Robert Carr's blog

Why I've Not bothered With Drupal 8

Why I've Not bothered With Drupal 8 (yet)... A potentially contentious topic discussed at in 2019, really to discuss why Drupal 8 changed so much from Drupal 7 and some routes forward.

I'll write some notes up at some point, but this is a link to the slides.

"I thought this was quite a dry subject title, but it was actually a really interesting presentation." (Attendee at DrupalCamp Scotland 2019)

Building a Website

A simple checklist for starting out on building your new website. Not an exhaustive list, but gives you some idea of what goes in to building even a small website:
- What's the point?
- Who's it for?
- What functionality do we need?
- What constraints do we have?

How much should a website cost?

Well, how long is a piece of string? It just depends...

The major influence is how much you are prepared to invest in your own enterprise - do you want to look cheap and cheerful, or do you want to be seen as reliable and prestigious? It's your call really.

Encryption IS Way Ahead

We recently launched a small website ( as a companion site to the main ICIAM website. It's the first time we've pushed a client to adopt SSL for all site visitors, and something we will encourage for all future sites.

New Website for European Mathematical Society

Almost 10 months since being first approached by the European Mathematical Society to update their Drupal (version 5) website, the new Drupal 7 version was quietly launched this weekend.
This was a massive undertaking, as the Drupal 5 site had little structure and multiple security vulnerabilities, and essentially required a complete redesign.

Twig in Drupal Core

Last week it was announced that Twig will be incorporated into the next release of Drupal, version 8, due for release later in 2013. Drupal has previously used the PHPTemplate system in order to separate business logic from the presentation layer.

Migration to Twig makes Drupal theming far more secure, and potentially will make sites faster and accessible to a wider community of designers and developers.