Thoughts that Count

Recent Posts

Luxury Interactive: A Brand's Biggest Asset is its Story

Less than two weeks after the close of shop.org I found myself on a train down to NYC for Luxury Interactive. The big takeaway from shop.org was Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation, and I expected to hear a similar theme at Luxury Interactive. After the first day of sessions I wasn’t disappointed.
In the big beautiful competitive world of Luxury, brand definition is everything. It’s why a millennial consumer paid $30,000 to... Mehr

30 Awesome Drupal 8 API Functions you Should Already Know - Fredric Mitchell


Apart from presenting a terrific session that will help you wrap your head around developing for Drupal 8, Fredric and I had a great conversation that covered the use of Drupal and open source in government, government decision-making versus corporate decision-making, designing Drupal 7 sites with Drupal 8 in mind, designing sites for the end users and where the maximum business value comes from in your organization, and more!

Drupal in Government

"We were part of the original Whitehouse.gov [Drupal] build, and the... Mehr

Acquia a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

You might have read that Acquia was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.
It's easy to underestimate the importance of this recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal. If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they consult an analyst firm like... Mehr

The Future of PHP is Shared Power Tools


When I think about the most historically popular web libraries and tools, I think of things built in PHP--like Drupal, WordPress, phpBB, or Joomla. These are the Great Pyramids of the web: they're impressive not only because of what they can do, but also because these original "wonders of the Internet" were built entirely without modern tools or real collaboration. Each project painstakingly thought about and solved the same problems from scratch. And despite that, the results were incredible. How? Because they leveraged the sheer size and passion of their respective PHP communities.... Mehr

Gartner identifies Acquia as a Leader in new 2014 WCM Magic Quadrant

Today Gartner released the 2014 version of its Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia moved into the Leader quadrant, and is the only open source company identified as a Leader. Acquia first entered the Magic Quadrant in 2012, and in only three years has become a leader. It’s truly an amazing accomplishment, and it reflects the momentum Acquia’s been experiencing.
If you are a Gartner client, you can view it on the Gartner site now, and... Mehr

How to setup auto-translation of nodes using Rules and Tmgmt

This how-to guide describes how to set up automatic machine-based translations for content on a Drupal site. Whenever a node is created, translation jobs will be created for every language specified, and depending on how you set up your translator, you should be able to completely automate the translation process. For this project we are using SDL, but you should be able to use other translators.
1. Download and enable the translation management modules. This can be done through Drush or through the modules interface in drupal.
drush dl -y tmgmtdrush dl -y tmgmt_sdl_beglobaldrush en -y... Mehr

Beyond Marketing: My Highlights

As soon as I started reading Tim Walter’s new white paper, Beyond Marketing, recently posted on Acquia’s web site, I was glad I had a yellow highlighter handy.
I use a digital marker, of course, but for me it serves the same purpose as the old, analog version -- the one that smells like homework: to capture ideas that are worth dwelling on.
And there are plenty in this report.
Walters, a partner and principal analyst with the... Mehr

Drupal 8 - An intro field guide for front-end developers

Drupal 8 is almost here, and it’s bringing big front-end improvements, including new methods to display data on mobile devices using breakpoints, build flexible templates in Twig and better management for tools and libraries.
Most importantly, changes to the display layer mean that Drupal has become much more agile and extendable for Front-end Developers.
The journey so far
Up till now, Front-end Developers have been working with a display layer that was originally introduced in Drupal 4.5, here’s how it worked...
PHPtemplate engine - Drupal 7 and its predecessors
The first real concept of... Mehr

1st DrupalCon, 1st Contribution! Meet Oliver and Victoria


DrupalCon Amsterdam was something of a family outing for me. My wife Francesca attended all week and my kids were able to come out Thursday evening to attend Trivia Night and the Friday sprints. My daughter Victoria had sewn a dress and a cape to appear as Drupal Girl on Thursday evening. Her weeks of work on that really paid off; she was a big hit. She also got to meet her Drupal idol, MortenDK, who was the inspiration for her brand new Drupal.org and Twitter username: Drupal_Princess. There's a great photo of her meeting Webchick floating around online, too.

Proud Father

On the... Mehr

10 reasons to get a job with Acquia India

1. We’re kind of a big deal.
Acquia was rated the fastest growing private company in the
United States on the Deloitte digital fast 500 last year. We just
got an investment from Amazon and are one of the top 3
customers for Amazon Web Services. 
 
 
2. Work with the best of the best.
There is nothing more limiting for your career than being the
smartest guy/gal in the room. Acquia’s team is a mix of
intimidating talent and an open, helping, humble and fun loving
culture. You’ll get the support to move to the next
step, and contribute back to others.
Oh... Mehr

Saïd Business School Wins Acquia Award in the Higher Education Category

Pronovix won Acquia’s Partner Site of the Year Award in the Higher Education category for its work on the public website of Saïd Business School. Ákos Horváth and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post.
We started working on the public facing website of the Saïd Business School at the end of 2012. Site design was delivered by One Ltd., and we were responsible for front- and back-end development.
Our goal was to build an easy... Mehr

Acquia Cloud: by developers, for developers

As a Drupal developer for 7 years, I’ve shed plenty of (mostly figurative) blood, sweat, and tears over the sites and modules I’ve built. At Acquia, I work on our Cloud tools, making sure my fellow developers never have to worry about many of the issues I used to deal with constantly. There are three basic areas where Acquia Cloud makes developers’ lives better.
“Don’t make me think about hosting”
The Acquia Cloud platform is fully managed, meaning you don’t have... Mehr

“Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation” said everybody at shop.org.

