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How to Make Your Drupal Website Multilingual

As the site manager for acquia.com, I had a lot to think about when we originally decided to translate the site into other languages. Why are we translating? What will we be translating? How will we handle pages that aren’t translated? What modules do we need to add? What translation services will we use? How will we maintain all languages? What are the best ways to achieve my goals in Drupal 7? My past experience with translation in Drupal was with a Drupal 6 website and we did a multisite install, so we shared modules and themes but had separate websites and databases. Why are you... More

Agile Software Development – Cracking the Code

Part of the "All the things you need to know to be a great Drupal developer" blog series Cassette, VCR, disposable cameras, pager, dial-in Internet, CD’s, CD-player, maps, encyclopedia, waterfall model for software development etc. Well this list represents things that make us nostalgic and remind us of the ugly truth of how things quickly become obsolete in the agile world of technology. Agile methodology is one of those things that grew out of obsolescence. It was an evolution for software teams to finally move from the conventional waterfall model to something that was more dynamic. In an... More

How-to configure faceted search interface with Acquia Search

Implementing grade-A site search functionality is not easy to achieve. Proprietary search solution tend to carry very expensive licensing fees and provide limited flexibility when integrated with open source solutions such as Drupal. Conversely, open source search engines such as Apache Solr are devoid of licensing fees and have tight integration with CMSes like Drupal, however they can also be challenging to deploy and maintain. Acquia Search provides the power and flexibility of open source while eliminating the maintenance tax. Acquia Search is a fully managed SaaS offering that integrates... More

"Now I break other people's modules!" Meet Angie Byron, Part 2

In this episode – "Meet Angie Byron, Part 2: The Return of the Webchick" – we cover how Angie got into the Drupal project, how to hide under blankets, and how to break other people's modules. In part one of this conversation, we talked about the state of Drupal 8 as of spring 2013, what's gone into it so far, what we can expect from the next major point release of Drupal and the fact that Angie has the best job description ever: "My job is to make Drupal awesome." Newbies have it hard: a comic Angie's... More

The Death of Enterprise Software?

Last week, IBM announced disappointing earnings, which caused the biggest decline for IBM shares in eight years. IBM lost $19 billion in market value. IBM’s drop follows Oracle, who also reported disappointing earnings in its last quarter. Both companies had a similar explanation for why the numbers were down - a shortfall in sales execution in their software businesses. Really? It’s always easy to blame sales people for poor performance. But are we expected to believe that the same sales team who delivered consistent performance in the past is now to blame for a huge revenue miss? Or are... More

Drolutions - On Drupal's flexible framework

Part of being a member of the Acquia Solutions Architecture team is coming up with creative solutions on a daily basis. When discussing a certain use case, usually our team comes up with at least 4 different ways of solving a particular problem in Drupal. Ranging from ingenious, to stark raving mad or even just plain funny, but all technically valid. While discussing these, sometimes, outrageous ideas get merged into a valid solution that meets all requirements. This got me thinking, why is that? We all know Drupal can do lots of different things. And by "we" I mean people who use Drupal on a... More

And the Finalists Are . . .

We’re proud to announce the finalists for Acquia’s inaugural Partner Sites of the Year Award Program. We were thrilled by the response; our partners submitted 114 sites across a range of categories. The competition was strong across many of the categories, particularly in higher education and public sector. A panel of Acquia executives poured over the entries and selected the following 21 sites as finalists for this year’s award program. And without further ado, the finalists are . . . General Commercial Genuine Interactive, Imprivata... More

"My job is to make Drupal awesome": meet Angie Byron - part 1

I recently sat down at Acquia HQ with my friend and colleague, Angela "webchick" Byron. She is a Drupal core co-maintainer, book author, Drupal Association board member, public speaker, equality advocate, and all-around powerhouse contributor. Angie works with Drupal Lead, Dries Buyteart, in the Acquia Office of the CTO (OCTO): "My job is to make Drupal awesome. We figure out together what's the biggest thing holding Drupal back right now, and whatever it is, we just tackle it." This is part one of a two-part conversation. Here, we discuss the... More

How-to with Cloud API and Cloud Hooks

Drupal has so much to offer to developers. It allows you to experiment, innovate and work with innumerable modules. Drupal does not try to limit you. Wouldn’t it be great if your hosting platform also offered multiple interfaces and functionality? Well, Acquia Cloud allows you to extend its capabilities using cloud API and cloud hooks. Some of you are perhaps familiar with the workflow UI page on the cloud platform. The UI lets you instantly deploy code, files and databases using a simple “Drag and Drop” function. But as a developer, I would like to know that I have more options to work... More

"In accessibility there is usability": meet Vincenzo Rubano

If you can, I would like you to make a donation to this IndieGoGo campaign to help Vincenzo Rubano DrupalCon Portland. What's this all about? Read on. FOSS is your license to make a difference Lately, some people on the web have been making arguments like "It doesn't matter if a CMS is open source or proprietary. It's about features and service. I promise my (proprietary, license-fee charging) CMS will do what you need. Nobody cares about the rest." I call BS. I say being free and open source... More

First Steps on the Road to a Big Data Project

When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this sixth, and final, installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?" "Start small with Big Data," is the advice from author Bill Franks. Bill... More

Acquia and Evergage Partner to Help Customers Boost Engagement

Written by: Evergage We are very excited to announce a partnership between Evergage and Acquia that will make it even easier for Acquia customers to better understand and respond to their visitors and users using Evergage. Inclusion of Evergage in the Acquia Network has been in the works ever since Acquia's own Rob Loach took the lead in developing the Evergage module for both Acquia’s own internal use and for the use of the Drupal community. Web... More

Sign up for a Views mini-course!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm getting my own show at Acquia! *doing tap dance with jazz hands* OK, not a show, more like a virtual classroom! Each Wednesday, I'll be talking you through tutorials to learn Drupal. These will be recorded of course, but please do sign up to the live classes to get your questions answered. First class on Views: sign up here! Free Mini-courses! I'll be grouping the classes into "mini-courses". These will be based on distributions, specific modules or... More

Drupal UX and design ninja Matt Edmunds

Matt Edmunds, UX Interaction Designer at Acquia, talks about his 9+ years of working with Drupal ... since version 4.3! This gave us the chance to reminisce about the days when we felt we could keep an eye on roughly the whole project on any given day or week. This was probably not truly the case back then and it certainly isn't now. His fine art background led him to theming in Drupal. As his art training led him into design, it also created a natural path to User Experience work, aka "UX". Today, he spends a lot of his time simplifying, unifying,... More

Drupal Development: A Solved Game

Part one of the All the things you need to know to be a great Drupal developer blog series Way back in the olden days (around the year 2000) how we developed for the web was a solved game. An example of a solved game is Checkers (English draughts, if you will). Given that both players play perfectly, the outcome of the game can be predicted at any point. Web development was the same: Use the lightest text editor you can find and find a good FTP program like Filezilla and that was that. The code you had to write wasn’t solved by any means, but the surrounding infrastructure, stack, and... More

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