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Kim Pepper
Technical Director

Location

Sydney

Kim is the co-founder and Technical Director of PreviousNext. He enjoys experimenting with new technologies, and contributing to open source projects like Drupal.

My blog posts

Enterprise Drupal Hosting with Skipper

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PreviousNext has worked closely with a large government agency on their public portal for the last few years. As one of the most visited Drupal sites in Australia with more than 7 million page views per month, the agency was seeking higher performance and cost efficiency from their Drupal hosting provider. 
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Join us at the DrupalSouth Code Sprint

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The Drupal open source project only exists because of code contributions by tens of thousands of developers and Drupal focused companies around the world. In his recent post, project founder Dries Buytaert blogged that “The Drupal community has a shared responsibility to build Drupal and that those who get more from Drupal should consider giving more”.

Australia’s contribution to Drupal code is significantly underrepresented, with PreviousNext the only Australian company in the Top 100 contributors listed on Drupal.org’s global marketplace. DrupalSouth represents the best opportunity for a wider pool of Australian Drupal developers to change this status by participating in DrupalSouth's official Code Sprint, being held on Wednesday, 26th October.
 

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Secure Government Drupal Hosting with Macquarie Telecom

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PreviousNext is pleased to announce a partnership with Macquarie Telecom to provide high grade secure hosting for government sites. Macquarie Telecom provide PCI DSS and ISO 27001 compliant infrastructure, as well as Secure Internet Gateway (SIG), firewalls, logging and monitoring which meet all government compliance standards.

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Monitoring Drupal Site Status at Scale

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For many agencies, and large organisations that have tens or hundreds of Drupal sites, it can be difficult to keep tabs on which sites have what modules installed and whether they are up to date or not. Manually crawling through each site can be time consuming and error prone.

In this post, I describe a solution that allows you to keep a dashboard of site status information that you can query to find out precisely what is going on on each of your sites.

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Managed Drupal and aGov websites on Microsoft Azure in Australia

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In recent months, PreviousNext has been privileged to be part of Microsoft’s APAC Open Source Partner Accelerator program. With Microsoft now providing full support for open source technologies running on the Azure cloud services platform, the partner program has focused on initiatives for PreviousNext to deploy, manage and support customer’s Drupal sites hosted on Microsoft Azure.

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DrupalGov Canberra 2014: The new Front-end work-flow from ticketing to building

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John Albin Wilkins recently gave a session on The new Front-end work-flow from ticketing to building at DrupalGov Canberra. 

This session will outline our current mistakes and then introduce the basic techniques for CSS layering and using design components, the heart of any front-end CSS project. We will also discuss ticket structure, project organization, and tricks to implement components when you can't change Drupal's classes.
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Using Drupal 8 Condition Plugins API

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Although Drupal 8 has had a Conditions Plugin API for a several months, it wasn't until during DrupalCon Austin sprint we managed to get blocks to use the Conditions Plugin API for block visibility.

The great thing about Condition Plugins, is they are re-usable chunks of code, and many contrib projects will be able to take advantage of them (Page Manager, Panels, Rules anyone?)

In this post, I show how you can create an example Page Message module that uses a RequestPath condition plugin to show a message on a configured page.

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