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A collection of advice, insights, tutorials, news and other general musings.

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Real Life Digital relaunch as Pivale Pivale

Calendar 1 Jun 2020 Real Life Digital unveil their exciting re-brand, with a more targeted focus on digital transformation, multisite infrastructure and custom software.

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Not just another web developer!

Calendar 24 Apr 2019 Have your cake and eat it! Find out how our approach gets you the quality and experience of working with a large agency without the overhead.

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Why the lack of industry standards makes us mad!

Calendar 22 Mar 2019 We all too often speak to potential clients who have been 'scarred' by their experience with other providers in our industry.

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6 ways to manage the biggest cost factors of a website project

Calendar 14 Feb 2019 Understandably it’s a very common question. However, here’s why there’s no simple answer, and how you can influence the bottom line.

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ROI Focused Websites Part 4: What you need to know before you engage a web company

Calendar 22 Jan 2019 The fourth article in our Return on Investment (ROI) series is about asking the right questions, taking your time, and choosing the right team for your needs.

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ROI Focused Websites Part 3: The Trouble with Web Developers - 5 Pain Points most clients need resolved

Calendar 14 Jan 2019 The third article in our Return on Investment (ROI) series is about those who have invested significant time and money on projects but ended up dissatisfied.

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ROI Focused Websites Part 2: 5 Top Tips To Pick a Winning Web Team

Calendar 19 Nov 2018 The second article in our Return on Investment (ROI) series explores why it’s crucial that you pick the right team.

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ROI Focused Websites Part 1: 8 questions you should ask before engaging a web design agency

Calendar 2 Oct 2018 The first article in our Return on Investment (ROI) series asks 8 important questions that will determine your success.

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What is Pattern Lab and why should I care about it?

Calendar 11 Sep 2018 Our front-end developer discusses why you and your business should be considering Pattern Lab for your next Drupal project.

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10 lessons from using Drupal 8 + Pattern Lab + Emulsify

Calendar 22 Aug 2018 The musings of our front end developer after the launch of our first Pattern Lab + Drupal 8 project via the Emulsify base theme.

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Real Life Digital: the story so far

Calendar 12 Mar 2018 Our story so far; how we got started and evolved to where we are now.

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Discovery workshops: a solid foundation for any digital project

Calendar 23 Jan 2018 Discovery workshops are paid-for deep-dives in to content strategy and architecture.

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5 steps for security and disaster planning

Calendar 22 Jan 2018 Do you need to protect your brand, prevent data leaks and avoid PR disasters?

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Content strategy - an extended discussion

Calendar 5 Jan 2018 Content strategy is one of our key offerings, and we wanted to discuss in more detail our thoughts on the matter.

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BASE Bordon: a new space to create and innovate

Calendar 22 Nov 2017 We are excited to announce that we are the first business to move in to the brand new BASE Bordon innovation centre.

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We went to DrupalCon 2017 in Vienna

Calendar 4 Oct 2017 This year's European Drupal conference took place in Vienna, Austria ahead of the news that there will be no DrupalCon Europe 2018.

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15 stunning FREE open-source or creative commons stock photography websites

Calendar 10 Jul 2017 As the internet matures we're realising the value of free content & tech so I went on a mission to find 15 free and creative commons stock photography websites.

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Using Sass and CSS3 Flex as a grid system

Calendar 3 Apr 2017 We used to be big fans of using singularity to create responsive grids on which to craft our web layouts but we've been converted to CSS3 flex and here's why!

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We went to DrupalCamp London 2017

Calendar 6 Mar 2017 DrupalCamp London celebrated its fifth birthday this year, and for the first time Real Life Digital were official sponsors of the CxO day.

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Drupal and SEO: A fly-by tour

Calendar 26 Jan 2017 Drupal is absolutely the best CMS platform when it comes to SEO, but our clients don't seem to be aware of this so we finally decided to break it down.

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We went to DrupalCon 2016 in Dublin

Calendar 3 Oct 2016 Once again this year we had the ultimate pleasure of being guests in another exciting European city as we attending the first ever Drupal conference in Dublin.

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12 SEO top tips for better ranking with Drupal

Calendar 1 Jun 2016 SEO. Search engine optimisation. Where to begin with the elusive task of search engine optimisation, around which an entire industry has formed?

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16 Awesome CSS Libraries and Resources

Calendar 23 May 2016 In his usual wacky style Darren presents his 16 favourite resources for writing better CSS, streamlining your workflow or just having some good old fun!

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How we got a custom Drupal 8 theme up and running with Sass, Singularity, Breakpoint, LiveReload and Gulp

Calendar 11 Apr 2016 Can Drupal, Sass, Singularity, Breakpoint, LiveReload and Gulp all play nicely together? It took us a while to crack it so we thought we'd share our findings.

