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Four Final Questions You Should Ask Your Drupal Cloud Provider


You know how when you're buying a car, and the questions just keep on coming? And the salesperson keeps making roundtrips to the manager's desk?
It's kind of like that when you're considering where to host your website. There's always time for more questions. It's one less surprise later on.
That's why I keep adding to my list.
It started, you may recall, with just five questions. A week later, I added five more.... Mehr

Build Your Drupal 8 Team - Skills for Tech, Non-Tech, and "Bridge" Members


Getting your hands on new technology is the best part of being a developer -- playing around with it, and trying out cutting-edge concepts is challenging.
But trying to meet deadlines with new tech, especially if you don't understand it fully? That can mean lots of late nights and weekend work when you'd rather be doing something else.
Fortunately, working with Drupal 8 builds on core skills your team already has. Augmenting their existing knowledge with additional skills to use the new functionality of Drupal 8 will help your team deliver that first project successfully.
The new release... Mehr

Jumpstart Your Drupal Project with a Technical Project Manager


Is your Drupal project stalled?
Perhaps you don't know exactly what's wrong, but for some reason the project is just stuck.
You're eager to take the next step -- if only you knew what that was. If you find yourself in this situation often enough, you might want to consider hiring a technical project manager.
What is a Technical Project Manager?
Simply put, a technical project manager is your liaison between your technical team and the non-technical people you are working with. Technical managers are familiar with technical jargon and processes, and most importantly, they understand the... Mehr

Certification for Drupal Site Builders now Available

The Acquia Certification Program published the new Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder exam this past March and is designed for professionals who build Drupal sites using core and contributed modules.
This test focuses on knowledge of Drupal 7 and topic areas including Drupal features, Content and User Management, Content Modeling, Site Display, Community and Contributed Projects, Module and Theme Management, Security and Performance.
There is a great new blog by Tanay Sai... Mehr

Acquia Certified Grand Master 2015 now here!

The Acquia Certification Program has put in place a new credential, the Acquia Certified Grand Master 2015 certification.
To achieve this special recognition, and demonstrate that you are best of the best as a Drupal Developer, you need to pass the three Acquia Certified Developer exams over the 2014-15 calendar time period.
This means passing:... Mehr

Selecting Drupal Modules: What Do You Need?


In a recent webinar one participant asked about inline images in Drupal 7. I pointed to a tutorial we have here on Acquia.com, and mentioned the "Insert" module.

That sparked another question: "The name Insert doesn't scream 'picture handling.' How can you find the right modules?"

Modules in Drupal (sometimes called "plugins" or "extensions" in other CMS's) extend the base functionality with contributed or custom code. The naming convention with Drupal modules is "short and sweet." This makes them easy to reference and... Mehr

WebscaleSQL Asks Oracle to Accept Their MySQL Code

The Percona Live MySQL Conference was held in the second week of April this year and a lot of sessions were focused on the upcoming MySQL 5.7 release.
The week before the conference, Oracle released MySQL 5.7.7 which has the Release Candidate status. Although they're not saying when the GA version will be released, it should definitely be before the end of the year. That said, there are still a lot companies out there that have not upgraded to MySQL 5.6, so adoption will be spread out. There are also a number of... Mehr

5 MORE Questions to Ask Your Drupal Cloud Provider About Support


Where to host your website...
It's not an easy decision. Last week, I suggested five questions to get you started on the selection process.
This week: five more questions, which will help you focus on what's important.
Remember, this is not a snap decision. It's a process. I may even float a few final queries next week.
1. Will you help me debug my code?
If your site is slow or modules aren’t working, Acquia will help you. We don’t just send you a link to a tutorial; we will help you solve your application... Mehr

Powered by Drupal: Sports Brands Deliver Incredible Digital Experiences

If you’re a diehard sports fan, every season brings excitement -- a summer night at the ballpark for an MLB game, a winter evening sitting court-side to catch the NBA in action. Over the years, technology has allowed sports fans to get closer and closer to the action -- from high definition TV experiences in the comfort of their own living rooms, to tweeting while they’re at the game or engaging in fan forums online. With the growing age of digital, leagues have been able to grow their brands immeasurably, including beefing up their online presence, offerings, and fan interactivity.
As... Mehr

Acquia U Admissions Open for June Session

Coming off of a very successful re-launch of their unique Drupal talent incubator program, Acquia is actively recruiting students for the June session of AcquiaU. During the 14 weeks of intense hands-on learning, students are exposed to a three-track learning curriculum. Content includes Drupal and related web tools and technology, Acquia products and services, and skill development in leadership, communication, team building, and best practices in code review, Agile, and customer engagements.
Participants are exposed to formal and informal learning through class lectures and workshops,... Mehr

Sites that Cannot Fail—Forecasting the Big Storm


Sometimes we can’t plan for it. Sometimes we have a moment’s notice. Other times it’s our most anticipated day of the year. No matter the situation, every organization has experienced a time when their digital properties could not fail—or the business impact would be devastating.
In this blog series, we’re showcasing what it meant for three of our largest customers to have a site that could not fail. We’ll highlight both business and technical preparation, continuous improvements, platform insights, and the importance of always listening to those providing feedback on the experience.
The... Mehr

Drupal 8 Will Make a Huge Difference in Development for 2015


The Drupal Community is supported by an active and diverse group with more than 1,136,828 Drupalers in 229 countries speaking 180 languages. The launch of Drupal 8 is going to be more than just a new software iteration, it will provide over 200 new features and improvements. So let’s take a moment and look at how Drupal 8 will impact development in 2015.
What makes Drupal 8 special?
There are a variety of advanced technologies that make Drupal 8 significantly more adaptable to use cases than before, but really two improvements stand out. First... Mehr

Sites that Cannot Fail -- One Night, Millions of Viewers


What does it mean to have sites that cannot fail? How can Acquia make sure that when that big day of traffic or engagement comes, we continuously deliver an experience to our customers that we promised?
In this blog series, we’re showcasing what it meant for three of our largest customers to have a site that could not fail. We’ll highlight both business and technical preparation, continuous improvements, platform insights, and the importance of always listening to those providing feedback on the experience.
The Story
Imagine you had one chance to deliver an incredible experience; 364 days... Mehr

Streamline your local Drupal workflow with Acquia Dev Desktop 2

Since we introduced the original version of Acquia Dev Desktop, thousands of people have used it to quickly create local Drupal sites on their Mac or Windows PCs. Over the years we have received a lot of great feedback, and so we redesigned Dev Desktop 2 from the ground up, incorporating the most requested improvements. Thousands of users have tried the beta version, and now it's ready for prime time. If you haven't upgraded to the April 3rd release of Dev Desktop 2, download it now and give it a try. It's free!
What's new in Dev Desktop 2?
A... Mehr

Important tip regarding S3's new cross-region replication feature

Yesterday, Amazon announced a great new feature for S3: cross-region replication. It is yet another in a long list of improvements that increase the value and power of AWS.
However, before you jump on the bandwagon, there is an important safety tip: Check the pricing carefully! AWS charges the normal S3 data transfer cost when S3 migrates objects from one region to another. Storing 1 GB in S3 costs $.03/month. Transferring... Mehr

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