Say you've invested so much time and effort to come up with this valuable content for your website. And now you don't want to be all altruistic and share it with everybody. Instead, you plan to grant access to it to logged in members (or paying subscribers) only. So, you start looking for a plugin for access control. But what is the best membership plugin for WordPress? The most suitable one for your specific feature needs as a membership website owner... For your own scenario, which might require that: members be enabled to administer their profiles straight from your website's front-end page admins be allowed to easily track down members using specific meta information (e.g. “category”) your plugin support multilevel membership functionality (logged-in member, paying logging-in user, admin, editor etc.) your WordPress plugin support dripping so that your content gets “served” according to a strict time schedule you don't need to get tangled up in code writing and customization work members be enabled to CRUD their custom post type content (galleries, events, posts, reviews) Oh, and yes: You might also expect this WordPress membership plugin to accommodate a decent number of members (approx. 800-100?), be easy to set up and to get updates, too. Now, here are the 5 most powerful free WordPress membership plugins and WordPress paid membership plugins that you should weigh first: 1. MemberPress It's the equivalent of “vanilla ice cream” among membership plugins for WordPress. I mean, it easily checks all the checkboxes on your “must-have features” list: easy to set up easy to use feature-packed rich documentation and stellar support And speaking of its load of features, let me outline some of the most powerful ones: Easy setup From setting up pricing and login to adding membership plans and putting together “Thank you” pages for your members, setting everything up gets ridiculously easy with this plugin. Subscription management The plugin empowers your members to create and update their own membership subscriptions. Content dripping It enables you to “disclose” content to your members according to your time schedule. This feature is particularly valuable if it's learning material or online courses that you provide on your WordPress website. Content Access Control And restricting access to certain content on your website is the essential feature of any WordPress paid membership plugin, right? In this respect, MemberPress provides you with flexible access control: You get to limit (or “condition”, if you prefer) access to specific tags, blog posts, files, pages, categories on your website. Payment Gateways The plugin comes equipped with built-in support for Stripe and Paypal payment gateways. Need Authorize.net integration, as well? Then you'll need to first upgrade to Developer edition. Integrations Here are some of the third-party services that it easily connects with: Amazon Web Services MailChimp Aweber BluBurry GetResponse 2. Restrict Content Pro Why does this plugin stand high chances to be the best membership plugin for WordPress? We can cut down all the reasons down to... 2 heavy-weighting ones: it's conveniently simple: easy to set up and easy to use it's ideally flexible: it comes with built-in interrogations, add-ons and pro add-ons; you're free to add exclusively those features that you need And now, let's detail some of its key features: Easy to use I'll only say one thing: It seamlessly integrates with WordPress UI... Built-in integrations Some of the most tempting ones are: PayPal MailChimp Stripe CSV export email manager MailPoet … that other plugins would provide you with as paid add-ons. Add-ons You get to extend its functionality, free of charge, with specific extra features that you might need. And I'm referring here to: force strong passwords download monitor multiple email marketing integrations Pro add-ons If your feature needs are higher, you can always go for the professional or ultimate plan and “indulge” in some pro add-ons. Here's just a sneak peek into the “pro add-ons menu”: WooCommerce member discounts restrict past content drip content restriction timeouts Payment gateways Is it Braintree, Stripe or maybe Paypal that you need to integrate with your website? Stay assured: they all come as free add-ons... Should I also add that Restrict Content Pro has won the reputation of a developer-friendly WordPress plugin for membership websites? 