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As Egypt Goes Into Crisis, Support Team Keeps Al-Masry Site Delivering News

Egypt has been engulfed in constant turmoil over the past decade, including upheavals during the early days of the Arab Spring, and then again this summer. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt’s leading independent media group, plays a critical role, serving as a vital information source for Egypt’s population in these turbulent times. And because its digital site is a key beacon of communication, the site’s stability and functionality needs to be a top priority for Al-Masry’s IT team.
But what happens when your lead developer can’t get to work because of another series of riots? Acquia’s Support team... More

Low cost, low risk, high value - come to BADCamp 2013!


I spoke with two members of the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 organizing team, Anne Stefanyk and David Hwang.

What: Bay Area Drupal Camp - One of the oldest (7 years and still going strong!), biggest (1500+ attended in 2012), and freest (tickets are still a very open-source-friendly zero dollars!) Drupal events around.

When: October 24-27, 2013

Where: UC Berkeley, California

More info: http://2013.badcamp.net

David Hwang on... More

Building a Great (and Social) Alumni Platform


Over the past several weeks I’ve had more conversations with schools about alumni sites and alumni portals than I can even count. Big schools and small, public and private, are exploring and evaluating options for their next (or in some cases, their first) digital platform. And for the most part they are all looking for similar things: an infrastructure for social integration and community building, back-end interoperability, and of course the right tools to deliver an amazing online experience for their alums that will keep them engaged and coming back again and again.
There are several... More

Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge, I thought I'd share the basics in this blog post for those who would like to know more about it.
What is Varnish?
Varnish is a reverse proxy HTTP accelerator that is often placed in front of... More

Personalizing the Digital Experience Using Simple Taxonomy

(Part 2 of the Exploring Personalization Blog Series)
There aren’t a shortage of tools and techniques surrounding successful personalization as I discussed in my last blog post. But with that being said, executing through precise, innovative taxonomy needs to be done effectively in order to turn viewers into returning visitors.
President Obama’s donation page surrounding his presidential campaign last fall is a great example of this. This page was able to tell if you had been to the site... More

Kanban Process Lowers Budget Risk for Government Projects

Government agencies can take better advantage of Drupal’s flexibility, with lower budget risk, by using fixed price contracts for software development using a kanban process.
Drupal gives government agencies speed and flexibility
The Drupal content management system framework has the potential to help government leaders advance digital government initiatives and quickly meet the shifting demands placed on their agency... More

Drupalists, Get Ready For More Open Government Data

The latest round in the virtuous cycle of open government data reform is Congressional leaders’ support for open data legislation at the Data Transparency Conference 2013, held on September 10th.
Many of us in the digital government and Drupal communities have been excited to see recent progress in government transparency. Specifically, the open data policy announced by the White House on May 9th, 2013 that mandates “the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable... More

Adopters, Scale, Community, Content and more at DrupalCon Prague


I'm seriously excited about DrupalCon Prague. It already looks to be the biggest European Drupal event ever held, with over 1600 tickets sold to date and 56 countries represented in the registrations. The UK is currently leading the enrollment table with 193 attendees, closely followed by the US, Belgium, Denmark and Germany.
During DrupalCon, I spend over 14 hours a day meeting with developers, marketing and other tech and business folk, talking all things Drupal – never mind the time spent in the bar afterwards! I have a personal top four of things I'm looking forward to in Prague:
The... More

For Content Translation, Go Global by Being Social

From establishing a stronger brand presence to increasing search-ad click-through rates, companies today have all kinds of incentives to go social. Consider this:
· 77% of B2C companies have found users on Facebook
· 65% of B2B companies have acquired users through LinkedIn
· 59% of B2C companies... More

Acquia Cloud Free is now generally available!

Today we are excited to launch our freely available version of Acquia Cloud to the general public -- no credit card or beta codes required!
Acquia Cloud Free provides Drupal developers a free sandbox on the most secure and reliable development platform. Use it to experiment with new features, test your code quality and create extraordinary digital experiences!
Acquia Cloud Free also provides an easy way to trial the features that makes our offering so special:
easy drag & drop workflow
integration with Git and Drush and controllable by API and Cloud Hooks
code analysis and tuning with... More

Announcing Acquia Cloud Free

I'm excited to announce that Acquia is launching Acquia Cloud Free, a no-cost development sandbox for Drupal development. While Acquia has always had a freemium offer for development purposes, it had an expiration date, and it required a credit card. We've changed that with Acquia Cloud Free. Acquia Cloud Free comes packed with great tools including, but not limited to:
A free development sandbox on Acquia Cloud with development and staging environments,... More

Acquia now offering training in India

Over the years, we have seen Drupal adoption grow tremendously world-wide. It started from a dorm room and today, has managed make its way into every nook and corner of the world including of course the IT services capital of the world, India. India has a lot of fantastic Drupalists. Did you know that it is second only to the United states in the number of visitors to Drupal.org?
The rate at which Drupal is growing, more often than not, we are finding that there are not enough options out there for developers to learn and adopt the technology. There is a need for compelling Drupal training... More

Drupal Commons-Alfresco-CAS SSO Integration

For companies that need a quick and feature-rich solution for their internal data Drupal Commons may be a good fit. Simply put, Drupal Commons is a collection of commonly used Drupal modules all bundled together and themed. It provides a good out-of-the-box system with many useful features such as: user-follows, notes, wikis, events etc. For organizations that depend on use cases more traditionally served by Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities such as robust document management with versioning support, or deep compliance and archiving requirements, integration with Alfresco may... More

