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When and how caching can save your site. Part 2: authenticated users

On my last blog post we looked to what Drupal achieves out of the box regarding Drupal caching. We understood how Drupal can cache pages for anonymous users and found solutions to avoid to bootstrap Drupal to serve a cached page (using a reverse proxy like Varnish or redirecting requests using Boost). We also saw that even if any of these tools is used, Drupal is also able to save cached versions of pages in the database. However, Drupal allows to plug transparently other caching backends that are faster:... More

Training @ DrupalCon & Beyond

Wow! It's been an exciting three days so far of DrupalCon. Trainings, meetings, presentations, BOFs, keynotes, booth time, parties, and time with old (and new) friends. For me, I've been meeting partner after partner and getting excited about the year to come.
Before I get to more recap though, I want to highlight a couple events coming up in the coming weeks.
First, our Partner Isovera is at the Computer in Libraries conference happening in Washington, DC. They want to remind everyone especially in Boston of an opportunity to take "... More

From the dorm room to the boardroom - Ten years of Drupal growth and success


More than a million served! It’s been just over a decade since Drupal’s inception as an online message board in founder, Dries Buytaert’s student dorm in Antwerp, Belgium. It is now developed and supported by a vibrant, collaborative, international community of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of users. Drupal powers over a million websites of all kinds.

The Drupal phenomenon: technology + community

Drupal’s growth and success is thanks to a potent combination of technology and people. Dries Buytert, Drupal’s founder and Project Lead, puts it this way, “Open source... More

Acquia Cloud By the (Big) Numbers

The Acquia Cloud continues to flourish! We set new records in the last month, thanks to our customers' exceptional Drupal sites, delivering 1 billion page views from Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud alone. When you add in Drupal Gardens, it amounts to over 100 terabytes of content! We’ve set performance records for individual sites as well. A customer’s recently-launched Acquia Cloud site delivered over 25... More

Drupal's long warmth toward third party code

A friend asked why Drupal has such a Not invented here (NIH) syndrome. Here is my quick rebuttal:
Even before our recent commit of Symfony's Classloader and HttpFoundation components, Drupal core has long history of embracing third party code ...
Database abstraction layer. Drupal supported both Postgres and MySQL early on. We used the PEAR DB library to support both. We then used our own abstraction layer until Drupal 7 when we became one of the only projects to embrace PHP's PDO abstraction layer.
Drupal's XMLRPC server is largely... More

Acquia Dev Cloud free developer tier

Visit http://www.acquia.com/dev-cloud-free-tier to register for your permanently free Dev Cloud developer tier account.
Acquia Dev Cloud is the Drupal cloud hosting platform for developers. We launched Acquia Cloud almost three years ago, and have been building features and capabilities to improve developer experience, automation,... More

Higher education meet-up at DrupalCon

It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers, beer, and lots of face time with the best open source community on the planet.
There is one remarkable event that caught my attention and that speaks volumes about an important trend we're seeing: the Higher Ed Drupal Users meeting on Wednesday.
Why is this so interesting you... More

UX Research at DrupalCon Denver

Attending DrupalCon? Help us improve Drupal core, Acquia.com, Acquia Cloud and Acquia Network by participating in a quick one-on-one research session.
Dharmesh Mistry and I would like to meet with you individually for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, we’ll either do a short exercise online or just have a chat to hear about your experiences. Taking part in a session also a great way to decompress after lots of learning!
Say hi if you see us in the hallway, or let us know when you’re free, and we’ll schedule a time.
If you’re a developer... More

The New Acquia Forums

The Acquia Forums have just gone through a major over-haul. Our goal was to provide a better system to support our customers and improve the experience overall. If you visit the new forums, you will see:
New Omega-based responsive design with tablet and mobile phone support
Improved support workflow tools
Apache Solr Faceted Search for granular filtering of topics... More

Your questions wanted for Distributions panel at DrupalCon Denver!

