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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

How we architected the CSS for Views on D7

Let's just make one thing clear at the outset. Views is big. It's big like an aircraft carrier and it's big like Lebowski. If you use Drupal, you probably also use Views. Updating Views to D7 was no small task. Acquia, in an effort to update the UI of Views and integrate it into DrupalGardens, sponsored a code sprint in San Jose, CA at the end of February 2011. The sprint achieved more than any expected, due in... More

Five Findings on Community Management

If you haven’t seen it already, last week Jim Storer and The Community Roundtable team released their 2011 State of Community Management Report. I’m just getting my hands on it now as I was out on vacation last week (thank a niece and nephew who had to go to Disney World!). But I was happy to come back to see the report was released! The report compiles lessons learned and facts from the past year that have been discussed by members and outlines Best Practices from Community, Social Media,... More

A fresh look at the Media Gallery module for Drupal 7

Yesterday, we made a shiny new beta release of the Media Gallery module on drupal.org.
The Media Gallery module allows you to add flexible, extensible image and video galleries to your Drupal 7 sites and populate them with just a few clicks. If you haven't tried the Media Gallery module yet, or if you have tried it but ran into issues getting it working on your site, now's a great time to download the new 7.x-1.0-beta4 version, which resolves many of the bugs that were reported in previous... More

A more usable Drupal

At the beginning of the D7UX project, the very first screencast by Mark and Leisa revealed confusion over Drupal’s installer. Overnight, patches were created to remove the confusion. This situation reveals how fantastic the community is at rising to fix issues that are backed by data.

Imagine if all issues or design suggestions resolved themselves this quickly. Would the toolbar redesign have taken fewer than 300 comments, and less than seven months to resolve if instead we were provided with data demonstrating that each tested participant found the redesigned toolbar to be more effective?... More

Virtual Code Sprint for Apache Solr Search Integration

Would you like to help get the Apache Solr Search Integration module to a stable and feature-full release for Drupal 7? We are planning a virtual code sprint for Friday April 8 through April 13. That spans a weekend with the expectation that some sprinters will be able to more actively participate during a weekend, and others during work days. The sprint will encompass topics including integration with Facet API, integration with Views, UI improvements, and expanded test coverage.
From Acquia both Chris Pliakas (... More

The New Front End Design Stack - The Role of Responsive Web Design

Ethan Marcotte established the idea of responsive web design in his 2010 A List Apart article of the same title.  Succinctly, responsive web design is device-agnostic content presentation. A responsive design looks great on a desktop monitor, a tiny phone screen or a large format display.  This brief paper first details where responsive web design fits in the front end design stack. Then it will describe how a... More

Starter tips to engage with the Drupal community

It is very common for people to have a hard time starting out with Drupal and gradually improve their relationship with it–I mean both the software and the community! I'm going to take the liberty here of sharing some of the insights I have gained over the years that can help you in and help you through the tough spots.
My history in open source
I started actively contributing to the PHP community in 2000 and Drupal a few years later, so I have had time to figure out how you can find your place and become an active member of an open source community. I presented sessions titled Come for the... More

How to reach 90% and make it stick: Lessons from Acquia's DrupalCon training


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This DrupalCon Chicago, I delivered a full day training with a cross functional team of Acquians on "Upgrading your site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7". By account of evaluation results and my own perception we were successful in delivering an experience which provided real practiced knowledge while engaging a diverse group. There were also a couple themes for improvement which I'll be
touching on, the process of preparation and perhaps a bad joke or two.

Preparation

Heather James - our training... More

Drupal Adapter: A podcast about converting to Drupal

Author: Heather James @learningdrupal
This is the first in a series of podcasts where I'll be talking to people who have converted to using Drupal. I've chosen to name it to 'Drupal Adapter' to extend the notion of plugging into Drupal from another system. It isn't always easy- let's share experience and help others find their way. Drupal wins when people bring their experience and knowledge to the project.
Are you coming to Drupal from another language, framework or system? Hopefully this podcast series will help you.
Did you already come from... More

Taking aim at a box of Legos

One can only assume that Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal are making it hard to close deals for Adobe's Business Catalyst (BC). Why else would Brent Weaver - a BC partner(?) - have to blow off steam shooting pieces of paper with a machine gun?
Brent is apparently preparing to show the world that BC does some things better than all three of the major PHP CMS solutions. Looking at the marketing video it isn't hard to imagine what they are:... More

Proprietary software vendors take aim at Open Source


Every few months it seems, a proprietary vendor from the closed source world decides that they can take on open source software. Maybe they think it's an easy target; maybe they're worried about losing more and more deals to free software; maybe they're threatened by the fact that communities of thousands can write great code and build great products. Or maybe they are just plain scared.

