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Tutorial: Drupal 8 Sitebuilding - Modeling data with Fields

Sitebuilders will be able to do much more with Drupal 8 right out of the box. There are many excellent enhancements you'll want to know more about. Because new Drupal adopters will have the essential functionality of the most popular contributed modules to use, I think this is going to make Drupal easier to discover and learn. As the manager of our training program here at Acquia, I think it's going to make training much more... Mehr

Acquia and BLEN Corp power Unfurlough.us

The United States Government has shutdown — for the first time in 17 years — on October 1st, 2013. According to estimates, some 800,000 government employees were furloughed on that day. For those people, the shutdown created an incredible amount of uncertainty and financial pressure. As one of my friends who is among the furloughed said, “… [it] doesn’t mean the mortgage and car loan payments aren’t still due.” We thought about how we can help and the answer was obvious to us:... Mehr

Tutorial: Drupal 8 Site Building preview - Less is more

(updated Oct 8- went from 14 contrib modules you don't need to 32! thanks to larowlan, klausi, webchick, swentel, gabor and wim leers for heads-up!) Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll dig into the main Drupal 8 site building tasks and how they’ve been changed in the next version of Drupal. In today’s introduction, I want to give you some observations about the site building experience in Drupal 8. I’m starting in this post by pointing out what modules are GONE from core in Drupal 8- and what contrib modules you won’t need to install since that functionality is included in Drupal 8. On... Mehr

Prepare to be Amazed: Acquia Partner Site Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Our partners bring our solutions to life through their creativity, their development skills and their understanding of their clients’ businesses. The Partner Site of the Year Awards is one of my favorite programs because it showcases the amazing work of our partners. Last year was our inaugural year, and the bar was set high by our 114 nominees and seven category winners. I predict the competition will only be tougher in 2014, with more submissions and more great examples of digital innovation.... Mehr

Drupal Commons Tutorial: Customizing Community Website

Often community managers are moving between a variety of fractured systems. They might have a community discussion in a forum application, but they need to edit content in a CMS. Recently we completed two live tutorials showing community managers how to manage groups, users and the content on their sites using Drupal Commons. Drupal Commons allows you to unify the content editing and community experience. It is online community software that works right out of the box. It is used to build knowledge sharing networks, collaborative spaces... Mehr

Drupal will not be ugly; we will not punish dissent

The Drupal community is looking inward. This introspection was in large part sparked by the BackDrop fork of Drupal. In short, Jen Lampton and Nathan Haug selected a specific commit of the Drupal repository and set off on a new project from that point in time in Drupal's development. Drupal is an open source project. Forking is a right anyone has under its licensing terms. We all make a little fork of Drupal... Mehr

Online Communities Require Member Commitment

In my last blog post I talked about what is required to build and sustain online communities. One thing that hasn’t been talked about is the commitment needed from community members. And without members who engage with the community regularly, there is no community. Commitment from members can include: · Paying a membership fee · Committing to make a certain number of meetings/programs per month/year · Asking and/or answering a certain number of questions online · Mentoring a new member and... Mehr

Why Online Business Communities Matter for You

Remember when someone first said, “your business needs to be on the Internet?” and you dismissed them because it didn’t seem to be critical? Now having a website is the equivalent to being listed in the yellow pages 30 years ago. More recently came the clamor of “you need to be on social media.” Each evolution engendered skeptics but a few took advantage of the new opportunity to gain a larger share of their market – whether that be customers for consumer companies, donors for non-profits or constituents for government agencies. Today, most businesses connect with customers, employees,... Mehr

Low-cost Drupal website brings high-end rewards for Kansas City non-profit

The journey from a dimly lit photo of a young woman with a blank stare to the smiling young man at the top of the homepage is a metaphor for the hope that Higher M-Pact brings to troubled teens, but also mirrors the journey of Higher M-Pact’s online presence. Higher M-Pact’s website enables visitors to learn how the non-profit helps high-risk urban youths strive for a better future. They did this by intervening sooner rather than later with these youths to motivate, engage and inspire. Obstacles are turned into opportunities, and a... Mehr

Prague Demystified: Essential guide to the next Drupalcon capital

Prague - the capital of the Czech republic, an ancient city, one of the most beautiful in the world, a place that has caused political turmoil throughout centuries, mecca for on-the-budget bachelor parties, and the next venue for Drupalcon. What should you know, what should you try to see, and what to avoid? Welcome to my guide to essential Prague - all the things that you should do, visit or try while in the Czech Republic. I would like to give you a perspective of someone born in the country and who has lived in Prague for over 7 years - and provide tips for some less traditional trips and... Mehr

Notes from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 3 - Launching

Today we held Part 3 of our Drupal for Project Manager's course with Amye Scarvada @amye. We focused entirely on issues around launching. This is the project manager's opportunity to stave off any potential disasters at the point of going live. It's the project manager who can check that all considerations have been made, and even in some cases plan and test for rollback... *just* in case something goes pear-shaped. (recording and presentation coming soon!) Join next week for... Mehr

