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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

Acquia Cloud has made me lazy… and I like it.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in setting up a number of servers with other hosting companies—none of them were tailored Drupal hosts, but they were all big, big hosting companies. Some were virtual hosts, some used cpanel or plesk, but all were unbelievably painful!
I need to be fair, though, a significant portion of the pain was not their fault, but rather the fault of Acquia Cloud hosting. You see, it’s made me a bit lazy, and honestly it’s caused me to expect a bit too much from a host.
Let’s start with APC (advanded php cache). Anyone who does a lot of Drupal dev will want to... More

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.
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