3. Ultimate Member, The Best Membership Plugin for WordPress Community-Like Websites Disclosure: Ultimate Member is the perfect fit for community-like websites, where you'd focus more on the social aspect of membership rather than on selling paid memberships. For instance: it doesn't come with a built-in paid membership functionality that you could leverage. It's perfectly true that you could go for an add-on to hook it up with WooCommerce (e.g. Um-Switcher). But wouldn't it be more straightforward to opt for another WordPress paid membership plugin then? One geared specifically at selling paid memberships? So, back to the major strengths of this free WordPress membership plugin: Is is a social community that you plan to build? One depending on multi-tiered membership functionality? Where each member would administer its own account? Then Ultimate Member will make your perfect ally. Here are some of the features that makes it perfectly suitable for “social community building” scenarios: Content restriction From: enabling you to restrict the entire WordPress site to limiting access to specific blog posts, pages or categories, to controlling which menus to be served to each user roles ... this plugin “spoils” you with unmatched flexibility. Still, do keep in mind that large scale content restriction, although powerful, is not its defining feature. Building communities is... 4. Paid Memberships Pro Looking for the best membership plugin for WordPress focused on the subscription selling aspect? Here's your winner! Unlike Ultimate Member, Paid Membership Pro is designed to power subscription-based websites. It makes your conveniently powerful tool for... collecting payments from your members. And, branching out from this particularity, the are features such as: accommodating thousands of members enabling you to put together a whole “ecosystem” of membership levels (weekly, monthly... payments) granting access to discounts, e-learning materials, private communities on your websites to members only supporting updates Content restriction Is it particular pages or posts that you want to limit access to? It's as easy as checking... the due checkboxes. Is it entire content categories that you want to restrict? Paid Membership Pro has got you covered. If, let's say, you need to restrict a certain widget or an individual video on a web page, feel free to use shortcode or PHP functions to narrow down your focus. Payment gateways Authorize.net, Paypal, CyberSource, Stripe, 2Checkout, CyberSource... What payment option do you need to integrate into your website? Note: you can always process the membership checkout through WooCommerce instead. Third-party Tools integration From AffilliateWP to MailChimp, to Kissmetricts... you have a whole list of third-party services to choose from and integrate with your membership website. Content dripping Not in your interest to serve all your restricted content all at once to your subscribers? Then... don't! This plugin enables you to “drip” your valuable content based on a time schedule. You could set up a “Series” gradually unlocking content depending on the number of days passed since a member registered on your website. Paid Add-Ons A bit more... needy when it comes to the specific functionality that you'd want to “inject” into your membership website? Then, go for the paid version and unlock the 60+ add-ons available. Let me point out just a few of: Zapier integration for automation different email marketing services integrations Slack notifications email notifications selling access to particular pages/posts as an add-on package affiliate program integrations 5. WooCommerce Memberships How many of the here-below checkboxes would you check? you already have an e-commerce website it's a feature-rich plugin that you're looking for … one to reward your subscribers with various discounts you're looking for a plugin that easily and seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce If you've ticked them all, then you might want to weigh the standout features of this WordPress membership plugin for WooCommerce: Unique options Unlocking special discounts, granting content access upon a product purchase, limiting product viewing to members only... This plugin comes with quite a few “surprise” features that you won't find in any other of its “rivals” on this list here. Different membership levels You get “spoiled” with lots and lots of membership options that keep on... further multiplying if you decide to integrate with WooCommerce Subscriptions, too. This way, you'd gain even more control over free trials, drip content, recurring payments, for instance. Access Control You're free to limit access to specific blog posts, pages and other content types on your website. The END! By now you must have realized that: It's not “the best membership plugin for WordPress” that you need, but the most relevant one for your own membership website. For your specific requirements and feature needs.
