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Survey / contest: Acquia Network Services

Dries & I (well, let's just say "Acquia") are doing a little research and we want you guys to be a part of it. We're looking down the road and evaluating a variety of new things to add to our product offerings. We're interested in your feedback because we want to be sure build what you actually want, vs. what we imagine you want.
So help us get it right by taking our little survey. You should be able to complete it in under 5 minutes.
Now as much as we'd like to think you'd do this because you love Dries, Drupal & Acquia, I'm sure more of you will talk to us if we give away some... More

Drupal 7 File System Changes

On July 26 and 27 I participated on behalf of Acquia in a code sprint with a great group of other Drupal contributors at the Zivetch offices in Philadelphia. Aaron Winborn has already written a good summary of the event. I want to focus here on a big piece of the work that progressed but wasn't finished at the sprint: the File API Stream Wrapper Conversion patch (which weighs in at a big 230 kB and changes 54 files).
Jon Stacey and I reached an important milestone... More

On Drupal certification programs

Every once in a while, the discussion of Drupal cerification comes up. Is a Drupal certification program a good thing or a bad thing? Are certification programs overrated? Isn't one's track record as a contributor on drupal.org the best measure of someone's past (and possibly future) performance? Should the Drupal Association manage the program, and if not, then who? What do other Open Source projects do?
Lots of unknowns and lots of subjective questions always make for a good discussion.
While I'm often skeptical about certification programs myself, I do see the value in them.... More

Acquia adds 200 new customers in six months

I've posted a good bit about Acquia lately, because we had a lot of exciting things happening, and because I'm proud of the body of work that the Acquia team is producing, often in close cooperation with the Drupal community.
Still, a lot of people ask me how Acquia is doing and whether the support business model is working. In this post, and in an accompanying press release, I want to provide some additional... More

Acquia Podcast 13: Phase2 Technology Interview about Tattler

In this podcast, Bryan House talks to the team at Acquia Gold Partner Phase2 Technology about their latest Drupal distribution, Tattler. Tattler is an open source topic monitoring tool.
The Tattler application takes advantage of semantic technologies to find and aggregate content on the Web for advocacy organizations, think tanks and journalists seeking to stay on top of issues across the web. Hear from Frank Febbraro,... More

Acquia.com website refresh

For those who haven't seen it yet, we've refreshed the Acquia website, both the design and the content. I think we've taken a big step forward with the new design (apart from putting my picture on the main page). The most noticeable change is that the previous version of the website was targeted at the existing Drupal community, whereas the new version speaks to new and different target audiences; designers, developers, and business owners that might not be familiar with Drupal. This is a fairly radical change in our messaging... More

A great kickoff of design.acquia.com as a design-focused Drupal resource

It is so amazing to have a great, global community of passionate Drupalists. It usually means that you can quickly find people who are of like mind that want to help the Drupal world grow in ways that are new, unique, and useful. Today is no exception: I'm happy to say that Jeff Burns and Acquia have partnered to merge his 3rd World Themes project into Acquia's design-oriented microsite design.acquia.com.
I think this is an important... More

Acquia raises $8 million series B

I'm very pleased to announce that Acquia has raised an additional 8 million USD in a Series B round of funding. As explained in our press release, the investment was led by our existing investors, North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners. Combined with our Series A funding, this brings our total funding to 15 million USD.
The... More

Adding help text to your Drupal forms using the Popups API

It seems fairly often that I put links into Drupal help text. It's a great way to show some extended descriptions or direct people to administrative options. The only annoying thing is that it really disrupts the UX. If you are entering a new node, you risk leaving an unsaved form. If you use target="_blank" then you risk confusion by having multiple windows open. So, after reading Gábor's post on D7UX overlays I decided to try out the Popups API module... More

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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