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Migration Tips and Tricks

Cross-posted with permission from nerdstein
The Migrate module is, hands down, the defacto way to migrate content in Drupal. The only knock against it, is the learning curve. All good things come to those who take the time and learn it.
I have summarized some tips and tricks I have learned. Thank you to Mike Ryan and Alex Ward for... Mehr

Enforcing Drupal Coding Standards During the Software Versioning Process

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine InteractiveLes is a web applications engineer at Genuine Interactive. He is a frequent Drupal community contributor. Genuine’s PHP team works on projects in a range of industries from CPG, B2B, financial services, and more.
As a contributor to the Drupal community, this post will detail Les’ method for enforcing Drupal coding standards by using the Coder and Coder Review modules: Drush and Git... Mehr

Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, & More

Cross-posted with permission from
OHO’s Dave Sawyer recently co-presented Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, and More at DrupalCon Austin. The session provided a how-to on creating a more collaborative experience by bridging the gap between the content that is managed in Drupal, and the documents, files, and conversations that are exchanged outside of Drupal in services... Mehr

5 Erreurs à éviter pour votre site Drupal - Numéro 5 : la maintenance

Dans les précédents articles de cette série, nous nous sommes penchés sur l’architecture, la sécurité, la performance et le choix de... Mehr

Announcing a Drupal-based, OpenSaaS Government Data Portal

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift among governments and other public entities toward open data initiatives. These efforts involve unlocking vast troves of data collected or generated by civic institutions and making them available for public consumption. Among the more prominent efforts are in the United Kingdom and in the US.
While there is enormous benefit to be gained from the open data movement, from the ability to identify and eliminate redundancy and... Mehr

Drupal core updates for July 16, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the commit of part one and two of the major menu-system rewrite in which menu-links become plugins. The original patch weighed in at over 600kb and was one of the remaining seven beta-blockers. Splitting it into five separate issues made reviews more forthcoming and this was evident with part one and two moving quickly from needs review to RTBC to ultimately being committed. Reviewers have now moved onto parts three through five.
There was a massive volume of commits this week with cleanups keeping the committers very-busy, lots of deprecated functions... Mehr

What Users Want: Designing to Help Acquia Customers

While in the context of market research Steve Jobs once said, “It's not the consumers' job to know what they want” (NY Times). As a user experience designer, it is my job to understand what our users may want or need in Acquia’s products. One of my user experience challenges at Acquia, the redesigned ... Mehr

I Dream it and I Drupal it – My Acquia Story

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new beginning which weaves more threads on to it like spider as it goes on. Acquia internship came as this new beginning to me that I always thought of and dreamt of. I admired startups with challenging ideas and read more and more about the entrepreneurs, about their success stories and the way they reached to where they are now and still envisioning in future. I loved to read and analyze what challenges these young entrepreneurs faced and how they overcome it.
I still remember a saying that I heard in childhood that “Success is a journey,... Mehr

Putting the P back in HIPAA with Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Achieve Health
How Can We Make Health IT Systems More Interoperable?
This blog will focus on the technology that can be used to extend pre-existing legacy systems without the need to rip and replace. This will save enterprise healthcare delivery systems significant money in IT disruption costs due to lost productivity and expensive new system implementations. After a massive EHR overhaul, The University of Arizona found themselves... Mehr

Drupal for Digital Commerce – Bojan Živanović

Bojan and I chatted at Drupal Dev Days 2014 about one of the newest and most important weapons available in Drupal's eCommerce arsenal: recurring billing for digital commerce in Drupal Commerce.

Enabling Digital Commerce – recurring payments and more in Drupal Commerce

Commerce License is "a small ecosystem of modules," also including Commerce File, Commerce... Mehr

5 Erreurs à éviter sur votre Site Drupal - Numéro 4: L'Infrastructure

Dans les précédents articles de cette série, nous avons abordé l’architecture, la sécurité et la performance. Tous ces aspects sont affectés par l’infrastructure, de la phase de développement jusqu’au déploiement.

L’infrastructure englobe le stack sur laquelle s’appuie votre site web, y... Mehr

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 2

In Deliver digital faster with Drupal Part 1, I showed you some of the many examples of successful sites built rapidly thanks to Drupal’s modularity. To stay ahead of your competition, you need to be nimble and agile; Drupal helps you do this with reusable, transferable digital experiences that can be customised to suit various niches even within a single business enterprise. All, of course, without paying additional license fees or mandated limits on developers, environments, or copies.

Faster, less risky

... and cheaper!... Mehr

Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal

With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in.
A brief look at this chart from the Drupal 7 development cycle makes the effect of available contrib on core uptake really clear. If we as a community can ensure contrib is ready when Drupal 8 is released, then everyone has a greater incentive to jump in!

