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Improve Your Site’s Security by Adding Two-Factor Authentication

Identity theft and site compromises are all-too-common occurrences -- it seems a day rarely goes by without a news story detailing the latest batch of user passwords which have been compromised and publicly posted. Passwords were first used in the 1960s when computers were shared among multiple people via time-sharing methods. Allowing multiple users on a single system required a way for users to prove they were who they claimed to be. As computer systems have grown more complex over the last 50 years, the same password concept has been baked into them as the core authentication method. That... Mehr

Users and Permissions, and Creating an Organization in GitHub

This is the fourth post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In previous posts, we’ve discussed what the public can see and do with GitHub and what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository. In this post we’ll discuss users and permissions on organizational accounts, and in the final post, we’ll look at developer workflows. If your developers peer review each other’s code, if you have multi-person teams and want to control roles and permissions for code access, or if your organization’s code sticks around longer than your developers, a GitHub Organization is... Mehr

One year later: the Acquia Certification Program

A little over a year ago we launched the Acquia Certification Program for Drupal. We ended up the first year with close to 1,000 exams taken, which exceeded our goal of 300-600. Today, I'm pleased to announce that the Acquia Certification Program passed another major milestone with over 1,000 exams passed (not just taken). People have debated the pros and cons of software certifications for years (including myself... Mehr

Caching to Improve Drupal Performance: The Three Levels You Should Know

In our continuing mission (well, not a mission; it’s actually a blog series) to help you improve your Drupal website, let’s look at the power of caching. In our previous post, we debunked some too common Drupal performance advice. This time we're going positive, with a simple, rock-solid strategy to get you started: caching is the single best way to improve Drupal performance without having to fiddle with code. At the basic level, it... Mehr

Seamless Migration to Drupal 8: Make it Yours

Hi there. I’m Adam from Acquia. And I want YOU to adopt Drupal 8! I’ve been working on this for months. Last year, as an Acquia intern, I wrote the Drupal Module Upgrader to help people upgrade their code from Drupal 7 (D7) to Drupal 8 (D8). And now, again as an Acquia intern, I’m working to provide Drupal core with a robust migration path for your content and configuration from D6 and D7 to Drupal 8. I’m a full-service intern! The good news is that Drupal core already includes the migration path from D6 to D8... Mehr

What Drupal Code Should/Should Not Be Included in a Public Repository?

This is the third post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In previous posts, we've discussed the basics of GitHub, as well as what the public can see and do with GitHub. In this post we'll look at what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, and in future posts, we'll discuss users and permissions on organizational accounts and developer workflows. What code can be safely made public and what code should be made public are not always the same thing. What custom code should or should not be made public depends on what your agency’s objectives are in... Mehr

How Weather.com Improved Their Page Load Times

In November, 2014 Weather.com launched on Drupal and became one of the highest trafficked websites in the world to launch on an open-source content management system (CMS). Mediacurrent and Acquia are excited to announce a new, 3-part blog post series that will share insight around how Weather.com was migrated to Drupal. Our team of experts will share best practices and what lessons we learned during the project. There's an old saying, “... Mehr

Achieving Agile in Government - It Can Be Done

Implementing agile development methodologies in a government setting can be quite difficult. Government agencies often want to know upfront exactly what they’re getting, and exactly what it will cost. From an agile development perspective, this is a major challenge. According to Agile In A Nutshell, “Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end. It works by breaking projects down into little... Mehr

What Can The Public See and Do With Things I Put On GitHub?

This is the second post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In the first, we discussed the basics of getting your government agency up and running with GitHub. In this post, we'll take a look at what the public can see and do with GitHub, and in the upcoming posts, we'll discuss what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, users and permissions on organizational accounts, and developer workflows. Here’s a quick overview of things that become visible and interactions that become public when a person makes a code repository, or “repo”, public on GitHub. 1... Mehr

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: The Forrester Digital Maturity Model

In business, technology is a means to an end, and using it effectively to achieve that end requires planning and strategy. The Capability Maturity Model, designed for assessing the formality of a software development process, was initially described back in 1989. The Forrester Digital Maturity Model is one of several models that update the CMM for modern software development in the age of e-commerce and mobile development, when digital capability isn't an add-on but rather is fundamental to business success. The model emphasizes communicating strategy while putting management and control... Mehr

Going from .NET to Drupal? Here are the top 5 ways they are different

Drupal is an incredibly flexible and expressive CMS and development framework. As a developer, it allows you to express yourself quickly and easily. That being said, being able to do anything​ can be a little overwhelming. Switching from .NET to Drupal 7 isn’t easy for most people. They take fundamentally different approaches to development that aren’t called out. There is also a surprising lack of articles and documentation on the subject. Two years ago I made the change to Drupal. I didn’t have anyone to help, so the transition was harsh. Developers not only struggle with the... Mehr

