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How to make your website a conversion machine with A/B testing

Test, test, test, everyone has an opinion of what will work best when it comes to websites but you can’t argue with data. We know marketers love data! (cute marketing pick up line, “I love you, like a marketer loves data!” ) Testing is a huge part of my everyday process on acquia.com. I currently have 8 active tests running for various parts of the website. I wanted to take you through my process and tools to help make your site a conversion machine. I am running Visual Website Optimizer to do... More

Meet Mark Sonnabaum: Performance fanatic

Mark Sonnabaum, performance engineer at Acquia, comes to open source on a straighter path than some ... despite his university degree being in music composition! He was a systems administrator at the University of North Texas and chose Drupal – in the Drupal 4 era – as the replacement for a mish-mash of legacy, static systems at the university. Today, he is a contributor who has made significant improvements to how Drupal performs for all of us. This interview was... More

Drupal How-To: Responsive or adaptive images

In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. In Part 1, we looked at how to tweak the default image options. In Part 2, we saw ways to allow inline images. In this post, I’ll discuss the various options for responsive/adaptive images on your site. Though I’m writing for beginners to Drupal, I assume you’re aware of responsive design and of course you... More

Team building: How to spot a budding Drupalist

As a training manager, my job is to help Acquia’s clients develop the skills on their teams through training. I spend time listening to the team leads and matching their requirements to our courses, or our partner's online training services. Over the next couple of months in our training newsletter, I'll be writing advice on how to build and skill up your Drupal team. I'll also give you insight into how we're developing programs for some of the largest agencies and organizations to build their internal Drupal... More

Drupal Performance Profiling With Tracelytics

Written by: TraceView At AppNeta, we’re always concerned with the performance of Drupal applications. Multiple times a day, we talk to our customers about how they can use TraceView to improve the performance of their Drupal applications. So we started thinking, how can we help Acquia customers improve the performance of their Drupal applications? The answer: TraceView and the TraceView... More

Is PHP Secure? "It is if you do it right" says Anthony Ferrara

This is part three of a conversation I had with Anthony Ferrara – PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal – at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In part two... More

Trickle-down & ripple-out: the 4 Freedoms with Anthony Ferrara

PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal, Anthony Ferrara and I sat down to talk at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In this part, we talk about what the Four Freedoms mean to us as IT and web professionals, but also the growing impact of... More

5 Surprisingly Great Examples of Responsive Websites

Ethan Marcotte wrote the book (literally) on responsive design in 2010. Ethan wrote that: The control which designers know in the print medium, and often desire in the web medium, is simply a function of the limitation of the printed page. We should embrace the fact that the web doesn’t have the same constraints, and design for this flexibility. But first, we must “accept the ebb and flow of things”. Ethan was involved in project for the... More

Drupal How to: Get inline images on your Drupal site.

In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. In Part 1, we looked at how to tweak the default image options. Here, in Part 2, we'll see ways to allow inline images. In Part 3, we'll see the latest options for responsive images. Inline images on your site As we saw in part 1, the Drupal 7 defaults for image handling are pretty flexible. But they don’t suit all situations... More

Meet Anthony Ferrara: The only people who win are everybody.

I met PHP core contributor and security expert Anthony Ferrara at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. He is a Senior Architect at NBCUniversal on a team that works a lot with Drupal. In this first part of a three-part interview, we sat down to talk about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In the next two parts of our conversation, we talked about the consequences and practice of the Four Freedoms that define open source software, and the security of... More

Drupal How-To: Basics, tweak the defaults for adding images to your site

By Heather In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. Here, in Part 1, we'll see how to tweak the default image options. In Part 2, we'll see ways to allow WYSIWYG and inline images. In Part 3, we'll see the latest options for responsive images. What can Drupal do with images out of the box? I first sat down to write a tutorial (and some Drupal.org documentation) about the many... More

What is Capgemini doing to contribute to Drupal?

Drupal's massive growth has attracted some true global giants to our community. Capgemini is a 100k+ person consulting firm with over 35k employees in India. Apart from Capgemini's established reputation as a leader in large scale Drupal implementations and a preferred Acquia partner, they are now also actively contributing to the community through drupal.org testing efforts. The Capgemini drupal.org contribution team consists of three developers with Drupal and PHP backgrounds, an architect and a manager. My email interview with them... More

Radio France sponsors Spark Drupal 7 work

Topic: DrupalAcquiaSpark distributionWhen we first announced the Spark authoring experience initiative for Drupal in May of last year, we chose Drupal 7 as our target in order to develop the... More

