Shane Vincent

Shane Vincent

Shane Vincent is Drupal industry veteran and co-founder of Deck Fifty Design. With advanced knowledge of open source web development he works diligently to create highly functional & user friendly websites for his clients. Shane has a solid background in PHP, CSS, Javascript (jQuery), XHTML, as well as LAMP web server configuration. He currently specializes in front end web development using his favorite open source content management system, Drupal. Shane is comfortable heading large web development teams, but also enjoys late-night solo coding sessions. In the last decade, web development has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and Shane Vincent has been riding the forefront of the wave. Shane graduated at the top of his class in the web developer's certificate program at the Victoria School of Business and Technology (now Q college), and went on to instruct one on one training at their primary facility. When he's not in front of a computer, you'll find Shane exploring the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, or floating on a lake in the sun.

Blog posts

A Drupal Development Environment on Windows

Oct 14 2015 - 10:52am Drupal, Web Development, Website Design Comments

As Drupal developers we're always learning new tricks of the trade, be it modules, hooks, theme functions, or simply a new feature implementation. With all of the information online centered around Drupal code, there is surprisingly little to be found regarding the tools used to develop it. In this post I will break down my personal Drupal development environment, and the various tools I use in day to day development.

A Drupal Workflow for Small Teams

Sep 14 2015 - 1:44pm Content Management System, Drupal, Web Development, Website Design Comments

Drupal development workflows come in a wide range, from a solo developer working on a shared web server, to a large team committing changes via Git to a central staging environment. We land somewhere in the middle.

As a tight-knit and efficiency minded development team, we have arrived at an ideal workflow which combines aspects of on-server development with the power and reliability of separate version controlled environments. Our platform of choice is Pantheon, which makes this setup a breeze.

Deck Fifty Now Accepting Bitcoin

Nov 28 2013 - 9:20pm Comments

As a technology company we strive to stay ahead of the curve. We are always on the lookout for new ways to improve our services and optimize our business workflow. Over the last couple of years we have watched with interest as an exciting new technology called Bitcoin has emerged.

Embedded Twitter feed in Drupal 7 using the Twitter Pull module

Aug 17 2012 - 4:07pm Content Management System, Drupal, Web Development Comments

There are many Twitter modules for Drupal out there and I've gone through them all. Twitter pull does the job perfectly. It's not a surprise to anyone how huge social media is nowadays. If you have a website you should have some degree of social media integration, be it a simple link to your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn profiles, or a full blown embedded feed of your posts and tweets. A lot of clients these days are requesting embedded Twitter feeds, much like the one we employ in our footer.

Top 50 Drupal Modules

Apr 26 2011 - 11:58am Content Management System, Drupal, Web Development Comments

Drupal is our favorite CMS. One of the major reasons we love Drupal so much is the huge community of developers and large number of contributed modules available. If we were in the business of building cars we probably wouldn’t go about designing new tires for it. Instead, we would rely on tire manufacturers who had already done the R&D. The same holds true for websites. When a website requires common functionality such as a blog or forums we use pre-existing modules which offer a framework for us to build from. In our day to day development we use a LOT of modules.

Marketing budgets and your website; Is there a correlation?

Mar 9 2011 - 9:28am Content Management System, Web Development, Website Design Comments

I am struck by the number of times the subject of how and where to spend a marketing budget comes up and the company's website doesn't even factor into the conversation. In the last ten years alone, the Yellow Pages phone and business directory has shrunk to less than half of what it was in 2002 (source: http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Victoria+phonebook+shrinks+half+...) and Google searches have risen year after year as shown in the following data.

Google Searches over a ten year period:

1999 (September) -> 3 million a day (Google official history)

To mobile or not to mobile; that is the question

Feb 22 2011 - 4:24pm CSS, Drupal, iPhone, Web Development, Website Design Comments

Statistics tell us that about 80% of Canadians use a mobile phone, with roughly one quarter of them being smart phones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry etc). Every day, more and more people are accessing the web on their mobile device while on the go. When you consider that mobile plans run their course on 3 year cycles, with options to renew/upgrade sooner, my prediction is that within the next three years you will see a large increase in mobile browsing rates using smart phones such as the iPhone. The question isn't to mobile or not to mobile?

Safari's Web Inspector

Jan 3 2010 - 10:31am CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Web Development Comments

In my last post I outlined some of the benefits of Safari in your day to day browsing. Today I'm going to highlight a lesser-known feature of Safari that might just be the first step in considering Safari for web development as well.

Snow Leopard, Firefox, Flash, and Safari

Dec 10 2009 - 10:00am Web Development Comments

I'm not sure about the general public but for some reason after my somewhat recent upgrade to OSX Snow Leopard - Flash on Firefox just isn't working. In my usual browsing, my Firefox app hangs probably 2-3 times per day, on average. This is all due to Flash elements loading in the page. I've tirelessly searched online for answers, only to find endless threads commending Snow Leopard on being leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors in terms of speed and reliability. Unfortunately this has not been my experience.

Luckily, I've found a solution. Maybe not one you would expect..

What our clients say

I've sub-contracted Drupal theme development to Shane Vincent and his partner Shane Graham at Deck Fifty on several occasions in the past year, and in every case they have delivered excellent standards-compliant code on budget and on time. They are remarkably skilled and professional. Five stars!
Dan Bashaw - TM NewMedia

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