One of my favourite ways of learning and rapidly spreading ideas to many is to run a Hackathon. The amazing thing about Hackathons... Mehr

The Open Source Value Proposition

Every so often, advocates and vendors of proprietary/closed source software attempt a FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) campaign of comment and link-baiting in order to reframe the conversation around Open Source. The arguments brought up in these discussions are predictable and generally straw man arguments that hold little water, so I wanted to take time to break these down and show the real value proposition of Open Source platforms, web content management systems generally, and Drupal specifically.
Free From Costs, Free From Constraints:
In order to have a cogent discussion about Open... Mehr

How To Drive Conversions with Acquia Lift

Imagine talking to each of your site visitor personally to discover what they really want and what they are trying to accomplish on your site. At scale, that’s just not possible and would drive you a little bananas if it was.
The next best thing is a personalized digital experience that resonates with every site visitor. Acquia Lift does that. It enables marketing teams to increase revenue and gather new leads by instantly generating the kind of relevant content that customers crave.
Acquia Lift can... Mehr

Brant Wynn: Demo Framework – How we pitch Drupal to potential clients

Brant Wynn, Acquia Solutions Architect, and I covered some interesting ground in our conversation preceding his jam's Drupal Camp session on selling Drupal to potential clients via beautiful, out-of-the-box demos. Listen to hear about working as a professional open source software developer, the potential wins from having migration tools built into Drupal 8, how Drupal 8 is bringing so many open source technologies and communities together, and more.

Professional open source: the more you give, the more you get... Mehr

Drupal core updates for July 10, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
The past two weeks have seen steady progress on Drupal 8, with the release of drupal 8.0-alpha13, the Clearing of the RTBC Queue, the expected deployment of Semantic Versioning support on, the launch of the #D8CX initiative, and the announcement about the... Mehr

The ecommerce media experience: new triggers and signals

The sudden shift away from desktop browser experiences to the mobile web has been both a huge challenge and opportunity for ecommerce user experience management. While having a mobile version of the store was a priority in the five years, the new user expectation is that the site will respond to their circumstances intuitively down to an awareness of whether or not they are in a moving vehicle or inside the brand’s actual store. From Apple’s iBeacon technology for in-store retail experiences to intelligent technologies that deduce if a customer is driving, riding a subway, or waiting at an... Mehr

How Acquia helped scale API calls for Major Train Operator

Last year, a major train operator in the Eastern US region came to us and asked to help build a system on Acquia Cloud for their train API. They wanted to open up their train schedules, arrival times, delay timings, all that information for everyone. This meant that the infrastructure behind the API had to withstand a huge flurry of requests every second, while remaining very responsive. And in the meanwhile we also had to make sure that only authorized applications can access this API, applications that this operator approved.
The requests would look something like this:
Our client had their... Mehr

Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) 7 Beta2

COD Beta 2
Over the Holiday weekend, over 25 tickets were solved coming out of the Alpha6 and Beta1 release of COD. Late Monday night, COD Beta2 was released! This release includes fixes to the session submission system, specifically where time-slots and tracks weren't being properly saved in some conditions. We also made changes to the administration menu paths to de-couple them from the node and be less confusing. You can see the full release notes here: Mehr

Implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory: What You Need to Know

Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF) is a unique multiple site management platform that offers clients the ability to create, manage, and deploy many sites from one dashboard. Running many sites from one platform comes with a different set of challenges though that need to be addressed for enterprise clients:
Key Differences from a typical Acquia Cloud Enterprise project
Getting Sites Live
Scale is the most obvious difference. ACSF projects are building a platform for hundreds of different sites. When building one or a few sites on Acquia Cloud... Mehr

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 1

Act, react, and execute faster with Drupal. Your time-to-market can be the difference between success and failure in today’s rapidly changing and evolving business world; you don’t know what tomorrow’s killer app or innovation will be, but you need to be free to embrace it. How fast can you build and provision digital properties to leapfrog ahead of your competition? What happens when the market changes and shifts around you – yet again or constantly? A modular, open source solution with an active professional community like Drupal lets you re-use, re-arrange, and re-assemble components and... Mehr

Acquia Lift: Define, Test & Iterate

Acquia Lift is a great tool built by an amazing team. It has been well received and brings some powerful features to Drupal. One of those unique features is that its completely integrated with Drupal which opens the door for editors to use it in the same workflow they are used to. This added power creates a new unique challenge: to target, test and personalize a web experience for each visitor.
It’s not magic
At the end of the day Acquia Lift is still a tool, it doesn’t magically increase the conversions on your website by adding tests and variations to all content. The tests on your... Mehr

How to Own an Action Plan for Testing Strategy

In today’s marketing world, buzzwords like automation, user experience and custom content fill the pages of every blog post for customer experience and lead generation. It’s no wonder, given the wealth of data available on every prospective customer. With digital footprints growing exponentially, marketers and website managers have the ability to develop unique experiences for every visitor, but they often get a little tongue-tied when it comes to explaining how content development and targeting decisions are made.
The reason for this issue is simple and straightforward–testing strategies are... Mehr

Keeping Pace with

Here are some of the past week's highlights from, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Apple recruits top watch industry sales exec
Apple has hired one of the watch industry's top sales execs, Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's sales and retail VP. Pruniaux will be working on the iWatch and positioning it as a market leader in an ever changing and competitive wearables landscape.
"Clearly, the team in Cupertino wants someone who can market wristwear to a large audience."... Mehr