Adriana Cacoveanu / Jan 08'2019
RADU SIMILEANU / Dec 21'2018
What's the future of cloud computing? What are the enterprise cloud computing trends for 2019 to expect, prepare for and leverage to your advantage? For, whether you: are just planning to move your workloads from a data center to a cloud-native architecture or you're already “reaping” the benefits of a multi-cloud architecture … the question remains the same: “From Kubernetes to serverless computing, to multi-cloud strategies, to containers, to... which will be the top influential cloud trends and patterns in 2019?” To be honest with you, we, too, as a Drupal firm, have asked ourselves the same question... Once you've got the answer, you can: (properly) prepare for the challenges to come turn them into... excellent new opportunities Now, without any further ado, here are the 5 trends that will dominate the cloud computing industry in 2019: 1. Serverless Computing: More and More Companies “Flock” to Serverless Serverless technology goes hand in hand with cloud-native architectures... And the fact that its enterprise adoption will just... explode in 2019 is no news at all, right? Just think of the key features and benefits that serverless “lures” even companies like NetFlix, New York Times or Mapbox with: high speed reduced costs the convenience to port their serverless apps between multiple cloud providers the opportunity to run serverless apps both on public clouds and on private data centers Not only that companies leveraging serverless get to “reap” all the benefits of enterprise cloud computing. But, since they get to run their apps on existing infrastructures, as well, they can modernize their legacy apps, too. All that in addition to the benefit of streamlining the development cycles of their cloud-native apps. What makes serverless computing “outshine” standard provisioning servers? it's a technology that uses “functions” as a measuring unit (instead of “instances” or VM) these pieces of code (“functions”) run automatically … and they take over any data format and turn it into a target legacy system “in charge” with processing the response; they can also interpret those messages sent back to consuming apps through the API gateway the burden of scaling and managing resources gets passed on to serverless providers (Google Cloud Functions, AWS Lambda, Microsoft Azure, Apache Whisk, OpenFaas) To sum up: serverless is going to be one of the leading enterprise cloud computing trends for 2019. accelerating the development process of cloud-native apps “revamping” legacy apps cutting down costs the convenience of going serverless all while leveraging one's existing infrastructure … are this technology's top “luring” features. 2. The Enterprise Adoption of Kubernetes Grows at Neck-Breaking Pace The solid arguments behind this prediction? Kubernetes is highly portable it's highly available it provides unmatched, granular scalability: the go-to choice for scaling containerized applications it automates deployment Whether they're planning to streamline their app development cycles or to rearchitect their existing IT infrastructures, large organizations are “flocking” to this open-source container orchestration system. The interoperable, composable architecture that it provides, along with its “extreme” availability — it runs on laptops, public//hybrid private cloud, VM — and the increased use of containers turns Kubernets into one of the highly influential enterprise cloud computing trends for 2019. One powering hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud deployments... And speaking of containers, Kubernete's simply: convenience at its best (convenience at scale): You're free to put together clusters of hosts running containers and then just use Kubernetes to easily manage them all. To easily “orchestrate” all your containers. 3. Cloud Data Management: One of the Influential Enterprise Cloud Computing Trends for 2019 With the trend of enterprise cloud computing architecture going up in 2019, it's only but predictable for cloud data management to become one of the hottest topics. An efficient cloud environment (whether a multi-cloud or a hybrid cloud infrastructure) calls for: serious planning constant optimization data aggregation analyzing the stored data In other words: with data being the key “nucleus” of any enterprise cloud computing architecture, properly managing and improving the quality of all those massive amounts of data becomes critical. 