If I had to choose one theme of this year’s shop.org annual summit, it would be ‘Content, Content, Content’. The summit started with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke where he described REI as a Storytelling Company. Starting with the brand’s origins as a community of climbers, he described the passion for the brand held by consumers and employees alike, with the passion fitting of the brand he described. He talked about REI.com as a ‘Catalyst for Discovery’ and his desire to make the site more than just a... Mehr

Password protecting non-production environments


Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file.
Add a module
The preferred method of website protection is to add either the Secure Site module or the Shield module to password protect your website. While both modules offer this basic protection feature, the Search Site module... Mehr

Come to BADCamp 2014, the biggest and BADdest tech camp!


The BADCast

"Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you!

This is the camp for everyone

"We want to keep the barrier to entry as low as... Mehr

Announcing Per-Site Pricing for Acquia Cloud

Today we are proud to announce that we are releasing a new per-site site pricing model that allows you to buy the exact Acquia products and services you need. This new model provides tremendous flexibility:
Buy subscriptions to our development platform and tools one site at a time
Independently purchase our Drupal Application support offering
Choose to run your site(s) on new or existing infrastructure

Much has changed since Acquia Cloud’s site pricing bundles were released three and a half years ago. In that time, technical innovation has... Mehr

Handling the waves of Shellshock

2014 has been a busy year for the open source security world. First there was Heartbleed, with multiple security problems discovered in OpenSSL, then last week’s Bash Shellshock and Xen vulnerabilities made mainstream news, requiring a large portion of the Internet to be patched or rebooted.
Acquia’s mantra is “we won’t let you fail”, and this past week... Mehr

Why we’re dropping the “e” in eCommerce. And why you should too.

The rise of m-commerce, the struggles with social-commerce, the growing maturity of e-commerce, the integration of technology into physical commerce… it can be, no it is, overwhelming. As marketers, we feel the need to distinguish between the different types of platforms consumers use to research and purchase products. We have mobile teams responsible for developing shopping apps, and optimizing the mobile experience. We have social teams responsible for increasing engagement through social channels, promoting product and, sometimes, trying to figure out how to crack the code on social... Mehr

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 8 - Answers to Your Burning Questions

Welcome to the 8th and FINAL installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where... Mehr

Tips for Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

There are many different project management methodologies out there and they all have their pros and cons. I recently started at Acquia as an Engagement Manager and have been making the shift from more Waterfall project management to Agile project management. Here are a few key lessons I’ve learned as I make this transition.
1. Agile Methods:
There are many different Agile methods out there. Kanban and... Mehr

Drupal community engagement for businesses – Ruth Fuller


Meet Ruth Fuller, she's here to help businesses get more out of Drupal by helping them engage more effectively with the Drupal community. She'd like to help you with effective Drupal and open source sponsorship, how to engage with the community, planning, coordination, presentation preparation, and public speaking coaching.

Give more to get more

A lot of businesses are using open source nowadays; there's a lot of Drupal out there. Ruth has seen organizations struggle with getting the most out of it. Drupal is a lot more than "just some... Mehr

Open source Drupal and government in the UK - 2014


Impressions and Acquia's presentation from the 2014 Government ICT 2.0 conference in London.

Practically a road show ...

Open source Drupal is doing well in public service. It is empowering government agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions to make a positive difference in the world. Riding this wave, I am thrilled to have the chance to speak at four (sort of 5) government-related conferences in 2014: The Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, and I were the keynote speakers at DrupalGov in Canberra; I gave an Acquia presentation... Mehr

Composer – Dependency Management in PHP


Composer

Today's article is all about a fabulous tool for dependency management in your PHP projects. Composer solves the problem where you add a library to your application but it depends on this specific version of some other library, which also uses the yaml stuff, which needs ... you get the picture!

Composer helps us keep track of what external code our application relies on, and get it installed the right way on every copy of that application. This article will show you how to use Composer successfully in your own projects.

Get Composer

Composer is cross-platform and... Mehr

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 7 - Code changes in Drupal 8

Welcome to the 7th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where applicable,... Mehr

Drupal core updates for September 18th, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
The big news this week is we're still on one beta-blocker. Patches for the remaining beta blocker are coming rapidly with @effulgentsia, @plach and @fago working hard to get it over the line. Could we have zero beta blockers by DrupalCon?
Other keys issues to land this week include Remove ArrayAccess from FormState - never again deal with random arrays - rejoice - $form_state is a first-class object!. Thanks to @timplunkett and others who helped get this through. If you have any contrib projects accessing $form_state... Mehr

Seiten