupal, and distinguishes between the most popular Open Source Content Management Systems, namely Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal.


Creating a Mollom Account

We hate spam!  And, we're sure that our clients do also.  Therefore, we routinely incorporate a couple of features in our websites that have been proven to dramatically reduce, if not eliminate completely, spam submissions through our contact pages and webforms.

We also love our legitimate site visitors and we don't want to waste their time, and possibly antagonize them, with intrusive antispam techniques like unnecessary CAPTCHAs when they want to send us a message.