4. The Multi-Cloud Strategy: An Increasingly Compelling Pattern for Companies Companies will “dread” getting themselves locked-in to a unique cloud service provider. And so, the multi-cloud strategy is sure to rival the conventional “partnering with a single public cloud” approach. Why? Hmmm, let's see... getting cloud locked-in means: being constrained to integrate that specific public cloud environment's tools, services, APIs getting its dependencies “injected” into your application code being unable to future-proof your app, to update it to any new technologies that might emerge; you'd automatically “inherit” a technical debt when locked-in to a specific cloud service provider Whereas having a robust multi-cloud architecture allows large enterprises to: “juggle with” multiple dedicated clouds, each one with its specific functionalities and services be cloud provider agnostic; and that can only mean more flexibility: companies are free to port their cloud architectures between different environments leverage on interoperability; companies will be able to do application>APIs (or on-premise infrastructure ) decoupling And “flexibility” is the key term here: the one that's definitory for modern application development the reason why multi-cloud is going to be one of the powerful enterprise cloud computing trends for 2019 The END! Now, if we are to do a quick recap: more and more companies will migrate their workloads to cloud environments; they will be refactoring their legacy apps also, we'll be witnessing a massive migration to multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments technical skills required for cloud computing will be in even higher demand in 2019
RADU SIMILEANU / Dec 19'2018
And there are so many strong reasons why you'd want to duplicate a page in WordPress. Or one of your blog posts: you wish to enable your client to make certain changes to the content before it goes live, all while still keeping the original version intact, just to compare the two you need to clone the layout of a specific page and to further use it on a different page on your website; all this with no impact on the “source” page, needless to add you want to “revamp” one of your WordPress pages, to give it a new design, while still keeping the original version “untouched” for future use ... and opting for a “copy/paste and save in a draft” option would only mean losing your SEO optimization, custom images, and page templates etc. “How do I create a duplicate page or post in WordPress?” you then ask yourself. Since WordPress doesn't “spoil” us with an out-of-the-box solution for this job. And writing custom WordPress code for triggering clones might not be on everyone's alley... Luckily, WordPress gives us the convenience of dedicated plugins. Lots and lots of them. And there are quite a few ones perfect for this job: duplicating pages and posts. Here are the 4 WordPress plugins that turn cloning content into a matter of... a few simple clicks: But First: 3 Major Benefits to Being Able to Easily Duplicate a WordPress Page A. Consistency And this is definitely more than “a nice thing to have” on your WordPress website or blog. Keeping consistency sitewide gets even more challenging when you're cloning page settings or layouts and move them around. Luckily, having a reliable plugin at hand: streamlines simplifies … the whole cloning process. It enables you to keep your website's design consistent while making changes. B. Shorten Development Cycle “High efficiency” is just another word for modern development. And, as a web developer, being able to create similar websites quick enough gets critical. Luckily, having a magic tool at hand to help you duplicate your page templates — those to be used as foundations for new websites — just gives your productivity a mega-boost. Simply clone that initial page's layout and settings and... use it sitewide. Efficiency at its best! C. Editing Pages/Posts on Live Websites Now, you can just guess the benefits deriving from this... convenience: you can choose a less “active” time of the day/day of the week and make all the needed changes right on the live site you get to use your Git repository to make critical changes, then just sync them to your website you get to duplicate a page in WordPress (or a custom blog post, let's say), edit it, then just replace the original version with this updated one 1. Use Duplicate Post Plugin to... (Bulk) Duplicate Pages or Posts Why did this WordPress plugin make it to the top of the list here? Well... let's see: not only that it turns cloning into “a child's play”, but it enables you to bulk duplicate posts, as well and speaking of convenience: just select “Copy to a new draft”, an option placed underneath your “Publish” settings and... you'll have your clone furthermore, it enables you to select the customization options that you'd like to add; you get to restrict “cloning” to a few user roles only and you can add your own prefix/suffix before/after the duplicated post's title And now, here's how you leverage its functionality: 1. Just install and activate the WordPress plugin. 