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Protecting Enterprise Drupal Users Against Heartbleed

On the afternoon of Monday, April 7 2014, the Heartbleed bug was made public and demonstrated that the majority of encrypted traffic on the Internet was vulnerable to eavesdropping. In this post we wanted to provide insight into the steps Acquia took to handle this event. First, though, we want to state: Acquia’s infrastructure is now safe and hardened Acquia has been working to ensure our customers’ Drupal sites are secure no matter how or where they use Drupal Mitigating Heartbleed involves more than just software updates or server patching We are... More

DrupalCon Training with the Acquia team! UX and Security

The Acquia team is getting ready for DrupalCon Austin. We're excited about the official announcement of training at DrupalCon which is held on the Monday before the conference on Monday, June 2. We have two courses on offer which we think you'll love. One will get you started evaluating your designs with users, and how to conduct usability testing. One will help ensure your site or application is secure which is increasingly important for sites of all sizes. Sale on ticket prices until May 2nd DrupalCon training is on sale for $75 off. And the ticket pricing is $100 off the cost of onsite... More

Conference Heats Up Discussion of Customer Experiences

The warmth of Miami after a LONG winter has helped fuel the energy of the Demandware XChange Conference, but that’s certainly not the only factor. This highly engaged group is striving to keep up with the ever increasing expectations of online shoppers. Innovation abounds in commerce, as brands work tirelessly to build loyalty and engagement through their digital channels. This challenge will continue to fuel innovation, increase the speed of commerce and drive the need for new, engaging, informed shopping experiences.... More

SensioLabs UK - Lessons and chances from Drupal 8 early adoption

Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online, www.sensiolabs.co.uk, what their goals were, how they built it and have kept it running since May 2013, and how Drupal 8 will change... More

Live tutorial on using Bootstrap with Drupal today!

Our old training site was looking a bit long in the tooth. It was not only Drupal 6, but also had an old Acquia design several versions behind the current main site. It was time for a major update. Step by step tutorials Dave Myburgh, Lead developer for Acquia.com recently gave two webinars about the experience. He shares specific tips on what modules he used to keep the development lightweight and flexible. The first recording is now available, and you can register for part 2, focusing on Bootstrap, which is today!... More

Using Composer Manager to get off the Island Now

On the eve of 2013, prolific Drupal contributor Larry Garfield put forth a challenge to "get off the island", and judging by the adoption of non-Drupal projects in Drupal 8 core I would say the community has responded. By using the Composer tool it is easier than ever to build on top of the tens-of-thousands of platform-agnostic projects in the PHP community, and it is exciting to see Drupal contribute to... More

Locking Down the Cloud: Taking Advantage of Automation

I was nursing a strong cup of coffee when I spoke to Marc Boorshtein, the chief technology officer at Tremelo Security, an identity service broker that enables enterprises to integrate new applications very quickly. The coffee was crucial, because Marc decided, as an example, to go through the manual process of deploying a new server. “First, install the OS; then install certain libraries; then install packages; then configure the packages; then lock down the server…” “Stop!” I pleaded. “I get it!” Marc was happy to oblige, because I just made his points for him: Rote activities are... More

Jumpstarting a UX Research Program at Acquia

This April, at the Lean UX NYC Conference, Ezra Gildesgame and I will co-present a half-day workshop, Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research. In our workshop, we will share techniques for selling your internal stakeholders on the importance of research for making business and product decisions. In 2013, one of the biggest priorities for the Acquia UX team was to revamp our customer research program to effectively involve our internal team members in our research projects. During the... More

Organize Your Styles - An Introduction to SMACSS

On smaller brochure sites, how your organize your styles isn’t usually a big concern. You get in there, write some CSS, or maybe even some SASS. You compile it all into a single stylesheet with SASS’s production settings, and then you aggregate it to get all the stylesheets from modules into a nice tidy package. However, when it comes to larger, more complex projects, how you organize your code is a key to efficiency. Not only in how how much time it takes, but also in how much code you write, and how much a browser has to load. This is especially important when you’re working with a team of... 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. Digital leaders for Oprah, Lady Gaga, Rachael Ray, and Michael J Fox discuss protecting personal brands at Chief Digital Officer Summit “It’s so different…with a person, you’re dealing with an emotional relationship and their reputation.” That distinction—how managing fans of a personality, versus those of a product—was shared by Rosemary Maggiore, President of Rachael Ray Digital, at the 2013... More

Why selecting a new CMS will just not cut it

Being part of Acquia’s Solutions Architecture team gives me unique insight into the changing landscape of Digital Marketing and the Internet in general. People are scrambling to get shiny new tools in place to be able to cope with the speed at which the Internet is changing. During the course of the last year I have reviewed dozens of RFP’s in which companies set out to select a “solution”. But, selecting a new “solution” won’t actually solve your problem! Having an online strategy isn’t only about the tool, it’s about much, much more, as we’ll see in a moment. Most RFP’s fall into one of... More

Drupal 8 + Symfony - "This is what open source is all about"

Part 1 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. I wanted to learn more about PHP and Symfony from their perspective and how they think the Drupal 8 and Symfony2 are going to affect each other. In part 2, I learn the... More

More Responsive Image Effects for Drupal 7

Cross-posted with permission from Isovera.com When working with image styles in Drupal 7, there are many types of visual effects that can be applied to responsive displays. Some examples include: Cropping; Desaturation; Watermarks; Canvas Effects; etc. These examples and others can be applied per device type and/or screen width based on the breakpoints and image styles already applied as shown in the previous blog post. Building upon our integration of the Breakpoints & Picture modules from the... More

Acquia Workshop at Lean UX NYC Conference

The most successful UX teams understand that their skills must extend beyond running solid research studies and producing great product designs. First, teams must establish buy-in and participation in research from the people who matter most--the other stakeholders involved in making the decisions that influence products. Next, week, I’ll partner with Christine Perfetti, Acquia’s Senior Director of User Experience to lead a workshop called, “Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research” as part of... More

This week-ish in Drupal core: April 2, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? The past three weeks saw some exciting progress on Drupal 8, in part due to the hard work of everyone who went to DrupalDevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. It also saw the release of drupal-8.x-alpha10. Drupal Developer Days Szeged DevDays Szeged was a landmark for the Drupal 8 release cycle. Participants marveled at how productive and well-organized the event was, and core maintainers commented they'd never seen such momentum in... More

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