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Managed Cloud pro tip: The Environments

Managed Cloud is a great tool for hassle-free management of your Drupal sites and works great out of the box. What I realized in the last weeks is that it has a lot of features that we don’t typically advertise to users but are hugely valuable for them. Development environments are one of those. The standard of Drupal development stipulates that you need three environments for your users: Development - for making the actual changes and integrating them Staging (sometimes called Testing) - to test all changes before going live Production (sometimes called Live) - where the actual site runs for... More

4 Steps to Optimize Your Drupal Site, Increase Traffic

I recently used acquia.com to demonstrate how to increase site traffic on a Drupal website by improving the online marketing. This conversation made me think that I could share some of the key things I do on acquia.com with other Drupal site managers. For starters, SEO, or search engine optimization, is a huge focus for me and there are some great tools in Drupal to help with this. Step1: Please start by enabling clean URLs within your system settings. It’s easy. Just a check box. Step 2: Now, for a bit more work. I’ve listed out the top 5 modules I suggest putting on your website to help... More

5 Content Management Blogs You Should be Reading

1) Gadgetopia. This blog run by Deane Barker is one of my favorites. Deane often writes about the more complex and subtle topics surrounding content management, and he does it from the perspective of having implemented hundreds of sites over the years. 2) Digital Clarity Group. DCG is team of research-driven industry analysts who cover content management and digital transformation. I've known their founder... More

Acquia retrospective 2012

Meet Andrew Melck: "Drupal means best of breed solutions"

Andrew Melck, Solutions Architect on the Pre-Sales Team in Acquia Europe is the subject of the first Acquia podcast of 2013. Andrew came to Acquia and Drupal from a German digital agency where he had experience with both open source and proprietary technologies. He was excited to encounter Drupal as a PHP project with global scope and for the fact that, "When I downloaded it the first time, it just ran. I grasped how this thing worked and how you could plug stuff together very quickly. It seemed very straightforward." Compared to Typo3's "dispiriting" back end, "I found it really... More

Open Source, Community, and Freedom

I’ve been with Acquia for a few weeks and have greatly enjoying learning about Drupal and what makes an open source project succeed – the community. It’s such a different approach to product development than I’m used to, having spent most of my career working for commercial CMS companies. I’ve already seen the energy, commitment and passion of the Drupal community. In fact, I’m beginning to believe that community is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of a CMS implementation project. CMS expert Deane Barker writes about... More

Fresh start to the new year: Add Drupal to your toolbox

As the new year starts, I'm making ALL kinds of resolutions. Is learning Drupal on your list of things to do? Or maybe you want to finally switch over that site to Drupal? Hopefully our active training events calendar has courses and dates and locations to suit your needs. Last year, our partners taught Drupal to nearly 3000 people in public free and paid training events, and that doesn't count any private training events. Wow! Well done team! However, most of those events were in the US and Canada. OlinData... More

Code Forward: Meet the Developers Behind President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

In January, our friends at New Relic are sponsoring Code Forward – a three-city tour with the development team behind President Obama successful re-election campaign. The Obama for America team redefined the importance of technology in national elections. You may have seen some of their groundbreaking efforts covered in Ars Technica, Mashable and more. The OFA team will... More

Spark update: unified in-place editing

Topic: DrupalAcquiaUsabilitySpark distributionA major focus of usability efforts in Drupal core has been around making it easier to edit things on your site. In Drupal 7, we introduced the... More

4 New Year's Resolutions for your 2013 Digital Strategy

'Tis the time of year when we make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, watch less TV, and give up our other vices for the new year. Here are four great New Year's Resolutions to make in 2013 to improve your digital marketing strategy. 1) Think Mobile First. It is time to stop treating mobile as something different. You need to think about mobile as the primary way your customers will interact with your company over digital channels. It's all about thinking Mobile First. The traditional approach of... More

Using Selenium as Testing Platform

One of the key aspects of successful project delivery is creating an effective quality assurance (QA) process. Functional testing of the application is usually performed by a separate team than the developers who typically do not know how to program. A challenge that I have found on projects is providing a good open source QA tool to the the QA team that does not require programming knowledge. Selenium has been the tool of choice and works wonderfully, but we have found a couple of issues when integrating it into our continuous integration (CI) processes. The first challenge that we have... More

Open Source & The Innovators Solution

I've spent most of my career working for commercial web content management companies. But over the past few years, something became very clear to me - commercial CMS products are broken. Vendors are spending more time building features to compete with each other than they are trying to solve real-world customer problems. This idea is captured in one of my favorite books,... More

Meet Chris Pliakas: Open software and open data make for better decisions

Chris Pliakas is a solutions architect at Acquia. He works closely with the Acquia sales representatives and potential clients "to help people who might not know about Drupal or might be considering a proprietary solution see how Drupal can help them. It's really great to be out on the front lines helping people to see Drupal the way we do." Chris is also a search and data management expert and and the Product Owner of Acquia Search. He makes the point that open data... More

Video asks: Is Drupal left-brained or right-brained?

In many ways, the job of Acquia’s partner team is to create the right connections. One important way we do that is to connect customers with partners to produce extraordinary digital experiences. This is like connecting both sides of the brain, the left side and right side, the analytical and the creative. Genuine Interactive, one of our partners, is a fast growing full-service digital agency based in Boston that has deepened its partnership with Acquia in 2012. Genuine has produced a... More

Meet Michael Hofmockel: Getting up to speed with Drupal

Michael Hofmockel is a technical consultant at Acquia, based in Ames Iowa. Like many Drupalists, Michael's background wasn't in computer science, but led him to Drupal nonetheless. As he puts it, "Drupal's great because you can come at it from almost any angle ... and we do!" Michael was building databases as a soil chemist at Duke University. When he needed a web interface for a database, "I decided not to build it for myself, tried Drupal and I never needed anything else again!" Note: This podcast was recorded using Skype and the sound... More

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