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Acquia Podcast 40: Jennifer Hodgdon on Documentation for Drupal

As with any open source project, documentation in Drupal is a huge task that is never complete. The Docs team is the group of volunteers that strives to keep up with the documentation need. Join me as I talk with Jennifer Hodgdon, the docs team lead, and my new co-host Randy Fay, as we discuss the current state of the team and Drupal documentation, as well as future plans for enhancing Drupal documentation. Update: Jennifer has been promoted to co-maintainer for Drupal 7 and 8. Her responsibility will be solely around documentation and code... More

How can Acquia help you grow Drupal in Europe?

Dries Buytaert, co-founder/CTO of Acquia was interviewed recently. This is nothing new, of course, as the Drupal project lead, one of the world's largest and most active open source developer communities, he's in the limelight a lot. The interview by Nick Heath appears in Tech Republic under the rubric "European Technology". The article is a good... More

Most followed issues on Drupal.org - February 2012

The Drupal project uses the project module to track bugs and features on drupal.org. For a long time if you wanted to pay attention to an issue you had to comment on it resulting in the infamous "subscribe" comment. In late 2011 a feature was created to allow people to subscribe to an issue without commenting on it. The world rejoiced (see this article for history and details). This gives us an interesting bit of metadata that is not exposed in the user interface anywhere... More

Drupal Commons 2.5 released: U/X improvements along with Question & Answers

The Commons team has released Commons 2.5 today. This is a significant release for a number of reasons, including some significant U/X improvements. We also added Question & Answer functionality which is very important for both internal and external communities. There was a significant U/X focus on this release with usability testing being very helpful. This was very informative and initiated a change in login/landing on the Activity Stream to a site landing page. This was validated in the usability testing, discussions with users and a survey of successful community sites. Here... More

Custom development for docs.acquia.com

Late last year, our group, the Network team, was tasked with building the new Acquia Documentation site, meant to be the central repository of documentation for our hosting platform and products. Mixed with many other requirements, there were two that required some custom code to be written, plus some special configuration to be thought through: A) The site should have a Book tree to order the content, but the tree should allow to include the same content under different parents to minimize the creation of duplicate nodes that could later be a challenge to update consistently. B) The site... More

Acquia Podcast 39: John Albin on Mobile In Drupal

Ever since mobile devices have become more and more prevalent, the ability to display Drupal sites correctly on mobile devices has gained in importance. John Albin is recognized as a guru when it comes to designing and theming Drupal sites, and is the owner for the Mobile initiative for Drupal 8. Join me as I talk with John about the history of websites on mobile devices, the different methods for displaying sites on mobile devices, and plans for the Mobile initiative in Drupal 8. Show notes: John's initial blog post on the... More

Acquia U week one highlights

The group had a really busy week. Everyone from the Services department was on hands at Acquia - So they got a chance to meet with Dries, Peter Guagenti (VP Services) as well as Bryan house (VP Marketing) and many others. In addition, as the group was cramming to get their work done, we got iced by the PS team. With all that extra-curricular activity, they were crammed to get their assignment in. The assignment was simple: Build a Drupal Gardens site as a portfolio of your work. Interview 5 Acquians (selected at random). Publish their interviews... More

Making the Switch: Drupal 4 Developers

To follow up on our post about the Security Training we're running in Denver, we now introduce you to our second training course - "Making the Switch: For Experienced Developers Moving to Drupal" taught by Jeff Beeman, Joshua Brauer, and Chris Porter. Check out the (very amateur) video below with Jeff Beeman and Erik Webb. Jeff is leading this years course, and Erik taught this course with Jeff in London & Chicago. They have... More

The making of a Ubie - Inside Acquia training

As you may know, Acquia has been growing quite fast. Since I joined the company in the fall of 2008, we have gone from about 25 employees to around 200 today. It has been a fantastic ride for everyone, and we see no signs of slowing. The tough part of growth for us has been keeping up with the demand for talented Drupalists. From what I understand, Acquia isn't unique in this requirement. To fix this problem, the only option is to train. We do this in several ways: Develop Drupal curriculum which is delivered by our... More

DrupalCon Denver VIP Giveaways from Acquia

DrupalCon Denver is just over a month away (41 days to be exact!), and it can’t come soon enough! We’re particularly excited about this year’s theme: Collaborative Publishing for Every Device. Mobile is so hot right now, and Drupal is ready to lead the way. We’re excited to learn from you, the Drupal experts, and share our own experiences, too. Now, let’s get to the most important question... Have you registered for DrupalCon yet? If not, well you should because... More

Drupal Gardens adds content access control, image tools, bulk operations, and more!

This is the 21st in our series of Drupal Gardens 'What's New' posts, and we think this one is especially worth celebrating. Need to restrict valuable content on your site to only privileged users? Want to crop, rotate or resize uploaded images in your posts? Wish you could click to perform bulk delete or other operations on lists of users, content or media? Long for better control over how comments are displayed on your site? With this release, we've got you covered. A lot went into making these features simple, but powerful.... More

Drupal Gardens adds content access control, image tools, bulk operations, and more!