2. Go to the “Settings” page; for this, either click on the “Settings” tab in your WordPress Admin panel and select “Duplicate Post” from the drop-down menu or click on “Settings” right beneath your plugin's name (in your WordPress plugins list) 3. While there, choose the settings page that you'd like to clone (and further edit/customize). And you have 3 options here: "What to copy", that lists all sort of web page elements that you may want to add to your cloned page or post. Note: feel free to customize the duplicate page title so you can set it apart from the original page/post. "Permissions", where you can grant permissions for cloning specific content types to certain user roles only "Display", where you can choose the website section(s) where the link of your duplicate page should get displayed. 4. Next, go to Pages>All Pages (or to Posts>All Posts) and track down the page you wish to clone. 5. Once spotted, hove over; you should see 2 new options popping up (in addition to the standard ... ones: “Edit”, “Quick Edit”, “Trash”... ): “Clone” and “New Draft” 6. Choose “Clone” if you just want to create a duplicate of that page or post Word of caution: if that original page/post is already published, the duplicate one will automatically go live, as well! 7. Or, choose “New Draft” if you want to make a copy and further edit it. Once you're done editing it, you can either publish it or save it and keep it as a draft. Note: if you need to bulk duplicate posts in WordPress, just select the pages to be cloned, unfold the “Bulk Actions” drop-down menu above the list and select the “Clone” option Another note: let's say that you've just finished writing a new blog post and you want to duplicate it. Yet, you dread having to navigate all the way to “Posts” and going through all the needed steps. To streamline things a bit, just click on “Copy to a new draft” right under your blog post's Publish settings. Should I also add that, in order to create a duplicate page in WordPress using this plugin you could also just: open a Preview of that post or page to be cloned look for “Copy to a new draft” in your admin bar? And that's it: two easy-peasy steps for creating a duplicate page or post. 2. Use Post Duplicator to Create a Duplicate Post/Page in WordPress Here's another easy way to clone WordPress pages or blog posts. This plugin would enable you to: Create a duplicate of that given post or page; one having the same custom taxonomies and custom fields. Here's how you use it: You install and enable it (obviously!) You select the “target” page and just click on “Duplicate Page” (or “Duplicate Post”) to create the duplicate Easy! 3. Duplicate Page Plugin: One of the Easiest Ways to Clone a Page/Post Don't let its name “trick” you: you can duplicate blog posts, as well, using this plugin! Once installed, you'll find a new option under each post or page called “Duplicate This”. Use it confidently... 4. Use Duplicator Plugin to Duplicate an... Entire WordPress Site What if your requirements go beyond duplicating a page or blog post? What if you need to clone... an entire website? Let's say that you want to build a website similar to the one that you've recently delivered to one of your clients. Or to the very same client. For this, you trigger this plugin's “superpower” and just... accelerate the development process. Since you'll already have a structure to build on. 5. Or Use the Page and Post Clone Plugin Ready for another handy option for you to duplicate a page in WordPress? The process is mostly the same: once you've activated your plugin hove over to the blog entry or page that you need to clone choose the new “Clone” option showing up there … and you'll have your duplicate page created as a draft. The END! These are the 4 easiest ways to create a duplicate page in WordPress. Have you already tried a different method/plugin? Sharing is caring...
RADU SIMILEANU / Dec 14'2018
A few more weeks and... “Chin-Chin: Happy New Year!”