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The Cheeky Monkey Media Blog

A few words from the apes, monkeys, and various primates that make up the Cheeky Monkey Super Squad.

Tips, Tricks & Tools

  • 2 years 1 month ago

    When I was presented with the task of writing my first blog for Cheeky Monkey, the first thought that came to my mind (after the initial ‘crawl under a rock’ impulse) was to write about one of my encounters trying to wrestle with the tiny Drupal demons that lift their heads every now and then. A problem-solution tutorial, I thought!

  • 2 years 3 months ago

    I recently gave a talk to the local Chamber of Commerce in which I outlined some general standards for Social Media and how to use it. The talk itself was fine, and I was happy to be asked to do it. But in my experience going to a lot of other talks on digital marketing media, I’ve been shocked to see that the presentations are usually about ten miles ahead of where people actually have questions.

  • 2 years 5 months ago

    The internet is in a constant state of change, so I suggest you keep up. Everyday there is new code pushed up, new modules, patches and security releases.

    Think of your website like a new sports car. Every six months you're supposed to bring it in for an oil change or tune up. Your website is much the same, and every so often, you're going to need to update some modules or apply a security patch.

  • 2 years 6 months ago

    We have all watched someone work in an application as they executed all the commands from the application menus. Even when they use the right-click menu to cut and paste… watching this can be painful.

    Time is Money

    In the world of graphic design, a time driven industry, the faster you can complete your work the more profitable you will be. You may not think that things like using keyboard shortcuts would amount to any significant difference, but it does. Trust me.

    Here are a couple of reasons:

  • 2 years 11 months ago

    When Writer’s Block Happens

    Ugh – some days, it’s easier to put words on paper than others. As a person that spends much of his professional time writing (proposals, website content, marketing documents, ad copy), there are far fewer things more frustrating than the dreaded Writer’s Block.

  • 2 years 11 months ago

    1. Memorable

    mcdonalds

    A logo should stand out in a crowd. It should be instantly recognisable, either through its form or type. Of course, marketing is what is going to get it in front of people first, it just needs to be sticky when it gets there. There probably aren’t too many logos out there more memorable than Coca Cola and McDonalds.

  • 3 years ago

    So you have finally decided to create a new website, but you soon realize there is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 10 million things for you to understand and organize before you can get started.

    For instance, do you have a domain name? Hosting? Content plan? (you do know what a content plan is, right?) And I just know you have already picked out a Content Management System… yes?

  • 3 years ago

    The drupal admin menu module is something I use everyday. Recently, I ran into a problem with it.

    I needed to give some users access to some specific menu items, however, no matter what I did, that particular user role could not see the menu items. It only displayed an empty admin menu at the top.

  • 3 years 1 month ago

    The importance of a great office environment is often overlooked. Company health starts with everyone on your team WANTING to come to work. It is ironic that to keep an employee productive and motivated, what they really need is some downtime to chill, relax, and spend a bit of time doing something fun. It could be a friendly game of darts, a good conversation (not work related), or just knowing that a beer is waiting for them on Friday afternoon in the office lounge. (if you don’t have an office lounge, I highly recommend acquiring one :)

  • 3 years 2 months ago

    It is no secret that Drupal is transitioning, or already transitioned, to an enterprise solution. What this means is we are seeing larger and larger builds with massive budgets and hours.

    To muddy the waters even further we are dealing with clients that prefer flat rate quotes. As a Drupal company, or even an independent freelancer, it is very important that we are accurate on our quotes. And since we base our quotes on hours, even for flat rate proposals, it is imperative that we don’t “miss”.

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