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Web Accessibility for Clients - Part Two

Thanks for coming back. If you tried a few of the tips in the first part of this series, you probably realized that making a website accessible to all visitors doesn’t require much time, or cause much stress. Even if you didn’t yet try, I hope this blog further illustrates that clients need not worry about sitting down themselves to create a website that’s useful and informative to visitors with disabilities - without reaching out to a developer for help. A Data Table for Everyone Without proper setup, a data table will come... Mehr

Why I Love Composer, a PHP Dependency Management Tool

Like a composer who can’t wait to conduct a great symphony, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Composer, a PHP dependency management tool. You could say this blog post is my "Ode to Joy" about using Composer. It was fun watching it update all my libraries on just a single command: composer update. But I shouldn’t have all the fun. I’d like to help you incorporate third-party libraries into a project by using Composer. In this post, we’ll create a test PHP project and run test cases using phpunit. Before we hit the “update” button, though, first let’s look at what Composer is, and why you’ll... Mehr

Front End Performance Strategy: Image Handling

Business is keenly aware of the importance of page-load time, and its impact on conversion and search engine optimization. It’s now a priority at companies like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Mozilla. At Acquia, we... Mehr

Web Accessibility for Clients

You’re in good hands. A developer is building or renovating your organization’s website, and everything is shaping up as planned. You like what the developer has done and can’t wait to see the finished product. Just keep in mind that, at some point, your daily relationship with your developer is likely to end, when the contract comes to an end. The relationship can continue, of course, but at some point — no matter how impressive your website eventually looks and responds — you won’t need to rely on the developer. You’ll slowly take control of the site, adding more content, tweaking tools,... Mehr

How to Select Drupal Modules: Part 3 - Evaluation Tips

In the previous posts we’ve focused on defining your requirements and the basics of searching for modules. Once you’ve found a Drupal project you’re interested in, now you can make a quick evaluation of the project to determine if you should dig deeper before you test it out. Evaluation Criteria Each module you select and install on your site must be maintained. There will be security updates, feature improvements and bug fixes offered on a... Mehr

Web Accessibility for Developers -- Part 2

We’re at the halfway point of what hopefully has been a helpful guide for developers to make a website accessible for all visitors. (If you missed the first part of this two-part series, please click here.) In this blog, we’ll review how instructional text, navigation, and other parts of development can allow those with blindness and low vision, deafness, and other disabilities to make full use of a website. There’s a Proper Place for Instructional Text When providing an example that will help the user fill out a field... Mehr

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: Technical Roles and Required Skills

Last time, we discussed some big themes your Drupal 8 team should be synched up with, like object-oriented programming. Now we're going to drill down into more specifics on the technical side. Is your tech team full of generalists, or do all your developers have special skill sets and focus on specific kinds of functionality, like databases or communications? Either way, someone on your team will have to fill each of these technical roles for a successful Drupal 8 project. Drupal 8... Mehr

Selecting Drupal Modules: Part 2 - Searching for Modules

In the first part of this series, you set out your list of requirements for a Drupal module of your dreams. In Drupal, modules extend the base functionality, and often there are contributed modules which will suit your needs. Now you know what you’re looking for. If you’ve learned essential site building skills, you’ve also eliminated any possibility that you might be able to create your solution in another way. The obvious place to start your search is on Drupal.org;... Mehr

Acquia Certification offers testing at DrupalCon LA

The Acquia Certification Program is running a test center at DrupalCon LA in room 306A. Attendees can test their knowledge and skills and earn an Acquia Certification credential while at the event. Stop by and say hello! For those who have earned a credential in the past, we have special pins and stickers for you, get them while they last! Testing starts Monday at 1 p.m. For more information and to register for an exam visit Acquia Certification DrupaCon LA All... Mehr

Web Accessibility Tips for Developers

Creating the code that makes a website accessible to all visitors doesn’t have to be as time-consuming or resource-intensive as you might think. All you need to do is follow some simple steps that require a little extra time and effort. But these efforts will ensure that your Web content is at the fingertips of everyone — including those with blindness and low vision, deafness, and other disabilities. It’s up to both the developer and the client to achieve site accessibility. Although they usually work together in the planning and later stages of website creation, a developer and client also... Mehr

Security in the Cloud: Why Open Source is the Best Choice

This is the first of a series of security-related postings, which Acquia will compile into a free ebook. In this entry, we’ll look at the perennial question: Is Open Source software inherently more secure than commercial closed-source software? Securing applications is an ongoing process. It’s a continuum that requires vigilance. Application security begins during the requirements analysis stage of the Software Development Lifecycle, and must be nurtured throughout the life of the application to be successful. With Drupal properly configured and managed, it is as secure and reliable as any... Mehr

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

PHP: The entire world is your development team – Beth Tucker Long

PHP: The entire world is your development team – Beth Tucker Long Beth Tucker Long, PHP Developer and Advocate at Code Climate, and I got in front of my cameras at the 2014 PHP World conference and got to talk about her history and priorities in development, PHP, and open source; her welcome into the PHP community, the culture of sharing and teaching in PHP, her work and the mission of Code Climate ... including how she got hired as a Perl programmer right out of college... 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

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