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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

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

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