With the recent completion of major enhancements to the Drupal.org distribution packaging system, the tools for building great Drupal distributions are more democratized than ever!
Next Wednesday at DrupalCon, we’ll be holding a panel discussion on Drupal distributions that includes people from several companies who are actively involved in developing or adopting Drupal distributions in the enterprise:
Marc O'Brien - VP,... More

Introducing the Acquia Cloud API and Drush CLI

Acquia Cloud has two brand-shiny-new interfaces today!
The Acquia Cloud API is a RESTful web interface that allows developers to extend, enhance, and customize Acquia Cloud. It includes developer workflow, site management, and provisioning capabilities.
The Acquia Cloud Drush commands allow using all features of the Cloud API on the command line or from shell scripts using the excellent Drush command line tool.
Let's start with a demo. It's kind hard to demo an API, so instead I'll use the Drush Cloud commands to deploy a site as shown... More

Training + Drupal = Success!

It's that time of year again. That time when we're going to get flooded with new ideas, examples, and ways of using Drupal. Why? It's DrupalCon season of course!
DrupalCon starts next week, and as we build up to that, it is a frenzy of setting up meetings, having pre-meeting meetings, and coming up with things to present to everyone in your meetings. As part of that build-up, one of our partners has been visiting us the past couple days. Owen Lansbury from PreviousNext has been in our office talking about the past... More

Choosing the right medium to present findings

Earlier this year, I was invited to be on a panel for Usability Professional Associations’ (New Hampshire). The discussion was focused on how user experience researchers report/present their findings. Do they use conventional methods such as PowerPoint or Word? Or do they use unconventional methods such as spreadsheets, video, storyboards, and/or sticky notes?
It was insightful to learn how other researchers carefully consider the audience and the message to make their research findings effective. However, the discussion left one important question unanswered “How do researchers choose one... More

Drupal Gardens adds content tokens, forum access control, and improved image editing

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team added several enhancements for both Drupal Gardens site builders and content creators. Site builders can now restrict sensitive or valuable forum topics to privileged users, like can already be done for most other content. In addition, content creators now have the ability to create dynamic and personalized content using tokens, and also have a simpler user interface for cropping, rotating and resizing images.... More

Is full time co-location critical to project success?

A daily part of my job is to pitch professional services products. There are a broad array of topics raised by prospective buyers as they evaluate risk and look for the best solution. A recent encounter got me thinking about co-location strategies and the criticality of full time co-location to project success.
What’s at stake? Managing risk on enterprise projects can be a full time job. With so many variables - it’s often easiest to simplify the issue of co-location and mandate it as a must do. The argument is that team co-location for the duration of an engagement means better oversight,... More

日本におけるドゥルパルの発展

まず、このポストを翻訳してくれた杉本守弘氏に謝辞を述べたいと思います。
アクィア (Acquia) の CEO として、私が ドゥルパル (Drupal) に対して情熱を抱いていることは皆様にお分かりいただけることと思います。しかしあまりご存知でないと思われるのは、私が日本 - その人々、土地、そして市場機会 - に対しても情熱的であるということです。今まで個人的に40回以上日本を訪問しており、最盛期は1999年以降のことです。最初の訪日は1993年でしたが、早くも1983年には日本というマーケットに対してのプランや戦略に取り組んでいました。
アクィアを築くにあたり、またドゥルパルの卓越した性能 – コンテンツを軸にしたリッチなウェブエクスペリエンスや、コラボレーション、E コマースなど – について広く伝えるにあたり、日本で何をすべきかについてドリーズ (Dries Buytaert) と私は思案を重ねてきました。
今その思考をもとに、次の段階に進む準備が整いました。それは日本においてパートナーを採用し、トレーニングおよびアクィアの数々のサービスを日本のマーケットで提供していくことです。パートナーは、エンドユーザーと連携してドゥルパル・エクスペリエンスをデザイン/構築する役割を担います。その彼らを基礎とする強靭なエコシステムを実現し、支援していくことこそが、... More

Using apachesolr to index custom data

Imagine you have a custom database table, storing some imported content for your nodes. This post will explain how this content can be exposed to be indexed by Solr via the apachesolr module. The example module provided was tested with apachesolr 6.x-1.6. It assumes that this custom content is associated to nodes (e.g. a custom imported text value).
Hooks on the table
hook_apachesolr_modify_query - to tell solr we are passing a new field of a given type.
hook_apachesolr_update_index - to pass our custom data alongside (not appended to) the node object
hook_apachesolr_process_results - show... More

Gird your loins!