This is the 21st in our series of Drupal Gardens 'What's New' posts, and we think this one is especially worth celebrating. Need to restrict valuable content on your site to only privileged users? Want to crop, rotate or resize uploaded images in your posts? Wish you could click to perform bulk delete or other operations on lists of users, content or media? Long for better control over how comments are displayed on your site? With this release, we've got you covered.... More

Ensure internal adoption with end-user training

This week we'll learn about the importance of end-user training. In February, I'll write about modules you can use to customize the editor user experience in Drupal, and some news about initiatives in Drupal to improve the content administrator experience. Say you’ve built or purchased a flexible, extensible application with Drupal. Because Drupal is highly malleable, it’s likely a wholly unique custom system. A downside is that this leaves end users at a loss in terms of self-teaching. They may be inclined to simply search for “Drupal” tutorials, yielding an array of irrelevant information... More

.net Web Design and Development Survey 2012 – have your say!

The team at .net magazine have launched their web design survey this week. For those of you who don’t know, .net magazine is a valuable resource for those serious about web design and development on both sides of the Atlantic. Every few years they run a comprehensive industry survey. This year, Acquia is proud to sponsor the 2012 edition of the survey, which aims to build a detailed and thorough profile of the web design industry, its members and key trends on an international basis. Most importantly and in the spirit of openness (and... More

Security Training at DrupalCon Denver

Erich and Greg Talk Training As we get ready for DrupalCon Denver in March, we want to introduce you to our trainers, and give you a sense of what will be covered in our training courses. First up, we have Security: Process, Code & Hands-On Training with Greggles (aka Greg Knaddison, Drupal Security Team Lead & Acquia's Director of Security Services). In the video above, check out Greg and Erich Ludwig (Director, Learning Services @ Acquia) as they chat... More

Acquia Podcast 38: Melissa Anderson on Training for Drupal

In this episode I talk with Melissa Anderson about training in Drupal, and how Drupal knowledge and experience can be shared in the community. More

OpenSaaS Brings New Freedom to the Cloud

The rise of SaaS, software delivered as a service, is having an enormously disruptive impact on the software industry. Forrester Research estimates that spending on SaaS technology will double by 2013, representing 16% of all software spend. Gartner Research estimates that SaaS software spend is growing at 18%, compounded annually, and will reach $23B by 2015. At the same time, open source adoption in the enterprise is reaching a... More

Adding SOPA blackout to a Drupal Gardens

If you want to blackout your site in protest of SOPA/PIPA, here's what you gotta do:(hat tip to http://www.zachstronaut.com for the blackout page).Important: Keep the url mysite.drupalgardens.com/admin/content handy. Once you follow these instructions, your site will go dark (if it is January 18th 2012).  If you want to get it back, you will need to delete the block later.Navigate to Structure -> BlocksClick on "Add Block"In the "Body" use the dropdown to change from "Safe HTML" to "Full HTML" (the buttons will... More

Site building is for coders too.

New to Drupal, but you're an experienced coder? Drop the API, and step away from the command line. In one of our most popular webinars of 2011 about developing with Drupal, developer Camilla Jensen (naxoc) admitted that- even with her experience with J2EE and PHP development, much of her work on a typical Drupal project starts with *research*. During the morning tea break at our... More

Announcing the Launch of the King Center website and Digital Archive

This post originally appeared on Palantir.net at http://palantir.net/blog/announcing-launch-king-center-website-and-digit... There are few figures who have had as great an impact on the history of the last century as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While every schoolchild is aware of the role he played in the American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King’s efforts to improve society through non-violent social activism are less widely-known today.... More

Drupal Gardens adds SEO meta tags, activity analytics, repeating dates, and more

Among the 75,000 sites created to date, Drupal Gardens has attracted many enterprise customers who have sites with significant traffic and demanding requirements. They must ensure that their site's content is properly categorized by the major search engines.read more More

Drupal is content first, and that's good

As a Drupal trainer, I am very interested in the results of usability testing because it often chimes with the same observations we make of new users as they learn Drupal. One finding in particular strikes a chord for those who are new to theming: "While Drupal takes a "content-first" approach to site building, many people take a structure- and/or appearance-first approach." - Drupal usability testing results It's true, Drupal takes a content-first approach, and while this may be disorienting for a new users, I think in some ways- that's a good... More

State of Drupal in emerging markets survey 2012

This survey is intended to gather data about Drupal's opportunities and challenges in emerging markets.  "Emerging market" is a loaded and awful term, but for lack of a better one, I'm using it to mean anywhere that doesn't already have a large Drupal marketplace and community (i.e. North America and Western Europe). I'm going to use this data in my presentation at DrupalCon Denver and the raw data will be released publicly under a Creative Commons license. The goals of my... More

State of Drupal in emerging markets survey 2011

This survey is intended to gather data about Drupal's opportunities and challenges in emerging markets.  "Emerging market" is a loaded and awful term, but for lack of a better one, I'm using it to mean anywhere that doesn't already have a large Drupal marketplace and community (i.e. North America and Western Europe). I'm going to use this data in my presentation at DrupalCon Denver and the raw data will be released publicly under a Creative Commons license. The goals of my... More

COD 2012 Update: New co-maintainer, Drupal 7, & Acquia

2011 was an amazing year for COD, the Drupal-based solution for fully featured conference websites. - There have been several amazing sites added to the COD showcase - A new co-maintainer - Solid community commitment to helping with the update to Drupal 7 - And increasingly, more involvement from Acquia You can read more about these developments -- and Acquia's increasingly active role with COD -- in the 2012 update on UseCOD.com. More

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