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Pipe Dream: Geographically Distributed Drupal

The speed of light is, unfortunately, still a constant. If your Drupal site has users in San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Delhi, and Australia (and whose doesn't?), you've had no good way to give all of them fast access to your site. No matter where you put your master database server, most people have to cross an ocean to access it. Perhaps you can put read-only slave databases with local web servers in locations around the world, but then the remote users still have a long haul when they want to log in and create content---which is, after all, what your Drupal site is for. I am... More

Recent Acquia Hosting Updates

The hosting team at Acquia has been busy! While we continue to focus on making Acquia Hosting the most reliable and scalable Drupal hosting service anywhere, we've recently made significant enhancements to its usability and to the data we provide our customers. First up are several improvements to our Acquia Hosting UI. We've added a new tab to show statistics at several points in the hosting stack including before and after the front end cache and well as a count of total Drupal requests. For more detail, please read Kurt Gray's... More

Drupal 7, the cocoon and the butterfly

There exists an interesting story about a man and a butterfly cocoon. It is about a man that found a cocoon, and brought it home to watch it turn into a butterfly. As the butterfly inside matured, it struggled to get out of its cocoon, but couldn't quite get free of it. One day, the man became tired of waiting and decided to help the butterfly. He removed the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly was pleased, but it had a swollen body and small, wrinkled wings. As a result, the butterfly never succeeded in flying and spent its entire life crawling around. What the man didn't... More

Improved SEO, Media, CSS-view and more in Drupal Gardens' June 30 update

In addition to the rush the Drupal Gardens team gets when adding cool new features, we like to get things right, striking a good balance between power and simplicity.  In the last sprint, we spent a bunch of time polishing the powerful XML Sitemap and Media modules with a focus on simplifying the UX and providing smart defaults so they work immediately after site creation.  Out of the box, these modules are highly customizable with many configuration settings.  Our goal was to reduce complexity... More

What I want for my website

I really only want two things for my website: (1) I want the software that runs my website to be high-quality and (2) I want my website's content to be high-quality. It sounds easy and straight-forward but I assure you it isn't. I want the software that runs my website to be stable, efficient at handling my website's traffic, and flexible. Good content management systems meet these requirements, but it took years to get where we are today, and we still have a really long way to go. Fortunately, all my websites run Drupal, so the first part of my requirements... More

Acquia Search release features

We have marked the one year anniversary of the our hosted search service by rolling out a significant update with new features and some fixes. This was released Wednesday night (June 30). Changes for all subscribers: Attachment indexing To index file attachments, you need to be able to use an application that will extract the text. Acquia Search can now provide remote text extraction for the Apache Solr Attachments module. This means that any site using Acquia Search can index attachments - even on shared hosting or with no... More

Acquia Search versus Drupal search

It's been several days since we launched Acquia Search commercially. After reviewing the press, articles, comments, and tweets, I wanted to address the question of why we seem to care so much about search and why we can't simply improve Drupal's built-in search module. These questions came up during the beta test period as well, and have even resonated with the WordPress community on Matt Mullenweg's blog. I feel they are important questions to address. I've... More

Acquia Search: benefits for visitors

Why will the visitors of your site care about Acquia Search? For a while now, I have Acquia Search installed on my personal site. To understand what Acquia Search can do for your site, have a look at what it has done for my site. While I have a very simple Drupal site, you should be able to experience some of the benefits of Acquia Search. For example, search for "Drupal" on my site (use the search widget in the sidebar) and you can see the facets that allow you to filter the results by topic, location and industry. Using these facets, it... More

Acquia Search screencast with RedMonk

In this screencast, Bryan House from Acquia discusses Acquia Search with Michael Coté from RedMonk. Great demo, Bryan! More

Acquia Search goes public beta

At Acquia, we've launched Acquia Search in public beta today. As I've previously announced, Acquia Search is a hosted Acquia Network service, delivering the capabilities of the Apache Solr as a web service to Drupal websites of any size. Acquia Search is 100% free for now, and here is our marketing pitch: "Acquia Search can be installed as a module on any Drupal 6 site, and enhances a... More

Drupal's Search Framework: The execution of a search

Drupal's ambitious search module provides a framework for building searches of all kinds. By isolating the tasks involved in searching, and allowing the actual search implementations to be handled by other modules, the search framework sets the stage for all sorts of creative search applications. This article, which applies to Drupal 6, explores the structure of the search framework by following the steps needed to execute a search. ## Stucture of a search Here are the basic steps involved in searching: 1... More

The Minnesota Search Sprint

Continuing the great and growing tradition of bringing people together in small groups to attack focused problems, a search related code sprint has been planned. From May 9 to 11, in the headquarters of the University of Minnesota Libraries, a small but dedicated group of Drupal coders will be melding minds to bring forth the next generation of Drupal search. ## Why Search? Drupal has a great search module. The search index it builds powers search on Drupal.org and thousands of other sites. It is a critical piece of the... More

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