Tips for Managing Remote Development Teams

It’s often the case for technical development teams to have both on-site and off-site team members. If confined to a certain geographic area when hiring, it’s likely your business won’t be able to tap into a wide enough developer skillset as you might find with no geographic boundaries. But when managing teams that have remote members, it can be a challenge to create unity and harmony across the team as a whole. Here at Acquia, this is a hurdle we’ve had to address and overcome. We seek the best Drupal developers we can find, but that often means that our team members are scattered across... Mehr

Migrating Content to Drupal: The Weather Channel

One of the major challenges facing every digital publisher is making sure its content will display properly up on every possible venue: desktop, tablet, and phone of course, but also in web services, and on the emerging display opportunities arriving with the Internet of Things, like wearables. Acquia partner Mediacurrent recently tackled this challenge on an awesome scale: migrating the giant The Weather Channel site to Drupal in a way that worked with all the above venues, and then some... Mehr

Document Everything: It Will Help You Later

Strong documentation is the product of good writing. It’s funny I suggest that because for the longest time, my idea of writing well applied only to writing lines of code. But when I started my internship at Acquia, I quickly realized the importance of writing everything well. Every project here depends on easy-to-understand, descriptive writing. I immediately took more notes, scribbling down anything and everything. When introduced to new tools, technologies and services, I look up unfamiliar terms on Google to find helpful blog posts, articles and API documentation to improve my... Mehr

GitHub 101 for Government

This is the first post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. We’ll discuss what the public can see and do with GitHub, what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, users and permissions on organizational accounts, and developer workflows. Scenario Your government agency is new to Drupal or open source. Someone you respect suggests creating an account on GitHub.com. But you don’t really understand what GitHub is. You want to know why you need it, what you should do with it, what new communications channels it opens up, and how to steer clear of landmines.... Mehr

Easy Shortcuts That Will Make You Like JIRA

It seems as if almost every Web developer hates using JIRA. Many developers feel it’s tedious, time-consuming work and they’d rather do just about anything else. But JIRA doesn’t have to feel that way. With the help of some easy-to-learn shortcuts, you can use JIRA more efficiently and have time to do something you enjoy. In fact, these shortcuts are all but guaranteed to make you like JIRA more – or maybe hate it a lot less. I recently reviewed the shortcuts with Acquia’s India team, and developers there couldn’t thank me enough for simplifying things. As you probably know, JIRA provides... Mehr

Kanban vs. Scrum: Comparing Two Agile Methodologies

Kanban and Scrum are two different methodologies that can be utilized within your development organization. Both have pros and cons as agile methodologies, and one is often suited to a certain project better than the other. Let’s explore the definitions, differences, and how to utilize them practically for your next development project. Kanban is a model of continuous slating, or continuous improvement. Essentially, when utilizing kanban, project priorities can change in real time, based on what takes priority at a certain time, so there is a certain flow to the work. Requirements can be... Mehr

Les sites qui ne peuvent pas tomber – une montée en charge illimitée

On ne peut généralement pas le prévoir. Parfois, on en prend connaissance à la dernière minute. Mais cela peut aussi être le moment le plus attendu de l’année. Quel que soit le contexte, toutes les sociétés sont confrontées un jour ou l’autre à une situation dans laquelle une défaillance de leur site aurait un effet dévastateur. Dans cette série d’articles, nous revenons sur l’expérience de trois des plus importants clients d’Acquia. Avec un accent tout particulier sur la préparation technique et opérationnelle, l’amélioration continue, les caractéristiques de la plateforme et l’importance... Mehr

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: Non-Technical Team Roles & Required Skills

As our series continues, let's look at what non-technical team members need to understand about Drupal 8. Although they don't need to write code and implement functionality, these team members may have responsibility for defining the product or developing the content for the site. These are the non-technical roles and skills needed on a development team. Project Manager The project manager needs to make sure the project is completed on time and within budget. If that's not possible, the project manager needs to negotiate the... Mehr

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

Improve Your Drupal Web Site Performance — Without Coding

Most advice to improve Drupal site performance is aimed at developers and DevOps folks. In reality, many Drupal sites are built by site builders using flexible Drupal modules rather than custom code. In this blog series, we will give site builders the knowledge and tools to enhance the performance of their web sites, without ever touching PHP or the command line. The Drupal community is already rich in modules and best practices that can significantly improve the performance of any Drupal site. Now it’s time to take advantage of the community’s hard work! But first, let’s start by... 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

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