How Drupal shops can sell SLAs with 40% more profit & recurring revenue

Most Drupal shops depend on a transactional business model which requires hunting for new projects every month. Building Drupal applications is a great base to add more value to your business by selling support contracts, to grow your recurring revenue and deliver continuous value for your clients that have built their online business with Drupal. Using the transactional project business strategically to sell support contracts can help Drupal shops to grow fast and sustainable.
You will learn from some real examples of other Drupal shops how they grow recurring revenue with the project business and deliver support SLAs with 40% less personal costs.

Top 5 sessions of DrupalCon New Orleans (security and maintenance related)

Drop Guard team didn't make it to DC North America this year, but we've spent quite a time talking to our colleagues there, interacting with people via Twitter and Facebook, and obviously - enjoying the sessions as soon as they're available for the online viewing.

We are really excited about the number of the highest quality sessions on various topics, and to be honest we recommend to watch all of them (although be aware of the time you need to complete the whole list).

However, for those interested in all things security, support and maintenance related, and not having too much time to enjoy the full playlist, we've hand-picked a limited amount of videos which we found most insightful and would recommend to the Drop Guard blog readers.

Michael Schmid presents their amazee-ing Drupal Security

Michael Schmid , Group CTO at Amazee, conduces his team with creativity and an amount of know-how you wouldn’t think his age would possess! Amazee Labs, a web-hosting, web-consulting and development company, started their Drupal security of 2016 with Drop Guard. And amazee.io the just launched Drupal Hosting platform built for develeopers, which has a full integration into Drop Guard.

amazee.io goes Drop Guard: for developers, for security

2nd May 2016: amazee.io  just launched their Drupal hosting platform built for develeopers, which has a full integration into Drop Guard. And that’s when our common story started.

The Amazee team just dedicate themselves to the Drupal world: “We’re a secure, high-performance, cloud-based hosting solution built for folks who love their Drupal sites as much as we do”.

Speaking Words of Wisdom, Let it Key - a guest post by Luke Probasco

Encryption has gone mainstream. Thanks to the numerous data breaches (781 during 2015 in the U.S. alone) data security is a top priority for businesses of all sizes. Semi-vague language like “we ensure our data is protected” from IT teams is no longer good enough to satisfy the concerns of business executives and their customers. CEOs are losing their jobs and companies are suffering financial losses/fines that reach into the millions of dollars when poorly encrypted or un-encrypted data is lost.

Drop Guard recipes: Configure your Drupal update behaviours

The real benefits and value of Drop Guard are not about being able to monitor, but actually perform updates by committing the newer Drupal and modules versions directly into the project's Git repository. In this article, we'll familiarise ourselves with the basic Drop Guard concepts, and go through the update behaviours configuration process to secure our website.

My first encounter with the Drupal Community

Hi, it’s me, Johanna! I’m responsible for the Marketing around Drop Guard, our update automation tool for bad ass Drupal security (yes, this is a promotion) - and I’m a Drupal greenhorn.

On Friday, April 8th, I had my first meeting with the Drupal community at the Drupal Business & Community Days in Heidelberg. This merging of community part and business presentations was the first one ever organized that way, apropos by Erdfish, thank you so much for your dedication! So my entrance in the Drupal World started a little bit uncommon. 

Big update: the new onboarding process, improved patching workflow and more

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to a number of new features, improvements and fixes for Drop Guard - the first update in the series of releases planned for 2016.  It includes many enhancements designed to improve user experience when creating projects in Drop Guard, support for the "Unsupported updates", and even smarter automated patching workflow. Read below to learn about the major improvements and don't forget to check your Drop Guard account to check it by yourself. Let's dive right in!

Drupalgeddon strikes back: outdated Drupal allegedly linked to "Panama Papers"

Drupalgeddon vulnerability, also known as SA-CORE-2014-005 affected millions of websites back in 2014 and we believe it started a new era for the Drupal community. It became apparent that if you don't want to put your website or business to a huge risk it's not enough to check for its status once a month, or even once a day - you should be continuously and tirelessly be scanning all available sources of information for potential security vulnerabilities in your code, being prepared to take immediate action.

Drop Guard recipes: Testing your updates in a feature branch instance

With this post, we are starting a new series - "Drop Guard recipes". It will be all about things which help us to be more productive, efficient, provide better service to our customers and ensure better security for Drupal. As you might expect, it will be mostly Drop Guard related, but we promise there will be a lot of interesting stuff for everyone. Stay tuned!

First of all, let's agree that if you or your team uses some sort of modern development workflow - which essentially means the path the code makes from the point it was originally written to the production website, you should be familiar with feature branches concept. Apart from traditional "dev", "stage" and "master" branches, you create separate named branches for website features or code updates which are not yet ready to be merged upstream.