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Drupal Gardens improves new site builder experience

Recently the Drupal Gardens team has been working on both some exciting new major features (coming soon!) as well as simplifying the overall new user experience for those not familiar with the power of Drupal 7.  Recently we updated the Drupal Gardens service with the following new user experierence enhancements: read more
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Acquia Wins TiE50 Software/Cloud Computing Award

Acquia Dev Cloud does rock! And according to the TiE50 Awards, Acquia rocks too!
Last week, Acquia was chosen as a 2011 winner of the TiE50 Awards, Silicon Valley's premier awards program. Acquia received the award in the Software/Cloud Computing category and was also chosen as one of the 50 most enterprising startups of 2011.
"Acquia is honored to be recognized as one of the leaders in the software and cloud computing market," said... More

Acquia Dev Cloud Rocks

Dev Cloud Rocks. This is the sentiment we’ve been hearing a lot from customers lately (and we tend to agree).
I had the privilege of speaking with Joey and Chris from SuperStar Media last week. They just launched chrisrock.com on Dev Cloud and are very happy. In fact, when I reviewed my notes from the call, I’d transcribed the word “amazing” no less than 5 times. Need I remind you, we’re talking about Cloud hosting for Drupal sites here...
I was thrilled to hear that their favorite things about... More

Summary of kick-off week at Acquia

Here's a report from the first week at my new job!
TL;DR: In summary: intense, amazing week. My main focus for the next few weeks will be on core, particularly Drupal 7, and making it awesome. Can't wait to start.
:)
Schedule
Day 1, a large chunk of time was spent in meetings covering some of the fundamentals. Who's who, what's the overall structure of the organization, and what's the general "org chart" of Acquia look like? What's the history of Acquia, what are our... More

Acquia Drupal Courses in Boston

As one of the first things I'm doing as the new Director of Learning Services at Acquia, I'm proud to announce some (close to) FREE Drupal courses in Boston!
We'll will be holding two 2-day workshops in Boston (still nailing down exact location - check back for an update on that front).
For more information, or to sign-up, please check out:Rocking Drupal - Crash Course for DevelopersModule... More

Learning Drupal: Back to basics


Drupal is powerful, it's undeniable. What's worrying is that you can get pretty far without understanding much about web development. This poses some challenges for novice web developers.
By simply installing the Acquia Dev Desktop you can quickly mock up a great new site with a dizzying array of features which would take you probably thousands of hours to code by hand. That is also not counting the years it would take you to build the relevant developer skills. The Dev Desktop includes a web server, scripts, database software, libraries -... More

Puerto Rico

Last week, we flew everyone at Acquia that joined before 2011, as well as their significant others (or someone of their choice) to the Caribbean to celebrate an incredible year. I wrote about the trip in my blog post titled "Acquia goes to the Caribbean". Now we're back from this amazing trip, I've uploaded my pictures to my Puerto Rico 2011 album and included some below. Work hard, live hard!... More

A Vote for Freedom

Today Acquia submitted a short video to promote the next major release of our social software distribution – Drupal Commons 2.0 – to Launch Pad for voting by the public for time on the Enterprise 2.0 stage in Boston on June. Voting is open to the public – so we need your vote!
The Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad, produced by TechWeb (producers of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, the Web 2.0 Expo, and publisher of Information Week magazine) is “a competition that lets companies present their innovative application (either in development and about to... More

Acquia Podcast 29: Ben Finklea on SEO in Drupal

One of the strong points of Drupal is its built in search engine optimization capabilities right out of the box. Ben Finklea is the founder and CEO of Volacci, a firm that specializes in SEO for Drupal sites, and in this episode we talk about SEO in Drupal, the SEO Checklist module, the status of the Drupal 7 version of his book on SEO in Drupal, and some upcoming SEO training Volacci is doing with Acquia.
Show notes:
Volacci web site - www.volacci.com
Volacci on... More

A new hire's first week at Acquia

I'm excited to come on board with a whole bunch of other new hires (8 starting on one day!), so it's worth saying a little bit about what the on-site experience is like. I'm a remote employee based out of Portland, OR, so my first week was spent at the office in Woburn, MA to get to know the team. And it was a great week. I expected an office that was friendly, but... office-y. (Covers on the TPS reports, please.) Instead, I got an enthusiastic welcome from a vibrant start-up and I hope that other new hires can say the same. For me, it had the same sort of energy as a DrupalCon - seeing old... More

Implementing hook_career_alter()

2011 has so far been a pretty amazing year, both for me personally, and also for the larger Drupal project. After nearly three years of hard work Drupal 7.0 was released, Lullabot sent me on tour to teach people about it, Drupal.org’s CVS => Git migration launched, and Drupal’s 10th birthday was celebrated at the amazing DrupalCon... More

Drupal SEO: The Intersection of Tech and Marketing

Many a well-formed Drupal site has been hacked to pieces by an "evil" Drupal-ignorant marketing agency. "Why? In heavens name, WHY?!" the developer cries as title tags are embedded into theme files, analyticscode is dropped into footer blocks, and mal-formed content is pastedinto node bodies. Devastated, they choke back the bitter taste of tears that only a quad-espresso from the Pasquini Livia in the kitchen could wash away.
OK, I'm exaggerating a little...not even espresso could wash those tears away.
What's sad is that I hear this story from my developer friends all the time. They built a... More

Announcing the Office of the CTO at Acquia

There are two things that I need most; (a) a hair cut and (b) more time. A hair cut I just got last weekend so that leaves me with finding more time.
I need more time because things continue to grow: Acquia now has more than 100 people and a product portfolio with multiple product lines; we're growing the Drupal Association so we can organize more and bigger events and keep improving our website and infrastructure; I'm bootstrapping Drupal 8 development; and more.
While I have many people helping me, I need to continue to scale myself as things grow. There are things I want to do that I'm... More