. Meanwhile, while you were making your final edits to your wish list for Santa and adding a few more lines to your New Year's resolutions list, we've been doing our homework, too. We've run our investigations and come up with our own list: one including the most influential mobile UI design trends in 2019. Both those trends: that have timidly stepped on the mobile app design scene this year and will just grow more powerful next year and those that will emerge in 2019 and quickly take over the “scene” So, here they are: the 4 major trends to look into and rush to capitalize on next year. 1. Buttonless Screens: From Niche to Norm Mobile UI designs without buttons have been around for some time, but we somehow didn't consider this would become... mainstream, right? Just think: Instagram and its buttonless design that kind of forces you to rely on gestures for swiping through different stories on the page, for moving backward and/or forward Apple, Samsung, and Google, that are advocating for edgeless, clean screens; they implicitly “force us”, mobile app designers, to drastically trim down our in-app button collections. To remove buttons completely... all those e-commerce apps that have simplified their checkout processes by... removing the cart button; customers can just drag and drop items into their shopping carts. Conveniently intuitive, right? The “buttonless UI” will be one of most prominent mobile UX trends in 2019: After the “power button & volume button & homepage single button" trio, we'll be witnessing the growth of the “buttonless screen” trend in 2019. In other words: it's time to rethink your mobile UI/UX designs; to make them more gestures-focused. Which might be as simple as... adding animations to show the gestures that end users need to perform for carrying out specific tasks. 2. Visual and Voice Interfaces Will Work Together “Will graphical user interfaces ever be taken over by voice user interfaces?” “ is a question on Quora. On the contrary: Not only that voice-assisted interfaces (VUI) won't “annihilate” the visual ones, but the 2 of them will... happily coexist starting next year. Get ready to witness a seamless integration of the two types of UI in 2019's mobile apps! Or, even better: Instead of being one of the passive witnesses, how about leveraging this trend, one of the most influential mobile UI design trends in 2019? How would these apps, supporting a cohabitation of voice and visual interfaces, look like from a user's perspective? the mic button will become... optional; mobile app users can just utter their questions/commands and the apps will interpret them. he/she (the user) will be able to speak commands like “Show me the cheapest option and book me...” or “Pick it up!” or “Narrate these 3 chapters to me!” and have the app read a book, book a flight or answer a call 3. Bottom Navigation: One of the Dominant Mobile UI Design Trends in 2019 Which side are you on? Are you a top navigation or a bottom navigation “fan”? Well, you can call yourself a “visionary” if the bottom navigation has been your top choice for some time now. It looks like it's going to be one of the prominent mobile app UX design trends in 2019. Why? Because: devices will have even larger screens the single homepage button “rocks supreme” and app users got so used to the swiping gesture “extreme” convenience is key: all the major buttons should be displayed within reach on the app's screen And this type of navigation comes down to: bottom sheets swipe-up gestures 3.1. Bottom Sheets Why will bottom sheets become app developers' top choice when it comes to displaying sub-flows? Because they're highly flexible! Users get to scroll both vertically, for unlocking more content, and horizontally (carousel), for swiping through similar content with no need to skip screens. Pop-up dialogues, overflow drop-downs, hamburger side-drawers will start to fade compared to bottom sheets' “all within a swipe's reach” type of convenience. 3.2. Swipe Up Gestures You'd swipe up to open an app drawer, then swipe up again to go back or to close the app... It's been a while since in-app swipe up gestures have started to “outshine” buttons/bottom tabs. And they're perfectly fit for bottom navigation. They enable you, the mobile app developer, to... keep everything“minimalistic” in your app: the top area (content) the bottom area (navigation) Simple, intuitive, convenient. No wonder that this will be one of the most influential mobile UI design trends in 2019. 4. Mobile App Design for Larger Screens You'll need to swiftly adapt your mobile UI designs to devices with increasingly large screens. They'll be the ones “dictating” how you'll design your mobile apps' interfaces in 2019. And there are few challenges to expect, consider, and properly prepare yourself for before this trend becomes... a norm: How will you seamlessly integrate in-app gestures into your mobile apps? “Fully” integrate them, I mean... Losing buttons/bottom tabs will automatically enlarge the screens and leave you with more screen real estate; how will you fully leverage those enlarged screens? How will you optimize your apps' UX and UI so that the user can rely on his/her thumb and thumb only to navigate through and perform actions within the app? The END! Let's recap, now! Here's your New Year's resolutions list: "I'll design buttonless user interfaces in all my mobile apps in 2019" "I'll somehow make voice and visual interfaces work together" "I'll design “bottom navigation” and swipe-up gestures navigation in my next year's apps" "I'll adjust and properly adapt my mobile app designs to fit devices with larger screens" Photo by Gilles Lambert on Unsplash