Meet Moshe Weitzman: Developer Tools, Product Development, Drupal History

Moshe Weizman is Acquia's Director of Research and Development in the Office of the CTO. Over the years, he's built many of the development tools that have been instrumental in Drupal's growth and success. Now, alongside his ongoing contributions to Drupal itself, he works with Acquia's product teams from conception, through architecture and prototyping, to helping coordinate ongoing... More

Meet Erik Webb, the southern gentleman helping Drupal projects succeed

Erik Webb – aka "Southern Gentleman" within his team – Senior Technical Consultant with Acquia's Professional Services group helps some of the "biggest Drupal users" in his job. In any given week, he might be doing anything from training people brand new to Drupal, to performance tuning and everything in between to make projects succeed. "I helped a Fortune 100 company move their entire web presence to Drupal." At this scale, Erik's job is about how to... More

Managed Cloud pro tip: The Environments

Managed Cloud is a great tool for hassle-free management of your Drupal sites and works great out of the box. What I realized in the last weeks is that it has a lot of features that we don’t typically advertise to users but are hugely valuable for them. Development environments are one of those. The standard of Drupal development stipulates that you need three environments for your users: Development - for making the actual changes and integrating them Staging (sometimes called Testing) - to test all changes before going live Production (sometimes called Live) - where the actual site runs for... More

4 Steps to Optimize Your Drupal Site, Increase Traffic

I recently used acquia.com to demonstrate how to increase site traffic on a Drupal website by improving the online marketing. This conversation made me think that I could share some of the key things I do on acquia.com with other Drupal site managers. For starters, SEO, or search engine optimization, is a huge focus for me and there are some great tools in Drupal to help with this. Step1: Please start by enabling clean URLs within your system settings. It’s easy. Just a check box. Step 2: Now, for a bit more work. I’ve listed out the top 5 modules I suggest putting on your website to help... More

5 Content Management Blogs You Should be Reading

1) Gadgetopia. This blog run by Deane Barker is one of my favorites. Deane often writes about the more complex and subtle topics surrounding content management, and he does it from the perspective of having implemented hundreds of sites over the years. 2) Digital Clarity Group. DCG is team of research-driven industry analysts who cover content management and digital transformation. I've known their founder... More

Acquia retrospective 2012

Meet Andrew Melck: "Drupal means best of breed solutions"

Andrew Melck, Solutions Architect on the Pre-Sales Team in Acquia Europe is the subject of the first Acquia podcast of 2013. Andrew came to Acquia and Drupal from a German digital agency where he had experience with both open source and proprietary technologies. He was excited to encounter Drupal as a PHP project with global scope and for the fact that, "When I downloaded it the first time, it just ran. I grasped how this thing worked and how you could plug stuff together very quickly. It seemed very straightforward." Compared to Typo3's "dispiriting" back end, "I found it really... More

Open Source, Community, and Freedom

I’ve been with Acquia for a few weeks and have greatly enjoying learning about Drupal and what makes an open source project succeed – the community. It’s such a different approach to product development than I’m used to, having spent most of my career working for commercial CMS companies. I’ve already seen the energy, commitment and passion of the Drupal community. In fact, I’m beginning to believe that community is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of a CMS implementation project. CMS expert Deane Barker writes about... More

Fresh start to the new year: Add Drupal to your toolbox

As the new year starts, I'm making ALL kinds of resolutions. Is learning Drupal on your list of things to do? Or maybe you want to finally switch over that site to Drupal? Hopefully our active training events calendar has courses and dates and locations to suit your needs. Last year, our partners taught Drupal to nearly 3000 people in public free and paid training events, and that doesn't count any private training events. Wow! Well done team! However, most of those events were in the US and Canada. OlinData... More

Code Forward: Meet the Developers Behind President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

In January, our friends at New Relic are sponsoring Code Forward – a three-city tour with the development team behind President Obama successful re-election campaign. The Obama for America team redefined the importance of technology in national elections. You may have seen some of their groundbreaking efforts covered in Ars Technica, Mashable and more. The OFA team will... More

Spark update: unified in-place editing

Topic: DrupalAcquiaUsabilitySpark distributionA major focus of usability efforts in Drupal core has been around making it easier to edit things on your site. In Drupal 7, we introduced the... More

4 New Year's Resolutions for your 2013 Digital Strategy

'Tis the time of year when we make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, watch less TV, and give up our other vices for the new year. Here are four great New Year's Resolutions to make in 2013 to improve your digital marketing strategy. 1) Think Mobile First. It is time to stop treating mobile as something different. You need to think about mobile as the primary way your customers will interact with your company over digital channels. It's all about thinking Mobile First. The traditional approach of... More

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