Lessons from DrupalCon: Come for the Product, Stay for the Community

It’s been a couple of weeks since I came back from my first DrupalCon. It was a whirlwind event full of sessions, customer meetings, and yes – a few parties. There were over 3,300 attendees at DrupalCon, and we had over 700 of them at our Acquia Customer Love party. It truly was an awesome event, and I met lots of great people. Most of them Drupal developers. Here’s a secret: I used to be a developer. I learned BASIC when I was 10 on my trusty TI-994/A. I wanted a computer to play games, but my parents... Mehr

Questions from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 2

Today we held part 2 of our Drupal for Project Managers mini-course. Here are the questions Jakub addressed in our interview today. If you missed the session you will be able to watch the recording (recording link coming soon!). Ask your questions below in the comments. Don't forget to sign up for next week - June 12 - Part 3: Launching with Amye Scavarda. Part 2 - Implementation - Interview with Jakub Suchy Introduction Your team -... Mehr

Help for Oklahoma (help4ok) website launches

Many of us don't have to look too far back to recall the impact of a natural disaster: Sandy, Chelyabinsk, Lushan, and now Oklahoma. When they occur there is typically no shortage of assistance available, but coordination is always a major challenge. In every neighborhood affected, people naturally check on each other to assess need individually. Front line knowledge is abundant but remains difficult to share in a meaningful way. Connectivity is limited. Accommodations are in short supply. Dense traffic obstructs support efforts. The logistics alone are almost as crippling as the event... Mehr

Event summary: DrupalJam 2013

Last Friday the annual one-day DrupalJam conference was held in the Rotterdam Feyenoord soccer stadium. The conference, which saw its eighth edition - if I recall correctly - is shifting to be more business focused with its new motto Drupal beyond the code, and was a great success with over a 100 participants. This blog post serves as a high-level summary of a couple of the talks that I attended. Some of the talks were in English whereas others were in Dutch, as the... Mehr

Sign up for free Drupal for project managers - mini-course

Are you a project manager working for a company adopting Drupal? Are you new to managing Drupal projects? This course is the right one for you! This course follows the life cycle of a Drupal project from start to finish and back again and is based on our full day Drupal for Project Manager’s course. I did a call-out internally for co-teachers on this course, and I was delighted by the response. In fact, the materials for the course reference a book chapter by Amye Scavarda... Mehr

Dream It. Drupal It. (Drink It!) DrupalCon.

Can you believe that DrupalCon is less than a month away? I certainly can't! This year, DrupalCon is taking over Portland, Oregon, the home of the Drupal Association, our west-coast office, as well as a burgeoning open source community.  For those of you unfamiliar with DrupalCon, it is an international event that brings together the people... Mehr

The State of COD

Many people have asked how COD, otherwise known as the Conference Organizing Distribution, is going. Currently its a community supported project, with lots of great new features going into the 7.x branch! This weekend, Acquia was at Linuxfest Northwest (LFNW, http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org), a regional conference of about 1500 open source enthusiasts, and COD was running behind the scenes to help make the fest run as smoothly as possible. The current status of Alpha 2: LFNW is running of the alpha2 version of COD 7, the most recent release... Mehr

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... Mehr

Easy, often overlooked, tips for a great education site.

As a new member of the Acquia team, I’m in awe of the breadth and the passion of our community. Acquia is a dynamic mix of our customers, our employees, our technology partners and our consulting partners. NavArts is one of our Enterprise partners. Among their many talents, they are edu savvy. Ted Slesinski recently published a blog post that recommends 9 Drupal modules that are great for higher education, but are often overlooked. Ted points out that 'Using different modules within the Drupal platform is a way to customize the technology to the specific needs of your school based on its... Mehr

3 Reasons to Take 10 Minutes for the Future of Open Source

Time is running out to weigh in on the 7th Annual Future of Open Source Survey. The survey is an annual report of the state of the open source industry, and is only open to participation from the open source community for two more days. If you haven’t taken time to participate, there are a few reasons why you should before the March 28 deadline. Priorities and Trends are Ever Changing The trends that are revealed by this survey anchor the focus of key open-source influencers and help to set benchmarks that track the community’... Mehr

DrupalCon Training - Portland 2013

We work hard with partners to keep a steady flow of Drupal training events in our calendar to bring Drupal training as close to you as possible. However DrupalCon poses a great opportunity for you to get training on a variety of speciality topics. It’s an opportunity to learn from people whose skills are much in demand. A great value! DrupalCon’s registration price is exceedingly low. So if you think about it, adding the cost of training provides a huge advantage - and the total cost is still even lower than most tech... Mehr

Drupal security training at Drupalcon Portland

Did you know that there is a strong likelihood a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability exists on your site? Have you specifically tested your site for XSS or other vulnerabilities? Are you not sure what that even means? At DrupalCon Portland learn best practices of Drupal security with a full-day course from members of Acquia’s Engineering and Professional Services teams. We’ll show you what vulnerabilities you are most at risk for and the technical specifics of attacks like XSS and SQL injection. You’ll learn how to find and fix vulnerabilities during an in-depth, hands-on study of a vulnerable... Mehr

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 ,... Mehr

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... Mehr

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