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CIOs are starting to take notice of Drupal

Drupal.org recently featured a detailed use case about InterMedia Outdoors switching to Drupal. InterMedia Outdoors boasts a network of 16 websites, a portfolio of 15 magazines, 25 market-leading television productions, 2 syndicated radio shows, and more.
What the use case didn't mention is that they are migrating off of FatWire, a proprietary web content management system (WCMS) that is Forrester's current poster child in the... More

Building The Community Through Non-Drupal User Education

The other day I was speaking to Dave Terry from Mediacurrent, an Acquia Gold Partner, and we were discussing a variety of topics. More specifically, the conversation gravitated towards our perception of the Drupal blogsphere. It seems that the majority of posts are technical. This is to be expected for the most part, and has certainly helped Drupal flourish and grow.
However, what about people like me who don't have an in-depth programming background? Luckily, I work at Acquia and am surrounded by people who can help me lower my Drupal learning curve. Drupal is complex and it takes... More

Acquia Search versus Drupal search

It's been several days since we launched Acquia Search commercially. After reviewing the press, articles, comments, and tweets, I wanted to address the question of why we seem to care so much about search and why we can't simply improve Drupal's built-in search module. These questions came up during the beta test period as well, and have even resonated with the WordPress community on Matt Mullenweg's blog. I feel they are important questions to address.
I've... More

Acquia Search: benefits for site administrators

Yesterday we took the beta-wraps off of Acquia Search, and I followed up with a post about why Acquia Search matters for site visitors. We're still having some good discussions in the comments and the Twitter-sphere, but today I want to talk a bit more about the technical details. How does Acquia Search work, what does our infrastructure look like, and why is it a great deal for site owners?
Acquia Search is a hosted search service based on the... More

Acquia Search: benefits for visitors

Why will the visitors of your site care about Acquia Search? For a while now, I have Acquia Search installed on my personal site. To understand what Acquia Search can do for your site, have a look at what it has done for my site. While I have a very simple Drupal site, you should be able to experience some of the benefits of Acquia Search.
For example, search for "Drupal" on my site (use the search widget in the sidebar) and you can see the facets that allow you to filter the results by topic, location and industry. Using these facets, it... More

Acquia Search available commercially

It's a big day for us at Acquia. We finally took the beta-wraps off of Acquia Search, and made it available commercially as part of the Acquia Network. Thanks to the 250+ beta testers who helped make our hosted search service fit for use in production environments, including Brightcove, JackBe Developer Community, P-O-P Design,... More

The death of the Drupal programmer

Okay, so that’s going a bit too far. But we’re getting ever closer to the dream module and theme updates and installs using a GUI in your browser!
Many thanks to cwgordon, Joshua Rogers, dww and especially chx for kicking some serious arse on this issue and getting us very close.

That’s right, in Drupal 7 you will be able to update your modules and themes without learning FTP, SSH or CVS.
Check out my latest screencast
and... More

Gartner and Acquia's Raison d'Etre

I was re-reading the October, 2008 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software last week. Gartner of course, is a key analyst for many enterprises evaluating IT strategies or making tactical decisions on software deployments. We've been speaking to them about the convergence of web content management and social software, something we call "social publishing". The study I was reading only evaluated part of Drupal's capabilities, the social ones, but it still fared... More

Drupal 7 usability code sprint in The Netherlands

On Friday, there is a Drupal meetup happening in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I'm planning to attend so looking forward to meet some of you there.
On Saturday and Sunday, a smaller group of core developers will meet in the offices of One Shoe in downtown Utrecht to work on the ongoing Drupal 7 usability efforts. According to the event page on groups.drupal.org, confirmed attendees for the sprint... More

Drupal Design tipping point?

This weekend, 150+ people assembled at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge for the first-ever Design4Drupal Camp. This was unique in that a large majority of the attendees were deeply involved in design - not just coding modules. While some of the usual suspects were there, many designers were meeting each other for the first time.
What was most exciting for me is that it felt like... More

Acquia Search screencast with RedMonk


In this screencast, Bryan House from Acquia discusses Acquia Search with Michael Coté from RedMonk. Great demo, Bryan!
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Drupal 7 testing: status update and next steps

The first version of Drupal's automated test framework was developed in 2004 by Moshe Weitzman. It started as a simple wrapper around the SimpleTest unit testing framework. Later, Thomas Ilsche and Rok Zlender extended it as part of the... More

Beautiful Drupal - growing the designer community and its impact

I'm happy to have seen the good response to my "What shall we do about themes?" post. I'm particularly glad to see a bunch of self-described designers participating, and to see the thoughtfulness of the comments.
From the 50+ comments, a few consistent messages emerged (no editorial pen here; just consolidating / summarizing):
Designers need a non-CVS way to submit themes. Drumbeat. Drumbeat. Drumbeat. (Of course, this doesn't solve the problem of how we actually do version control on those themes, but hey - it's a clear message.)
"Default... More