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The attendees of DrupalCamp London 2016.

We went to DrupalCamp London 2016

Calendar 18 Mar 2016 Every year the Drupal community meet up at various conferences and more localised camps. This weekend we attended one of the largest camps in the country.

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Websites as an Investment Part 4: What happens if I wait?

Calendar 24 Feb 2016 The clock is ticking and time is money. It turns out that delaying your new website could actually be costing you money. We try and break down why that is.

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Websites as an Investment Part 3: What will it cost?

Calendar 17 Feb 2016 Some web agencies will charge you £1000 and others £10000 but why? What's the difference? We try and break down the true costs and value of building a website.

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Websites as an Investment Part 2: 5 rules for selecting a web team

Calendar 10 Feb 2016 When you start thinking about your new website, you'll need to select a team who will drive success. Here are some great tips on how to do that.

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Websites as an Investment Part 1: What exactly do I need?

Calendar 3 Feb 2016 When it comes to building a new website you'll need to think 'plan' before you think about 'budget'. What do you need to do to get ready to take the leap?

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Responsive Design Part 4: Overcoming the drawbacks of responsive

Calendar 25 Jan 2016 Are there any drawbacks of responsive design and if so what can we do to minimise the impact? We explore many of the concerns we've heard from clients.

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Responsive Design Part 3: The seven deadly sins of responsive design

Calendar 18 Jan 2016 Responsive design can be good, but sometimes it can go bad and even ugly. We explore the 7 deadly sins of responsive design. It's not going to be pretty!.

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Responsive Design Part 2: Why do I need responsive website design?

Calendar 11 Jan 2016 Responsive design isn't just a fad that will fade away. In fact it will make a tremendous difference to your online presence in ways you might not imagine.

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Responsive Design Part 1: What is responsive website design?

Calendar 4 Jan 2016 The first in our series on responsive web design and why you should care about it.

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LTR: Julia, Barry and Darren eating Real Life Digital branded cup cakes.

Cody Technology Park Free Coffee & Cake Event

Calendar 14 Dec 2015 We moved on to Cody Technology Park back in August 2015 but still hadn't met a lot of other tenants so we decided to give away coffee and cake to meet people!

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Two copies of Real Life Digital's branding documents - one closed showing the cover, and the other open showing the contents.

Why you need a Branding Document

Calendar 4 Nov 2015 Your brand is the face of your business, and you need to be thinking and laying down rules about how your brand is communicated to your customers.

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Kickstarting with Drupal 8 themes

Calendar 21 Oct 2015 Drupal 8 has many new exciting features, but perhaps the most exciting of all is the new approach to themes. Our developer Alex gives us the lowdown.

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We went to DrupalCon 2015 in Barcelona

Calendar 2 Oct 2015 Once again we joined others in the Drupal community for the 2015 European Drupal convention which was held in the city of Barcelona in sunny Spain.

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Drupal 8 is coming and we're getting ready!

Calendar 16 Sep 2015 Drupal 8 is now due an official release so we sent one of our developers Alex on a mission to get stuck in with it and share his first impressions and findings.

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From Print to Web: The journey of a 20th century Graphic Designer

Calendar 3 Mar 2015 Six months ago our digital designer Darren was a stuck-in-a-rut print designer, utterly unaware of the opportunity that lurked just around the corner.

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The new meaning behind 'design sign-off'

Calendar 9 Jan 2015 We controversially suggest that design sign off is an archaic practice which has no place in modern web design and we think you'll agree after reading this.

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Flat design is going gaga!

Calendar 29 Oct 2014 Flat design. What is it? Where did it come from? Will it go away? What do I need to know? All is revealed in this end-to-end opinion piece.

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We went to DrupalCon 2014 in Amsterdam

Calendar 5 Oct 2014 This year the Drupal community met in Amsterdam to make progress on Drupal 8, develop as coders and creatives, and of course just hang out and have fun!

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Beautiful yellow and black cocoons dangle from a tree, ready to give birth to recently metamorphosised butterflies.

What happened to Real Life Design?

Calendar 14 Sep 2014 After 7 happy years as Real Life Design we decided to re-brand ourselves as Real Life Digital. Apart from the name and the look, nothing else has changed.

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Guildford From Afar - the cathedral stands tall above the rest of the picturesque town.

Calling all Drupal fans near Guildford

Calendar 14 Jun 2011 Are you a budding Drupal aficionado in or around the Guildford area? As we all know Drupal is all about community so let's start building one locally.

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Drupal in a nutshell: our CMS and framework of choice

Calendar 28 Feb 2011 What is Drupal? Why should you use Drupal? Is it really free? Why would it be free? Our quick overview of the benefits of Drupal will get you up to speed.

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