Adriana Cacoveanu / Dec 13'2018
How to Scale a Web Application in Drupal: Latest Techniques to Easily Scale Your Web App with Drupal 8
It's a fact: “the next generation” of web apps aren't just extremely fast, they're highly scalable, as well. Which brings us to the next question: “How do you scale a web application in Drupal?” What tools, best practices, and latest techniques do you use for leveraging Drupal 8's scalability capabilities? For ensuring that your custom web app will keep on scaling to: handle sudden spikes in traffic avoid downtime withstand “surprise” content overloads Well, here they come: 1. But Is Drupal Scalable? How Scalable? Let's just say that: Drupal's built with scalability in mind and that Drupal 8 is... extremely scalable. It's powering some of the world's most trafficked and content-rich websites (Weather, Grammy, Princess Cruises...). Therefore, it's designed to cope with heavy infrastructures of thousand content contributors, Drupal users and site/app visitors... And when gauging Drupal 8's scalability you need to go beyond Drupal's unmatched modularity: +30,000 free modules. Instead, just think of: Drupal turned into a central API all the improvements brought to Drupal 8's scalability till this day Drupal 8 enabling you, right out of the box, to integrate it with a wide range of third-party apps, software, and systems RESTful API now in core!!! … and how all that empowers you, the Drupal web app developer, to easily serve JSON or HTML code. And Drupal 8's unparalleled scalability comes down to this: Empowering developers to create content and send it to any third-party app via JSON. Of course, its out-of-the-box scalability can get further optimized via: an established set of best practices additional support from various tools and technologies 2. How to Scale a Web Application in Drupal: Server Scaling Techniques Let's say that... “it's time”: You've applied all the optimization techniques on your web application so that it should seamlessly “accommodate” the increasing influxes of traffic and content load. And still, its server hardware has started to show its limitations. So, it's time to scale your server hardware. And you have 2 options at hand: 2.1. You scale up your server vertically This is the handiest method, so to say. That “emergency” technique to go for when: you don't have time to install a caching module there's no one in your team with the needed expertise for adding more servers So, what do you do? You increase your existing server size. You boost its performance by adding more resources. This way, it could keep up with all those new traffic challenges calling for more memory, more CPU cores... Word of caution: there' no such thing as “sky is the limit” here; you'll still reach the limit of the hardware at some point when you scale up a web app in Drupal using this method. 2.2. You scale up your server horizontally The second best practice for scaling up your server is a bit more complex. And it involves 2 approaches, actually: a. You separate your database from your Drupal web app. Basically, your database will have its own server and thus you get to split the load in 2. Then, you can vertically scale each one of the 2 servers. b. You add multiple servers and distribute the load between them. This is the most complex way to scale a web app in Drupal. Just think about it: How will the servers included in this whole “ecosystem” “know” which users to take over? It goes without saying that you'll need a load balancer for properly “splitting up” the traffic load. And a database server, as well. See? It already gets more complex compared to the other 2 above-mentioned server scaling techniques. Nevertheless, this is the method which, when done properly, will reduce dramatically the load that each server must handle. 3. “Juggling with” Multiple App Servers for Drupal Let's say that you've opted for the last method of scaling up your server, so: Now you find yourself facing the challenge of handling multiple app servers. How will you deploy code to each of them simultaneously? That is the biggest question when you scale a web app in Drupal. The best practice is to keep all your servers on the same local network. Having one single data center will speed up the data transfer compared to having it traveling through the internet. The END! This how you can leverage Drupal 8's scalability capabilities and easily “adjust” your web app to withstand unexpected surges of traffic. Have you tried other techniques and best practices?