Updating modules and themes in Drupal 7

The problem: Updates in Drupal require FTP / SSH and a bit of know how
When the average Drupal site owner without ssh, cvs and other geek gadgets wants to update modules on or themes on their Drupal site, they currently have to do the following:
Go update status and see the mod is out of date
Take the site offline
Make a backup (if they can)
Know where to find the module on d.o., download the tarball
Unzip the tarball
Remove the current directory
Use FTP to upload the new directory
Run update.php
We’re trying to provide a way that users can get the same user friendliness of a package... More

Drupal in the .org pavillion at Open Source World


I received word this morning that the Drupal Association has been awarded a booth in the .org pavilion. The Bay Area has a strong Drupal community and we anticipate have a good cross section of support from the local community to help staff the booth. But if you are planning to be at Open Source world, or you would like to help staff the booth, please feel free to sign-up to staff the Drupal booth.
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Living in a free world panel at Gilbane content solutions conference

Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to participate in the living in the free world panel at the Gilbane Content Solution conference. The panel was hosted by Joseph Bachana, the president of DPCI, and Acquia platinum partner. The panel included Jeremiah Owyang, the web content management analyst for Forester Research. I was also joined by Steve Kotrch, Director, Publishing Technology, Simon... More

Screencasts - Install and Update Acquia Drupal from SVN


Watch these videos to see how to install Acquia
Drupal from the Subversion repository and then how simple it is to do
clean and fast updates to your SVN-enabled Drupal website.

More information on installation and use of the Acquia Drupal SVN
repository can be found in Acquia's SVN documentation.

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Acquia Documentation Survey - Results - The Way Forward

Acquia Documentation Survey - Results - The Way Forward

Many thanks to all who provided feedback in the recent survey about Acquia’s documentation.

Here are the results of the survey’s multiple choice questions and some of the conclusions we have drawn from them.

Question 1: "Have you ever used Acquia’s documentation?"

Just under half the survey respondents said yes. - Acquia’s overarching mission is to improve Drupal and make it accessible to the broadest possible audience. In this vein, the primary goal of Acquia’s freely available ... More

Drupal at San Fransico State University, presentation to students and staff

Last year I met Sameer Verma, a professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. I was immediately intrigued by his class which involves giving business students the job of building an online business using Drupal. The students are required to vet and justify each contributed module and how it helps users and the business.
A few weeks ago I was asked to present to students, staff, and faculty about the Drupal project.
Kieran Lal speaks at SF State from Sameer Verma on... More

Drupal 7 usability: next steps

Improving the usability of Drupal is very important. Yesterday, I wrote about the progress that was made on Drupal 7 usability -- the community has made a ton of incremental improvements, while Mark and Leisa have been preparing mockups and wireframes that provide significant over-arching improvements to Drupal's ease of use. Combined, I believe these efforts could make Drupal 7 a great release. A release that the Drupal project needs since our competitors are catching up in terms of functionality and flexibility. Likewise... More

Drupal 7 usability: status update

Based on a survey that I conducted last year, it was clear that one of the community's key goals is making Drupal easier to use. This is not really all that surprising. An easier to use Drupal means a Drupal that attracts more users, and therefore more potential contributors. It also means existing contributors spend less time doing custom work on their sites or developing training materials to help make Drupal palatable to their clients, and more time on making Drupal rock. And finally, it is strategically important for the future of the Drupal project to make our usability match the prowess... More

Acquia featured in the Boston Globe

Acquia was featured in today's Boston Globe. The article, titled Start-up built on free software, talks about the growing interest in Open Source during tough economic times. The Boston Globe is a daily newspaper based in Boston, owned by The New York Times Company, with an average circulation of 350,000. Nice!

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What shall we do about Themes?

Update - 22 Feb 2010: One of the issues lightly touched on below is the market need for some themes besides those on drupal.org. Acquia has started to collect both themes, as well as links to theme providers, at a new site devoted to the design-aspects of Drupal. See design.acquia.com for more information.
(Original post follows.)
For almost as long as I've been involved with Drupal, there's been a running complaint – either a (false) perception or (true) reality – that Drupal is "theme-challenged" compared to alternatives like Joomla and WordPress... More

Screencast - Acquia Drupal Stack Installer - Now with multisite support.


Click on the video below to see how simple it is to install multiple, local Acquia Drupal websites, Apache 2, PHP5, and MySQL with the Acquia Drupal stack installer.

Deutsche Version: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast
Versione in Italiano: Multisite Acquia Drupal Stack Installer screencast

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Multiple Drupal sites & virtual hosts on Acquia Drupal Stack Installer (DAMP)

A little over a month ago we posted a survey asking what you wanted to see next in the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer (a.k.a. DAMP). According the survey results, the most requested feature was support for multiple virtual hosts so you could easily set up multiple Drupal web sites using any local URL. For example: http://mysite.localhost or http://myclient.theirdomain.com, etc.
I am happy to announce we recently released a new version of the Acquia Drupal... More

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