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From zero to standard platform: Drupal community at Stanford

Stanford University is home to a large and growing number of Drupal sites. Drupal’s qualities as a platform – flexibility, extensibility, and speed of development, to name a few – are part of this equation, of course. The other, vital component of this success is the efforts of a grassroots community of Drupal users at Stanford over the last few years. They have not only created great websites for the university, they’ve also dedicated time and effort to helping others succeed with Drupal and spread the word. In 2011, the University officially recognized the value of these grassroots... More

5 Ways to be a SXSW Allstar with the Acquia Team

SXSW is only days away and the Acquia Team is counting down the minutes until we get to Austin. For those not familiar with SXSW (South by Southwest), it is a set of film, interactive, gaming and music festivals and conferences that takes over the city of Austin, Texas in March of each year, with over 60,000 people. Acquia is participating in SXSW Interactive, which is focused on emerging technologies, as well as the SXSW Trade Show (Booth #723!). Headed to SXSW? Make sure you take advantage of all the... More

A pragmatic guide to the Branch Per Feature git branching strategy

[Update 09/09/2013] I mentioned below that we'd make our scripts available for setting up BPF. Well, in collaboration with the awesome team at Affinity Bridge, we've gone one better than that: there's now a ruby gem available for this at http://rubygems.org/gems/git_bpf. Use this gem to initialize a repo for BPF, including setting up the shared rerere cache (which is actually in the same repo as your main repo, using an orphaned branch) and the hooks that will push to and pull from the... More

Are You Ready for Big Data?

One industry analyst is already predicting that Big Data will be Time magazine's 2013 "Person of the Year." Watching what Google, Amazon, and Facebook have done with Big Data is impressive, enviable. But what about companies with smaller staffs and budgets? 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... More

Acquia is hiring in Europe

Topic: AcquiaWe just celebrated our two year anniversary of Acquia's expansion into the European market. It has been a phenomenal two years and as a result, we have grown to over 50 employees in Europe. Our UK office is bursting at the seams so we're about to move into our new digs in Reading. We also have a growing presence in the Benelux, France and Germany. We are looking for more great talent, no matter what level you're at. If you are passionate about... More

Drupal How-To: Find great beginner tutorials on Drupal 7

In my first blog post, I outlined the main sources for fresh news and info about Drupal. In this post, I’ll round up the best blog sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Great Beginner Blogs Round-up There’s such a large volume of great content coming out for Drupal lately for both new and experienced Drupal developers. Great standby sources such as LevelTen ,... More

Introducing Drupal Commons 3.0!

Today we launched Drupal Commons 3.0, a flagship release of Acquia's social business software solution now available for Drupal 7. This release builds on Acquia's OpenWEM initiative offering a set of customer experience solutions built on the open, unified Drupal platform for content, community, and commerce. We believe this is a significant milestone in the evolution of both Drupal Commons and the greater Social Business Software market. We've already received excellent feedback from both partners and customers throughout... More

Moving to a Digital Native CMS

Crossposted from Technology for Marketing and Advertising 2013 Your current content management system is probably old. Maybe even ancient. Many companies are still using first or second-generation CMS products built prior to the “dot com” revolution. Do some of these product names sound familiar? TeamSite, Vignette, Fatwire, Red Dot, Stellent, Rhythmix? These products were once innovators and helped drive the growth of the web in the early part of the 2000s. But then the web evolved and legacy... More

Drupal How-To: Keep on top of news and developments

If you’re new to Drupal you maybe haven’t noticed yet. Things more fast in Drupal. One of the mottos is: “The Drop is always moving”. It can be hard to find out what new tools and methods are becoming popular and where the action is. Good thing is, there’s lots of great sources with a high signal-to-noise ratio. In this first blog post, I’m going to show you the main sources for fresh news and information about Drupal. In the next post, I’ll round up the best blogs and sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Drupal Planet. Drupal... More

Meet Heather James: Building Bridges to Drupal

Heather James, Acquia's Manager of Learning Services, has been in and around Drupal since the version 4 days. She says people new to Drupal "have an easier time at this stage coming to Drupal" than they did 6 years ago. Nonetheless, her early experiences learning how to use Drupal are still reflected by the questions people ask learning Drupal today. This, combined with her excitement about Drupal's potential and her background as an educator, motivated her to become a Drupal trainer. She is passionate about education ("When you're teaching, you'... More

How to make your website a conversion machine with A/B testing

Test, test, test, everyone has an opinion of what will work best when it comes to websites but you can’t argue with data. We know marketers love data! (cute marketing pick up line, “I love you, like a marketer loves data!” ) Testing is a huge part of my everyday process on acquia.com. I currently have 8 active tests running for various parts of the website. I wanted to take you through my process and tools to help make your site a conversion machine. I am running Visual Website Optimizer to do... More

Meet Mark Sonnabaum: Performance fanatic

Mark Sonnabaum, performance engineer at Acquia, comes to open source on a straighter path than some ... despite his university degree being in music composition! He was a systems administrator at the University of North Texas and chose Drupal – in the Drupal 4 era – as the replacement for a mish-mash of legacy, static systems at the university. Today, he is a contributor who has made significant improvements to how Drupal performs for all of us. This interview was... More

Drupal How-To: Responsive or adaptive images

In this 3 part Drupal How to series, I'm going to show you how various options for configuring images on your site. In Part 1, we looked at how to tweak the default image options. In Part 2, we saw ways to allow inline images. In this post, I’ll discuss the various options for responsive/adaptive images on your site. Though I’m writing for beginners to Drupal, I assume you’re aware of responsive design and of course you... More

Team building: How to spot a budding Drupalist

As a training manager, my job is to help Acquia’s clients develop the skills on their teams through training. I spend time listening to the team leads and matching their requirements to our courses, or our partner's online training services. Over the next couple of months in our training newsletter, I'll be writing advice on how to build and skill up your Drupal team. I'll also give you insight into how we're developing programs for some of the largest agencies and organizations to build their internal Drupal... More

Drupal Performance Profiling With Tracelytics

Written by: TraceView At AppNeta, we’re always concerned with the performance of Drupal applications. Multiple times a day, we talk to our customers about how they can use TraceView to improve the performance of their Drupal applications. So we started thinking, how can we help Acquia customers improve the performance of their Drupal applications? The answer: TraceView and the TraceView... More

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