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Beyond Marketing: My Highlights

As soon as I started reading Tim Walter’s new white paper, Beyond Marketing, recently posted on Acquia’s web site, I was glad I had a yellow highlighter handy. I use a digital marker, of course, but for me it serves the same purpose as the old, analog version -- the one that smells like homework: to capture ideas that are worth dwelling on. And there are plenty in this report. Walters, a partner and principal analyst with the... More

Acquia honored by Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce

My company Acquia was honored this week by BelCham, the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, as the "Company of the Year". I'm proud of this honor, which speaks to the great work that our team of more than 500 Acquians from around the globe do for our customers everyday. BelCham is an organization dedicated to helping Belgian entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of Belgian-American trade. Companies like Acquia, InBev, Brussels Airlines, and restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien support BelCham's work. If you want to build a... More

Drupal 8 - An intro field guide for front-end developers

Drupal 8 is almost here, and it’s bringing big front-end improvements, including new methods to display data on mobile devices using breakpoints, build flexible templates in Twig and better management for tools and libraries. Most importantly, changes to the display layer mean that Drupal has become much more agile and extendable for Front-end Developers. The journey so far Up till now, Front-end Developers have been working with a display layer that was originally introduced in Drupal 4.5, here’s how it worked... PHPtemplate engine - Drupal 7 and its predecessors The first real concept of... More

1st DrupalCon, 1st Contribution! Meet Oliver and Victoria

DrupalCon Amsterdam was something of a family outing for me. My wife Francesca attended all week and my kids were able to come out Thursday evening to attend Trivia Night and the Friday sprints. My daughter Victoria had sewn a dress and a cape to appear as Drupal Girl on Thursday evening. Her weeks of work on that really paid off; she was a big hit. She also got to meet her Drupal idol, MortenDK, who was the inspiration for her brand new Drupal.org and Twitter username: Drupal_Princess. There's a great photo of her meeting Webchick floating around online, too. Proud Father On the... More

Saïd Business School Wins Acquia Award in the Higher Education Category

Pronovix won Acquia’s Partner Site of the Year Award in the Higher Education category for its work on the public website of Saïd Business School. Ákos Horváth and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post. We started working on the public facing website of the Saïd Business School at the end of 2012. Site design was delivered by One Ltd., and we were responsible for front- and back-end development. Our goal was to build an easy... More

Acquia Cloud: by developers, for developers

As a Drupal developer for 7 years, I’ve shed plenty of (mostly figurative) blood, sweat, and tears over the sites and modules I’ve built. At Acquia, I work on our Cloud tools, making sure my fellow developers never have to worry about many of the issues I used to deal with constantly. There are three basic areas where Acquia Cloud makes developers’ lives better. “Don’t make me think about hosting” The Acquia Cloud platform is fully managed, meaning you don’t have to... More

“Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation” said everybody at shop.org.

If I had to choose one theme of this year’s shop.org annual summit, it would be ‘Content, Content, Content’. The summit started with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke where he described REI as a Storytelling Company. Starting with the brand’s origins as a community of climbers, he described the passion for the brand held by consumers and employees alike, with the passion fitting of the brand he described. He talked about REI.com as a ‘Catalyst for Discovery’ and his desire to make the site more than just a... More

Password protecting non-production environments

Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file. Add a module The preferred method of website protection is to add either the Secure Site module or the Shield module to password protect your website. While both modules offer this basic protection feature, the Search Site module... More

Come to BADCamp 2014, the biggest and BADdest tech camp!

The BADCast "Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you! This is the camp for everyone "We want to keep the barrier to entry as low as... More

Announcing Per-Site Pricing for Acquia Cloud

Today we are proud to announce that we are releasing a new per-site site pricing model that allows you to buy the exact Acquia products and services you need. This new model provides tremendous flexibility: Buy subscriptions to our development platform and tools one site at a time Independently purchase our Drupal Application support offering Choose to run your site(s) on new or existing infrastructure Much has changed since Acquia Cloud’s site pricing bundles were released three and a half years ago. In that time, technical innovation has driven... More

Handling the waves of Shellshock

2014 has been a busy year for the open source security world. First there was Heartbleed, with multiple security problems discovered in OpenSSL, then last week’s Bash Shellshock and Xen vulnerabilities made mainstream news, requiring a large portion of the Internet to be patched or rebooted. Acquia’s mantra is “we won’t let you fail”, and this past week... More

Why we’re dropping the “e” in eCommerce. And why you should too.

The rise of m-commerce, the struggles with social-commerce, the growing maturity of e-commerce, the integration of technology into physical commerce… it can be, no it is, overwhelming. As marketers, we feel the need to distinguish between the different types of platforms consumers use to research and purchase products. We have mobile teams responsible for developing shopping apps, and optimizing the mobile experience. We have social teams responsible for increasing engagement through social channels, promoting product and, sometimes, trying to figure out how to crack the code on social... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 8 - Answers to Your Burning Questions

Welcome to the 8th and FINAL installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant.... More

Tips for Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

There are many different project management methodologies out there and they all have their pros and cons. I recently started at Acquia as an Engagement Manager and have been making the shift from more Waterfall project management to Agile project management. Here are a few key lessons I’ve learned as I make this transition. 1. Agile Methods: There are many different Agile methods out there. Kanban and... More

Drupal community engagement for businesses – Ruth Fuller

Meet Ruth Fuller, she's here to help businesses get more out of Drupal by helping them engage more effectively with the Drupal community. She'd like to help you with effective Drupal and open source sponsorship, how to engage with the community, planning, coordination, presentation preparation, and public speaking coaching. Give more to get more A lot of businesses are using open source nowadays; there's a lot of Drupal out there. Ruth has seen organizations struggle with getting the most out of it. Drupal is a lot more than "just some... More

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