Acquia goes to the Caribbean

This week many of us at Acquia will be on an epic trip to the Caribbean.
Venture backed start-ups set aggressive goals. At Acquia, our goal for 2010 was to increase 2009 revenue by 250%. No small goal, no small feat. In the beginning of 2010, most people in the company were skeptical that we would make the goal. Jokingly, we set a "stretch goal": if we increased revenues by more than 450%, we'd do something crazy. We decided that we would fly the entire staff and their significant others to some place warm.
The passion, drive and energy on the team was... More

Life in the Cloud

While I love life in the Internet Cloud, it was a gray, rainy few days at the end of last week.
While it's easy to point fingers at Amazon Web Services, I'm focused on how Acquia can do better. Our goal is to deliver fantastic end-to-end service and support for our customers' web sites irrespective of problems in the underlying infrastructure. That's for us to worry about, mitigate against, and repair — not you.
The View from Acquia
We partnered with Amazon as the leading provider and innovator of Cloud infrastructure. But more importantly, we designed our high-availability architecture... More

Network services alert

This is an Acquia Service Alert to all Acquia subscribers.
Update - 2:10p ET
The Acquia Network is now accessible and normal operations are restored, except for access to the Acquia Library. We will continue to monitor for additional issues and will alert you if any occur.
This was obviously a major event. We will follow up with further details about what happened and what actions we are taking to mitigate against future such outages after we review the situation and put a plan in place.
Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Update - 12:40p ET
We continue to... More

Hopes and beliefs for Open Source web projects

Open source is the best way to build and distribute software. There are few things about which I'm more convinced. In some, but not all cases, Open Source also offers a viable business model. When it does, it's great because it allows you to do well and do good at the same time. I'm convinced that Open Source is the future for all software needs, but niche applications. I believe in this so sincerely that I've spent over ten years of my life building Open Source software, and I haven't once faltered on my resolve. In fact, I've become more convinced over the years.
The second factor about... More

Run Acquia Cloud Sites With Svn, Git, Bzr or Any Other System

Acquia Cloud will be adding native support for git soon, but it is already the version control system (VCS) of choice for many developers. You can develop and host existing projects on the Acquia Cloud right now using git–or many other VCS’s: Subversion (svn), bazaar (bzr), mercurial (hg), CVS, and more–with a one-time setup of your development environment.
Acquia's Jakub Suchy did a nice job explaining how to develop in git, but release with svn for the Acquia Cloud (then still called Acquia Hosting) by using the git-svn... More

Drupal Gardens adds Webform email notifications, ThemeBuilder enhancements and more

The Drupal Gardens service was updated on 4/8/2011 with the following new features and bug fixes.   read more
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What NOT to Look at in E2.0 Solutions

Thanks to Alexander Wolfe of InformationWeek for the timely article published over the weekend, “IT Pro Ranking: Enterprise 2.0 Vendors,” where InformationWeek surveyed 619 business technology professionals regarding 1.) if they have deployed an Enterprise 2.0 application, and 2.) how vendors perform on 12 standard benchmarks, as well as specific criteria tailored for the E2.0 category. It’s timely because I just completed an article with Acquia’s... More

Acquia Podcast 28: Leisa Reichelt on Design in Drupal

Ever since her introduction to the Drupal community as part of the drupal.org redesign, Leisa Reichelt has been an active participant in the issue of design in Drupal. In this episode we discuss her involvement in the drupal.org redesign and D7UX projects, as well as the Prairie Initiative (including where the name Prairie comes from), her new project for improving the design of drupal.org to make it more useful and welcoming for new users.
Show notes:
Leisa's blog - http://www.disambiguity.com/
Prairie Initiative -... More

Multiple sites per server on Acquia Dev Cloud

When we announced Acquia Dev Cloud at Drupalcon Chicago last month, we said it was primarily designed for professional developers who build and deploy multiples Drupal sites. Today, we are delivering one of the key features behind that promise: the ability to click to create and manage multiple sites on a single Dev Cloud account.
In case you haven't had a chance to watch the Dev Cloud webinar, here's a quick summary of what Dev Cloud offers:
Acquia’s... More

Acquia Search Available for Drupal 7

On Monday we made a series of module and service releases to bring Acquia Search to Drupal 7:
The Apache Solr Search Integration project version 7.x-1.0-beta4 includes a number of new features, API improvements, and fixes, including changes to the Solr schema.
Acquia Network Connector project version 7.x-1.1 now includes the Acquia Search module which integrates the Drupal 7.x version of Apache Solr Search Integration with the... More

How Drupal and Acquia Help Protect Against Web Attacks

Security, or lack thereof, seems to be a popular theme these days, especially as it applies to web applications and even more specifically to open-source CMS. Earlier this week, Mathew Schwartz from InformationWeek wrote an article, Web Applications See Sharp Rise in Attacks, in which he referenced the latest HP DVLabs "2010 Top Cyber Security Risks Report" that brought into question the security of open source CMS applications.
The idea that open-source is also an open-door for... More

Acquia Podcast 27: Ben Kaplan on the Janrain module

With all of the social networks out there that you want to integrate into your site, wouldn't it be nice if there was one central service that could integrate will all of them? Well, now there is. In this episode I talk with Ben Kaplan (aka BenK), one of the co-maintainers of the Janrain Engage module. Janrain Engage is a service that integrates with all of the social network APIs (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Orkut, etc.) and adds that information to your site.... More

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