RADU SIMILEANU / Dec 10'2018
Silviu Serdaru / Dec 07'2018
“AI will replace software developers by 20XX...” Does this kind of alarming forecast sound (too) familiar to you? How do you stay relevant in the workforce of the future? What are the essential skills in the age of AI to hone or to develop? That is the question... Now, what we do know is that: you definitely need to (re)adapt to remain competitive in the context of automation processes, a highly automated workplace … and software-driven machines that can now process unstructured data meaningfully there are skills that can't be automated: soft skills become increasingly valuable more and more businesses will be interested in bringing “fusion skills”, a mix of human and machine talents, into their workplace In other words: as we teach machines to learn, we, too, need to start learning from them in order to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce of the future. It's definitely not a “one-way street”. 1. Understanding AI and Its Disruptive Power What do you think of when you say “artificial intelligence”? shopping recommendation engines? chatbots? voice/image recognition engines? These are the most common applications of AI, right? And they're all powered by... data: There are massive amounts of raw data all around us, waiting to be processed... meaningfully. Data that's powering any organizational decision these days. Now, here's how AI turns all this data into actionable knowledge: first, it's the big data techniques that unlock the power of the unprocessed data next, there are the machine learning algorithms that enable computers to assimilate all these huge volumes of data and finally, there are the deep learning and neural network patterns that add “meaning” to the process up to the point of... predicting human behavior “And how precisely does AI impact my job?” The immediate impacts of Robotics Process Automation on your job as a software developer will be: disrupting all those repetitive, mundane processes and operations (and thus enhancing your job) providing you with more... time “Time” that you could invest in honing all those skills that can't be automated: soft skills (or people skills), the ability to engage in creative researches etc. 2. Thriving in the Age of Automation: Upskill Yourself There's no denying it: In order to stay relevant and competitive in the age of AI you need to skill up. Constantly... You need to make learning an integral part of your daily work as a software developer. And thank God, there's a whole plethora of: platforms for open online courses AI incubators and university labs (Carnegie Mellon or MIT) competency-based training tools open educational resources (EdTech) … for you to choose from. Go for bite-sized upskilling sessions and turn it into a continuous process! 3. Skills in the Age of AI that Can't Be Automated And this is your trump card in this “human meets machine” or “AI threatening to replace developers” type of debate: Soft skills become extremely valuable in the age of automation because... they can't be automated. What skills I'm referring to here? creativity critical and innovative thinking collaborating skills social skills empathy adaptability In short: those type of skills that are outside the purview of rigid algorithms. Hone your “people skills” to thrive in a workplace based more and more on collaboration. And on crafting authentic human experiences. Perfect your creativity and critical thinking to generate out-of-the-box solutions to common problems. 4. Develop These 5 “Fusion” Skills "Fusion skills” are the must-have skills in the age of AI. I'm talking here about the kind of abilities that result from human & machine interactions turned into a continuous collaboration, such as: 4.1. Intelligent Interrogation Develop the skill of asking machines the “right” questions. It will become a crucial one since, as human, you can't predict interactions between complex layers of data working independently. You cannot probe overly complex systems... 4.2. Bot-Based Empowerment Instead of constantly fearing it and fighting it back: Embrace the power of AI bots. Let them empower you to: boost your career as a software developer become more productive (they're taking the mundane operations off your back, remember) extend your competencies 4.3. Judgment Integration One of the truly powerful skills in the age of AI is anticipating when a machine can't make a decision. Due to lack of ethical context, let's say. It's then that you can intervene and provide the needed input. 4.4. Reciprocal apprenticing As already stated here: The learning process is no longer a “one-way street”. You, too, need to learn from the AI agents integrated into your workplace, not just the other way around. It means that you'll need to: develop all those new skills needed for performing tasks in collaboration with machines learn how to successfully carry out AI-enhanced processes 4.5. Relentless Re-Imagining Keep honing — or developing it if you have none — the skills responsible for reimagining the status quo. Dare to re-think how AI can improve business models, organizational processes and overall your entire work as a software developer. Once you've managed that, you'll be ready to... adapt yourself to all those imminent changes. To start perfecting all those relevant skills in the age of AI. 5. Aspire to Be an Expert-Generalist Software Developer Organizations will be “hunting” expert-generalists, so make sure you're prepared to... stand out. Not just as a specialist, but as a well-rounded software developer: with expertise in multiple areas who's an excellent communicator who's always the first to volunteer for challenging projects who's curious, highly trainable and extremely adaptable In other words: to stay competitive you'll need to go from having in-depth expertise in one area, to... having a broad breadth of knowledge and multiple expertise areas. 6. The Workplace of the Future: AI + HI (Human Intelligence) In the end, perfecting/developing the crucial skills in the age of AI comes down to this common sense criterion: Invest in honing those skills that enable you, as a software developer, to collaborate with different AI agents. The workforce of the future will not be focused exclusively on human intelligence (not anymore) or on AI, but on... collaborative intelligence. In other words: let AI empower you in your work, perfect those skills that machines can't automate and... learn to collaborate with AI systems. Photo by Franck V. on Unsplash.
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