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Drupal 7’s End-of-Life is Coming: Are You Ready?

Drupal 7 users have earned a bit of a reprieve recently, as the popular content management system (CMS) has extended its planned end-of-life date from November 2021 to November 2023 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But even though the platform has afforded users more time, this upcoming deadline is still something to take seriously. If you aren’t already thinking about an upgrade plan from Drupal 7 (D7) to Drupal 9 (D9), now is the time to do so. Read on for more surrounding D7’s upcoming end-of-life, how your organisation may be affected, and how to move forward with a D9 migration.

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How Ongoing Website Maintenance Keeps Your Site Secure, Compliant & Accessible

When most people think of UX, website maintenance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But although a website’s nuts and bolts often take a backseat to frontend design and functionality in public opinion, it’s the backend of a site that keeps everything running smoothly. Suffice to say? If the backend of your site isn’t well-maintained, the user-facing parts of your site will suffer too. 

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Digital inclusivity: what is WCAG & why should my website be compliant?

I founded Sitback 14 years ago, and during that time I’ve seen an increase in the number of businesses that are focussed on building their websites to benefit their users and make them as accessible as possible.

Sitback works with NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation Accessible Arts and recently I was a panellist for one of their Accessing The Arts Group (ATAG) meet ups in Canberra. The topic was WCAG which is an important tool in improving digital inclusivity. For the sake of posterity, I've listed some of the key takeaways below.

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When is the right time to migrate to Drupal 9?

Drupal 9 is coming: are you prepared?

Drupal 9 is almost here. This means an inevitable move from Drupal 7, and eventually Drupal 8, as support will no longer be available for either version from November 2021. Now this is important, in part due to the security issues that may occur if your CMS is not up to date, but also because especially in today’s climate, a fully functional website can take your business to the next level and have a huge impact on its success.

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Five Essential Tips for Successful Agile Web Development

For those of you out there who work in software development, you will likely be well aware of the ongoing and often heated debate over Agile and Waterfall development methodologies. Which is best? Will one mean success where the other spells certain doom? And just what is the difference anyway?

The truth is, they’re both great when you play to their strengths, but you should always let the project determine which approach you take, rather than leading with the methodology. In particular, Agile is not a one-size-fits-all solution and instead should be tailored to fit the size and structure of the company you're working with.

To help you on your Agile journey, we’ve put together five essential tips for successful Agile web development. Ready? Let’s dive in.

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5 Key Considerations For Driving Customer Centricity In Government Digital Projects

Deliver exceptional user experiences by ensuring your digital services are simple, clear and fast.

Here at Sitback, we’ve worked with agencies on Human-Centred Design projects across all areas of Government, from DoE to ASIC, and one thing has become very clear. Departments who are truly focused on their customers are driven to deliver exceptional experiences. But simply wanting it isn’t enough. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques and concepts that, when applied correctly, will ensure that the digital services you deliver are simple, clear and fast, resulting in reduced customer complaints, increased customer satisfaction and improved departmental efficiency. 

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5 Unusual Tips For Choosing A Website Design Agency

As a Marketing Professional, I was recently asked by an acquaintance back in the UK, "How do you choose the right Digital Agency to build a website? What should I look for and what questions should I be asking?"

Choosing a Digital Partner to build your website is an important decision. The result can consume a considerable portion of your annual Marketing budget, it can have a huge impact on customer perception of your brand, and it can help advance your career as a Digital Marketer.

While I don't pretend to have all the right answers, and a lot of the time the decision could well come down to going with whatever your gut tells you, I thought others out there might also find the advice interesting, since it doesn't centre on the considerations I often see mentioned.

But first, let me tell you a little story...

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