The latest attack

Whatever the reason, Brent Weaver from Business Catalyst Gurus has done just this, too - but in an incredibly disturbing, over the top way. Have a look at his video,... More

Acquia Podcast 26: Ryan Szrama on Drupal Commerce

Drupal Commerce, the logical successor to Ubercart, is the new e-commerce platform for Drupal 7. It has been completely re-written from the ground up to take advantage of the new Fields API in Drupal 7, and is incredibly powerful and flexible. Join me as I talk with Ryan Szrama of Commerce Guys, the driving force behind Drupal Commerce, as we talk about the development process and all the cool things you can do with Drupal Commerce.
Links mentioned:Drupal Commerce siteDrupal... More

Gov embraces Drupal for web needs

More government departments and agencies - including WhiteHouse.gov - are using content management system Drupal to build a web presence that aligns with their mission goals.
When he took office, President Obama called for more openness and transparency in government; Drupal allows agencies to put information online and incorporate social functions like Twitter and Facebook integration, blogs and forums.
With Drupal, agencies can add features to their website "without writing any line of code," said Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal, in an interview with the DorobekINSIDER. Buytaert is also... More

Apache Solr module Chicago Slides and Roadmap

At Drupalcon Chicago, Chris Pliakas and I presented Attain Apache Solr Coding Chops to an enthusiastic audience. While some of the content was similar to past presentations, we updated it to highlight more of the changes in the Drupal 7.x-1.x version, and Chris added new recipes for building customized search forms and results. A PDF of the slides is attached, and the video is available already on archive.org.
We... More

Drupal Gardens adds the power of Views 3 with a new user-interface

Back in June 2010, we decided we wanted to put the Views 3 module into Drupal Gardens to provide site builders everywhere with Views' power and flexibility to manage dynamic content. We have often said that on the Drupal learning curve, Views is the second major "Aha!" moment for a new Drupal user. There is no better way to put together dynamic custom displays and mashups of content, media, user-profiles, comments and more (for more details on what Views can do see below).
But we also knew that the existing... More

Drupal Gardens - Now with Views 3!

Back in June 2010, we decided we wanted to put the Views 3 module into Drupal Gardens to provide site builders everywhere with Views' power and flexibility to manage dynamic content. We have often said that on the Drupal learning curve, Views is the second major "Aha!" moment for a new Drupal user. There is no better way to put together dynamic custom displays and mashups of content, media, user-profiles, comments and more (for more details on what Views can do see below).... More

Acquia Podcast 25: Greg Knaddison and Ben Jeavons on Certified to Rock

Certified To Rock has been a topic of much discussion in the Drupal community since it first came on the scene last year. In this episode I talk to Greg Knaddison and Ben Jeavons of Growing Venture Solutions, two of the driving forces behind CTR. We talk about how it came to be, what its purpose is, and future plans to enhance it even more.
Links mentioned in the show:
Certified to Rock blogCTR on Twitter... More

Acquia Network 2.0

We just re-launched the Acquia Network with a new look and feel, powerful new services and a new developer-focused subscription. Peter Guagenti, who has championed the effort within Acquia, has all the details in his announcement blog post. The Acquia Network is near and dear to my heart as it has been the core of our offerings since the founding of the company and is a... More

Acquia Network 2.0

We just re-launched the Acquia Network with a new look and feel, powerful new services and a new developer-focused subscription. Peter Guagenti, who has championed the effort within Acquia, has all the details in his announcement blog post. The Acquia Network is near and dear to my heart as it has been the core of our offerings since the founding of the company and is a key element for... More

What's in an API?

The Acquia Network is getting a serious shot in the arm in the opening months of 2011, and by shot in the arm, I mean something like what turned Jekyll into Hyde—except without the ragged clothes, anger and top hat. OK, maybe we’ll take the top hat.
This week we’ll be launching a series of enhancements to the site, starting with a new design that not only looks much cleaner, but makes getting to the tools you need much simpler. There’s also the added Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud tools and enhancements that our hosting team has been working on (I won’t steal their thunder, but it is one of the... More

Rebooting the Acquia Network: New Tools & Services, Same Commitment to Customers

We are very proud to announce today the launch of a revamp of the Acquia Network. The Acquia Network has been at the heart of our offerings to customers since the founding of the company. This launch is the start of a massive upgrade in the software and services Acquia provides to help our customers be successful building and maintaining Drupal sites.
Building on feedback from our customers, we have refocused the Acquia Network on providing value to our subscribers in... More

How Al Jazeera successfully managed through the turmoil

The following blog post was published as a guest blog post on Forbes.com. I wrote it after Al Jazeera successfully moved some of their Drupal sites from their traditional hosting company to Acquia Hosting (now called Acquia Managed Cloud) to help them survive a 2,000% traffic increase as a result of the crises in the Middle East. The blog post provides real proof of how the Cloud helped one of the largest news... More

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