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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

Drupal Gardens Surpasses 40,000 Sites

Drupal Gardens passed a significant milestone yesterday, 40,000 sites created!    This is an especially exciting moment for me as Acquia gets ready to exit the Drupal Gardens beta program tomorrow. Reaching 40,000 blew away my expectations for the number of beta sites, a testament to the market's excitement of having the most powerful social publishing system available in a SaaS environment.read more
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Drupal Gardens Surpasses 40,000 Sites

Drupal Gardens passed a significant milestone yesterday, 40,000 sites created! This is an especially exciting moment for me as Acquia gets ready to exit the Drupal Gardens beta program tomorrow. Reaching 40,000 blew away my expectations for the number of beta sites, a testament to the market’s excitement of having the most powerful social publishing system available in a SaaS environment.
Acquia never felt it was enough to simply offer SaaS Drupal, though. We wanted to overcome the key limitation of SaaS – ownership of the application and the data... More

Introducing Acquia Dev Cloud

It has been only 18 months since we launched Acquia Hosting. Today, Acquia Hosting is serving 2.2 billion page views a month for several hundred customers and growing rapidly. In those 18 months, we also built a lot of tools to help organizations manage their entire Drupal workflow process from development to staging and production. The combined result is that we've built one of the world's best managed cloud environments for Drupal, and have proven that we can scale any Drupal site to meet the needs of the largest enterprises.
During this time, we received a lot of demand for a lower-... More

Introducing Acquia Dev Cloud

It has been only 18 months since we launched Acquia Hosting. Today, Acquia Hosting is serving 2.2 billion page views a month for several hundred customers and growing rapidly. In those 18 months, we also built a lot of tools to help organizations manage their entire Drupal workflow process from development to staging and production. The combined result is that we've built one of the world's best managed cloud environments for Drupal, and have proven that we can scale any Drupal site to meet the needs of the largest enterprises.

During this time, we received a lot of demand for a lower-... More

Acquia Gives Back (by sorting four tons of food!)

Acquians had a great day yesterday at the Greater Boston Food Bank preparing food and household goods for distribution to 550 charitable organization throughout eastern Massachusetts. We combed through 7,661 pounds of donations, discarding spoiled, leaking and post-dated items, and put the remainder in boxes of related items, ready for delivery. On average, each volunteer made possible 112 meals for the needy.
Just as a part of Acquia's mission is to contribute to the vibrancy of the Drupal community that sustains our business, we feel it's important to... More

Well, Hello Drupal!


Drupal is growing!
At Acquia, we're very proud of Drupal's growth, however, it does mean that companies and organizations are challenged to build their teams. We're excited that we can offer such great news to those who are anxious about finding meaningful careers. From government agencies, to small companies; from boutique development shops to large agencies; with roles in project management, development, design, sales... Drupal really has so much to offer. This is awesome news in this current economic climate, all over the world: Drupal offers excellent careers with innovative software in... More

World leaders using Drupal

I'm happy to share another gigantic win for Drupal; the World Economic Forum (the Forum) has launched their internal collaboration platform on Drupal. The Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders. It is best known for its annual meeting in Davos. Their World Economic Leaders Community (WELCOM) is where they will engage online to address the most pressing business and global challenges.
This means that the... More

World leaders using Drupal

I'm happy to share another gigantic win for Drupal; the World Economic Forum (the Forum) has launched their internal collaboration platform on Drupal. The Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders. It is best known for its annual meeting in Davos. Their World Economic Leaders Community (WELCOM) is where they will engage online to address the most pressing business and global challenges.
This means that the... More

Tesla Motors using Drupal

Tesla Moters is using Drupal for their website: http://www.teslamotors.com. Really beautiful design.

Tesla went public last year; it is the first American automaker to go public since Ford Motor's IPO more than 50 years ago.

Last month, Acquia employees (including myself) got to ride a Tesla Roadster Sport. It is a 100% electric sports car that boasts 288 horse power. The car goes from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. Not bad for a battery-powered car.

Impressive car, impressive company and impressive website. :)

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Tesla Motors using Drupal

Tesla Moters is using Drupal for their website: http://www.teslamotors.com. Really beautiful design.
Tesla went public last year; it is the first American automaker to go public since Ford Motor's IPO more than 50 years ago.
Last month, Acquia employees (including myself) got to ride a Tesla Roadster Sport. It is a 100% electric sports car that boasts 288 horse power. The car goes from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. Not bad for a battery-powered car.
Impressive car, impressive company and impressive website. :)

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Drupal... Marketing. Marketing... Drupal. Nice to meet you!

We are only a couple of weeks into 2011, but we’ve already had a very exciting start to the New Year with the launch of Drupal 7, version 1.3 of Drupal Commons, and the release of the upgrades in functionality for Drupal Gardens. Not to mention, it was announced that all Acquians +1 are invited to celebrate our 2010 success in Puerto Rico this April. It’s the beginning of a year that we anticipate will be filled with fantastic growth, challenges, learning, and fun!
As we look forward and think about our plans for the year, we have made a conscious decision to focus a large portion of our... More

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