90 sec interview with Sven Culley - Maintaining Drupal sites responsibly

Sven Culley is a professional Drupal expert in Germany. He provides Drupal development and maintenance services for his clients. Sven takes a huge responsibility for every site as he needs to care about security, updates and hassle-free operation. Sven will tell us in this short interview, how he organized his work between development and maintenance tasks and how he wins the trust of his clients.

Spot on Sven Culley

Sven, we want to know how you run your Drupal business and provide maintenance services to your clients. Your answers will be used to present your reliable drupal shop in our Drop Guard Blog and to show others how you care about your client's site security.

When and why did you join the Drupal community?

UPDATED Sneak Peek: Drop Guard's revamped project creation process

We are working tirelessly to make Drop Guard better, faster and more friendly for developer. In this blog post we present you a "sneak peek" of our revamped project creation process, with this end in mind to please you with greater usability for getting started with your project in Drop Guard!

So let's get more detailed: the creation process will be split into 3 independent configuration screens.

Before this first modification, our users had to go through all the steps of the project creation wizard at once. Oh my, that was awful. Now the process is much simpler by allowing to save the project just after entering it's title, connecting to the Git repository and setting up a few very basic settings.

Drop Guard celebrates full Drupal 8 support

Drop Guard - your service for automated Drupal updates, just announced its full support of Drupal 8. This includes the Drop Guard service, client module and our friendly support, of course!
In case you’re up and running with latest and greatest Drupal release (or if you're just a Drupal and Drop Guard enthusiast), you'll enjoy this update support for your D8 projects.

You'll find a very short survey below. Your participation will help us to keep on rocking our Drop Guard optimization, so thank you very much in advance!

Drupal Security Expert Interview - David Snopek about site security

David Snopek makes our "Drupal Security Expert Interview" series round! He is a founder of myDropWizard.com and a long-time Drupal developer and community member. Among other things, he co-maintains the Panopoly distribution, is a member of the Drupal security team, and co-organizes the local Drupal meetup group in Milwaukee, WI. Enjoy his expert estimation below!


Drupal Security Expert Interview - Meet Mike Gifford!

In this second interview of the "Drupal Security Expert" series we're pleased to welcome Mike Gifford. Mike is the president of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, a Canadian Benefit Corporation that specializes in open-source web development and hosting. He is a Drupal 8 Accessibility Maintainer and also passionate about security and privacy. He is the author of the Drupal Security Best Practices - a practical guide which summarizes many of the ways to tighten the security of your Drupal site, which is available for free - http://openconcept.ca/drupal-security


Drupal Security Expert Interview - focus on Greg Knaddison!

Greg Knaddison is a longtime member of the Drupal Security Team and was the Team Lead for two years. He currently leads the engineering team at CARD.com, a mobile alternative to traditional branch banks. In 2008, Greg published Cracking Drupal, the only book to cover the topic of Securing Drupal Sites. In the interview below he reveals his security expert assessment of current questions about Drupal 8 - get secure!


Automation is the key to support SLAs

If you want to grow recurring revenue by providing SLAs for your Drupal projects, automation is THE key to offering a reliable response time. Of course, you could build a dedicated 24/7 support team, but the cost will be exorbitant. There are many tools out there for digitizing your support and automating some of the processes.

Automation will save you resources and simultaneously prevent mistakes. Nevertheless, at some points along the support process, there should be people in contact with your client. Support is also a kind of marketing that you get paid for! That's why a well-defined support concept is the key to success.

How to sell Drupal support with value

Selling support is not so easy. Mostly you end up with agreements such as getting paid only if there’s a support request. If you want to provide reliable support with a well-defined response time, you need to allocate resources constantly, and that's why you need to get paid separately for the response time. The value for your customer is clearly that an experienced user, who also knows details of the project, is available whenever he or she is needed. A support contract with a well-defined response time keeps at least some of the project team members available, so the knowledge doesn’t get away.

Drupal support business - What your clients really need

Since my talk at Drupalcon Barcelona about a recurring revenue for Drupal shops I’ve had several discussions with other agencies about how to grow a professional and reliable Drupal support business. In this blog post I’d like to share with you the things I've learned. This is the first of a three-part series on Drupal support business.

What your clients really need

Your clients invest a lot of money in the development of their Drupal app. And like any investment, a Drupal app needs to be maintained. A client that earns money with the app you built will most likely need the following services:

Starting projects with Drupal 8 - Our strategy in 4 steps

We are finally almost there to release Drupal 8 RC1. For us, the release candidate means that Drupal has a stable API, a feature freeze and "should" be free of critical bugs as far as there are no new ones found. That counts for Drupal8 core. We will start with Drupal 8 projects from the release of RC1. The question is only: How to create estimations for a system we, honestly spoken, don't know yet with the same depth of details as we know Drupal 7. There are so many pitfalls related to the decision making of Drupal 8 architectures. As we usually need many contrib modules in our Drupal applications, and this will not change in Drupal 8, they are not yet ready and stable enough for a bug free experience in our development team.