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Survival Tips from a SXSW Pro: Part 1

No matter how you approach it, SXSW is a vast matrix of possibilities spread over several square miles of Austin and environs over several days. To get the most out of it, you need to prepare early and thoroughly. In the immediate gratification era in which we live, I wish I could simply tell you, “There’s an app for that.” But while there are many apps which will make your life easier (and some which will be indispensable at least for the Interactive portion), there’s no substitute for doing your homework for this one. What follows are a few pieces of advice I’d give you if you were going... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption. Today’s Brand Must Think Like a Publisher Content is king. But as the line between publishers and brands are blurring, all brands find themselves in both the content and the commerce games. As brands, we are sometimes wary of pushing content on our customers. In my experience, however, customers are much less worried about the blurred lines, and much more interested in getting that they want when... More

Drupal 8 Configuration Workflows using Git

This blog post is a textual representation of the video shared yesterday. If you are visual learner, watch it. If you are in a hurry, read this blog :). Peter's video also shows how configuration_log module can be used to materialize all config changes in Prod so they may be easily integrated back into the codebase. That is not covered here. The following commands are our current best thoughts on how folks will move configuration across environments using Git and... More

Today’s Brand Must Think Like a Publisher

Content is king. But as the line between publishers and brands are blurring, all brands find themselves in both the content and the commerce games. As brands, we are sometimes wary of pushing content on our customers. In my experience, however, customers are much less worried about the blurred lines, and much more interested in getting that they want when and where they want it. As Alexis Maybank, founder of Gilt Groupe described it, "If I go into a Restoration Hardware store, for instance, I understand they're selling that product, but I'm not just interested in seeing rows of lamps on... More

Moving Your Drupal 8 Configuration from Local to Server and Back

Update: a textual representation of the first half of this video has been posted. Two weeks ago I had a great opportunity to spend a few days working with Moshe Weitzman (moshe weitzman), Justin Randell (beejeebus), Alex Bronstein (effulgentsia), and Stéphane Corlosquet (scor) to look at the challenges and best practices for using the new Drupal 8... More

Four Reasons I'm Excited About Attending (my first!) SXSW 2014

Next week I'm attending my first ever South by Southwest in Austin. I'm pretty sure SXSW is the first conference I've ever *attended.* I've worked many conferences either as an exhibitor or speaker, but I've never experienced a conference as an attendee. I'll bring my comfy shoes, plenty of charging devices + cables, lots of business cards, and as much energy as possible to stay out past my usual bedtime of 10pm! Here's what I'm most looking forward to: Hearing from the Hacker and the Hustler I'm really looking forward to watching my colleagues Tom Erickson and Dries... More

You’re Already In The Content Game

Whether the size of your content team is 50 people or zero, you’re already in the content game. If you’re not publishing content, the chances are good that your customers are creating it on your behalf. The Content Around Us Apple has no social media presence to speak of. As of this writing, however, there were 173,411 photos on Instagram tagged #applestore and 6,859 tagged #geniusbar. (For the record, there were also six tagged #geniusbarmyass.) While it can be great to have ardent fans of your brand posting flattering content about your brand, that isn’t always what happens. Trader Joe’s... More

Ryan Weaver and Jeffrey A. McGuire compare notes on Open Source

Ryan Weaver is the single biggest contributor to the Symfony2 framework's documentation (which is excellent, check it out!), a self-described Symfony evangelist, and lead at KnpUniversity.com, makers of fantastic PHP tutorial screencasts like this one on using Composer to include PHP libraries in Drupal 7. This is part 2 of a 2-part conversation with Ryan Weaver from... More

Using Drupal to Support Web Accessibility in Higher Education

Web accessibility in higher education is not a new topic. For over 15 years most institutions have been working to insure that their web accessibility adheres to the standards and protocols set forth in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998 (even though 508, as written, does not automatically apply to institutions of higher education, even those that receive federal funding). And certainly before the benchmark of 508 came around colleges and universities have been leaders in making sure that technology usage around campus supported the diverse needs of the entire community. In fact... More

Drupal 8 Module upgrade workshop at Drupal Developer Days in Szeged

Gábor Hojtsy, Jesse Beach (jessebeach), and Jess (xjm) will lead a Drupal 8 module upgrade workshop during Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. Now is the time to start upgrading contributed modules... More

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 3: Performance

Performance is crucial for providing a great user experience. If the site is slow or balky, even great functionality won’t keep the site visitor engaged. Photo: The Bad place by NeilsPhotography (CC BY 2.0) Best Practices The first action for improving performance is analyzing what the website is doing. With the answer to this question, optimize as much as possible, then implement caching. Analyze—Tools: Devel for viewing database queries which run on each... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption. Streetline Wants to Make Smart Cities a Reality Do you remember the last time you struggled for what seemed like an eternity to find a parking spot? One way streets. No right turn signs. If only there was a better way to find a parking spot. Well, Streetline believes they have the answer. Streetline uses sensors to deliver parking availability data to their app, informing users not only about the... More

Ryan Weaver on synergies in Drupal, Symfony2, and PHP

Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Ryan Weaver from SymfonyCon Warsaw 2013 in which we touch on the great Symfony documentation and its team, discovering the power of community in open source (instead of doing it all yourself), Symfony2 components in Drupal 8 bringing the two communities together, the advantages (present and future) of loose coupling in Drupal 8's architecture, the next big thing, and more! Ryan Weaver is the single biggest contributor to the Symfony2 framework's documentation (... More

Announcing Acquia Lift

Topic: DrupalAcquiaToday, the web is not just about publishing content anymore. As the web evolves from content management to digital experience management, it's about understanding visitors' interests and preferences, and figuring out how to deliver them an optimal personalized experience. Many... More

Introducing Acquia Lift: Website Personalization for Drupal Made Easy

Today’s an exciting day for Acquia with the launch of our new product, Acquia Lift. Acquia Lift is a new personalization product designed specifically for Drupal. There are lots of personalization products in the market, and you may even be using one today, but if you are running a Drupal site, you need to take a look at Acquia Lift. Here are four reasons I’m excited about Lift: 1) Acquia Lift is designed for Drupal With Acquia Lift, marketers can easily create, iterate, and optimize content directly within Drupal,... More

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