MySQL HA Architecture for Drupal

(The below blog is part of the Drupal Meets MySQL blog series by Michael Benshoof, MySQL Consultant @ Percona and Andrew Kenney, VP Platform Engineering @ Acquia)
This is part 2 of the Drupal Meets MySQL series. In the previous post, we touched briefly on the history of MySQL and Drupal working together. In this post, we’ll touch on different architectures using multiple MySQL... More

Three important start-up lessons I learned

The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here.
When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What is even more exciting is the open source community that has grown up around Drupal.
I co-founded... More

PHP is Taking Care of Business - Meet Lorna Jane


I ran into PHP consultant, Lorna Jane Mitchell at DrupalCon/Symfony Live Portland this May. She and I had a great talk about PHP for building secure, modular, high availability applications in the enterprise; where newer versions of PHP (5.3, 5.4, 5.5 ...) are headed; and the business value inherent in open source software.

This conversation was the seed for Lorna's Acquia.com guest blog post, "The Future of PHP is ... Here Already", which compliments this podcast perfectly!

Open Source Cost... More

The Future of PHP is ... Here Already

Things are a-buzz in the Drupal community, with a major new release on the horizon: Drupal 8. It heralds many excellent features of course, but one major change is that Drupal 8 will require PHP 5.3 as a minimum platform. PHP 5.3 adds a ton of goodness for Drupal and other PHP users (see "Feature Heaven" below), but there's even better in store for you in PHP 5.4 (faster) and 5.5 (more efficient)! The Drupal project is in a great place using PHP 5.3, but if you're wishing that PHP would be faster, have more features, or make better use of your hardware, the next versions of PHP have already... More

Ops Team Keeps Bassmaster Site Reeled In

Each year Bassmaster.com tackles approximately 36 live events that feature some of best anglers in the world, and with a large fanbase following Fantasy Fishing and four levels of competitive fishing events, site functionality and stability are imperative to their success.
“You never know where the event will take the anglers,” said Jim Sexton, Chief Digital Officer at Bassmaster.com. “We started in Detroit for one event and some anglers went to Lake Erie and others to Lake Huron because of the quality of fishing at our starting location. This meant that reporters, videographers,... More

Using git & drush to win at workflow

As a sole developer or even as part of a small team (2-5 developers), setting up a development workflow seems on the face of it like a waste of time. Every minute that you're configuring version control, writing backup scripts, manicuring new environments, or simply tagging and pushing code around seems less fun than if those minutes were spent coding.
What happens though, when:
-A change is made on a production website that causes an irreversible database change
-You want to see which change made in the last two weeks caused a performance regression
-Management want to QA your work prior to... More

DrupalCon Diaries: A First Timer’s Experience

Meet Emily Slocombe, Cloud Systems Engineer

In case you’re headed to DrupalCon Prague later this month, or waiting next June for Austin, check out an engineer’s perspective on attending her first DrupalCon.
It is not unusual to walk by Acquia’s Operations and Hosting area in Burlington MA, and see Emily Slocombe, Cloud Systems Engineer, appearing on Max Headroom (our company's roving remote hangout cam). Coming on board in May 2012, Emily in short has the Ops chops of steel, biking stamina to be admired, and pet bunnies to swoon over. In February 2013, she (and the bunnies Miso, Rolo,... More

You are what you click: Leveraging Modern Personalization Tactics

Personalization on the web isn’t a new topic, but most of the early advancements and adoption has come from the B2C space. This highlights the concept called, “The Consumerization of IT,” that has been gaining traction over the last few years. With that, there has been growing interest in personalized digital experiences in the B2B space as well.
When you go to Amazon.com or a handful of other B2C retailers today, you are getting a personalized experience. There are a lot of tools out there today, but what many don’t understand is that Drupal has the ability to do advanced personalization as... More

Best Practices for Creating Responsive Websites

Guest Post by Rachel Sherman, Senior Marketing Manager, OHO Interactive
The promise of a responsive design is a single website that works beautifully on desktops, tables and phones, but the complexity of large-scale, content-rich sites packed with vital information can create challenges in communicating key messages effectively. Despite the challenges, a responsive design has proven itself a better alternative than a separate... More

Implementing an Open Government Solution in Drupal

(Part 4 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
In the previous posts in this series, we’ve talked about the requirements of the Administration’s Open Data mandate in terms of what needs to be implemented. In this post, we’ll talk about how to actually meet the November deadline using Drupal.
As with many things in Drupal, there are several ways you might implement functionality to meet the requirements of the mandate, depending... More

Responsive Design in Higher Education: How Do We Do It Better?

At our higher education Meetup last week in Atlanta (http://higheredmeetupatlanta.drupalgardens.com/#), Savannah College of Art and Design (our host school) presented their new Drupal web site and talked about how it’s impacting their overall business. The assembled group was impressed with what they saw. www.scad.edu not only adheres to the sleek and progressive design standards that one would expect from such an institution, but it is fully responsive at its core... More

‘Death of the Mouse’ Will Signal Next Phase of the Great Digital Experience

If you still use a mouse, it’s probably because you own a desktop computer that hasn’t found its way into your pocket quite yet. And if you use a mouse on any other device, you’re becoming part of an increasingly rare breed of consumers. In fact, it’s the death of using the mouse that is aligning with other Great Digital Experiences, most of which are “hands or device-free.” In this blog post we will discuss how digital refineries such as the extinction of the mouse are leading the way in the domino effect of digital and mobile domination, serving as a movement of digital disruption for what... More

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