For just over a year now, we and the rest of the tech world have been intrigued, if not a little mystified, over the capabilities built into Drupal 8. That’s thanks, mainly, to its impressive collection of over 200 new features - the result of Drupal’s starting development from the ground up for this newest version. With a wide array of custom development options combined with a mobile-first mindset, Drupal 8 offers tools some developers can hardly contain their excitement about. Others, however, may still be left feeling like it’s not yet fleshed out enough for full implementation.
Google’s long-heralded “mobilegeddon” has finally arrived, and Google is ready for businesses to get on board the mobile-first mindset - even if they have to force a few hands in the process. We’ve already talked at length about the huge and growing influence of mobile search on Google’s search rankings, as well as Google’s steps to make connecting with businesses through text messaging that much simpler.
Our developers are amazing - especially when we really flex our muscle. For example: we recently built a new, custom Drupal site and storefront for Granite State Grave Markers, who have provided custom-engraved grave markers to customers across the country for decades by offering shoppers the chance to design their own unique stone using a simple online interface. But needing an upgrade to both their marketing site and their online ordering platform, they called on Altos to take on a custom design.
Google is now officially testing its mobile-first index, rolling it out for small scale testing in preparation for a "change which will happen in the coming months" - and for a whole lot of us, it's well past time to get on the mobile-first bandwagon.