With DrupalCon right around the corner my world is barely organized chaos; but now that we're starting to see some of the things we've been assembling come together the excitement is setting in. What can I say, there's nothing better than building awesome stuff--even if I end up working till 2AM for a few weeks. There's so much coming down the pike that I'm not going to talk about it all here (I'm going to wrangle some of my guys into blogging about this stuff as well), even though I'm busting at the seams to spill the beans on some of the cool things.
I don't want to steal the thunder from... More

Using git subtree to Make a Distro Your Docroot

A cornerstone of good Drupal development is deploying your site’s code from a version control system like Git or SVN. A further best practice is to put all your code in a directory in the repository, instead of at the top level of the repository. Doing this allows you to put other things into the repository that are not intended to be served publicly. For example, Acquia’s Cloud Hooks are scripts you put into the hooks directory that run when you deploy code, databases, or files, but should never be served as site content. Using Cloud Hooks... More

Process Improvement for Managing Project Complexity and Scale

All projects of scale go through a phase when they outgrow the loose and undefined processes that work for small projects. With the project growing in size and complexity, processes need to be better defined to ensure they can handle the additional scale. What sets successful projects apart from unsuccessful ones is that successful teams are able to continuously identify when and where processes are breaking down, and are able to continuously improve those processes. I have recently seen how a project team recognized its quality assurance and deployment processes were starting to break and... More

When and how caching can save your Drupal site

This is the first of a series of blog posts debating caching strategies in Drupal. In this first post we will understand what Drupal is able of doing out of the box regarding caching, and what are the options to extend it to achieve sites that perform normally under high load.
Unlike a static HTML website, Drupal pages consist of small building blocks that are rendered independently of one another before they are bundled together and sent to the browser as an atomic unit. Because Drupal is a dynamic content generation platform, there are a series of complex events that are executed behind the... More

Security: How the world's largest open source CMS combines open & security


Drupal is a huge software project by any measure, with thousands of developers writing code for it and deploying websites and applications on it. It is one of the largest open source projects in the world, alongside Linux, Apache, and Mozilla. This infographic helps explain the important work of Drupal's Security Team.

Who needs protecting and why? How the world's largest open... More

Drupal Gardens adds indicators for restricted content, Modernizr and more!

In this release the Drupal Gardens team continued enhancing our support for restricted content by adding visual indicators to help visitors see that certain users are privileged and certain content is restricted. By showing these indicators, site builders can help inform users that there are advantages to being more privileged members of a site. We also added support for the powerful Modernizr library to make it easier to crafting CSS that supports older browsers. Happy theming!
The Drupal Gardens service was updated with the following new features and enhancements:... More

Innovate or Die

I just attended OnMedia in NYC this week. It was my first time attending the event. I really enjoyed the format - panel discussions on topics such as social commerce, VC outlooks, and the socialization of video & TV - interspersed with CEO presentations from startups looking for new investors or partners. This is the closest to what it must be like any given day at Menlo Park - all the ideas, innovations, and discussions around what trends we're seeing and what's going to stick... More

2012 Drupal Day #1

Drupal Day #1: Friday, February 24, 2012
As you may have seen, the Drupal Association is going to be promoting global synchronized Drupal training ("Create Blocks . . . NOW!") throughout 2012.
We were very excited to hear this. In 2011, we trained almost 1,000 people in the basics of Drupal through our HelloDrupal program in 12 countries and 19 cities. So we can only imagine how many people we can train in combination with the entire Drupal community!
So excited in fact, that we got ahead... More

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